JACK BRABHAM.........1926 - 2014

NOTE: Brabham was one of my favorite drivers in the 60's. Always a joy to watch.


Triple Formula One World Champion Sir Jack Brabham is gone....he was 88. According to reports, he passed away peacefully in his Gold Coast, Australia home earlier this morning. Until his death, Brabham held the distinction of being the oldest living Forumula One World Champion.

This icon of motor racing amassed a total of 14 F1 victories and three titles in his career. He is also the only driver to ever win the World Championship in a car of his own design and construction (1966). That is a feat that is unlikely to ever be repeated. His other two triumphs came with the Cooper Racing Team in 1959 and 1960.

The Australian also participated in four Indy 500's, finishing as high as ninth in 1961. Jack was also the first man ever knighted for his services in motorsport.
The team he co-founded won 35 races, four driver titles, and two constructor championships, between their inception in 1962 and their final race in the 1992 Hungarian Grand Prix.

In his homeland of Australia, Jack is a trailblazer, a pioneer, and holds the crown as the first Aussie to obtain a Formula One title. His maiden race victory came on the famous Monte Carlo street course, commonly referred to as Monaco, in 1959.

Sir Jack Brabham was an astonishing talent behind the wheel, a genius in the role of constructor, and will be missed by people from all corners of the motorsport world.

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