1967 Brabham BT24 - Photo by Lethal Drift
Jack Brabham is the only man ever to win a Formula One championship driving a car carrying his own name. His is one of the most famous names in racing and, in the 1960s, Brabham was the largest manufacturer of customer racing cars. After Jack Brabham won the Formula One championship in 1959 and 1960 in Cooper-Climax race cars, he established the Brabham marque with Ron Tauranac. Brabham is largely considered the purveyor of the rear- or mid-engine race car. In Brabham’s terms that era was a “rear-engine revolution.” The season following Brabham’s 1966 Formula One championship in a BT19, BT24s were driven by Brabham and teammate Denny Hulme. Competing marques like Ferrari and Lotus had been playing catch-up, but their own progressions were coming along and the days of the Brabham’s dominance seemed numbered. But not yet; it would be the reliability and nimbleness of the Repco powered BT24 that would prevail. The Repco V8 powering the BT24 was derived from an all-aluminum Oldsmobile engine and displaced just under the 3.0liter limit. By the end of the 1967 race season, Hulme would win the championship and Brabham would only be a handful of points behind to take second.