Sir Stirling Moss
on Sir Jack Brabham (rivals 1955-61)
Jack was always very competitive whenever we were together on the track, but it was always great racing. He was clean, but he wouldn’t give an inch. There were times when he would go beyond the edge of the track to try to throw rocks up at you, but apart from that he was a clean driver. He was very helpful, too. In Australia in the early 1950s, my driveshaft broke and Jack said to me: “Take the one off my spare car.” That was the sort of person he was: a very good sportsman, good company, a good friend and, if we were playing around or doing anything like that, always good for a laugh.
He was also a bloody good engineer. I would work with my mechanic to get the car the way I wanted it, but he had the capability to do it himself. And that knowledge gave him the success of being the first driver/constructor pairing to win the world championship with the Brabham-Repco in 1966. With that he always wanted to beat Ferrari – and me as well.
He was quoted once as saying how much he learnt from me, but it’s fair to say that we learnt from each other. You would always follow other drivers closely and watch your competitors’ lines. If Jack had a different line, I’d modify my approach to see if it suited me. We were away every week against one another in all sorts of races, so we were very close.
He’s left a great legacy. He will be missed and with his passing, motor racing has truly lost one of its greatest competitors: you had to work damn hard to beat him.