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BRM - A Mechanic's Tale

BRM - A Mechanic's Tale (Hardback)

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This is the story as told by a man who was both a devoted fan and a loyal team member of British Racing Motors. Who saw and was involved in the repeated failures and humiliating times of the 1950 s, through the gradual progress of winning minor races to Jo Bonnier winning the first World Championship Grand Prix in Holland in 1959. Culminating in the ultimate honour in 1962, when, in East London, South Africa, Graham Hill drove the BRM to victory to win both the drivers World Championship and the Constructors Championship for the BRM team. Thereby making a considerable contribution to British motor racing history. British Racing Motors (generally known as BRM) was a British Formula 1 motor racing team often described as Britain's Ferrari as it built its own cars. Founded in 1945, the team raced from 1950 to 1977, competing in 197 Grand Prix and winning 17. This is the BRM story told by a man who was both a devoted fan and a loyal member of the British Racing Motors team. Seen purely from a mechanic's point of view this account of BRM is generally complimentary, but at times is critical of personnel and procedures.

Dick Salmon was involved in the repeated failures and humiliations of the 1950s, through the gradual progress of winning minor races to the excitement of Jo Bonnier winning the first World Championship Grand Prix in Holland in 1959. BRM's glory culminated in the ultimate honor in 1962, when in East London, South Africa, Graham Hill drove a BRM to victory to win both the Driver's World Championship and in doing so brought the Constructor's Championship to the BRM team, thereby making a considerable contribution to international motor racing history. Probably for the first time, criticism is levelled at both Louis Stanley and the introduction of the H16 engine as contributory factors to the ultimate failure of British Racing Motors: Louis Stanley for his freeloading extravagance, and the rather foolish decision by BRM's management to build such a complicated and bulky power unit.

TransportRoad & motor vehicles: general interestMotor cars: general interest Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd Publication Date: 14/12/2006 ISBN-13: 9781845840822  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Born in the small village of Irnham, where my parents kept the Post Office and village general store. Attended the village school and Grantham Boys Central School. Served apprenticeship in local garage. Conscripted into Royal Engineers in 1944, serving in South Iraq, demobilized in 1947. Took various jobs until vacancy at British Racing Motors, applied successfully and worked in the racing team for 17 years. Made redundant in 1967, took job at Lotus cars, redundant again after 3 years. Took job at Perkins diesel engines, due to wife s illness, left to take position in field service department at Fiat-Allis, a local factory producing earth moving equipment, unfortunately factory was eventually closed down by Fiat. Closure coincided with closure of BRM, and was recruited to rebuild BRM cars for sale by Christies at Earls Court in 1981. Subsequently went into partnership restoring historic cars until retirement.

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