Monday, April 10, 2017

1961 Indy Brabham Cooper Climax - Leader of the rear engined revolution.

 Jack Brabham's tiny Cooper Climax was dwarfed by the traditional big Indy Roadsters in 1960 but it caused them fits with incredible corner speed. Strategy paid a huge part in the race and although Brabham was slower down the straights and slightly slower in lap times, they planned on making only two pit stops which would put them way out front at the checkers. Things went arye when the Dunlop tires wore much faster than predicted on the red brick track ( it was the last Indy 500 run on the bricks as the track was paved for the next 500) and they were forced to make three pit stops, losing the race. But the Indy racing world had witnessed something unbelievable to them and this was the beginning of the end for the front engined roadster.