Classic Vauxhall touring car to tackle Goodwood

| 29 Aug 2013

A restored Vauxhall VX4/90 will compete at this year’s Goodwood Revival in the St Mary’s Trophy on 14 September.

The car, which was last raced in the 1960s, will be driven by two-time British Touring Car Champion and former works driver, John Cleland.

The tin-top will be supported by Vauxhall Heritage and sport its original ‘90’ race number (as seen in the September issue of C&SC).

The racer celebrates a half-century since the model’s first appearance at Goodwood, when it was driven by legendary tuner Bill Blydenstein in the 1963 Trophy Race.

The car started life as a press vehicle before being handed over for fettling by engineer Chris Lawrence.

In ’63, it competed extensively in the European Saloon Car Championship, before being converted for rallying in 1964.

The Vauxhall keeps it original Lawrencetune inlet and exhaust manifolds, twin Weber 42DCOEs and bespoke cylinder head, meaning it produces 108bhp at 6250rpm.

Paul Clayson, who now owns the car, said: “I wanted to keep it as near to original spec as possible. It’s never going to win anything, but the fit with this year’s St Mary’s Trophy race is perfect and it’s a great chance to put the car back on the map."

The Luton-based manufacturer will also have a presence at the Revival’s Earls Court Motor Show, where it will showcase its 110-year history of car building.

Some of the heritage collection will also be used to taxi drivers and VIP guests around the site throughout the event.

You can see C&SC's video of the car's post-restoration shakedown at Goodwood here.