The BRM Association held their annual track day at Blyton Park, Nr. Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. A good number of attendees including ex-employees, drivers, owners and enthusiasts enjoyed dry, although windswept conditions and witnessed demonstration runs of some of the BRM marque former challengers including the famous 1957 P25 that in the hands of Jo Bonnier gave the Bourne team their first GP win in 1957. Also appearing were the P48, P261 and P160 cars along with a number of other racing challengers that fought ‘on track’ in period with BRM.
A good number of ex-BRM personnel were on hand, including mechanics Dick Salmon, Ben Casey, John Sismey and Rick Hall (all of whom have been interviewed in previous issues of VR), together with VR columnist and former BRM pilot Howden Ganley, former designer Mike Pilbeam and BRM Association Patron, David Owen (son of Sir Alfred Owen) of Rubery Owen Holdings Ltd. The day was thoroughly enjoyable and a fantastic opportunity for those associated with the now defunct marque to reminisce about the ‘good old days’.
The BRM Association was formed in 2012 by BRM enthusiasts Eric Biggadike, John Burt and Anthony Delaine-Smith with the support and co-operation of David Owen OBE, Rubery Owen Holdings Ltd and Rick Hall of Hall & Hall. The aim of the BRM Association is to promote the history and legacy of BRM and provide a forum for BRM car owners, former employees and enthusiasts. Further information – http://brmassociation.org/
Blyton Park is now owned by the head of Ginetta, Lawrence Tomlinson, the rural situated track conceived as a fast, challenging but ultimately forgiving circuit, offers an unrivaled opportunity for drivers of all levels to practice car control in a safe and friendly environment. Full details can be found at www.blytonpark.co.uk/