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Tony Brooks

Tony Brooks. Copyright Ferret Fotographic 2009. Used with permission.

Tony Brooks. Copyright Ferret Fotographic 2009. Used with permission.

Tony Brooks, 2008. Copyright David Hayhoe, 2009. Used with permission.

Tony Brooks, 2008. Copyright David Hayhoe, 2009. Used with permission.

Born:

25 Feb 1932
Dukinfield, Cheshire

Nationality:

Great Britain

Grands Prix:

38 (1956-1961)

Now retired from running his Weybridge garage. Brooks was involved in media work and made special appearances in historic festivals, but he recently had an operation from which his recovery has been slow; Tony is a little frailer than before so doesn't plan to attend too many events, but will always make an effort for special reunions. Tony was, in 1955, whilst still a dental student, to become the first British driver to win a continental race post-war at Syracuse. Came very close to winning the 1959 World Championship, but was always acutely aware of the risks involved with racing and so retired at the end of the 1961 season, aged 29 to concentrate on his family and his garage. Brooks started racing in 1952 and when he was younger, greatly enjoyed playing squash.

Biography last updated 2 Feb 2020