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#51 AlecHawkins

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Posted 19 May 2014 - 08:29

As an Aussie  who grew up in the 1950's and early 1960's, to me Sir Jack Brabham represented everything that I thought was good about Australians.

 

To me were a modest, quietly capable people, determined and reliable with a natural reserve verging on shyness, a thoroughly decent, peaceful people but with an inner steel which made formidable opponents in "battle"

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Maybe my schoolboy patriotism was somewhat idealistic, but  make no mistake Sir Jack personified ALL of those qualities by the bucket load.

 

Like DCN, I too had a quiet weep when i saw the news and have felt surprisingly sad all day - it feels as though part of my youth left me today.

 

Not only has motor racing lost a genuine legend, but  Australia has lost a fine ambassador for what was so good about this country

 

May He Rest  in Peace

 

Alec Hawkins



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#52 Allan Lupton

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Posted 19 May 2014 - 08:48

Like all of the rest, I'm sorry to hear this news.

BBC Radio 4 still managed to get it wrong first thing this morning, when the script told us about winning two championships for Cooper and then told us about him designing and building his own car and made a point that he put the engine in the back - as if it hadn't been done before, never mind that it was Cooper that started it.

Happily an hour or so later they got Murray Walker to do a piece and he did a good job, so all is well.



#53 Macca

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Posted 19 May 2014 - 08:49

RIP, Sir Jack, and deepest condolences to all his family and many friends.

 

I consider myself lucky to have seen him race in 1967 and again at the Revival, still on it.

 

If things had panned out only a little differently in 1967 and 1970 he could have had 5 WDC's. One of the greatest.

 

 

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#54 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 19 May 2014 - 08:50

Sir Black Jack, he did very well for a midget driver!  Midgets to F1 Champ, 3 times.Very sad to see such a versatile icon go.

We will never again see his acheivments. In this modern world a driver, constructor will never happen.



#55 Stephen W

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Posted 19 May 2014 - 09:16

Very sad news indeed. I will remember Jack every time I see one of his delightful race cars.



#56 pete53

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Posted 19 May 2014 - 09:18

I had forgotten that he was as old as 88. It doesn't seem that long ago that he was racing at the Goodwood Revival. I spoke very briefly with him at the first Revival when I spotted him standing alone by his car in the paddock.

 

I have many happy and vivid memories of seeing Jack race  - winning the 1966 British Grand Prix at Brands, driving the all conquering F2 Brabham Hondas, Alan Brown's Mustang, and his heartbreaking last lap demise in the 1970 British GP ( not so happy).

 

Sadly another name from that era gone.RIP.



#57 GMACKIE

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Posted 19 May 2014 - 09:40

Stephen [cooper997] has asked me to post this for him:-

 

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Edit:- Not sure if Stephen wanted me to add anything here, and even though I 'escaped' from school at age 15, some things stuck in my brain. To me, these words were written for Jack:-

 

"Some achieve greatness"


Edited by GMACKIE, 19 May 2014 - 23:56.


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Posted 19 May 2014 - 09:43

Goodbye and best wishes Sir Jack...a fine world champion who will always be remembered!



#59 Alan Baker

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Posted 19 May 2014 - 09:43

RIP Sir Jack. No tougher competitor ever took to the tracks and, like fine wine, he just improved with age. That final season could so easily have brought another championship, was it really that long ago?. My thoughts are with the Brabham family, with whom the reputation is in good hands, having watched grandson Sam winning at Thruxton a couple of weeks ago.



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#60 Mallory Dan

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Posted 19 May 2014 - 10:32

Good bit on Radio 5 Dead this morning with David Brabham and Sir Stirling. The former credited Ron T with the design/construction of the 'cars that Jack built' at least twice, so that was good.



#61 irvine99

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Posted 19 May 2014 - 10:50

RIP Jack



#62 jj2728

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Posted 19 May 2014 - 10:58

RIP Sir Jack. I first saw him race at the '67 USGP.

The community loses another great.

Condolences to his family and friends.



