Tens of thousands of fans flocked to the Historic Grand Prix at Zandvoort last weekend to honour the life and achievements of the late three-time Formula 1 World Champion, Sir Jack Brabham.
Sir Jack’s youngest son, former F1 racer and 24 Hours of Le Mans winner David, was on hand to lead the tributes. The Australian reenacted his father’s famous walk to the grid from the 1966 Grand Prix at the circuit, where the then-40-year-old responded to criticisms that he was too old to compete by approaching his car with a cane and wearing a fake grey beard! Brabham would ultimately go on to win that year’s World Championship title – his third – becoming the first and only driver to win a title in a car designed and made by his own team.
David replicated the joke with his own hobble down the pit lane, before taking his father’s 1967 Brabham BT24 for a series of demonstration laps around the beachside circuit.
The highlight of the three-day festival was a demonstration through the town of Zandvoort itself, with David leading a parade of over 100 historic racing cars along the streets which were lined with thousands of spectators.
“[I owe] a big thanks to Circuit Park Zandvoort, the Historic Grand Prix organisers and of course the fans for such a great weekend,” Brabham Jr said.
“It was very special to drive the Brabham BT24 around the streets of Zandvoort, where 48 years ago my father and his Brabham team would have been based before they came out to the track and of course went on to win the race. A huge crowd turned out and got right behind the parade and it made for a fantastic atmosphere.
“We had a good bit of fun today re-enacting dad’s famous walk onto the 1966 Formula 1 grid, with a false beard and walking cane, which was really well received by everyone. It’s been so nice to see so many people in Europe who clearly remember dad and what he achieved.”
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