Legend ‘quiet, polite’

Jeff Dunkerton (second from right at back) with Sir Jack Brabham (front) at the old Caversham circuit on May 1, 2011.
Jeff Dunkerton (second from right at back) with Sir Jack Brabham (front) at the old Caversham circuit on May 1, 2011.

The Coogee resident, himself described by motor sport historian Terry Walker as one of the most talented drivers Western Australia has ever produced, said Sir Jack, who died at 88 last week, was as everyone has described him: a quiet man and a great racer.

‘I only got to talk to him once,’ Mr Dunkerton said.

‘It was prior to the 1962 Australian Grand Prix at Caversham’s airfield circuit. His car was being looked after in the same garage as mine in Loftus Street.

‘I can’t recall what I spoke to him about. He didn’t speak much but if you spoke to him he gave you a polite answer.’

The race at Caversham was significant, as Dunkerton managed to outlast his legendary opposition at the final ever AGP held at the circuit.

Dunkerton finished ninth in his Lotus Super Seven.

‘I was running down the field so I kept out of everyone’s way,’ he said.

‘Brabham crashed out of that race, so that was the only way I was going to beat him.’