Posted: Tuesday 20th May 2014 at 1:52 am

RIP Jackie boy: Three-time F1 world champion Sir Jack Brabham dies


The three-time Formula One world champion had been in ill-health for some time, and is survived by his three racing sons and their families, and his wife Lady Margaret.

His career started on Australian speedway dirt tracks in the late 1940s before he headed to the United Kingdom and joined the Cooper Racing Team, with whom he won the 1959 and 1960 F1 championships.

He was a founder of the Brabham racing team and race car constructor that bore his name.

Brabham remains the only F1 driver to win a championship in a car that he built himself, along with friend and fellow Australian Ron Tauranac in 1966.

Born in Hurstville, New South Wales, Brabham was a Royal Australian Air Force flight mechanic before his motorsport career.

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