Jack Brabham was an Australian racing driver who was Formula 1 World Champion in 1959, 1960 and 1966.
He was founder of the Brabham racing team, later owned by Bernie Ecclestone and race car constructor that bore his name.
When he became part of the Cooper team in the late 50’s, he contributed to the design of the mid-engined cars that Cooper introduced in Formula 1, and won the 1959 and 1960 F1 World Championship.
This prompted a design revolution in F1 where all the teams, including Ferrari, who first did not believe in the mid-engine concept, had to change their design philosophy.
In 1962, he established his own Brabham marque with fellow Australian Ron Tauranac and soon became one of the major race car manufacturers of the time.
In 1966, Brabham became the first – and still, the only – man to win the World Championship of Formula 1 driving one of his own cars.
Jack Brabham, nicknamed ‘Black Jack’, was hard racer and remained competitive till his retirement at the end of the 1970 season.
Drove in F1 for : Cooper, Rob Walker, Brabham.
14 wins, 13 pole positions, 31 podiums and 261 points scored.