Brabham farewelled at state funeral on Gold Coast
Australian Formula One racing legend Sir Jack Brabham has been farewelled with a state funeral in Queensland.
The three times champion died last month at the age of 88.
Hundreds attended to pay their respects to the man who redefined motor sport in Australia.
From around the country and across the world, mourners marked the extraordinary life of Sir Jack Brabham at a service on the Gold Coast.
The Australian Formula One legend’s larrakin ways both on and off the race track were remembered by his son Geoffrey, a successful racing car driver in his own right.
“The only advice dad ever told me in my whole career was the first time I drove a race car and he said there’s the throttle, the brake and the steering wheel and if you crash don’t come back.”
Joining family and friends at the funeral were the Queensland premier Campbell Newman, federal politicians, judges, senior military officers, business leaders and motor sport enthusiasts to remember the man they knew as ‘Black Jack’.
Brabham rose from being crowned the Australian Speedcar king in 1948, to became a three times Formula 1 champion.
Andrew Westacott, is the CEO of the Australian Grand Prix.
“There were names like giant, remarkable, legend and mischievous, and he was all that and he took on European and he won and he won in style for many years.”
Brabham is best known for his Grand Prix win in 1966, in a car he designed himself, a feat unlikely ever to be repeated.
From 126 Formula 1 starts, he won 14 times.
The 1980 Formula One champion was fellow Australian Alan Jones.
“I think just his driving style he was very tenacious, very determined, a very had man to pass, as they said in the church. I was lucky enough to see him race a few times when I first went to Europe and yeah, very inspirational.”
Brabham was persuaded by his fearful wife to retire from racing in 1970 but kept close ties to the sport.
Geoffrey and his other sons carried on the motor racing legacy.
“Yes he would push the limits but he always had that feel where the limit was, on any given day, and it was the main reason he stayed alive when so many didn’t.”
In a lasting tribute, Australia’s Formula One Grand Prix winner’s trophy will be named in Sir Jack Brabham’s honour from next year.