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Peter Berthon

Peter Berthon, Monaco GP, 18 May 1958. Copyright LAT Photographic (www.latphoto.co.uk), 2010. Used with permission.

Peter Berthon, Monaco GP, 18 May 1958. Copyright LAT Photographic 2010. Used with permission.

Born:

20 Sep 1906
Maymo, Burma

Died:

15 Jan 1971
off the coast of Durban, South Africa

Nationality:

Great Britain

Teams:

BRM, ERA (1950-1959)

Engines:

BRM, ERA (1950-1961)

Founder of both BRM and ERA, who finished his motorsport career with Westlake and then went into the garage business. Died of a heart-attack and drowned whilst swimming on a holiday. Berthon was a former Royal Air Force graduate who first began working with Raymond Mays in 1932, when they worked on a Riley car together. One year later, they started ERA, which for most of the 1930's and 1940's was one of Britain's top motor racing teams. BRM came after World War 2 but had many ups and downs. Although born in Burma, Berthon moved to Bristol as a young boy and although he had no engineering training, proved adept at developing racing engines.

Biography last updated 11 May 2017