A purpose-built home has been created to permanently house and display items – including a single-seater – celebrating the career of Aussie F1 legend 'Black' Jack Brabham.
The Sir Jack Brabham annexe at the Victorian Historic Racing Register’s Box Hill, Melbourne club rooms boasts the BT19 in which Brabham won the last of his three F1 World titles, in 1966, along with a wealth of trophies and other memorabilia.
The unit has been officially opened by 87-year-old Brabham (pictured with John Blanchard who donated the room, VHRR president Ian Tate and Lady Margaret Brabham), with a host of Australian motor sport notables and Repco team members in attendance. There was even a video message from Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
One of the largest items on display is a wall-size photo of the start of the 1953 Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park, donated by the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, while the trophies include those from Brabham’s first Grand Prix victory at Monaco in 1959 in the Cooper T51 (pictured above) and the trophy he received for winning the French Grand Prix at Reims.
Brabham was typically humble at the opening of the Annexe, saying he was proud to be Patron of the VHRR and thanking the Register for giving his memorabilia a permanent home.
Asked if he would change anything about his career, he replied: “No regrets. I would do it all almost exactly the same if I had my time over again.”