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Our Long-Serving and Absolutely Lovely 1967 Brabham BT23-B-2 is For Sale

1967 Brabham BT23-B-2

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.

Brabham BT23 at Tasman Trophy

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:

1967

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

1968

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.

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Our Freshly-Restored Repco Brabham BT14 FL-8-65 is SOLD

Brabham BT14-FL-8-65

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.

Background

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.

Repco Brabham BT14 FL-8-65

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.

Vintage Race Car Parts Restoration Workshop Tour

Restoration

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.

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Chatting with Ron Tauranac at the 2016 Tasman Trophy

Ron Tauranac at the 2016 Tasman Trophy

While running the Brabham BT-23-B in the 2016 Tasman Trophy, Kerrie and Trevor of the Vintage Race Car Parts team had the great honour of chatting with Ron Tauranac.

Ron Tauranac is a Formula 1 icon. He founded the Brabham constructor and Formula 1 race team, Motor Racing Developments, with the great Sir Jack Brabham back in 1960 and worked towards the team’s 1966 and ’67 Formula 1 Constructors’ Championships. From there he went on to found RALT and work on many other significant Formula 1, Formula 5000 and other Formula cars.

An engineer and race car designer, he is responsible for cars like our Brabham BT-23-B. The opportunity to chat with him about the car, racing and life was a pleasure, an honour and a highlight of the weekend.

Ron Tauranac at the 2016 Tasman Trophy

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Vintage Race Car Parts Brabham BT-23-B Victorious at 2016 Tasman Trophy

Brabham BT23 at Tasman Trophy

Images thanks to Peter Schell

The Vintage Race Car Parts team enjoyed a successful weekend at the HSRCA’s 2016 Tasman Trophy over the 19th and 20th of November, bringing home the Tasman Cup, John Dawson-Damer Trophy and Leo Geoghegan Trophy after two days of historic motorsport.

This event saw an excellent field of historic sports and racing cars gather at Sydney Motorsport Park to celebrate the Tasman Series. A highlight of the entry was the significant contingent of international entrants, including cars from as far as the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States, who travelled all the way to Sydney to take part.

Brabham BT23 at Tasman Trophy

We entered the Repco Brabham BT-23-B in Group O, P & invited M competition, with Richard Carter, a very quick driver and passionate member of the historic racing community, handling driving duties.  Richard was assisted by Scott Fleming who is an excellent race engineer.  It was the first competitive outing for the BT-23-B, which has been the recipient of considerable work over the past 12 months.

Two races were held on the Saturday and the Brabham started on the second row of the grid after a successful qualifying run.  Richard had an excellent start and was leading by turn one followed closely by Chris Farrell also in a Repco Brabham. Chris and Richard swapped the lead several times during the race, enjoying a fantastic battle from which Richard in the BT-23-B would eventually emerge victorious.

Brabham BT23 at Tasman Trophy

The pair picked up where they left off in second race, with Chris Farrell taking the lead and the two cars dicing within fractions of a second of each other. This time Chris was able to hold the lead across the chequered flag.

The Tasman Trophy Race on Sunday was a similar affair, with Richard starting from pole.  He had a great start to lead the race for eight laps until there was a minor incident which resulted in a yellow flag being bought out and the race ending.

Brabham BT23 at Tasman Trophy

Two wins and a second was a great result for the team. The BT-23-B ran faultlessly throughout the weekend.

In 2017 we intend to run in two to three meetings. Winton Race Circuit in Victoria in August, Sydney Motor Sport Park in November and possibly Wakefield Park in NSW.

For more, including a full wrap-up and series of photo galleries, see the HSRCA’s 2016 Tasman Trophy Wrap-Up here.

Brabham BT23 at Tasman Trophy