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Posted 19 May 2014 - 11:07

R.I.P. - as others have said, very sad news, and I'm annoyed with myself that I didn't know that he'd been fighting liver disease.  I'm glad that a true expert such as Doug states that Sir Jack was under-rated; I've always thought the same, but wondered whether it was just me.  Perhaps his engineering prowess giving him a tremendous instinct for judging how hard to push in order to keep the car running in good condition was the factor that made him greater than many realise?



#64 Manfred Cubenoggin

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Posted 19 May 2014 - 11:19

Awww...  :cry:

 

A good life is one admired and respected.  Sir Jack had all of that...and more.

 

RIP, Blackie.



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Posted 19 May 2014 - 11:47

Good bye Black Jack.



#66 charles r

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Posted 19 May 2014 - 12:05

RIP Sir Jack. You leave many wonderful memories behind.



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Posted 19 May 2014 - 12:13

RIP Sir Jack Brabham.

 

As a kid in the 70`s and early 80`s dad had a few motor racing video`s I used to watch repeatedly. A favorite was the one where Jack interviews Fangio and they drive one of the Mercedes GP cars. Couldn't find it on YouTube but I did find this.

 



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Posted 19 May 2014 - 12:36

Goodbye Jack and thanks for all the fun.

Condolences  to all Jack's family.



#69 Pat Clarke

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Posted 19 May 2014 - 12:55

Enjoy

 

 

Pat



#70 Doug Nye

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Posted 19 May 2014 - 12:59

As an Aussie  who grew up in the 1950's and early 1960's, to me Sir Jack Brabham represented everything that I thought was good about Australians.

 

To me were a modest, quietly capable people, determined and reliable with a natural reserve verging on shyness, a thoroughly decent, peaceful people but with an inner steel which made formidable opponents in "battle"

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Maybe my schoolboy patriotism was somewhat idealistic, but  make no mistake Sir Jack personified ALL of those qualities by the bucket load.

 

Not only has motor racing lost a genuine legend, but  Australia has lost a fine ambassador for what was so good about this country

 

May He Rest  in Peace

 

Alec Hawkins

 

I'm a proud Pom - but I have spent quite a lot of time in Oz - may I say I think this is beautifully expressed...  That's how we saw Aussies through the '50s and '60s too.

 

DCN



#71 Alan Cox

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Posted 19 May 2014 - 13:31

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Photograph copyright Alan Cox - 1977 British GP Historic support race

 

R.I.P. Sir Jack, and thanks for all the memories



#72 Ray Bell

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Posted 19 May 2014 - 13:59

A great achiever in our world...

How much he will be missed, and by so many. It's beyond words.

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Posted 19 May 2014 - 16:44

I watched him race so many times and it is always a shock when someone who outlasted the many and assorted perils of period motor racing finally departs, even allowing for old age.

 

He was also the only driver who successfully created a team and his own car(s) in conjuction of course with Ron Tauranac and won two World Championships with them, nobody else comes close.

 

RIP Sir Jack



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Posted 19 May 2014 - 18:13

First seen at Caversham, 1957 AGP, and followed through a stellar career.

A life of passion, quiet determination and incredible achievement.

Rest in peace Sir Jack.



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Posted 19 May 2014 - 19:50

Posted with permission of Nigel Tait who has known Sir Jack since starting at Repco in 1966, a lovely fair well I hope you'd agree.



With the sad news of our beloved (VHRR) Patron, Sir Jack, I thought members might like a me to relay some of the last moments we shared with him. I'm also sending a copy of this to John Moller of Repco, to whom we are indebted for having the wonderful BT19 in our care.

Last Saturday Mandy and I travelled to the Gold Coast to take Sir Jack and Lady Brabham out to dinner. Jack loved the Japanese restaurant in the RACV Royal Pines resort, which is also where the Brabhams have their home.

We had a lovely meal there and Jack ate well. Jack was quiet, but enjoyed himself. He loved the wagu beef, and finished with his favourite, ice cream and chocolate sauce! The next day we had planned to join Jack and Margaret at the Royal Pines golf club for lunch. In the meantime there was an invitation for them to take a helicopter trip up to the Sunshine Coast for morning tea with a friend who has just bought a Formula 2 Brabham. So at breakfast time we noticed a helicopter taking off from just outside the hotel, and at about 12.30 we heard it coming in again, and watched from our window as it landed. I even took a photo as they walked to the RACV Security car, probably the last one taken of Jack.

