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Vauxhall 30-98 marks centenary in hillclimb event

Vauxhall 30-98 marks centenary in hillclimb event

A century after Vauxhall launched the first British car to reach 100 mph, the 30-98 has returned to the Waddington Fell Hillclimb to recreate its debut.
 
On May 3rd 1913 Joesph Higginson took the 30-98 up the course in just 47.2 seconds, and 33 surviving models have strived to achieve the same feat a 100 years later.
 
The 30-98 Register and Lancashire Automobile Club organised the event, which saw all the vehicles drive the Waddington Fell Hillclimb "with spirit".

Although it could not be timed under Motor Sports Association regulations, drivers were aware of Mr Higginson's fast time and tried to re-do the run as much as they could.

The vehicle was originally manufactured because Mr Higginson demanded that there be a car that could break the record at the Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb. He handed a cheque for £2,000 to Laurence Pomeroy, Vauxhall's technical director, to achieve the feat.
 
A century later and around a third of the 600 30-98s created between 1913 and 1927 survive.
 
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