When looking out for a "fun" second or third car to use at the weekends, there are one or two ports of call. Mazda MX5? Civic Type R? RenaultSport Clio? If you've got a bit more cash to spare, maybe a Caterham or an Ariel Atom?
Colin Noble and his racing driver son have rendered those efforts and any like them somewhat innert – what better weekend track toy than a genuine racing car from the golden era of Touring Car development and competition? This Vectra is the final car – chassis number five of the five produced. It was a spare back in the day, although one in which Jason Plato has allegedly had seat time. The Nobles purchased it back in February, recovering it from a life of hillclimbing in Serbia where many of the old Super Tourers were alleged to have ended up. Now that the series is picking up, many are returning to Blighty.
Colin Noble Sr. says the purchase was part investment, part bit of fun, and was something for him and his son – Colin Jr. – to enjoy together as a hobby.
Is this Vectra the ultimate Father and Son project?
Photography by Tom Shaxson.