Rare BRM sports-racer could join cat­e­gory cel­e­bra­tion

Motor Sport News - - Historics - By Paul Lawrence

One of only two BRM P154 Can-am cars built will run again this sum­mer af­ter a to­tal restora­tion by the Hep­worth fam­ily.

Chas­sis num­ber 2 was raced by Pe­dro Ro­driguez when new in 1970 and the model was BRM’S first sportscar (aside from the ex­per­i­men­tal Rover-brm tur­bine). It was ac­quired by the late David Hep­worth in 1972 and has been with his fam­ily ever since.

The Cas­trol-liv­er­ied car is due to run at the Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed and could be ready for the Can-am 50th an­niver­sary races at the Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic in July if a suit­able driver comes for­ward.

“It has been in bits for over 40 years and we don’t think it has raced since 1972,” said An­drew Hep­worth. “Dad got it in 1971. We started get­ting the parts to­gether for the re­build in 2010 and then re­ally pressed on this year to get it ready for Good­wood. We want to get it rac­ing and it could be on the grid at Sil­ver­stone in July.”

Hep­worth se­nior bought the com­plete project from BRM and the broth­ers are also work­ing to get the later P167 Can-am car com­pleted.

The Tony South­gate-de­signed P154 ran in North Amer­ica in 1970 with Ro­driguez, who was BRM’S lead For­mula 1 driver at the time and took a best re­sult of third at River­side.

The other P154 has raced reg­u­larly as a his­toric with driv­ers in­clud­ing Michael Wheat­ley, Jost Kalisch and Yvan Mahe. It was dam­aged in an ac­ci­dent at Brands Hatch in 2010 and has yet to be re­built.

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