Iconic Classic To Get The Kiss of Life

19 August, 2014

Some historic vehicles give the impression that, like a favourite great aunt, they will go on forever.

And one such car, an ever-popular Grand Prix model, is actually set to get its life extended - thanks to a generous sponsorship.

The 54-year-old BRM V16 is earmarked for facelift treatment, courtesy of this year's Goodwood Revival Beneficiary being awarded to Beaulieu's National Motor Museum Trust. 

It means that the old Type 16 should be able to remain in good working order for decades to come.

Goodwood is financing the restoration work at the charitable museum, which houses a vast exhibition of cars and other motor-related memorabilia; including films, pictures, book and documentation.

It couldn't be in better hands. Beaulieu, set on the edge of the beautiful New Forest, is world-renowned for its motoring traditions and restorative nous.

So what's so special about the BRM V16?

It began its racing success story with victory in Goodwood's Woodcote Cup during September 1950, piloted by Grand Prix driver Reg Parnell, then aged 39.

Not content to rest on her laurels, the Type 15 then added the prestigious Goodwood Trophy crown for good measure… later that same day.

It was all the more remarkable when you consider the opposition, against Formula 1 vehicles and household-name drivers such as Stirling Moss.

The car has continued to retain links with Goodwood ever since then.

Its last outing was at Goodwood's Festival of Speed two years ago.

The Richard Burns Foundation (RBF) will garner donations during the forthcoming Goodwood Revival weekend from September 12-14 when 150,000 enthusiasts are expected to attend.

The foundation is named in honour of the man crowned rally champion of the world in 2001. Burns died in 2005, aged 34, and the organisation helps people who have been hit by severe injury or illness.

Attractions to the venue five miles (8km) north of the West Sussex city of Chichester include a full-size replica of Stonehenge and all the usual motoring fare.

Tickets, starting at £44 for adults and £22 for 13-21 year olds (under-13s go free).