BRM - A mechanic's tale

BRM -  A mechanic's tale
Format: Paperback / softback, 224 Pages
ISBN: 9781787112278
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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.  He saw and was involved in the repeated failures and humiliating times of the 1950s, through the gradual progress of winning minor races to Jo Bonnier winning the first World Championship Grand Prix in Holland in 1959.  It culminates in the ultimate honor 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.    

The author

Richard Salmon was born in the small village of Irnham, in Lincolnshire, where his parents kept the Post Office and village store. After attending the village school and Grantham Boys Central School, he served an apprenticeship in a local garage. He was conscripted into the Royal Engineers in 1944, serving in South Iraq, and was demobilized in 1947. He later applied successfully for a vacancy at British Racing Motors, where he worked in the racing team for 17 years. After being made redundant in 1967, he took a job at Lotus cars for three years. Another redundancy was followed by a job at Perkins diesel engines, and then, due to his wife’s illness, he went to work at the local factory of Fiat-Allis. This factory was eventually closed down by Fiat, coinciding with closure of BRM, and Richard was then recruited to rebuild BRM cars for sale by Christies at Earls Court in 1981. He subsequently went into partnership restoring historic cars until his retirement.

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Format: Paperback / softback, 224 Pages
ISBN: 9781787112278
Illustrations: 250 color & b-w photos
Size: 8.8 in x 8.8 in / 223.52 mm x 223.52 mm

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