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18 Nov 2018

National Sports Museum

REPCO MAKES A MAJOR CONTRIBUTION TO THE NATIONAL SPORTS MUSEUM

February, 2008 - In line with Repco’s iconic status as an Australian pioneer of international motor racing, Australia’s largest automotive retail and trade supplier of automotive parts and accessories has made a major contribution to Australia’s first National Sports Museum.

Repco has agreed to provide Sir Jack Brabham’s world conquering Formula One car, the Repco Brabham BT19, to the National Sports Museum located within the Olympic Stand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

The immaculately preserved Repco Brabham BT19 represents a significant part of Australia’s sporting history along with the successful history of Repco, when the Australian company took on the world and raced to the top with their in-house designed and manufactured engine, coupled with Sir Jack Brabham’s outstanding chassis design.

The Repco Brabham BT19 is the only Formula One car to have raced to a World Championship bearing both the driver’s and the constructor’s name, when Sir Jack Brabham won the World Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship titles in 1966.

Repco is honoured to be contributing such a significant part of Australia’s motor racing history to the National Sports Museum, which will also exhibit some 2,300 items covering this country’s rich and diverse sporting history. Located in Australia’s sporting capital, the National Sporting Museum will exhibit the country’s most comprehensive sporting collection, celebrating the important place that sport holds in Australian life.

According to Repco Chief Executive Office, John Moller, "All of us at Repco are proud of this company’s highly successful motor racing heritage. By displaying the Repco Brabham BT-19 at the National Sports Museum, we are able to share our pride in taking on the world and winning with Sir Jack Brabham with all Australian sports enthusiasts. We know that this car will be a highlight during any visit to this outstanding new sports museum and we encourage sports enthusiasts from Australia and all over the world to be sure to visit the National Sports Museum."

Australia’s sports fans will have to wait until the National Sports Museum is officially opened to the public on Thursday March 13 to get a close-up look at this magnificent car, which remains in immaculate running order thanks to the meticulous maintenance conducted by ACL Chief Engineer Nigel Tait. He is also an old friend of the car, as he worked on the same Repco Brabham BT-19 with Sir Jack Brabham on the track in 1965. Nigel has been responsible for its preservation and exhibition use since 1986 and is handing the car to the National Sports Museum in its usual pristine condition.

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