LYNX T3 – chassis no. 113
The original owner of 113 was Ern Tadgell a crop duster of Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia who had the car until 1965, since when it has had 8 owners. Martin Carter imported 113 into the UK on 18th October 2004.
It is a rear engine drum braked type 3, which left the factory on 29th June 1962. This car is the only Lynx currently racing outside Australia.
Lynx Engineering Ltd was founded in Sydney by Leon Thomas, John Bruderlin and Peter Wilkins, a skilled fabricator, early in 1960 and the first Lynx racing car was completed on 20th November 1960. It was created from their own designs, jigs and patterns plus those that Peter Wilkins had bought from Ron Tauranac that were intended for kit RALTS, before Tauranac went to England to join Jack Brabham. A total 16 cars of various types were built. Peter Wilkins then followed Ron Tauranac to England to work for Jack Brabham on the design and production of the Brabham FJ cars.
The car was rewarded with the Jack Brabham Trophy for Formula Junior Cars, at the Tribute to Jack Brabham at Eastern Creek, celebrating 30 years since Sir Jacks last World Championship win. The car held lap records at Oran Park, Wakefield Park, W’bank and Lakeside.
It currently also holds the rear engine, drum braked Formula Junior lap record at Goodwood, achieved when winning the Taylor Trophy race from the back on the grid in 2015, and the Class D lap record at Castle Combe.
Chassis 111,112, 113, 114, 115, 116 and 117 are all now running or under restoration in Formula Junior spec. A further three type 1 and type 2 cars also ran or do run to Formula Junior spec.
Andrew Wilkinson purchased 113 at the end of the 2011 season and is now racing it in Historic Formula Junior out of the UK.