Yaris GRMN takes on the Pomeroy Trophy

11/04/2018

The Pomeroy Trophy is a truly unique event, known affectionately as ‘The Pom’.

Toyota entered a pair of our super-charged super minis; specifically two new Yaris GRMNs, to see how they would fare against everything from multi-million-pound classic Astons to hand-built pre-war racers powered by aircraft engines.

Whilst it might not seem the most logical thing to do, there is a sensible purpose. Gazoo Racing, Toyota’s performance arm, is all about the love of cars, and an obsession with engineering and improvement; nothing sums up this unique event more than that. The Pom may not look very sensible from the outside, but once inside you see a passion and celebration of cars like almost nowhere else.

Over the course of a day, competitors take part in handling, acceleration and braking tests. Practicality is also evaluated in that every car must be able to carry two standardised VSCC-size suitcases. A high-speed Regularity Time Trial follows – a spectacular sight that sees pre- and post-war cars driving on the Silverstone circuit together.

Entries often include sub-£200 cars bought just for the event which, thanks to the way the Pom is judged, often ‘beat’ exotic cars costing hundreds of thousands of pounds. The complex mathematical theory governing the judging is a closely guarded VSCC secret but the one thing all the competitors know is it’s not really about the winning, it’s about the day out.

As it turned out we did pretty well, coming second in our class. More pleasing was the attention the GRMN cars got all day, with owners of everything from pre-war Bentleys to modern BMW M3s poking their heads around our pit garage to have a peek.

We’ll be back next year. We’re not sure what we’ll be in yet, but we’ve found a group of people who share our love of cars, whatever they are!