Six of the best?
In my continuing theme of Vauxhall Mirror stories today we focus upon racing HA’s. News on Marvin before I start, nothing has happened this week, anyway racing HA’s:
Viva Ha’s raced from the first days of production. never the most outstanding car in its class, nor remembered as much as other famous cars from the Vauxhall stables.
However some notable wins in its case secured a promising start such as the Armstrong 500, using the Mount Panorama Circuit in Australia in 1964. Know today at the Bathurst 1000.
On its first outing in 1964 six HA’s took part, all finished the race in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and yes you guessed it 6th in class. They took part in Class A which was for home built cars, and raced in its class against the Hillman Imp, Morris 850, NSU Prinz, and Volkswagen Beetle.The mini Cooper never directly raced the vias as it was to expensive to compete in Class A.
Vauxhall Mirror spent a lot of time promoting the cars race pedigree and triumphed these victories as proof of quality.
SIX VAUXHALL VIVAS lined up at the start of the Armstrong “500” race. held on October 4th on the Mount Panorama Circuit at Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia. Six Vivas started, finished, and took first six places in their class.
Fifty-six cars were entered in the race and these were divided into four classes, based on their Australian selling price. The Viva was in Class A: £A 900 and below.
The Armstrong “500” is a tough and gruelling race and only cars manufactured or assembled in Australia are eligible for the event. Only very minor deviations from standard specification are allowed even to the extent of a ban on competition brake linings.
Alas the HA wasn’t a good handling car, and one came to a rather unfortunate end in the 1966 race, ending up on its roof at the end of Conrod Straight.