5 Brabham (AUS)
David: b Sep 5th, 1965
Gary: b Mar 29th, 1961
Geoff: b Mar 20th, 1952
They might not have emulated their thrice world champion father Sir Jack Brabham, but Geoff, Gary and David all forged good careers of their own. Geoff, the oldest of the Aussie trio, spent much of his career in the USA. Ten Indy 500 starts produced a best of fourth, in 1983. But it was the IMSA sportscar series in which he really gelled, with four straight titles between 1988 and ’91 for Nissan. His finest hour, though, was victory at Le Mans in 1993 aboard Peugeot’s Group C 905 screamer.
Middle brother Gary showed good speed in British F3, winning six races and taking second overall in 1988, before landing the British F3000 crown a year later. The less said about his F1 inauguration with the Life squad in 1990 the better. He retired in ’95 after a brief spell in Indycar.
It’s young David who has kept the Brabham name in lights. After success in British F3 and no such luck in F1 with, yup, Brabham, it was sportscar racing in which ‘Brabs’ soon became a big hitter. He racked up numerous wins for Panoz, Aston Martin and Acura in all the prototype and GT classes. His outright victory at Le Mans for Peugeot in 2009 after umpteen attempts, added to LMP1 title success in the ALMS, are his finest moments. He still competes in sportscar events and has sampled the delights of historic racing at Goodwood.