The car’s new home is called the ‘Sir Jack Brabham Annexe’, where it is joined by some of Brabham’s Grand Prix trophies and other memorabilia from the racing driver’s career.
The exhibit was officially opened by Sir Jack himself at a ceremony last week, attended by motorsport identities and five members of the original development team for the championship-winning Repco Brabham V8 engine.
Brabham used the BT19 to win the 1966 World Driver’s Championship crown, which to this day remains the only time a driver has won the championship in a car of their own design.
The exhibit includes a wall-size photograph from the start of the 1953 Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park, donated by the Australian Grand Prix Corporation.
Trophies on display include those from Brabham’s first Grand Prix victory at Monaco in 1959 and the trophy he received for winning the French Grand Prix at Reims; when he stated his goal – as always – was to “beat the Ferraris”.
Brabham thanked the VHRR for providing a permanent home for his memorabilia, saying he would not change anything about his racing career.
“No regrets, I would do it all almost exactly the same if I had my time over again,” Brabham said.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott sent his congratulations to Brabham for his racing career and praised him for his work as a macular degeneration ambassador.
The Sir Jack Brabham Annexe was unveiled in the same week Sir Jack and Alan Jones unveiled a commemorative plaque at Melbourne’s Albert Park circuit, celebrating 60 years since the circuit’s first Australian Grand Prix.
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