Gary Morgan’s Chevette HSR
Vaxhaul Chevette HSR
History and specification.
Car Purchased from Vauxhall main dealer and ran by Mr Mike Kerr as a hill climb car, after winning various hillclimb events and championships he was offered full sponsorship with Mobil oils alongside Nigel Mansell.
The car was sent back to Vauxhalls Bill Blydenstien who ran the Vauxhall competition department for a full conversion to the HSR works specification.
During Mike’s ownership the car was used as a development car for tarmac use by Bill Blydenstien and was sent back to the factory for the mods to be tested or transferred to the works rally cars, Mike used the car for 3 more years in hill climbs winning again various class and overall championships developing the car himself and with Blydenstien to improve tarmac handling.
The car was then sold to Mr Mike Smith and used for circuit racing as a thunder saloon car using a different engine and gearbox combination namely a Hart BMW engine, While in Mike’s ownership the car was driven by Davina Garcia the then only formula 1 female driver and Gerry Marshall the famous works Vauxhall driver. The car was then sold to Chass Challenger and ran with a Supercharged Rover V8 engine for a few years and had an article written about it calling it Blue Thunder as it was run in the thunder saloon circuit races of the 80s.
Chass striped the running gear out of the car and sold it on as a rolling chassis and it stayed that way through several different owners until I found the car in Ireland 3 years ago.
I then bought the car and have spent three years restoring it to its present condition I stripped the car shell to bare metal and repainted it then set about rebuilding the mechanicals and rewiring the whole car, the original body panels were retained including the one off front spoiler, the engine, gearbox and rear axle was rebuilt as was all of the suspension and brakes.
Everything was done using original works parts to get the car back to its original hill climb spec as Vauxhall / Blydenstien built it. The 10×16 front and 12×16 rear wheels are the original wheels last used on the car when it was a thunder saloon car in the 1980s as I had 3 sets with the car.
1 off 50 original cars homologated by Vauxhall / Blydenstien as a Chevette HSR, authenticated by the droop snoot club recognised by Vauxhall as their classic car club. Chassis Nos and registration no on the original homologation list. Converted to full works spec.
Works wiring loom, foam filled alloy fuel tank, alloy dry sump tank and swirl pot
Blyderstien works 2.6 all steel dry sump’d Lotus 904 race headed with rally spec cams engine running on Jenvey fuel injection with Omex control.
ZF direct top race box, AP racing triple plate clutch.
Atlas axle with a ZF LSD 5 linked fully floating with alloy hubs
Front AP Racing formula 3000 4 pot callipers and discs
Rear AP Racing 4 pot and vented discs forestry front spec group 4 Chevette
Everything fully rose jointed and adjustable, coil over front and back.