Thousands expected for a day of motor racing history

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A year’s work and planning will come to fruition on Sunday when motor-racing fans descend on the town.

Seats for the three grandstands in Abbey Road and two in North Street sold out a month ago. But fans will be able to get a great view of proceedings for free by lining the streets.

BRM Day’s press officer Carol Corliss said: “It really should be a fantastic day and we are hoping lots of people from Bourne, Stamford and the surrounding areas will come out to enjoy it.

“Hopefully the weather will be kind to us - I think that will definitely set the fans and the non-fans apart if it is raining.

“The last one we had was very good for Bourne and hopefully this one should be as well. It has been a fantastic and historical year and hopefully this will top it off.”

Events start at 11am with news headlines from 1962 being read out. A cavalcade of pre-1963 cars parade through West Street, North Street and Abbey Road. Next up will be a parade of VIP tourers, followed by the home-coming of the BRM team transporters.

A series of runs where the cars will parade around the town at 30-second intervals, will mark the history of BRM.

Damon Hill will also drive “Old Faithful” through the streets.

At 2pm a starting grid, which will resemble that of 1962 Grand Prix race, will form. Cars will parade around the town followed by runs from ex-BRM works drivers, the Damon Hill Demonstation run and a VIP parade of honour. Celebrations will come to a close at 4.30pm.

A park and ride service from Delaine buses will be on offer throughout the day from car parks in Raymond Mays Way and North Road, where there is a charge.

On the Abbey Lawn there will be a trade show and exhibitions, as well as a food stands.

Sky TV will be there on the day providing coverage

Churches around the town will offer homemade refreshments on the day, as well as bringing forward their Sunday services so churchgoers can enjoy the day.

Volunteers from Bourne Methodist Church will be serving bacon rolls, sandwiches and drinks from their central position on Abbey Road .

Bourne Abbey Church will host an art exhibition. The Salvation Army, apart from providing refreshments, will also be screening a selection of BRM-themed videos on the big screen at their hall in Manning Road. The Baptist Church in West Street will be displaying a Lamborghini.

School children have also been involved in the preparations. Pupils in Mays House at Bourne Academy have spent their lunchtimes this week stuffing 10,000 information packs for sale on Sunday.

Local Fundraiser Anne-Marie Brown will be selling refreshments from the driveway of her home at 20 Abbey Road, raising money for two charities she has selected, the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance, and the Ugandan Child Education Trust Kintende.

The Conservative Club in North Street will have a Scalextric exhibition with a replica of the track where Graham Hill won the 1962 world championship.

There will be an exhibition of BRM photographs at the Darby and Joan Hall in South Street and Baldocks Mill in South Street will also be open for the day showing its BRM and Raymond Mays displays.

Bourne Outdoor Pool and the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance will benefit from the proceeds.

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