I'd like to express my sincere condolences to the family.
I am saddened by this loss. Since I started following racing in1971, did a week go by that I didn't think, in some capacity, of Jack Brabham? Probably not. He was a titan. He and his contemporaries, and my heroes of the seventies, exist in my thoughts like background music. Always there, sometimes coming to the forefront of my thoughts for a bit, then receding. But always there.
Louis Stanley was more eloquent that I am, and he was actually there. Here are a few things he said about Jack Brabham in his yearbook of the 1959 season, "Grand Prix."
From the introduction, page 1:
"The Australian is a worthy World Champion. Dogged determination has brought him to the peak of his profession. His success was due to intelligent consistency. Without temperamental outbursts or over-publicized alibis like some of his rivals, Brabham planned his races with cool calculation. At Sebring he was confident that Moss would not finish. His prediction was accurate. That is where Brabham scores over Moss. His pre-race attitude is more sensible, more practical, and his engineering skills more marked."
From page 151:
"Unlike many Australians, there is nothing aggressive about Brabham's mannerisms. He is not naturally pugnacious. His integrity is rather like the honesty of the boy in Hans Anderson who pointed out that the king had no clothes on. Last season Jack Brabham achieved both influence and status. The anxious man inside has begun to relax, but the keen edge of ambition remains. Long may it be so. It will be a sad day when his quiet, lazy Australian drawl is no longer heard on Grand Prix circuits."
Edited by Dave Ware, 19 May 2014 - 03:17.