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BRM V16 at Goodwood Sept 1950 (a)

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Rare photo of Reg Parnell's BRM V16 Mk1 at Goodwood in September 1950. It was at this meeting (29/30th) that Reg scored the car's first race wins (the 5 lap Woodcote Cup and later the 12 lap Goodwood Tropy) after the fiasco of it's repeated non-appearances in Grands Prix all season long.

The 1.5 litre V16 supercharged BRM Grand Prix car is seen here being tended by it's mechancis and in the paddock stalls before practice began.

 Really nice black and white image from the original 35mm negative. Much better quality than this small image can portray.

Reg Parnell was Britain's leading international racing driver in the years between world War 2 ending and the shooting star that was the young Stirling Moss. Parnell raced sat Brooklands in the 1930s, landed a ban after an unfortuate accident with Kay Petre than put the popular lady racer in hospital and ended her hitherto sparkling career. Parnell stored many racing cars on his farm during the war for various fellow drivers and made himself quite a lot of money from this and many other business venutres.  He raced for HWM, Alfa Romeo and BRM factoiry teams, even as team mate to Fangio on one ocassion and had a long association with Aston Martin as a team driver, later as it's manager. He retired from racing in the late 50's to concentrate on that and sadly died from complications after a routine appendix operation in the early 60's. Son Tim was also an Grand Prix driver who ent onto manage the BRM team his old man had driven for in the early days.

10x7 inch (254x178mm)