So we then had a lovely lunch with them, Jack was excited about seeing the F2 Brabham and he loved the helicopter trip. (Margaret not so much!). Afterwards we went over to their home and Jack was proud to show me the 1/12 scale models of the 1966 F2 Honda and BT19 (both one offs.). He said that "1966 was a busy year, we won both Championships that year". And that was about all he said before we left. He was tired and was probably in bed and asleep soon after. Margaret rang me at about 6 in the morning. I think Jack was very weak and with all that his body has been through he'd had enough.

How fortunate we all are, in the VHRR, to have had Jack as our Patron. And how fortunate has been everyone in the motor racing world to have had Jack among us. It's sad, but at 88 Jack was ready.

Let's also have a thought for Lady Brabham who has been effectively a full time carer for Jack for a long time and in the last year or so this has been an enormous task. Margaret has been absolutely marvellous.

Guys, its the end of one era but the beginning of a new one. Two of Jack's grandsons, Matthew and Sam, won important races overseas last weekend. Jack was especially proud of that.

Nigel

#76 Richard Jenkins

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Posted 19 May 2014 - 19:54

Sadly, I'm much too young to have seen Brabham at his peak, although I did enjoy the appearances at the Goodwood Revival in more recent years.

 

What struck me about his career is that he was beating people like Gonzalez and Moss in 1959/1960, and then, 10 years on, was beating the likes of Fittipaldi and Regazzoni - a remarkably long COMPETITIVE career - to be at the top of your game for so long, with all the changes that occured between 1955-1970 is remarkable.

 

Let alone his engineering brilliance. His achievements in 1966 will never be equalled.

 

RIP Sir Jack.

 

 

PS What I have noticed in the light of his death is how few survivors from 1964 there are - most GP's have only 3 survivors - Amon, Surtees and Gurney.



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Posted 19 May 2014 - 20:09

No time for sadness...

 

A wonderful life, well lived. I'm sure he would not have wanted it any other way.

 

I can still hear the collective groan at Clearways on the last lap of the 1970 British GP. He had beaten Jochen, who was driving a faster car, fair and square. He was up there with the fastest, right until the end of his very last season.

 

RIP Jack.

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#78 Doug Nye

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Posted 19 May 2014 - 21:18

Dan Gurney statement on the passing of Sir Jack Brabham : 

 

 

It is with great sadness that I received the news that my former Formula boss and team mate, the 3 time F 1 World Champion Sir Jack Brabham, passed away in Australia over the weekend. A motor racing giant has left our planet whose combined achievements of F 1 World Championship driver and car constructor in all likelihood will never be equaled.  Dark haired "Black Jack" was a fierce competitor, an outstanding engineer, a tiger of a driver, an excellent politician and a hands-on creator and visionary, he opened the rear-engine door at Indianapolis and raced there, he was a doer, a true Aussie pioneer!

 

Jack and I go far back in history together. We raced "against each other on the F 1 circuit since 1959 driving Coopers, Ferraris, BRMs and Porsches. In 1963 he hired me as his team mate for his newly established Brabham F I team and during the next three years we really got to know each other. We discovered we shared similar traits. We were not only interested in driving racing cars but in building them, improving them, searching for every tiny bit of technical advantage we could find. I see both of us sitting in garages all over the world bent over engines, talking to each other and to our team: Ron Tauraunac, Phil Kerr, Roy Billington, Tim Wall, Nick Goozee and Denis Hulme.

 

We shared the camaraderie of a closely knit team pursuing a common purpose, the racing tragedies and the glory days of the 1960s bonded us for life.

 

Since we retired from driving, both in the fall of 1970, we have stayed in touch. I last spoke to Jack a few months ago on the phone, we were looking forward to the golden anniversary of the first World Championship  F 1 victory for the Brabham marque: The French Grand Prix at Rouen, June 28th, 1964, which I won for the team 50 years ago this summer.

 

In 1966 we both went our separate ways , I followed the trail he had blazed by trying to build, race and win with  my own F I cars. I have been told that only three men in the history of autoracing have managed to do that, Bruce McLaren and I won races but Sir Jack Brabham won World Championships, he will be forever in a class all by himself.

