Goodwood Motor Circuit, West Sussex - Thursday 8 September, 2016
Brabham Family Gather For Goodwood Revival Sir Jack Brabham Tribute
The Brabham family will gather from across the globe to join the Sir Jack Brabham Tribute at the Goodwood Revival this weekend and celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jack’s third, historic Formula 1 Drivers’ World Championship title. Geoff, Roseina and Matt Brabham will all be flying in from Australia and the USA respectively to join David, Lisa, Sam and Finn to mark the extremely special occasion.
Goodwood Motor Circuit has always held a special significance for the Brabham family. It was the first track on which Sir Jack and all three of his sons, David, Gary and Geoff, tested upon arriving to race in the UK. Jack arguably completed more laps of the West Sussex circuit, in racing and testing, than any other frontline driver and, more poignantly, it is where the triple World Champion was laid to rest following his sad passing in 2014.
There couldn’t be a more fitting venue to honour Jack upon the Golden Anniversary of becoming the only driver in history to win the World Championship in a car manufactured by his own team.
Over 30 stunning cars charting Sir Jack’s vast racing success, pioneering innovation and the Brabham marque’s rise to becoming the biggest racing car manufacturer of the 1960s, will take to the track in the Tribute held each day.
David, who is striving to resurrect the iconic Brabham Racing team, will head the parade driving a Brabham-Repco BT24, a replica of the car which sealed a consecutive Constructors’ title for the team and Drivers’ title for Denny Hulme in 1967. Geoff will take the wheel of a 1962 Brabham-Climax BT4, the model famed for its extensive Tasman Series success, while third generation drivers, Sam and Matt, hope to join the track action as passengers on board two of the mighty ‘60s Sportscars.
Joining them will be cars representing each of Jack’s World Championship crowns, the 1959 Cooper-Climax T51, 1960 Cooper-Climax T53 ‘lowline’, and 1966 Brabham-Repco BT20 in which Jack completed his ’66 championship year.
Around 14 of the most historically significant Brabham-produced machines will also feature including the first Brabham F1 car ever built in 1962 – the BT3; the BT11 – a predecessor to the 1966 world beating BT19; a rare BT8 1964 sportscar; Brabham-Repco BT25 Indy 500 car; and the car in which Jack took his final Grand Prix win in South Africa 1970 – the BT33.
‘The Kimberly Special’ Cooper-Climax T54 responsible for sparking the rear-engine revolution at the Indianapolis 500 in 1961 is sure to be another highlight while a Ford E83W van, Ford Galaxie 500, Jaguar E2A, Matra-Simca MS650, Tojeiro Jaguar, Ferrari 500 TRC and Lotus-Climax 24 complete the line-up.
David Brabham commented: “This year’s Goodwood Revival will mean more to me and my family than any other, as Lord March is celebrating my father’s career and most famous achievement of winning the World Championship in a car of his own construction, which he did 50 years ago.
“Over 30 cars that my father drove from around the world will be gathering in his honour and seeing all of those lined up on the grid will be an amazing sight. It will also be fantastic to see so many former Brabham team personnel and drivers from across the decades. My brother Geoff, his wife Roseina and their son Matt are flying in to join my wife, Lisa, and our two sons, Sam and Finn, so it will be an emotional weekend for us all.”
David will extend his Revival driving duties to once again compete in the St Mary’s Trophy race where some 30 Austin A30/35s are set to go head-to-head. Run in two parts, David will be up against fellow ‘guest drivers’ on Saturday before the owners take over to complete the aggregate results on Sunday.
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Image 1 - Sir Jack Brabham
Image 2 - Jack Brabham 1966 Belgium GP ©LAT
Image 3 - (L-R) David, Matt, Sam, Finn and Geoff Brabham © Jakob Ebrey