THE RACE WAS THE FIRST EVENT FOR THE BRAB­HAM BT24 WITH A RE­VISED REPCO POWERPLANT AND DE­LIV­ERED A DE­BUT 1-2 FOR BRAB­HAM AND HULME

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Hill, Jackie Ste­wart, Dan Gur­ney, Chris Amon, Pe­dro Ro­driguez, Jochen Rindt, Bruce McLaren, Denny Hulme and our very own then-reign­ing World Cham­pion Jack Brab­ham.

The race was the rst event for the Brab­ham BT24 with a re­vised Repco powerplant and de­liv­ered a de­but 1-2 for Brab­ham and Hulme af­ter the dom­i­nant Lo­tus of Clark and pole­sit­ter Hill re­tired with me­chan­i­cal woes as both suf­fered gear­box fail­ures. The nal step on the podium was lled by a strug­gling Jackie Ste­wart in the BRM. Ste­wart had in­her­ited the po­si­tion from Chris Amon as the Fer­rari re­tired with a bro­ken throt­tle link­age just af­ter half dis­tance, thereby prevent­ing what would have been an all-an­tipodean podium.

This ret­ro­spec­tive is a fas­ci­nat­ing look back at grand prix rac­ing’s ill-fated ap­pear­ance at the home of en­durance. It runs un­til the end of Au­gust and is well worth the 8.50 eu­ros ad­mis­sion to the Mu­seum.

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