When Jack Brabham took Denny Hulme on as a mechanic in 1961, he couldn’t have imagined that Hulme would beat him to the Formula One World Championship six years later. He drove for Brabham in the junior formulae before graduating to F1 with them in 1965.
In 1967 he won only twice – in Monaco and Germany – but his consistency stood him in good stead against Jim Clark’s fast-but-fragile Lotus 45 and Hulme was champion.
He joined McLaren for 1968 and would remain there for the final seven years of his F1 career. He took six more wins but never looked likely to claim another title, although he did fit in a successful CanAm racing career alongside his F1 activities.
He resumed racing in the 1990s, but sadly died from a heart attack in 1992 while competing in the famous Bathurst 1000km touring car race. He was 56.