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19th May 2014, 00:17
News just released - the passing of Black Jack Brabham
Sir Jack Brabham dead (http://www.smh.com.au/sport/motorsport/sir-jack-brabham-dead-20140519-zrgoj.html)
Final end to the Jack & Denny show

19th May 2014, 02:33
Good article here :

www.smh.com.au/sport/motorsport/sir-jack-brabham-a-genius-behind-the-wheel-20140519-zrgop.html (http://www.pprune.org/www.smh.com.au/sport/motorsport/sir-jack-brabham-a-genius-behind-the-wheel-20140519-zrgop.html)

The book was called 'When the Flag Drops".Jack said they wouldn't allow the full title he wanted ( When the Flag Drops the Bullsh*t Stops)

Alloa Akbar
19th May 2014, 09:39
SJB is up there with John Surtees for me, multiple F1 World championships are all well and good, but to do it in a car you designed and built yourself is something else.. Much like being a bike and F1 world champ.. Nobody is going to achieve feats like that anytime soon.

RIP Sir Jack.


19th May 2014, 10:57
One little fact ISTR on JB concerned the public opening of the first stretch of the M1 (London-Birmingham motorway) in (??) late 50s early 60s.

He was the first to complete the 90 miles in a highly tuned Triumph Vitesse (??), and did it in less than the hour!! :ok:

[No national speed limit in them days!!]

19th May 2014, 15:39
in a highly tuned Triumph Vitesse (??)Perhaps it was a Climax-Herald that JB's Surrey based company developed in 1959, the same year that the M1 first opened.

Retro Scene Mag | Formula One Tuning on the 1960's Street (http://www.retroscenemag.com/post/Formula-One-Tuning-on-the-1960s-Street.aspx)

19th May 2014, 16:08
That is indeed close to the one spekesoftly! Too early for a Vitesse.

Except that JB's personal one had the race-tuned 2.2 Climax motor rather than the 1.2 in your excellent link.....

IIRC, the 1.2 FWE (as per Lotus Elite) would give about 100 bhp, while the 2.2 dohc FPF (effectively half the 4 cam F1 FPE V8 engine) would give just about twice that......

...... and would do 140 mph "Harry Flatters" :eek::eek:

Must get out more ......

Effluent Man
19th May 2014, 16:40
Those first Heralds had a 948cc from the Standard 8 that it replaced and turned out all of 30bhp,so to do 90mph was some achievement.I don't think the Vitesse came along till around '63.

20th May 2014, 00:54
As a young apprentice with QF I remember wandering over to the GA hangars at lunchtime to have a look at Jack Brabham's aircraft. Can't remember what it was now.

20th May 2014, 10:25

20th May 2014, 12:30
I got driven around Brands Hatch by Jack in a replica D type Jag. A great experience, RIP.

19th Jun 2014, 12:02
Just learnt he lived down the hill from me, not 5 minutes from here..........