Vauxhall Heritage Centre is open to the public on 18th August

Vauxhall is opening its Heritage Centre to the public on Sunday, August 18 as it celebrates its 110th birthday, giving everyone the chance to see its private collection of historic vehicles for free.

With cars from the current range alongside those dating back to 1903, Vauxhall Heritage Centre’s annual open day is always a great day out for the car enthusiast and, with entertainment, activities and refreshments throughout the day, great for the family as well.

On display is the company’s private collection of more than 60 significant cars, including production models from every decade as well as a selection of unique concept cars. Notable cars among the collection include the 1903 5 HP, the second-oldest Vauxhall in existence, the recently restored Firenza Droop Snoot, Astra Mk1 GTE and the Lotus Carlton, the first super-saloon. There will also be the chance to see not one, but two of the legendary 30-98 models, Britain’s first 100mph car, which celebrates its centenary this year. All of the exhibits are roadworthy.

Classic car theft on the rise

Classic car owners are renowned for their commitment to maintaining their pride and joy in the best possible shape, but even if you’ve got a classic car sitting forgotten at the back of the garage it might be worth more than you think.

The value of classic cars is rising, which means the best examples fetch high prices. And it’s not just traditional classics like the Ferrari or Jaguars, that Cortina that was in the family during the 70s could be worth a small fortune.

There is a downside though – it makes classic cars more attractive to thieves, and thefts are increasing, with classic Minis, Ford Escorts and VW camper vans proving particularly hot property.

Lotus announces 100 new jobs

Lotus has said that they will be creating more than 100 new engineering and manufacturing jobs.  There will be 45 specialist engineers, 40 manufacturing operatives and 18 graduates.  The new recruits will work on the development of new products.

There have been substantial changes at Lotus and they are now in a strong position to expand their work on future products and to increase production.

A lucky escape

I’ve just seen this video and it does show how dashboard cams are catching on and can help prove to insurance companies that some hard to believe stories are truthful.  It also shows the need to make sure that wheels are tightened correctly.