Jack Brabham’s 1967 race car goes on public display

RACING CAR HISTORY: Jack Brabham in the 1967 Repco-Brabham BT23A-1v8 racing car. This image would have been taken 'around' 1967.
RACING CAR HISTORY: Jack Brabham in the 1967 Repco-Brabham BT23A-1v8 racing car. This image would have been taken 'around' 1967.

LEGENDARY race car driver Jack Brabham's green 1967 V8 Repco-Brabham prototype has gone on public display for the first time.

It's sitting proudly in the main hall of the National Museum of Australia in Canberra. 

The historic car, was constructed and driven by the Australian racing legend and three-time Formula One  world champion in 1959, 1960 and 1966.

Sir Jack Brabham, AO, OBE (1926-2014) was the son of a greengrocer from Hurstville in Sydney's south where he drove delivery trucks around the yard. He was an ordinary Australian who helped develop Formula One as we know it today.

The 1967 Repco-Brabham Tasman BT23A-1 prototype now on display in the NMA was first raced by Sir Jack, after his 1966 F1 World Championship win.

He raced the car in the separate 1967 Tasman series where he set the fastest lap at Wigram. The1967 Tasman Series was a motor racing competition contested over six races in New Zealand and Australia, between January 7 and March 6, 1967.

The design of the BT23A-1 lead directly to the development of the BT24 which was driven by Denny Hulme of the Brabham team, and won the 1967 F1 Championship.

Since then, the car has been owned, raced and crashed by others. It retains many original components including the chassis, steering shaft, centre body - and the signatures of Tauranac and Sir Jack on the body of the car. The green colour scheme is as Sir Jack originally painted it when it was built.

In 1961 Sir Jack and engineer Ron Tauranac established Motor Racing Developments Ltd in Surrey, which became one of the largest manufacturers of single seat racing cars. Sir Jack was as passionate about the engineering of his cars as he was about racing them and in 1966 he won both the Formula One Drivers' championship and Constructors' championships - the only driver in Formula One history to win the championship in a car of his own construction.

The 1967 Repco-Brabham Tasman BT23A-1 joins other iconic vehicles in the NMA's collection, which includes the 1946 Holden Prototype Car No. 1, the definitive model for millions of Holden cars and Sir Robert Menzies' 1963 S3 Bentley.

Sir Jack's 1967 Repco-Brabham Tasman BT23A-1 is on display at the NMA until April 2018.

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