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Brabham BT23B

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#1 Spiderlounge

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Posted 07 October 2013 - 15:30

Hello, I'm looking for information on a Brabham BT23B, I have found two entries for such a car as follows:

Non-starter at 1969 Race of Champions with Climax engine, driver Roy Pike, entered by either Antique Automobiles (i.e. Colin Crabbe) or Jack Smith

Took part in 1969 Canadian Grand Prix with 2.8 Climax engine, driver John Cordts, entered by Paul Seitz


Are these the same cars? Was the car originally a BT23A? I can't find any info on this 23B type, what was it built for?


Many thanks in advance if anyone can help.


#2 David McKinney

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Posted 07 October 2013 - 15:53

First thing is to try the search function - simply entering "bt23b" brings up several past threads in the main Nostalgia Forum and the TNF archive

#3 Allen Brown

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Posted 07 October 2013 - 16:36

It was a derivative of the BT23 Formula 2 car and its BT23A Tasman derivative built with Climax engines for libre racing.  Of the three built, two were used in hillclimbs and the third in libre racing.  It was the libre racing car that ended up doing some Formula A in Canada and was allowed to start a GP.  


Jack Smith later brought the car back to the UK and was killed in it at Snetterton in July 1972.  

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Posted 07 October 2013 - 16:48

Oh for pity's sake, every car I take an interest in seems to end up with some poor sod ketting killed in it... :( Thanks very much Allen, that clears a few things up for me.


One assumes it was the same BT23B in both F1 races, but I suppose it might not have been? Also, can anyone clear up the entrant at Brands Hatch?