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This page includes a selection of detailed articles from press and media coverage that we have had and a list of articles that have featured cars modified by us over the years and articles and features that we have been involved with. It is sadly not an exhaustive list, but fairly comprehensive. If you feel there are any errors or omissions please advise us. E&OE

"The Leading Vauxhall Tuner in the UK" - Max Power

"Vauxhall Gods" - REVS

"The UK's Most Respected Tuner of GM Products" - Fast Car

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Thank you to Total Vauxhall, Performance Car and Performance Tuner magazines for use of the articles featured here.

2016.........

Performance Vauxhall Apri/May 2016

April/May - Performance Vauxhall
On the right track - Jason Anthony's Courtenay Sport mapped Astra H VXR Sprint.

Power Struggle - Jack Scott's Courtenay Sport mapped Corsa C Z20LET Turbo

Total Vauxhall - Issue 155 - November 2013.

Twin Turbos

Cover Cars - An 8 page feature about a brace of Courtenay Sport Astra VXR Sprint Editions - one for the road and the other, more hardcore, for trackday use.

Total Vauxhall - Issue 154 - October 2013.

Klasen Act

Cover Car - An 8 page feature about our mapping engineer Stephan Klasen's Drag Astra H VXR, with 914bhp from a GTx4202R Turbo, one off custom built KW dampers and a GM 4T65 3-speed transmission unit from the USA.

Total Vauxhall - Issue 133 - March 2012.

Arms Race

Cover Car - An 8 page feature about Wayne Townsend's 479bhp Courtenay Sport modified Astra VXR, featuring our V Band Cast Manifold, GT3076 turbo and high flow inlet manifold.

Total Vauxhall - Issue 127 - October 2011.

Courtenay on track at Donington

A 4 page feature 12 months on from the first feature which covered our successful Dunlop Sport Maxx Season 2010, a second visit looking behind the scenes at the Test Day at Donington Park of the now Production Touring Car Trophy.

Total Vauxhall - Issue 121 - April 2011.

Above and Beyond Article

A 7 page feature covering two of our fast road prepared vehicles aimed towards track day use - The Astra Sprint and Supercharged 2.2 VX220.

Total Vauxhall - Issue 115 - Autumn 2010.

Church on Sunday - Dunlop Sport Sport Maxx Article

Total Vauxhall followed Adrian Churchill and the Courtenay Sport Astra VXR over a recent race weekend in the Dunlop Sport Maxx Production Cup at Brands Hatch, as we headed towards the championship.

A 6 page feature covers the weekend and can be read in the latest issue of Total Vauxhall, Autumn 2010 Issue.

Total Vauxhall - Issue 111 - July 2010.

LEGENDS....The FIRST EVER 2.0 16v Turbo Nova Returns:

Primal Scream - This is the car that started it all off. The first ever 2.0 16v Nova Turbo, originally built by Jon Shield and Courtenay Sport back in 1993 and the first time it has been featured in Total Vauxhall.

Performance Car - Issue 20 - October 2009.

Courtenay Vauxhall Astra VXR Sprint - Tuner takes VXR to 292bhp. Hold on tight

Our Astra VXR Sprint was featured in the October Issue of performance Car Magazine, which also includes a Nurburgring Special feature covering some 40 pages.

Rear the full article now, courtesy of Performance Car Magazine.

Total Vauxhall - Issue 104 - December 2009.

Courtenay Sport's 25th Birthday Bash - A 6 page feature covering our 25th Anniversary Birthday Bash in 2009.

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Performance Tuner - Issue 18 - September 2008.

Performance Tuner

Vaux Popular - 4 page Company Profile Feature.

Total Vauxhall - May 2008.

New Order - Courtenay Sport's Supercharged Astra 2.2 SRi.

Performance Tuner - March 2008.

Silver Screamer - Courtenay Supercharged Astra 2.2 SRi - Owner: Mark Watts.

6 page feature about our Astra SRi 2.2 with supercharger conversion, chassis and brake upgrades.

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Performance Tuner - October 2007.

Tech Test - Astra VXR Performance Upgrade Feature.

6 page Technical feature about tuning the Astra H VXR to Courtenay Stage 2.

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Performance Tuner - April 2007.

15 page Group Test featuring our Stage 3 Astra VXR:

"This car is all about one thing - torque, and buckets of it...... the brakes are awesome."

"....Courtenay have really improved on what is essentially a good hot hatch now. Furious, fast, wild, potent and practical. And the speed it comes on boost, and stops, is outstanding. Solid, wicked hot hatch."