 

I will miss you Jack! You showed the way!

 

With gratitude and admiration  

 

Dan

 

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All-American Racers Inc, Santa Ana, California,USA


Edited by Doug Nye, 20 May 2014 - 06:46.


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Posted 20 May 2014 - 00:29

Having had 24 hours to reflect on the passing of Sir Jack, it’s time to add a few words.

As they say in rock and roll, ‘We’re getting the band back together.” And that’s pretty much now able to happen for the small Surbiton-based Cooper team, after the passing of Jack Brabham. With Charles & John Cooper, Owen Maddock, Bruce McLaren, Andrew Ferguson & ‘Noddy’ Grohmann who have all been patiently waiting. They now have their No. 1 Driver back in the team.

Personally my first memory of being in the presence of motor racing greats was Sandown, here in Melbourne in September 1978. I was just 13yo and Jack was there with another great, Juan Manuel Fangio. Jack had his BT19 & Juan Manuel his W196 on hand (refer post #67).

In adulthood, or more importantly turning 18 and getting my driving license, Mini Coopers played a major part. With the interest continuing through til today, along the way growing into an interest of Cooper racing cars and collecting trinkets relating to them, as well. But not enough budget to afford one of the cars. A couple of UK trips during the 1990s allowed me to meet another under-rated F1 great, John Cooper on several occasions while in the UK. The first, appropriately being in the hallowed Silverstone paddock, bringing forth an invite to visit him & Mike at Ferring. This was duly accepted and was for a Cooper enthusiast akin to a Catholic being granted an audience with the Pope.

Contact with Sir Jack was low key, but none the less appreciated, although there were a couple of personal experiences of note. At the Sandown Historics in October 1996 he signed a Cooper painting I had a relative paint for me and in doing so was then able to get him to sit in Ray Gibbs Cooper T53 for some photos. Another was when the new MINI was released in Australia in March 2002. Through the tyranny of distance I’d never been present whereby the two greats in John Cooper & Jack Brabham were together. But in the MINI compound at that year’s Australian GP at Albert Park (the MINI was the Celebrity Drivers’ demolition car), I was able to bring about the next best scenario, Sir Jack & Geoff Brabham with John’s son, Mike Cooper.

Moving forward and the last time I saw Sir Jack was at the October 2012 Motorclassica event at Melbourne’s historic Exhibition Building. Jack was the event guest, his cars – Midget Speedcar, Coopers & Brabhams were appropriately present and so was Ron Tauranac sitting there with Jack.

So as I mentioned in the opening of this piece, the passing of Sir Jack means the band is back together. Lady Margaret and Geoff, Gary & David Brabham, with their respective family members can rest easy knowing their husband, father & poppy no longer has to endure ill health and his life was incredible and well lived. Despite having passed away last year, we should also respect the part Jack's first wife, Betty played in allowing him the success he was able to achieve. Raising a dynasty of motor racers! Respect to you all.

And like so many across this now small globe we live, my condolences to all of John Arthur Brabham’s family and many friends.

Stephen

PS – special thanks to Nigel Tait for sharing some of Jack’s last moments with us.

PPS - what I failed to do is mention that the painting Jack signed is my avatar. Also signed by others depicted John Cooper and Stirling Moss.

Edited by cooper997, 20 May 2014 - 01:56.


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Posted 20 May 2014 - 00:58

 

Dan Gurney statement on the passing of Sir Jack Brabham : 

 

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I will miss you Jack! You showed the way!

 

With gratitude and admiration  

 

Dan

 

Thank you for posting this Doug.  Of course, Dan Gurney has immense stature among US F1 fans due to his exploits in the AAR Eagles, but it's often overlooked that objectively, his best years in F1 were his ones with Brabham.  He was a legitimate contender and scored most of his best results during 1963-65.



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Posted 20 May 2014 - 02:36

T54, on 18 May 2014 - 20:15, said:snapback.png

Jack was a friend to my wife Kathryn and me, and was always a special guest in our home when visiting. We are so sorry and will miss him a lot, but will celebrate his life and his friendship for as long as we will live. Men like him, they broke the mold.
Jack, Rest in Peace.
 

