Bourne to celebrate motor racing past in the autumn

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A CELEBRATION of Bourne’s motoring history is set to unite the community in the autumn.

Plans are under way to mark the town’s racing heritage and the founding of the BRM Racing Team which brought international recognition to Bourne.

Organisers hope to host an event on Sunday October 7 to celebrate 50 years since the World Grand Prix Champion-ship was brought home to Bourne by the BRM team.

Graham Hill won the championship in 1962, becoming the first ever British driver with a British car to do so.

BRM Day’s press officer Carol Corliss said: “The event is being planned by a dedicated band of volunteers who are determined that the trials, tribulations and successes of the team are not forgotten in this anniversary year and that the present inhabitants of Bourne can experience something of the power and glory that a small band of men and women brought to our town.”

A similar celebration took place in 1999 to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Raymond Mays, the man who developed the BRM racing car.

Mrs Corliss said: “We will be giving Bourne and the fans a day to remember that is intended to lift the spirits of the town and help to revive the enormous pride that was felt throughout the community at such a wonderful achievement.”

Organisers include Rick Hall, of Hall and Hall in Bourne, and two former members of the BRM team as well as other enthusiasts. They hope the day will have a 1960s theme with cars being driven through the town centre and participants dressed in period clothing.

Proceeds from the day will be split between Bourne Outdoor Swimming Pool and the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.

Event organisers are hosting a presentation of their plans on Saturday, February 18, and Sunday, February 19, from 11am until 4pm at The Darby and Joan Hall, South Street, Bourne.

Anyone interested in volunteering can contact the organisers via the website at www.brmday.co.uk