Jack Brabham to Take Center Stage at Motorclassica 2012
More than 50 years since his first World Championship win, the name Jack Brabham continues to be one of the most revered in motorsports history. The record books are littered with his achievements both as a driver and as a designer and builder of race-winning cars, and his achievement of being the only driver to win a World Championship behind the wheel of a car bearing his own name is unlikely to be matched… ever.
So to honour one of Australia’s greatest sons, the curatorial team at the most important historic concours d’elegance down under, RACV Motorclassica, have brought together a collection of cars from throughout “Black Jack’s” career. Starting with his very first Midget Speedcar, and culminating with a selection of important, race-winning BT cars, the highlight of the showcase will undoubtedly be Brabham’s WDC-winning Coopers from 1959 and 1960 and the famous Repco Brabham from 1966.
As a special treat, Sir Jack himself will make his way to RACV Motorclassica for the weekend, where he will be joined by some of his contemporaries, collaborators and those who went on to race his iconic BT race cars.
Event Director, Paul Mathers stated “To the best of our knowledge, this will be the most important and significant international display of Sir Jack Brabham’s cars ever curated, and presented at a time when the man himself has recently been named as an Australian ‘National Living Treasure’”.
“It is an enormous shame that Sir Jack receives greater acknowledgement internationally than he does here in his own country, so our aim this year is to provide a fitting public tribute to a great man, and an astonishing career in motorsports”
RACV Motorclassica will once again take place at the iconic Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne from 26 – 28 October 2012. In addition to the Brabham retrospective, it will also celebrate the centenary of the first public Motor Show, held in that venue in 1912, along with the 60th anniversary of Lotus.
Entries are also now being sought from around Australia and the world, for the 2012 Australian International Concours d’Elegance at RACV Motorclassica. Exceptional cars are encouraged to compete for a range of awards including the coveted Best in Show trophy.