How BRM's one-off F1 double defied its rollercoaster history
It’s 60 years since BRM achieved its goal and Graham Hill led the team to a world title double. But that was just part of the remarkable story of a unique team that at times overstretched its resources and had its fair share of disappointments
Embarrassing failure, world-beating success, ambitious innovation. British Racing Motors was a little of all these things and more during its quarter of a century in Formula 1. The early and late years of BRM were ignominious but in between it achieved its original aim of winning at the pinnacle of motorsport and showing that British engineering could compete with the best in the world.
Raymond Mays and Peter Berthon had tasted some success before the Second World War with English Racing Automobiles, and even before hostilities were over ex-racer Mays had sent his ‘White Paper’ to selected firms in British industry, presenting the idea of an all-British project to build the finest grand prix car in the world.
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