Friday, March 22, 2013

Australian Icons of motorsport

Australian motorsport is a cultural institution in this country, proudly supporting a number of high achievers in the field. From V8 Supercars, to Formula 1 and Moto GP, Aussies enthusiastically embrace the cars, teams and drivers as a reflection of their identity.

Here is our take on some of the icons our great country has produced over the years - with a little bit of 'Family Guy' twist to the caricatures.


Sir Jack Brabham

Formula 1 Legend


Sir John Arthur "Jack" Brabham, AO, OBE is an icon synonymous with Grand Prix motor racing! Sir Jack was Formula One champion in 1959, 1960 and 1966. The only driver in history to be knighted for his service to motorsport.

Sir Jack is the only Formula One driver to have won a world title in a car of his own construction – the BT19 – which he drove to victory in 1966 winning both . He was a founder of the Brabham racing team and race car constructor that bore his name.

Born: April 2, 1926 (age 86), Hurstville

Cars Raced - Cooper, Maserati 250F, Lotus, Aston Martin, Brabham
Teams - Cooper, Rob Walker Racing Team, Brabham
Nicknames - "Jack" "Black Jack"

Races - 128 (126 starts)
Championships - 1948 Speedway Championship, 1950–1951 Australian Speedway championship, 1953 Queensland Road Racing Championship, Formula 1 1959, 1960 &1966.
Wins - 14
Podiums - 31
Pole Positions -13
Fastest Laps - 12

Additional trivia -

In 1944, Sir Jack enlisted in to the RAAF to become a pilot, however, ended up being a flight mechanic due to a surplus of trained aircrew.

What's Sir Jack doing now? - Sir Jack is found speaking at or attending events and spends time on his farm with his family overseeing various motorsport, aviation and business interests.

www.jackbrabham.com

Alan Jones

Formula 1 Legend


Alan Stanley Jones MBE ASM  is an Australian former Formula One driver known for his no nonsense approach to racing. His enthuisastic and sometimes referred to as bullish approach sometimes lead to heated discussions with rivals, officials and even team mates, some say, not allowing him to channel his talent reach his full potential. Alan remains a figure synonymous with Motorsport in Australia. Alan Jones was the first driver to win a Formula One World Championship with the Williams team, becoming the 1980 World Drivers' Champion.

Born: November 2, 1946 (age 66), Melbourne

Cars Raced - Porsche, Ford Sierra RS500, Mazda RX-7, Porsche 935
Teams - DART, Hesketh-Ford, Lola, Harry Stiller Racing, Embassy Hill, Surtees, Shadow Racing, Williams, Albilad-Saudia, Albilad-WIlliams, TAG Williams, Arrows, Haas, Toyota Team, Porche Kremer Racing, Newman/Haas, Caltex CXT Racing
Nicknames - "AJ"
Races - 117 (116 starts)
Championships - 1972 British Formula 3 Championship, Formula 1 1980, 1982 Australian Sports Sedan & GT Championship
Wins - 12
Podiums - 24
Pole Positions - 6
Fastest Laps - 13

Quote - "About as useful as an ashtray on a motorcycle." - Jones on the Lola he drove in his final season in F1 in 1986"
What's Alan doing now? - Alan Jones is on the celebrity speaking circuit, commentating, writing books and is involved in Speed Jewellery a motorsport inspired brand www.speedjewellery.com.

www.alanjonesf1.com
www.facebook.com/AlanJonesMbeAsm
@AlanJonesMBEASM

Mark Webber

Current Formula 1 Legend


Flying the flag for Australia in the Formula 1 category Mark is yet to pin down the F1 Championship. Currently racing with Redbull Racing, Mark is one of the most well know icons of the sport in Australian culture today. His great Aussie battler approach and his country boy charisma hold him in high stead amoungst the every day Aussies who sit on the edge of their seats awaiting his win in the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne and hopefully a Championships is not too far away.

