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Jack Brabham

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Jack Brabham

Australian former racing driver who was Formula One champion in 1959, 1960 and 1966 add

Category: Auto racing

Born in 1926.

Countries: United Kingdom (26%), (22%), Australia (19%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Formula One, Brabham, Repco

Linked to: Brabham, Repco, Cosworth, Aston Martin




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Jack Brabham was born in 1926 add something


One month after his 18th birthday on 19 May 1944 Brabham enlisted into the Royal Australian Air Force add something


On his 20th birthday, 2 April 1946, Brabham was discharged from the RAAF at the rank of Leading Aircraftman add something


Brabham was a Royal Australian Air Force flight mechanic and ran a small engineering workshop before he started racing midget cars in 1948 add something


In 1948, Schonberg's wife persuaded him to stop racing and on his suggestion Brabham took over add something


After successfully running the midget at some hillclimbing events in 1951, Brabham became interested in road racing add something


Brabham - The Brabham team was founded by Jack Brabham and Ron Tauranac, who met in 1951 while both were successfully building and racing cars in their native Australia


He bought and modified a series of racing cars from the Cooper Car Company, a prolific British constructor, and from 1953 concentrated on this form of racing, in which drivers compete on closed tarmac circuits add something


After the 1955 New Zealand Grand Prix, Brabham was persuaded by Dean Delamont, competitions manager of the Royal Automobile Club in the United Kingdom, to try a season of racing in Europe, the international centre of road racing add something


Brabham briefly and unsuccessfully campaigned his own second hand Formula One Maserati 250F during 1956, but his season was saved by drives for Cooper in sports cars and Formula Two, the junior category to Formula One. At that time, almost all racing cars had their engines mounted at the front but Coopers were different, having the engine placed behind the driver, which improved their handling add something


In 1957, Brabham drove another mid-engined Cooper, again only fitted with a 2-litre engine, at the Monaco Grand Prix add something


Article reproduced from a 1958 edition of "Australian Motor Sport" add something


In late 1958, Brabham rekindled his interest in flying and began taking lessons add something


Bruce McLaren - His performance in the New Zealand Grand Prix in 1958 was noted by Australian driver Jack Brabham


He considered buying Cooper in partnership with Roy Salvadori and in late 1959 he asked his friend Ron Tauranac to come to the UK and work with him, initially producing upgrade kits for Sunbeam Rapier and Triumph Herald road cars at his car dealership, Jack Brabham Motors, but with the long-term aim of designing racing cars add something


He contributed to the design of the mid-engined cars that Cooper introduced to Formula One and the Indianapolis 500, and won the Formula One world championship in 1959 and 1960 add something


In 1959, Cooper obtained 2,5-litre engines for the first time and Brabham put the extra power to good use by winning his first world championship race at the season-opening Monaco Grand Prix after Jean Behra's Ferrari and Stirling Moss's Cooper failed add something


Formula One - Australian Jack Brabham, World Champion during 1959, 1960, and 1966, soon proved the new design's superiority


Brabham - Brabham was confident he could do better than Cooper, and in late 1959 he asked Tauranac to come to the UK and work with him, initially producing upgrade kits for Sunbeam Rapier and Triumph Herald road cars at his car dealership, Jack Brabham Motors, but with the long-term aim of designing racing cars


Niki Lauda - It would be a feat not achieved since Jack Brabham's victories in 1959 and 1960


Bruce McLaren - McLaren joined the Cooper factory F1 team alongside Jack Brabham in 1959 and won the 1959 United States Grand Prix at age 22 years 80 days, becoming the youngest ever GP winner up to that time


Brabham continued to drive for Cooper, but on the long flight back from the 1960 season-opening Argentine Grand Prix, he had a heart-to-heart with John Cooper add something


Brabham - Founded in 1960 by two Australians, driver Jack Brabham and designer Ron Tauranac, the team won four drivers' and two constructors' world championships in its 30-year Formula One history


Repco - When Jack Brabham began building racing cars in England he named his cars Repco Brabhams, the result of a sponsorship deal between Brabham and Repco. and the arrangement existed through to the end of the 1960s


Coventry Climax were late in producing the smaller 1,5-litre engine required for the 1961 season and the Cooper-Climaxes were outclassed by new mid-engined cars from Porsche, Lotus and championship-winners Ferrari add something


Brabham - Brabham cars were widely used by other teams, and not just in Formula One. Jack Brabham and Ron Tauranac called the company they set up in 1961 to design and build formula racing cars to customer teams Motor Racing Developments , and this company had a large portfolio of other activities


Indianapolis 500 - In fact, it was not until the Indianapolis 500 was removed from the Formula One calendar that European entries made their return, with Australian Jack Brabham driving his slightly modified F1 Cooper in the 1961 race


In 1962 he established his own Brabham marque with fellow Australian Ron Tauranac, which became the largest manufacturer of customer racing cars in the world in the 1960s add something


Brabham - The resultant BT12 chassis was raced by Jack Brabham as the "Zink-Urschel Trackburner" at the 1964 event and retired with a fuel tank problem


During the 1965 season, Brabham started to consider retirement in order to manage his team add something


The season saw the fruition of Brabham's relationship with Japanese engine manufacturer Honda in Formula Two. After a generally unsuccessful season in 1965, Honda revised their 1-litre engine completely add something


