These photographs were taken at the start of the TSB’s Annual R E Gillies Car Rally held on April 23rd 1978. The Bank’s team finished in third place with Gordon Hancock and John Rogers winning the L& N Trophy for best placed Vauxhall.
the Rally starting at the TSB College at Shirley, Solihull, the Bank was represented by the General Manager (J W Hoccom), the Deputy
General Manager (B R Endall) and members of the Bank’s Marketing Team.
A Commemorative Brochure regarding the R E Gillies Rally described the 1978 event as follows:
1978 – THE ONLY EVENT TO USE THE TSB COLLEGE & THE FIRST ONE TO BE STARTED BY A MAYOR
Started by the Mayor of Solihull from the TSB College, on 23 April 1978 to follow a route through the Vale of Evesham, Malvern Wells & Worcester to Stoke-on-Trent. The course included a level crossing at Tredington where the gates were opened by the lady gate-keeper, 54 times without complaint. There were 2 crashes (minor) including one by the eventual leading lady driver, with a gate post.
Marshals stayed the night at the Greswolde Hotel, Knowle during a brewery strike & had to cook their own breakfasts – or miss the start of the rally.
Prizes were presented by Mr H C Rodgers (Mid-Lancs & Merseyside TSB) at the North Staffordshire Hotel, Stoke-on-Trent.
Winners (Individual) – Mike & Ian Robson in a Viva from Yorkshire & Lincolnshire TSB.
(Team) – Lancs & Cumbria TSB – Dave Bradbury & Peter Whalley (Marina), Bob Mawson & David Taylor (Triumph 2000) &
Bob Moorcroft & John Parker (Civic)
The Trust Company Cup was presented for the first time – leading Ford Entry,
also saw the sad passing away of Mr R E Gillies, having joined the bank on the 18th October 1919. Described on his retirement as ‘this
volatile, verbose and cheerful; member of staff’ he leaves behind him a perpetual memorial in the shape of the Gillies Trophy.