The badges mounted onto these keyrings are produced in ‘old school’ vitreous enamel and are exact replicas of an original BRM keyfob enamel badge from the 1950s which is held in our reference collection – see it in the ‘examples of original keyrings’ page of the GALLERY on this website.
The original badge came to us from a customer who lived in a village just to the North of Bourne in Lincolnshire where BRM were based.
It may have been saved by one of BRM’s employees.
Original BRM keyrings were distributed during the course of racing activities, whilst others were supplied with cars sold from Raymond May’s Garage which was in Bourne.
We are grateful to the late Mr. Roger Kemplay for information on BRM & Raymond May’s Garage.
He passed the Garage each day in his Morgan 3 wheeler en-route to Blackstone’s Works in Stamford where he was an apprentice marine engineer.
Roger was present at Folkingham Airfield on the day that Fangio tested the BRM V16.
Men working in fields downwind in Dunsby Fen on that day ( 7 miles away ) could plainly hear the howling of that engine whilst under Fangio’s control.
The enamel badge is a smaller size than we generally use (just as the original) and is available mounted onto our slimline teardrop and classic rectangular keyring shapes in all the leather colours.
This key ring is perfect for use in a vehicle from the time which we do not make a key ring for – as is the National Benzole key ring.
It would also make the perfect affordable present for that classic motor sport enthusiast who seems to have everything ( apart from a BRM keyring !)