Team Bianchi brave the Pom 2013

The 60th Anniversary VSCC Pomeroy Trophy took place at Silverstone on Saturday 25 February amid sleet, snow and sub-zero temperatures. This unique Vintage Sports Car Club event was derived in the 1950’s by motoring journalist Laurence Pomeroy as a test to find the ‘ultimate’ road car. ‘The Pom’ is a points based event and comprises handling, acceleration and braking disciplines with an hour long circuit time trial as the final event. Regulations state that all cars should carry ‘two standard VSCC sized suitcases’, be fitted with hard tops or soft tops, and should be driven to the circuit – points are lost for any cars not adhering. The Trophy is open to all road registered cars, and always provides a wonderfully varied entry list – perhaps the most gallant of 2013 was a stretched Ford Scorpio funeral limousine. AOC honour was upheld by Tony & Pia Bianchi – Tony running the Farrallac (shown quite rightly leading the way to an Aston Martin V8 Vantage on the circuit test) and wife Pia winning the Ladies class in her MGB, (shown being dwarfed by the Edwardian 1914 Vauxhall of Gillian Carr).

The event was won by Dudley Sterry in his HRG Sports, at last putting one over the ‘Chain Gang’ Frazer Nash drivers, who have, for so long, made ‘The Pom’ their own. (For a video clip of a typical Pom prepared Frazer Nash, click on ‘piglet’ – as you will see, the fitting of a makeshift hood somewhat affects the handling… piglet ).

Report by David Hooper and photo credits to