 

Sad news.  I guess too late for you to do a lap of honor in the Cooper at Indy.  Do you think you might take it to Monterey as a memorial?

 

 

I am afraid that this would be difficult at this time, but we may do something like this at California Auto Club Speedway at the end of August, as there is a large vintage Indy car event there.
I would be happy if Jack's son David could make himself available (assuming no date conflicty with another racing event) as I would gladly give him the keys to his dad's car.
As far as Lady Margaret Brabham, she is a wonderful lady and took such good care of him...
 

 






 



#82 275 GTB-4

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 07:25

I am afraid that this would be difficult at this time, but we may do something like this at California Auto Club Speedway at the end of August, as there is a large vintage Indy car event there.
I would be happy if Jack's son David could make himself available (assuming no date conflicty with another racing event) as I would gladly give him the keys to his dad's car.
As far as Lady Margaret Brabham, she is a wonderful lady and took such good care of him...


However, you do have two years to arrange something for the 100th Indianapolis celebration...yes? :)



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Posted 20 May 2014 - 08:28

It appears that the Brabham family have accepted Qld Premier, Campbell Newman's offer of a State Funeral for Sir Jack.

June 10 in Brisbane, I believe.

Stephen

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 08:36

Jack Brabham
On the passing of Jack Brabham yesterday, 19/5/'14, I post an updated prose-poem I wrote about his life some years ago. -Ron Price, Tasmania
-----------------------------------     -----------------------------  ------  -----
BRABHAM

And his formula......

Part 1:

I was never that interested in car racing, racing teams, Formula One world championship driving and drivers; indeed, sports in general after my teens took a distant place in my interest inventory.  In addition,  I have always had a low mechanical interest and aptitude.  I never did well in basic woodwork and metalwork, what we used to call “shop” in high school, and I had little interest in cars and mechanics, in motorcycles and, indeed, anything, any gadget or appliance with a lot of parts.  If any of these things needed fixing it was off to the repair man. In my second marriage, my wife had a high mechanical aptitude and interest. She took care of all the stuff that needed fixing. I did not marry my wife for her skills in this area, but marriage to my second wife, a Tasmanian, has proved useful on many fronts, fronts I knew little about when we married some 40 years ago.

So it was that a person like Jack Brabham was an unlikely candidate for my poetic pieces in this the evening of my literary life. One evening, though, some five years ago, I watched with interest a brief life-story of Jack Brabham.(1) I'll post a few highlights from his life, highlights that had some relevance to my own life-narrative, and perhaps some relevance to others who happen to read this prose-poem, although when writers talk about relevance and readers in the same breath, they can make no guarantees that readers will find their words laden with meaning--any meaning.

Part 1.1:

Brabham enlisted in the RAAF the year I was born, 1944. He was then 18.  In 1959, the year I joined the Bahá'í Faith, Brabham won the World Championship in car racing, after winning the Monaco Grand Prix.  Fifty-five years ago, as I update this original comment I made on Brabham some 5 years ago, this racing legend cemented his name in motor-sport history. He did this by becoming the first Australian to be crowned a Formula One world champion.  In 1962, the first year of my own travelling-pioneering away from my home town in Ontario, Brabham drove for his own team, the Brabham Racing Organization. I'm still travelling but, now, it's mostly in my head as I watch and observe, recall and comment on all that comes into my sensory emporium and catches my fancy. Brabham stopped any of his travelling on this mortal coil today. He passed away yesterday(19/5/'14) as autumn in Australia was about to enter its last month.

Part 2:

The 1966 Jack earned a further place in motor-sport history by becoming the first, and so far the only, driver to secure the F1 championship in a car of his own creation.  It was a feat unlikely to be repeated.  I graduated from McMaster University in the lunch-pail city of Hamilton Ontario that year in May. I had a BA degree in sociology. For the next ten weeks, after graduation, that summer I sold ice-cream for the Good Humour Company at 80+ hours per week.  On average, new employees with the then famous ice-cream company lasted only two to three weeks because of the long hours.    Good Humor became unprofitable beginning in 1968 and, by then, I was teaching primary school among the Inuit on Baffin Island.  -Ron Price with thanks to (1)ABC1,  “Australian Story,” 8:00-8:30 p.m., 17 August 2009.

