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Old 1 May 2004, 03:00 (Ref:1558810)   #1
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Brabham BT 2

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I have just acquired a 22 year barn find Brabham BT2that needs identifying. It was last raced in Texas and earlier in Florida. I would love to talk to anyone associated with a Doc Wiley, Bill W.E. Anspach, Bud Bakels or anyone from that area with knowledge of Jr races. There is of course no S/N but from the stories it may have been the one Frank Gardener brought to US in 1962/63. (Ref Duncan Rabagliati)
This is a real car with many original parts and original construction technigues. Some very odd details which may help identify it as to s/n
Any body help further. Wayne Mitchell www.dogrings.com 760-942-9170 ( Calif)
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Old 1 May 2004, 04:11 (Ref:1558811)   #2
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Wayne,
Re. my message on the Brabham site,re. the adjustable rear ride height set up.
As I said FJ-8-62 had this, and this was Franks works car,BUT the other driver at the factory was Tasmanian Gavin Youl, who started his season a little later than Frank.

Nominally FJ-1-61 , was the MRD.
Thence FJ-2-62 , was to be Franks car , but it was sold to Briggs Cunningham in the U.S.A. afaik.
So FJ-3-62 , I bet became Franks car for early in the season ,certainly this was Gavin Youls car , as at the end of the season he returned to Australia with it and it is still here , complete with chassis plate.
FJ-4-62 , don't think I know , could be yours.??
FJ-5-62 went to France , Jean Moench. spelling?
FJ-6-62 to the Late Bob Olthoff with a BMC 1098 , then an 1100cc Ford and ended up as a road car in S.E.Asia, before coming to OZ in the 80's , sold a few years ago to/via Len Selby U.K.
FJ-7-62 , ????
FJ-8-62 , as stated Franks works car, and my theory is Frank started the season in FJ-3-62 , that then went to Gavin Youl , and Frank built himself a new one.
FJ-9/10/11/ ,don't think I know ,as I am doing this all from memory.
FJ-12-62 , ex factory 28-12-1962, via Frank Gardner for Alec Mildren Racing for customer David Walker.

Lets see what anybody else can add , or correct if I got it wrong .

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Old 1 May 2004, 04:14 (Ref:1558812)   #3
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Wayne ,

Have you checked both posts on the Brabham site , as on one I advised that you need to get a copy of Sports Car Graphic [ U.S.A. magazine ] July 1962 , as this has a superb track test with great photo's to assist you.
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Old 1 May 2004, 08:45 (Ref:1558813)   #4
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David McKinney, can we do a bulk purchase on memory chips if you decide that is what is required.

FJ-5-62 should I think be to Jo Schlesser, and maybe Moench either another chassis no. or -5 after Schlesser.

Sorry Bryan.
All my intimate records on the BT2s went to Col Haste when I sold FJ-12-62 to him.
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Old 2 May 2004, 09:50 (Ref:1558814)   #5
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Not sure I can add much
•I had Geoff McClelland’s 1963-64 car as “2 or 3”, so I guess 3 is right?
•FJ-4-62 went to the delightfully name Auto Inter-Course team and was driven by Jean Moench 1962. Sold to English-resident Klaas ‘Jimmy’ Twisk 1963, Ray Moore for F3 1964 but killed at, I think, Oulton Park. Apparently went to Australia, brought back to UK c1990 by John Harper, restored by Peter Denty, raced since 1997 by Simon Ham
•FJ-5-62 - the second Intercourse car, raced by Schlesser 1962-63 (including F1 in 1963)

Which car did Jon Davison race in 1969?

AFAIK only one BT2 went to USA new, though of course there might have been another later
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Old 2 May 2004, 10:36 (Ref:1558815)   #6
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David,

Yes , I too loved the name Auto Inter-course.
Had never been aware of FJ-4-62 coming here out of period.
Geoff McClelland purchased FJ-3-62 from Gavin Youl.

Jon Davidson ran the ex Greg Cusack , ex Henk Woelders BT6 FJ-15-63. Now in the hands of Peter Johnson in Sydney.

Do you agree that the new BT2 to the states was for Briggs Cunningham.?

