Capturing the imagination and ethos of the Vintage Sport Car Club
What could be more quintessentially British than the Pomeroy Trophy? This totally unique affair has been a highlight of the annual events calendar at the Vintage-Sports-Car-Club for over 60 years and this year the historic and legendary competition was once again held on the hallowed ground of Silverstone. The home of British racing saw post and pre-war cars congregate to participate in the exciting test of speed, agility, breaking capabilities and quite randomly whether certain suitcases fit in their cars.
By Lena Hedges
The trophy is based on the formula which is used to calculate the ultimate Touring Car and was devised by Laurence Pomeroy, hence the trophy bearing his name. The one class only trophy is open to all roadworthy cars with the overall winner of all the Trials being crowned triumphant. Although all entries must still be roadworthy, unlike other years there was no penalty for vehicles that arrived on trailers rather than being driven into the paddock. The trials that the cars must partake in include a High-Speed Regularity Time Trial, with them being tested on handling acceleration and breaking, and, of course, we must not forget the most unique test in all of the motoring industry; the ability to fit two VSCC / Le Mans regulation suitcases into the car to prove their status as Touring cars.
The ‘Pom’, as it is affectionately known within the VSCC circle opens the racing calendar for the historic club and sees entries accepted on a first come first served basis though the club reserves 10% of the entry spaces to use at their discretion. There are 156 spaces available for competitors and in addition to the circuit based tests each must have an MOT (if required for the age of the car), road legal tyres, exhausts and lights etc … everything that is required to legally enable it to drive on public roads.
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Although the trophy bears Laurence Pomeroy’s name, he didn’t actually invent the concept, he did, however, invent the formula for the calculations on which the competition is based. It was first raised as a suggestion in 1947 by John Rowley but wasn’t used until 1952 due to the petrol rationing that continued after the end of World War 2. Before the event could actually take place the Trophy was awarded for ‘Outstanding service to the club’. The initial winner, before it had become the event we now know, was Cecil ‘Sam’ Clutton in 1948 and the first winner of the ‘Pom’ was Peter Binns in 1952 with his Vauxhall 30/98. Laurence Pomeroy’s formula to calculate the efficiency of GP car engines was used as the basis for the tests and Mr Pomeroy went on to present the early awards.
The winner of the Pom is always a brilliant all-rounder piloted by an expert driver and this year was no different as Simon Smith took to the tarmac in his Lotus Elan to triumphantly win the coveted trophy in the winter sunshine. Other awards were taken by Simon Blakeney-Edwards winning the Densham Trophy for best pre-war car and Andrew Howe-Davis winning the Pomeroy Edwardian in his 1911 Scat racer.
There is no better way to spend a sun-dappled winter day than watching this exemplary display of motor cars in such a historic and infamous competition.
Check out @Anglocreative’s photo gallery of the Pomeroy Trophy below
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