Third generation Brabham in the winner's circle August 2, 2004 - The chief official at the recent junior karting championships in New South Wales, Australia, was so impressed with some of the 146 young racers participating that he told them they...
Third generation Brabham in the winner's circle
August 2, 2004 - The chief official at the recent junior karting championships in New South Wales, Australia, was so impressed with some of the 146 young racers participating that he told them they reminded him of the country's triple Formula One world champion, Sir Jack Brabham.
"He's my pop (grandfather)," that official, Graham "Silver" Card, recounts one of the youngsters replying. That boy, 10-year-old Matty Brabham, won the midget class title that weekend against 25 rivals at Griffith, in central southern NSW.
His victory margin was 5.5 seconds - huge in a kart race. He's also second this year in a series in Queensland, his home state, and competing as well in Victoria, the southern state that is the home of the Australian Grand Prix.
He has won nine of his 11 major races this season. Matty is the son of Geoff Brabham, Sir Jack's eldest son and one of the latest inductees into the US Motorsports Hall of Fame.
Sir Jack's other sons, Gary and David, have also been race drivers, with David driving in F1 in the early 1990s with Simtek, which disappeared from the sport within 18 months, and more recently excelling in sports cars.
Sir Jack won his F1 world titles in 1959, 1960 and 1966 0x2022 the latter earning him an honor that remains unique, as the only driver to win the championship in a car of his own creation.
He has been emailing friends recently with news of young Matty's success, signing himself "Proud Grandpa".
That is not Sir Jack's age that Matty carries as his number on his kart (83).
The great man is only 78 and still enjoying a very active life touring the world.