So there we are back to the history books, a few weeks ago I put up some details of Chaul End, the test facility Vauxhall used in the early 1960’s prior to the opening of Millbrook. So where did the HA get tested other than Chaul End?
Various paperwork would suggest several sites around the world. Today’s blog item is about Lang Lang in Australia, a Holden site.
It was opened in 1957 by GM-Holden and has been used to test every Holden model from the Holden FC onwards. It is a dedicated 877-hectare site with 44 kilometres of road systems, including a 4.7 km 4 lane circular track (speed bowl), 5.5 km ride and handling course, a 1.8 km noise road and 98m diameter skid pan.
But for my interest it was also used to test several vauxhall models out of the eyes of the UK market and press including the HA saloon. What’s most interesting is that the track wasn’t always a nice shiny tarmac surface, during the 1950’s and early 1960’s it was Dirt.
Holden engineers of the time probably thought high speed dirt was pretty damn relevant to Australians…