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(R Rice)

Jack Brabham shakes down his 1968 Tasman contender the Brabham BT23E Repco for Sydney’s media at Oran Park, 14 February 1968…

Nestled in the back is Repco’s latest ‘RB740’ 275bhp 2.5 litre V8, the Tasman variant of Brabham’s successful 1967 F1 3 litre (330bhp) engine. Denny Hulme took the title from Jack in a BT24.

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Brabham in the OP pitlane February 1968 (R Rice)

Jack raced the car only at Warwick Farm and Sandown in a very limited ’68 Tasman campaign. The car stayed in Australia; purchased by Bob Jane it was raced by John Harvey, John lucky to survive a huge accident at Bathurst in his first drive of the car after a raer suspension failure. Eventually converted to an F2 car with a Ford twin-cam engine the car was restored in the early-eighties and soon after sold overseas.

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Jack Brabham at Oran Park, Sydney 1968. He might have raced a Holden Touring car there in the mid-seventies but didn’t in his ‘heyday’. Built in the ’60’s 60Km west of Sydney near Camden, OP was extended in 1974 hosting the F5000 1974 and 1977 AGP’s. Subsumed by Sydney’s western sprawl ‘Oran Park Town’ will house around 25000 people and is in process (R Rice)

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(Brian McInerney)

Brabham in BT23E in the Warwick Farm pitlane several days after the cars Oran Park debut. The car in front of Jack’s is Pedro Rodriguez’ BRM P261, behind him is the nose of Piers Courage’s McLaren M4A Ford FVA F2 car, third in the race.

Jack was 7th in the ‘Warwick Farm 100’ on 18 February Jim Clark ran away with the race from teammate Graham Hill’s identical Lotus 49 DFW.

Click here for an article on this meeting;

At Sandown on 25 February Clark again won the race and the title, Jack’s Repco engine failed. It was a bit of a portent of the year he and Jochen Rindt were to experience with Repco’s, Cosworth DFV challenging new quad-cam 32 valve RB860 V8 which was as problematic as its RB620 and 740 brothers had been reliable…

Credit: R Rice, Brian McInerney, Wirra

Tailpiece: Jack’s BT23E cruisin’ the Warwick Farm paddock…

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Brabham, Brabham BT23E Repco, Warwick Farm Tasman meeting 1968, all gorgeous in its turquoise/gold stripe livery (Wirra)



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