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Old 2 May 2004, 12:33 (Ref:1558816)   #7
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Originally posted by Bryan Miller
Do you agree that the new BT2 to the states was for Briggs Cunningham.?
Don't know.
I have the Cunningham car listed without a number, and nothing alongside car #2. And the timing fits
Thanks for the other confirmation(s)
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Old 6 May 2004, 22:40 (Ref:1558817)   #8
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No one has mentioned the BT-2 that Ernie DeVos of Montreal raced to victories in Canada and the eastern US in 1963. The car was offered for sale in the March, 1964 issue of Canada Track & Traffic. Unfortunately, the serial number was not mentioned in the ad. Maybe it went south.

You wouldn't be the Wayne Mitchell who raced in British F3, would you?
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Old 26 May 2004, 02:36 (Ref:1558818)   #9
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BT2 History

I have just spoken to Frank Gardener about the BT2. His recollection is that they had no S/N and it was done in a clandestine manner since they were only 1/2 mile from Cooper's and Jack was still working on becoming World Champion. He recollects Briggs Cunningham getting a car and he went on to build another one for himself. The first few chassis were built by him and Peter Wilkins. The subsequent chassis were made by Buckler Cars and electric iron welded. Franks work was all nickle bronze welded including the first chassis drawn up by Ron T which was iron welded by the vendor and nickle bronze welded as they modified it to fit the engine. It was a while before arch Motors became involved. He figure chassis number 2 would be it since 3 was his next car and it is documented at this point. Will advise the details as they unfold. Wayne Mitchell
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Old 18 Apr 2005, 22:52 (Ref:1558819)   #10
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Mike:
Sorry for being a year late in replying. Been busy researching and working.m
Yes I am the one. I remeber Ernie DeVos racing that BT2 and wish I had paid more attention to it. After being raised and educated as a Mech Engr in Manitoba, I raced Quebec region until I left for USA in 1967 and then UK for 3 yrs F3. When broke financially i returned to Calif and been here ever since. This BT2 is an interesting car. Anybody happen to have detailed close up picture of DeVos Car?
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Old 19 Apr 2005, 02:56 (Ref:1558820)   #11
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Wayne et al:

I believe there is a photo of DeVos sitting in a FJr in the Mid-Ohio 1964 yearbook, so photo was probably taken in '63. I'll look for my copy as soon as I can. This may show some details of the cockpit.

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Old 19 Apr 2005, 11:18 (Ref:1558821)   #12
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I was correct about the photo, but it is in an almost horizontal plane so there is little detail inside the car. There is also one other shot fo the grid forming up in three wide rows, w/ the Brabham on pole. This was a suppost race in 1963 for the USRRC.

Today we only use two wide rows, even after the track was widened in the early 90s. I'll try to scan these photos tonite.

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Old 19 Apr 2005, 21:39 (Ref:1558822)   #13
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Wayne T. Mitchell? The king of Formula C? Driver of Lotus 22, Brabham BT21B and even a Brabham BT29?

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Old 20 Apr 2005, 16:26 (Ref:1558823)   #14
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Owner of Brabhams since 1968, BT21B purchased from Frank Williams until latest BT2 purchased unrstored from Louisiana in 2004 and 7 in between. What more do you need. I need help searching history of this car. Most salient features are: 4 2" hole for instruments plus the Smiths Tachometer hole and the rear shock inner mounton a rocker arrangement to change ride height in about 2 minuted that pivots on the on the bolt that anchors the upper link to chassis. I need pictures of known cars from the era other than a photo at speed at 500 yards(Meters). Will trade stories from the era for help??? How is that for an offer? Cheers Wayne Mitchell
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Old 20 Apr 2005, 21:35 (Ref:1558829)   #15
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I have been in contact with anyone who expresses knowledge or has photos of the BT2 in the FJr era. I was in UK for the 1000 cc era and lived in a void as far as Juniors were concerned in Canada. I was also a Mech engr student and as close as we came to racing cars was Sports Car book we shared.
I am specifically looking for photos of motor mounts on chassis and what bolted between the block and thses mounts. Boy would a cutaway be helpfull. The chassis on my car has original mounts, damaged, but everybody tells me the bolts always go transversely across the chassis not longtitudinally for and aft as my car is set up for. (Good aircraft practise.)

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