Bourne again Rovers

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Living With Classics - DAVID BROWN SNR CON­TRIB­U­TOR

The sale­rooms of auc­tion house Golding Young & Mawer in Bourne, Lin­colnshire, are based at the for­mer work­shops of the BRM rac­ing team.

Auc­tion­eer Colin Young wanted to do some­thing dif­fer­ent for the town’s Clas­sic Car & Bike Car­ni­val on 18 June, so he con­tacted me to see if we could get any Rover 200 BRMs along to dis­play out­side the premises.

So, a mes­sage to that ef­fect was placed on the­brm.co.uk fo­rum, af­ter which a num­ber of ac­cep­tances and apolo­gies were soon re­ceived. The evening be­fore the dis­play, three of us ‘gen­tle­men rac­ers’ had a drive along the for­mer BRM road test route from Col­ster­worth, end­ing up for the oblig­a­tory photo out­side the for­mer home of Ray­mond Mays, found­ing fa­ther of ERA and BRM.

While we were never go­ing to be able to com­pete with the 22 ex­am­ples that graced this year’s Pride of Long­bridge, our eight-car line-up looked great in the Sun­day sun­shine. Bourne-based her­itage rac­ing car spe­cial­ist Hall & Hall lent a 1974 BRM V12 P201 rac­ing car that was also dis­played in the for­mer BRM steel store.

The 1999 Rover 200 BRMs were pro­duced to pay homage to the 1960s’ gas tur­bine pro­to­type col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the two mar­ques. Colin’s own Rover 200 BRM – V909 GAP – was look­ing es­pe­cially good as it had just been treated to a new coat of paint at Halls Garage (Hall’s a pop­u­lar sur­name around here), up the road in Mor­ton. Colin had wanted the car to look its best for the gath­er­ing and it was ready just in time – at 2pm the day be­fore the event. Don’t touch the paint­work!

DB’s Rover (right) keeps Colin Young’s freshly painted car (V909 GAP) com­pany in Bourne.

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