Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

In the Presence of F1 Royalty; Legend's Last Day Spent with Friends on Coast

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

In the Presence of F1 Royalty; Legend's Last Day Spent with Friends on Coast

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Byline: Iain Curry

Formula One career

Years active: 1955-1970.

Races: 128.

Wins: 14.

Podiums: 31.

Pole positions: 13.

World championships (as driver): Three (1959, 1960 and 1966).

World championships (as constructor): Two (1966 and 1967).

ON SUNDAY morning Sir Jack Brabham arrived at Sunshine Coast Airport to be greeted by a small number of friends and admirers.

Just 24 hours later the great man was dead, bringing the curtain down on one of the most incredible sporting lives we will ever know.

It was fitting that Sir Jack's final public appearance - hosted by the legend's friend Steve Padgett - was spent among those who appreciated and marvelled at the 88-year-old's achievements.

Not only was Sir Jack a triple Formula One world champion, he remains the only man to have won a world championship driving a race car of his own construction.

This was in 1966, when the then 40-year-old piloted a Brabham BT19 chassis, complete with Australian-built Repco engine, to four Grand Prix victories and a dominant title win.

I was fortunate enough to be invited to the intimate event on Sunday where we were in the presence of greatness.

Having arrived by helicopter, Sir Jack greeted us all with a warm smile and took time to meet everyone in the room and shake their hand.

The purpose of his visit was to be reunited with a 1967 Brabham BT23 race car, bought by Mr Padgett and recently arrived on the Sunshine Coast.

Although suffering from hearing and vision problems, and having been ill for some time, Sir Jack seemed touched to see the car once more, and listened as Mr Padgett told his old mate it would be fired up in his honour.

The great man sat on the car's rear wheel as the engine barked, and ever the expert engineer, Sir Jack seemed to lean closer, feel the vibration from the motor, and appeared ready to explain what tiny changes would be needed to win the next race. …

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