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Total Vauxhall - Issue 67 - February 2007.

Out and About

A 4 page feature of our Open Day in our new premises after our move during Mid 2006.

2016.........

Performance Vauxhall Apri/May 2016

April/May - Performance Vauxhall
On the right track - Jason Anthony's Courtenay Sport mapped Astra H VXR Sprint.

Power Struggle - Jack Scott's Courtenay Sport mapped Corsa C Z20LET Turbo

2013.........

Total Vauxhall January 2013

January - Total Vauxhall
Vauxtech - Fitting Poly Bushes to Vectra VXR.

Total Vauxhall May 2013

May - Total Vauxhall
Red Alert - Astra VXR Time Attack Car. (Will Watson)

Total Vauxhall Autum 2013

Autumn Issue - Total Vauxhall
Klasen Act - Astra H OPC Drag Car; 914bhp, GTx4202R turbo, 9 second quarter miles, built and owned by Stephan Klasen

Total Vauxhall November 2013

November - Total Vauxhall
Twin Turbos - Astra VXR Duo, Road and Track Cars. (Mark Watts)

2012.........

Total Vauxhall February 2012

February - Total Vauxhall
Quick Learner - 485bhp Self Build VX220 Turbo, running factory ZLET ecu mapped by Courtenay Sport (Neville Contractor).

Total Vauxhall March 2012

March - Total Vauxhall
Arms Race - 479bhp Astra VXR, Garrett Conversion with V Band Cast Manifold and GT3076 built by Courtenay Sport (Wayne Townsend). Read the Full Article Here.

Autosport International Show - featuring Courtenay Sport Racing

Total Vauxhall Autumn 2012

Autumn Issue - Total Vauxhall
Blown Away - A pair of self-built Supercharged 2.2 Vectra B's - mapped by Courtenay Sport (Jason Potts and Steven Margetts)

2011.........

Total Vauxhall January 2011

January - Total Vauxhall
Cracking Pair of Bests - Astra 1.9 CDTi Van and Corsa 1.7 CDTi (Lee Proctor).

Total Vauxhall February 2011

February - Total Vauxhall
Fight or Flight - A Brace of Supercharged VX220's, mapped by Courtenay Sport. Without our input and development this conversion would not have gained the popularity is currently has.

Total Vauxhall April 2011

April - Total Vauxhall
Above and Beyond - Courtenay Astra Sprint and Courtenay Supercharged VX220 2.2
Read the Full Article Here.

Total Vauxhall June 2011

June - Total Vauxhall
Green Flash - Mark Penny's Track Biased VX220 2.2 Supercharged by Courtenay Sport.

Total Vauxhall July 2011

July - Total Vauxhall
Westfield Sport Turbo - Westfield's 1.6 Sport Turbo Demonstrator with ecu remapped by Courtenay Sport.

Total Vauxhall September 2011

September - Total Vauxhall
Blood Brothers - Vectra VXR (Steve Lloyd)
Waiting for the Sun - Astra 2.2 Linea Rossa Convertible (Matt Smith)

Vauxtech - Astra VXR Suspension Upgrade Springs and Rear ARB Fitting Feature.
Read the Full Article Here.

Total Vauxhall October 2011

October - Total Vauxhall
Courtenay on track at Donington.
Read the Full Article Above.

2010......

Total Vauxhall February 2010

February - Total Vauxhall
Vauxtech - Technical feature on fitting a VXR turbo unit to a ZLET engine.
Read the Full Article Here.

Total Vauxhall April 2010

April - Total Vauxhall
Vauxtech - Technical feature on fitting a full 3" exhaust system to an Astra G Z20LET.
Read the Full Article Here.

Total Vauxhall June 2010

June - Total Vauxhall
Vauxtech - Technical feature on fitting the Courtenay Sport VXRacing Intercooler to an Astra VXR Z20LEH.
Read the Full Article Here.

Total Vauxhall July 2010

July - Total Vauxhall
LEGENDS - The FIRST ever 2.0 16v Turbo Nova, built by Courtenay Sport.
Read the Full Article Above.

Total Vauxhall Autumn 2010

Autumn Issue - Total Vauxhall
Church on Sunday - Following Adrian Churchill and his Courtenay Sport backed Astra VXR through a weekend in the Dunlop Sport Maxx Production Cup.
Read the Full Article Above.

