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Digest 27

Published by JasonB on Jul 6, 2024

Our round up of the latest slot car news…

Digest 27, with an NSR Porsche 917K

Featuring three David Piper Ferraris, two Gulf Porsches, three Acuras, a remarkable Jordan, two Mitsubishis, and a range of new kits. Plus we have this week’s calendar and our regular video and photography features.

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Scalextric Ferrari 330 P4
Niemas Jordan 191/6
Pendle Slot Racing kits; a Citroen Traction Avant, an Aston Martin DB3 Coupe, and an Aston Martin DB2
Scaleauto Acura NSX GT3
Scaleauto Porsches and Spykers
BRM Ferrari 512M
NSR Porsche 917K

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Avant Slot Mitsubishi Galant VR4
Policar Ferrari 412P

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Photos by Mamoru Teranishi

Revell Lang Cooper

Revell Lang Cooper built by Racing Replicas

Build and photos by Pete Shepherd of Racing Replicas

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On This Day in History…

13-07-1918Alberto Ascari, Italian driver and two times World F1 champion born in Milan, Italy
13-07-1959East London programme cover East London circuit diagram
Ninco track plan for Prince George Circuit, East London
13-07-1969Hockenheim programme cover
13-07-1978Lee Iacocca fired as president of the Ford Motor Company by chairman Henry Ford II
14-07-1951Silverstone programme cover
14-07-1951Ferrari won it's first Formula One race, as José Froilán González claimed victory in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone
14-07-1957Reims programme cover
14-07-2019Silverstone programme cover
14-07-2019Lewis Hamilton wins a record 6th British Formula 1 Grand Prix at Silverstone, moving him one win clear of Jim Clark and Alain Prost
15-07-1934Nurburgring programme cover Nurburgring Circuit layout

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