2003 Vauxhall Vectra SRi

The Vectra at Santa Pod Raceway with the Vectra-C owners club for the Performance Vauxhall Show 2008.

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This is my 2003 Vauxhall Vectra SRi. Powered by a 2171cc, 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine producing 125hp it isn’t exactly as sporty as the SRi badge suggests. 0-60mph is around 10.8 seconds and according to Vauxhall it will top out at 125mph.

The car is my pride and joy with a strong sentimental value.  Yes, you might be thinking, “it’s only a Vectra”, or, “it’s a diesel family car”, and I get that.

I bought the car in September 2006 from a main dealer forecourt when it was 3 years old with less than 12k miles on the clock. It was a very different car to what my friends were driving at the time, but I like to be different.

I did say when I bought this one I was going to keep it standard, but that didn’t last long. The car has also been to some great events and taken part in things this sort of car wouldn’t normally participate in. For example, I’ve raced it at Santa Pod Raceway, it’s been on a top speed run on the German Autobahn, (which by the way exceeded Vauxhalls claimed 125mph), I drove my now wife to Paris for our first holiday together. It has played ‘Cat and Mouse’ with another car at Mendips Raceway…and much more!