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