Classic car enthusiasts are in for a treat at this year’s Classic Motor Show, taking place at the NEC from 10th to 12th November. Once again, Genus will be exhibiting their specialist digitisation services, and this year, they have a special guest that will give attendees an insight into some iconic motorsport history.
Joining Genus at the show will be British Racing Motors (BRM). Genus has worked with BRM for a number of years, helping them to digitise and promote their iconic archive, including the build of their own community engagement site (Recollect) which will be on display. This software allows visitors to view images and documents from the BRM archive and has given BRM the ability to enrich their collections, capture and manage new content, as well as discuss new ideas from anywhere in the world, whilst monetising some of their assets.
BRM will be showcasing their recently built BRM P15 V16 Supercharged Grand Prix car, Chassis 4. Originally built by BRM for Formula One motor racing in the immediate aftermath of World War II, the V16 was powered by a 1.5 litre supercharged V16 engine producing between 400-600bhp, and 12,000 RPM. Rule changes outlawed the cars but the V16 remained a truly distinctive and exceptional engine, renowned for its unparalleled sound. This remarkable piece of automotive history will be a highlight of the event. Britain’s original Formula 1 team, BRM, built three V16 race cars and have recently completed Chassis 4 as a brand-new build.
“It is an honour to once again be part of this event with both the team at Genus and the FBHVC, and to be able to celebrate that inextricable link between past, present, and future. The work done with the team at Genus over the last few years has enabled us to bring our history to life and share a far wider chronology of the BRM story; that early vison in the immediate post war years, the tenacity that took us through the 1950s, the success of 1962 with the Driver’s & Constructors’ World Championship and on into ’63, ’64, ‘65 where we were runners-up in the Constructors’ Championship, and finally into the 1970s with the cars that will be more familiar to today’s F1 crowds. Celebrating this history, making it more accessible, and building Chassis IV are all part of this vision to Reawaken BRM for today’s audience – and our relationships with Genus and the FBHVC are an integral part of this.” said Nick Own of British Racing Motors.
But the nostalgia doesn’t stop there. Genus will present their very own Recordak Library Film Reader (Model C). This beautifully made reader from the 1940s was used by the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during World War II to read microfilm sent from their overseas bases. The OSS was a key wartime intelligence agency and a predecessor of the modern Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). This rare artifact offers a unique glimpse into the intelligence-gathering methods of the past.
To make this exhibition even more special, Genus is offering a free white glove scanning service for rare documents. Visitors are encouraged to bring along 20-30 documents from their archives, up to A2 in size, which will be digitised while you wait. These can be photos, documents, engineering drawings, newsletters etc etc. The digitised documents will be uploaded on to a free memory stick for attendees to take home as a sample. These documents will be scanned on Genus’s own state-of-the-art Zeutschel OS A overhead scanner, guaranteeing consistently brilliant results. An in-house digitisation technician from Genus will also be on hand to ensure the quality and accuracy of the digitisation process.
And it doesn’t end there. Visitors will also have the opportunity to explore the stunning 3D images created by Genus using their cutting-edge 3D photogrammetry service. These 3D images are part of Genus’s collaboration with FBHVC and can be viewed on the FBHVC’s very own version of their Recollect community engagement site.
“The Classic Motor Show is the perfect opportunity to reinforce our very close ties with BRM and our Digitisation Partner status with the FBHVC. Since becoming a close partner of the FBHVC we have now captured the Archive content of over 20 Classic Motor Clubs with many more projects in the middle of digitisation. By digitising live on our stand at the Classic Motor Show we want to encourage Motor clubs and enthusiasts to bring some of their rarer documents so that we can digitise while they wait. We look forward to helping you discover and unleash your Archive to the world.” said Paul Negus, Managing Director at Genus.
Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to explore the unique offerings Genus (stand 5-525) and BRM (stand 5-520) have on display at the Classic Motor Show from 10th to 12th of November.