John Welch's Astra

This specialist rally cross car had a floor pan that was extensively modified to house a General Motors 2.1 litre turbocharged group B engine, which was coupled to Xtrac transmission and four wheel drive system.

1980's Vaxhall advert featuring the Astra Xtrac

1980s Vaxhall advert featuring the Astra Xtrac

Late 1980's Astra driven by John Welch

Late 1980s Astra driven by John Welch

Astra Xtrac

A comprehensive space frame chassis / roll cage was fabricated, picking up suspension mounts and other vital points. The outer body had kevlar / carbon mix bonnet, doors and tailgate.

John Welch competed with this car in British & European Rallycross Championships in the late 1980s.