Jack Brabham F1 Memorabilia
Triple World Champion F1 Racing Driver – 1959, 1960, and 1966 - Jack Brabham Motor Racing Memorabilia is in demand. A Legendary Competitor and Race Car Constructor Jack is one of most highly respected members of the F1 community.
Jack Brabham won 3 World Championships, 14 Grand Prix, 31 Podium finishes.
Collecting Motor Racing Memorabilia can be a rewarding hobby or part time business especially if you are already a fan. Attending race meetings, equipped with a paddock pass you are likely to meet many of the competitors either in the pits area or the member’s car park. Usually at the end of a meeting team members are more forthcoming with autographs, signing programmes and photographs. Always remember many retired racing heroes attend meetings it’s not just the current drivers you should be interested in.
It can be good idea for those new to collecting to specialise in limited areas such as following one team, sponsor or to specialise in a certain era say Pre–war or the 50s and so on, To try to collect everything in sight will invariably lead to an incomplete collection.
Jack was born in 1926 in Hurtsville Sydney Australia; in later years he became interested in Mechanical design engineering which was to hold him in good stead later in the years to come.
Jack joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1944 where he worked on the Bristol fighter aircraft an involvement which would sow the seeds for the design of the Cooper – Bristol racing car.
in 1946 on his discharge from the RAAF Jack had to earn a living so he started up a small repair and machine shop which he operated from a workshop near to his home, His introduction to Motorsport came when he began to prepare and race small open wheel single seater Midget cars, competing on circular dirt tracks, between 1948 - 51 Jack won four Australian speedway Championships followed by the 1953 Hill climb championship in a Cooper Bristol. Midget car racing was very popular in Australia at the time and the sport attracted droves of spectators.
I would like to find some early Jack Brabham Memorabilia from those long gone days, so far my collection starts and stays in line with his F1 career.
Jack soon progressed to road circuit events driving a modified Cooper racing car, he had a number of success including victory in the prestigious 1953 Queensland road racing Championship, in 1955 he decided to capitalise on his talents travelling to England where he bought and raced his own Cooper,Jack became a regular visitor to the Cooper workshop where he became friends with John and Charles Cooper, on realising his racing talent the brothers invited him to join the Cooper works team.
Jack’s British Grand Prix debut (ret: engine) was in an underpowered Cooper Bristol in 1955 competing at the now defunct Aintree circuit Liverpool, a race won by Stirling Moss with Fangio taking second place.
Jack Brabham F1 Memorabilia from early races is always a good find and I have been fortunate at auction to have bought signed photographs and programmes from the Aintree meeting in 1955.
In 1959 Coventry Climax developed the 2.5 L F1 engine, that year Jack won his first World Championship, with wins at Monaco in the season’s opener where Jack having completed the fastest lap finished ahead of Tony Brooks who was driving a Ferrari 246. In the fifth round British Grand Prix at Aintree Jack started on pole to win in a works Cooper T51 leading from lap 1, he was joined on the podium by Stirling Moss (BRM) and Bruce McLaren (Cooper Climax).
Jack Brabham F1 Memorabilia associated with the 1959 season is relatively rare and if the opportunity arose collectables from the French or British Grand Prix would be good purchases.
The 1960 saw Jack win the World Championship a second time in a modified T53, he achieved five straight wins the Dutch, Belgium, French, British and Portuguese Grand Prix. F1 Memorabilia from these five races is rare and would be very attractive to the collector. When sourcing Motor racing collectables race attire and car parts are the number one items however these are very rare and most collections include signed presentations, autographed race literature, press tickets, photographs and team and sponsor items.
Jack left Cooper in 1962 after a disappointing 1961 season dominated by Ferrari and Lotus however Jack did have a fastest lap in the last race of the season at Watkins Glen which he started from pole, a race won by Innes Ireland (Lotus).
In 1962 he formed his own company Motor Racing Developments in partnership with fellow Australian Ron Tauranac, a relationship which would see the production of a new breed of racing car, soon Jack began driving for his own team “ Brabham.”
The MRD Brabhams began making their mark in Formula 2, which as they not only advanced the car they were also creating opportunities for young upcoming drivers to demonstrate their skills. In the autumn of 1962 the first Brabham F1 car was announced with the Climax engine, The BT3 made its debut at the German Grand Prix the car had throttle problems and retired the race was won by Graham Hill (BRM), the following year the BT3 won the Solitute GP driven by Jack at Stuttgart also winning the Austrian Grand Prix at the Zeltweg airfield by a massive five laps.
In 1964 the car won twice at the French Grand Prix Rouen driven by Dan Gurney with Jack in 3rd place and again at the Mexico Grand Prix driver Dan Gurney Jack retired with electrical problems on lap 44. Jack Brabham F1 Memorabilia is available from this meeting.
During the middle to late 1960s the Brabham marque became the largest constructor of “customer specification” racing cars.
1965 was a disappointing season with no Championship wins and with inconsistent reliability problems.
The 1966 French Grand Prix was a double first for Jack, he won the race and became the first person to do so in a car named after the driver i.e. Jack Brabham wins in a Brabham, that same year Jack won the World Championship for the third time. His team took the constructors championship in 1966 and in 1967 when the World championship was won Denny Hulme driving a Brabham - Repco , It is a point of interest that in 1967 Hulme won the Monaco and German Grand Prix, whilst Jack won the French and Canadian.
Jack was awarded the OBE in 1967 later receiving a Knighthood in 1978 for his services to Motorsports.
The Repco V8 did not perform well in 1968 leading to 8 retirements and no wins.
In 1969 Jack won the BRDC INT Trophy at Silverstone driving a Brabham Ford.
Jacks last win was in the opening race of the 1970 season in the South African Grand Prix at Kyalami driving a BT 33, he was joined on the podium by Denny Hulme and Jackie Stewart who had started from pole position.
Jack Brabham retired from Motor Racing as a participant in 1970, he will always be remembered as one of the great legends from the “Golden Age” of Motor Racing.
Good luck on your travels collecting Jack Brabham F1 memorabilia.
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