FROM MONOPOSTO TO FORMULA 1
David Taylor, a driver in the first Monoposto race, joined us at Oulton, and wrote a wonderfully evocative piece of reminiscences. After the meeting I asked him why he went against the trends and built a front engined car after his original rear engined one, and what happened after Mono and FJ. Here's his reply. He ran 2 relatively current (ie 2years old) F1 cars.
A good question about my change from rear to front engine layout. The reason is quiet simple I liked the Maserati 250F and wanted a smaller edition. The sports car was a technical challenge to make a very light but rigid frame similar to the Maserati Birdcage. I did sketch some rear engine monocoque designs which later became the vogue but were too complex for me to manufacture.
COOPER F1 T68B CHASSIS NO F1-4-68
My racing ended in 1963 when I got married and started my career as an engineer working with Napiers as a development engineer on the Deltic engine. Later I had another go at racing in 1971 when I came across a complete Cooper F1 T86B which was a non runner. I bought it for about £3500 from Brian Classic in Manchester in 1970 as a complete car but not in running condition. It had been raced by the Cooper F1 team in 1968 with the following results.
Engine: BRM V12 3 Litre two valve heads No 101/01 Gearbox: Hewland DG 301 MK 1.
We set up a workshop in Roger Banks garage in Southport and with the help of Roger we stripped the car and engine refurbished as necessary and rebuilt to good running order. We took the car to Oulton Park for a test run. The photo shows me driving it to start with doing about 15 laps. The car handled badly and was quiet frightening to drive which made me decide to take a back seat and only drive in sprints and hill climbs. I came in to the pits and Roger took over setting off with plenty of wheel spin and burnt rubber . He took it slow at first then speeded up to a disastrous result.As he came up Deers leap he lost the rear and went across to the far bank. The car was launched in to the air and flipped up side down with the underside of the car scraping the underside of the foot bridge by the pits. Fortunately the car nosed dived in to the track and flipped over landing on its wheels and sliding past us in the pits.
We rushed over switched off the ignition and got Roger out who was unconscious. I took him to the local hospital where he revived suffering only concussion and a fright. The car was a write off as the chassis tub had broken in two. We salvaged the engine and gear box which later was used in the BRM 153 I acquired.
BRM, P 153 B/04 1972
I made contact with Tim Parnell who was the BRM team manager at the time, and I knew from an earlier meeting at Chimay F2 meeting. I went over to Bourne and met Tim and had a pub lunch with him. He then showed me around the BRM works which was most interesting ending up in a large shed where all the redundant cars and parts were stored. This was an Aladdin’s cave with bits of every car they had built including V16 engines. Tom Wheatcroft bought the contents when BRM closed. I found a P153 chassis tub and agreed terms to buy it with a full set of suspension and wheels etc. I still have the receipt from BRM.
We collected all the parts and mated the engine and Hewland gearbox in to the chassis. The engine fitted straight in to the chassis as the only difference with the team engines was the two valve heads.
The racing history of the car was as follows, raced by the BRM team in 1970.
COMPETING IN 1973
In 1973 we competed in the following events.
I decided to sell the car as the engine was becoming very unreliable. We rebuilt the engine and I sold the car in working order to Hexagon of Highgate. They in turn sold it to Bobby Bell of Bell and Colville who still owns the car. He keeps it over in Bourne and races it a few times a year in historic races.
THE BRM 3 LITRE V12 ENGINE.
The power output was smooth giving good acceleration and a pleasure to drive. This must have been the main reason Beltoise won the Monaco GP in the rain. However the top end power was not a match with the Cosworth DFV, as shown on the track.
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