The B.R.M. Achieved the success it so long deserved. The World Championship triumph of 1962 was no flash in the pan.
The following season the Bourne cars finished second and third in the Championship table, whilst 1964 saw the supreme Grand Prix honour missed by the slender margin of one point in that dramatic last round in Mexico. The mishaps which haunted the company’s early history are a thing of the past.
Never afraid of making a controversial statement, Louis Stanley again lives up to his reputation, and it is appropriate, that someone so closely associated with its career should produce what is in essence a critical examination and appraisal of what was the most criticised car in British racing history.
He does not attempt to whitewash the years when thousands of pounds were poured into the project with no results to show apart from music hall jokes. Over a million pounds had to be spent before tangible success came in 1962. Louis Stanley pin points the weaknesses, faults and flaws, and goes on to show how the transformation was effected.
No one could give a more accurate and calculating, for he is intimately connected with the struggles behind the scenes to win World Championship honours. With his wife Jean, who is equal owner of the BRM cars with her brothers Sir Alfred Owen and Ernest Owen, and contributor of a third of the total cost, Louis Stanley flies all over the world to wherever the cars are raced.
But it is not only the machinery that is focused upon within these pages; the BRM drivers such as Gonzalez, Ken Wharton, Reg Parnell, Peter Collins, Dan Gurney, to mention just a few are also recorded and help to complete the picture of an authoritative, personal and critical record of events with BRM from the beginning to 1965.
First edition hardback in very good condition for age, very clean – previous owners inscription to inside cover. Blue boards unmarked and clean gold gilt lettering to spine. Duxt wrapper clean and bright – some very small marks to top left on front, slight tear on reverse but all now protected in clear cover. Nice example.