I HAVE BEEN a fervent fan of Robbo since day one and will always be. However, I was gobsmacked to read in your excellent December issue re Moss at the Mountain that “Brabham realised the gearbox on their Torana L34 was jammed.” Unfortunately this is a pure PR lie.
I have a friend who was pit crew on this car. He says that what actually happened was that when Jack positioned himself on the grid he was slightly too far forward and was directed by the marshal to back up slightly. Unfortunately he left the car in reverse so that at flag fall he shot off backwards. This is confirmed by the fact that had he known his ’box had jammed, he would have raised his right arm to signal the grid he was immobile. Film of the event shows he did not do this.
David Goodsir, Glencoe, NSW