Marathon Swedish journey for local man in 100 year old car

Leicestershire man, Andrew Duerden, has recently completed a 1000km commemorative run in a 100 year old car across Sweden. The event, in a Vauxhall Prince Henry model, was to mark the centenary of the Swedish Reliability Trial, first run 100 years ago. The team drove from Gothenburg to Stockholm and back again, retracing the steps of the original event.

Andrew Duerden in the 100 year old Vauxhall
Andrew Duerden, from Great Glen, is Vauxhall’s Archivist and he 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. The car never missed a beat and averaged over 40mph for the entire event (cruising at 55mph on open roads) and achieving 30mpg.

In 1912, Percy Kidner, Vauxhall’s Managing Director, drove the Prince Henry model. He was the fastest entrant on the event, but 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. At Norrkoping they visited the Standard Hotel building where the original photograph was recreated.

The team’s long and painstaking reconstruction of the Prince Henry model to the same specification as the 1912 car paid dividends during the event with a reliable and speedy performance from the vehicle. Duerden 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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