Banbury, Oxfordshire, UK - Monday 21 March, 2016
Sir Jack Brabham Inducted in to the Australian Motor Sport Hall of Fame
Legendary triple Formula 1 World Champion, engineer and team owner Sir Jack Brabham secured another rightful place in history on Saturday night when he was inducted in to the Australian Motor Sport Hall of Fame.
The first driver to be knighted for services to motorsport, ‘Black Jack’ rose from racing midgets on dirt ovals in Australia to dominate global motorsport. Renowned as an extemporary engineer, technological innovations brought about by his Brabham team helped to shape the sport today.
Through his partnership with Ron Tauranac, Brabham become the world’s largest manufacturer of single seater racecars in the 1960s, while the Brabham name continued in F1 for 30 years.
One of the most accomplished drivers and team owners in the history of the sport, Sir Jack took back-to-back Formula 1 World Drivers’ titles in 1959 and 1960 and double Constructors’ spoils in 1966 and 1967. His third F1 Drivers’ crown in 1966 made him the only driver in history to win a World Championship in a car of his own manufacture, the Brabham BT19.
Sir Jack was among 30 inductees honoured from across the sport at the gala event held at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, which coincided with the 2016 season opening Australian Grand Prix.
Formula F1 driver, Le Mans winner and sportscar ace David Brabham, the youngest son of Sir Jack, commented: “It is a great honour to see our father being inducted into the Australian Hall of Fame during the Australian GP, along with other great Australians. It’s an extremely fitting way to start the 50th anniversary year celebrations of Jack’s historic 1966 F1 title.
“He was a great inspiration to many of the inductees and he paved the way for Aussies to pursue a career overseas.”
Transcript from the night, courtesy of Speedcafe.com:
John Arthur Brabham, known as Jack, was truly remarkable.
No one will ever duplicate more than one of his amazing achievements in a grand prix career that started at age 29 and went on to his mid-40s.
In 1959 he won the first of his three World Drivers’ titles.
He was also the fifth world champion driver and the first in a rear engined car.
Only four of the 32 world champion drivers have won more championships than Jack.
In an era when drivers also competed in non-championship races, Jack was a regular campaigner in our Tasman Series events.
He raced sports cars and drove in F2 races.
In the year of his third world drivers’ championship, 1966, when driving a Brabham car with an Australian engine, in his own team, he also won ten of the 16 European F2 races with Honda engined Brabham cars.
And no one has contributed to the design of his own car, as well as owning the team that won two world drivers’ and two constructors’ championships, nor organised the development of a championship-winning engine.
Jack was a world motor sport giant, as good an engineer as he was a driver. He did Australia proud.
Please honour Sir Jack Brabham into Australia’s Motor Sport Hall of Fame.
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Video courtesy of www.speedcafe.com