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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.
A return to the Island – The Three Legs of Mann
With motor sport ingrained in its rocks and mountains, there’s no place quite like the Isle of Man, with its variety of roads: From open and sinewy to twisty and testing single track lanes, to fast tarmac stretches, the Island has it all. HERO will be using these roads, and adding some closed-road sections and the possibility of some forestry stages, on its Three Legs of Mann rally next year. Taking place over an intense day and a half, on March 15-16 2019, the rally will run on some of the legendary sections of road used in classic motor sport events throughout the year. Tests take place on either private land or on closed-road sections, giving drivers a chance to fully demonstrate their driving skills. The tight lanes in the lowlands that have a maze of junctions will make the regularities very interesting too, as will the Friday evening section in the dark.