Some would say that the Mildren Waggott is one of the most significant automobiles in the entirety of historic racing, which wouldn't be at all far from the truth. The design of the Waggott was originally based off a Rennmax BN3, which was inherently derived from the body of a Brabham BT-23. After the original BT-23 was crashed by Denny Hulme in the 1968 Tasman series the remains were sent to Bob Britton to repair. However, instead of repairing it, Britton decided to construct a jig for a completely new car, tossing the wrecked BT-23 to the side. Britton sent the new car to Alec Mildren Racing and so, the Mildren was born. The Mildren was one of seven cars built between 1969 and 1971 to the Rennmax BN3 design. Soon after its creation, the Mildren was raced by none other than Max Stewart in the 1969 Tasman series, powered by a 1.6 Litre Alfa Romeo engine, Stewart was able to claim 13th place but his relationship with this magnificent car was only just beginning. Later that year, the Mildren was fitted with a 1600cc Waggott FVA engine, which along with raw skill, talent and a head turner of a car, led Stewart to 3rd place in the Australian Drivers' championship. This near-victory was later followed by a number of championship wins across the whole of Australia from 1969 to 1971 with slight modifications being made to the car and motor, for each race (to suit regulations). Since then, the Mildren Waggott has been raced at tracks all over the world by a number of drivers but has found the most success in it's home country - Australia. The Mildren is currently owned by the collector and is still raced today at a number of venues across Australia. It is kept in pristine condition and is currently fitted with a 1.8 litre Waggott engine.
Yet another vehicle, owned and driven by the great Max Stewart, the Elfin MR5 - Formula 5000 was driven by Max in the 1972 Tasman Series and Australian Drivers Championship, among a number of other tracks, venues and events. Although Max never won a championship in his MR5, he was undoubtedly the fastest in an MR5 during 1972, despite placing 6th in the 1972 Australian Driver's Championship and 9th in the 1972 Tasman Series. Although not as notable as some of Max's other vehicles (such as the Mildren), this mighty car was not to be underestimated. It was something completely unlike any car that Elfin had previously produced, as it was the first Elfin formula 5000, ever manufactured. Its low, wide, wedge shaped body was a significant jump from the many vehicles already made by Elfin such as the Type 360 or the ME5, to name but a few. It boasted a long list of safety and performance features and was/is truly a masterpiece. The MR5 has been fully rebuilt by Murray Sinclair in Christchurch, New Zealand, from 2012-2016 and has been maintained in Australia by David Kent and Allen Matthews.
The BT29 is yet another example of Jack Brabham and Ron Tauranac's design and engineering prowess and brilliance. A total of 48 BT29's were built between 1969 and 1970 (19 were built in 1969 and 29 in 1970), nearly all of which, were exported to the United States. Today, only 3 BT-29's are known to exist within Australia, the others, being the Brabham BT29-44 and the BT29-41.
"This is my much loved Group O BT29 that was prepared by David Kent and expertly maintained by Alan Matthews. With its log book and CAMS COD, it is ready to race and a delight to drive"
- The Collector (Owner)
The Brabham BT-23 has had an extensive and diverse racing history, ranging from the British Formula 2 competitions with Frank Gardner at the wheel, to gliding around French and Swiss hill climb tracks, at the hands of Jacques Joliat. The BT-23 was a considerable improvement to the Brabham lineage of the time, surpassing the less advanced Brabham BT-10 to BT-18 models which were practically indistinguishable from each other. It was thanks to Jochen Rindt that the BT-23's gained the title of most successful formula 2 cars in 1967, after winning six of the ten 1967 championship races. All in all, 9 BT-23's were made, only three of which are thought to have survived to this day. This particular BT-23 has undergone multiple restorations and alterations in it's life but is currently setup and painted as closely to the original design, as possible (displayed at right).