EDITOR’S PICK

FOR THE SE­RI­OUS HIS­TORIC RAC­ING EN­THU­SI­AST

New Zealand Classic Car - - CONTENTS -

This 1969 Brab­ham BT 29 was brought to New Zealand by the Amer­i­can racer Evan Noyes in 1970. He had driven it to sec­ond place in a US For­mula B cham­pi­onship be­fore driv­ing it to fifth place it in the Tas­man Se­ries of that year here. Graeme Lawrence then owned and raced the car dur­ing 1971. A string of im­pres­sive re­sults fol­lowed from both the lo­cal races, the Tas­man Se­ries, and a cam­paign through some of the more im­por­tant Asian events. Among these re­sults were: Ti­maru and Pukekohe, sec­ond; Levin, first; Oran Park, sec­ond; Ja­panese GP, fourth; and first at the Malaysian and Sin­ga­pore Grands Prix. The car was then sold to Ken Smith then a suc­ces­sion of other own­ers be­fore War­ren Steel con­verted the Brab­ham into the ‘Rhubarb Racer’. In 1987, David Sharp con­verted the car back to its orig­i­nal con­fig­u­ra­tion and spec­i­fi­ca­tions.

To­day, the car is pre­sented en­tirely in its orig­i­nal state, and the liv­ery is as it was at the time Graeme Lawrence cam­paigned it.

The Brab­ham comes with a fresh Ford Twin Cam 1600 mo­tor. These mo­tors were even­tu­ally coaxed to pro­duce very close to 200bhp (149kw), which is sent to the road via an also-fresh Hew­land FT200 transaxle. The list of ac­com­pa­ny­ing spare parts is com­pre­hen­sive, and it in­cludes tyres, wheels, brakes, sus­pen­sion com­po­nents, a gear­box, and ra­tios.

Al­though it hasn’t raced lo­cally re­cently, the car is el­i­gi­ble for the post-1964 His­toric Rac­ing class.

These cars orig­i­nally raced as For­mula B ( later changed to For­mula At­lantic) cars in the US. Jack Brab­ham and de­signer Ron Tau­ranac pro­duced a steady stream of cham­pi­onship-win­ning cars for their cus­tomers, and this car was orig­i­nally pro­duced for Fred Opert Rac­ing in the US, where it was driven by Evan Noyes. Fred Opert en­tered some promis­ing driv­ers in his cars — Alain Prost, Keke Ros­berg, and Alan Jones are just three of a string of suc­cess­ful driv­ers who fol­lowed Evan Noyes.

To follow in their wheel tracks, con­tact Paul at paulchristie@gmail.com for log books, pho­tos, and list of spares, etc.

The price for this piece of his­tory is $95K.

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