Tom’s own interest in historic cars was ignited by a chance visit to VSCC Prescott in the early 1990s. Once the seed was planted, this interest grew and grew, and led to Tom finally fulfilling his ambition to compete in a vintage car in 2001 at the annual VSCC Prescott Hill Climb, in a car which he had largely built himself following the passing of his father, Philip Hardman, in 1998.Tom made an instant name for himself on track at this first foray in his Austin 7, which was known as the B&Q Special.
Following a change of occupation in 2004, a potent Frazer Nash Supersport soon joined the Austin 7. Tom spent the next couple of years racing both cars until a track accident in 2007 during testing, the evening before the VSCC’s annual Cadwell Park meeting. After a long road to recovery, Tom returned to work where he met his now-wife Helen. Helen quickly caught the vintage motoring bug and instantly entered Prescott in the now repaired infamous B&Q Special. With personal circumstances changing for the better and a wedding on the horizon, the Frazer Nash was sold, and in May 2010, Tom left employment to pursue his passion full-time. In the October of that year, Tom Hardman Limited was incorporated.