Random Snap>> Repco Brabham Vintage Formula

To be honest, I don't know much about this car, other than it looks fantastic. I saw it at the SCCA Double National race back in July and snapped a few pictures of it, but no owners nearby. From what I can tell, it could be a Brabham BT21 Repco, I'm sure one of you readers knows something more about it? Here's your chance to educate us all.

- Carl Jarrett

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Not sure, all i know is that i want to drive it!!

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I know the BT stands for the partnership of driver Jack Brabham and designer Rob Taurnac. I did some digging online and found out something really cool. Jack Brabham in '65 drove one of these cars to a victory in formula 1. He was the 1st driver to score a victory in a car bearing his name.

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DESKTOP PLEASE!

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quiet alot of info there

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This is Jack Richardson's 1967/68 Brabham BT21 Formula B, very nice car. There were also the F3 and Formula Libre versions of the BT21. Based on a lightly revised BT-18 chassis, the car proved dominant for the 1968 European season and registered numerous wins in SCCA competition, particularly in Formula B. The engine is an all steel Lotus Twin Cam 1600cc. with a Hewland Mk gearbox. The car is pretty cheap to buy, in USD a very good model is about 40k, but is possible to find a BT21 even for 25k, depending on the year and car's spec.

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Looks like it realy is BT21. So it is F3 car from the 1967. Typical car for that time,not very successful,but not bad too. Ford engine,Hewland gearbox and tubular frame around it. But pure fun to drive it must be.

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Definitely not the Repco V8 engine, which was in the BT19, BT20, BT24 and BT26 (from memory). This looks more like one of the F2 cars of the same era (mid-late 60s) with a 4-cylinder engine.

The joke about REPCO, besides the fact a once truly iconic Australian engineering institution now sells poorly made Chinese parts and tools, is that as an acrostic it is

Rip

Every

Poor

C**t

Off

For our non-Aussie friends who may not understand the usage of the C-word downunder, it always refers to you and your mates, never to the ladies.

8

i just love oldschool tires like that, and the fact that not much of the rear mechanism is covered

9

Vintage F1 cars are so simple and beautiful... simply beautiful

10

From my Farther:



From memory!!!!! looks like BT18 which was about 1966/67 as was the case in those days main chassis doubled up for formula two & three. As formula two the works used honda engines and won almost everything with brabham & hulme as drivers, who both went on to win the fomula one championship in the BT20 which was the "Brabham Repco", same vintage.



As formula three the common engine was the ford MAE cosworth this went on for some years and updated with many 1970's F1 stars starting off in it including "Hunt the shunt"



The works run under the Bradham trading company name "Motor Racing Developments" to avoid conflict with Repco ie Brabham Repco F1. The formula 2 cars also went on to run under "Roy Winlkeman Racing" and gave Jochen Rindt his International start at a Crystal Palace meeting , easter monday which he won against all the stars I was there with my dad. (1967)



An aside, the Repco engine was a devolpment of an Oldsmobile alloy block which later became.................. did you get it..................... the Range Rover V8



Another aside, No2 Roy Winkleman (an american) commissioned Brabham Ne MRD to build an INDY car BT25 wtih further developments to the Repco unit I think Peter Revson of Mclaren fame drove it



* helped by my "Library"



Ar'nt Dad's like this great!

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@ Manzello



Black Jack won the championship in '66 in his BT19. Still the only driver to win an F1 championship in a car of his own design!

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The BT24 was created in 1967 and powered by a three-liter Repco engine with Lucas Fuel injection producing 330 horsepower. A Hewland DG300 five-speed manual gearbox was used. The BT24 proved to be a reliable racer and provided three 1 and 2 place finishes for drivers Brabham and Hulme. Hulme finished the season in excellent fashion, being declared the Driver's Championship. Brabham came in second. The team won the Constructor's Championship for the second season in a row.



I think that this car is a 1968 bt21 with a repco engine. Not alot of info out there on the BT@! chassis... I would assume it was F3 due to the 4 banger engine this one has.

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Would it be to much to ask for a DESKTOP version of this exact same picture?

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Nice, I love learning from you guys. The Speedhunters fanbase probably cumulatively knows everything there is to know about cars!

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Thanks to you Speedhunters for feeding our automotive hunger every day! :)

You'll never stop to learn about cars!

16

That Aussie Ben guy, fucken ledge hahahahaha hit the nail on the head a few times there

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boost me till i burst

probably not relevant but one of the best days of my life was when a friend and work mate went to Cadwell park to watch a friend race a Lola T200 when we got there we wondered round for a while trying to find Ian but to no avail in the end I just asked another team where Ian Ashley was "over there mate" (it so simple when you just ask some one clever than yourself) when we saw Ian the team was a little busy, bits of race car every where. "hi Ian every thing ok?" the answer short was a dead engine and very little time to swap it out. " Can I be any help?" ( my work mate and I are motor vehicle technicians by trade) "yes thanks" says Ian....... end of the day we just got the car finished, first time it fired it went straight to parkfermay then to the start line ready   set    GO!!!!! I forget his start/finish position but he made one or two positions. Plus we were aloud to stand right near the start line and watch (being part of the team;))   BEST DAY AT WORK EVER I was in some of my better gear now totally oil/sweat soaked but grinning from ear to ear....... still grinning. sorry to bore any one reading this but the pick sparked a very special memory.

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