BRMs Hit The Track For 70th Birthday Celebrations At Revival

BRM - Goodwood Revival 2021
BRM - Goodwood Revival 2021

BRMs were in abundance at Goodwood’s annual Revival yesterday as the racers took to the Circuit on Friday afternoon in celebration of the Bourne marque reaching its seventieth year in 2021.

More than 35 BRM racing cars spanning 1949 to 1974 took center stage rekindling memories of the first World Championship Grand Prix at Zandvoort in 1959. It was the legendary partnership of Graham Hill and BRM that was to claim the Drivers’ and Constructors’ titles three years later, along with the household names of Dan Gurney, Jackie Stewart, and Niki Lauda.

Highlights of the racing BRM parade in association with Motul included a brace of the instantly recognisable V16-engined, 1.5-litre P15s, the P25 aboard which Jo Bonnier claimed that maiden victory in the Netherlands, the ex-Richie Ginther P578, and the wildly ambitious H16-engined P83.

BRM - Goodwood Revival 2021
BRM – Goodwood Revival 2021

Also on show was one of the ‘new’ P15 V16 race cars to be produced in Bourne, Lincolnshire, very close to where the originals were first engineered. Three of the ‘new’ machines will be built at Hall and Hall to mark the 70th anniversary of the original British Racing Motors team via the discovery of three dormant chassis numbers originally allocated to the racing programme but were never built due to a change in Formula 1 technical regulations at the time.

Rob Hall tests the new BRM P15 V16
Rob Hall tests the new BRM P15 V16

Other cars of note included the P160 aboard which Peter Gethin famously scored the closest-ever F1 win at Monza in 1971. It wasn’t all single-seaters, though, with the likes of the Rover-BRM Turbine Le Mans car and the monstrous Castrol-liveried P154 Can-Am weapon also wowing the crowds.

The first of three P15s continuation cars also took to the Circuit, having been unveiled by the Duke of Richmond earlier today. Constructed by famed restorers Hall & Hall, a firm steeped in BRM lore, and employing chassis numbers laid down in period but not used, it was fashioned using original blueprints and similarly employs more than 4000 individual components. This remarkable car, along with its exalted antecedents, will be out on track in further parades on Saturday and Sunday.

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