Brabham remembered in Silverstone parade

  • Saturday 5th July, 2014 3:57am
  • Author: Tom Howard ©
David Brabham behind the wheel of his father's 1960 Cooper Climax

David Brabham behind the wheel of his father’s 1960 Cooper Climax – Pic by Jakob Ebrey Photography

Silverstone honoured the achievements of the late Sir Jack Brabham as the circuit celebrated its 50th British Grand Prix with a special parade.

The Northamptonshire circuit organised a group of iconic cars and drivers spanning the last 50 years to commemorate the milestone by completing laps around the venue.

To mark Brabham’s 1960 British Grand Prix win at the circuit, his youngest son David Brabham got behind the wheel of the Cooper Climax that his three-time world champion father drove to victory.

Sir Jack Brabham won his first world title in 1959 before going on to defend the crown the following year. He won his last world championship in 1966 where he drove a car of his own construction, a feat unlikely to ever be achieved again.

David was joined in the parade by a host of the sports icons, including four-time world champion Alain Prost, Jackie Stewart, Damon Hill, Emerson Fittipaldi and Nigel Mansell.

“Whenever you get an opportunity to drive something my father raced back in that era is very special,” Brabham told Speedcafe.

“Silverstone is one of those great iconic race tracks.

“Doing the parade in dad’s old car and also with all the other drivers around me was amazing.

“Its a great little car and I wished we weren’t restricted on the parade as I would like to have a proper go in it.”

“I’ve been totally blown away by the messages received since his passing.

“I always felt dad was underrated in a sense.

“Whenever people give their top 10 F1 race drivers its very rare for his name to be mentioned, but I think even I have under estimated the level of respect that he had built up.

“Of course when he passed away the news went right around the world and everyone gravitated to what he achieved.”

Silverstone 50th British Grand Prix Parade List

Driver Car
Nigel Mansell TBC
Emerson Fittipaldi McLaren M23 (1974)
Sir Jackie Stewart Matra MS80 (1969)
Alain Prost Mark Webber’s 2012 Red Bull RB8
Damon Hill Graham Hill’s Lotus 49B (1968)
Johnny Herbert Jackie Stewart’s Tyrell 006 (1973)
David Coulthard Mark Webber’s 2012 Red Bull RB8
Rubens Barrichello Clay Reggazoni’s Williams FW07 (1979)
Jackie Oliver Jim Clark’s Lotus 33 (1965)
Derek Warwick McLaren M29C (1980)
Martin Brundle James Hunt’s McLaren M26 (1977)
David Brabham Sir Jack Brabham’s Cooper Climax (1960)
Dario Franchitti Jim Clark’s Lotus 25 (1963)



  • Peter Aaron

    Brabham would, and always will remain in my top 3 greatest F1 drivers of all time along side, purely for the fact he build his own car, and won in it, no other driver ever has, or ever will have the honor of holding that title.It takes more then being able to drive a car fast to be classed an all time great, you need the all round skills, and no body had thos skills like Jack Brabham had, they way he could build a car, and set it up so perfectly was incredible. Drivers always have to rely on the team to give them a competitive car, but the team had to rely on the driver not just the data, to make sure they have a perfect car, Brabham didn’t have any of that, he had him self, and a few friends to make sure he had a winning package, and at the levels of Formula 1, that was a very special gift.
    Even if his only title he had ever won came in a car he build that would be enough to earn him a spot in the all time greats as the only owner/builder/driver, the fact he won multiple titles, just clarifies it.

  • Margaret

    Lets Hope for a great Tough Form 1 race this weekend . Go go Aussie . I have heard about Sir Jack Brabham & all Good . What a feeling for one of his sons in this vehicle & the other drivers ,to be able to & drive around Silverstone together . Just magic

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