Part 3:

You were only a name on
the very periphery of my
life back then the 1960s,
Jack, along with Stirling
Moss & the many Grand
Prix racing-men around 
the world. I had my hands 
full just getting through my 
days: my studies, my psycho-
emotional life, the embryo of 
my career, & my new religion.(1)

I was simply too busy, Jack, 
to include you in the many 
constellations of interests. 

You’ve become an Aussie hero, 
Jack, and in a global civilization 
of 7.3 billion there just may be
many millions who will have
their emotions stirred when 
they hear of your passing today.

Goodonyer, Jack, goodonyer! 
May your continue with the loves 
you had in this life as you race into 
another world with its own Formula
One.....Perhaps there will be several
new formula for you to get into???
Who knows, eh Jack, who knows?

(1) The Baha'i Faith

Ron Price
17/9/'09 to 19/5/'14.


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Posted 20 May 2014 - 09:31

RIP to a true Aussie gentleman who not long retired, had the decency to reply personally to a young dreamer's letter regarding the purchase of a Brabham car.

 

Would that I had gone ahead...



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Posted 20 May 2014 - 10:02

It appears that the Brabham family have accepted Qld Premier, Campbell Newman's offer of a State Funeral for Sir Jack.

June 10 in Brisbane, I believe.

Stephen

That is good Stephen, but I would have thought Sir Jack Brabham, OBE, AO, was deserving of an Australian State Funeral..as an Aussie, he is up there with Bradman, Laver and Thomson...

 

Alec Hawkins



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Posted 20 May 2014 - 13:56

T54, on 19 May 2014 - 19:36, said:snapback.png

I am afraid that this would be difficult at this time, but we may do something like this at California Auto Club Speedway at the end of August, as there is a large vintage Indy car event there.
I would be happy if Jack's son David could make himself available (assuming no date conflicty with another racing event) as I would gladly give him the keys to his dad's car.
As far as Lady Margaret Brabham, she is a wonderful lady and took such good care of him...


However, you do have two years to arrange something for the 100th Indianapolis celebration...yes? :)

 

 

I am confused, did we not celebrate this in 2011?
In fact we went to Goodwood and celebrated that and the 50th anniversary of Jack's great show at Indy in 1961 very properly (Lord March and his troops did an exceptional job of that), while the IMS went into a strange direction to celebrate their important anniversary by inviting... old road cars and having the older Indy cars play second fiddle on front of no one. One of the bizarre twists of the post-Hulman era.


 



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Posted 20 May 2014 - 14:24

I am confused, did we not celebrate this in 2011?
In fact we went to Goodwood and celebrated that and the 50th anniversary of Jack's great show at Indy in 1961 very properly (Lord March and his troops did an exceptional job of that), while the IMS went into a strange direction to celebrate their important anniversary by inviting... old road cars and having the older Indy cars play second fiddle on front of no one. One of the bizarre twists of the post-Hulman era.

 

Indy have been celebrating '100ths' since 2009, which was the centenary of the opening of the track. Then we had the centenary of the 500 in 2011. Still to come is the 100th 500 ...



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Posted 20 May 2014 - 15:08

They just don't make them like Jack anymore.

 

RIP Sir Jack, and thank you.



#90 Bob Riebe

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 15:16

Midget Racing and the world has lost one of the true great ones but heaven is now a little better place.



#91 T54

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 15:24

Indy have been celebrating '100ths' since 2009, which was the centenary of the opening of the track. Then we had the centenary of the 500 in 2011. Still to come is the 100th 500

 

 

Sounds a bit to me like the "5th Last Race Ever at Riverside" in the late 1980s... 
My interest in what they do at the IMS kind of went into a grinding halt in 1995. Spec racing is not my thing, so I simply lost interest in that, and the way the IMS has been dealing with their history since has been too insular for me to get motivated. As an example, Davidson knows his human facts but has apparently little clue about the mechanical end of it. Without the cars, the engines, the tires, the technology, there are no racing heroes. Auto racing is not a football league and it appears to me that this is what it has turned to nowadays. The machines have become irrelevant. The private fight between "Chevrolet" and Honda takes place behind curtains, and there is no competition between chassis builders. So be it.
I heard that it got a bit better for the vintage event in the past two years. What, they actually made their historic event known to the public? That would be a good start...
Never mind.


