A collaboration between BRM and Rover produced this turbine-powered car for the 1963 24 Hours of Le Mans, seen here with Graham Hill behind the wheel. Though an “experimental” entry, it completed all 24 hours and would have finished in the top-10 if classified.
Photo: John Sismey Collection
It was seeing Raymond Mays’ ERA that first drew a young John Sismey to mechanical engineering. After a grammar school education, he worked as an apprentice machinist with Peter Brotherhood Ltd. of Peterborough. National Service beckoned and a spell with the Royal Air Force honed his mechanical and engineering abilities further. An eight-year spell with BRM was the prelude to Sismey forming his own engineering company, Vegantune, which built racing engines for a number of racing series and helped launch…
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