Vauxhall hits Cholmondeley with diverse trio
Vauxhall will make its debut at this year’s Cholmondeley Pageant of Power with three landmark vehicles that illustrate the company’s long heritage, as well as its focus on future innovation and driver appeal.
Appearing in the Pre-War Cars class will be the OE-Type 30/98 Velox Tourer from Vauxhall’s Heritage Collection. Celebrating its centenary next year, the 30/98 model was the first production car in the UK to achieve a top speed of 100mph, which Vauxhall’s test drivers verified on the banking at Brooklands during the 1920s. The Cholmondeley car is a Velox-bodied 1926 model which only last year was driven by journalists across the French Alps from Cannes to Geneva.
Joining the 30/98 for the Pageant’s regularity runs will be arguably the UK’s most extreme pick-up truck: the VXR Maloo. Based on the mighty VXR8 saloon, and using the same 431PS V8 engine driving the rear wheels, the Maloo is set to wow crowds with its ability to shed tyre rubber and drift in equal measure. In its distinctive Hazard Yellow hue, there’ll be no missing it! See it at the Autocar Super Car Paddock when it’s not being driven on the hill.
And after just collecting the prestigious 2012 European Car of the Year award, the Vauxhall Ampera will be taking part in the Car Parade held at lunchtime on each day of the event. The Ampera is the first electric vehicle suitable for everyday use, thanks to its sophisticated propulsion system which offers drivers all the benefits of electric driving without any ‘range-anxiety’. With its clever range-extender, the Ampera can travel an extra 310 electrically-driven miles once the charge in its battery is depleted.
The Cholmondeley Pageant of Power is held between June 15-17 in the grounds of Cholmondeley Castle, Cholmondeley, Cheshire. For further event information, visit cpop.co.uk.