 



#92 Michael Ferner

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 21:14

Many thanks for everything! :) Now, all that remains are memories... :cry:



#93 ktrhe

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 21:23

Condolences to his family
R.I.P.
Sir Jack Brabham



#94 repcobrabham

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 23:19

I would have thought Sir Jack Brabham, OBE, AO, was deserving of an Australian State Funeral..as an Aussie, he is up there with Bradman, Laver and Thomson...

 

 

as far as I know, there is no such thing as an 'Australian State Funeral' so Sir Jack is receiving the highest post-mortem honour available here.



#95 cooper997

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 01:29

Given this thread is to help celebrate Sir Jack's life & career, it's worth having a look on British Pathe. Where he is depicted as 'Film of the day' at the moment. You can 'waste' many an hour there!

http://www.britishpathe.com/

 

Also worth a look is this very earliest of Cooper footage. If the subject matter of the footage had never happened, then I believe the Jack Brabham story would been somewhat different. For that matter, the history of motor racing the world over.

http://www.britishpa...deo/racing-car/

 

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#96 275 GTB-4

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 02:02

as far as I know, there is no such thing as an 'Australian State Funeral' so Sir Jack is receiving the highest post-mortem honour available here.


Sure...but any STATE in AUSTRALIA can arrange a STATE funeral...

#97 repcobrabham

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 05:46

not quite sure what you're getting at but it turns out I was wrong - there is such a thing as a commonwealth state funeral. I don't think a sportsman has ever been granted this honour and sir douglas mawson is the only non-politician I can find who has.

 

In any event, I think sir jack would be regard a standard state funeral as being more than sufficient: bradman didn't get one (surely at the request of his family, as I can't imagine it wouldn't have been offered).



#98 ellrosso

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 08:22

RIP Sir Jack and sincere condolences to his family. His achievements will remain unequalled for all time I'm sure. A true champion both on and off the track. All pics Copyright oldracephotos library336_K_Brab_67-lo_zps0ece9eff.jpg931-H-Clar-67-lo_zps388f0df0.jpg935-H-Brab-67-lo_zps6f0c34ce.jpg1821-R-Brab-85-lo_zpsbf24185e.jpg2347-R-JBra-96-lo_zpse3e5ddf2.jpg4668_C_Brab_65-lo_zpsef24cfb7.jpg5183_E_JBrab_60-lo_zpsd91419a0.jpg5284_E_Brab_66-lo_zpsac3b2482.jpg5934_V_JBrab_57-lo_zps70caf7e8.jpg6046_N_Brab_78-lo_zps08c23ef5.jpg6452_A_Brab_61-lo_zpsed976bba.jpg7247_V_JBrab_55-lo_zps044630ca.jpg8613_F_Brab_68-lo_zpsfb791bcd.jpg



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Posted 21 May 2014 - 08:36

RIP Sir Jack and sincere condolences to his family. His achievements will remain unequalled for all time I'm sure. A true champion both on and off the track. All pics Copyright oldracephotos library336_K_Brab_67-lo_zps0ece9eff.jpg931-H-Clar-67-lo_zps388f0df0.jpg935-H-Brab-67-lo_zps6f0c34ce.jpg1821-R-Brab-85-lo_zpsbf24185e.jpg2347-R-JBra-96-lo_zpse3e5ddf2.jpg4668_C_Brab_65-lo_zpsef24cfb7.jpg5183_E_JBrab_60-lo_zpsd91419a0.jpg5284_E_Brab_66-lo_zpsac3b2482.jpg5934_V_JBrab_57-lo_zps70caf7e8.jpg6046_N_Brab_78-lo_zps08c23ef5.jpg6452_A_Brab_61-lo_zpsed976bba.jpg7247_V_JBrab_55-lo_zps044630ca.jpg8613_F_Brab_68-lo_zpsfb791bcd.jpg

 

Wonderful images, thank you.



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Posted 21 May 2014 - 11:26

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