Turner BMC works driver dies at the age of 77


Robin Bryant who won the Autosport Championship 1000cc Class in 1960 in a Barwell-entered semi-works Turner BMC died on 23 June.

Bryant (pictured second from right) had previously competed in the newly established Stock Car Racing for three seasons.

Success would follow in 1959, behind the wheel of an Austin A35 entered and tuned by Barwell Motors of Chessington, winning four races.

In 1961, Bryant was contracted to Jack Brabham to drive the works Sunbeam Alpine and Sunbeam Rapier.

Racing the Rapier just twice he took victories at Goodwood and Snetterton, but the Alpine – in his only race with the car – was less successful when faced with the Jaguar E-types of Roy Salvadori and Graham Hill.

Bryant had been earmarked to test the MRD, which would later become Brabham’s entry into the 1962 Formula Junior Championship, but after two accidents in John Hine's Lola Formula Junior he was ruled out in favour of Denny Hulme.

Bryant’s funeral will take place at Boston Crematorium in Lincolnshire on 11 July.

Photos: Turner Register




Robin was a true gentleman , He had a passion for motorsport and really helped put Turner Sports Cars on the map. It was a pleasure to get to know him in his latter years and enjoy the numerous stories he could recount about those 'Glory Days' and the elite company he kept, Had he continued to race on past the early 60s who knows what more he could have achieved. Robin was a regular visitor to Turner events and Historic motorsport events and he left us too soon and will be greatly missed by us all. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones.

James Elliott

That's a lovely tribute Russell Filby. Thank you.

Group Editor, C&SC

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