Brabham BT36

Graham Hill approaching South Tower at Crystal Palace in 1971. Copyright Steve Jupp 2006. Used with permission.

Graham Hill approaching South Tower at Crystal Palace in 1971. Copyright Steve Jupp 2006. Used with permission.

The Brabham BT36 was MRD's 1971 Formula 2 car, replacing the BT30. Most of the changes were those required by the new regulations, and the BT36 was only an evolution of the two-year-old BT30 design.

Leading BT36 drivers included Graham Hill and Tim Schenken for Rondel Racing and Argentinian newcomer Carlos Reutemann. Despite a win early in the season by Graham Hill, the BT36 was beaten by March's new monocoque 712M and the 1971-series Lotus 69 which also incorporated a monocoque centre section.  Brabham would move to monocoque construction as well for 1972.  

These histories have been constructed by Andrew Fellowes with the extensive assistance of Bryan Miller, David McKinney, Allen Brown, Ian Henderson, Chris Townsend, Ted Walker, Jeremy Jackson, Steve Wilkinson, Philippe Demeyer, James Murray, John Turner, Dan Rear, Milan Fistonic and others. Much of the information was originally collected and discussed on a Brabham BT36 thread in the 10 Tenths Chassis Archive.

If you can add or correct anything, please contact Allen Brown (allen@oldracingcars.com).

Current owner
Brabham BT36/1

1971 Rondel Racing for Tim Schenken in F2
1972 Bobby Howlings in libre (March)
1972 Leased by Tate of Leeds/Titan Properties to Graham Hill, F2 with BDE
1972 Tate of Leeds/Malcolm Wayne in libre (and Atlantic?)
then via Bob Howlings to
1972-3 Arthur Moore
1975 Possibly Cheshire Sports Cars for sale
1976 Bob Howlings sold to
1976-8 John Tait
1978? Eddy D'Hoe, Belgium, with FVA & FT200
1980 Regis Jumez, Boulogne-sur-Mer, France
1984 Bob Howlings, then to Anthony Mayman
1986 John Harper (via Ted Walker) sold to;
1989 Peter Williams
2002 Andrew Fellowes
2009 Ian Rimmer

Driven by: Tim Schenken, Bobby Howlings, Malcolm Wayne, Graham Hill, Arthur Moore, John Tait and Regis Jumez. First race: Hockenheim (R1), 4 Apr 1971. Total of 29 recorded races.

Ian Rimmer (UK) 2009
Brabham BT36/2

1971 Rondel Racing for Graham Hill and Bob Wollek in F2
1972-3 John MacDonald Hong Kong, Hart 416 on carbs
1973 Eddie Marcello Philippines, damaged in accident
1975 Rod Ocampo
1977 Romeo David
19?? Louis Camus
1988 Leif Norberg (restored 1996 by Peter Denty)
2004 Andrew Fellowes, Australia (retains original gearbox)
2011 Alan Telfer Raced by Telfer at the Phillip Island Classic Motor Races March 2013. Raced by Dean Tighe for Telfer at the HSRCA Summer Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park on 11-12 November 2017.

Driven by: Graham Hill, Bob Wollek, Reine Wisell and John MacDonald. First race: Hockenheim (R1), 4 Apr 1971. Total of 17 recorded races.

Alan Telfer (Australia) 2017
Brabham BT36/3

New to Bernd Terbeck (Hiltrup, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany) and entered for most F2 races in 1971, but often did not arrive, and only qualified for two races that season: Nürburgring in May, and a non-championship race at Hockenheim in October. Retained for 1972 and entered at Hockenheim in April, still fitted with its 1971 1600cc Cosworth FVA. Clipped by Bert Hawthorne's Tui during practice, triggering the accident in which the Kiwi was killed. The Brabham was heavily damaged but Terbeck was unhurt. The car was returned to England for repairs, and was offered for sale by Kaydon Racing (Cobham, Surrey) in August 1972. Returned to Terbeck who sold it to Heinz Stemmer (Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany). Later to Karl-Heinz Kühn, and then to Hans Peter 1984. Stephan Jocher bought the car from Peter in 1996, and had it for two or three years. It was next seen when owned by Willy Markwalder in 2003. To Heinz Rolf Wisskirchen 2006.

Driven by: Bernd Terbeck. First race: Nürburgring (R3), 2 May 1971. Total of 2 recorded races.

Heinz-Rolf Wisskirchen (Germany) 2008
Brabham BT36/4

1971 Rolf Stommelen in F2
1972 Roland Binder (Esslingen, Germany) in F2
1973 22nd July raced at Misano by Binder
1974 Roland Binder for sale in February
- Wittwer Racing : car had been modified with strange March bodywork,
- sold to Ruedi Jauslin,
- then to dealer Fridolin Hämmerli,
- sold to Hansmarkus Huber who bought new Brabham bodywork from Peter Denty,
- sold to Albert Eggs,
- sold to 'someone from Zurich'.
nothing further 'till
seen in 2003 with Sid Hoole and then
2005 with Joseph (Sepp) Meyer

Driven by: Rolf Stommelen and Roland Binder. First race: Nürburgring (R3), 2 May 1971. Total of 14 recorded races.

