Sir Jack Brabham, RIP

Incubus

Champion Elect
Yep. Triple world champion driver as well as constructors' world champion. It seems unbelievable when you think about it and yet he did it. Never before and probably never again will we see such an achievement by anyone else.

And it's not just what he achieved with his own team while he was running it, everything his team did after the team was purchased, the titles of the eighties, the Gordon Murrays designs, none of them would have been possible had he not created the team first.

Truly a one-off. Respect.
 
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Bill Boddy

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Much was made at one time of the fact that Jack Brabham was the oldest driver in F1. The result was that for one race he turned up on the grid with a white stick and dark glasses. That is the sort of happening that we no longer have in the sport, we were the better for having him and his like.
 

ZakspeedYakspeed

NeverUnderestimateThePredictabilityOfStupidity
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Much was made at one time of the fact that Jack Brabham was the oldest driver in F1. The result was that for one race he turned up on the grid with a white stick and dark glasses. That is the sort of happening that we no longer have in the sport, we were the better for having him and his like.

Was doodling around YT last night watching Ayrton Senna the prankster ... yes ... him ... who would turn up to drivers birthday celebrations and tip drinks over their head and rub cake in their hair before being chased out of the room by said driver with everyone laughing ...
 

Galahad

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A great loss. Perhaps uniquely combined huge talent as both a driver and engineer - with due respect to Gurney, Penske et al. His contribution to Australian motor sport is incalculable and the third generation of the family is on the foothills approaching F1 this year. RIP.
 

siffert_fan

Too old to watch the Asian races live.
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It would be difficult to overstate the importance of Jack to we Australians.

He was the personification of us in the 60s and will always remain a larger-than-life figure to us. Alan Jones inherited his mantle but, truth be told, was one-dimensional whereas Jack was multi-talented. Jack was not only a brilliant and tough driver, as was Jones, but was an astute manager and engineer. The most remarkable thing is that, in the latter capacity, he didn't let his ego preclude his recognizing that designing a competitive car while still driving was beyond even his prodigious abilities, (a realization that has escaped several other driver/team owners) so he hired Ron Tauranac to design the cars while Jack concentrated on the driving.. It was a match made in heaven.

Rest well, Jack. We Australians will always be grateful that you were one of us.
 
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Dario Resta

Podium Finisher
Sad to hear, if not totally unexpected as he had been ill for a long time. I would rate him as a true great for all of the reasons expressed in previous posts, and I was disappointed to read Andrew Benson's BBC article, which was in places disrespectful and unnecessary. I sometimes wonder if he really follows F1 or just cherry picks from the net.

His achievements (Jack's not Benson's) are very unlikely to ever be matched.

RIP Sir Jack
 

Greenlantern101

Super Hero And All Round Good Guy
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RIP
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