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The Mercury Cars Guide : March 28th 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au CARSguide —19 Black Jack takes a look back It hasbeen50years since Sir Jack Brabhamwonhis firstGrandPrix at Sebring, Florida. PaulGover reminisces abouta timewhen motorsport wasn’t ‘‘just about the money’’ out of fuel. He still has clear memories of the J day at Sebring, Florida when he he took the 1959 title driving, and then pushing, his tiny rear-engine Cooper F1 car to a landmark victory. Brabham recalls how his team boss John Cooper missed adding a can of fuel as he topped the tank on his car. And how his mechanics circled the car as he pushed it 500m to the finish line, ensuring there was no chance of disqualification. ‘‘The drama at the end of it—when I ran out of petrol—is something I will never forget,’’ Sir Jack said. ‘‘I managed to get the car over the line and was informed I was in fourth place and got the championship — it was quite a surprise.’’ It’s 50 years since his championship, and at 82 years of age, Jack is a living national treasure for any Australian with an appreciation of sporting—not just motorsport — success. ‘‘It’s a long time, isn’t it? At least I’m still here to talk about it, which is the main thing,’’ Brabham said. Brabham has been almost famously deaf for more than 40 years, but now he needs regular dialysis sessions and is much more frail than the robust youngster who headed to Europe in 1955 after winning his first Australian Grand Prix. By then he was already a top-notch dirt-track speedway driver with incredible car control and a gift with machinery that would eventually see him found his own Formula One team. Brabham is still a close follower of F1, even if his health keeps him away from the races. He watches television withaninsider’s eye andanincredible well of knowledge. PIONEER: Sir Jack Brabham wins the British Grand Prix at Aintree. sees. But he does not like some of what he ‘‘It’s really not a sport any more, is it? It’s big business,’’ he said bluntly. ‘‘My era of racing was a lot different to what we’ve got today—it was more of a sport. The drivers really enjoyed racing and mixing with one another. It does not seem to happen today.’’ Brabham lost a lot of friends and rivals during his career, which ran for more than 15 years through one of the most dangerous periods in F1 history. He began as a young tearaway and jokingly hobbled to the grid for one of his last races, aged 44, with a fake beard and cane. ‘‘I lost 30 friends when I was racing. It was so dangerous — people getting burned to death and everything.’’ ‘‘The fifties and sixties were very dangerous. It wasn’t until Jackie Stewart started to law down the law that we got some improvements. ‘‘It was always a problem, but it didn’t stop us from driving—we kept going out there.’’ Brabham’s rivals have passed into the history books, and many have passed on since they stopped racing, but he is clear on his toughest rivals. ‘‘The first one, of course, was Juan Fangio. Even though I only raced with Fangio a couple of times.’’ ‘‘Stirling Moss was probably the top driver that I drove with—he was the top of the tree when I went to England. ‘‘Jim Clark was quite a good driver too. The only trouble with Jimmy was he didn’t have a lot of feel for the car. 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Phone 6265 9320 or 0488 067 324. 0 TANDEMTRAILER 8 x 5, fully lockable, 12 months rego, $4,200 ono 0407 809 288 'The other driver I really enjoyed driving with was Jochen Rindt. He was a hard driver, but I could drive wheel-to-wheel with him without the fear of being knocked off. We had fantastic tussles and then had a laugh about it afterwards.’’ Brabham has firm opinions on the great and the good on the grid. ‘‘Nothing has changed really, over the years. The competition has always been about beating Ferrari,’’ he said. ‘‘There are some very good drivers out there today and some good ones coming on as well. It’s a better sign than what we’ve seen for a while. ‘‘I think the same top drivers are going to be there as we had last year. ‘‘The regulations have changed and the cars are different, but regardless of that the top drivers always get there. ‘‘Fernando Alonso rose quickly to become one of the top drivers. He will be a force to be reckoned with this year with the Renault. ‘‘Renault have always been able to come up with a top car. That’s a good combination. ‘‘Of course we’ve got the McLaren team: Lewis Hamilton, in my opinion, will be the top guy this year. What he did last year was fantastic.’’ Brabham also has a tie to McLaren, ascompanychiefRonDennis began as a mechanic in his Formula One team. ‘‘I really think he has done a fantastic job. I didn’t think so to start with, but it didn’t take him long to prove himself.Nowhe’s been on top of the world for a long time.’’ LEGEND: Sir Jack Brabham. But what about Australia’s current F1-favourite, Mark Webber? ‘‘Poor old Mark hasn’t had much luck. Riding a pushbike is dangerous anyway. He was lucky to get away with that, really. ‘‘Let’s hope he’s got a bit more luck during the year and the car goes a bit better for him. ‘‘He’s proven that he can drive. Unfortunately he’s had so much bad luck going against him. Hopefully this year he can turn that around.’’ Brabham is keen to see what will unfold at Albert Park this weekend for the first race of the 2009 season. And, after watching his sons Geoff, David and Gary make successful careers as racers, he has another Brabham to watch in 2009. ‘‘My grandson Mathew has done a TRACK SHACKCAMPER FOR SALE. $5800 ONO. Good cond, extras provided, ready to go! Ph 0488 317 652 0 as new $200. Hayman Reece towing system, little use $500. Ph 6265 8588 or 0429 096 856. 1 KING TRAILERS 5-9 Florence St, Moonah PH: 6228 0317 2 Viscount 23' Ideal site van, 3 way fridge, gas stove, reverse cycle a/c, port-a- pot, sleeps 6, full length 2 room annexe, plenty of storage, $7,000 ono. Ph 0418 598 664. 1 1 1 BE BOLD Take action and use The Mer- cury Classifieds Bold Header Type featured at the top of this advertisement. This attention getting type is available through The Mercury Phone Ad Service now. Phone 62 300 400 and make Bold type work for you! 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But one, above all, sticks in hismind as he thinks back through 80-plus years and the 50 years since that first championshipandthe longpushto the line in the Florida heat. ‘‘The thing that really sticks in my mind was winning the championship for the third time in a car bearing my own name in 1966, and also doing it with a Repco engine that was made in Australia. I don’t think that will ever happen again. That was really the pinnacle for me.’’ My era of racing ACK Brabham won his first world championship the hard way — pushing his car over the finish line after running
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