Sir Jack Brabham AO. OBE

2nd April 1926 – 19th May 2014

Place of birth: Hurstville, Sydney, Australia
Lived: Queensland, Australia
Nationality: Australian
Family: Wife Lady Margaret and sons 
Helmet colours: Gold. White
Biggest influence: Sir Stirling Moss OBE
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  • A triple Formula 1 World champion, Sir Jack Brabham is rightly billed as one of the true legends of motorsport and is acclaimed as one of the best driver-engineers to have ever competed in F1
  • Went from racing midgets on dirt tracks in Australia to taking the motorsport world by storm. The Brabham name is renowned not only for Sir Jack’s outstanding achievements on track, but also as a team owner and manufacturer spanning 40 years with multiple Formula 2 and Formula 3 accolades, and the Formula 1 World Constructors’ titles in 1966 and 1967
  • Took his first F1 crown in spectacular fashion at the 1959 United States Grand Prix, pushing the Cooper Climax across the finishing line after it ran out of fuel to finish fourth and become Australia’s first Formula 1 World Champion
  • Secured the 1960 spoils in dominant fashion with five consecutive wins in the Cooper T53 Climax
  • Became the only driver to win the World Championship in a car bearing his own name, the Brabham BT19 Repco in 1966 – a feat unlikely to ever be repeated
  • Started 126 Grand Prix from 1955 to 1970, amassing 14 Grand Prix wins, 31 podiums, 13 pole positions, and 12 fastest laps
  • The first driver to take a modern mid-engined car to the Indianapolis 500 in 1961. Running as high as third, Jack’s ninth place finish triggered the rear-engine revolution at Indy
  • 1965 British Saloon Car Championship
  • 1966 Formula 2 Champion and four-time winner of the European Formula 2 Championship
  • Won the International Gold Cup at Oulton Park on four occasions, with the Cooper Climax in 1957, Brabham Cosworth in 1964, and the Brabham Repco in 1966 and 1967
  • Scored last F1 win in the 1970 South African Grand Prix aboard the Brabham BT33 Cosworth
  • Australian of the Year 1966
  • Awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1967 and the first driver to be knighted for services to motorsport in 1979
  • 2006 recipient of the Autosport Gregor Grant award
  • Received the Order of Australia 2008

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