Ever wondered what handles better around Silverstone: a 1952 Frazer Nash Targa Florio or a 1988 Vauxhall Nova, or which has the better straight-line speed between a 1929 Bentley Le Mans (4398cc) or a 1965 Ford Cortina Mk1 (1995cc)? The VSCC’s Pomeroy Trophy is where to get the answer as you’ll see such diverse pre- and post-war machinery competing against each other.
For many motorsport fans, vintage and historic cars evoke a level of passion and feeling that the anodyne boxes of today fail to reach – you just need to witness the enthusiasm generated by such machines at the Revival or Festival of Speed.
The ‘Pom’ Trophy, as it’s affectionately known, was first mooted by John Rowley way back in 1947 and named after Laurence Pomeroy Snr, chief designer at Vauxhall at the turn of the 19th century. Cars of all ages can enter, the overall winner chosen by performance on the day and a complex handicap system including the VSCC’s unique ‘suitcase’ test which ensures that all participating cars can be defined as ‘touring cars’. Cars must also been driven to the event.
The competition itself includes tests such as acceleration/braking, handling via a slalom course, culminating with high speed circuit laps.
With a 2015 entry of over 75 cars covering a century, there was variety aplenty. But which would win – modern high-tech or oil on the goggles? The overall winner was Martin Hunt in a 1952 Frazer Nash Targa Florio with Dudley Sterry in a 1937/39 HRS Sports winning the Densham Trophy (awarded for best pre-war car).
So that’s settled. As well as being more evocative, the historics also perform better on track…