18S223 Brabham BT19 World Champion 1966 – Jack Brabham
The first victory on his own construction was granted to him. It was secured by Dan Gurney 1964 in France. But Jack Brabham can still be proud. In 1966 he was the first (and so far the only) who became Formula 1 World Champion on his own car. Although there were others such as John Surtees, Bruce McLaren or Chris Amon, who tried to succeed on their own constructions. But none had so much success like Brabham. Brabham started the season of 1966 with the new BT19 on January 1st. At a non-world championship race in East London/South Africa. It soon became apparent that the BT19 made by Ron Tauranac was a very solid construction. Brabham deliberately renounced experiments and it seemed that he was ahead of the other competitors. The doubling of engine capacity (from 1.5 to 3 liters) required by the regulations caused Brabham to change the engine manufacturer. Instead of Climax Brabham relied on V8 made by Repco which was based on an American Buick engine. As early as mid-May, at the BRDC International Trophy at Silverstone, Brabham defeated the new Ferrari 312 driven by John Surtees. That put the Australian unofficially in a position to be a world champion contender. The official season opener in Monaco, however, did not go according to plan. The gearbox on the BT19 stuck in fourth gear after 18 laps. Also in the second race in Spa Brabham missed the podium when he became fourth. But the next four Grands Prix which followed were won by “Black Jack”. After the victories in Reims, Brands Hatch, Zandvoort and at the Nürburgring Brabham was leading the world championship clearly. He could even afford a DNF in Monza (because of an oilleak) and still became world champion two races before the end of the season. For the remaining two Grands Prix in Watkins Glen and Mexico City Brabham siwtched to the BT20. However, without significant success. At the US-Grand-Prix he retired, in Mexico he finished sixth. Incidentally the model released by Spark in 1:18 was raced by Brabham in the German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring.