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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.
First announced in 2009 as a special one-off race for pre-’63 GT cars at the Silverstone Classic, the popularity of the formula became immediately apparent, when organisers, Historic Motor Racing, received entries from all over Europe. The brainchild of Ben Cussons, the race where the short wheelbase Ferraris, and the DB4 GT Astons could shine once again, and with classes for cars rarely seen any longer in international racing, such as MGAs, Turners, Lotus Elites, Alfa Romeo SZs, Corvette C1s and Austin Healey 100s, attracted oversubscribed grids in subsequent years and led to the involvement of the Royal Automobile Club that dedicated a new, perpetual Tourist Trophy for Historic Cars to be awarded to the winner. The first winner of the RAC Historic TT was Carlo Vögele, driving his 1962 GTO Ferrari and, in 2011, Stuart Graham, the only driver to have won the TT for motorcycles and the Tourist Trophy for cars, which fittingly allowed him to complete the TT set. Assisted by co-driver Richard Attwood, the pair drove one of six Aston Martin DB4GTs entered. The following year Pre-’63 GT became a three-race series, which continued to include the TT Trophy race at the Classic.