(N Tait Collection)

Frank Matich listens intently to the basso-profundo engine note of his Repco Brabham 4.8-litre, quad-cam RB760 V8 at Calder Park in early 1969…

Nigel Tait – the current custodian of the Matich SR4 Repco – and I did an epic piece about this 1969 Australian Sportscar Championship winning car years ago, so best not to rabbit on again, see here; https://primotipo.com/2016/07/15/matich-sr4-repco-by-nigel-tait-and-mark-bisset/

What caught my eye are the cool-dude Simpson Firestone works-driver fireproofs and his even more schmick Heuer Autavia watch. I defer to you horologists on such matters, but I think that’s what it is. And yes, to head off the state-the-obvious among you, the watchband is different.



Nigel Tait Collection


FM tips the SR4 into Peters corner at Sandown in 1969, points awarded for ID’ing the driver of the Lotus 23 or whatever it is.

By the time this ad appeared in late 1969 or 1970, Matich had switched his affections away from this sportscar to a McLaren M10A Chev single-seater, with the Repco-Holden F5000 5-litre V8 in its early stages of development. See here; https://primotipo.com/2015/09/11/frank-matich-matich-f5000-cars-etcetera/


  1. Lynton Hemer says:

    I can’t help myself.

    The car behind the SR4 at Sandown is John Roxburgh in the Lotus 23B.



    • markbisset says:

      You are a faaaarkin legend in your own lunchbox,
      I’ve always said it. But izzit a 23, 23B, 23C – and, two part question – does it have the Indy Climax fitted?? C’mon, C’mon…
      Good Brabham progress lately, will give you a yell.

  2. Lynton Hemer says:

    Programme for Sandown February 1968 has the car as 23C 2700cc.


    • markbisset says:

      Goodness gracious!
      Won’t that give Sir Tezz a double-chubby!
      He will need some new meds to calm him down.
      ps; it would make that chassis an interesting historic proposition with a new 2.7 FPF – @ say – $A100k’ish

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