The Brabham name has been synonymous in world-class motorsport for more than 60 years.
A triple Formula 1 World Drivers’ (1959, 1960 and 1966) and double Constructors’ Champion (1966 and 1967), Sir Jack Brabham is one of the most accomplished drivers and team owners in the history of the sport.
The first driver to be knighted for services to motorsport, ‘Black Jack’ rose from racing midgets on dirt ovals in Australia to dominate global motorsport.
His first two titles in the Cooper Climax marked the end for front-engined Formula 1 cars. The third made him the only driver in history to win a World Championship in a car bearing his own name and make, the Brabham BT19.
It was also in a Cooper that Sir Jack shook the establishment at Indianapolis as the first driver to race a modern mid-engined car at the 500, his eventual ninth place in 1961 triggering the rear-engine revolution at Indy. He would go on to have another three starts in the 500.
Acclaimed as a brilliant engineer, technological innovations brought about by the Brabham team helped to shape the sport today. Through his partnership with Ron Tauranac, over 500 Brabham race cars were built from the team’s British Surrey base, the result of which included not only the 1966 and 1967 Constructors’ titles but also multiple Formula 2 crowns.
Although Jack scored his final F1 win in the South African Grand Prix in 1970, the Brabham racing legacy has continued with all three of Jack’s sons achieving their own global success.
Geoff won the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1993, a staggering four IMSA GTP Championship titles and made 10 appearances at the Indy 500 with a best result of fourth in 1983, while Gary’s accolades include the 1989 British F3000 Championship crown. Double American Le Mans Series Champion and 2009 Le Mans 24 Hours winner, David still competes at the highest echelons of sportscar racing in a career spanning over 30 years.
Despite a later start to his career, David’s son Sam underlined his potential with an outstanding debut British Formula Ford season in 2013 and continued with an appearance in the MRF Formula 2000 Challenge.
Matt, son of Geoff, clocked up the USF2000 and Pro Mazda championship crowns en route to Indy Lights in 2014, which included race wins and a second at the Indianapolis Speedway by a fraction of a second. In 2015 Matt continued his US career with selected Indy Lights and Formula E races for Andretti Motorsport, before being hired for two Indycar tests at Iowa and Sonoma later in the season.
The development of Team Murray and a commitment from owner, Brett “Crusher” Murray and naming rights sponsors PIRTEK meant that Matt qualified for and started the Indy 500, ultimately finishing 22nd in 2016.
The Brabham racing achievements may be vast and wide-ranging, but an undeniable DNA runs strong through the family, each member delivering a calm and thoughtful approach, unfaltering focus and determination to success on the racetrack.