1964 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa, Graham Hill in P261/5 on the approach the frighteningly
fast Eau Rouge curves flashes by mechanic Dick Salmon is telling him to turn off
the electric fuel pump that has been transferring fuel from a reserve tank to the
main fuel tank. Or rather, that’s what it should have been doing, but it hadn't.
Had the electric pump done all that was expected of it he would almost certainly
have won the race and the World Championship of that year. Unfortunately not all
the fuel had been transferred to the main tank and Graham ran out on the last lap
when in the lead as was classified 5th. Race winner Jim Clark (Lotus) and second
place Bruce McLaren (Cooper) both crossed the finish line with their cars almost
out of fuel.
Dick Salmon was part of the BRM Team for 17 years and at the end of 2006 his memoirs
of those times were published in a book called ‘BRM A Mechanics Tale’ in which he
tells the story of someone at the forefront of the team's activities, from the difficulties
in the early years with the 1.5-litre V16 to the success of becoming World Champions.
from an original text by Peter Putterill for Bourne Civic Society.