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(Thomas) Raymond Mays CBE (1st August 1899 6th January 1980)
1899 Born 1st August at Eastgate House, Bourne, Lincolnshire.
1912 Started at Berystead preparatory school (The Berrystead at Oundle School).
1914 Moved up from Berystead to Oundle School (near Peterborough, Lincolnshire).
1917 In December started army service training in the Grenadier Guards.
1918 Received his commission in May.
1918 In October posted to France and then after the Armistice to Germany, resigning his commission in 1919.
1919 In October started university at Christ's College, Cambridge.
1921 First competition year in a Hillman 1.5-litre Speed Model called Quick Silver. Having left Cambridge, Mays started learning the family business.
1922 Ran a Brescia Bugatti, later to be known as 'Cordon Rouge'.
1924 Added a second Brescia Bugatti, called 'Cordon Bleu'.
1925 Mays campaigned a supercharged A.C.
1926 - Mays campaigned a TT Vauxhall.
1927 A 2-litre Targa Florio Mercedes was used.
1928 - Mays campaigned the supercharged TT Vauxhall - the Villiers Supercharge.
1930 The much modified supercharged TT Vauxhall was now known as the Vauxhall-Villiers.
1931 An Invicta was in regular use known as The White Invicta.
(Photograph -Silverstone, 24 April 2010) ..................... More Photos
1933 The White Riley was raced and formed the seed for the E.R.A. team that followed.
1934 - The first year of the ERA team with Mays as one of the directors. See the ERA page.
1938 Shelsley Motors Ltd. was formed with Mays as one of the directors to produce the Raymond Mays Special sports tourer.
1939 - Mays withdrew from the ERA team and set up Automobile Developments Ltd with Peter Berthon intending to produce a Grand Prix car for Britain.
1939-1945 The Second World War changed motor racing into a planning exercise.
1945 2nd March - Mays Project launched to form a Grand Prix team.
1947 25th April - British Motor Racing Research Trust formed.
1947 The first British Hill Climb Championship was won by Mays.
1948 The British Hill Climb Championship was again won by Mays.
1949 - Automobile Developments Limited renamed BRM Limited. See the BRM page.
1949 On 15th December Mays demonstrated the first BRM V16 to the press at Folkingham Aerodrome, Lincolnshire.
1952 - The BRM Trust was wound up and the assets and name bought by the Rubery Owen Ltd.
1950s and 1960s Mays Heads and other tuning equipment for Ford engines were produced.
1959 BRM won its first World Championship Grand Prix.
1962 - BRM won the Constructors' World Championship.
1972 - BRM won its last World Championship Grand Prix.
1975 - The Owen Organisation sold the team assets and Owen family member Jean and husband Louis Stanley (previous joint managing directors) took over the team and entered as Stanley-BRM.
1977 11th September BRM entered its last Grand Prix in Italy. Teddy Pilette in P207/02 did not qualify, being seven places and over one and a half seconds away from a start.
1978 Received the CBE for services to motor sport.
1980 Died on 6th January in Bourne.
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