Brabham honoured with state funeral
12 June 2014 – The Brabham family, friends and fans from around the world converged to honour three-time Formula 1 World Champion Sir Jack Brabham at a state funeral in Queensland, Australia, on Wednesday.
Brabham, who became the first driver in the history of Formula 1 to notch up a World Championship behind the wheel of a self-made machine, passed away peacefully at his Gold Coast home on May 19, at the age of 88.
With flags flying at half-mast on government buildings, Brabham was remembered in a special service at the Southport Church of Christ – his coffin adorned with a race helmet, steering wheel and chequered flag
Among those present were 1980 F1 title winner Alan Jones and V8 Supercars Champion James Courtney.
Although unable to attend, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott stated in a note: "Australia has lost a legend.
"Sir Jack led an inspirational life. He served in our defence force, made history on the racetrack and supported the fight against macular degeneration. Australians will always remember his achievements and have-a-go spirit."