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Peter Berthon

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Peter Lorraine Ashton Berthon, engine designer

c.1907 Born in Burma[1]

1911 Living near Bristol with his grandfather

1933/4 Joined with Humphrey Cook and Raymond Mays in forming English Racing Automobiles

1935 Married Mary L Wiltshire[2]

1938 After the collapse of ERA, Berthon and Mays raced an ERA car privately

WWII Pilot with RAF

Post-War: with Mays he established BRM and designed a radical V16 engine which was subject to considerable mechanical stress because of its high operating speed (12,000 rpm).

After the Rubery Owen takeover, he designed a new V8 engine for BRM which led to Grand Prix success.

1962 Married Althaea A. Furness

1971 Died in South Africa

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 1911 census
  2. BMD
  • The Times, Jan 20, 1971