PetrolBlog’s Big Day Out at the Vauxhall Heritage Centre

You may remember last year I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Vauxhall Heritage Centre. Much fun was had tootling around the streets of Luton in the likes of an old Chevette, Nova, Astra GTE and Cavalier. You can read my initial report from the Heritage Centre here, plus some additional words on the Chevette and Cavalier.

But a single afternoon simply wasn’t enough, so I was bold enough to ask Vauxhall for a return visit. Plus being extra cheeky I asked if I could bring Team PB along for the ride. And surprisingly the good people of Vauxhall said yes. So on April 3rd, PetrolBlog is off to the Vauxhall Heritage Centre once again.

We’ve been promised a drive in the following cars:

  • 1979 Chevette HSR
  • 1984 Astra GTE
  • 1990 Astra GTE
  • 1994 Astra GSI
  • 1997 Calibra
  • 2004 VXR220

The Boss? New 2013 Vauxhall ADAMA proper PetrolBlog line-up with Vauxhall also kindly laying on an ADAM, Ampera, Astra VXR and a Mokka for us to try. Good times.

And the further good news? PetrolBlog and Vauxhall is offering a PetrolBlog reader a chance to join Team PB on the day. The competition is open to anyone over the age of 21 who holds a full UK/European driving licence. The competition winner will be free to drive the cars on offer, but will be accompanied by a representative from Vauxhall.

You’ll need to make your own way to Luton – exact times are to be confirmed. The day will be a relaxed affair, with a chance to wander around the Heritage Centre, chat to members of the PetrolBlog team and drive a selection of Vauxhalls old and new. I’ll also bring along a couple of packets of BlogNobs to ensure nobody goes hungry.

To stand a chance of winning simply fill out the form below. A winner will be chosen at random (using on the 25th March. Deadline for entries is 5pm on Monday 25th March. Alternatively you can ‘like’ the relevant update on PetrolBlog’s Facebook page or by using the #PetrolBlogBigDayOut hashtag on twitter.

It’s as simple as that. Remember, you must be over the age of 21, hold a full UK or European driving licence and be able to make your own way to Luton on the 3rd April. We’ll sort out the cars and biscuits.

Good luck!

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Gavin Big-Surname
The chief waffler and founder of PetrolBlog in 2010. Has a rather unhealthy obsession with cars from the 80s and 90s, and is on a one-man mission to collect the cars nobody else wants. Also likes tea and Hobnobs.


  1. March 21, 2013
    Richard Aucock (@richardaucock)

    Brilliant! Not only can I confirm Vauxhall’s Heritage Centre is a treasure trove of brilliance, I can also assure entrants the BlogNobs are delicious, too.

    • March 21, 2013
      Gavin Braithwaite-Smith

      Ha! Nice one, Richard. A double win for the winner. So to speak!

  2. March 21, 2013
    Peter Counsell

    Unavailable and disappointed. Great comp though.
    However, to share with you all, when the Adam (or ADAM) advert came on TV for first time, my kids, unprompted, said “it’s called a WHAT?”
    Then sniggered
    Not for the current teenager then.

    • March 22, 2013
      Gavin Braithwaite-Smith

      Ha! It’s tough for Vauxhall because the Adam’s rivals (500 or MINI) pretty much sell themselves. The Adam has to work very hard.

      You have to wonder if the name and sheer number of personalisation options could be its downfall?

    • April 10, 2013
      Web Tech

      My kids loved it. Perhaps due to the fact that my 11 year old son is named Adam.

  3. April 10, 2013
    Web Tech

    Ooh ooh, let me win… I want to drive the Chevette and see if the gearbox blows whilst attempting a wheelspin at traffic lights. (Again).


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