Given the Wiki page development by oldjonesfan I thought I’d add a few names to the list of people who contributed to building the BT43. The monocoque was made by Nick Goozée. Nick had been at Motor Racing developments since December 1963 and was responsible for building the early F1 (BT33, 42, 44) and Indy (BT32) monocoques as well as suspension components. Nick was a meticulous worker and his products were pieces of industrial artwork. He went on to Penske UK in 1974 along with Geoff Ferris and later Derek Walker (ex Brabham F1 team) https://gordonkirby....t_is_no517.html
Nick delivered a quite moving eulogy at the Sir Jack Brabham Memorial on Friday 24 October 2014 http://www.brabham.c...-goozees-story/ .
Others involved in BT43 work included ace aluminium workers Peter and Fred Bedding. Pete was in his 50’s and Fred (Pete’s father) was well into his 80’s. They worked as a team of two, churning out oil tanks (for the dry sump engines), mostly in 18SWG (1.22mm) soft aluminium but many also in 20SWG (0.91mm). These tanks were hand formed and the seams were gas welded. Try using an oxy-acetylene torch to weld 20SWG soft aluminium sometime and you’ll appreciate their skills! Fred and Pete wore collars and ties during work in the sound English tradition. They also produced many of the monocoque skins and panels, particularly the compound curved outer skins of the later BT33s 9BT33-2 and BT33-3). These were formed using an English Wheel https://en.wikipedia...i/English_wheel and involved hours of working half-hard aluminium sheets to form the finished shapes. Fred told me once that he learned his skills forming up the compound curves of bus roof corners, beaten out on a big sand bag. What a pair they were.
Ron Cousins (or was it Couzens?) was the in-house fine machinist and he produced many of the turned and milled components used on the F1 and Indy cars. Some items were outsourced to machine shops such as Jack Knight for machining things like magnesium wheels, suspension uprights and steering rack housings as well as wheel hubs and some driveshaft components.
Mick Brown was the demon welder. Mick could stick anything to anything and did it all with great care but raucous along with it.
Yet another who helped a lot with the BT43 build was David Williamson. David was younger than I and was a keen and indefatigable worker. He was about as wide as a radius arm and I remember when we were towing BT43-1 on a car trailer behind one of the MRD transit vans, heading to the first run at misty Silverstone with John Watson to drive, we stopped off at one of the M1service centres. David ate the biggest breakfast I think I’ve ever seen, even bigger than the one at Central Café in Queanbeyan NSW https://www.tripadvi...outh_Wales.html. David also helped when I was packing up to return to Australia in November 1974 by taking all of my motoring consumables (oil, grease, fluids, paint etc) left over after building one of the Gordon Murray designed IGM Minbugs https://books.google... minbug&f=false
The BT43 wasn’t quite the last car out of the MRD production shop. After Bernie closed the production side down and we let all of the workers ‘go’, I pottered around doing odds and ends for the F1 team cars. The last vehicle to emerge from my efforts was the infamous BT44.5, the Pit Trolley in 1974. I mentioned this in one of my earlier postings. This was another Gordon Murray design and was intended for use to transport wheels, fuel churns and tools etc. around the pits. It was simple spaceframe design, with rack and pinon steering (modified Brabham parts), Momo steering wheel, single cylinder Briggs and Stratton electric start engine, driving through a three-speed BSA gearbox (pre-unitary) to a single double-tyred drive wheel at the rear. It was essentially a three-wheeler but had outrigger rear wheels for stability so I guess it was a five-wheeler. Bodywork was in fibreglass as well as an aluminium deck. There was also a matching 2 wheeled trailer.
This pic shows the finished product on roll-out.
This an article from Motoring News 24 May 1974 that we ‘seeded’
This one shows it in use -- not quite sure where but the driver is Gary Anderson https://en.wikipedia...on_(motorsport) , Herbie Blash and https://en.wikipedia...ki/Herbie_Blash, Derrick Walker https://en.wikipedia.../Derrick_Walker . I can’t recall who the others were
And this final one shows Graham Hill having a ride in 1974 https://en.wikipedia...iki/Graham_Hill . I can’t recall who the other two guys are.
I hope the images work.
I’m heading for 70 in a month or so yet these memories are reasonably clear.
Edited by BobPaton, 27 February 2016 - 09:49.