Born: August 27, 1976 (age 36) Queanbeyan

Cars Raced - Formula Ford, Formula Three, Mercedes, Renault, Jaguar, Minardi, Williams
Teams -  Mark Webber, Yellow Pages Racing, Birrana Racing, Van Diemen, Alan Docking Racing, Arrows, Super Nova Racing, Benetton, KL Minardi Asiatech, BMW Williams, Williams, Jaguar, Redbull Racing @redbull
Nicknames - "Webbo" ?
Races - 198 (196 starts)
Championships - None yet - watch this space
Wins - 9
Podiums - 34
Pole Positions - 11
Fastest Laps - 14

Additional trivia -

In 2006, Webber was officially appointed as the No.1 ticket holder of the Canberra Raiders, an Australian rugby league team. He worked as a ball-boy for the Raiders during the late 1980s.
Quote - "Not bad for a No. 2 driver!" Mark Webber's radio message to his team after winning the 2010 British Grand Prix
What's Mark doing now? - Still racing, ripping it up with Redbull Racing!
www.markwebber.com
www.facebook.com/aussiegrit
@AussieGrit


Peter Brock

Australian Touring Car Legend

Peter Geoffrey Brock, AM (Order of Australia) otherwise known as "The King of the Mountain" or simply as "Brocky" was one of Australia's best-known and most successful motor racing drivers. Peter was closely assosciated with Holden for almost 40 years and is synonymous with the brand for any true fan. Brock's business activities included the Holden Dealer Team (HDT) that produced Brock's racing machines as well as a number of modified high-performance road versions of his racing cars.

Peter won the Bathurst 1000 endurance race, an Australian institution of motorsport nine times, the Sandown 500 touring car race nine times, the Australian Touring Car Championship three times, the Bathurst 24 Hour once and was inducted into the V8 Supercar Hall of Fame in 2001.

Born: February 26, 1945, Hurstbridge - September 8, 2006

Cars Raced - Holden, BMW, Ford, Volvo, Porsche, Peugeot, Austin, Chevrolet, Daytona
Teams - Holden Dealer Team, Gown-Hindhaugh Racing, Team Brock, Advantage Racing, Holden Racing Team, Rod Nash Racing.
Nicknames - "Peter Perfect", "Brocky", "The King of the Mountain"
Races - 210
Championships - Australian Touring Car Championship 1974, 1978 & 1980
Wins - 42
Podiums - 50+
Pole Positions -57
Fastest Laps - ?

Additional trivia -

Peter Brock was the oldest Driver to win an ATCC Pole Position - Oran Park 1997, aged 52 yrs

In honour of his achievements and in recognition of his contribution to Australian motorsport, the Bathurst 1000 winner's trophy now carries his name.
www.peterbrockfoundation.com.au
www.peterbrockonline.com.au
www.facebook.com/pages/Peter-G-Brock/155106087888464
www.facebook.com/pages/Peter-Brock-Foundation-Rose/282863661747874
@TweeterBrock05


Dick Johnson

Australian Touring Car Legend

Dick Johnson is the owner of the V8 Supercar team Dick Johnson Racing and a former racing driver sporting the famous number 1. As a driver, he was a five-time Australian Touring Car Champion and a three-time winner of the Bathurst 1000. Known for his attachement to Ford, Dick started off with a Holden EH, and then a Torana in his early days flying around Lackeside International Raceway in Queensland.

Born: April 26, 1945 (age 67)
Cars Raced - Holden, Ford,
Teams - Bryan Byrt Racing, Dick Johnson Racing
Nicknames - "Dick"
Races - 202
Championships- 1981, 1982. 1984, 1988 & 1989 Australian Touring Car Championship
Wins - 22
Podiums - ?
Pole Positions ?
Fastest Laps - ?

What's Dick doing now? - Running Dick Johnson Racing from the Gold Coast and running two drivers, his son Steven Johnson and New Zealand driver Paul Radisich.
www.djr.com.au
www.facebook.com/OfficialDickJohnson
www.facebook.com/DickJohnsonRacing
@TeamDJR
@DJRLiveRaceFeed

Jim Richards

Australian Touring Car Legend

Ok, so technically Jim is a New Zealander, but being a significant part of the Australian Touring Car Championship since the mid 70's, and having some great success, we'll claim him as our own - a bit of a Russell Crowe of motorsport really!

