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Sir Jack Brabham Dies At 88

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Three time Formula One world champion, Australian National Treasure and all round top bloke.

 

A great loss for Australian Motorsport and a true legend. The only driver to build and win with his own F1 car.

 

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ABC News Article here.

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There will never be another like him. Great driver, great engineer. True gentleman. And, in his later years, deaf as a post.

 

I was talking to a friend tonight, and a number of years ago, Subaru ran a day at Mt Cotton with Sir Jack doing hot laps in a WRX. One of his son's told a nervous lady to squeeze Sir Jacks leg if she got frightened and he'd slow down. He told Sir Jack to speed up if she touched his leg. Hilarity ensued.

 

The word legend is bandied around too much these days, however to this man it is fitting.

 

Vale Sir Jack Brabham.

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I wonder how many speeding tickets he got??

 

...and how many times he didn't get caught!

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It is indeed a sad day for Australian Motor Sport ! I remember well following his exploits when I was a kid, and some of the early black & white footage of those races are still available on the internet. It is said he was fearless, and he must have been, because the deaths of so many drivers (30 during Sir Jack's career alone) would normally effect one.

 

What always amazes me looking back at those fantastic days of early Australian & Formula 1 racing, was the lack of safety, compared with what we have today. The hay bales, the very basic tracks, and that guy waving the flag out on the road only inches from the winning car in full flight.

 

Then there were the cars, beautifully simple as there were, which when they did crash big time, usually completely disintegrated.

 

Yes, Sir Jack embodied what Australians are reknown for, and would like to be . . . . . Innovative, Determined & Fearless.

 

RIP Sir Jack, and thanks for the memories.

 

P.S. I look forward to some good documentaries of his life on TV, which will undoubtedly appear shortly, now that he has gone.

 

Cheers Banjo

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Geez he did some things in his life

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Brabham

 

"Brabham's driving on public roads was described as "safe as houses",[19] unlike many of his contemporaries—on the way back from the 1957 Pescara Grand Prix, passenger Tony Brooks took over driving after Brabham refused to overtake a long line of lorries."

 

So perhaps not that many speeding tickets then.

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Geez he did some things in his life

 

http://en.wikipedia....ki/Jack_Brabham

 

"Brabham's driving on public roads was described as "safe as houses",[19] unlike many of his contemporaries—on the way back from the 1957 Pescara Grand Prix, passenger Tony Brooks took over driving after Brabham refused to overtake a long line of lorries."

 

So perhaps not that many speeding tickets then.

 

Reminds me of Rush where Nikki hitches a ride with some Italians and they want him to drive their car - my guess is that quite a few racing drivers drove sedately and cautiously off the race-track

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Although it has been some weeks now since Sir Jack passed away, I had at first reserved blogging anything because I wanted to see how we would as a nation chose how to best immortalise the memory of him.

 

I may have missed something along the way here; but after the tributes flowed in the general and motoring media I have not truly seen anything that is planned and is commensurate with the legend that Sir Jack was and will always be.

 

Just wish I had the financial wherewithal to create a museum!

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Hopefully there is a tribute at next years Australian GP. Maybe Clive Palmer can sort something out, he loves his cars.

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There is a state funeral for him next week on the gold coast somewhere.

Was the main off the track topic at the Monaco gp coverage. I'm sure there will still be some sort of doco in the making too.

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