F1: Jack Brabham Memorial to Take Place This Friday

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SILVERSTONE, England – official release — supply photo —

An official memorial service in honor of the late Sir Jack Brabham is slated for Friday in the United Kingdom at the Silverstone Wing.

The event has been put together for motor racing fans and the motorsport industry to pay tribute to one of the most iconic innovators and driving talents the world has seen, Sir Jack Brabham, following his passing in May this year in Australia.

Sir Jack suffered from kidney disease and underwent dialysis for many years. He was renowned for his tremendous contribution to raising awareness of kidney disease, particularly in Australia. In the hope of continuing Jack’s efforts, the Sir Jack Brabham Memorial will raise funds for Kidney Research – the only UK based charity dedicated to funding research to create a world free from kidney disease.

“Sir Jack Brabham said living with kidney failure was one of the toughest drives of his life, and for many years he was an active and valuable supporter of kidney charities in his native Australia,” Sandra Currie, chief executive of Kidney Research UK, said. “Kidney Research UK is dedicated to funding research into the causes, treatment and prevention of kidney disease. We fund projects across the UK, seeking breakthroughs that will have both local and global impact.  We are very grateful to the Brabham family for continuing his legacy by supporting our essential work that will improve the lives of many thousands of people affected by this often silent killer.”

Open to the public, they will get the chance to view up close a vast collection of Brabham Formula One cars and other racing cars that became synonymous with Sir Jack Brabham. including the BT20 that he took to the 1966 World Championship – his third and final – and the BT33 in which he won the 1970 South African Grand Prix – his final Grand Prix win.

Third-generation racer Matt Brabham will be joined by his father Geoff Brabham along with the remainder of the Brabham clan, including his uncle, David – who has put the Memorial together in association with the BRDC.

“My father’s memorial on the 24th of October will be a special event. He touched and inspired so many people’s lives that it is only appropriate to have a celebration of his life for those who could not make his state funeral in Australia,” David Brabham said. “It will be quite something listening to my father’s legendary competitors talk about their experiences of ‘Black Jack’ and how he influenced their lives.”

Matt and Geoff Brabham will be participants in the event, along with many motor racing dignitaries that will be interviewed about their association and rivalries with Sir Jack Brabham. They include Sir Stirling Moss, Sir Frank Williams, Sir Jackie Stewart, John Surtees, Tony Brooks and Nick Goozee, along with renowned F-1 designer, Gordon Murray among others.

For those unable to attend, memorial donations can be made to Kidney Research UK via www.justgiving.com/SirJackBrabham.

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