Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Cooper T86C Alfa Romeo

On 5 March 2016 I showed a photograph I'd taken of a 1968 Cooper T86B BRM at Donington Park in 2005. It was one of two cars built to accommodate the BRM V12 engine after the Maserati V12 unit used in the original Cooper T86 had proved to be unsuitable. Here are a couple of photographs  that I took at the Gold Cup meeting at Oulton Park in August 2003 of the third car built in 1968, the Cooper T86C with an Alfa Romeo engine.
The Alfa Romeo engine was the 3 litre V8 unit used in the T33 sportscar, but it proved in testing to be badly underpowered. In 1968 the car was entered for the British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch and the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, to be driven by Lucian Bianchi, but didn't turn up for either race. A sad end to Formula One racing for the once highly successful Cooper team.
The car was driven in the Force Classic Grand Prix Cars Gold Cup race at Oulton Park by Ron Maydon.

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