BRM V16: An icon of motor racing history

On Saturday, 6th December, motoring historian, Doug Nye, will be the guest speaker at an evening hosted by the National Motor Museum. During the evening he will explore the significance of the iconic BRM, its landmark role in the story of British motor sporting aspiration and its place in the nation’s post-war social fabric.

The BRM V16 was a remarkably daring and futuristic enterprise and the idea, in 1945, of a cooperative British motor industry project to build a world-beating Grand Prix racing car was embraced by only the most imaginative minds. By the time the car was built, initial under-funding and post war inflation meant that the design had to be developed on a shoe-string. Ultimately it was saved by a benefactor, Alfred Owen of the Owen Organisation, with whose support 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?

The evening, held in the Lecture Theatre of the National Motor Museum Collections’ Centre will begin at 7.30pm. A pay bar is available for the purchase of beers, wines, soft drinks, tea and coffee. Tickets at £10 are available from Theresa Browning on 614792, e:

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