Brabham Fortnight: A tribute to Sir Jack Brabham’s 1st F1 Championship


In 2009, Sir Jack Brabham and his grandson, Matthew Brabham recreated the historic moment when Sir Jack won his first F1 Championship when he pushed his Cooper Climax over the line to finish fourth.  The dramatic moment came when Sir Jack ran out of fuel.  To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this moment, the Gold Coast SuperGP organisers set up this event and a number of others to celebrate Sir Jack Brabham and his career achievements (something, it should be noted the Australian F1 Grand Prix DID NOT do!).

Sir Jack is the only person to have won an F1 Championship in a car of his own design, when in 1966 he won four out of nine races in his Brabham BT19 and BT20 cars.  Sir Jack has been recognised for his services to motorsport and Australia with the following:

  •     Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE; 1966)
  •     Australian of the Year (1966)
  •     Knight Bachelor (1978)
  •     Australian Sports Medal (2000)
  •     Centenary Medal (2001)
  •     Officer of the Order of Australia (AO; 2008)

He created a motorsport dynasty in Australia, which was carried by his sons, Geoff, David and Gary and now been carried by his grandsons, Sam and Matthew.


All photos (c) Sam Tickell, October 2009

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