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Vauxhall Heritage Centre Celebrating 110th Anniversary

By raccars Published

With a number of high profile anniversaries among the premium brands this year, Vauxhall's 110th is flying rather under the radar with some rather less ostentatious birthday events. However, the Vauxhall Heritage Centre will be holding its annual open day on Sunday, August 18 to mark the event, giving the general public the chance to see its usually private historic vehicle collection.

The collection includes the current model range plus examples of Vauxhall's dating from 1903 and will be available for viewing free of charge. The open day is an annual event and includes activities, entertainment and refreshments. Significant vehicles numbering over 60 models include production examples from every decade and an interesting range of concept cars including the seldom seen VX Lightning.

Dedicated fans will particularly enjoy the second oldest Vauxhall in the world - a 1903 HP, a funky Firenza Droop Snoot, a two-tone PA Cresta from 1959, the classic Astra GTE Mk1 and the original super saloon, the Lotus Carlton. There are also two 30-98 models, the first 100mph British car and celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. All the cars on display are roadworthy and capable of being driven. Modern classics include a Monaro VXR 500.

The Heritage Centre can be found in the brand Luton head office site and is open from 10am-4pm and free parking is available.

Vauxhall is currently on a high with six new models introduced over the past year and am ambitious expansion plan designed to overtake Ford as Britain's biggest seller. The firm actually began in 1957 by manufacturing marine engines, but switched to cars in 1903 and has enjoyed 110 years of continuous production since then.

To mark its birthday, the brand has produced a limited edition book called 'Vauxhall and I', detailing people's personal relationships with their cars. Famous Vauxhall owners celebrated in the book include Bob Marley, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and even Queen Elizabeth II. A microsite of the same name drives down a memory lane of Vauxhall cars from a behind the wheel point of view, while there's also a 110 second film to be viewed online, featuring an overview of Vauxhall models throughout the years.

2013 has also marked two major manufacturing milestones for the brand, with production of the 250,000th Astra Sports Tourer last month followed less than 24 hours later by the completion of the 900,000th model from the Vivaro van family.

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