"Oh, my wheels and wipers!"
His catchphrase from seasons 1-2.
Brum is a sweet and happy little yellow motor car who loves making friends and hates to see anyone unhappy. He is outgoing and personable. He feels things deeply, and has a strong sense of empathy. He doesn't always pick up on complex ideas and gets confused and frightened easily. He rarely gets angry and is far more likely to flee than fight. The exception to this is if he feels that someone else is in danger. Brum always stands up for his friends, even when he's scared. He shows his true bravery when someone else is in need. He is based off a late-1920s Austin 7 "Chummy", a once popular British motorcar.
He helps to save the day by identifying criminals stealing stuff or just stops things like a dog from getting away or runaway objects and he even dances with people in the ending. Then its time for Brum to return and sneak back into the garage, past his owner, before anyone notices that he's missing. Then, he powers down.
He drives by himself and can express himself in a number of ways including opening and closing his doors and bonnet, "bobbing" his suspension, flashing and swiveling his headlamps, rotating his starting crank, extending his turn signals, and using his horn. He opens his doors to make him happy and flaps his bonnet up to make him angry, but in the first two series, he doesn't. Sometimes you can tell from his eyes.
Typically, he stops thieves from escaping or just stops things like a dog from getting away and so far, has never failed to save the day.
Each episode of Brum begins with him starting his day at the museum, then sneaking out to visit the "Big Town", where he finds adventures. The opening and closing sequences were filmed at the Cotswold Motoring Museum in Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, South West England. The model of Brum used in filming is kept on display there when not in use.
Quotes (series 1-2 only) Edit
- "Oh my wheels and wipers!" (His catchphrase.)
- "Oh my wheels and wipers! What's that? A face, flying in the sky? How did that get there? That looks like fun, can I have a go?" (Kite.)
- "Thank you, that's quite enough excitement for one day. Time for me to go." (Kite)
- "Oh my bonnet and bumper! Where am I? I don't like this place! I want to go home! (Scrapyard)
- There are two models of the "Brum" car. The original scale model for Series 1-2 but with Series 3-5's headlights is housed at the Cotswold Motoring museum which was still used for the opening and ending credits of every episode beyond Series 2. The second model for Series 3-5 has toured with The Herbert's Story of Children's Television Exhibition and has appeared at the Beaulieu Motoring Museum. It was alleged, at some point, that one of the models used for filming was stolen, although Ragdoll Productions have never mentioned or confirmed this. It is unknown why two cars were created when only one would be used per season, perhaps if one broke down they would use the other.
- The main differences between Series 1-2 Brum and Series 3-5 Brum are as follows: different sized eyes/headlights, (smaller in Series 1-2, bigger in Series 3-5, in addition his pupils are also slightly bigger in Series 3-5) different sized number plate, (bigger in Series 1-2 compared to Series 3-5) different number plate font, (in Series 1-2 it appeared to be Helvetica, but Series 3-5's is as of now unknown) different bonnet color, (gold/bronze/brass in Series 1-2, same as his body color in Series 3-5) and different crank position. (lower in Series 1-2 than Series 3-5)
- He returned in four events - On 10th December 2001, he made a special guest appearance in the CBBC On Choice studio, and he also appeared in Brum and the Big Blue Diamond Mystery Pantomime, and in the music video "Fire-flies" by Owl City. And in 2006, Brum was part of the St. Matthew's Primary School road safety campaign in Westminster of London, England, United Kingdom.