BRM re­turns to the home of Bri­tish mo­tor­sport

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Out & About - DAVID BROWN AS­SO­CIATE ED­I­TOR

1999 ROVER 200 BRM LE

Sil­ver­stone Cir­cuit was al­ways a place of mixed for­tunes for the BRM mo­tor racing team. There was the in­fa­mous non-start of the V16 on its race de­but there in 1950, a glorious 1-2-3 vic­tory at the 1957 In­ter­na­tional Tro­phy meet­ing, and Gra­ham Hill spin­ning off at Copse Cor­ner in the 1960 Grand Prix.

These days there is usu­ally a BRM pres­ence at his­toric race events like the Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic and I didn’t think it would do any harm to at­tend this year’s Clas­sic me­dia pre­view in my own BRM. As vis­it­ing cars were parked on the old Stowe course, this will doubt­less be the near­est it gets to the modern track.

The Rover 200 BRM was back at Sil­ver­stone again later in April when I at­tended a Vintage Sports Car Club evening pre­sen­ta­tion ahead of the launch of the Vintage For­mula sea­son at the Northamp­ton­shire cir­cuit over the week­end. My car was parked just a few yards away from a dis­play of vintage rac­ers, in­clud­ing the won­der­ful ERA R4A, which had been tak­ing part in prac­tice ses­sions that day.

The fol­low­ing morn­ing my Brook­lands Green ma­chine was to be found parked out­side Jack’s Hill café by the A5, which was host to a gath­er­ing of mo­tor­cy­cles, mostly from the Nene Val­ley Chap­ter of the Har­ley Own­ers’ Group. Once fed and wa­tered, I headed back to Sil­ver­stone to en­joy the vintage cars with CCW mar­kets guru Richard Bar­nett.

In­cred­i­bly, I could have in­dulged in a third visit to Sil­ver­stone dur­ing April, but con­sid­er­ing that in­vi­ta­tion was to a brew­ery open day, I thought it pru­dent to leave the car safely in the garage on that oc­ca­sion!

A four-wheel in­truder among the mo­tor­bikes at Jack’s Hill café.

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