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By Benjamin Shahrabani
BMC Competitions Department Secret
Author(s): Stuart Turner, Marcus Chambers, Peter Browning
In January 1955, The British Motor Corporation, often better known by its acronym, BMC, formed a Competitions Department whose mission was to prepare every car under its umbrella for use in motorsport, both as a means of continued product improvement and customer publicity. Based alongside the MG factory in Abingdon, England, it would grow to encompass such diverse brands in the BMC company portfolio as Mini, MG, Morris, Triumph, and Austin Healey. Over its fifteen-year lifespan, the competition department would come to be regarded as one of the most successful in motorsport with its works-prepared competition cars blazing trails in international racing and rallying, and often breaking records.
In BMC Competitions Department Secrets, the three men that successively managed the BMC competitions department during that period—Marcus Chambers (1955-1961), Stuart Turner (1961-1967), and Peter Browning (1967-1970)—strive to tell the inside story of those years, and expose the secrets of how the team became a true world-beater.
First hand accounts from the three team managers, along with internal memos, documents and photographs from the period strive to paint a picture of how engineering, tenacious modifications and a dedicated and often daring team were responsible for the oversized success that lasted until the department’s dissolution in 1970: MGAs competed successfully at challenging tracks such as Le Mans, Sebring, Daytona, while Austin Healeys and Mini Coopers dominated international rallying the world over, with the Mini winning three Monte Carlo Rallies in 1964, 1965, and 1967.
If you are into British rallying in the ’50s and ’60s, you may want to give this book a look.