Largely to get away from the family on my birthday, I entered the faithful Babe Magnet for the Pomeroy Trophy last Saturday at Silverstone. It’s a handicap event run by the Vintage Sports Car Club but open to cars of all ages. Based on an unfathomable handicap formula, the objective is to find the best sports touring car. It attracts a somewhat eclectic entry from Edwardian to an Audi RS6 for a series of tests; a standing start acceleration test, a braking test, wiggling through cones and a forty minute time trial blasting round the National circuit.
Blow me, but we got a Third Class award which was quite pleasing given that we were bog standard and most of the moderns were track day specials or outright racers. Beat a Cooper S, Porsche 944, Elise and Audi RS6…..
Also good news is that there is a penalty for inadequate boot space: You have to be able to get two official size suitcases in and close the boot. We passed so we can now say that the GTV’s boot is officially adequate.
Comedy entries included a stretched Ford Scorpio limosine (£50 on Fleabay) and a Tatra. Both with mega long wheelbases, good for the handicap.
Other than the brake warning light coming on after a couple of laps, which I chose to ignore given the pads were new, she performed well, in spite of it lashing down.