Plans revving up for a world-class BRM day in Bourne

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THERE will be an international flavour to the celebration of Bourne’s rich motor racing history planned for the autumn.

Fans and cars are coming in from overseas to take part in the event to celebrate 50 years since the Formula 1 World Championship was won by the Bourne-based British Racing Motors, known as BRM.

Cars are being imported from Seattle and Florida to line up on the starting grid, which will strongly resemble one from a 1962 grand prix championship race, with Lotus, Lola and Cooper cars taking part alongside the BRM cars.

So far more than 25 cars are expected. They will then parade around the town at 30-second intervals.

The celebration on Sunday, October 7 is shaping up to be one of the biggest and best events of the year.

Tickets have sold out in the grandstand seats despite organisers adding two additional stands to those planned orginally.

Thousands are expected to descend on the town to line the streets and get a free view of proceedings.

BRM Day’s press officer Carol Corliss said: “The response has been overwhelming. We have people coming from all over the country and even from Europe for the day.”

Former world champion Damon Hill, whose father Graham was the first British driver in a British car – a BRM – to win the world championship in 1962, will drive his father’s car during the celebration day.

Talks are talking place with Sky TV, which Damon works for, about covering the event.

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.

As well as the cars there will be a trade village along Abbey Road, a selection of vintage vehicles and an exhibition of memorabilia .

Carol said: “There is going to be so much you will struggle to do it all in one day.”

To handle the high volume of people and traffic expected in the town there will be a park and ride service operating from the outskirts of the town with disabled parking available centrally on the Recreation Ground.

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