Jack Brabham's Super Cooper on Pole at Bonhams for Dementia Charity

Ex-Formula 1 Car to be Sold in Bonhams Revival Sale to Raise Funds for 'Race Against Dementia' Founded by Sir Jackie Stewart

An ultra-rare and historic Cooper Climax T55, one of only two built by the Formula team to contest the 1961 Grand Prix season, driven by the reigning (and ultimately three-time) Formula 1 champion Jack Brabham is to be offered at the Bonhams Goodwood Revival Sale on Saturday 14 September, with all proceeds donated to Race Against Dementia, the charity founded by Sir Jackie Stewart.

With Brabham (later Sir Jack) at the wheel, the T55 contested six Grand Prix races in 1961, winning on its debut in the 'Aintree 200' where his nearest rival was teammate Bruce McLaren, finishing a close second in the other T55. Sir Jack then contested the car in the 'off-season' Tasman Series in Australia and New Zealand where it finished second at Longford.

The 1961 T55 was an intermediate design, created to meet that year's new Grand Prix regulations introducing a smaller 1.5 litre engine. The Cooper works team, which had achieved back-to-back Drivers' World Championship titles with Brabham in 1959 and 1960, suffered from delays to delivery of their new 1.5-litre Formula engines and had to use the lower-powered Formula 2 4-cylinder units. To compensate, team boss John Cooper, chief designer Owen Maddock and Brabham himself designed a 'slimline version of their championship-winning 1960 car.

Despite the T55's stunning/impressive debut in the 'Aintree 200' and respectable fourth place finishes at Brands Hatch and again at Aintree, the car was up against the might of Ferrari which dominated the 1961 Grand Prix season with its 'shark-nose' V6-engined machines.

Following its campaign in the Tasman series, where it benefitted from the addition of a 2.5 litre Climax FPF engine, the T55 was sold on to a Tasmanian, John Youl and was raced throughout 1964, as well as successfully competing in various historic events in the hands of subsequent owners.

The T55 is now being offered for sale by Race Against Dementia, having been generously gifted to the charity by previous owner Peter Livanos, who oversaw its professional cosmetic restoration by marque specialist, the late Urban Fässler, for static display during his tenure.

Sir Jackie Stewart, founder of the Race Against Dementia charity who will be attending the Bonhams Goodwood Revival Sale, said: "The Cooper Climate T55 is a beautiful machine, that any collector can be seriously privileged to own."

"Early Coopers revolutionised Formula 1 motor racing. Charles Cooper and John Cooper created a new wave of technology. Jack Brabham at the time was one of the greatest drivers and demonstrated his skills successfully on this car."

The 'Flying Scot', three-time Formula 1 World Champion, also campaigned a Cooper Monaco sport-racing prototype in 1964 for Ecurie Ecosse, winning his first six races in a row, including Goodwood on 21 September, which impressive performance led to him joining the Tyrrell Formula 3 racing team.

"I myself chose to drive a Cooper when I signed with Ken Tyrrell in 1964 because I had such confidence in the Cooper," said Sir Jackie.

The T55, which has an estimate of £100,000 – 150,000, is being offered at no reserve, with all proceeds going to the charity, which funds scientific research into dementia.

Sir Jackie said: "We aspire to parallel the revolution that Cooper made in motorsport by pioneering new approaches and breaking new ground."

The Bonhams Goodwood Revival Sale (Collectors' Motor Cars) starts at 13.00 on Saturday 14 September 2019.

Race Against Dementia
Founded by Sir Jackie Stewart, Race Against Dementia raises and allocates funds to accelerate global research and development in the race to find a prevention or treatment for dementia. Its vision is a breakthrough in the prevention or treatment of dementia with the greatest of urgency. For more information on the charity, please visit raceagainstdementia.com and follow Race Against Dementia on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @racingdementia.


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