A Historical Celebration of Road Sports Cars That Took To The Tracks...

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GT Racecar A to Z -  


VX 220


Engine : Vauxhall 4 Cylinder 1995cc Turbo

Power : 197 bhp ( road car )

Production : 2000 to 2005

( turbo from 2003 )

Weight : 930 kgs ( road car )

Built by Lotus using the same lightweight tub

as the Elise Series 2 but with a GM engine

and GRP sharper-styled bodywork. The low

agile car was hailed by the motoring press and

gave Vauxhall its British GT debut at round 1

Donington in 2004. The experienced Colin

Blower Motorsport ran a single red car at 5

double-header rounds running in the secondry

`Cup` class. 9th overall and 3rd in class at

round 7 Castle Combe was its best finish with

Dan Eagling and Blower driving.


Engine : GM 5700cc V8 Cylinders

Power :

Production :

The Monaro sports saloon made its debut in

the British GT Championship at round 3/4 at

Mondello Park 2004. Run by Emotional

Engineering with Valvoline sponsorship it was

a brave move for the big 5.7 litre beast as it

was pitched against the nimbler Ferraris , TVR

Porsches , etc in the top N-GT class. The initial

team pairing had twice world Superbike runner-

up Aaron Slight of New Zealand though it was

Ireland`s Matt Griffin who would be the teams

mainstay driver . Often the slowest N-GT car

Griffin placed 23rd , team mate Matt  

Manderson 24th and the team 15th and last in

the 2004 standings.

For 2005 the car featured revised bodywork

with a pair of air-intake nostrils on the bonnet

and new front air dam etc. The car still was off

the top groups pace ( now called GT2 ) and the 6

points gained placed Emotional 9th out of 10

teams after 5 race events. Ryan Hooker ,James

Brodie and Matt Griffin doing the driving.

2006 and still a single car team against teams

like Ecurie Ecosse and Rollcentre they did pick

up points at 5 rounds with Steve Hyde the main

driver to place 4th of 6 teams in GT2.

Qualifying time comparisons between the big Monaro , usually the slowest the big class against the in nimble VX , usually around 8th fastest in the smaller class in the 2004 British GT series



( 2000cc GT Class wins 1971 Targa Florio and 1972

Nurburgring 1000 Kms )

ENGINE : Opel 4 Cylinder 1897 cc





Often referred to as a baby Corvette due to its svelte lines

the Opel GT made its racing debut in 1969 mostly in national

events. However it was the Italian CONRERO tuning firm

that gave its world championship debut entering 3 cars in the 

 1971 Tagra Florio , which was also a round of the Italian 

 Sports series. The fastest qualifier of the 3 in 33rd place

of Calascibetta and Monti finished a fine 9th overall and won

the 2-litre GT class after the two other cars had retired  

 before half distance. The team qualified 3 cars again in the

1972 event ,Giorgia Pianta setting 16th fastest but he

DNS and the other 2 cars , one with Carlo Facetti aboard

both retired. Another car driven by Bonaccorsi and Panto

would finish 22nd and 39th in the 1973 + 74 events.

The second class win in the world championship came at the

 1972 Nurburgring 1000 kms when the STEINMETZ tuned

car of Jean Ragnotti and Werner Christmann finished 19th

overall having qualified down in 50th.

The GTs career wound down after 1974 with the tuning

firms moving onto other Opels , including in world rallying.



The difference between the road version and the CONRERO Targa Florio car is well illustrated here.

Opel GT