David Brabham podcast
Project Brabham, Le Mans, Formula Ford, Mike Thackwell, Formula 3000, F1, the ALMS, Jack Brabham… There wasn’t much not discussed when the podcast team sat down with David Brabham.
Fueled with mince pies, chocolate and fudge brownies and a bottle or three of wine Nigel Roebuck, Damien Smith, Rob Widdows and Simon Arron bring you the last podcast of 2014.
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Rob Widdows: Hello again, everybody. And thank you so much for joining us, for what is the last Motor Sport Magazine podcast of 2014. Aww, but we’ll be back in 2015. And we might just think very quickly about who we’ve had on the show this year. It’s quite a list. John McGuinness, Gordan Murray, Emanuelle Pirro, James Weaver, Andy Wallace. They came together. Perry McCarthy, Pat Simmons, Derek Bell, Jonathan Palmer, and today, David Brabham. Ta da. Wow, that’s a name to conjure with isn’t it? One of the big, big names of post-war motor racing. Brabham, I like it. We’ve got lots and lots of questions. We’ll be with David for at least an hour today and in case you hadn’t noticed we’re all in the Christmas spirit. Aren’t we Damien?
Damien Smith: Yes. That’s as, that’s as good as it gets.
RW: And our website editor, Ed Foster has very kindly provided some chocolate brownies, some mince pies, some wine, good grief. But, never drink while broadcasting, it’s one of my rules. Okay, Damien.
DS: Lucky we’re so professional, isn’t it?
RW: Yes, yes for a change.
Simon Arron: As a, as a diabetic I’m only, I’m only going to be able to have the wine, not the chocolate brownies or the mince pies.
RW: Fine. That’s okay. Okay. Around the table as well as David, of course, we have already been to Damien Smith. We have Simon Aaron and we have of course the vulnerable Nigel Roebuck. David Brabham, you’ve just come back from France. What were you plotting in France?
David Brabham: While you were having red wine, I had red wine in France, as well.
RW: I bet you did.
DB: I did, yeah. Well, , obviously with our plans for the future of Brabham is, is to go back to racing as a team. To race at Le Mans, to race in the World Endurance Championship, so I went down to have a look at the Ligier down there because obviously that’s one of the cars that we’d be considering. As well as talking to the ACO finding out more about their plans. Well what’s the future look like? What have we got to be aware of? So yeah, it was very good. It was a really good trip, very worthwhile and I’m now back.
RW: It’s a big, big project this, because motor racing is as we all know fiercely expensive, fiercely competitive. When did you start to hatch the plot to bring the name back into top line racing?
DB: Well, it’s about nine years ago actually. You’re probably thinking, well what happened in those nine years, ? Well, it’s been probably well documented. But , 19 years ago I started to think ahead of time and go, what am I going to do when I stop driving? Because, I’d seen a lot of drivers, including my brother get to the end and, and then what? what I mean? And I didn’t want to get into that situation. So I started to think about what it is I could do. And , I thought well what? We got this name Brabham, but as a family we do absolutely nothing with it, ? Dad went off and did his thing, , my brothers and I went off and did our thing. And there’s never been any sort of group thing where, , Brabham is a brand that represents everything that the brand is and what can we do with it. So I went to dad and said look, , we should do something with this. And of course, , I wanted to understand what trademarks he had because I remember so