An appeal set up by The National Motor Museum Trust to fund vital restoration work on the iconic 1950 BRM V16 racing car, has successfully achieved its target of £50,000.
An important part of the Trust's work is to preserve historically significant vehicles in running condition and the BRM is one such example. This car played an important role in revitalising British motorsport post-war and was raced by Juan Manuel Fangio and Reg Parnell.
Thanks to the funds raised by the public, the car was able to be sent to BRM specialists Hall & Hall.
The initial strip down of the engine showed the major components to be in a good state but a loose bearing carrier in the slave/output shaft and a significant amount of corrosion was discovered in the water system. Prior to the strip out, an issue with the exhaust valve seals was identified and this has now been rectified.
Resotration work is well underway and the BRM was able to run at the Goodwood Revival meeting in September 2015. Attention has now turned to see what funds remain to undertake work on the suspension and brakes.
The Trust’s ambition to set in motion the raising of funds for long needed work to the 1950 racing car received a boost when it was nominated as the 2014 Goodwood Revival Beneficiary Charity. The assistance of the Goodwood Revival, generous donations and fundraising activities have brought the total of the BRM Preservation Appeal to just over £50,000, which is a fantastic result in a relatively short time.
Thank you to all those who pledged their support in order to fund the vital restoration work needed for this iconic Grand Prix racing car.
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