Sil­ver­stone, Eng­land, May 14, 1966 – BRDC In­ter­na­tional Tro­phy

Australian Muscle Car - - '66 Clickety-Click -

If New Zealand was thrust into the spot­light at Le Mans 1966, it was its next-door neigh­bour’s turn in F1 that year, which be­gan with a non-championship race at Sil­ver­stone (pic­tured). The Aus­tralian-built Repco-Brab­ham BT19, with its three-litre V8 rac­ing en­gine built in Mel­bourne, pow­ered Jack Brab­ham to vic­tory in the 1966 F1 driv­ers’ and con­struc­tors’ cham­pi­onships. Aussie driver, Aussie-owned team, Aussie-built car and en­gine. It was, of course, the only time a driver has won the championship in a car bear­ing his own name as con­struc­tor. Brab­ham won four of the nine rounds. His ti­tle is un­doubt­edly the great­est achieve­ment in this coun­try’s sto­ried mo­tor rac­ing his­tory... and it all took place 50 years ago this year.

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