Sir Jack Brabham
World Champion Driver and Former Scout
"I was in the Cubs in the Hurstville area for about two years, around 1938-39. It was important to me, as it was the first time I had been involved in something that taught some discipline and sharing with others."
" My first opportunity to go camping and rough it happened during my time with the Cubs, and I can remember swimming in a creek when camping between Waterfall and Bulli and coming out with leeches all over me! We learnt how to make fires, cook and fend for ourselves- a great first experience. I feel it was a great start to the real world. I can still tie the rope knots I learnt. All in all, I feel it did me a lot of good."
" Instead of going on to the Scouts, I joined the Hurstville Australian Air League, as aeroplanes were my big interest in life. Today, I still have a flying licence and have about 5500 hours, mainly done in England whilst I was racing."
Sir Jack Brabham is probably Australia’s most successful racing driver, winning the world driving championship in the elite Formula One cars three times, 1959, 1960, 1966. His 1966 driving championship was won in a Brabham car, the first time a driver has won in one of his own cars. Brabham cars won the Constructors’ Championship in 1966 as well, and again in 1967. He was awarded the OBE that year and in 1979 was knighted for his services to motor sport. He won a total of 14 Grand Prix races during his career, his final victory coming in the South African Grand Prix when he was 44. He was named Australian of the Year in 1966.