Ex-dave Mor­gan car to make re­turn Photos: Jakob Ebrey, Paul Lawrence and Gary Hawkins

Motor Sport News - - Historics - By Paul Lawrence Stoneleigh Park out­ing, p21

The Brab­ham that scored one of the big­gest shocks in For­mula 2 his­tory will re­turn to com­pe­ti­tion in Europe this sea­son.

Brab­ham BT35 chas­sis 8 was the car in which Dave Mor­gan won the open­ing round of the 1972 Euro­pean For­mula 2 Cham­pi­onship at Mal­lory Park. It has spent most of its life in Aus­tralia but is now in the hands of John Hughes, who plans to con­test some ma­jor Euro­pean hill­climbs.

In March 1972, the Mal­lory races ran in low am­bi­ent tem­per­a­tures and Mor­gan won part one and did enough in part two to beat Niki Lauda, Car­los Reute­mann and Jody Scheck­ter in what was ef­fec­tively a For­mula At­lantic.

Si­mon Had­field has re­stored the car for Hughes, the for­mer FIA His­toric Com­mis­sion chair­man. Had­field was at Mal­lory that day as a young F3 me­chanic.

“It is still stun­ningly orig­i­nal and still with an 1850cc BDA en­gine,” said Had­field. “They’d or­dered a BT38 but the fac­tory was be­hind so they turned up with the BT35, still on tall pro­file For­mula At­lantic tyres and the day came their way.”

The Brab­ham went to Aus­tralia at the end of 1972 and was raced a few times be­fore spend­ing more than 20 years in stor­age while owned by Bryan Miller.

“John was a mate of Dave’s and was in­volved in his rac­ing,” said Had­field. “He wanted the car in ab­so­lute pe­riod spec­i­fi­ca­tion and it is as near as we can make it, the way Dave Mor­gan fin­ished that race. It’s a lovely, spe­cial car.”

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APRIL 6 2016

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