Goodwood, and possibly much of southern England, enjoyed a Sunday wake up call from FoS this morning as hundreds of racing engines revved themselves silly in tribute to triple F1 World Champion Sir Jack Brabham who died aged 88 in May.
FoS came to a halt for 60 seconds at 11am as every sort of racing car imaginable, from the oldest veteran to the current F1 cars, went to the redline in an ear shattering ‘wall of noise’ for the great Sir Jack.
The tribute was the idea of Lord March and Sir Jack’s son, 2009 Le Mans winner and Bentley GT3 driver David Brabham (pictured). Would Sir Jack have approved? David told GRR: ‘Totally and absolutely my dad would have approved. The boys will be revving the Bentley GT3, they will get a kick out of it. It’s going to be very noisy. You’d better cover your ears.’
Thousands did at exactly 11am, and those who didn’t put cameraphones into record mode capture the poignant moment to a great champion.
Was it loud enough? David, who has another run up the hill in the Bentley GT3 this afternoon, said: ‘Absolutely. This is a very special moment for me. Dad would have loved it.’
Sir Jack died in peacefully at home in Australia in May, aged 88. Driving for Cooper, he won the F1 World Championships in 1959 and 1960 and then, in an F1 first unlikely ever to be repeated, he took the title in a car of his own manufacture in 1966, following that up with a second constructors’ title for his Brabham team in 1967.
Sir Jack was a great friend of Goodwood. His first race here was in 1955 soon after he came to Europe from Australia, and he continued to race single seaters and sports cars at Goodwood until the circuit closed in 1966.
Latterly Sir Jack raced at Revival several times and in 2004 the driver tribute was in his honour. He also drove at eight Festivals of Speed in cars as diverse as a BT12 Indy car and an AC Cobra Le Mans coupe.