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Sir Jack Brabham honoured with special re-enactment

Three-time F1 World champion Sir Jack Brabham thrilled by tribute at Surfers Paradise.
Matthew Brabham, grandchild of three-time F1 World Champion Sir Jack, completed a lap of the Surfers Paradise street circuit today in a Cooper T51 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his grandfather's first world title.

Matthew drove one lap of the circuit in the same model Cooper car that Brabham secured the first of his world titles in before pulling up near the finishing line and 'pushing' the Cooper across the line.

This significant moment re-enacted the way that Jack wrapped up the 1959 title at Sebring, Florida. Brabham's car failed on the last lap with the finish in sight. He got out of his car and heroically pushed his car across the line in fourth place, before collapsing on the floor from exhaustion.

"What an absolutely wonderful moment, today's tribute was such an honour and to have Matthew involved as a part of it was something very, very special and something I am sure he will never forget," said Sir Jack.

"The smile on his face was fantastic - and to have the crowd cheering as Matthew pushed the car to the line was terrific - the whole show was a fitting way for myself, Geoff and Matthew to end our year as the number one, two and three ticketholders for the event.

"The V8 Supercars, the Australian Legends and everything else all did a great job, and its great that it's been confirmed that the event will be back next year."

The 1959 season was 'Black Jack's' breakout season. Running with the works Cooper team, Brabham surpassed all previous personal bests, claiming his first Grand Prix podium and victory. He racked up a championship-winning total of 31 points from eight starts to see off competition from Tony Brooks and Stirling Moss.

The lap was held at 2.25pm today, Queensland time. Matthew Brabham, son of 1993 Le Mans 24 hour winner Geoff, is an up and coming race driver in his own right, winning many karting titles in Australia and will progress to the Australian Formula Ford Championship next year. Brabham has been selected as part of the CAMS Rising Star programme for next season.

Related Pictures

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Sir Jack Brabahm was inducted into the Gold Coast Sporting Hall of Fame on the opening day of the Nikon SuperGP [Pic credit: EDGE Photographics]
Sir Jack Brabham, Geoff Brabham and Matthew Brabham were the number 1-2-3 ticketholders for the Nikon SuperGP on the Gold Coast [Pic credit: EDGE Photographics]
Sir Jack Brabham and his grandson Matthew - a up and coming racer in his own right [Pic credit: EDGE Photographics]
Sir Jack Brabham waves the flag as Matthew pushes the car over the line to re-enact his 1959 championship win [Pic credit: EDGE Photographics]
Sir Jack Brabham and family [Pic credit: EDGE Photographics]

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Alan D - Unregistered

October 25, 2009 7:12 PM

Richard, I don't recall the incident you referred to but the rule is that if a car is in a dangerous position then it can be pushed by the marshalls and if the engine is still running then the driver can resume the race, on the basis that given enough time, he might have been able to free himself. That interpretation was given after Schumacher got stuck on the edge of a gravel trap. As regards a driver pushing his own car, that's still deemed outside assistance and is a DQ. And please, I'm not asking you to like Hamilton or any other driver but please don't use "Lulu" which you know many of us find derogatory and offensive.


October 26, 2009 6:03 PM

Lulu is actually a term of endearment. It means a person or thing considered to be outstanding in size, appearance, etc. Richard's and others that use the term are really in awe of the performance of lewis and have NO other way to describe their feelings. It also shows that Lewis is always on their minds and they can not find a way to shake his presence. It's love they are expressing. I think it's cute. They give him extra credit by nick naming him to their personal liking. Kinda obsessed but none the less cute.

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