BRM V16: How F1's greatest sound has returned to the track
The first of three new BRM V16s is bringing the greatest-sounding engine to a new audience – and back to the race track - at the Goodwood Revival this weekend. Here is the story of the ambitious 1950 Formula 1 project's resurrection for historic competition
“We were approached by the Owen family because John remembered as a lad the three BRM V16s on the grid at Goodwood,” says ace historic preparer and former BRM mechanic Rick Hall. “No one was running the original ones because they were very tired, very old and had not had a lot of money spent on them for many years. His dream was to hear three V16s at Goodwood and race.”
The final part of that dream should become a reality this weekend when Hall’s son Rob contests the Goodwood Trophy for grand prix and Voiturette racers from either side of the Second World War in BRM V16 chassis IV, the first of three new cars. It will be the first race for a car only completed last year, but the idea has been to stay as close as possible to the originals and show what the much-maligned but also romantically remembered machine can really do.
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