Sir Jackie Stewart to appear at BRM day in Bourne

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WORLD champion Sir Jackie Stewart has been added to the list of names who will appear at the BRM Day being in Bourne on Sunday, October 7.

Sir Jackie will drive a BRM P261 racing car at the event. He will appear alongside former World champion Damon Hill, whose father Graham was the first British driver in a British car to win the World Championship in 1962, at the event.

The day celebrates 50 years since the Formula 1 World Championship was won by the Bourne-based British Racing Motors, known as BRM.

There will also be a Red Bull F1 car there on the day.

The cars will parade around the town at 30-second intervals and the starting grid will resemble that of 1962 Grand Prix race.

The event is shaping up to be one of the town’s biggest events of the year with thousands of spectators expected to line the streets.

Seats have been sold in five grandstands, of which three will be on Abbey Road, and two in North Street.

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.

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.”

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.

For non-motor racing fans, the day will cause disruption with West Street, North Street and Abbey Road, up to its junction with Cherryholt Road, closed.

There will be a park and ride service offered from car parks in Raymond Mays Way and North Road, Bourne, where there is a charge.

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

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

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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