‘Teeny-Weeny Bikini…’ Jacky Ickx: Brabham BT26 Ford…

Posted: December 30, 2014 in Compound curvature, F1
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Ickx

The halycon days of politically incorrect advertising, doncha’ miss-em!?

That is Jacky Ickx under that fine femine form. Ickx arrived from Ferrari at Brabham at the end of’ ’68 and left to go back at the end of ’69 but not before winning two Grands’ Prix in the BT26, its fortunes transformed by the replacement of the troublesome 4 cam, 32 valve Repco ‘860 Series’ 3 litre V8 used in 1968, with the ubiquitous 4 cam, 32 valve 3 litre Ford Cosworth DFV V8 for 1969.

One of Grand Prix Racings’ interesting historic footnotes would have been to see if Repco could sort the problems of the ‘860’ to determine if the engine could match the world championship winning pedigree of the Repco ‘620 Series’ and ‘740 Series’ engines which won titles for Brabham and Hulme in 1966 and 1967 respectively…

Ickx won at the Nurburgring and Mosport Park, Canada in the BT26.

The return to Ferrari worked for him, he narrowly missed out on the 1970 title won posthumously by Jochen Rindt, mind you Brabhams’ 1970 car, the BT33 was every bit as competitive as his Ferrari that year.

As to the Castrol missy, Brabhams’ oil company was Gulf in 1969, so not quite sure where she fits in, but who cares!?

Jacky Ickx, Brabham BT26 Germany 1969

Jacky Ickx Brabham BT26 Ford winning the German GP at the Nurburgring from pole and achieving fastest lap, Ickx an acknowledged ‘Ring-Meister’. Jackie Stewart was 2nd and Bruce McLaren 3rd, Matra MS80 Ford and McLaren M7 Ford respectively. (Sutton)

Photo Credit…

Sutton Photography

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