Laconic to the point of taciturn - he was called 'Black Jack' for a reason - Jack Brabham occupies a unique place in F1 history. Having honed his skills racing midgets and hillclimbs in Australia, he moved to England and linked up with Cooper.
The partnership yielded back-to-back championships in 1959 and 1960, and a third followed in 1966 for the eponymous team that he'd set up with compatriot and designer Ron Tauranac a few years earlier.
While renowned for his technical skill, Brabham deserved respect as a driver. His aggressive style might not have had the finesse of his rivals, but then again none of them were winning their third world title at the age of 40 - as unlikely a proposition then as it is today.
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|Born||2 Apr 1926|
|Active years||1955 - 1970|
|Champion||1959, 1960, 1966|