50. BRM P261 1967

S4794 BRM P261 British GP 1967 – David Hobbs

If Fernando Alonso competes in Indianapolis today, it is considered extraordinary. The same happens when Nico Hülkenberg contests (and wins) the 24 hours of Le Mans with Porsche. What is special today, was normal in the “earlier days” of motorsport. Formula-1-drivers were taking part in other championships or single races. That’s why, around 1970, there were a lot of excellent allrounders. One of them was David Hobbs, today 78 years old. Hobbs drove (almost) everything: sports cars, touring cars, IndyCars, Formula 1, CanAm – the important thing was that the cars had really power and Hobbs his fun. But the Brit was not so much in fun, he was a serious racedriver who took part at the 24 hours in Le Mans 20 times – and he was good in almost every disciplines. He made his F1-debut in 1967 on a BRM P261 at the British Grand Prix, which is exactly the described model made by Spark in 1:43. In the first race Hobbs finished in eighth place. In Canada he ended up on P9. For both positions he would earn nowadays points. At that time the system was different. Only the first six got points. Hobbs, who was second in Le Mans twice and still works as an expert for a US TV-channel he drove the two races back then for the private team of Bernhard White. When Hobbs jumped in in 1967 the P261 or P61 Mark II, as it was also called, was already getting old. BRM introduced the car in 1964 as a successor of the P61. And it was very successful. In 1964 and 1965 the Brits were second in the world-championship. Overall the car won six Grand Prix with Graham Hill and Jackie Stewart. But not only the drivers were allrounder at that time. The cars were also used in different championships. For example in New Zealand at the Tasman Series. This series was won by BRM in 1966 with Jackie Stewart on a P261. So the model which is available at Spark in different versions in 1:43 is by far the most successful BRM-car ever.

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