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Brabham BT8 - BRM
(Photograph - Brabham BT8 - BRM SC-5-64 - BRM Track Day, Blyton - 24 April 2019) ..................... More Photos in my Flickr album - BRM Track Day - Blyton 24 April 2019)


First raced in 1964 the type was designed for the 2-litre sports-racing car category and originally powered by a 1,880cc BRM V8.

In 2019 it was running with a full two litre unit.







BRP-BRM V8 1.5litre Formula One
(Photograph - BRM Track Day, Blyton - 22 April 2015) ..................... More Photos in my Flickr album - BRM Track Day - Blyton 22 April 2015)

The British Racing Partnership (including the Stirling Moss family and Ken Gregory) ran various Formula One cars that they ran as private entries in the 1950s and early 1960s. The team eventually became a manufacturer in their own right.

The first appearance of the Tony Robinson BRP monococque was in the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa 1963. The team withdrew at the end of 1964. The cars used BRM engines and gearboxes.





Chrysler (Hillman) Avenger 1.6litre
(Photograph - BRM Track Day, Blyton - 24 April 2019) ..................... More Photos in my Flickr album - BRM Track Day - Blyton 24 April 2019)

This high performance version of the family run-about used a "Chrysler-BRM" 1600cc Avenger engine. The BRM conversion used a 16-valve alloy head operated by chain drive twin cams.

The engine capacities were 1598cc and also 1798cc & 2000cc (which gave 205bhp). The car gave Chrysler/Hillman a package powerful enough to compete in rallying. Production of the car ran between 1974 and 1977.





Cooper T82-BRM 4cyl. Formula Two
(Photograph - Cooper T82 F2-2-66 - BRM Track Day, Blyton - 24 April 2019) ..................... More Photos in my Flickr album - BRM Track Day - Blyton 24 April 2019)

Designed for the 1966 Formula Two season with a BRM P80 engine (straight 4 one litre).








Cooper T86-BRM V12 3litre Formula One
In 1968 Brian Redman & Lucien Bianchi scored third places at Spain & Monaco during the last year of the Cooper Grand Prix team's career.

Gilby-BRM V8 1.5litre Formula One
Amateur racing driver and wartime fighter pilot Sid Greene had set up the Gilby Engineering Co Ltd. From 1954 he ran his own private entrant racing team using Maserati 250F and Cooper T45 - Maserati F1 cars. Greene and designer Len Terry (later to design for the BRM works team) raced their own sportscar in 1960 and in 1961 produced a 1.5-litre spaceframe F1 car.

For 1962 another F1 car was designed around the Championship winning BRM V8. At the German GP around Nürburgring Sid's son, Keith, retired the car due to collapsed front suspension. At Enna, Italy Keith finished seventh. The Italian GP at Monza registered a non-qualification. The team closed at the end of 1962.

The Gilby-BRM was used by privateer Ian Raby during 1963 season. Ian's three World Championship races resulted in two non-qualifications and a 19th place in the British GP. Best result of the year was third in the Rome GP, Vallelunga, Italy. The car has survived via various owners (and even beach racing in Jersey!) and is said to be being restored.

Lotus 43 - BRM H16
(Photograph - BRM Track Day, Blyton - 22 April 2015) ..................... More Photos in my Flickr album - BRM Track Day - Blyton 22 April 2015)

The H16 is often thought of as a glorious failure. In part, that may be the case. It was also a great British winner. The engine triumphed at the 1966 US Grand Prix in the richest race of that year's Championship.

At the start of the new 3 Litre formula of 1966 the Lotus team's preferred engine supplier (Coventry-Climax) had withdrawn from racing. Their own bespoke engine (the Cosworth Ford V8) would not be ready until well into the 1967 season. For 1966 the team would use oversize engines from the previous formula and become a "customer team" user of the 3 Litre BRM H16.

The Maurice Philippe designed car produced for the H16 engine was a monocoque ending behind the driver with the engine being a fully stressed member that supported the rear suspension and gearbox.

The Type 43 made its Grand Prix debut in the 1966 French GP. The Type 43 only finished one race - the 1966 United States Grand Prix. It won the race by over a lap! It was the only ever victory of the BRM H16 engine. Click here for the story of the race.

The last race of the Type 43 was the 1967 South African Grand Prix and later in the year at the Dutch Grand Prix the Type 49 Ford Cosworth DFV V8 raced for the first time. The two redundant H16 engined cars had their chassis modified for F5000 with the Ford V8 motor and were sold to Jock Russell and Robs Lamplough.

The US Grand Prix winning car (Type 43 R1) has been restored to original and working order and was first run in front of the public at the 2013 Goodwood Revival.


and then the Lotus 43 - BRM H16 became the Lotus 49 - Cosworth V8

Is this how a good try developed in the one of the classic racers?

Take a bit of weight off the engine
add a bit more power
use a little less fuel
make the car a little smaller
become reliable

and the result is a regular winner

compare the cars at my Flickr album - BRM Track Day - Blyton 22 April 2015



Lotus Elan BRM
The light and small Elan of the 1960s provided a high performance roadgoing two seat sportscar at a reasonable price. The racing option for the Elan (Lotus 26R) could be provided with a BRM tuned version of the four cylinder twin-cam Lotus-Ford engine. One of the most active Lotus dealerships for this car was Mike Spence (who just happened to have driven for the Formula One teams of both Lotus and BRM.)

There were three versions of the BRM Weber side-draft carburettor racing twin-cam.
Phase I - 145bhp. at 6,500 rpm.
Phase II - 200bhp. at 6,500 rpm.
Phase III - ? bhp. at ? rpm.

