Posted by: nativeiowan | June 14, 2014

Sir Jack Brabham, a racing legend, an Aussie legend

If you don’t know who Jack Brabham is, you should do some research. His is an inspiring story.

Sir Jack Brabham

  • Triple Formula One world champion – 1959, 1960, 1966
  • 14 Grand Prix victories
  • 13 pole positions
  • Australian of the Year in 1966
  • Awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1967
  • Knighted for his services to motorsport in 1979
  • Only F1 driver to win championship in car of his own construction
  • Contested 126 Grand Prix from 1955 to 1970

But this story is a gem… read by his son at the funeral, I listened on the radio and laughed until I cried…

“Someone had told dad a magnetic field would help slow his prostate cancer,” he said.

“He brought an industrial size magnet and kept it in his undies.

“The cancer count went down…so dad gets all excited and got two magnets.

“They slammed together.. some of his more delicate parts squashed together.

“It was incredibly difficult to get two multi-grips on two industrial magnets apart when you’re laughing and dad is rolling around in agony.


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