An ex-Niki Lauda BRM Formula 1 car, used during the filming of the Rush movie, will headline the historic Formula 1 field at Sydney Motorsport Park this weekend.
The 1973 BRM P160E is a genuine ex-Lauda car, the Austrian driving it for the first time at the Italian Grand Prix that year. Henri Pescarolo took over the car for the 1974 season.
The car was also used extensively during the filming of the Rush movie, which documents the fight for the 1976 World Championship between Lauda and James Hunt.
Having been in the Donington museum in England since 1981, the completely unrestored car has recently been bought by an Australian collector, and will make its first public appearance on Aussie soil at this weekend’s Retro Speedfest at Sydney Motorsport Park.
There will be nine other classic F1 cars in action at SMP alongside the BRM, including Paul Faulkner’s 1979 Williams FW07, which Alan Jones took to four race wins across the ’79 and ’80 F1 seasons. The Lola Beatrice Hart that Jones raced at the first ever Adelaide Grand Prix in 1985 will also be in Sydney.
Australian racing legend John Bowe will get some F1 laps behind the wheel of an ex-Hans Stuck March 741, while Les Wright will have also his ex-Gerhard Berger Benetton B186-BMW on-track, along with Guido Belgiorno-Nettis’s two ’85 Ferrari F1 cars.