With his distinctive JPS branding of the BMW 6 and 3 series throughout the 80's Jim and his driving stood out from the pack. Jim is a 6 times Bathurst winner, 4 times Australian Touring Car Champion, 8 times Tasmanian Targa winner, GT Nations Cup winner. Jim was entered into the V8 Supercar Hall of Fame in 2006 along side other legends of the sport.

Born: September 2, 1947 (age 65) Auckland
Cars Raced - Ford, Holden, Ford, Chrysler, BMW, Nissan, Porsche, Hyundai, Vauxhall, AMC, Pontiac
Teams - Sidchrome, Jim Richards Motor Racing, JPS Team BMW, Advantage Racing, Nissan Motorsport Australia, Winfield Team Nissan, Gibson Motor Sport, Hyundai Automotive, Ross Palmer Motorsport, Gary Rodgers Motorsport, Volvo Dealer Racing
Nicknames - "Jim"
Races - 117 (116 starts)
Championships - 1985, 1987, 1990, 1991, Australian Touring Car Championship, 1985, 1986, 1987 Australian Endurance Championship, 1999 Australian GT Production Car Series,
Wins - 12
Podiums - ?
Pole Positions -?
Fastest Laps - ?

Additional trivia - Fancy a lap with Jim Richards? You can do a hot lap with him via the "Jim Richards Experience" on his website.

What's Jim doing now? - Still dirving in the CAMS Targa Championship with navigator Bary Oliver in a Porsche GT2RS and driving the AMC Javlin (now being rebuilt due to crash) in the Touring Car Masters Championship.
www.jimrichardsracing.com.au

Allan Moffat


Australian Touring Car Legend


Allan George Moffat, OBE is an Australian racing driver known for his four wins in the Australian Touring Car Championship, six wins in the Sandown 500 and his four wins in the Bathurst 500/1000. Originally from Canada, Allan spent most of his racing career here in Australia, and is now a bona-fida Aussie! Allan was closly associated with Ford throughout the 70's but had a good run with other cars throughout the 80's including the Mazda RX7 of which he secured a number of Championship wins in.

Born: November 10, 1939 (age 73), Saskatoon
Cars Raced - Lotus, Mercury, Trans Am, Ford, Cosworth, DeKon, Porsche, Mazda, Holden,
Teams - Allan Moffat Racing

Races - 100
Championships - 1970 South Pacific Touring Series, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1983, Australian Touring Car Championship, 1976 Australian Sports Sedan Championship, 1982, 1984 Australian Endurance Champ, 1964 Victorian Short Circuit Saloon Car Championship, 1966 Sports Car Club Of America National Sedan Championship
Wins - 32
Podiums - ?
Pole Positions - ?
Fastest Laps - ?

Additional trivia -

Moffat and his long-time friend and rival (and later co-driver) Peter Brock are the only drivers to have won The Great Race at Bathurst in both its 500 mile and 1000 kilometre formats.


What's Alan doing now? - Allan is involved with Commentating for Channel 7 and a spokesman for BMW and makes appearences at various Ford club events. Allan Moffat is also a Director of the Australian Institute for Motor Sport Safety (AIMSS)
www.allanmoffat.com.au


Mark Skaife

Australian Touring Car & V8 Supercar Legend


Mark Stephen Skaife OAM is an Australian motor racing driver. Skaife is a five time winner of the V8 Supercar Championship Series, including its predecessor the Australian Touring Car Championship. Mark Skaife has been voted the 2nd greatest Australian touring car driver of all-time behind the late great Peter Brock, the 'King of the Mountain' who became a household name after a record 9 Bathurst victories. The award was announced as V8 Supercars marked the 50th anniversary of the ATCC at the Norton 360 Challenge which has been themed as the 'Heritage Round'.

