Hey Ron, we just won the world cham­pi­onship…

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There is a story that when Brab­ham clinched the ’66 world cham­pi­onship at Monza, the first Tau­ranac knew about the tri­umph was when Jack told him dur­ing the plane trip back to Lon­don. Un­be­liev­able as it sounds, Tau­ranac says it is true

RT: Yes, that was at Monza. He went wide on a cor­ner, and so he didn’t win that race, so I guess I just didn’t think much of it. Then we were fly­ing back to Fairoaks, and as we were com­ing in – it was just a grass air­field – I saw all these cars lined up and people every­where. I said ‘what’s all that about, Jack?’ and he said ‘we won the world cham­pi­onship’. It was the first I knew about it. I was only ever in­ter­ested in beat­ing people in the next race. I didn’t bother count­ing…

F1R: So it didn’t mean much to you even when he said that?

RT: What could I do? It was just a fact.

F1R: But you didn’t feel like cel­e­brat­ing, or the have any sense of what you had achieved?

RT: How would I cel­e­brate? I had to work the next day, and I was never a drinker. Even now, if I have two drinks in a night, that is about my lot. I think twice in my life I had too much to drink.

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