Total Vauxhall November 2010

November Issue - Total Vauxhall
Technical Feature - Astra G Turbo Flywheel Upgrade
Buyer's Guide - Meriva VXR with customer Alex Fielding's 09 plate Courtenay mapped car.
VXR Day - Airfield Test featuring customer Mark Thomas's Courtenay modified Vectra VXR.

2009......

Total Vauxhall January 2009

January - Total Vauxhall
Tech Note - Technical feature on fitting an ATB LSD into an M32 6 speed 'box in a Corsa VXR.
Read the Full Article Here.

Total Vauxhall March 2009

March - Total Vauxhall
VXOnline Rolling Road Day.

Reformed Character - Astra GSi Turbo Courtenay Stage 4 (Garry Jarrett)

Total Vauxhall July 2009

July - Total Vauxhall
Fire and Ice - Stage 3 Courtenay Astra VXR 300bhp (Paul Jeffries)

Wild at Heart - Z20LEH Corsa mapped by Courtenay Sport (Mark Dalby)

Total Vauxhall September 2009

September - Total Vauxhall Issue 100.
Northern Fright - Neil Benzie's Immaculate 400bhp Courtenay Astra GSi

Performance Car October 2009

October - Performance Car Issue 20.
Courtenay Vauxhall Astra VXR Sprint - Tuner takes VXR to 292bhp. Hold on tight
See Above for Article

Total Vauxhall December 2009

December - Total Vauxhall Issue 104.
Courtenay Sport's 25th Birthday Bash - 6 page feature covering our 25th Anniversary Celebrations. See Above for Article

Time and Pace - Geoff Rittman's Immaculate Courtenay Tuned Astra Coupe Turbo.

2008......

Performance Tuner March 2008 March - Performance Tuner
Silver Screamer - Courtenay Supercharged 2.2 16v Astra G SRi - Owner: Mark Watts

Quote: "2.2 SRi (referring to Astra G) was never a legend in the world of performance cars but Courtenay's supercharger conversion with chassis mods makes it a belter; looks are understated too,"

Quote: "Mark's SRi is very different, very capable and very quck. I'm so impressed that in sheer cause and effect terms, I don't remember driving a more enjoyable and well sorted modified Vauxhall" See Above for Article
 
Total Vauxhall May 2008 May - Total Vauxhall
New Order - Courtenay Supercharged Astra 2.2 SRi (Mark Watts) - See Above for Article
Performance Tuner Issue 18 September 2008 September - Performance Tuner
Vaux Popular -
4 page company profile feature. See Above for Article
Max Power October 2008 October - Max Power
Buyer's Guide for Astra G using our Supercharged Astra.
  October - Total Vauxhall
The Speed of Sound - Astra SRi Turbo feature (Michael Cloke)
Total Vauxhall November 2008 November - Total Vauxhall
Tech Note - Corsa VXR Stage 3 Conversion. Intercooler and Exhaust Fitting with dyno remapping.
Read the Full Article Here.

Stealth Charge - Supercharged Vectra B SRi 2.2 Z22SE (John Needs)

2007

February - Total Vauxhall
Out and About - Courtenay Sport Open Day Report See Above for Article

March - Total Vauxhall
21st Century Toy - Corsa B 2.2 16v Supercharger - 2.2 Engine Transplant with Supercharger Conversion (George Hudson)

April - Performance Tuner
Six of the Best - Group Test featuring our Stage 3 Astra VXR See Above for Article

May - Total Vauxhall
Two Steps Beyond - Corsa B Z20LET Engine Transplant 285 bhp (Andy Bullen and Billy Taylor)

June - Total Vauxhall
Astra G - Front Anti Roll Bar/Poly Bushes -  Feature and Fitting Guide
Read the Full Article Here.

July - Total Vauxhall
Astra G - Rear Anti Roll Bar/Rear Camber and Toe Shims - Feature and Fitting Guide
Read the Full Article Here.

October - Performance Tuner
Tech Test - Technical on Stage 2 Tuning the Astra VXR See Above for Article

October - Total Vauxhall
Total Dedication - Vectra 2.5 V6 GSi (The Late Donald Joyce)

2006

June - Total Vauxhall
Force Fed - Vectra B 2.2 16v Supercharger Conversion (Paul Pound)

September - Total Vauxhall
Flywheel Tech: Lighten the Load - Vectra B V6 Lightweight Flywheel Fitting Guide
Read the Full Article Here.

Autumn Issue - Total Vauxhall
Astra IV - Front Brake Upgrade Feature and Fitting Guide
Read the Full Article Here.

