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Trevor Collett | Nov, 26 2013 | 3 Comments

Racing legends Sir Jack Brabham and Alan Jones were on hand this week for the unveiling of a plaque at Melbourne’s Albert Park street circuit, celebrating 60 years since the circuit's first Australian Grand Prix.

The plaque was commissioned by the Australian Grand Prix Corporation and the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) and sits at the current ‘turn three’, which was the original start/finish line.

The permanent monument features images of Bill Wilcox’s 1953 Ford V8 Special that took to the circuit in the first Grand Prix held at Albert Park, along with Mark Webber's 2013 Red Bull Racing RB9.

Also featured are the two men who unveiled the plaque and are Australia’s only World Drivers Champions to date, with Jones winning the title for Williams in 1980 and Brabham claiming three titles in 1959, 1960 and famously in a car of his own design in 1966.

Both men also have a connection with Albert Park's first Grand Prix, with Brabham taking part in practice but unable to start the race and Jones’ father Stan competing in the event, starting from the front row.

“Albert Park will forever be an incredibly special place to me so it’s truly pleasing to know that I will eternally be a part of this spectacular circuit,” Brabham said.

Jones gave thanks to those that made the plaque possible.

“My thanks goes out to the Australian Grand Prix Corporation and the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport, it really is an amazing acknowledgment for this world famous venue,” Jones said.

So what next for Albert Park?

For the 2014 Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, we know that Webber has made way for fellow Australian Daniel Ricciardo in his Red Bull Racing seat, leaving just one Aussie on the starting grid.

We also know that the grid for the celebrity challenge will be filled with all-new Mazda3s, and that Melbourne personality Lauren Phillips will be among the starters.

The 2014 Australian F1 Grand Prix will be run from March 13-16.

 
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