UPDATE: THE State Funeral procession for Sir Jack Brabham has left Southport’s Church of Christ.
Traffic delays are being experienced in all directions along Olsen Avenue at the intersection of Southport-Nerang Road in Molendinar as the large motorcade heads for Sir Jack’s final resting place.
Police are directing traffic out of the area, opposite Bunnings Warehouse.
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EARLIER: HUNDREDS gathered in Southport for the State Funeral of motor racing legend Sir Jack Brabham this afternoon.
The who’s who of Australian motorsport joined more than 500 people at Southport’s Church of Christ to bid a final, fitting farewell.
The three-time Formula One world champion passed away at his Gold Coast home last month, aged 88.
Recently appointed Australian V8 Ute Racing Series Chaplain, Steve Peach, opened the service shortly after 1.30pm.
“It’s such an honour to do a state funeral, let alone for a man so revered as Sir Jack and his family,” Mr Peach said.
Premier Campbell Newman was the first to speak of Sir Jack’s achievements before the racing legend’s son, Geoff Brabham delivered a touching tribute.
“On behalf of the people of Queensland, I offer my sincere condolences to all Sir Jack’s family,” Mr Newman said.
“You can all be very proud for what Sir Jack achieved throughout his long life. His name became so familiar, a household name to many Australian’s.
“I hope that through today and the media coverage that our young Australian’s will learn of Sir Jack’s achievements.”
SIR JACK BRABHAM’S RACING ACHIEVEMENTS:
• Formula One World Drivers Champion 1959, 1960 and 1966
• Formula One World Constructors Champion 1966 and 1967
• Fourteen Grand Prix wins
• Thirteen Formula One Pole Positions
• Ten second and seven third place finishes
• Australian of the Year 1966
• Awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1967
• Knighted for his services to motor sport in 1979
• Only driver in Formula One history to win the championship in a car of his own construction
• Contested 126 Grand Prix from 1955 to 1970
• British Saloon Car Championship in 1965
• Won both the Australian and New Zealand Grand Prix three times
• Four-time winner of the European Formula Two Championship