INTRODUCTION: A slice of British motor racing history went under the auctioneer's hammer on Thursday (22 October) at an automobile show in London.
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM (VISNEWS - LEO WALLER)
SV BRM Stand at Earls Court Motor Fair PULL UP TO Christies sign
CU Bonnet of BRM car PULL OUT TO GV
CU BRM initials on car's engine
Background: INTRODUCTION: A slice of British motor racing history went under the auctioneer's hammer on Thursday (22 October) at an automobile show in London. Eleven complete Grand Prix racing cars that once raced for British Racing Motors (BRM) were put up for sale at the Motorfair show at the capital's Earls Court exhibition centre.
SYNOPSIS: The entire stable of BRM racing cars are being sold by the famous Christies auctioneering company who are also taking bids for other racing momentos.
The BRMs for sale included the Type 15 1.5-litre V16 Grand Prix car which Juan Fangio drove in the early 1950s.
The first racing car built by British Racing Motors appeared in 1949. The early models however were not particularly competitive, the 1949 car never got away from the starting line. It was nine years before BRM experienced a Grand Prix win.
It was the British driver, Graham Hill who brought BRM their greatest success. His win in the opening race of the 1962 season gave Hill a lead in the driver's championship that he went on to win. The much maligned BRM took that year's constructors trophy. However 1962 marked the highspot in the team's history and subsequent cars were often unreliable. BRM withdrew from competition in 1974 but their cars are a splendid reminder of an earlier era of motor racing.
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