Australia’s two Formula 1 World Champions, Sir Jack Brabham and Alan Jones, have taken the wraps off a new memorial commissioned to celebrate sixty years since the country’s first Grand Prix.
The plaque – which will be permanently located at Turn 3 on the current cirucit layout – was shown off to the media over the weekend. with dignitaries from the Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) and Australia’s motorsport governing body, the Confederation of Australian Motorsport (CAMS), also present.
The plaque, designed by Dr Ross Bastiaan, celebrates the history of the Albert Park parklands circuit with images, including Bill Wilcox’s 1953 Ford V8 Special that took to the circuit in the first Grand Prix in 1953, as well as the 2013 Red Bull Racing RB9 that was driven by Mark Webber in this year’s event.
Also featured are two of the most significant figures in Australian F1 history history, Sir Jack Brabham and Alan Jones, who have won four Formula 1 World Championship crowns between them.
The plaque commemorates the remarkable careers and phenomenal achievements made by both, who also had individual bronze busts unveiled during this year’s Australian Grand Prix in March.
“We are recognising not only the rich history behind the Albert Park circuit but also two absolute icons of Australian motor racing,” the AGPC’s chairman, Ron Walker, told the media.
“It is a fitting tribute to their extraordinary contribution to Australian sport.”
“Albert Park will forever be an incredibly special place to me so it’s truly pleasing to know that I will eternally be a part of this spectacular circuit,” he added.
Jones, whose father Stan started from the front row, led the race and set fastest lap before retiring shortly before the finish of the 1953 race, was equally delighted.
“My thanks goes out to the Australian Grand Prix Corporation and the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport, it really is an amazing acknowledgment for this world famous venue.”
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