Article by Jacob Black, photo courtesy of

Before this week’s edition of Black Flag, a word of thanks and condolences to the Brabham family. Sir Jack Brabham was dear to the hearts of so many motorsport fans the world over, not only those who idealized him from Jack’s (and my) homeland – Australia.

Sir Jack was 88 when he died peacefully at his family home, having lived as a legend who claimed three Formula 1 world championships in 1959, 1960 and 1966. The last came in a car he designed and built himself – the first and only person to win an F1 title in a car he designed and built himself.

Sir Jack is survived by his second wife, Lady Margaret Brabham, his sons Geoff, Gary and David and grandsons Matthew, Sam, Jason and Finn.

We are grateful for the Brabham family’s contribution to world motorsport and motoring, and proud that the state of Queensland in Australia where he lived has offered a state funeral.

Sir Jack Brabham
Sir Jack Brabham. Click image to enlarge

The Usual

Qualifying for the IndyCar Indianapolis 500 is run and done, a week out from the 98th running of the event. Pole position was claimed by Indianapolis local Ed Carpenter for the second consecutive year, in a car he owns himself through Ed Carpenter racing. Carpenter’s average lap speed of 369.7 km/h (231.067 mph) was the fastest since 2003. He’ll be joined on the front row by Canadian James Hinchcliffe, who suffered a nasty concussion in an incident just one week earlier, and Australian Will Power who qualified third.

NASCAR turned on the carnage for the Sprint All Star Race in Charlotte, which was won by Jamie McMurray after a number of fiery crashes.

Volvo has claimed its first victory in the Australian V8 Supercars championship since 1986 after Scott McLaughlin claimed his first points-paying victory in the series. Craig Lowndes and Chaz Mostert took the other two wins of the weekend.

And Ken Block put on another crashing demonstration, this time at the opening round of the 2014 Global RallyCross championship. The event was won by Volkswagen driver and former Formula 1 pilot Scott Speed.

Black Flag
This week there is no Black Flag, only a repeat of our heartfelt condolences to the Brabham family and our expression of gratitude for their contribution to our sport and industry. Thank you Sir Jack.

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