BRM drive gets back on track

David heads to Bly­ton Park for a rather spe­cial gath­er­ing


The peace­ful morn­ing in ru­ral Lin­colnshire was shat­tered by the sound of a V8 rac­ing car en­gine be­ing started up, sig­nalling the start of the 2018 BRM As­so­ci­a­tion Track Day at Bly­ton Park cir­cuit near Gains­bor­ough.

It wasn’t pos­si­ble to hold the event last year for var­i­ous rea­sons, so this was a very wel­come re­turn as a var­ied selec­tion of rac­ing cars, from the 1950s to more re­cent times, were put through their paces on the 1.6-mile anti-clock­wise outer cir­cuit.

As in pre­vi­ous years, mem­bers of were in­vited to bring along their Rover 200 BRM LE pro­duc­tion cars for dis­play; seven own­ers made the trip this year, and five ac­cepted the kind in­vi­ta­tion for lunchtime laps while the rac­ing car driv­ers had their break.

This was the third time that V844 RBK had taken part in this treat, and both it and the driver are get­ting used to the cir­cuit’s tight curves and chal­leng­ing chi­canes.

Ginetta has owned Bly­ton Park cir­cuit since the BRMs last par­tic­i­pated there, but Richard Usher, who built the cir­cuit eight years ago, is still very much in charge and led our pro­ces­sion around in a Ginetta G40.

Colin Young and Paul Thomp­son had brought notes from their mums as to why they couldn’t bring their cars along, but fa­ther and son pair, Peter and Matthew Uly­att, plus Bonnie Evans, made their Bly­ton Park de­but in re­cently ac­quired Brook­lands Green ma­chines.

Ev­ery­one clearly en­joyed hav­ing the freedom of the track and I must say that RBK han­dled the lines per­fectly, but it was soon time to hand the cir­cuit back to the rac­ing cars for an af­ter­noon of nos­tal­gic thrills.

It was great to chat with sur­viv­ing mem­bers of the BRM works team, and the ap­pear­ance of How­den Gan­ley – who drove for BRM in 1971 and 1972 – was a spe­cial treat; he hap­pily posed by a V12 1972-liv­er­ied Marl­boro BRM P160 that he’d pi­loted back in the day.

Driv­ing home through the crowded streets of Lincoln brought ev­ery­thing back to bor­ing nor­mal­ity, but those few laps of freedom were well worth wait­ing for – fin­gers crossed for a re­turn in 2019.

RBK takes to the track (that’s David’s car, top right).

For­mer BRM works team driver, How­den Gan­ley, with the Marl­boro BRM P160.

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