Britain’s Winning Formula: Achieving World Leadership in by Martin Beck-Burridge

By Martin Beck-Burridge

The foreign monetary price of motorsports, and specifically Grand Prix racing, has grown considerably lately. This booklet focuses upon the large dimension, price, value and impression of the undefined. It investigates the dominance of UK-based learn and improvement and layout and makes a speciality of key administration topics of teamworking, management, method and innovation.

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The MIA and its objective of ‘one voice for an overlooked industry’ seemed set for success. Having examined forces that parented and developed UK Motor Sport Plc, let us examine the harsh post-war climate in which the principles of British technical success in motor sports evolved. 3 Hardware and the Evolution of Technology: from 1946 to the Benchmarks of the 1990s: the Cars and Components Introduction E STABLISHING an industry to supply the needs of motor sport competitors was a natural progression that called for flexibility, ingenuity and a fearless disregard for bank statements.

That statement hints at the post-war despair created by Britain’s international motor sporting record and the massive turnaround established by this small but often immensely profitable industry. This transformation has been achieved primarily through the smaller UK specialists – even now payrolls are unlikely to exceed 500 – who have contributed the most, although a number of larger organizations have helped to fuel the change. It is important to acknowledge the debt owed to one giant in this racing and rallying revolution, Ford.

Was this an uncharacteristic overstatement? We think not. The BRM project fuelled the public imagination and was something of a beacon to thousands of people to whom the success of British engineering had been their life for the past six years, particularly those in the armed forces. But the reality was that the astounding enthusiasm and energy of that BRM project team – Berthon, Mays and their colleagues – faced an awesome task. By the spring of 1947 the total complement at Bourne was around 30 people.

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