Sepp Meyer (Germany) 2005
Brabham BT36/5

New to F.I.R.S.T. for Peter Westbury to drive in F2 in 1971. Retained by Westbury early 1972 and then sold to Neckel 'Nick' Koob (Bettborn, Luxembourg) for French, Belgian and Luxembourg hill climbs from 1972 to 1974. To Johny Krier (Luxembourg) 1975 for French, Belgian and Luxembourg hillclimbs. Then to Roger Hennebert (Belgium) in 1977, then possibly to Marcel Tarrès in 1978, but its exact race results during this time are unknown. Then via four French owners until bought by John Beasley (Shrewsbury, Shropshire) in 1993. Sold to Abba Kogan 1998, and rebuilt on a new chassis. In 2007, the rebuilt car was sold by RM Auctions (agent Annette Abaci) to Thomas Steinke (Hamburg, Germany). Neither Abaci or Steinke were then aware of the car having a new chassis. The original chassis was later sold via Bonhams in 2008 and its current whereabouts are unknown. Meanwhile, the continuous entity of BT36-5 was raced by Steinke in European Historic F2 in 2008 and 2009 and sold to Francesco Molino (Pescara, Italy) in 2012. Then to Günter Türk (Freiburg, Germany) in 2013. Sold to Thomas Itte (Remseck, Germany) April 2014.

Driven by: Peter Westbury, Nick Koob and Johny Krier. First race: Nürburgring (R3), 2 May 1971. Total of 29 recorded races.

Thomas Itte (Germany) 2014
Brabham BT36/5 'B'

A second BT36 sold by Peter Westbury in early 1972, but borrowed back so he could race it at Thruxton in early April. It used the same identity as his BT36/5 which had already been sold. After the race, he handed the car back, and it was reportedly shipped to Argentina. The two cars had different Arch Motors numbers and any modern claimant to this identity will be identifiable from that number.

Driven by: Peter Westbury. First race: Thruxton (R2), 3 Apr 1972. Only one recorded race.

Brabham BT36/6

1971 Automovil Club Argentina for Carlos Reutemann in F2
1972 April 20th A/S reports sent to Argentina as a race school car.
1974 BT36-6 & 7 driven by Esteban Fernandino and Pablo Brea
2008 Automovil Club Argentino Museum, Argentina
The car was still in the Museo del Automovil Club Argentino in December 2016, painted in the ACS's yellow-and-white livery and wearing #4.

Driven by: Carlos Reutemann. First race: Imola, 25 Jul 1971. Total of 13 recorded races.

Museo del Automovil Club Argentino (Argentina) 2016
Brabham BT36/7
The ex-Carlos Reutemann Brabham BT36 at the Museo Juan Manuel Fangio (Balcarce, Argentina) in February 2017. Copyright Oscar Ramos 2017. Used with permission.

The ex-Carlos Reutemann Brabham BT36 at the Museo Juan Manuel Fangio (Balcarce, Argentina) in February 2017. Copyright Oscar Ramos 2017. Used with permission.

1971 Automovil Club Argentina for Carlos Ruesch in F2
1972 April 20th A/S reports sent to Argentina as a race school car.
1974 BT36-6 & 7 driven by Esteban Fernandino and Pablo Brea
2008 Museo Juan Manuel Fangio, Balcarce, Argentina

Driven by: Carlos Ruesch. First race: Imola, 25 Jul 1971. Total of 11 recorded races.

Museo Juan Manuel Fangio (Argentina) 2017
Brabham BT36/8

New to Archie Phillips (Belfast, Northern Ireland) in July 1971, and fitted with a 1790cc Cosworth FVC engine for use in Irish libre racing. Fitted with a new 1970cc Hart engine in May 1972, which made the car significantly more competitive. Raced by John Watson to win at Kirkistown in July, and by Jay Pollock to win at Kirkistown in September. Sold to Eddie Regan (Castleknock, County Dublin) for Irish libre in early 1973, now fitted with a 1930cc FVC. To Bob Leckie (Aberdeen, Scotland) in May, with the same FVC, and used by him very successfully in UK libre racing for the rest of the season. To Phil Barak (Whitley Bay, Nothumberland) for 1974, and again used in libre racing with a 1930cc Alan Smith FVC in 1974 and early 1975. Then reportedly sold to dealer Bobby Howlings in exchange for road car. Subsequent history unknown.

Driven by: Archie Phillips, John Watson, Jay Pollock, Eddie Regan, Bob Leckie and Phil Barak. First race: Kirkistown, 24 Jul 1971. Total of 39 recorded races.

Brabham BT36/9

1971 Rondel Racing for Bob Wollek in F2
1972 John Kendall & leased to Richard Scott for F2
1973 José Araujo for F/Atlantic, accident Snetterton,
1973 Ken Thorogood, subsequently to Peter Denty
2008-10 Restored by Peter Denty.
2010 Klaus Bergs Raced by Klaus Bergs (Korschenbroich, Germany) at the Spa Classic 2013. Raced by Bergs in the Historic F2 FIA International Series in 2016. Raced by Bergs at HSCC Silverstone 16-17 June 2018.

