Jacky Ickx’s race winning F1 ride!

The other day I had a butchers round Gulf Racing’s workshops and among all the glorious cars there (I’ll post them here at some point) this one in particular caught my eye.

Enjoy.

Jacky Ickx's race winning F1 car

Jacky Ickx's race winning F1 ride!

This is his 1969 works Brabham BT26A.

Jacky Ickx's race winning F1 car

There's really not much to it

In it he won the German GP (at the Nürburgring, the last Formula One race there before ‘The Ring’ was made “safer”) and Canadian, came second in Great Britain and Mexico and a third in France, coming 2nd in the championship with 37 points.

Jacky Ickx's race winning F1 car

Here is the cockpit, It’s a real tight squeeze. See those light green panels on the sides? That’s the fuel tanks. No wonder so many people died.

Cockpit of Jacky Ickx F1 car

The cockpit

The car was (and still is) powered by a Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 which at it’s peak produced 410bhp at 9000rpm.

Jacky Ickx's race winning F1 car

The Lump

Although not as powerful as its V12 competitors the engine was lighter and as a result had a better power to weight ratio. In addition, by placing load bearing arms to stress the block it became a structural part of the car itself.

Jacky Ickx's race winning F1 car

Engine and gearbox

Partnered with a Hewland Gearbox it was a great race car.

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