Elvis is back on top of the charts and owners of classic Vauxhall cars nostalgic for the 50s and 60s are about to gather together from all over Europe for the Billing Rally. It must be summer.
More than 1,000 vehicles – some from as far afield as Australia and New Zealand – are expected to descend on Billing Aquadrome beside the A4500 at Northampton on 13/14 July for the annual extravaganza, now in its 20th year.
Among the star attractions will be five cars from the Vauxhall Heritage Centre, led by the famous 1911 Prince Henry. A 1929 R Type Bedford saloon, 1927 30/98 Velox Tourer, Astra 4S rally car from 1986 and the stylish 1964 FB Victor De-Luxe Estate (pictured) – so evocative of motoring in the swinging 60s – complete the quintet.
All 22 Vauxhall, Bedford and Opel owners’ clubs representing famous models like the Cresta and Viva will be taking stands at the rally to display their prized possessions and take part in parades of classic and vintage vehicles. And with autojumble stalls selling car parts and memorabilia, specialist trade stands and a craft fair, there is bound to be something to appeal to all car enthusiasts at Billing in two weeks time.
A special souvenir first edition of a new magazine Classic Vauxhall will be launched at this year’s rally. Produced by Vauxhall Heritage Services in full colour, it previews a new online magazine soon to be launched by VHS on the Internet.Published 1 July 2002