December - Total Vauxhall
Fire and Ice - Astra G GSi Turbo (Z20LET) (Gareth Kerr)

2005

January - Total Vauxhall
Black Belt - Vectra 2.5 V6 GSi (Shaun Sands)

June - Total Vauxhall
The Velvet Underground - Vectra 2.5 V6 GSi (Dean Roberts)

October - Total Vauxhall
Trax Show Report - Courtenay Report

Autumn Issue - Redline
Chuckle Brothers - Corsa B 240 bhp Z20LET Engine Transplant (Andy Bullen and Billy Taylor)

December - Total Vauxhall
Triple Strength - Two Astra 888 Coupes (Scott Hildred and Siobhan Evans)
Dyno Day Report - Vauxhall Sports Car Club

2004

April - Total Vauxhall
Delta Force - VX220 2.2 16v Supercharger Conversion

June - Total Vauxhall
Repeat Performance - Vectra B GSi 3.2 V6 Engine Transplant (Mark Thomas)

July - Track and Race Car
Group test featuring our then Stage 2 (now Stage 4!) VX220 Turbo:

"A Courtenay chargecooler and engine management setup delivers a whacking punch and was felt as soon as I headed out onto the circuit during the out lap. I knew this was going to be quick.
....it reaches over 130mph which is very impressive along our main straight - there's not many track day stars that get over that figure. Because it was running standard suspension, the set of Courtenay 288mm grooved discs had me working hard on the brakes. If I did get it wrong on the entry the chasis was flexible enough to get it back while the huge lowdown torque figure had me very relaxed and composed."

Quick Comment.......
"Devastatingly quick in a straight line. The brakes are tops...." referring to our Stage 2 240bhp VX220 Turbo.

September - Total Vauxhall
Are We Nearly There Yet? - Zafira GSi (Matt Smith)

October - Total Vauxhall
Brothers Grin - Corsa Sport 1.6 16v Turbo Conversion (Andy Bullen and Billy Taylor)

November - Total Vauxhall
VBOA Report - including Courtenay VX220 Turbo

2003

January - Total Vauxhall
Courtenay Cab - Astra Mk 3 Convertible 3.0 V6 Engine Transplant (Chris Courtenay)

February - Total Vauxhall
Rule Breaker - Vectra B 2.0 16v (X20XEV) Turbo Conversion (Wilson Lee)

May - Total Vauxhall
Displaced Person - Vectra B 3.2 V6 Engine Transplant (270 bhp) (Mike Hampson)

June - Total Vauxhall
Forward March - Astra G 2.5 V6 Engine Transplant (Andrew Otty)

December - Total Vauxhall
Return of the Lotus Eater - VX220 Turbo Sprint
Sting in the Tail - Nova Sting 2.0 16v Weber Alpha Throttle Bodies (Sean Ash)

2002

February - Total Vauxhall
(Can't get no) Satisfaction - Nova 1.6 16v Engine Transplant (Ian Searle)
Having it Large - Corsa 1.4 16v Turbo Conversion (Tom Cowles)

April - Total Vauxhall
Slam Dunkin' - Astra G SRi 2.0 16v (X20XEV) 160bhp (Jamie Dunkley)

July - Total Vauxhall
Top Gear - Nova Sport 2.0 16v XE on Weber Alpha Throttle Bodies (Jon Shield)
This car also featured on one of Jeremy Clarkson's videos, driven by Vicki Butler-Henderson.

November - Total Vauxhall
Secret Weapon - Astra G SRi 2.0 16v (X20XEV) Turbo Conversion (Jon Shield)

December - Total Vauxhall
Mantzel Powerbox Fitting Guide

2001

March - Redline
The First Redline Records featuring our 2.0 16v Nova Sport on Weber Alpha Throttle Bodies. The car was the fast FWD car on the day.

September - Total Vauxhall - First Issue.
Smooth Operator - Courtenay Nova 2.0 16v Turbo (Mark Watts).
The Devil Inside - Vectra B GSi 3.0 V6 Transplant (Mark Thomas)
The Specialist - Courtenay Sport Company Profile.

2000

March - Redline
The Dark Destroyer - Calibra 2.0 16v Turbo

July - Redline
Le Jon 48 Hours - Nova Engine Swap (Jon Walsh)

October - Revs
Astranomic - Astra GSi Mk3 Turbo 300bhp

Revs
Baby Belles - Group Turbo Test including Nova GTE 2.0 16v Turbo (Mark Watts)

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