Born: 3 April 1967 in  Gosford
Cars Raced - Ford, Nissan, Holden, Reynard 92D Mugan Honda, Lola, Porsche
Teams - Tyretown Racing, Peter Jackson Nissan Racing, Triple Eight Race Engineering
Nicknames - "Skaifey"
Races - 1220
Championships - 1986 Victorian Laser Series, 1987 Australian 2.0 Litre Touring Car Championship, 1991, 1992 Australian Drivers' Championship, 2000, 2001 Shell Championship Series, 2002 V8 Supercar Championship Series, 1992 Australian Touring Car Championship,
Wins - 88
Podiums - 87
Pole Positions - 41
Fastest Laps - ?

Additional trivia -

Mark has penned a couple of books, an autobiography, "Skaifey - Life in the fast lane" and his Pictorial - "The Racing Years".

What's Mark doing now? - Commentating for Channel 7 on a variety of Motorport events and is a member of the V8 Supercars Board and is a Director of the Australian Motor Sport Foundation, keeping an eye out for new talent. Mark is also involved with track design and safety aspects.
www.markskaife.com.au
www.facebook.com/Mark.Skaife.fan.page


Craig Lowndes

V8 Supercar Current Legend


Craig Lowndes OAM, multi-championship winning Australian racing driver. He is a three-time V8 Supercar champion, a triple Barry Sheene Medalist, and a five-time winner of Australia's most prestigious motor race, the Bathurst 1000.

Born:  21 June 1974 in Melbourne (age 38)
Cars Raced - Formula Ford, Audi, Ford, Holden
Teams - Northern Tuning Services, Craig Lowndes, Brian Sampson, Holden Racing Team, RSM Marko, Gibson Motor Sport, Ford Performance Racing, Triple Eight Race Engineering, Red Bull Racing Australia @redbullAUS
Nicknames - "Lowndsie"?
Races - 208
Championships - 1991 "Champion of Winton" Formula Ford Series, 1993 Australian Formula Ford Championship, 1994 Australian Silver Star, 1996, 1998 Australian Touring Car Championship,
Wins - 89
Podiums - 90
Pole Positions - 31
Fastest Laps - ?

Additional trivia -
Craig won the 1996 Touring Car Championship in his rookie year and is the youngest-ever series champion at age 22! Nice work Craig!!
What's Craig doing now? - Still racing - trying to crack the elusive Bathurst 12 Hour, and working towards the 2013 Championship aboard the Red Bull Racing Holden VF Commodore.
www.craiglowndes.com.au
@craiglowndes888
www.facebook.com/craiglowndesofficial
www.lowndesforce.com.au


Michael Doohan

Australian Motorcycle Legend


"Mick" is who won five consecutive 500 cc World Championships is a champion of the sport, well know and liked throughout the motorsport culture in Australia and the world.
Mick was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 1986s Honours List.

Born: 4 June 1965 in Brisbane, (age 47)
Bikes Raced - Yamaha, Honda
Teams - Rothmans Honda, HRC Honda, Repsol Honda,
Nicknames - "Mick"
Races - 137
Championships - 1988 Superbike World Championship, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 500 cc World Championship
Wins - 54
Podiums - 95
Pole Positions - 58
Fastest Laps - 13

Additional trivia -
Mick was involved in designing a ride at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast named "Mick Doohan's Motocoaster" - Better hold on tightly!
What's Mick doing now? - Mick is very passionate and proud of his involvement in the SMART safe riding program which is a road safety initiative that offers professional instruction for licensed motorcycle riders. Mick is also an ambassador for Mercedes, TW Steel watches & Quantum Chill.
www.doohan.com.au
@micksdoohan
www.facebook.com/pages/Mick-Doohan/311993505556721


Wayne Gardner

Australian Grand Prix Motorcycle Legend

When thinking of motorcycle racing in Australia, especially in the 80's Wayne was the man! Wayne's most notable achievement was winning the 1987 500 cc Motorcycle World Championship, becoming the first Australian to win motorcycling's premier class. Wayne also won four Suzuka 8 Hours races in 1985, 1986, 1991 and 1992.
Wayne has also had his fair shot at car racing in the Australian Touring Car, All Japan Touring Car Championship, and back in 2002 competed in the V8 Supercar Championship.

