Thousands of people lined the streets of Bourne yesterday (Sunday) for a celebration of the town’s motor racing history.
With the smell of rubber and exhaust fumes in the air and the thundering sound of Formula 1 cars revving their engines, two of British motor racing’s most famous names drove classic cars through the closed off streets of the town to celebrate 50 years since the Formula 1 World Championship was won by the Bourne-based British Racing Motors, known as BRM.
Sir Jackie Stewart and 1996 World Champion Damon Hill were cheered on by the grandstand crowds and thousands packed along roads, five deep in places.
Sir Jackie drove a BRM P261 racing car at the event and Damon, whose father Graham was the first British driver in a British car to win the World Championship in 1962 with the BRM team, drove the BRM P578/1, nick named Old Faithful.
The cars paraded around the town and the starting grid was set up to resemble that of 1962 Grand Prix race.
A party atmosphere radiated through out the town with live music from the 1960’s roaring from speakers, entertaining crowds at the trade show on the Abbey Lawn.
Hundreds of volunteers from churches, charities and organisations in the town turned out to support the event and raise money.
Volunteers from Bourne Methodist Church served food and refreshments from their prime location on Abbey Road and the Baptist Church in West Street displayed a Lamborghini while serving food and drink.
Bourne Abbey Church hosted an art exhibition.
The Salvation Army provided refreshment and screened a selection of BRM-themed films on the big screen at their hall in Manning Road.
School children were also involved in the preparations. Pupils in Mays House at Bourne Academy spent their lunchtimes last week stuffing 10,000 information packs for sale yesterday.
Local fundraiser Anne-Marie Brown sold refreshments from the driveway of her home on Abbey Road, raising money for the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance and the Ugandan Child Education Trust Kintende.
The Conservative Club in North Street held a Scalextric exhibition with a replica of the track where Graham Hill won the 1962 world championship.
There was a steady flow of people to an exhibition of BRM photographs at the Darby and Joan Hall in South Street and the BRM and Raymond Mays displays at Baldocks Mill in South Street.
The money raised from the event will go towards Bourne Outdoor Pool and the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.