David Brabham rolled back the clock ahead of the season-opening Sebring Twelve Hours after the Patron Highcroft Racing ace swapped his Acura ARX-02a for one of the cars raced by his father for the first time.
Sebring played host to the season finale in the 1959 Formula One World Championship, with Sir Jack Brabham fighting for his first F1 crown.
With just half a mile of the race remaining, his Cooper Climax T51 ran out of fuel, leaving Sir Jack to push the car over the finish line to secure fourth place and three championship points – leaving him champion ahead of Ferrari driver Tony Brooks.
To kick-start the golden anniversary celebrations of his father's maiden title victory – which was followed by further championship success in 1960 and 1966 – Brabham completed a number of parade laps at the wheel of the Cooper Climax prior to his first outing in the LMP1 Acura and also re-enacted the moment when his father pushed the car over the line to lift the title.
“It was pretty cool to drive one of my father's cars for the first time in front of the Sebring crowd, it really meant a lot,” he said. “It was a great experience to re-enact that memorable finish and repeat a bit of motor racing history that happened 50 years ago.
“Looking back, I dread to think what it was like for my father to push the car all that way, let alone the safety implications, but it was a wonderful opportunity to remember my father's achievements all those years ago.”