The motor-racing legend Raymond Mays lived in Bourne all of his life. Through hill climbs and speed trials, his successful racing-driver career began in 1931. He was particularly associated with a pair of Bugattis (Type 13 Brescia), known as Cordon Bleu (after the brandy of that name) and Cordon Rouge (after GH Mumm Champagne). Mays was later the driving force behind English Racing Automobiles (ERA) and then British Racing Motors (BRM). In 1972, Graham Hill won the world championship in a BRM, one of 17 Grand Prix won by the team.