Not sure if it was Graham Howard or Terry McGrath who told me that Paul Roberts from Wollongong who drove a alloy body XK 120 was one of the first owners of a Cooper in NSW but for some reason unknown sold the car to Jack Brabham, could this be the same car.
Yes it is the same car, Daniel. The story, briefly, is that Roberts bought the car new from John Crouch with 1100 JAP, entered the car at Bathurst, had oil pump (from memory -it is mentioned in John Medley's Bathurst book) troubles and damaged the engine. Sent engine back to JAP in UK and ended up in dispute with them. Sold car less engine. Graham Howard told me somebody named Black (involved in speedway) was the buyer, who soon on-sold it to Jack Brabham who installed initially a hybrid BSA/JAP 500cc engine (does anybody know more about this?) and then a Vincent 998.
The details of the A.P. Roberts ownership, JAP dispute, the mysterious Mr Black and the Brabham BSA-based engine are all very hazy, and if anyone can shed light on any aspect of this here it will be very welcome. I have one recorded entry at Mt Druitt for Brabham in 'BSA Cooper', after which all entries for the car were Cooper Vincent or Cooper 1000 (even the odd erroneous 1100).
Edited by austmcreg, 16 May 2013 - 03:57.