Approx this time next month its Billing (8/9th July). For those that have never been or don’t really understand what these references to ‘Billing’ mean I’ll explain.
Most Vauxhall clubs in the UK and including some Euro ones are members of an association called the VBOA (Vauxhall beford opel association). The VBOA have the backing of Vauxhall and organize a number of events through the year, along with loads of behind the scenes things that only vboa member clubs will know about. By far the most well known of the events is the All Vauxhall Rally, held at Billing Aquadrome (hence the term ‘Billing’). Its not a rally as in WRC, but more a gathering of like minded enthusiasts who share a love for all thing Vauxhall/opel.
Held in the quiet and family orientated surroundings that Billing Aquadrome offers, the event is held officially over 2 days, (sat & Sun) but a large number like to arrive Friday and make a long weekend of it, such is the nature of the place.
There are no drag strips, no autotests, no 0-60 sprints and no pounding ICE stalls. Instead, what you get is a few thousand Vauxhalls, of all ages from early 1900 to current production models like ours and an age range of owners just as varied. So along with VVOC and the Vxscc you get the viva owners club and the droop snoot group etc who bring along chevettes and firenzas etc.
As the weekend is so relaxed and ran at a slow pace, most owners can be seen relaxing on deck chairs or blankets, trying desperately to keep their bottles of stella cool or the flies from their cup of tea (depending on club stand of course lol), but everyone is there for the same. Relaxation amongst other car nuts.
All this talk of relaxation doesn’t mean it’s a dull event. Theres usually a theme to each year, last year was motorsport with loads of classic and current motorsport Vauxhalls in a central display. There is masses of trade stands, although I must point out that most are of the autojumble variety and sell old wings and chrome bumpers etc. At night time, the VBOA have a disco in a large Marquee and there are 2 bars on site, a small funfair, a small supermarket and a café doing gut filling full English breakfasts lol. There are proper shower and toilet blocks although it’s a trick to pick your time right and get in just after they have been cleaned, or drive a bit further around the grounds and use ones only used by holiday makers
There is full site security, which ive had tested by one of my old Yorkshire region VPCC members, and there is a no noise policy after 11pm etc which is enforced. Obviously the closer we get to the younger clubs, the more noise there will be so its important we choose our camping spot carefully.
That’s what billing is about as best and honestly as I can describe it. As said, a lot of people like to come Friday, but some only come for one day. Stick your name down on the list and mention when you are expecting to be at the show as it will help us choose our camping spot.
1. Andy & Carol (and Henry, aged 1.5) - Friday pm to Sunday pm
2. Ian and Mrs Ian - Sat/sun - Hoteling