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General discusssion about other British cars that don't have their own forum (yet).

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    Re: More BritCar Trivia.....

    Princess Anne drove Reliant Scimitars.......doesn't she still have one of those?

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    Re: More BritCar Trivia.....

    I don't know if she owns one but you have still have one made if enough money flows as part supplier Graham Walker owns the rights and tooling.

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    Re: More BritCar Trivia.....

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    Princess Anne drove Reliant Scimitars..

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    Hey 78Z, If someone cuts you up when you're driving it just yell "Naff orf" at them!! DO I need to explain that one???

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    Re: More BritCar Trivia.....

    Maybe you do, RG...don't know if that snippet ever made it over here. I remember it well, and I don't blame her in the slightest. Her father would have relayed the same message but with slightly stronger language! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/england.gif[/img]

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    Re: More BritCar Trivia.....

    I'm going to need an explaination ...
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    Re: More BritCar Trivia.....

    A member (or members) of the press corps.......that bastion of society.......was being rather too pushy and intrusive on one occasion, so Princess Anne told him to "naff off" in those words exactly, and it made headlines......in the UK at least. RG you are showing your age, that had to be about thirty years or so ago now (ducks and runs for cover) [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]

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    Re: More BritCar Trivia.....

    That HRG reminds me... Was ther a British formula car called a BRM? I found a word search puzzle in a British magazine a few years ago. It has eighteen cars listed but so far I can find only sixteen. The trouble is there is no listing of the cars used so in a way you don't know quite what you're looking for. To complicate even more, Someimes the company name is used "Morris" other times only the model Gazelle.

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    Re: More BritCar Trivia.....

    BRM (British Racing Motors) was indeed a racing car constructor - they were around from the 50s through to the 70s.

    I think someone tried to revive the name on a supercar in relatively recent times, but it obviously didn't take off.
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    I had an old English racing mechanic friend who said it stood for "Britain's Ruddy Mistake."

    BRM had rather a colorful history with drivers like Jackie Stewart and Graham Hill. Hill won the '62 F1 World Championship for BRM. BRM also supplied engines to other teams. Jimmy Clark won the '66 US Grand Prix in a BRM powered Lotus 43.

    BRM could never be accused of "thinking inside the box." The motor that powered Clark's Lotus was an H16. 3 litres, 2 cranks, 8 cams and 64 valves! A real screamer when it didn't fly apart.


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    Re: More BritCar Trivia.....

    BRM tuned Lotus twincams too.
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    BRM didn't have much success until they simplified their cars in the mid fifties, and didn't get really good until the sixties, when the combination of reasonably modern technology and Graham Hill started winning races. Until then, they were rather like BAR or Jaguar is today-lots of funding, few results.

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    Re: More BritCar Trivia.....

    The first BRM was a 1500cc supercharged V16 that produced 550 bhp at 10,500 rpm......an astounding figure in the early 1950's.

    At that time, the Grand Prix formula was for either 1.5 litres blown or 4.5 liters unblown.

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    Re: More BritCar Trivia.....

    Wow! 1500cc's and a V16? The cyliders must have been really small! T.T.

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    Re: More BritCar Trivia.....

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    BRM tuned Lotus twincams too.

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    They also did the Hillman Avenger BRM rally homologation special. It wasn't terribly successful though.

    Then just a few years ago there was the Rover 200 BRM which largely went unloved.
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    Re: More BritCar Trivia.....

    Trevor-the pistons for the BRM V-16 look like cappucino cups.
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