Norfolk and Cambridgeshire enthusiasts at a meeting at King’s Lynn on February 17th formed a temporary committee to organise local support, with a view to forming an area branch of the B.R.M. Club as soon as the national club is launched by the British Motor Racing Research Trust.
It was a very enthusiastic meeting attended by a company of well over one hundred, representing clubs as far afield as Sheffield, Grimsby and Lincoln. They heard Mr. Donald McCullough, the Chairman, talk about the organisation of the Trust, and Mr. Bernard Scott of Joseph Lucas speak about the car—many of the technical details he said were still secret, but he made no secret of the fact that a speed “in the order of 220 -230 m.p.h.” was hoped for. [The intended speed of the B.R.M. is going up, but let it not be forgotten that the car is intended for road racing, not for attacks on short-distance Class F records.—Ed.]
Mr. Scott spoke of some of the problems encountered on the car, and in regard to the project generally emphasised that it was more than just producing one team of cars. “We are trying to found something that will go on long after we have been forgotten,” he said.
That aspect was enlarged upon by Mr. Judson, the newly-appointed public relations officer of the Trust, who said that it was hoped to make the club which was being planned to enable enthusiasts to support the scheme, not only nation wide, but to embrace the empire. He said he was receiving inquiries about it from all over the world.
He invited suggestions—and received many—for a basis on which a club could be formed, saying its main function would be to provide financial support for the Trust. Many views were expressed, and a tentative proposal for subscriptions of £1 1s. a year for members, with lower rates for associate and junior members, was popularly received, almost everyone present signifying a willingness to subscribe at the guinea rate.
A temporary committee, comprising Mr. Roger North (chairman), and Mr. R. G. Howe, who called the meeting, Mr. E. E. Pittock, Mr. R. L. Freeman Taylor, Mr. R. T. Raven, Mr. J. Isherwood, Mr. A. J. Smith and Mr. H. K. Rose, was appointed to make plans for launching the local branch of the club at the appropriate time and to pass on information to enthusiasts.
In reply to a question about Government support for the car, Mr. McCullough was non-committal, but he intimated that the possibility was still open. Asked for information as to when and where the car might appear, Mr. Scott was equally non-committed and said that no promises were being made. Mr. Raymond Mays, unable to attend owing to pressure or work in connection with the car, sent a message of good wishes to the local sponsors of the meeting.