How­den’s V12 BRM

New Zealand Classic Car - - Feature Car 1956 Lotus Eleven -

For How­den Gan­ley, this BRM P180 was a sig­nif­i­cant car, and one that he raced at Monaco in 1972. As well as an ex-gan­ley Maki F1 Cos­worth, the P180 (now owned by world-renowned en­thu­si­ast and prepa­ra­tion spe­cial­ist, ‘Robs’ Lam­plough) is now in New Zealand ahead of the Gulf Mo­tor Fes­ti­val. The BRM is demon­strated reg­u­larly on the track — How­den hav­ing also driven the car at events such as the Monaco His­toric Fes­ti­val — and is still re­splen­dent in its orig­i­nal Marl­boro colours, as well as run­ning the orig­i­nal V12 en­gine. Lam­plough will race the car in the Fes­ti­val’s F5000 field, and hope­fully How­den will be tempted to turn back the clock and cut a few laps of Hamp­ton Downs in the fab­u­lous piece of his­tory. These V12s re­ally have to be heard to be be­lieved, and this could be one of three or even four BRMS that may grace the North Waikato track in Jan­uary.

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