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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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.