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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. It was completely outclassed during the season 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. Leading BT36 drivers included Graham Hill and Tim Schenken for Rondel Racing and Argentinian newcomer Carlos Reutemann.

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.

Chassis
History
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 and John Tait. 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.

Driven by: Graham Hill, Bob Wollek, Reine Wisell and John MacDonald. First race: Hockenheim (R1), 4 Apr 1971. Total of 16 recorded races.

Alan Telfer (Australia) 2013
Brabham BT36/3

1971 Bernd Terbeck in F2
1972 Bernd Terbeck in F2
Accident at Hockenheim 16th April and returned to England for repairs.
1972 August 10th A/S car for sale by Kaydon Racing at Cobham *2
Returned to Bernd Terbeck who sold to Heinz Stemmer, Münster
then to Karl-Heinz Kühn,
1984 Hans Peter
2003 Willy Markwalder
2006 Heinz Rolf Wisskirchen

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 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

1971 F.I.R.S.T. for Peter Westbury for F2 *3
1972 (early season) Peter Westbury for F2
1972-74 Nick (Neckel) Koob, Luxembourg for French, Belgian and Luxembourg hill climbs
1975 Johny Krier, Luxembourg for French, Belgian and Luxembourg hill climbs
1977 Roger Hennebert, Belgium,
1978 Marcel Tarrès?
1979 Guy Verraux, Charleville, France
1980 - 1981 Claude Bargellini, Longwy, France
1981 - 1984 Francois Wille, Longwy, (Martini bodywork but with chassis plate)
1986 Yves Bole, Venissieux, France
1993 John Beasley, Shrewsbury
1998 Abba Kogan and rebuilt on a new chassis
2007 Sold by RM Auctions (agent Annette Abaci) to Thomas Steinke (Hamburg / Germany). Neither Abaci or Steinke were the 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 26 recorded races.

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

A second BT36 owned by Peter Westbury and used briefly in early 1972. It used the same identity as his BT36/5 which had already been sold. 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.

Unknown
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

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

Automovil Club Argentino Museum (Argentina) 2008
Brabham BT36/7

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 Fangio Museum, Argentina

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

Fangio Museum (Argentina) 2008
Brabham BT36/8

1971 Archie Phillips in Irish libre
1972 Archie Phillips in Irish libre (also driven by John Watson and Jay Pollock)
1973 Eddie Regan in Irish libre
1973 (from June) Bob Leckie in Scottish libre
1974-75 Phil Barak in libre Sold to Howlings in exchange for road car
1975? Bobby Howlings.
Nothing further known.

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.

Unknown
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.

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) 2013
Brabham BT36/10

1971 early September, John Wingfield, libre – 1.7-litre Felday BDA,
1972 John Wingfield, F2 and libre - 2-litre BDA
1973 Feb 15th A/S for sale Ascot 20040
1973 Iain McLaren, hillclimbs and libre - 1.8-litre FVC
1973 (Oct/Nov) MRE
1974 Chris Choat & John Hardesty, libre - 2 litre Racing Services BDA
1975 (to June) Chris Choat & John Hardesty, libre - 2 litre Racing Services BDA
1975 (from August) Nick Overall, libre - 2 litre Racing Services BDA
1976 Mike Gue
1976 Ian Henderson who still retains.

Driven by: John Wingfield, Iain McLaren, John Hardesty and Chris Choat. First race: Castle Combe, 26 Sep 1971. Total of 45 recorded races.

Ian Henderson (US) 2011
Brabham BT36/11

1971 Silvio Moser to replace BT30-17 mid to late in the year, and sold at the end of 1971, or beginning of ‘72 to probably Hans Obrist *1
1977 possibly the car of Michel Salvi sold 1978 to Jacky Delloz, Champagnole, crashed c.1980
then to J Plante, Carcassonne
1988 Alain Filhol
1992 Ermanno Ronchi (Italy)
2000 Brooks auction (failed to sell).
2003 Andy Newall
2003 James Murray. New Sid Hoole chassis, original retained.
2006 rebuilt with original chassis, new chassis sold for rebuild of a BT35.
2008 Sepp Meyer
2011 Luciano Arnold Raced by Arnold at the Donington Historic Festival May 2013

Driven by: Silvio Moser. First race: Hockenheim, 3 Oct 1971. Total of 3 recorded races.

Luciano Arnold (Switzerland) 2013
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 (US) 2006

The mystery cars

Hans Obrist appeared in a BT36 in 1972 which is 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 this is quite possibly the same car. One further mystery appeared in Japan in 1973.

Chassis
History
Current owner
Brabham BT36
'the Hans Obrist car'

Driven by: Hans Obrist. First race: Codroz, 19 Mar 1972. Total of 9 recorded races.

Unknown
Brabham BT36
'the Kuniomi Nagamatsu car'

Driven by: Kuniomi Nagamatsu, Yoshimasa Kawaguchi, Tomohiko Tsutsumi and Kenzou Muromachi. First race: Fuji (R1), 3 May 1973. Total of 6 recorded races.

Unknown
Brabham BT36
'the Michel Salvi car'

Michel Salvi's Brabham was identified at Bouchach (Echappement June 1977 p136) as a BT36 with 1.6 FVA engine.

Driven by: Michel Salvi. First race: Tonnerre (R2), 17 Apr 1977. Total of 10 recorded races.

Unknown

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