BRM - A mechanic's tale

09.12.2006: BRM - A mechanic's tale

By Richard Salmon
In collaboration with Anthony Carter.
Foreword by Bette Hill.

Published December 2006 UK /
February 2007 USA
£39.99 UK / $74.95 USA
ISBN 1-845840-82-8
ISBN 13: 978-184584082-2
UPC: 6-36847-04028-4

:: Life in the BRM Grand Prix racing team.

:: The real BRM, as seen by a team mechanic.

:: Packed with previously unpublished photographs and racing memorabilia.

:: Continental travel with a Grand Prix team in the 1950s.

:: The comradeship between the team members.

:: The privilege of working with great racing drivers.

:: The pride in victory.


This is the BRM story, told by a man who was both a devoted fan and a loyal team member of British Racing Motors. Dick was involved in the repeated failures and humiliating times of the 1950s, then the gradual progress through winning minor races, to the great achievement of Jo Bonnier winning the World Championship Grand Prix in Holland in 1959.

Dick also experienced the ultimate honour in 1962, when, in East London, South Africa, Graham Hill drove a BRM to victory, to win both the Driver's World Championship and the Constructor's Championship for the BRM team, thereby making a considerable contribution to British motor racing history.


Richard Salmon was born in the small village of Irnham, where his parents kept the Post Office and village general store. Richard attended the village school and Grantham Boys Central School and served an apprenticeship in the local garage. He was conscripted into the Royal Engineers in 1944, serving in southern Iraq, and was demobilized in 1947.

He took various jobs, until a vacancy appeared at British Racing Motors, for which he successfully applied and then worked in the racing team for 17 years. He was made redundant in 1967, took a job at Lotus Cars, but was made redundant again after three years. Richard was recruited to rebuild the BRM cars being sold by Christies at Earls Court in 1981.

Subsequently he went into partnership restoring historic cars until his retirement.


Cloth hardback with jacket. 224 pages. 250mm tall x 250mm. Over 300 images (85 colour, 217 monochrome pictures and five line drawings). 


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