BRM V16 engine timepieces will fund car’s restoration

First six collector items will cost £6000 each, with proceeds helping fund National Motor Museum Trust’s bid to restore GP chassis number one

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Fancy owning part of the 1950 BRM V16 grand prix car? Now you can, because the National Motor Museum Trust is selling 14 limited-edition timepieces constructed from chassis number one’s original engine components, with all proceeds supporting the car’s restoration.

The 600bhp supercharged V16, which is still revered for its engine note, was driven in period by five-time Formula 1 champion Juan Manuel Fangio and Reg Parnell.

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Now, the original pistons and connecting rods, which are no longer needed due to the engine requiring a total rebuild, are being utilised on the unique collector pieces to help the Trust’s ongoing drive to raise funds for the project’s continuation.

Initially, six timepieces will be released, each costing £6000. They will be hand-crafted by TMB Art Metal and BRM specialist Hall & Hall of Bourne in Lincolnshire. The latter historic motor sport restorer and race preparer, a BRM specialist based out of the team’s hometown of Bourne in Lincolnshire, is currently rebuilding the engine.

Paul Owen, grandson of Sir Alfred Owen whose Owen Organisation owned and operated BRM from 1952 to ‘74, said: ‘We are delighted to have been able to support the rebuild of this iconic racing car though our family trust and other activities.

‘The creation of these wonderfully unique timepieces is a fitting way to both recognise and preserve the integrity and ambition of a British engineering project that was way ahead of its time and laid the foundations for the successful British motor sport sector that we have today.’

A specially commissioned Christopher Ward Swiss-made clock will be mounted to the ‘big end’, where the connecting rod was once secured to the crankshaft. The typeface and colours of its clock face and hands replicate those of the BRM’s oil-pressure gauge.

To create the unique keepsake, the piston will be set on a brass and polished hardwood base, and fitted to its connecting rod by a specially made brass gudgeon pin. Each connecting rod is numbered from its original manufacture, highlighting its uniqueness.

TMB Art Metal founder Christopher Bennett added: ‘We at TMB Art Metal are very proud to be working with the National Motor Museum Trust to create these exclusive BRM V16 desk clocks, utilising redundant original components from an incredibly important vehicle in British motor racing history.’

Chassis one’s last appearance was four years ago, and now the piston clock collection will be launched at the BRM’s first start-up since its engine rebuild, which will take place at Beaulieu’s Spring Autojumble on Saturday May 19.

The BRM V16 is one of a collection of more than 250 vehicles on show at the National Motor Museum.

To order one of the six initial limited-edition BRM timepieces, contact

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