It wasn’t the start to his first Members’ Meeting that David Brabham expected – to be called into the pits after just a couple of laps of testing. His misdemeanour? Driving a car that was just a little too loud…
This was no roaring Le Mans sports prototype, however, but a little 1960s British sports car – a Ginetta G10. Minus the exhaust baffles that most of the other cars were running on this 105 dB test day, the Ginetta sounded just a little angrier than it should have done.
In David’s defence the car, which ran at Goodwood both in period and latterly at Revival, is all-new to him, as it is to the team: Feathers Motor Sport only acquired it a few weeks ago. ‘There are still some tweaks needed but we will get it right for David,’ Feathers’ Matthew Dietz told GRR. ‘It is an exciting car and certainly quick.’
As indeed they were hoping to prove after the call went out to find some baffles, and there was a dash to Halfords in Chichester for some new plugs to cure a slight misfire.
So what did David make of his two laps?
‘When the misfire cleared above 6,000rpm it is definitely the fastest car in a straight line I have driven at Goodwood. Last year at Revival I had a car with 95bhp and was lapped three times. I won’t get lapped in the Ginetta. Once it is sorted it is quick enough to be a top 10 car.’
Ginetta is not a marque that instantly comes to mind where David Brabham – Le Mans winner, Bentley team driver, former F1 driver – is concerned.
‘When they said Ginetta to me, I said what’s that? It’s a ’65 car so the same age as me.’
Brabham has driven at Revival before but this will be his first Members’ Meeting – and his first chance to join in the fun in the Great Hall and take part in the traditional school sports day events and win some points for his house.
‘I will be into that. I went to boarding school so it sounds like fun. I used to play football, and I play for the village cricket team so am hoping there will be a cricket competition…’
Away from racing, David’s professional life these days centres on Brabham Digital, which he describes as a ‘knowledge sharing and e-learning platform’ dedicated to all aspects of motor sport.
Photography by Tom Shaxson