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HEPWORTHS AND BRM P154 AT AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX

During the recent Austrian Grand Prix weekend, Stephen and Andrew Hepworth brought their BRM P154 to the Red Bull Ring to participate in the Legends Parade, which showcased a collection of remarkable Can Am cars. The event was meticulously organised by Red Bull, who spared no expense in ensuring a stunning display. The backdrop featured images of the drivers and their respective cars, complemented by custom-made overalls.

One notable highlight was the nomination of Dr. Helmut Marko to drive the Hepworth BRM P154, presenting a splendid opportunity for him to reacquaint himself with marque. Dr. Marko had previously driven for BRM in 1971, piloting the Yardley BRM P153 and P160, and later in 1972, the Marlboro BRM P153, P153B, and P160B. Dr Marko came over early in the weekend to acquaint himself with the P154, however, it became apparent that there was an issue: Dr. Marko’s feet were too large to safely operate the pedals.

Fortunately, a solution was found by swapping cars with Juan Pablo Montoya, who was originally slated to drive the McLaren M8F but proved to be a better fit for the P154. Sadly, disaster struck during practice when the P154 engine cried enough and let go, leading to a cockpit fire. The fire was promptly extinguished, allowing Juan Pablo to safely get out of the car.

For the remainder of the weekend, the car was put on display while the other participating cars took to the track on Sunday, prior to the start of the F1 Grand Prix.

Photo Credit: Dr Helmut Marko – Red Bull


   

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