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Jack Brabham pushes his Cooper T43 Climax across the line
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How Brabham's history-making F1 odyssey began

Built on hard-won lessons with home-built specials on the other side of the world, the first incarnation of the Brabham marque was, like its founder, Aussie grit personified. Damien Smith kicks off a four-part history of the pioneering Formula 1 team with the period spanning 1946-1965.

Two ages of Brabham: the first resplendent in green and gold, spawned on a solid backbone of Aussie grit imbued by its tough-nut twin founders; the second marked by the chiselled, strikingly original and ceaselessly ambitious creations of its visionary designer, matched perfectly by the pin-sharp presentation demanded by the softly-spoken force who not only reinvented this team but eventually the whole landscape within which it existed.

Jack Brabham and Ron Tauranac, Gordon Murray and Bernie Ecclestone: starkly different men in just about every respect, yet forever conjoined in a shared ambition to achieve perfection. Brabham was always a broad church and, 30 years after its final grand prix, still shines in its absence as one of the great powerhouses of Formula 1 motor racing.

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