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Repco is an Australian company, specializing in aftermarket parts and accessories for cars. The name is an abbreviation for REplacement Parts COmpany. It was founded in 1922 in a suburb of Melbourne, and now has close to 400 stores, covering all of Australia and New Zealand. The company also sells rebuilt engines, which led to their involvement in racing.

In 1963, Australian driver Jack Brabham approached Repco with a plan to create an engine for the fledgling Tasman Series, due to start in 1964. Together they decided on a downsized version of the single-overhead-cam 3.5L V8 used in an Oldsmobile Jetfire (the "Cutlass" in the US). With a smaller single plane crankshaft (giving a shorter stroke), and Repco-designed cylinder heads, the new 2.5L engine was ready in 1965.

While this engine was in development, word came of the FIA's decision to change the engine size in Formula One to three liters, starting in 1966. Brabham sold the Repco board on the idea of developing a three liter version of the engine, to be used by his team, and selling a customer version for a profit. The engine manufacturer of choice for most of the grid in the 1.5 liter formula, Coventry Climax, had only a rather elderly 2.75 liter, inline 4-cylinder engine available for the new regs, and no one else had announced an engine program. The Repco Formula One engine, given the designation "620", started development as the 2.5 liter version began actually road testing.

The 620 had several advantages at the start of the 3 liter formula. It was compact, and could bolt onto the back of an existing 1.5 liter car chassis. It was lightweight, which was easier on brake and suspension components developed with 1.5 liters in mind. It was thrifty, requiring less fuel for a race, saving more weight. And it was reliable, based on an established production car engine. The one downside was a lack of power, developing only about 285 bhp (213 kW; 289 PS) when it first appeared in Europe.

In 1966, Brabham won four of the nine races, and took both the drivers and constructors championships. In 1967, with Brabham frequently running experimental parts on his car, teammate Denny Hulme took advantage of the tried-and-true components, and edged Brabham for the title. The team was once again constructors' champion, with a total of four victories and several other podium finishes.

Formula One RecordEdit

Full Formula One SummaryEdit

Year Entreats Cars Models Tires Drivers Rounds WCC Points WCC Pos. Report
1966 Brabham Racing Organisation BT19
BT20
Repco 620 V8 G Australia Jack Brabham All 42 (49) 1st Report
New Zealand Denny Hulme 3-9
1967 Brabham Racing Organisation BT19
BT20
BT24
Repco 620 V8
Repco 740 V8
G Australia Jack Brabham All 63 (67) 1st Report
New Zealand Denny Hulme All
Guy Ligier BT20 Repco 620 V8 F France Guy Ligier 6-7, 9-11
1968 Brabham Racing Organisation BT24
BT26
Repco 740 V8
Repco 860 V8
G Australia Jack Brabham All 10 8th Report
Austria Jochen Rindt All
United States Dan Gurney 5
Charles Vögele Racing BT20 Repco 620 V8 G Switzerland Silvio Moser 3, 5, 7-9
Caltex Racing Team BT24 Repco 740 V8 D Germany Kurt Ahrens, Jr. 8
Scuderia Scribante BT11 Repco 620 V8 F South Africa Dave Charlton 1
Team Gunston BT20 Repco 620 V8 F Rhodesia John Love 1
Mk3 Repco 620 V8 F Rhodesia Sam Tingle 1 0 NC
1969 Team Gunston BT24 Repco 620 V8 F Rhodesia Sam Tingle 1 0 NC Report
Jack Holme BT20 Repco 620 V8 G South Africa Peter de Klerk 1

List of race winsEdit

Win No. Event Driver
1 1966 French Grand Prix Australia Jack Brabham
2 1966 British Grand Prix Australia Jack Brabham
3 1966 Dutch Grand Prix Australia Jack Brabham
4 1966 German Grand Prix Australia Jack Brabham
5 1967 Monaco Grand Prix New Zealand Denny Hulme
6 1967 French Grand Prix Australia Jack Brabham
7 1967 German Grand Prix New Zealand Denny Hulme
8 1967 Canadian Grand Prix Australia Jack Brabham

Complete Championship ResultsEdit

ConstructorsDrivers123456789101112PointsPos.
1966 Flag of Monaco Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Germany Flag of Italy Flag of the United States Flag of Mexico 1934-1968
Brabham Australia J. Brabham Ret4th1st1st1st1stRetRet2nd 42 (49) 1st
New Zealand Hulme 3rd2ndRetRet3rdRet3rd
1967 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Monaco Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Canada Flag of Italy Flag of the United States Flag of Mexico 1934-1968
Brabham New Zealand Hulme 4th1st3rdRet2nd2nd1st2ndRet3rd3rd 63 (67) 1st
Australia J. Brabham 6thRet2ndRet1st4th2nd1st2nd5th2nd
France G. Ligier 10th8th[1] RetRet11th
1968 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Spain 1945 1977 Flag of Monaco Flag of Belgium Flag of the Netherlands Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Italy Flag of Canada Flag of the United States Flag of Mexico
Brabham Australia J. Brabham RetDNSRetRetRetRetRet5thRetRetRet10th 10 8th
Austria Rindt 3rdRetRetRetRetRetRet3rdRetRetRetRet
Switzerland Moser DNQ 5th NCDNSDNQ
South Africa Charlton Ret
Rhodesia J. Love 9th
United States Gurney Ret
Germany Ahrens 12th
LDS Rhodesia Tingle Ret 0 NC
1969 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Spain 1945 1977 Flag of Monaco Flag of the Netherlands Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Italy Flag of Canada Flag of the United States Flag of Mexico
Brabham Rhodesia Tingle 8th 0 NC
South Africa Klerk NC

NotesEdit

  1. Ligier won only one point in eight place behind Jackie Oliver and Alan Rees driving the Formula Two cars in the German Grand Prix.

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