McLaren M4A - BRM V8 2.1litre Formula One
One of the Formula Two chassis was rebuilt as a Formula One car to fill the gap in early 1967. A 3in. extention in wheelbase allowed the fitting of a BRM V8 2.1litre "Tasman" engine. Extra fuel tanks were fitted to the chassis sides to provide Grand Prix distances. The car got as high as second in the twisty Monaco Grand Prix, finally finishing fourth after being delayed by a flat battery. At the Dutch Grand Prix McLaren retired on the first lap after spinning into the catch fencing. The chassis was later burnt out and written off in an accident at Goodwood.

McLaren M5A - BRM V12 3litre Formula One
The M4A-BRM was followed by the real 1967 Formula One McLaren - the M5A. This was the first use of the BRM "customer" V12 whilst the works team were still using the H16 engine. In the Canadian GP team owner, Bruce McLaren, up to second place in the topsy-turvy rain-soaked race. What could have been a magnificent win first time out became a finish outside the points after a stop to replace a flat battery. The power of the engine was shown by a front row grid position in the Italian Grand Prix at the fast Monza track. The car was running fourth when a broken connecting rod ended the run. The American Grand Prix ended with a water hose failure. Mexican Grand Prix provided a last place finish with overheating problems. The last works use of the car was at the 1968 South African Grand Prix, where Dennis Hulme finished fifth.
Privateer Jo Bonnier used the car until it became a wall-mounted display in his home.


The Nomad Mk1 was a coupe first raced in 1967. The original engine was a Ford 1600cc 4-cylinder. Capacity was later raised to 1800cc and was then given a BRM V8 1500cc engine mid-way through 1968. In later life it reverted to a 1800cc Ford Twin Cam engine.

The Nomad Mk2 open car was built up with part cannibalized from a BRM formula 1 car in 1968.

The Nomad MK3 was another open car originally with a BRM V8 engine. Later used with a Ford V6 engine. After restoration the car returned to racing in 1998 with a Porsche 3.2 litre Carrera flat six engine Another restoration should see the car at the Le Mans Classic in 2018 back with a 2litre BRM V8.

Raymond Mays 20 ..................... (Photos in my Flickr album - My Raymond Mays odds and ends)

 As well of being the “Father” of BRM, Raymond Mays was “Father” of the ERA of the 1930s and also (less well known) the “Father” of a road car using his own name.

The vehicle was based on the Standard V8 “20 horsepower” model in both touring and coupe versions. The engine actually produced 85bhp. at 5000rpm. from it's 2686cc.

Shelsley Motors Ltd., Bourne produced the cars during 1938-1939 (when the Second World War intervened).

Rover 200 BRM LE
The photo is an publicity shot originally issued by the MG Rover Group. Car owners will be found at "" Rover BRM forum.
..................... More Photos in my Flickr album - BRM Track Day - Blyton 22 April 2015

The road car, a special edition based on the Rover 200 / 25 range, was first publicly shown as a concept car at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1997 and was expected to be sold at around priced at £18,000 on the road.
The three door hatch-back became available in April 1998 at about £14,000. Originally the model was to be a special edition of 750 but finally a little over one thousand were produced. UK sales amounted to 795 units. The Belgian market was allocated 50 cars.

The BRM model was given stiffer springs, lowered suspension, alloy 16 inch wheels and a Torsen limited slip differential. Gearing changes giving a close ratio gearbox encoraged the top end of the 1.8 VVC 143hp. rev range to be used.

The cars were painted "Brooklands Green" with chrome trim and a BRM "dayglow" orange nose. The interior was fitted with red leather and aluminium.


Scirrocco-BRM V8 1.5litre Formula One
Chassis produced - SP-1-63 & SP-2-63

Wealthy American teenager Hugh Powell brought into Emeryson Cars Ltd. to provide his guardian, racing driver Tony Settember, with a team to go Formula One racing for the 1962 season. The year with the Emeryson-Climax 4-cylinder was not a great success.

For 1963 Powell took full control of the team, renamed it “Scirocco-Powell” and developed a redesigned chassis to take the BRM-V8 that had taken the 1962 World Championship. Two chassis were built Scirocco-BRM (SP-1-63) for Tony Settember and later a narrower Scirocco-BRM (SP-2-63) for the team’s second driver, the narrower Tony Burgess. The team raced under the USA national colours of blue and white.

The cars’ greatest day was when Settember took Scirocco-BRM (SP-1-63) to a second place in the 1963 Austrian GP, only beaten by ex-World Champion Jack Brabham. The story was not quite as good as it seemed as the non-championship race only had three finishers and Tony was five laps behind Brabham.

Otherwise the year was no more successful than 1962 and by the end of Powell closed the team and both cars were sold. In 1964 Belgian Andre Pilette raced SP-2-63 with a Climax V8 engine and the Belgian national racing colour of yellow. Having being recovered from long-term storage in a Bristol mill in 1991 the chassis was later rebuilt by Hall & Fowler.  Hall & Hall (as Hall & Fowler are now known) are restoring both chassis.

Talbot Sunbeam BRM

I spotted this advert - no other information currently available.

"This is UK’s monthly Performance Tuning dated October 1988, 84 pages. In this issue there is coverage on: The Hartwell BRM 16-valve Sunbeam Lotus Talbots are reviewed in an interesting article. Good engine photos…"

Techcraft-BRM V8 1.5litre

(photo left and right Jul 2009)
More Photos in my Flickr album - My BRM odds and ends

The 1967 Techcraft-BRM at the Museum of British Road Transport, Coventry .

The car uses the Ferguson 4WD system and a 1500cc. BRM V8 Grand Prix engine.

The car is described ........
"RAC Hill Climb Champion 1967-1968 driven by Peter Lawson
Engine later enlarged to 1600cc and later still returned to 1500cc
Later raced by Roy Lane of Warwickshire who rebuilt the car."

The car was later used by Dave Baumforth.


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