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 with one of the designers (I don't think he designed the whole thing did he?) Peter Berthon, stood on the right with the team mechanics in white overalls. This is probably at the scrutineering bay 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 at Brooklands in the 1930s, landed a ban after an unfortuate accident with Kay Petre, 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 50s to concentrate on that and sadly died from complications after a routine appendix operation in the early 60s. Son Tim was also an Grand Prix driver who ent on to manage the BRM team his old man had driven for in the early days.
10x7 inch (254x178mm)