Probably for the first time, criticism is leveled at both Louis Stanley, and the introduction of the H16 engine as contributory factors to the failure of British Racing Motors. Louis Stanley for his freeloading extravagance, and the rather foolish decision by the management to specify such a complicated and bulky power unit.
This is the story as told by a man who was both a devoted fan and a loyal team member of British Racing Motors. Who saw and was involved in the repeated failures and humiliating times of the 1950 s, through the gradual progress of winning minor races to Jo Bonnier winning the first World Championship Grand Prix in Holland in 1959. Culminating in the ultimate honour in 1962, when, in East London, South Africa, Graham Hill drove the BRM to victory to win both the drivers World Championship and the Constructors Championship for the BRM team. Thereby making a considerable contribution to British motor racing history.
About the author
Born in the small village of Irnham, where my parents kept the Post Office and village general store. Attended the village school and Grantham Boys Central School. Served apprenticeship in local garage. Conscripted into Royal Engineers in 1944, serving in South Iraq, demobilized in 1947. Took various jobs until vacancy at British Racing Motors, applied successfully and worked in the racing team for 17 years. Made redundant in 1967, took job at Lotus cars, redundant again after 3 years. Took job at Perkins diesel engines, due to wife s illness, left to take position in field service department at Fiat-Allis, a local factory producing earth moving equipment, unfortunately factory was eventually closed down by Fiat. Closure coincided with closure of BRM, and was recruited to rebuild BRM cars for sale by Christies at Earls Court in 1981. Subsequently went into partnership restoring historic cars until retirement.