[Daily article] February 19: Brabham BT19

The Brabham BT19 is a Formula One racing car designed by Ron Tauranac
for the British Brabham team. The BT19 competed in the 1966 and 1967
Formula One World Championships and was used by Australian driver Jack
Brabham to win his third World Championship in 1966. The BT19, which
Brabham referred to as his “Old Nail”, was the first car bearing its
driver’s name to win a World Championship race. The car was initially
conceived in 1965 for a 1.5-litre (92-cubic inch) Coventry Climax
engine, but never raced in this form. For the 1966 season the
Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile doubled the limit on engine
capacity to 3 litres (183 cu in). Australian company Repco developed
a new V8 engine for Brabham’s use in 1966, but a disagreement between
Brabham and Tauranac over the latter’s role in the racing team left no
time to develop a new car to handle it. Instead, the existing BT19
chassis was modified for the job. Only one BT19 was built. It was bought
by Repco in 2004 and put on display in the National Sports Museum in
Melbourne, Australia, in 2008. It is often demonstrated at motorsport

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


The Third Anglo-Dutch War ended with the signing of the Treaty
of Westminster, with England regaining New York, and the Netherlands
taking Suriname.


More than sixty tornadoes struck across the Southern United
States, believed to be among the largest and most widespread tornado
outbreaks in American history.


Second World War: In the largest attacks mounted by a foreign
power against Australia, more than 240 bombers and fighters of the
Imperial Japanese Navy bombed Darwin, Northern Territory.


Colonel Pham Ngoc Thao of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam,
and a communist spy of the North Vietnamese Vietminh, along with
Generals Lam Van Phat and Tran Thien Khiem attempted a coup against the
military junta of Nguyen Khanh.


Items from the Belitung shipwreck (bowls pictured), the biggest
single collection of Tang Dynasty artefacts found in one location, were
first put on display in Singapore.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

(South-West England) A hill.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  To know the mighty works of God, to comprehend His wisdom and
majesty and power; to appreciate, in degree, the wonderful workings of
His laws, surely all this must be a pleasing and acceptable mode of
worship to the Most High, to whom ignorance cannot be more grateful than
–Nicolaus Copernicus

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