Repco-Brabham BT19 wins Heritage Award
Repco-Brabham BT19 Wins World Mechanical Engineering Heritage Award
The most legendary Australian racing car, the Repco-Brabham BT19, has been honored with the 2014 Engineering Heritage Award.
The globally recognised Engineering Heritage Awards were established by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in 1984 to celebrate excellence in mechanical engineering.
As the latest recipient of this award, the Repco- Brabham BT19 joins the elite company alongside other winners including the world's first vertical take-off/landing aircraft the Hawker Siddelay Harrier Jet and the world's fastest steam locomotive, the Mallard Class A4 4468.
Repco has played a pivotal role in the success and evolution of motorsport worldwide, a contribution cemented in 1966 when Repco designed and built the Repco-Brabham BT19 Formula One V8 racing engine together with engineer Ron Tauranac and Sir Jack Brabham AO OBE.
The Australian built Repco-Brabham BT19 Formula One car with its 3 litre Formula One V8 racing engine powered Sir Jack Brabham to victory, beating the likes of Ferrari, in the 1966 Formula One Drivers' and, Constructors' Championships, a feat unlikely to ever be repeated.
In a ceremony held at the 2014 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix in Albert Park, Melbourne and attended by the Premier, Hon. Dr Denis Napthine and Sir Jack Brabham AO OBE, Chairman of the IMechE Victorian Branch Andrew Lezala, presented Repco Managing Director John Moller, with the Engineering Heritage Award Plaque to commemorate the achievement.
John Moller President of GPC Asia Pacific incorporating said, "Repco pioneered the auto parts industry in Australia 90 years ago; and our world-class spirit is epitomized by the Repco-Brabham BT19."
"Today, Repco continues to lead the way by giving our Customers the winning edge with world class know how, auto parts and service across 400 stores."
"Repco's strong engineering credentials and know how is renowned throughout its illustrious history. That strong fabric continues even today within the designs of Repco branded products"
Institution of Mechanical Engineers, President and Chief Executive, Patrick Kniveton said, "The great partnership between Repco and Sir Jack Brabham AO OBE has enabled the world of motorsport and engineering to evolve to what it is today - an achievement that should be proudly celebrated".
Australian Grand Prix Corporation Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Westacott said, "The Repco-Brabham BT19 was an exceptional example of mechanical engineering at its best that was far ahead of its time in so many ways."
The Repco-Brabham BT19 Formula One racing car is the first Mechanical Engineering Heritage Award winner to have been designed and built by Australians.