Wednesday, May 21, 2014

F1 Pioneer Sir Jack Brabham Dies...



Was totally unaware of this, having just discovered the news upon my return from "The City of Destiny," aka Tacoma Monday afternoon, having known what none of the articles seem to mention, that Sir 'Blackjack, nee Jack Brabham had been on kidney dialysis for years... As its hard to believe that another legendous' driver 'N master "Tinkerer" named Dan Gurney, who  was hired as Brabham's team-mate at his fledgling Motor Racing Developments squad won the first Formula 1 race in a Brabham chassis  a half century ago this summer!


While ironically, as I've just noted in my recent Brickyard Loti trilogy, it was Sir Jack who brought the rear-engine revolution at Mother Speedway to birth some 53-years ago, a half century after the Speedway's first 500-mile event. And as somewhat typical, Brabham, who contested the Indy 500 four times scored his best result in his rookie outing...


As there's rightly countless obituaries about Messer Brabham's storied life, becoming the modern era's second ever F1 triple world champion, following upon the footsteps of el Maestro, aka Juan Manuel Fangio's then unprecedented five titles - a  feat that stood unbroken for 45-years, as I enjoyed Adam Cooper's take on how 'Ol Blackjack thought he hadn't pissed in the press's pockets enough to garner their admiration...


Whilst Grizzled Journo' Joe Saward seems to give the most in-depth look upon his racing career achievements, albeit glossing over his IndyCar contributions...


As I suppose 'Grand-pappy Blackjack can rest comfortably in the fact that his family's legacy is alive and well,  with grandson Mathew having just scored his debutant Indy Lights win at  the Brickyard, while I was unawares of his other grandson Sam's motor racing aspirations...

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