Biography of Jack Brabham
Sir Jack Brabham Profile
Sir Jack Brabham is unique in F1 as the only driver to achieve world championship success in a car bearing his own name, a feat that is unlikely ever to be repeated.
The Australian entered F1 in 1955 driving for the Cooper Racing Team but it was not until '59 that Brabham would achieve his first race win.
His victories in Monaco and at Silverstone were enough to secure a first world title for Brabham, with the Australian dominant the following year with five wins from eight races entered resulting in a second title.
Brabham then entered a lean spell, leaving Cooper at the end of '61 before founding the Brabham Racing Organisation in '62.
As a team, Brabham finished third in '63 and '65 seasons but it is for the '66 season that both team and driver will be most famously remembered, with Sir Jack recording his third world title alongside the team's first.
Brabham retired from F1 after the conclusion of the 1970 season and scored his final career victory in the South African Grand Prix of that year, ending his career with a haul of 14 wins.
Brabham died on May 19, 2014, aged 88, as the final surviving F1 world champion of the 1950s following a lengthy battle against liver disease.