Drive across Sweden marks centenary
A VINTAGE car enthusiast took part in 1,000km drive across Sweden in a 100-year-old Vauxhall.
Andrew Duerden, of Great Glen, took part in the event which saw the Vauxhall Prince Henry model driven from Gothenburg to Stockholm and back to mark the centenary of the Swedish Reliability Trial.
Mr Duerden, who is Vauxhall’s archivist, shared the driving with Alisdaire Lockhart, the owner of the car.
Kay Mordza, of the Swedish Vauxhall Owners Club, who arranged the journey, partnered them on the event.
Mr Duerden said: “The car never missed a beat and averaged over 40mph for the entire event, cruising at 55mph on open roads, and achieving 30miles per gallon.”
The journey traced the route taken by Percy Kidner in 1912.
Driving the same Prince Henry vehicle, Kidner, who was Vauxhall’s managing director, was the fastest entrant in the event. He even incurred penalty points by arriving too early at checkpoints.
The 2012 team were able to visit many of the points from the original route during their journey.
Mr Duerden said the team’s long and painstaking reconstruction of the car to the same specification as the 1912 vehicle paid dividends during the event, with a reliable and speedy performance. He also paid testament to Kidner’s 1912 endeavours.
“We were lucky to have decent, asphalt roads and good weather. Kidner had snow covered surfaces with extremely chilly conditions which make his achievements even more astonishing.”
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