Fred Dukes is the membership secretary of the Vauxhall Viva Owners Club and he brought three of his collection of seven Vivas to the showroom alongside two other member’s cars. Fred says of the Owners Club: “We have over 300 members, most in this country, but also across the world in countries like Australia, Canada, Malta and Portugal. We have a website and an active forum at www.vauxhallviva.com accessible to all where we talk about Viva matters with Club members and those with an interest in Vivas.” The Club produces a quarterly magazine, provide access to discounted Insurance, and some of those vital spares required for its members to maintain their treasured vehicles.
Fred has been involved since 1997 and saw his first Viva HC with a 2.3litre engine advertised and went to have a look at it, fell in love and bought it thus establishing his long association with all thing Viva . Fred lives in Newport and attends many classic car shows throughout the summer months in particular; manning Viva Club stands with other enthusiastic club members. They can number up to twenty on a stand.
Dan Foskett, sales manager at Greenhous Vauxhall in Telford was delighted with the display and the conversation had with a steady stream of members of the public coming to view the cars. “It was incredible to see the fantastic condition of all of the cars,” enthused Dan, “and the fact that they were all driven to the showroom was especially pleasing. Once the bonnet was popped up on a car the simple nature of these 1970’s cars could be seen and the amount of space in the engine compartment is certainly not seen now.”
The members of the club brought along the oldest example an HA (produced 1963 -66), an HB Brabham Special edition (1966-70), an HC Saloon and an HC Estate (1970-79) and an HC Firenza Coupe (1971-74) which had been boosted with a Rover 3.5lite V8 engine. After 1974 larger OHC engined HC’s were re-badged as Magnums and the Firenza became the Magnum Coupe.
All of the cars looked splendid and highly polished paint work, chrome bumpers with immaculate interiors. Even though the new Viva was smaller in dimensions it still looked proud alongside its ancestors.