Repco Brabham BT14 FL-8-65 is SOLD
This beautiful Brabham BT14 FL-8-65 has a well-documented and extensive history and has recently been freshly restored by Vintage Race Car Parts experts to race ready condition.
Almost five years ago I commissioned a motor racing enthusiast in the US to find 1960s or early 1970s race cars in Europe and the US, with the intention of buying and restoring a car to campaign in Europe and the UK. Over many months we discussed various cars, all of which were of no interest to me.
One day, I received an email from him advising me that he had found a car under a cover in a race car workshop which he thought it may be a Repco Brabham. The car had been placed in the corner of the workshop and had not been moved for over 10 years. He pointed out that it was not for sale, but he knew the owner of the workshop and promised to do some investigating for me.
His investigations revealed that it was a Repco Brabham BT14 FL-8-65. He contacted the owner to discuss the possibility of him selling it. Some weeks later the owner said he could be interested, but he wanted to know more about the prospective purchaser. Within weeks I had purchased the car and it was on its way to Australia.
BT14 FL-8-65’s History
Repco Brabham BT14 FL-8-65 was originally owned by Robert Ashcroft Racing.
On the 19th of April, 1965, Robert Ashcroft Racing entered BT 14 FL-8-65 in the Sunday Mirror Trophy Race at Goodwood. The driver was little known John Cardwell and the entry list included driving greats such as Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart, Jim Clark, Dan Gurney, Jack Brabham, Bruce McLaren, Jocken Rindt, Mike Spence, Frank Gardner, Mike Hailwood and many more well-known drivers of that era. The car finished a creditable 11th outright.
Robert Ashcroft Racing passed FL-8-65 on to Derek Bennett (then-owner of Chevron Cars). Bennett campaigned FL-8-65 for almost 12 months from 1966 to 1967, picking up many podiums during his time with it. After Bennett’s ownership the car would go to Jim Chanock and then Davey Powell.
In 1986 Mike Freeman of the UK purchased the car and prepared it for the 1987 FAI European Historic Car Championship. He won the series with many podium finishes and followed up in 1988 with a class win.
In 1989 the car was sold to Robert Hollander in the US. Hollander successfully campaigned it at Watkins Glen, Mid Ohio and Road Atlanta before selling it to fellow American Robert Hibdon. Robert ran the car at only four meetings (according to the log book) and then left it in the workshop for years to gather dust.
After many quiet years in Hibdon’s workshop, we took over custodianship of FL-8-65. When the car arrived in Sydney I noted the fire extinguisher certification had expired in 1999 and the seat belts in 2000 which confirmed that the car had sat in the workshop for some time.
Brabham BT14 FL-8-65 was treated to a two-year restoration to bring it into absolutely beautiful condition.
The restoration of the car included checking the frame for twists and bends and then repainting it. Once the frame was painted, the four corners were fitted, including the hydrolics.