Track photos with thanks to Peter Schell
After many great years together, it is time for this fully restored and absolutely immaculate Repco Brabham BT230B, one of just three built by Motor Racing Development, to be enjoyed by a new owner.
The car was given a total restoration a number of years ago and has been meticulously maintained ever since.
It is powered by a 2.5 litre Coventry Climax engine developing over 250hp coupled with a Hewland HT200 gear box.
Driven by John Bowe and Richard Carter, the car has an excellent race record in historic motorsport. It’s finished on the podium in every race it’s entered except two over the past eight years. In 2016 it won the Tasman Trophy and Leo Geoghegan Trophy.
The BT23-B will be sold with a comprehensive set of new and used spares, including body moulds. It has a current C of D and an expired HTP from FIA and is classed as a F1 Intercontinental.
Price on application. Genuine enquiries only – call Trevor on 0413 809 803.
Brief History – Brabham BT23-B-2
This car was built in 1967 and purchased from the factory by wealthy Brabham owner Charles Vogele. There were only two other BT23-Bs produced which also had Coventry Climax 2.5 litre FPT engines. I understand B-1 was last seen in Lincolnshire in 1974 and the B3 car has been destroyed.
Vogele was a champion hill climber when hill climbing in Europe was a popular form of motor racing. Ferrari, Porsche and most factory teams competed in this form of motor sport.
During Vogel’s ownership the car ran on only four occasions:
25 & 26/3/67 Studen Rennen Hockenheim FTD
20 & 21/5/67 Bergrennen Schwarzenberg-Bodele FTD
14 & 15/10/67 Bergrennen Mollis-Kerenzerberg CH Second FTD
14/7/68 Rundstreckenrennen Monza 1 1st in class
Vogele sold the car in 1972 to Rino Bothone of Switzerland. We understand the car was stored for most of the time Bothone owned it.
In 1981 Brabham BT23-B-2 was sold to Willy Wider of Belgium and we assume he raced it. There are no records of the period in which Wider owned the car.
1989 saw the car sold again, this time to Jen-Louis Gillet of Belgium and we understand it was again stored for some time. There are no records of it racing while Gillet owned it.
In 1998 J Haper of the UK purchased it, selling it just months later sold as a rolling chassis to Philip Walker from the UK. Philip undertook a total restoration in 2000 which was entrusted by Retro Track & Air in Dursley, UK.
On the 23rd of October, 2001, the car obtained an FIA Historic Vehicle Identity Form, which describes it as an F1 Intercontinental.
On completion of the restoration the car raced at Zolder in Holand. BT23-B-2 then became part of Philip Walker’s collection which included a BT26 and original Ford GT40.
In 2006 a new Coventry Climax 2.5 litre engine was installed and later in 2006 the car won its class in the Grand Prix Masters. In 2008 it again ran at Brands Hatch in the pre-1971 to win the race.
In 2009 the car was bought by its current owner and restored at his workshop in Sydney.
The car was very successfully campaigned by John Bowe for a number of years, particularly at the long circuit at Winton.
Two years ago the car was rebuilt and it is now driven by Richard Carter. In 2016 Richard won the Tasman Trophy Race and the Leo Geoghegan Trophy Race for Group “O” cars.