Zandvoort, The Netherlands - Monday 5 September, 2016
Thousands Applaud Sir Jack’s 50th Anniversary Achievements At Historic GP Zandvoort
The official 50th anniversary celebrations of Jack Brabham’s historic 1966 Formula 1 World Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship titles started in style this weekend, with tens of thousands of fans applauding ‘Black Jack’s’ unsurpassed achievements at Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort.
Son of the triple World Champion and sportscar legend, David Brabham returned to Circuit Park Zandvoort to drive a Brabham BT24 (1967) among the same sand dunes where Jack notched up one of the four race victories which helped to seal his third F1 Drivers’ crown. To this day he remains the only driver in history to take the championship spoils in a car of his own make - the Repco-Brabham BT19 - a feat unlikely to ever be repeated.
David commented: “It was very special to be at Zandvoort over the weekend for the Historic Grand Prix to celebrate the 50th anniversary of my father winning his third World Drivers’ Championship. Jack loved racing in the sand dunes and won the Dutch Grand Prix in 1960 and again in 1966.
“I drove a Brabham BT24 in the Formula One parade each day. To drive such an iconic car similar to the one in which he raced and won in 1966 is pretty cool. The cars from the event drove into the town centre on Saturday evening where I spoke to a large crowd about Jack's achievement, which got a great reception.
“The 50th anniversary celebrations will continue this coming weekend as we move on to the Goodwood Revival for the Sir Jack Brabham Tribute.”
Images with thanks to Chris Schotanus and Circuit Park Zandvoort.
© Chris Schotanus