A dirty week­end in the BRM

David takes the BRM to Race Retro, but there’s a muddy price to pay

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - LIVING WITH CLASSICS - DAVID BROWN AS­SO­CI­ATE ED­I­TOR

When I backed V844 RBK out of the garage prior for a Fri­day morn­ing com­mute to the CCW of­fices, I was ap­palled at the ex­ter­nal state of the car with dried-on mud on the wings. So, it was treated to a lunchtime fiver clean at the lo­cal car wash and it looked as good as new for at least a few hours.

The next day the Rover BRM was the ob­vi­ous choice when my son, Miles, and I vis­ited Race Retro at Stoneleigh Park, War­wick­shire. Miles’ home is close to one of our favourite stretches of cross-coun­try road – the B676 from Col­ster­worth to Mel­ton Mow­bray. Some peo­ple hate it for all its sharp curves and un­du­lat­ing na­ture but for a nippy, grippy car it of­fers ideal mo­tor­ing and forms part of our (imag­i­nary) rally cir­cuit of ru­ral roads through Lin­colnshire and Le­ices­ter­shire’s hin­ter­land. It’s also very pop­u­lar with bik­ers.

The ring road around Le­ices­ter is less ex­act­ing, but once we joined the M69, the car showed its other na­ture as we smoothly ac­cel­er­ated to­wards Coven­try, en­joy­ing the sight of nu­mer­ous clas­sics head­ing for the same show on the way.

This year’s event at Stoneleigh was re­ally good. There wasn’t much BRM con­tent on dis­play, but I did find a piece of Shell Rover BRM gas tur­bine pro­to­type art­work on one of the stalls to add to my col­lec­tion. The Rover 200 BRM proved to be a real con­ver­sa­tion piece with show-go­ers and it even earned a brief men­tion in the Owen Mo­tor Club Clas­sic Sec­tion newslet­ter.

There were more great clas­sics to en­joy on the re­turn jour­ney along the M69 and the 170-mile round trip did both the car and us good. But look­ing at the con­di­tion of the car as I drove it back into its garage that evening, any signs of that clean-up were hid­den be­neath a new layer of muck. Time for some more spit and pol­ish!

Back road BRM – who needs straight, bor­ing roads when you’ve got the B676?

An­other piece of orig­i­nal Rover BRM mem­o­ra­bilia for Mr Brown’s col­lec­tion.

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