Sir Jack Brabham dead at 88

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    Sir Jack Brabham dead at 88

    It has been reported on ABC news that Sir Jack Brabham has died this morning aged 88. Sir Jack is the only person who has driven a vehicle of his own design and make to an F1 World Championship. he was also the oldest surviving World Champion.
    A great Australian leaves us.
    Thoughts are with the whole Brabham family which includes grandson racers and now a great grandson car racer.

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    RIP (Rev in Peace) Sir Jack.
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    RIP, Jack.

    This brief bio skips some important parts. Hate it when they do that:

    John Arthur 'Jack' Brabham was born on 2 April 1926 in Hurstville, then a commuter town outside Sydney, Australia. Brabham was involved with cars and mechanics from an early age. At the age of 12, he learned to drive the family car and the trucks of his father's grocery business. Brabham attended technical college, preferring basic metalwork, carpentry and technical drawing.[3]

    Brabham's early career continued the engineering theme. At the age of 15 he left school to work, combining a job at a local garage with an evening course in mechanical engineering. Brabham soon branched out into his own business selling motorbikes, which he bought and repaired for sale, using his parents' back veranda as his workshop.[4]

    One month after his 18th birthday on 19 May 1944 Brabham enlisted into the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Although keen on becoming a pilot, there was already a surplus of trained aircrew and the Air Force instead put his mechanical skills to use as a flight mechanic, of which there was a wartime shortage. He was based at RAAF Williamtown where he worked on maintaining Bristol Beaufighters at No 5 Operational Training Unit (5OTU). On his 20th birthday, 2 April 1946, Brabham was discharged from the RAAF at the rank of Leading Aircraftman (LAC). He then started a small service, repair and machining business in a workshop built by his uncle on a plot of land behind his grandfather's house.[5]


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    Amazing. And he didn't even go to college!!

    Pretty good life, a pretty good death. Sounds like it was quick and he was living in his own home to the end. No drawn out disease process. Good work, Sir.
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    Jack was an amazing man

    Not many like that today

    R.I.P Jack - but I know you wont

    Probably be tearing it up all over the pearly gates and fixing stuff
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    Jack attended most Australian Formula 1 Grands Prix. Until recently he would drive one of the older cars in parade laps. Last time I saw him was last year I think, he was in the public pit enclosure for the historic cars, I think sitting in front of a Brabham just talking to people as they went past.

    His 1966 effort was epic. It was the equivalent of Mark Webber coming back to Formula 1 in about 5 years driving for the Webber Formula 1 team using a completely Australian designed engine as well as chassis and winning the World Championship.

    We have lost 3 very important Australian sporting icons in the last couple of weeks - Reg Gasnier (Rugby League), Tom Hafey (Australian Rules Football) and now Jack Brabham. All true gentlemen and sportsmen, and people you just expected to be there forever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by isszy View Post
    Jack attended most Australian Formula 1 Grands Prix. Until recently he would drive one of the older cars in parade laps. Last time I saw him was last year I think, he was in the public pit enclosure for the historic cars, I think sitting in front of a Brabham just talking to people as they went past.

    His 1966 effort was epic. It was the equivalent of Mark Webber coming back to Formula 1 in about 5 years driving for the Webber Formula 1 team using a completely Australian designed engine as well as chassis and winning the World Championship.

    We have lost 3 very important Australian sporting icons in the last couple of weeks - Reg Gasnier (Rugby League), Tom Hafey (Australian Rules Football) and now Jack Brabham. All true gentlemen and sportsmen, and people you just expected to be there forever.
    Well said.

    Amazingly, Jack and Reg came out of the same area of Sydney (approximately). Must have had good water or something, I think Ken Rosewall also grew up nearby.
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