MP says support the classic cause as Vauxhall’s HQ opens its doors


Luton North MP Kelvin Hopkins has told Westminster that the classic car hobby is vital to the UK’s manufacturing future during a debate on 4 June.

Speaking at an All Party Parliamentary Historic Vehicles Group annual meeting Hopkins said: “The classic vehicle industry is worth more than £4billion to the UK economy and helps preserve vital engineering skills.

“It introduces young people to concepts and experiences that they can have nowhere else and, I believe, helps inspire the next generation of engineers and technicians.

“It is extremely important to the UK's manufacturing future.”

Arriving at Parliament in a Vauxhall Astra GTE – which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year – Hopkins paid tribute to Vauxhall’s Heritage Centre, which has 110-years’ worth of Griffin heritage on show.

The MP said: “Nowhere is Luton's proud tradition as a motor vehicle manufacturing town more clearly represented than at the Heritage Centre [which we visited last year].

“I believe its continuing role in educating youngsters and celebrating Vauxhall in Luton is an essential one.”

Vauxhall has announced it will open the building – which is based on Park Street, Luton – to the public on 18 August between 10am-4pm.

C&SC says: We agree with everything Hopkins says. Wouldn’t it be amazing if thousands of Vauxhall enthusiasts made it to the event? Of course, I’d have to buy one first, such as this:



Fair play to hopkins Vauxhall made great cars chevette, caviler better looking than opel's kadett, ascona late 70's then rationalization germans won ? Was an opel mechanic in southern ireland in the 90's, up northern ireland they sold vauxhall. Our opel's ? were made in luton! WTF? That's branding for you!

Damien O'Brien

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