£5,000 grant to create trail charting BRM’s history

Damon Hill in a BRM car in Bourne. 'Photo: Jonathan Smith
Damon Hill in a BRM car in Bourne. 'Photo: Jonathan Smith
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Groups in Bourne have received a £5,000 grant to create a lasting tribute to British Racing Motors in the town.

Bourne Academy, The BRM Association and Bourne Civic Society submitted a joint bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund to create a town trail charting BRM’s history.

The town has a strong BRM history and in October 2012, a day was held to celebrate the its strong connection with the racing industry and to mark 50 years since the Formula 1 World Championship was won by BRM. It brought hundreds of visitors to the town and raised thousands of pounds for charity.

The groups joined forces to take advantage of the lingering enthusiasm anbout the day.

They have been given £4,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and an extra £1,000 from the Len Pick Trust to complete the project.

Community business development coordinator at Bourne Academy, Isobel Copley, hopes the whole community will get involved.

She said: “We want this to be a project which involves the whole town and creates a permanent reminder of BRM in Bourne. Many of our students didn’t know BRM ever existed in Bourne until they helped at the BRM day so this project will provide a lot of learning opportunities for them.”

The project is still in the early stages with the school, civic society and BRM Association working hard to gather and sort through new memorabilia.

The work will start in September when school pupils will begin interviewing former BRM staff to create a film to be shown at Baldock’s Mill. The pupils will also be working on setting the town trail, with competitions for other schools to design the information plaques and leaflets.

The project will run through the academic year and the trail is expected to be ready next summer.

Anthony Delaine-Smith, who is a founder member of the BRM Association, said: “Bourne is the birthplace of the motorsport industry and we haven’t done enough to promote that fact. This project is the perfect opportunity to address that.

“BRM has a big following across the world and we hope the trail will attract more people to Bourne to find out more about it. It will also be a good thing for the people who live here. During the BRM day it struck me that many people living in Bourne don’t know about BRM so there is scope for them to learn more about its history.”

The manager of the Len Pick Trust, Adrian Smith, said the organisation was thrilled to support the project.

He said: “The project will benefit the town by bringing substantial educational and tourism benefits.

“The success of the BRM Day showed that the heritage of the team and its workforce retains great interest amongst the townspeople and indeed worldwide and the project can only enhance this legacy.”