Posts Tagged ‘1961 New Zealand Grand Prix’

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Jack Brabham sorts some Coventry Climax, or more particularly, Lucas electrical problems on the Ardmore pit counter during the 1960 New Zealand Grand Prix, January 9 weekend…

That Brabham’s mechanical abilities were right up there with his talent at the wheel has never been in doubt!

Note ‘the breakfast of champions’ bottle of Coke at the ready. The wooden box of Macleay Duff whisky is more troubling but I think its safe to assume Jack was not mixing the two liquids to assist his quest for greater speed. Not that early in the day anyway.

Brabham at Ardmore 1960, Cooper T51 Climax (Natlib)

Bruce led the race in a Cooper T45 FPF 2.5 ‘brought up to 1959 specs’ wrote Bruce Sergent, whilst Jack’s car was a new 2.5 litre T51.  McLaren’s 3 laps up front ended when he was passed by Moss’ Rob Walker T51, also fitted with a 2.5 FPF.

Brabham and Moss then staged a spirited dice with the lead changing a number of times before ‘Brabham’s determination and slight edge in performance’ put Jack in front on lap 18.

Moss was stopped by a broken clutch-shaft on lap 27- Brabham and McLaren then put on a show for the crowd before a ‘form-finish’- Brabham won from McLaren and then Aussies Bib Stillwell and Stan Jones in 2.2 litre engined T51’s. John Mansel and Arnold Glass followed in Maserati 250F’s in fourth and fifth and best of the front-engined, now, old guard…

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David Piper’s Lotus 16 Climax (DNF driveshaft) from Moss’ Rob Walker Cooper T51 Climax 2.5, #88 Ron Roycroft’s ex-Gonzalez Ferrari 375 (twelfth), Malcolm Gill, Lycoming Special (DNF) then Stan Jones, Cooper T51 Climax 2.2 and Ted Gray, Tornado 2 Chev DNF.

Brabham raced on in Australia after his NZ Tour, click here for that; https://primotipo.com/2015/01/20/jack-brabham-cooper-t51-climax-pub-corner-longford-tasmania-australia-1960/

Credits…

‘Natlib’- National Library of New Zealand, Bruce Sergent on sergent.com

Tailpiece…

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A couple of beaming youths- Brabham and a somewhat bloodied McLaren with the goodies. I doubt Jack thumped him so circuit grit is probably the culprit.

Finito…

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Pat Hoares’ Ferrari 246/256 V12 being towed into Ardmore for the 1961 New Zealand Grand Prix, open trailer towed by an ‘FB’ Holden…

I blew my tiny mind when sent through this post of another time and place on ‘The Roaring Season’, check it out!  One of the wonderful things about blogs and websites is how amateur shots which would never see the light of day like this ‘cache’ can now be shared for all to see.

http://www.theroaringseason.com/showthread.php?1730-Old-Programmes-movies-and-memories-from-the-Fifties-Sixties-and-Seventies/page7

The Ferrari is a 1958 works F1 Dino ‘0007’…

It was raced by Gendebien, Von Trips, Gurney and Phil Hill who won the 1960 Italian GP in it.

It was converted at Maranello to 3 litre V12 ‘Testa Rossa’ power, re numbered ‘0788’ and raced successfully in NZ amongst the ‘mid-engined hordes’ and ultimately restored to its original specs by Crosthwaite and Gardiner many years ago.

NZ GP start

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1961 NZ GP start, Ardmore January 1961. Jack Brabham won from Bruce McLaren and Graham Hill in works Cooper T53 Climax x 2 and BRM P48.

pat hoare nz 61

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Pat Hoare on his way to seventh and first of the front engined cars in the ’61 NZGP. Ferrari 246/256.

In an interesting sign of the times ten front engined cars failed to qualify, the first six finishers were mid engined, other front engined finishers were ninth placed Malcolm Gill in the amazing aero-engined Lycoming Spl, eleventh Frank Shuter Ferrari 625 and twelfth Bib Stillwell Aston Martin DBR4-300. Three Maser 250F’s DNF’d.

1961 Ardmore programme

Credits…

The Roaring Season/Gearbox Grinder, Barchetta, Stephen Dalton Collection