Alfa Romeo will display the legendary Brabham BT45-Alfa Romeo, commonly referred to as simply the ‘Brabham-Alfa Romeo’ at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, which kicks off today and closes out on Sunday, March 13th.
The Formula 1 BT45 came about when in 1976, Alfa Romeo’s Autodelta racing divions decided to enter Formula 1 by supplying the Brabham team, then owned by Bernie Ecclestone, with its 500 horsepower 12-cylinder boxer engine, which had powered the Alfa Romeo TT 12 as it won World Sportscar Championship the year prior.
The 1976 season for the BT45, described by Alfa Romeo as “prepatory,” yielded insignificant results, netting just three fourth place finishes. But in 1977, with the revised Brabham-Alfa Romeo GT45-B, the team came second in the first grand prix on the season. Driver Carlos Pace was then tragically killed in a plane crash and replaced with German driver Hans Stuck, who raced the car for the remainder of the 1977 season.
The BT45 will be on display as part of a special installation at Amelia Island called the ‘Hans Stuck Cars, which will, rather expectedly, display the driver’s various race cars he competed in throughout the years. Stuck is well-known is native Germany and boasts 81 F1 starts and three 24 hours of Le Mans wins.