Sir Jack Brabham’s famous BT19 in which he won the third and last of his F1 World titles in 1966, along with many of the Grand Prix trophies and other memorabilia from his distinguished racing career, now have a permanent, purpose-built home at the Victorian Historic Racing Register’s Box Hill, Melbourne club rooms.
The Sir Jack Brabham Annexe was officially opened on November 24 by Sir Jack himself, now aged 87, at a function attended by many Australian motorsport identities, including five members of the original team at Repco that developed the World Championship-winning Repco Brabham V8 engine.
Although unable to attend, Prime Minister Tony Abbott sent a video message in which he described Brabham as being an inspiration to future generations.
“Now after being a motor racing World Champion, you have recently championed awareness of macular degeneration,” he said.
The Sir Jack Brabham Annexe was created by the VHRR as a tribute to Sir Jack, who has been the Register’s Patron for many years. VHRR member John Blanchard donated the area off the main clubrooms for the museum, while a team of members led by Bob Harborrow – who owns the original Maybach I racing car that Brabham competed against at the beginning of his racing career, worked to complete the facility and gather his trophy and memorabilia.
One of the largest items on display is a wall-size photograph of the start of the 1953 Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park, donated by the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, while the trophies include those from Brabham’s first Grand Prix victory at Monaco in 1959 and the trophy he received for winning the French Grand Prix at Reims, when he stated goal – as always – was to “beat the Ferraris”.
Brabham was humble at the opening of the Annexe, saying he was proud to be Patron of the VHRR, thanking the Register for giving his memorabilia a permanent home.
Asked if he would change anything about his career, given the chance, he replied: “No regrets. I would do it all almost exactly the same if I had my time over again.”
Shannons has been a long-time supporter of the VHRR, sponsoring the Register’s annual historic motor racing events at Phillip Island, Sandown and Winton.
For further information please contact VHRR President Ian Tate (03) 9877 2317 or Michael Browning 0418 324 328