Motor racing: In the blood

One of the highlights of filming race and rally television programmes and events, is the chance to get up close to some of the world’s most rare, and incredible competition cars.

Paul WoodfordFor me, cars – as well as people – can be heroes, and no-one would argue that they’re quite often the star of the show.

This has never been more true, than when I recently came toe-to-toe with a 1964 BRM P261 Grand Prix car while presenting the historic motor racing TV show at the Oulton Park Gold Cup.

This was a special moment for me. I know that one of my Dad’s treasured memories of his childhood was visiting the BRM factory in Lincolnshire; an outing which became a regular highlight for him and my motorsport mad Grandfather.

To know that the ex Graham Hill car that I was stood looking at, would have been stared at with equal astonishment by my Dad in the factory over fifty years ago was a big moment.

I just stopped and enjoyed it, taking in the smell of the hot engine and tyres, the sound of the exhaust metal contracting, and the feeling of heritage that comes with such an iconic, significant racing car.

Significant for history, and significant for me.

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