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John Whiteman went to Paris for the annual celebration of all things automotive
The 43rd edition of Retromobile, the Paris show that traditionally starts the European historic season, took place from 7-10 February spread over three halls of the Expo Centre at Porte de Versailles. This year’s show was joined, as usual, by auctions from RM Sotheby’s at Place Vauban and Bonhams at The Grand Palais as well as Artcurial within the exhibition, all enlivened by the arrival of three to four inches of snow on opening day.
From Lincolnshire cottage industry to world leader
Alan Cox went to see the multi-faceted firm
2018 marks the 41st year of Hall & Hall’s operation in the Lincolnshire market town of Bourne, a location probably best remembered as being the home of ERA and BRM. While Hall & Hall have outlived BRM’s period of operation, much of their success has been founded on the BRM legacy. As you approach their headquarters along Raymond Mays Way, there is evidence of great expansion of the town in recent years, with extensive residential developments and business parks, while Hall & Hall’s base is equally impressive, housed in the premises originally built for Mike Pilbeam’s Pilbeam Racing Designs and located, appropriately enough, on the corner of Graham Hill Way, in honour of BRM’s only World Champion.
John Whiteman reports on the VSCC’s quirky annual contest
There is perhaps no other event that captures the essence of the Vintage Sports-Car Club like the legendary ‘Pomeroy Trophy’, the annual event in which cars from the Edwardian era compete with the latest cars, and just about everything in between, in an attempt to discover the best touring car. It is a unique event in which the speed, agility and braking ability of cars of all ages are measured against each other through a complicated handicapping system.
The Vintage Sports-Car Clubs annual Pomeroy Trophy took place at a very cold but mercifully dry and sunny Silverstone over the full Grand Prix course on Saturday, 24 February. As the club’s only competition to admit modern cars a wide variety is always guaranteed, this year ranging from Andrew Howe-Davies’ 1911 SCAT racer to 2017 hot hatches.