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Centenary Celebrations for 100mph Vauxhall 30-98

Published: Tuesday 26th of March 2013 | Author: Scott | Category: Industry News

Vauxhall are planning a series of events during May and July in 2013 to celebrate the Centenary of the Vauxhall 30-98 which was the first British production car to break the magic 100mph barrier for a production car. Some 200+ examples of the car still survive to this day.

There are various events being held in 2013 starting with a visit to the hill climb course at Waddington Fell, where the first Vauxhall 30-98 appeared in 1913, driven by Joseph Higginson, who proceeded to set FTD at 42.2 seconds.

Other celebrations taking place include events to be held at the Brooklands Double Twelve (June 15-16), CarFest North, Oulton Park (August 2-4) and CarFest South, Laverstoke Park (August 23-35). There are also plans for a parade of 100 cars to set off from Brooklands, travelling to Vauxhall?s Luton factory on July 5 with the cars then going on to the Millbrook Proving Ground.

The early cars had a 4,525cc side-valve four-cylinder engine, developing some 90bhp. However later models used overhead valve engines that increased the power output to 112bhp. It was a car powered by one of these later engines that became the first production car to exceed 100mph, on May 28, 1923 at Brooklands race circuit in Weybridge, Surrey.

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