Decades of in­no­va­tion

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1960S: MRD ORI­GINS Ini­tially born of Jack Brab­ham’s frus­tra­tion at Cooper’s re­luc­tance to evolve its mid-en­gined rac­ers, Brab­ham the con­struc­tor briely car­ries the name MRD – Mo­tor Racing De­vel­op­ments. 1966: F1 GLORY Us­ing a Repco V8, Brab­ham takes his light, quick and re­li­able BT19 to the F1 driv­ers’ ti­tle in ’66. 1970S: BRAB­HAM WITH­OUT BRAB­HAM ORTAURANAC Brab­ham re­tires, out goes co-founder Ron Tau­ranac and in comes Bernie Ec­cle­stone, who makes Gor­don Mur­ray chief de­signer. His BT44 and BT44B’s good looks are en­hanced by Mar­tini spon­sor­ship. 1978: NUM­BER ONE FAN BT46B ‘fan car’ beats the ground-eŽect Lo­tus by suck­ing it­self to the track. EARLY 1980S: NEW EN­GINES, MORE SUC­CESS Brab­ham switches to Ford power for 1980 and in 1981 wins the driv­ers’ crown with Nel­son Pi­quet. He tri­umphs again two years later with the BMW-pow­ered BT52. LATE 1980S: DIS­AR­RAY Bernie’s busy tak­ing over F1. Mur­ray joins McLaren. Brab­ham slides into the midield and then ob­scu­rity.

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