A bit off topic, chaps, but I have reason to believe that one of the first clutch of BRP cars was used (or at least the body) was used to simulate some other make in this film.
According to Ken Gregory, it was sawn in half at the hub line and mounted on a trailer - I have no idea which one, though...
Is there a pic. of it?
Well... I guess I'm looking for pretty much the same information as RobertE:
a) how was the BRP utilized?
b) does anyone have a photo or screen shot that clearly i.d.'s the BRP?
c) even better, can anyone help me find a production still of the BRP?
bonus) does anyone know for certain what happened to the car's remains after the film?
(I'm working on a huge feature article about the Grand Prix BRPs, and this information would be nice for a sidebar.)
Here's what I think I know: after the 1964 Grand Prix season, Trevor Taylor's car (BRP #64/3) was acquired by the Stirling Moss Racing Team and was transported to South Africa where Richie Ginther drove it in the 1966 South African Grand Prix. On the seventh lap of that race, Ginther spun the BRP-BRM and was struck by Jo Bonnier (who was driving a Rob Walker Racing Lotus-Climax.) The BRP was badly enough damaged that its racing days were over, but it had salvageable parts so it was transported back to England where some or at least most of it was sold to Jim Russell (of racing school fame.) Jim Russell had a contract to supply racecars for the making of Grand Prix. BRP 64/3 has not yet reappeared after Grand Prix.
(1) according to some reports (which I haven't yet verified), BRP 64/3 was re-powered with a non-crossflow Ford 4cyl. engine and a Hewland transaxle for its appearance in the film.
(2) according to other reports, the BRP 64/3 was cut in half, and the back half was used behind a tow vehicle for faked race footage. I spoke to Ken Gregory earlier today, and his understanding is that this later report has credibility because it matches what a former BRP mechanic who later worked on the film told him. (I can't remember which BRP man... I'm thinking Ken might have said Bruce McIntosh, who I know later worked for McLaren.)
In case it's not obvious, (1) and (2) are NOT mutually exclusive.
Here's what I've observed from the film:
Remember all those scenes where Pete Aron (James Garner) is having trouble with his gearchange? Remember how the camera aims down from over his right shoulder to photograph Aron's left hand on the shifter? I think all those frames - the movie comes back to this over and over - show us Trevor Taylor's BRP! (Can someone please snap a screenshot for me? I don't know how.) If you look carefully, you'll note that the shifter lever comes up through a hole in the left pontoon... and that the hole has been very crudely enlarged to the inboard side. It's pretty obvious that the fiberglass cowl and the Perspex windscreen are cheesy fakes. Aron's car, the #11 BRM, logically SHOULD be similar to teammate Scott Stoddart's #12 BRM - but their dashboards, instruments, and steering wheels are all distinctly different.
For the sake of comparison, I'll post a photo to show what sister car (Innes Ireland's BRP 64/2) looks like, more or less:
(I can't testify yet as to how accurately the car has been restored/replicated. Stay tuned.)
I suspect BRP 64/3 may have been used for other scenes/purposes... I'm still studying. (Can you help me?) I would, however, note that it isn't hard to mistake a BRP Mk2 for a Lotus 25. Previously someone noticed that the Yamura "fitting" scene appears to feature a Lotus 25. If it didn't look so new, I'd wonder if it might by BRP 64/3. In race scenes, we see at least three radically different front suspensions on Aron's Yamura fake-Honda. Shock absorbers don't usually go from inboard to outboard and back during a race, but I think that's what I saw at Monza.
Somehow, the HUGE continuity errors in this film don't detract from how much I enjoy the story!
Getting back to the question of the real Italian GP; the entry list had Spence and Baghetti in Lotus-BRMs #42 and 44, Trevor Taylor was entered as #46 in the Shannon and Frank Gardner as #50 in the Willment-Climax (both DNA). This was a 1964 BRP bought by Willment and fitted with one of Paul Emery's 3-litre Climax FPE engines - it was tested by John Blunsdon for 'Motor Racing' magazine but wasn't race-ready for Monza, and in fact only ever raced in the Oulton Park Gold Cup driven by Trevor Taylor (I doubt whether Gardner would have fitted into it, as it was built for the slim Innes Ireland and Blunsdon could barely drive it).
At the Oulton Park Gold Cup in 1966, BRP 64/2 was definitely driven by John Campbell-Jones. His engine leaked oil on track, and his car was black-flagged.
Edited by BritishV8, 26 August 2011 - 21:58.