The first - and still the only - man to win the Formula One world championship, driving one of his own cars - Jack Brabham
Date of Record: 1966
Former racing driver, Sir John Arthur "Jack" Brabham, AO, OBE was born on 2 April 1926.
Jack began racing midget cars in 1948 in Australia and New Zealand and following his successes he decided to venture to the United Kingdom to further his racing career. There he became part of the Cooper Car Company's racing team, building as well as racing cars. He contributed to the design of the mid-engined cars that Cooper introduced to Formula One and the Indianapolis 500, and won the Formula One world championship in 1959 and 1960. In 1962 he established his own Brabham marque with fellow Australian Ron Tauranac, which became the largest manufacturer of customer racing cars in the world in the 1960s. In 1966 Brabham became the first - and still the only - man to win the Formula One world championship, driving one of his own cars.
Brabham retired to Australia after the 1970 Formula One season, maintaining a business interest in the Engine Development of racing engines. He is the oldest surviving Formula One world champion.
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