Sir Jack Brabham honoured with commemorative Australian coin

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The late Sir Jack Brabham, who won three Formula One world championships, has been honoured by the Royal Australian Mint with a commemorative 50 cent coin.

Brabham, Australia's most successful racing driver, won titles in 1959, 1960 and 1966, the last of which came while driving for his own team. He passed away in 2014 aged 88.

Reflecting on the new coin, Royal Australian Mint chief executive said Brabham's career and legacy deserved recognition.

"Sir Jack Brabham was not only a superb racing car driver but he was also an innovative engineer and pioneer, paving the way forward for motorsports," said Ross MacDiarmid. "As we enter the 2017 Formula One season, this coin celebrates one of the world's motor racing greats and his remarkable achievements, on and off the track."

Son David Brabham believes the coin is an important tribute to his father -- especially given the fact his 1966 feat has never been replicated by another Formula One driver.

"To have our father recognised through a commemorative coin by an iconic national institution, the Royal Australian Mint, is really special and very important in carrying the Brabham legacy as my father's achievements are likely to never be repeated with today's technology replacing hands-on experience.

"This coin encourages us all to share the Brabham legacy and recognise what is possible if you put your heart, soul and mind into it just like Jack, a pioneer of his time."