Coventry MotoFest 2016
A gas powered blast from the past that proved one of Coventry Motofest’s 2015’s highlights is to make a welcome return to the ring road as the iconic Rover-BRM gas turbine racecar gets set to wow the crowds all over again.
After taking to the Coventry roads in 2015 for the first time in over 50 years, the popular Rover-BRM gas turbine race car will make a swift return to the ring road at this year’s event for another series of demonstration laps.
Last year’s appearance by the Rover-BRM gas turbine race car proved to be one of the most warmly welcomed moments of the festival weekend, as it recreated its test journey on the Coventry roads in the 1960s.
It was in the 1960s the car was first tested at the Motor Industry Research Association (MIRA) track near Nuneaton by Graham Hill and road tested in and around the Coventry ring road.
Jointly built by Rover and the Owen Organisation, the Rover-BRM gas turbine race car was the first gas turbine powered vehicle to take part in the Le Mans 24 Hour race, when it competed in the famous endurance race in 1963 and 1965.
While competing as an experimental car in 1963, in 1965 it was officially classified as a two litre vehicle and driven by motor racing legends Graham Hill and Jackie Stewart, it achieved 10th place in the overall race standings.
It’s Rover 150bhp 2S/150 two-shaft gas turbine engine, which runs at a constant 35-40,000rpm, will roar again on Coventry’s roads as it takes its place on the Motofest sprint circuit.
Matt Phillips, Coventry Motofest’s Classic Display Director said: “The BRM Gas Turbine Racer proved to be one of the highlights of Coventry Motofest 2015 and so we are hugely excited that it’s returning to the festival again this year.
“The car is a classic icon of its age and we are very grateful to the British Motor Museum for allowing us to repeat this wonderful experience all over again.
“I am sure it will again prove one of the most captivating spectacles of the whole festival weekend.”
The BRM gas turbine race car is currently based at the British Motor Museum in Gaydon, Warwickshire, which will also a bring a selection of classic cars from their wonderful collection to display at the festival.
If you want to bring a classic vehicle to the festival please visit https://coventrymotofest.com/content/register-display