BRM has won! Their three cars entered have finished first, second and third in this “Daily Graphic” Formula Libre Goodwood Trophy fifteen lap race at Goodwood on September 27, 1952. Standing on the left side of the photo is the rotund Froilán González, driver of the winning n. 5 BRM, while his teammate and second place finisher Reg Parnell stands on the other side of the car wearing light colored overalls with a BRDC patch. Between the two drivers at the back of the BRM is the balding Raymond Mays, patron of the BRM effort. The third place BRM was driven by Ken Wharton, drinking from the winner’s cup, while Parnell set a new lap record with his BRM at just over 90 mph.
González and his BRM, seen here during the Goodwood Trophy, had also won an earlier race in the day’s program, the five lap Woodcote Cup. In that affair Wharton’s car had failed to start as time wound down to the start and was pushed off the grid. Giuseppe “Nino” Farina was driving Tony Vandervell’s Thin Wall Special Ferrari and was able to overtake Parnell’s BRM but could not challenge González. At the finish the Thin Wall’s ring and pinion was giving trouble which scratched the best competitor to the BRMs from the final 15 lap race.
This Goodwood success was an all too rare good performance by BRM which had promised so much and delivered so little to both its supporters and its legions of British fans.
Photos by Alan R. Smith ©The Klemantaski Collection – http://www.klemcoll.com
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