The ex-John Watson Brabham BT30 has been back racing in the closing stages of 2004 in the hands of Ian Gray, who reckons he is Watson’s biggest fan! And in only his third race in 30 years, Gray took chassis 11 to a surprise win in the final round of the HSCC Classic Racing Car Championship at Silverstone in October. The car was bought from the factory by Marshall Watson at the start of the 1970 season for his son to race in

the European F2 Championship. However, a shunt at Rouen in June left Watson with a broken leg and arm, and he only returned to racing at Mallory Park in March 1971.

Now Gray is the proud owner of the beautifully restored car: “I always said that, were Ito do some racing, I would like to do it with John Watson’s F2 Brabham. Well, it would seem that dreams do come true!”

Gray plans to run the car, which is race-prepped by Retro Track and Air, in a full HSCC programme in 2005, and hopes to take the car back to Mondello Park, scene of Watson’s 1971Leinster Trophy victory with it.