The Club

We are a community dedicated to preserving, promoting and enjoying the MK1 Vauxhall Astra & Opel Kadett D. We share technical knowledge, restore vehicles and attend shows together.

The car

The Astra name originated with the Vauxhall-badged version of the Opel Kadett D, which had been launched in 1979. This model, which went on sale in March 1980, replaced the Vauxhall Viva in the UK. The Astra was Vauxhall's first model to have front wheel drive. Not all trim levels were available with all body styles. Confusingly in the British market, both the Kadett D and the Astra were sold alongside each other until the consolidation of Opel and Vauxhall dealerships in the early 1980s, when the Opel badged versions were phased out.
Production began at Opel's West German plant at Bochum in August 1979, with British deliveries of the Opel Kadett commencing in November 1979, four months before the Vauxhall-badged versions were launched.
The overhead-camshaft engine (not 1200) was a huge leap forward from the earlier generation of small engines used in Vauxhall and Opel cars in terms of power, economy and refinement. It was initially available in 1300 and 1600 forms, and later an 1800 fuel-injected version was added, used in the Mk 1 Astra GTE model, introduced in 1983. This version of the Astra was an alternative to the Ford Escort XR3, Volkswagen Golf GTI and Fiat Strada 105TC.
The car featured a new unified engine for Vauxhall/Opel, featuring an all-aluminium head, overhead camshaft and hydraulic valve lifters, and it quickly became popular with buyers. A 1200 cc version which used the older Opel OHV engine was also available.
There were three body styles for the first generation Astra: hatchback, saloon, and estate, all available with two or four side doors. The saloons were styled exactly like the hatchbacks, except for a different rear window above a boot lid; from the side they looked almost indistinguishable from the hatchback, with no protruding notch at the rear. The saloon version was replaced by the Belmont saloon based on the Astra MK2 in early 1986.
The white 1800GTE was the first UK car to be 'colour-coded' with body trim that matched the base colour of the car, this included wheel arch extensions, front side and rear lower skirts, mirror covers, bumpers and even the alloy wheels were painted white. The black, silver and red versions of the GTE also had colour-coding but had the more conventional black bumpers and silver painted alloy wheels.
There was also a van version which was badged the Bedford Astravan—the Bedford brand at that time being used for GM's commercial vehicles in Britain. Unlike the previous Opel T-Car, no Coupé was offered.
Early versions of the Astra were imported from the Opel factories in Germany and Belgium, with production beginning at Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant on 16 November 1981.
Sales of this first Astra were strong, and gave Vauxhall a much-needed boost in the small family car sector after several years of declining sales with the Viva HC. It soon overtook the Austin Allegro as Britain's second most popular small family car and was awarded What Car?'s: 'Car of the Year' for 1980.

Club structure

Chairman: Ben Shepherd
Secretary: Philip Wardle
Treasurer: Ben Shepherd

Our Constitution

1. Title
The title shall be the MK1 Astra Owners Club hereafter referred to as the MK1OC.

2. Club Contact Address
The post, telephone and email contact for general matters is that of the secretary.

3. Objectives of the Club
- To further interest in the preservation, history and active use of MK1 Astra's
- To provide benefits for members, including discounts etc.
- To maintain sufficient funds to cover the general administration of the club
- To promote and actively present at major car shows
- To organise events for club members
- To provide a online and offline community for MK1 Astra owners

4. Management Meetings
Meetings between the club management will be held on a quarterly basis. Each meeting will have a pre-determined agenda which will include any issues arising from the last quarter and will review progress of points of actions from previous meetings.

5. Annual General Meeting
This will be held yearly in either March or April between the club managers and any other invited club members. The managers will present reports covering the previous year's activities.

6. Records
All meetings will be recorded by minute taking and will be prepared and distributed within 2 weeks of the meeting to all parties concerned by either email or post.
Agendas for meetings will be sent out 2 weeks prior to any meeting, again by post or email.

7. Finance
- The MK1OC is a non-profit organisation except for maintaining a level of funds sufficient to cover the clubs activities.
- No-one may profit from MK1OC activities without full club approval.
- Secretary to be able to provide an approximate balance at club meetings.
- Secretary to keep records of income and expenditure and to present accounts at the AGM

8. Liability
All vehicles, including static and immobilised exhibits, attending MK1OC events must have the relevant valid insurance, tax, MOT etc. covering the vehicle, exhibit, driver(s) and minder(s).

9. Insurance Cover
MK1OC events will have public liability insurance cover.

10. Member Conduct
If any member is deemed by the club management to have brought the MK1OC into disrepute, a formal written warning will be issued with a time and place to respond to the allegations when a management vote will be taken on the matter.

Examples of inappropriate behaviour include:
- Personal attacks or abusive online posts or communication in general
- Use of excessive or inappropriate profanity

If the defence is inadequate or not forthcoming the club reserves the right to repeat the letter/meeting process or to terminate that member's membership of the MK1OC.