Vauxhall’s storied history is about to come to life. On November 1, the British automaker will field two vehicles in the 89th running of London to Brighton, a vintage vehicle event consisting of cars predating 1905.
The 1903 Vauxhall 5hp began its preparation in doubt after broken camshaft made its participation seem dim. But, Vauxhall Senior Vehicle Restorer, Andy Boddy, has been able to source a manufacturer to create a new camshaft, and the vehicle will be done just in time for the November 1 event where it will accompany the 1904 Vauxhall 6hp.
“Timing was crucial,” said Andy. “We’d already entered our 1904 car in the run, but having 5hp there too was important. Phoenix Engineering in Slough pulled out all the stops to manufacture a new crank, and fingers crossed, we’ll have everything back together in time.”
Vauxhall also remains the only British automaker to survive long enough to field vehicle in the historical event. In the process, the event will help Vauxhall celebrate over a century of continuous vehicle production in the country, with 14 million vehicles built over 112 years.