“I designed and partially built a 750 Type 4 [T.4], which was stillborn because Bernie [Ecclestone] bought Brabham and promoted me and I ran out of time.
“However, I copied the suspension system onto the Brabham BT44, and that became known as the first rod operating rising rate suspension, but actually it wasn’t, it was the T4.”
The dream was resurrected decades later though, when Murray was finally able to finish what he started.
“Subsequently, I was able to buy the car back, and we finished and I drove it round the car park in November,” he said. “We found the real chassis, can you believe it, after all that time!
“Some chap down on the South Coast, his brother had bought or inherited it. Somebody saw it and said ‘I think that’s Gordon Murray’s chassis.’ We got in touch, bought it back and finished it.
“I’m now desperate to race it, drive it or something. I’ll probably try and talk Charles March into letting me drive it up the hill again.”
“It’s not much bigger than ago-kart, and it goes like a rocket.”
Murray has subsequently been successful in persuading Lord March to let him take the design for a spin and, not only that, but also his iconic Brabham BT44B F1 car which, as he says, had that same suspension system copied onto it.
It carried on its predecessor’s promise by being driven to victory by Pace at his home race in Brazil, before Reutemann would win at the Nürburgring with Murray’s typical expressive effort, the third F1 car he produced.
“The Goodwood Festival of Speed is the ultimate event for any motoring enthusiast,” said Murray.
“That’s why I was keen to have two of my favourite racing cars run up the hill. Both cars demonstrate the advantage of lightweight innovation and both established principles that allowed me to have a successful career in motor racing. They also taught me many things. Learnings that I have even employed in our latest T.50 supercar and its T.50s Niki Lauda track-focused sibling.
“I can’t wait to see them being driven up the hill and experience them again myself.”