Jack Brabham to be honoured at Silverstone

| 14 Jul 2014

The only man to win World Championships in a car bearing his own name is to be celebrated at the Silverstone Classic, taking place at the Northamptonshire circuit on 25-27 July.

The three-time Formula One World Champion passed away earlier this year at the age of 88, and organisers are keen to commemorate the Australian's achievements, including 14 Grand Prix victories during his 15-year career.

Event bosses have chosen to pay tribute to 'Black Jack' by renaming two of the races the 'Jack Brabham Memorial Trophy for HGPCA Pre-'66 Grand Prix Cars', with the prizes set to be presented by Brabham's youngest son and Le Mans-winner, David.

As well as presenting the awards, Brabham is expected to drive one of his father's racing cars. "The Silverstone Classic this year will be a very special event and one I am looking forward it to very much,” he said. “It will be an amazing experience for me to be part of the massive parade of 100 Grand Prix cars and driving the Brabham BT24 in honour of my father. There will also be quite a few cars in the parade that my dad drove through the years, so it will be good to see all of those as well. Jack meant a lot to a lot of people around the world and this is another great celebration of the man and his success."

Jack Brabham

Event director Nick Wigley told C&SC: “Whether it’s through his own outstanding achievements or via the cars that hail from the company he founded, Jack Brabham will always be a motor sport colossus and we are privileged to be honouring his legacy at this year’s Silverstone Classic.

“Jack will always be associated with the move to rear-engined F1 cars and his two titles in 1959 and 1960 are testament to that. So it seems completely right to be dedicating the pair of HGPCA races for those machines – some of which he actually raced himself in period – to his memory.”

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