Event Details

BRM Evening

Time: December 6, 2014 from 6:30pm to 10pm
Location: Beaulieu
Website or Map: http://www.beaulieu.co.uk/bea…
Event Type: talk
Organized By: Andrea Adorjan
Latest Activity: Nov 23, 2014

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The BRM V16 was a remarkably daring and futuristic enterprise when former ERA principals Raymond Mays and Peter Berthon first floated the notion in 1945. The idea of a cooperative British motor industry project to build a world-beating Grand Prix racing car was embraced by only the most imaginative minds, but imagination and stark economic reality would collide through 1946-1950. By the time this stupendously-specified projectile emerged in the metal, initial under-funding and postwar inflation left the Bourne-based team to develop the design on a shoe-string. Ultimately it had to be saved by a benefactor, which is where Alfred Owen of the Owen Organisation came to the rescue. Under his aegis the BRM V16 became a regular front-runner - but too late for the Grand Prix Formula to which it had been built. So where should the project stand within motor racing history?

Tonight, Doug Nye will explore the V16's true significance, and its landmark role not only in the story of British motor sporting aspiration, but also as part of this nation's postwar social fabric.

Tickets for the BRM Preservation Appeal Draw remain on sale until 17 November at a cost of £2 per ticket. The draw will be held on 24 November. Please contact Heather Reid, Tel: 01590 614634. We will also be inviting donations to the BRM Appeal on the night of the talk.

Tickets: No ticket is required for this event but please inform the Membership Secretary if you wish to attend. You can pay by debit/credit card over the phone or send a cheque. £7.50 for Friends of the NMMT members; £10 for non-members.

Timings: Please note The National Motor Museum will not be open this evening due to other functions. The Collection Centre will be open from 6.30pm. Talk commences 7.30pm.

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