Rare BRM P48 Will Compete at Chateau Impney this Weekend

Wednesday 8 July 2015

A Lincolnshire man, who has worked with BRM cars for all his working life, is set to race a rare BRM P48 at the Chateau Impney Hill Climb this weekend.

Rick Hall, 67, will race the rear-engined 1960 Formula One car, originally driven by Graham Hill. It first appeared in the International 100 at Aintree in 1960, finishing fifth. It raced seven times in the 1960 season, driven by both Hill and Dan Gurney.

The 2.5 litre car was sold in 1961 and went to Australia, before returning to the UK in 1965. It was restored in 2006 by Rick’s company, Hall & Hall. The car is now owned by an American company, Vintage Racing Motors, but is looked after by Hall & Hall in Bourne, Lincolnshire. It rarely races and is more usually driven by Rick’s son, Rob. And although the car itself has no links to the original Chateau Impney sprints, a P48 did win the last of the original races in 1967.

BRM (British Racing Motors) was a Formula One team based in Bourne, which competed from 1950 to 1977. Rick worked for BRM until 1977 when he left to set up Hall & Hall. When the BRM factory closed in 1981, Hall & Hall took much of the business over. The company has all of the original BRM drawings and specialises in the remanufacture of BRM engines and gearboxes. It also restores, prepares, manufactures and remanufactures parts for all Grand Prix and sports racing cars from pre-war through to 1980s models.

Rick has been competing since he was 14, starting with kart racing, before moving into Formula 4. He has been racing historic vehicles since 1977.

Rick has raced all around the world, including Australia and USA, and has had many wins. His wins include Le Mans Classic in 2006, the Pre-1971 Single Seater Championship in 1989 and 1990, the Andrew White Trophy and third place in the European F2 Championship.

As the P48 rarely competes, it will be a real privilege to see it in action at the Chateau this weekend. We wish Rick the very best of luck.

  • BRM P48 at the Chateau Impney Hill Climb, Droitwich
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