Fast cars, adrenaline-fueled racing, and an unwavering passion for speed are just a few things passed down from generation to generation among some of Australia’s most famous motorsport families.
While most of the best local drivers in Supercars Australia and Formula 1, such as Lowdnes, Whincup, McLaughlin, Van Gisbergen and Ricciardo, reached the pinnacle of motorsport without following in the tracks of famous fathers, many children of famous drivers have been brave enough to give it a try. When you grow up with a superstar driver as a Dad you have an insider’s view on the challenge of getting to the top. It’s inspiring and daunting at the same time. While some choose to follow their dreams away from the racetrack, others aim to step into the enormous shoes of their racing predecessors, crafting their own remarkable track records under the watchful eyes of greatness.
The legacies left by some of Australasia’s racing legends, like Brabham, Johnson, Richards and Perkins, continue to inspire their children and grandchildren. Sons and daughters grew up in a family that ‘lived to race’, and some who inherited their Dad’s love for competing are now continuing the name and tradition, becoming daring drivers of super-fast cars.
Today we will delve into the stories and successes of some of Australia’s most famous racing families, including fathers and sons who have continued to share a passion for speed and engineering excellence in the exciting and challenging sport of championship-level auto racing.