Australian sporting legend, the late Sir Jack Brabham AO OBE, will be immortalised in history with the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix winner’s trophy to be titled in his honour.
The ‘Sir Jack Brabham Trophy’ will be awarded each year to the Formula One driver who wins the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix, a tribute that will forever align his name with the sport that he so fundamentally changed forever.
Sir Jack, a true pioneer of world motorsport, passed at age 88 on 19 May, 2014.
The current trophy already references Sir Jack, with a laminated studded timber trim and spokes replicating the steering wheel from his Cooper Climax racing car – the vehicle he used to win his first Formula 1® World Championship in 1959.
The three-time Formula 1® World Championship winner was named Australian of the Year in 1966 and was awarded the Officer of the British Empire (OBE) after becoming the first and only man to ever win the World Championship in a car bearing his own name - the Brabham BT19 - a feat unlikely to ever be replicated.
Sir Jack was also knighted for his services to motorsport in 1978, and was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1990.
The late Sir Jack’s wife, Lady Brabham, said the renaming of the trophy was a touching gesture.
“I have been overwhelmed by the tributes that have been pouring in from around the globe. It has been comforting to hear kind words from the likes of Jean Todt, Sir Stirling Moss, Sir Jackie Stewart to Alan Jones. Jack would have been so very proud.”
Daniel Ricciardo, the talented West Australian driver who is currently sitting in third place in the World Championship standing after taking his maiden victory in this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix, said he looks to Sir Jack Brabham as inspiration.
“What he achieved was incredible and I think paying tribute to him each year with the Australian Grand Prix winner’s trophy is a fantastic way to celebrate this legend. It would be something very special to be able to lift that trophy,” Ricciardo said.
“Racing at the Australian Grand Prix in front of a home crowd is a huge buzz; to be able to stand on the top step of the podium and lift the Sir Jack Brabham Trophy would be incredible.”
Chairman of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, Mr Ronald J Walker AC CBE, fondly remembered Sir Jack’s passion for Formula One.
“Sir Jack’s love of the sport was unrivalled; whenever we were lucky enough to be graced by his attendance at the event I always noted the boyish twinkle in his eye,” Mr Walker said.
“His love for the world famous Albert Park circuit was unmistakable; it’s very fitting that he will forever have a presence here with his bronze statue having a permanent home in Melbourne.”
CAMS President Andrew Papadopoulos expressed his support of the naming of the trophy.
“Sir Jack Brabham was a wonderful man, his achievements incredible. I am so pleased that we are recognising this icon of motorsport with such a well deserved tribute.”