Following his victory in the 1987 500 cc World Championship, Gardner was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 1988s Honours List.

Born: 11 October 1959 in Wollongong (age 53)
Bikes Raced - Yamaha, Honda
Cars Raced - Holden, Toyota, Ford, Riley & Scott
Teams - Honda Britain, Rothmans Honda, Raider Motorsport, Holden Racing Team, Wayne Gardner Racing
Nicknames - "The Wollongong Whiz"
Races - 100
Championships - 1987 500 cc Motorcycle World Championship
Wins - 18
Podiums - 51
Pole Positions - 19
Fastest Laps - 19

Additional trivia -

Wayne's current street ride is the Honda CBR1000.
What's Wayne doing now? - Currently supporting his two boys Remy and Luca in their motorcycling careers in Spain under the banner of Gardner Racing.
www.waynegardner.com
@TheWayneGardner
www.facebook.com/GardnerRacing



Casey Stoner

Australian Grand Prix Motorcycle Legend

Sporting the number 27, Casey Stoner was a talented motorcycle rider from a very young age, moving to England at 14 to persue his road racing career after many an Australian dirt and long track title. Casey went on to contest the national 125cc GP championships in Britain and Spain, winning the English 125cc Aprilia Championship in 2000, before moving fulltime to the 250cc GP World Championships in 2002.

Casey has now retired from MotoGP racing due to a number of personal reasons, Stoner has since announced that he would be moving to touring car racing, specifically the Dunlop V8 Supercar Series for the 2013 series.


Born: 16 October 1985 in Kurri Kurri, (age 27)
Bikes Raced - Yamaha, Honda, Aprilia, KTM, Ducati
Teams - Team LCR, Red Bull KTM, Ducati Corse, Repsol Honda
Nicknames - ?
Races - 176
Championships - 2000 125cc Aprilia Championship, 2007 & 2011 MotoGP World Champion,
Wins - 45
Podiums - 89
Pole Positions - 43
Fastest Laps - 33

Additional trivia -
Before the 2012 Australian Grand Prix, the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit named the third corner "Stoner Corner".
What's Casey doing now? - Getting stuck into the Dunlop V8 Supercar Series and spending time with his family.
www.caseystoner.com.au
@Official_CS27
www.facebook.com/casey.27.stoner


Chad Reed

Current Motocross & Supercross Legend


Chad Mark Reed AM is an Australian motocross and super-cross racer. Born in Kurri Kurri, Reed picked up two Australian National titles before heading to Europe to race the GPs, from there it was onto the States to take on the AMA. He is a multi-time super-cross and motocross champion sporting the number 22 and a true current legend of Australian Motorsport. Chad Reed was donned the crown of AMA Athlete of the Year in 2009.


Born: 15 March 1982, Kurri Kurri (age 30)
Bikes Raced - Suzuki, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Honda
Teams - Suzuki Australia, Jan DeGroot's factory Kawasaki, Factory Yamaha Team, Rockstar Makita Suzuki, Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team, TwoTwo Motorsports.
Nicknames - "Skippy", "Speedy Reedy"
Races - ? lots
Championships - 1997 Australian Junior Championship, 1999 & 2000 Australian Supercross, Championships, 2002 AMA East Coast Lites SX Champion, 2003, 2004 U.S Open Champion, 2003 FIM World Supercross Champion, 2004 AMA Supercross Champion, 2008 AMA/FIM World Supercross Champion, 2008, 2009 Australian Supercross Champion, 2009 Monster Energy Triple Crown MX Champion, 2009 AMA National Motocross Champion.
Wins - ? lots
Podiums - ? lots
Pole Positions -?
Fastest Laps - ?

Additional trivia -
We think this clip pretty much sums up Chad's legend status. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ZC4f9TCg4zw
What's Chad doing now? - Currently hanging out in Tampa Florida, USA with his family and getting geared up for the 2013 series after a nasty spill in 2012.

@CRtwotwo
www.facebook.com/TwoTwoMotorsports

Should we have missed your favourite Aussie motorsport icon, or if you know of some of the blanks in our findings, let us know and we will update our post if there are enough votes!

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