1950 BRM V16 to fire into life once again

Historic racing car will be started up at Beaulieu Spring Autojumble after complex engine restoration; be there to witness it!

1950 BRM V16 to fire into life once again

The long and painstaking restoration of the engine of the National Motor Museum’s 1950 BRM V16 is nearing completion – and enthusiasts will be able to witness the treasured F1 racer’s first public start-up at the Beaulieu Spring Autojumble.

The BRM’s highly strung supercharged V16 will first fire into life at 3pm on Saturday May 19, celebrating a return to form of the machine that Juan Manuel Fangio and Reg Parnell drove in period.

Its restoration by the BRM Preservation Appeal was aided by donations from the Goodwood Revival Beneficiary Charity. The complicated and fastidious restoration was entrusted to BRM expert Hall & Hall, of Bourne in Lincolnshire – a motorsport specialist with historic links to the original British Racing Motors (BRM) company.

Here’s a sneak preview of the newly rebuilt engine running before being re-fitted:

And here’s the last time this iconic racer ran in public:

Motoring enthusiasts from across Europe will attend the Beaulieu Spring Autojumble on May 19 and 20, searching for that elusive bargain among more than 1000 stands full of classic car parts, automobilia and motoring literature.

Other highlights include displays marking the 70th anniversary of the Morris Minor, a selection of Wessex Car Club members’ motors, and cars for sale in the Automart and Dealermart. Sunday will also host Beaulieu’s famous Land Rover Rummage and Trunk Traders events, while punters can grab an end-of-show bargain in the Walkabout Auction.

National Motor Museum manager and chief engineer Doug Hill said of the BRM V16: ‘This is an iconic British racing car, and the Spring Autojumble, an unmissable event on the classic car enthusiasts’ calendar and one of Beaulieu’s biggest and best-loved events, is the perfect place for this historic start-up.’

The Beaulieu Spring Autojumble takes place at the National Motor Museum in Hampshire on May 19 and 20. Advance tickets are available here