The BRM story began in 1947 with the formation of the British Motor Racing Research Trust under the guidance and driving force of Raymond Mays, aided by leading figures in the British manufacturing industry. Their aim - to build a Grand Prix car that would put Britain well and truly in the centre of the motor racing map. However, the syndicate’s early fortunes were decidedly mixed and it wasn’t until the 1950s, following its acquisition by the powerful Rubery Owen organisation, that BRM began to develop into a serious challenger for GP honours.
In the third volume of this unique, commemorative, four-part series, motorsport historian Neville Hay recalls what became BRM’s golden years in GP racing. By 1962 team manager and chief engineer Tony Rudd had been told: “Win two Grands Prix or the team folds”. With that in mind, he persevered with the development of the rear-engined, 1.5 litre V8 P57 that enabled Graham Hill to not only win four championship races (and the World Drivers’ title) but also secure BRM’s first Constructors’ title. The team had won its reprieve but, more importantly, the international accolades that were its ultimate goal. Volume Three also relives the early racing career of rising star Jackie Stewart and remembers the exploits of leading Sixties’ drivers Richie Ginther and Dan Gurney.
These were exciting times for motor-racing and here you can enjoy the heady V8 days of BRM brought vividly to life with wonderful archive pictures and nostalgic race footage. Interviews with main players such as Tony Rudd, Richard Attwood, Richie Ginther, Jackie Stewart, David Owen and Dan Gurney lend fascinating insights into the history of one of Britain’s most remarkable racing institutions.