First New BRM P15 V16 Joins Shelsley Walsh Celebrations

The first of the three ‘new’ BRM P15 V16 racers will head to Classic Nostalgia weekend at Shelsley Walsh as one of three flagship events at which BRM will celebrate the 60th anniversary of its 1962 World Championship victory…

Those not lucky enough to have witnessed the 16-cylinder P15 V16 BRM racing car in the ‘metal’ at the NEC or Bicester Scramble can do so at Classic Nostalgia weekend (16-17 July) at Shelsley Walsh as part of the anniversary celebrations that saw Graham Hill fighting off the challenge made by the legendary Jim Clark, winning the Drivers’ title and the Constructors’ title for BRM. It was the first time a British driver had won the World Championship in an all-British car, and the fulfillment of a vision that had been 15 years in the making.

 The team was founded during the late 1940s by Raymond Mays, who had a long and successful history at the prestigious Worcestershire Hill Climb. Between 1923 and 1950, he set Best Time of the Day on no fewer than 21 occasions, most of which came at the wheel of cars built by his English Racing Automobiles (ERA), the most famous being his ERA R4D. BRM went on to win 17 Grand Prix events between 1959 and 1974, and, in addition to Graham Hill, employed drivers such as Juan Manuel FangioStirling MossJackie Stewart, and Niki Lauda.

Juan Manuel Fangio – BRM V16 at Goodwood in 1953 (image: GPL Spitzley)

BRM P15 V16Not since 1953 has a new BRM P15 been built from scratch, but using the original post-war blueprints, specialist engineers from Hall and Hall have, over the past two years, painstakingly recreated the entire vehicle – comprising more than 36,000 individually engineered parts – with a degree of authenticity and excellence rarely, if ever, seen in the world of historic motor racing. The over-engineered engine has more than 4,000 components, many of which had to be individually manufactured by the creator’s Hall and Hall.

Paul Owen:
“It will feel like a real homecoming for BRM. Not only was Shelsley very special to Raymond Mays, but Ken Wharton also demonstrated the V16 there during the 1950s, and great hillclimbers such as Tony Marsh, Tony Griffiths, and Peter Lawson enjoyed considerable success in BRMs through the 1960s. We’re very excited to be going back there for the Classic Nostalgia meeting, and look forward to a new generation of enthusiasts having the chance to see and hear the V16 as well as many other BRMs.”

P15 V16 BRM at Birmingham’s NEC

The new P15 will be joined at Classic Nostalgia by a P154 that was raced in the Can-Am series by Mexican ace Pedro Rodriguez. Former team drivers Richard Attwood and Mike Wilds will also be at Shelsley Walsh, along with Sir Alfred Owen’s grandsons – Nick, Paul, and Simon – plus with many notable BRM guests.

Work has already commenced on building the Chassis V, which represents the second of three ‘new’ V16 Mark 1s, and is expected to be completed early in 2023. With one car commissioned by the Owen family, and with this latest commission from Richard Mille, there remains one final Mark 1 V16 chassis yet to be allocated.

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