Honda - After a learning year in 1965, Honda-powered Brabhams dominated the 1966 French Formula Two championship in the hands of Jack Brabham and Denny Hulme


At the French Grand Prix at Reims-Gueux, Jack Brabham took his first Formula One world championship win since 1960 and became the first man to win such a race in a car of his own construction add something


In 1966, a new 3-litre formula was created for Formula One. The new engines under development by other suppliers all had at least 12 cylinders and proved difficult to develop, being heavy and initially unreliable add something


Brabham - During this period the cars were usually known as " & Repco Brabhams", not because of the Repco engines used in Formula One between 1966 and 1968, but because of a smaller-scale sponsorship deal through which the Australian company had been providing parts to Jack Brabham since his Cooper days


Repco - In 1966, the Repco engine was good enough to score 3 poles for Jack Brabham


John Surtees - The 1966 season saw the introduction of new, larger 3-litre engines to Formula One. Surtees's debut with Ferrari's new F1 car was at the 1966 BRDC International Trophy at Silverstone, where he qualified and finished a close second behind Jack Brabham's 3-litre Brabham BT19


Repco - The company gained fame for developing the engines which powered the Brabham Formula One cars in which Jack Brabham and Denny Hulme won the 1966 and 1967 World Championship of Drivers titles respectively


Australian Grand Prix - The popularity of the Tasman formulae was directly responsible for 1966's "return to power" in Formula One, and having spent years developing with & Repco the Brabham cars and eventually the Oldsmobile based Repco V8s in the Tasman series gave Jack Brabham the opportunity to unexpectedly dominate Formula One in his Brabhams with a ready-proven lightweight car that left Ferrari and the British "garagistes" struggling with their heavy, technically fragile or underpowered cars until the appearance of the Lotus-Cosworth late in 1967


In 1967, the Formula One title went to Brabham's teammate Denny Hulme add something


Repco - The 2,5 litre version of the Repco V8 was never very successful in this series, initially producing no more power than the FPF. It did however record one Tasman Series round win with Jack Brabham driving his Repco powered Brabham BT23A to victory in the 1967 South Pacific Trophy at the Longford road circuit in Tasmania


Brabham raced alongside his team mate Jochen Rindt during the 1968 season add something


Partway through the 1969 season, Brabham suffered serious injuries to his foot in a testing accident add something


I felt I was just as competitive as at any other time, and I really should have won the championship in 1970 add something


Brabham - Engine Developments, the company which builds Judd engines, was a company Jack Brabham set up in partnership with John Judd after his retirement from driving in 1970


Australian Grand Prix - The sister Williams of the 41-year-old Nigel Mansell went on to win the race, becoming the oldest Grand Prix winner since Jack Brabham in 1970


He set up Engine Developments Ltd. in 1971 with John Judd, who had worked for Brabham on the Repco engine project in the mid 1960s add something


Brabham was the first post-war racing driver to be knighted when he received the honour in 1978 for services to motorsport add something


Although the original organisation went into administration in 1992, the name was attached to a German company selling cars and accessories in 2008, and an unsuccessful attempt to set up a new Formula One team the following year add something


Simtek - Triple world champion Jack Brabham became a shareholder in Simtek Grand Prix, and his son David Brabham was signed as a driver before the end of 1993


Gary drove briefly in Formula One. Brabham and Betty divorced in 1994 after 43 years add something


Brabham married his second wife, Margaret in 1995 and they live on the Gold Coast, Queensland add something


Despite his three titles, and although John Cooper considered him "the greatest", Formula One journalist Adam Cooper wrote in 1999 that Brabham is never listed among the Top 10 of all time, noting that "Stirling Moss and Jim Clark dominated the headlines when Jack was racing, and they still do" add something


In 1999, after competing at the Goodwood Revival at the age of 73 he commented that driving stopped him getting old add something


By the late 2000s, ill-health was preventing him from driving in competition add something


Despite a large accident at the 2000 Revival, the first racing accident to put him in hospital overnight, he continued to drive until at least 2004 add something


In addition to the deafness caused by years of motor racing without adequate ear protection, his eyesight is reduced due to macular degeneration and he has kidney disease for which by 2009 he was receiving dialysis three times a week add something


In 2012, the new extended segment of the Sydney Motorsport Park was renamed the Brabham Circuit, as was the front straight, named the Brabham Straight, on the eve of the Muscle Car Masters add something


Another grandson, David's son Sam Brabham, stepped up to car racing from karts in 2013 when he made his debut in the British Formula Ford Championship add something

Jack Brabham died in 2014 add something


Brabham made his last public appearance on 18 May 2014, appearing with one of the cars he built add something


In September 2014, Brabham's youngest son David announced Project Brabham, a new team planning to use a crowdsourcing business model to enter the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship in the LMP2 category add something


John Surtees - Following the death of Australian Sir Jack Brabham on 19 May 2014 at the age of 88, Surtees is currently the oldest surviving Formula One World Champion


Brabham - In September 2014, David Brabham the son of Brabham founder Sir Jack Brabham announced the reformation of the Brabham Racing team under the name "'Project Brabham"', with plans to enter the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship and 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans in the LMP2 category using a crowdsourcing business model