Vauxhall celebrates Higginson’s historical landmark

| 9 May 2013

More than 30 Vauxhall 30-98s have recreated Joseph Higginson’s famous course record at the Waddington Fell Hillclimb virtually 100 years to the day.

Organised by the 30-98 Register and the Lancashire Automobile Club on 4 May, the event brought together cars including an early Grosvenor-bodied sidevalve E-type plus a selection of vehicles that were driven ‘spiritedly’ up the hill, which was closed to the public, in an effort to match the 47.2 secs time Higginson set on a rain-sodden track.

Vauxhall’s Simon Hucknall said: “It was a fantastic achievement to get all these wonderful cars in one place and the Lancashire weather did us proud.

“I would like to give special thanks to the members of the 30-98 Register, plus the Lancashire Automobile Club whose hospitality was absolutely superb!”

Vauxhall built the first 30-98 for the then princely sum of £2000 to satisfy Higginson’s demand for a car that could smash the outright record at the Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb.

Higginson’s car was completed on the evening of 2 May 1913, and he set the fastest time at Waddington Fell time the very next day, putting the 30-98 into the history books as one of the world’s first sports cars.

Vauxhall would go on to produce 600 examples, nearly a third of which still survive.