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"Vauxhall", August 1, 2013

PVS 2013 | THE PERFORMANCE VAUXHALL SHOW PART 1

The biggest show in the Vauxhall calendar took place at Santa Pod and it was one of the best yet – we were there to capture all the action.

Words: Jarkle & Pete Sell

Photos: Chris Wallbank

So there we have it, PVS 2013 has been and gone and, without wishing to sound overconfident, we think it went very well indeed. The Total Vauxhall stand was packed with ex-feature cars, the trade stands were bustling with bargain hunters and, best of all, the club area was rammed all day – the turnout was massive!

The sheer quality of cars on show was astounding too, proving that the long winter spent grinding and welding hadn’t been in vain! We saw plenty of fresh builds, many of which had only been mapped the day before and whose owners were using PVS as something of a test-run for the rest of the summer.

Weather is always a big conversation topic at Santa Pod, and a decidedly chilly Sunday morning didn’t look at all promising – a problem only compounded by a brief rain shower at 10am. Fortunately it didn’t last, and though the weather never reached levels you could call ‘scorching’, by the end of the day, plenty of Vauxhall diehards were wandering around Santa Pod with decidedly sun-kissed faces!

The Regal Autosport Fight Club was new for 2013, and allowed a variety of tuned Vauxhalls to battle it out the strip and handling circuit – so we had freshly mapped Corsa VXRs going head-to-head with garage-built Nova turbos, and VX220s locking horns with Astra VXRs. The event drew big crowds all day and was deemed a success by all involved.

We got so much content on Sunday that we’ve decided to run our PVS show report over two issues, so sit back, get comfortable and soak up the atmosphere of the best Vauxhall show in the UK. Part two will be revealed in issue 152. Big thanks to everyone that helped to make PVS such a cracking event – especially all the die-hard Vauxhall fans who made so much effort.

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