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Sir Jack Brabham dies aged 88

19 May 2014

Triple Formula 1 World Champion Sir Jack Brabham has died at the age of 88.

The Australian passed away peacefully at his home on the Gold Coast on Monday morning.

On behalf of the family, Jack's youngest son David said: "It's a very sad day for all of us. My father passed away peacefully at home at the age of 88 this morning. He lived an incredible life, achieving more than anyone would ever dream of and he will continue to live on through the astounding legacy he leaves behind."

Sir Jack is survived by his wife, Lady Margaret, sons Geoff, Gary and David and their families.

Brabham's first two F1 titles, in 1959 and 1960, marked the end for front-engined Formula 1 cars. A third in 1966 made him the only driver in history to win an F1 world championship in a car of his own manufacture, the Brabham BT19 – a feat unlikely to ever be repeated.

Through his partnership with Ron Tauranac, over 500 Brabham racecars were built from the team's British Surrey base in the 1960s alone, while the Brabham name continued in F1 for 30 years.

A gentleman and true legend of the sport, Brabham scored his final win in the 1970 South African Grand Prix. The legacy has continued with all three of his sons achieving their own global success, while third generation drivers Matthew and Sam have also embarked on racing careers.


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