BRMs let loose in Lincolnshire


The centre of Bourne – home of British Racing Motors – was closed last Sunday as some of the firm’s most famous racing cars made the streets their own.

Fantastic machinery wowing the 20,000-strong crowd included a P578 – which guided Graham Hill to the World Championship in ’62 and was driven by his son Damon (above) – two V16s from the ’50s, a P57 ‘stack pipe’, two P207s and a P48 that had been shipped from the USA.

Other famous ex-works drivers in attendance included Sir Jackie Stewart (above, driving a P261), who made his Grand Prix debut with the team in 1965, Richard Attwood and Howden Ganley.

Adding to the single-seaters was a cavalcade of pre-’63 road cars, a parade of period transporters and a fly-past from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s C-47 Dakota, the military version of the DC3.

The day also celebrated pre-war machinery from ERA, another marque that was founded by Raymond Mays and based in Bourne.

Local firm Hall & Hall was instrumental in organising the event, the profits from which were donated to two local charities – the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance and the Bourne Outdoor Pool.

To find out more about the day, click here.



It was certainly a very good day, even the weather gods smiled on the crowds. The ability to see the cars and drivers close up made it all the better. No huge run off areas or fences here. A great feature was the 1960's replica grid featuring; BRM, Lotus, ERA, Cooper, Lola, Scirocco and a Derrington Francis. Even if Damon was fashionably late for the start. A selection of my own modest images can be found at;
A round of applause to the organisers for making it happen and the local authority for permitting it. Not sure what the Police Superintendent with the radar speed gun was doing though.
Chris McEvoy.

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