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Digest 19

Published by JasonB on May 12, 2024

Our round up of the week’s news.

Digest 19, with a Revoslot Ferrari F40

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Revoslot Ferrari F40

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Black Arrow Ferrari 488 GT3 Italia

Black Arrow Ferrari 488 GT3 Italia

Photo by Doug Johnson

1955 Toyopet Crown

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On This Day in History…

24-05-1931Monza programme cover Monza programme cover
24-05-1992Slot.it Porsche 956C LH Slot.it Porsche 956C LH
Slot.it Mercedes 190e - Ellen Lohr, DTM 1992
1991 was a learning year for Ellen Lohr and 1992 started poorly. However, three points finishes in May - including a second place at Avus - gave her confidence going into the Hockenheim race. In the first sprint, Ellen Lohr became the first - and only - woman DTM winner. The distinctive livery consists of the signatures of dozens of sports stars who supported the unsuccessful Berlin bid to host the 2000 Olympic Games.
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25-05-1927Henry Ford announces that he is ending production of the Model T
25-05-1947Modelant Ferrari 125
Modelant Ferrari 125 - Gran Premio Roma 1947
This was the very first car to wear the Ferrari badge. The 125 S’s debut on the Piacenza circuit was, in the words of Enzo Ferrari himself, “a promising failure”. But 9 days later, on this day in 1947, Franco Cortese claimed the first victory in the history of Ferrari at the Circuito di Roma. The legend had begun.
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25-05-1953Davidstow programme cover Davidstow circuit diagram
Read more about the airfield circuits of Great Britain in British Racing Greens
26-05-1923Inaugural 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race for cars starts through public roads around Le Mans, France; The first winners were André Lagache and René Léonard for Chenard & Walcker
26-05-1935AVUS programme cover AVUS track diagram
Carrera AVUS track plan
26-05-1955Alberto Ascari, Italian  two time World F1 champion, dies in a testing accident at age 36
26-05-1974Monaco GP 1975 programme cover Monaco track plan
On this day in 1974, Ronnie Peterson took victory in the Monaco GP.
"Peterson forced the black and gold Lotus alongside and took the the lead into Mirabeau. It wasn't even half-distance, but Peterson kept his cool and closed out a delightful victory - his first in the principality."
26-05-1974JPS Lotus 72 JPS Lotus 72
Policar Lotus 72E #1 Ronnie Peterson - 1st Monaco GP 1974
Without doubt, the Lotus 72 is one of the most important Formula One cars of all time - highly-innovative, utterly beautiful and very successful, winning three constructors' and two drivers' championships, plus 20 wins in 75 Grand Prix over a remarkable six seasons. This is the seventh livery on Policar's Lotus 72 and is a truly wonderful choice. The iconic JPS black and gold, plus the blue and yellow helmet of a 1970s F1 hero is simply perfect.
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Features

BRM, the Inside Story

Published by JasonB on May 5, 2023 in Features, Updates

BRM Logo
A selection of BRM photos

We have a new and fairly substantial motor racing history section which we’ve added to the site. It could be encapsulated by just three letters, BRM, but in truth the full story would make a decent sized  book.

Graham Hill and Monaco harbour

The inspiration for our new section came from a British Racing Motors team mechanic, Dennis ‘Sheriff’ Perkins who worked for the team for well over a decade from the mid 1950s onwards, and who took photos throughout his time with the team.

Dennis Perkins and othe BRM mechanics

Of course Perkins wasn’t a professional photographer, he was first and foremost a BRM mechanic. In fact he was so good at his job that he was elected to membership of the BRDC, being proposed by Graham Hill and seconded by Jackie Stewart.

Scenes from Spa Francorchamps

But he took photos of some important motor racing events, and he took his photos from a different angle to the press, or the spectators. He snapped his pics from behind the scenes, from the oil stained pit boxes, from the workshops, or even from the team transporter which he drove across the continent in his slippers.

The BRM transporters travel through the mountains

Through his photos we will tell the story of British Racing Motors, from the disastrous and all too obvious failings in the early days, through to being world champions and one of the most consistently successful teams in Formula One at their peak, before they were brought back down to earth with a bump, as the team declined.

BRM mechanics

BRM had always set out to match and beat the best in Formula One. To do that, they absolutely insisted that they should build their own engines as well as the chassis. They wanted to take Ferrari’s approach, and when it worked, it really worked, but when it didn’t, it really didn’t.

BRM cars and engine

Nowadays of course, we can expect a netflix documentary for every F1 race, no matter how insignificant. But in those days there were a very limited cohort of press reporters and photographers. So this little treasure trove of photos from the pit lanes and paddocks of the 1950s and 1960s are important.

Ferraris at Zandvoort

We’ve tried our best to tell the stories of not just BRM, but of the individual races for which we have photos, many of which have their own fascinating tales to tell.

Scenes from the Moroccan Grand Prix

We’ve tried to tell the story of the BRM drivers and the BRM cars. We’ve used a wide variety of sources for all of the information, including contemporary reports.

Graham Hill and Dan Gurney

We’ve also included slot track plans for every circuit, and a comprehensive list of BRM slot cars.

Track plan of Nurbrurgring and a Cartrix P25

So there you go, that’s a rough outline of what we’ve got for you, hope you enjoy having a look and a read.

Many thanks to John Perkins, son of Dennis, for his kind permission to use these photos. Many thanks also to Dennis ‘Sheriff’ Perkins himself, not just for his sterling work with BRM, but also for recording his time with the team.

BRM, the Inside Story