A special demonstration has been announced by organisers of the Historic Grand Prix at Zandvoort to commemorate the life and career of one of motor racing’s most well-loved stars, Sir Jack Brabham, who passed away earlier this year.
A memorial parade through the streets of the Dutch town is set to take place on 30 August, and will be led by the three-time Formula One World Champion’s son, David.
“I am really looking forward to attending the Historic Grand Prix at Zandvoort,” said Brabham. “My father had some amazing races there, winning the Dutch Grand Prix in 1960 and 1966 on his way to winning the Formula One World Championship both years.”
The event will mark the first time the former Le Mans racer has returned to Zandvoort since his last Formula Opel Lotus race at the circuit in 1988. He is expected to demonstrate a 1967 Brabham BT24, which is owned by Ron Maydon. It is the same car that contributed to the Brabham team's two consecutive World Championship Driver and Constructor Championships, with Denny Hulme and Jack Brabham at the controls.
“The 1966 race is the one that sticks in my mind because, after getting some grief from people saying he was getting too old, Jack went onto the grid with a beard and walking stick, then jumped into the car and won the race!” said David.
Chief Operating Officer at Circuit Park Zandvoort, Erik Weijers, said: “Sir Jack Brabham enjoyed a lot of success at Zandvoort and we are delighted to welcome David Brabham in the 1967 Brabham BT24, to help us commemorate his father’s outstanding lifetime achievements.