Driven by: Bob Wollek, Richard Scott, John Kendall, Steve Matchett and José Araujo. First race: Mantorp Park (R7), 8 Aug 1971. Total of 21 recorded races.

Klaus Bergs (Germany) 2018
Brabham BT36/10

New to John Wingfield (London NW11) in September 1971 and raced in libre with a 1.7-litre Felday BDA. Raced in F2 in 1972 with Felday's 1973cc BDA and then converted to F/Atlantic specification for one race at the end of the season. Sold to Iain McLaren (Broxburn, Scotland) for 1973, fitted with a 1.8-litre Alan Smith Cosworth FVC and used for hillclimbs and libre. Advertised by MRE (Bourne End, Buckingham) in October/November 1973, who had a 1930cc Racing Services BDA in stock at the same time. Sold to Chris Choat and John Hardesty for 1974 and used in libre with a 2-litre Racing Services BDA. Retained for 1975 until sold in the summer to Nick Overall, still with the same RS BDA. To Mike Gue for 1976. Then to Ian Henderson who has retained the car.

Driven by: John Wingfield, Iain McLaren, John Hardesty and Chris Choat. First race: Castle Combe, 26 Sep 1971. Total of 46 recorded races.

Ian Henderson (USA) 2011
Brabham BT36/11

New in July 1971 to Silvio Moser to replace his BT30. According to Moser's former mechanic, the car was "probably" sold to Hans Obrist at the ends of 1971 or early 1972 so would be the BT36 used by Hans Obrist (Schinznach, Switzerland) in Swiss national events in 1972. Last known when run by Obrist at the Lorentzweiler hillclimb in Luxembourg in April 1973. Then unknown from 1973 to 1977 but likely to be one of the as-yet unidentified Brabhams running in European hillclimbs. This is probably the car run in French hillclimbs by Michel Salvi (Malbuisson, France, very close to the Swiss border) in 1977, when it still had its 1600cc Cosworth FVA engine. Sold by Salvi in 1978 to Jacky Dalloz (Champagnole, France, not far from Malbuisson) and again used in French hillclimbs. Dalloz is believed to have crashed the Brabham some time around 1980, damaging the front of the car. The next owners were J Plante (Carcassonne, France, in the south of the country), then Alain Filhol (France) 1988 who had it restored by Simon Hadfield. Then to Ermanno Ronchi (Italy) 1992. It failed to sell at a Brooks auction in 2000 and next emerged with Andy Newall (UK) in 2003, having been rebuilt with a new Sid Hoole chassis, the original being retained. Sold to James Murray 2003 and rebuilt with the original chassis in 2006, the new chassis then being sold to Cornwall for a rebuild of a BT35. The BT36 was sold to Josef 'Sepp' Mayer (Heitersheim, Germany) 2008. To Luciano Arnold (Zurich, Switzerland) 2011. Raced by Arnold at the Donington Historic Festival May 2013. Raced by Arnold in green-and-white livery in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Raced by Arnold at HSCC Silverstone 16-17 June 2018.

Driven by: Silvio Moser, Hans Obrist, Michel Salvi and Jackie Dalloz. First race: Hockenheim, 3 Oct 1971. Total of 25 recorded races.

Luciano Arnold (Switzerland) 2018
Brabham BT36/12

1972 Noritake Takahara for Japanese F2
1973 Noritake Takahara for Tasman and Japanese F2
1975 Shigeaki Asaoka
1977 Kiyoshi Misaki
1978-1985 Mr Tomita
1986-1997 Shigeaki Koshiba
1997-2006 Hashime Tanaka
2006 Tom Smith (CA, USA)

Driven by: Noritake Takahara, Shigeki Asaoka and Kiyoshi Misaki. First race: Fuji, 3 May 1972. Total of 13 recorded races.

Tom Smith (USA) 2006

The mystery cars

Hans Obrist appeared in a BT36 in 1972 which is now believed to be the ex-Silvio Moser BT36/11. Some year later, Michel Salvi had a Brabham in French hillclimbs that was described as a BT36 and is now believed to be the same car. One further mystery appeared in Japan in 1973.

Current owner
Brabham BT36
'the mystery Japanese BT36'

Noritake Takahara raced his BT36 with a Mitsubishi Colt R39B engine in 1972, but changed to a Cosworth BDA for 1973. However, also in 1973, another BT36 appeared as a Bellco Racing Team entry with Mitsubishi Colt R39B engine for Kuniomi Nagamatsu. Yoshimasa Kawaguchi and Tomohiko Tsutsumi then had BT36-BDAs in 1974, but it is likely that one of these is an older BT30 updated. Kenzou Muromachi then drove this "extra" BT36 in 1975 and 1976. Subsequent history unknown.

Driven by: Kuniomi Nagamatsu, Yoshimasa Kawaguchi, Tomohiko Tsutsumi and Kenzou Muromachi. First race: Fuji (R1), 3 May 1973. Total of 7 recorded races.


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