Unlike most of their competitors in the fledgeling UK auto industry who set up their production facilities in the Midlands of England.
Vauxhall Motors first saw the light of day in the South of England, more precisely in Vauxhall, a suburb of London, UK’s capital city.
Vauxhall's founder was Alexander Wilson, formerly a marine engineer who was born in Scotland, and decided to head South in the middle of the 19th century in search of opportunities in the “big smoke”.
Wilson founded his company in 1857 with the original intention of producing engineering equipment for the marine industry, although the company gradually moved into auto production, revealing their first car in 1903.
The first Vauxhall, which appeared to have no name, enjoyed relative success with around 70 sold in the first year of production.
With demand for their products booming, Vauxhall Iron Works, as they were still known, moved out of the cramped premises in Vauxhall, to the expanding industrial city of Luton to the north of London.
With Alexander Wilson long since having departed the scene, and new driving force was needed to steer Vauxhall Motors as they were then known through their formative years.
That force came in the form of Laurence Pomeroy, who had joined Vauxhall in 1906 shortly after their move to Luton.
Even though he was still in his early Twenties, the managing director at Vauxhall Motors Percy Kidner recognised that Pomeroy had tremendous potential and suggested that he work on the design of an engine for a car to be entered in the 1908 RAC and Scottish Reliability Trial,held in June of 1906.