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Sir Jack Brabham interviewed by Neil Bennetts for the Australians of the year oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 610700
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Brabham, Jack, 1926-2014, Interviewee
 
Online Versions
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 1995 May 8 
2 sound tape reels (ca. 64 min.) ; 7 in. 
Series

Australians of the year oral history project.

Summary

Brabham speaks of how he first gain world champion status in 1959 driving for the Cooper car company with one of the first rear engine cars; gaining experience in racing car maintenance fitted with light aluminium engines when he first went to England in 1955; how the championship is defined by the winning of a series of 12 national Grand Prix races and controlled by the FIA in Paris; how he won the 1960 championship with the development of the Cooper low-line car, his teaming with Bruce McLaren; how he and Ron Tauranac began their own car company in 1962 & developed a Formula One car; the lack of sponsorship at the time meant he had to approach Repco, another Australian company for financial assistance; how Repco's engine designer helped with the development of the V8 engine; how Jackie Stewart instigated safety improvements to racing but not til the 1970s did the FIA impose safety regulations.

Biography/History

Brabham was 3 times world racing car champion in 1959, 1960 and 1966. He was named Australian of the Year in 1966.

Notes

Recorded on May 8, 1995 in Sydney, N.S.W.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-217255046

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary and corrected transcript available (typescript, 18 leaves) 
Subjects Brabham, Jack, 1926-2014 -- Interviews.  |  Automobile racing drivers -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Automobiles, Racing -- Australia.  |  Grand Prix racing.  |  Automobile racing -- Australia.
Other authors/contributors Bennetts, Neil, 1943-2011, Interviewer

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ORAL TRC 3251 (transcript)
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