The British Racing Motors (unofficial) information centre.
7 July 1936
24 October 1971
Jo Siffert died driving BRM P160/02 at the Rothmans
World Championship Victory Race, Brands Hatch.
British Racing Motors
(or BRM as it was more widely known) was created to put
the UK at the forefront of the Grand Prix world as the
FIA Formula One Championship became the top level of
motor racing in 1950.
BRM had always been "the
English Ferrari" in its aim to produce the chassis,
engine and gearbox to its own design and within its own
workshops. Ferrari have major industrial backing, the
likes of Lotus & McLaren have been able to take
advantage of a wide choice of outside suppliers but BRM
eventually succumbed to high ideals and low resources.
The team was soon under the control of Alfred Owen of the
Rubery Owen industrial empire based at Darlaston in the
Black Country of England. It took years to bring the cars
from their base at Bourne, Lincolnshire to the starting
grid and a further decade to reach a fully competitive
level, leading to the World Championship success of 1962.
The team remained a championship chasing concern during
the mid sixties and a regular race winner into the early
seventies. The team then started its slide out of the F1
top rank and then out of GP racing altogether. Rubery
Owen even decided to sell its BRM collection of racing
cars during the Motor Show at Earl's Court, London, in
17 June 1942
23 February 2002
Spencer Flack died driving BRM P258 at
the Shannon's Phillip Island Classic , Phillip Island,
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