Lifestyle

"These are moments that you dream about": amazing shed find

Brabham won the Formula One drivers' world championship in 1959 and 1960. Then, in 1966, he won it again - the only driver ever to do so in a car of his own construction.
Brabham won the Formula One drivers' world championship in 1959 and 1960. Then, in 1966, he won it again - the only driver ever to do so in a car of his own construction. drive.com.au

AN UNASSUMING shed on an Alstonville property has revealed one the of rarest collections in motorsport history, and set the scene for a multi-million dollar auction this weekend.

Two ultra-rare cars built by Australia's legendary F1 pioneer, Jack Brabham, are just the tip of the iceberg in collector Brian King's astonishing race car collection.

Brian King, of Wollongbar, has spent years collected an enviable collection of unique and vintage cars.
Brian King, of Wollongbar, has spent years collected an enviable collection of unique and vintage cars. Marc Stapelberg

The iconic vehicles had two visiting auctioneers in 'disbelief' when they visited Mr King's property last month.

"We just though he had a few Ford Escorts," said Bill Freeman, the senior auctioneer at Gold-Coast-based Lloyds Auctions.

"We walked in and the first thing we when he pulled back the doors were 50 very rare petrol bowsers dating back to the early 20th century.


"Then he pulled the covers off a Formula 3 Brabham car, which is believed to be the most successful Brabham car ever built."

Another cover revealed a second, even more valuable Brabham car - a one-of-a-kind prototype built between 1966 and 1967. Brabham had just won the F1 world championship in 1966.

"It has a rare Cosworth engine... Cosworth only made three of these engines, they gave one to Jack Brabham, they don't know where the other one is, and the third one is sitting in the Cosworth museum in Britain," Mr Freeman said.

"These are moments that you dream about. This is like Indiana Jones stuff."

And the surprises weren't over - Mr King, an engineer by trade, also had a phenomenal set of US-made Indy cars - a 1950 Sampson, a 1947 Kurtis Kraft Offenhauser midget, a 1974 Edmunds VW 'El Toro Garage' car, and a 1985 Chevy-powered Watson.

 

"These cars are like they have just been made brand new... you could shave in the paintwork," Mr Freeman said.

And yet the owner himself is rather modest about his grand collection.

The auction comes about as a result of a lifestyle change, with Mr King and his wife opting to downsize and move back to Canberra after a 10 year stint on the Northern Rivers.

"I will be upset when all these cars go," he admitted, adding he was keeping just two cars "so I will have something to look at".

The auction at noon on Saturday will be broadcast to the world via the internet where anyone can bid.

Mr Freeman said interest in the collection was global.

"We've had to man our phones 24 hours a day, I was getting calls last night at 2.30 in the morning from California.

"We expect these cars to be very strong, we expect them to get serious in the six figures and it goes from there."

"To have this collection in Alstonville is unheard of. You might find one or two cars, we've found at least five very rare internationally important cars."

 

 

Brian King, of Wollongbar, has spent years collected an enviable collection of unique and vintage cars.
Brian King, of Wollongbar, has spent years collected an enviable collection of unique and vintage cars. Marc Stapelberg

The King's Garage Collection is available for viewing on Friday and Saturday morning before going under the hammer at noon.

The address is 496 Pearces Creek Rd, Alstonville, on the corner of Willowbank Drive, with entry to the garage on Willowbank Drive.

It's open from 10am to 4pm on Friday and from 8am on Saturday. Bidding on every item starts at $1.

Topics:  classic cars jack brabham motorsport northern rivers quirky



Ain’t no mountain high enough

GOING on a hike is one of the best ways to get active and outdoors and the big smoke Brisbane is dishing up the goods.

Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

You loved the film, now you're about to love the musical. Don't miss The Bodyguard The Musical in Brisbane this July.

THE arts and culture events you don't want to miss.

A whisky-lover's blueprint to Brisbane's best bars

Check out The Gresham for some old-school fine drops.

SCOTCH, Whiskey and Whisky; it all gets a bit confusing.

Your guide to the best Brisbane markets

Enjoy the beautiful offerings of one of Brisbane's many markets.

WHO doesn’t love a good market!?

8 things you didn't know you could do at North Straddie

Watch these guys while you enjoy the magical sunset of an evening.

NORTH Stradbroke Island is the perfect getaway.

Our six art gallery picks for a creative day out

Queensland's Gallery of Modern Art always has a fun, exciting and interesting exhibition on show for the whole family to enjoy.

YOU'D be mistaken in thinking Brisbane wasn't an arty city.

Six hideaway bars to escape winter chill

The Gresham's charm will win you over before your first sip.

THESE are the perfect places to hang this winter.

CENSUS: Richer, older and slightly less European

More Australians are born in Asia, than are born in Europe.

Vital Queensland service needs your help

THEY help 40,000 people by providing more than 140 services.

Was the Mary Valley recovery scheme botched?

The Mary Valley is slowly recovering from the Traveston Crossing dam disaster, but this letter writer is not happy about some of the process.

"How was that even possible at the time...?”

Local Partners

MasterChef: Fish fry feast too much for Ipswich cook

NICOLE Stevenson narrowly misses out on MasterChef's Top 10 but local dad Ben Ungermann makes the cut.

Nintendo set to release the Super NES Classic Edition

Nintendo is releasing a miniature version of their Super NES console

Brad and Sienna spotted ‘holding hands’

Brad Pitt has been spotted at Glastonbury.

ACTORS were seen together at the Glastonbury festival.

Big Brother winner Reggie Bird could end up homeless

BACK in 2003 she won the third season of Big Brother Australia, pocketing $250,000 for her win — but Reggie Bird’s life has been far from easy since then.

The reality star makes a heartbreaking confession

Schapelle Corby's Bali boyfriend 'lonely' now she's free

“I really hope we can see each other again in the future."

‘One of the most ludicrous films ever made’

Optimus Prime in Transformers: The Last Knight.

Transformers: The Last Knight has been shredded by critics.

Island caretaker has weeks to live, abandons paradise

St Bees managing director Phil Webb, has been struck with illness and it has prompted the sale of the island.

His health has deteriorated in the past couple of months

Prime CBD site sold as laneway culture progresses

The Longs building Ruthven Street has been purchased by a group of investors to be renovated into a series of shops/eateries.  June 2017

How investors and council plan to transform the Toowoomba CBD

Gateway opens to $3b Coast mega estate

VISION: An artist's impression of the Palmview development 'Harmony' and its linear park.

New road provides link from the past to the future

Major German supermarket set to open in southeast Queensland

German supermarket giant Kaufland is understood to have approached southeast Queensland councils about a possible distribution centre, which would kickstart the establishment of new supermarkets.

Supermarket giant Kaufland has its eyes firmly on Queensland.

Confident first half year for commercial property

SIGNS OF CONFIDENCE: A mixed-use site at 139 Eumundi Rd, Noosaville, was one of the outstanding results achieved in the year.

Sunshine Coast market showing strong signs for next five years

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!