Brabham Family Honoured

Racing great Sir Jack Brabham was honoured at a joint Kangan Batman TAFE Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) and Docklands Chamber of Commerce event this week.

Kangan Batman TAFE CEO Ray Griffiths said the evening was an opportunity for Docklands businesses and organisations to come together to hear Sir Jack talk about his 50 years in the motorsports industry.

"The evening was also a chance for us to shine a spotlight on Sir Jack's grandson Matthew, and his plans for what we're sure will be a successful future in the racing industry," he said.

Around 100 people turned out to the event which included a question and answer session with Sir Jack, his son Geoff and Matthew.

Sir Jack was quick to point out that although he had enjoyed much success and fulfilment throughout his years in racing and manufacturing, he is equally as excited about Matthew's future in the competitive sport.

At just 15 years of age, Matthew is fast becoming a racing icon in his own right, racking up a number of wins and podiums throughout this years' competition calendar.

Matthew was recently selected to represent the Confederation of Australian Motorsport (CAMS) Rising Star Program in 2010. He will contest the Australian Formula Ford Championship in 2010, alongside fellow Rising Star Jack Le Brocq.

"The ACE has entered into a partnership with the Brabham's to provide sponsorship and technical support for Matthew's races throughout the competition calendar," Ray said.

"The opportunity to link up to an initiative which not only reflects what we're all about as an automotive training organisation, but is also about providing opportunities for young people, was one we jumped at."

The ACE is the leading automotive training facility in the state. When it was officially opened in 2006, the facility quickly established itself as a focal point for the sector, bringing an integrated approach to education and training in a facility focussed on research and development and promotional outcomes.

The ACE has been designed to both serve and showcase the automotive industry in other ways than just the provision of training. Much of the success of the world-class facility lies in its ability to link with industry partners to provide world-class training facilities and course content.

As the state's largest provider of automotive training, Kangan Batman TAFE is committed to continually developing learning opportunities and reflecting the skill demands of the competitive Victorian automotive industry.

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