Five years ago I had the privilege of interviewing Jack Brabham at his home on the Gold Coast in the build-up to the Australian Grand Prix.
Then 83, he still cut a formidable figure, meaning even those unaware of his feats in motorsport would be able to detect that this was a man of singular determination and force of will capable of greatness in his pomp.
Time had taken its toll, but Brabham remained the competitor of old. Had you given him the gift of a 30-year-old body, he would likely have jumped straight back into a grand prix car and shown the modern generation a thing or two.
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