Sir Jack Brabham’s historic prototype car to go on display

Motor racing fans will be planning a trip to Canberra in the new year, amid news the National Museum of Australia (NMA) has acquired an historic car constructed and driven by Australian racing legend Sir Jack Brabham.

The three-time Formula One world champion built the 1967 Repco-Brabham Tasman BT23A-1 prototype (pictured below) that was driven in the separate 1967 Tasman series, where Brabham set the fastest lap in Christchurch.

The design of the BT23A-1 – now on display at the NMA’ main hall – led directly to the development of the BT24 which was driven by Denny Hulme of the Brabham team, and won the 1967 F1 Championship.


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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.

Caption: Jack Brabham in the 1967 Repco-Brabham BT23A-1v8 racing car. This image would have been taken ‘around’ 1967.
Photographer: Unknown

National Museum director, Dr Mathew Trinca, said he was excited to acquire such an iconic and rare car, which showcases Australia’s motor racing mastery and Sir Jack’s globally acclaimed innovation.

“Sir Jack’s three world championships were the result of both his engineering expertise and his driving skill – he is an Australian legend who helped lay the course of Formula One racing as we know it,” Dr Trinca said.

Brabham retired to Australia after the 1970 Formula One season. He passed away at a Gold Coast nursing home in 2014.

The 1967 Repco-Brabham Tasman BT23A-1 will be on display at the NMA until April 2018.

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