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Little Classics News: 1 July 2014

Iconic Rover-BRM returns to Le Mans Classic

Iconic Rover-BRM returns to Le Mans ClassicIt has been 50 years since one of the Heritage Motor Centre’s most iconic cars - the ground breaking 1965 Rover BRM gas turbine GT - competed at the Le Mans 24 hour race. However, next week (4 – 6 July) the car will return to the famous Le Sarthe circuit for the first time since the ’sixties.

The classic car has recently been restored as part of the HMC 21st birthday celebrations and is now in a reliable running condition, aided by a dedicated team of volunteers who helped complete the work. This year Le Mans Classic celebrates 90 years of the world's best known endurance race and the Rover-BRM will surely be one of the most unusual cars to grace the circuit, as it once again whistles through those famous Esses.

First running in 1963, with Graham Hill and Richie Ginther at the wheel, the Rover-BRM brought together the racing expertise of Formula One team BRM and Rover’s cutting edge gas turbine technology. For its initial outing, the Rover-BRM ran as a guest entrant, finishing 8th overall and took a special prize for the first ever gas turbine car to complete the race.

1965 Rover BRM gas turbine GTIn 1965, an updated Rover-BRM ran as an official competitor, this time with Jackie Stewart joining Graham Hill. Again it survived the whole 24 hours, finishing in a creditable 10th place and was the first British car to cross the line.

The Rover-BRM’s gas turbine programme also happens to be part of the 21 icons represented in the HMC’s 21st birthday exhibition. The “21 Years 21 Icons” exhibition will run until the end of December and features 21 iconic automotive products including 7 motoring icons, 7 motoring inventions and 7 motoring innovators.

The car can also be seen at Car Fest North at Oulton Park, Cheshire from 1 - 3 August and then on display in the Museum. For more information about the HMC please visit www.heritage-motor-centre.co.uk or call 01926 641188.



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