Speedy tribute organised for racing legend

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The tribute, which includes one of Brabham’s Formula 2 customs, celebrates the only man who ever won a Formula 1 Championship with a car he built.

Memorabilia, pictures and a Brabham BT18B will be in place for three weeks while the car is on loan from its owner Michael Falconer.

Motor Museum of WA managing curator John Mclean said he acted quickly after hearing the sad news so visitors could recognise the Australian legend.

‘Jack was basically not highly recognised in Australia, and was generally more recognised overseas,’ he said.

‘He was the only man to have won a championship in a car he built ” that will never happen again.

‘It’s nice to have a tribute to that, which is why I wanted to do it. But to also have a permanent reminder of the him down the road in Brabham just ties the whole thing together.’

Mr Mclean said even with age, Brabham’s racing spirit remained.

‘On one of Jack’s visits to Perth he wanted to drive a couple of the cars so we got out a 1934 V12 Packard out for him to drive around 12km of sealed road at a stud,’ he said.

‘He said ‘my mate Phil Hill (who was another F1 driver), won’t allow me to drive any of his Packards’.

‘When we got back I understood why Jack was a great racer but he wasn’t sympathetic to old cars.’