Bicester, Oxfordshire, UK - Wednesday 11 July, 2018
70th Anniversaries Unite - Brabham History Showcased in Silverstone British GP Parades
As Brabham celebrates 70 years since Sir Jack first took to the race track, two generations of the Brabham family joined the Silverstone 70th anniversary commemorative parades at the Formula 1 Rolex British Grand Prix last weekend.
David and Sam joined the stunning showcase of over 20 cars spanning 1938-2016 to mark the circuit’s celebrated history, staged throughout all three days of Silverstone’s flagship event.
Multiple Le Mans winner and sportscar champion, David delighted in driving the Brabham BT24, honouring Brabham’s second consecutive F1 Constructors’ title and Denny Hulme’s Drivers’ championship in 1967.
Third generation driver and David’s son, Sam relished the opportunity to pilot the Cooper T53 from 1960, the year that Grandfather Jack won the British Grand Prix amid a formidable run of five back-to-back victories en route to his second of three Drivers’ crowns.
The two cars representing key periods in 70 years of Brabham heritage lapped the 3.6-mile Silverstone GP circuit alongside a breath-taking array of machinery, from the 1938 Maserati 6CM, right up to the 2016 Mercedes AMG championship winning car.
Jack’s great racing adversary, Sir Jackie Stewart was reunited with his 1969 British GP-winning Matra MS80-02, while son Paul Stewart drove the 1987 Arrows A10 BMW. 1996 World Champion Damon Hill aboard his father, Graham Hill’s 1969 British GP conquering BRM P261, and Jackie Oliver at the helm of team-mate Jim Clark’s Lotus 33 counted among the many highlights.
The birth of Silverstone racing circuit coincides with the year Sir Jack Brabham made his competition debut in 1948. From racing midgets on dirt ovals in Australia, Jack went on to dominate global motorsport and become one of the most accomplished drivers, engineers and team owners in the history of the sport.
A triple F1 World Drivers’ (1959, 1960, 1966) and double Constructors’ Champion (1966 and 1967), ‘Black Jack’ remains the only driver to win a World Championship in a car of his own construction.
Now, 70 years on, Brabham remains one of the most iconic motorsport marques with a lineage of champion racers, engineers and innovators. Building on that remarkable racing pedigree, David Brabham recently launched Brabham Automotive's first product, the stunning BT62.
David commented: “It was a special feeling to be a part of Silverstone’s 70th anniversary parade in the spectacular sunshine last weekend. It is always good to get back into the Brabham BT24 and drive alongside my son Sam, who was driving Dad’s 1960 championship winning Cooper T53. As a family, we’ve had a lot of success at Silverstone over the years, the highlight being Jack’s 1960 British Grand Prix win, so it’s a special place for all the family.”
Sam added: “To drive my grandfather’s 1960 Cooper T53 for Silverstone’s 70th celebrations was pretty amazing. Driving such a special car alongside Dad in the Brabham BT24, going down the front straight side-by-side whilst surrounded by an incredible collection of classic and current F1 cars, will be a moment I will never forget.”
Watch out for Sam Brabham’s behind-the-scenes British Grand Prix vlog in the coming weeks!
Images credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography