He's a member of an exclusive and very special club: like Fangio, Stewart, Lauda, Piquet, Prost, Senna and Schumacher, Jack Brabham won three Formula One World Championships. And yet unlike most of that illustrious company, he is rarely mentioned when it comes to the 'greatest ever' debates that inevitably pop up from time to time.
Why? After all, in each of his three championship years Brabham was a lot more than simply lucky. OK, in 1959 he was aided by the retirements of title rivals Tony Brooks and Stirling Moss to be crowned at the US Grand Prix, but no one would argue that he didn't deserve to be champ.
And in 1960 he was completely dominant, scoring an incredible run of five successive GP victories. He almost repeated the feat in '66 when he managed four wins on the bounce.
Jack Brabham at the Autosport Awards © LAT
A great world champion, then, and a man worthy of the status of legend. But again, why is he not considered one of the greatest ever drivers?