DAVID BRABHAM ON BUILDING A LEGACY
How important was it to you to build your car in Australia? The other automotive companies leaving Australia has been hard for Australians to take; it’s like, “why?” So when we popped up it took everybody by surprise, but everybody embraced it, because I think it showed a bit of faith in the country. There’s a lot of expertise there, in the supply chains of those manufacturers. And racing down in Australia is good business and there’s a lot of very skilled people there. Put the Brabham name on top of that and you’ve got something quite credible.
How does it feel to have your family name on a car again? I truly don’t think it has sunk in yet. You’re so busy with the project that it’s very difficult to pull back and actually see that significance. But I had a bit of a moment when I was doing the entry for Goodwood, and I put Brabham for car and driver.
How important was it to have the car almost ready before you announced it? If we had turned up with a rendering or just a clay model, it would have been hard to regain the momentum later. People want to see it, touch it, feel it, smell it. It’s like, “BANG. There it is, here’s the testing video, want to drive it?” That has much more impact.
Are there buyers out there for all these track-only specials? I think the market for them is growing, for sure. It’s a great brand builder, and that’s become important. But eventually the dream is to go racing and to go on the road. So if you look at the car, it’s been designed to go in either direction, but still keep the design cues. I think we’ve done a pretty good job with the design to be able to do that. It does look a bit different, I think it’s kinda cool.