Tony Brooks

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Tony Brooks
Born (1932-02-25) 25 February 1932 (age 82)
Dukinfield, Cheshire, England, UK
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality United Kingdom British
Active years 19561961
Teams BRM, Vanwall, Ferrari and non-works Cooper
Races 39 (38 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 6
Podiums 10
Career points 75
Pole positions 3
Fastest laps 3
First race 1956 Monaco Grand Prix
First win 1957 British Grand Prix
Last win 1959 German Grand Prix
Last race 1961 United States Grand Prix

Charles Anthony "Tony" Standish Brooks (born in Dukinfield, Cheshire, 25 February 1932) is a British former racing driver from England also known as the "racing dentist". He participated in 39 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 14 July 1956, and scored the first win by a British driver in a British car in a Grand Prix since 1923, in 1955 driving a Connaught at Syracuse in a non World Championship race.

Career[edit]

Brooks was born on 25 February 1932 in Dukinfield, Chesire. He is the son of a dental surgeon, Charles Standish Brooks, and studied the practice himself. He is also a cousin of Norman Standish Brooks, a former British Olympic swimmer. He took up racing in 1952 and drove a Healey at club events until 1955. In that same year, Brooks drove a Formula Two Connaught at Crystal Palace and finished fourth.[1]

Brooks claimed the first victory for a British-constructed car in a World Championship race in the 1957 British Grand Prix at Aintree, which he shared with Sir Stirling Moss. Along with Moss, Brooks is considered one of the best drivers never to have been World Champion and both Moss and three-time World Champion Jack Brabham were known to have thought highly of his ability.[2]

In 1959, Brooks had a chance to win the title due to the deaths of Mike Hawthorn and Peter Collins, along with Brabham and Moss. Brooks started well, with a second place at Monaco Grand Prix, behind Brabham. He failed to finish at the Dutch Grand Prix, but dominantly won the French Grand Prix at Reims-Gueux. Having failed to finish in a Vanwall at the British Grand Prix due to Ferrari workers in Italy being on strike, he won the only German Grand Prix of Formula One to be held at AVUS. The race was split unusually into two heats, and he won both. He had a slow car in Portugal, qualifying 10th and finishing 5 laps down. He retired shortly after the start at Monza but was still in contention to win the championship. At the first ever United States Grand Prix for Formula One at Sebring, he was hit by German team-mate Wolfgang von Trips and pitted to check for any damage, losing two minutes. It proved to be a waste of time, but still finished in third place. He finished second in the championship with 27 points, 7 behind Brabham, and 1.5 ahead of Moss.

Brooks won six races for Vanwall and Ferrari, secured four pole positions, achieved ten podiums, and scored a total of 74 championship points. He drove for BRM but retired from the team at the end of 1961, just before their most successful season. He ended his career with a third place at the first ever United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen.

In 2008, Brooks was honoured by his home town. Dukinfield District Assembly, part of Tameside Council, held a dinner in his honour and unveiled a plaque outside his former home on Park Lane.

Brooks shared this Vanwall VW5 with Stirling Moss to win the 1957 British Grand Prix.


Racing record[edit]

Complete World Championship Formula One results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Yr Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 WDC Points
1956 Owen Racing Organisation BRM P25 BRM Straight-4 ARG
MON
DNS
500
BEL
FRA
GBR
Ret
GER
ITA
NC 0
1957 Vandervell Products Vanwall Vanwall
Straight-4
ARG
MON
2
500
FRA
GBR
1*
GER
9
PES
Ret
ITA
7**
5th 11
1958 Vandervell Products Vanwall Vanwall
Straight-4
ARG
MON
Ret
NED
Ret
500
BEL
1
FRA
Ret
GBR
7
GER
1
POR
Ret
ITA
1
MOR
Ret
3rd 24
1959 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari Dino 246 Ferrari V6 MON
2
500
NED
Ret
FRA
1
GER
1**
POR
9
ITA
Ret
USA
3
2nd 27
Vandervell Products Vanwall Vanwall
Straight-4
GBR
Ret
1960 Yeoman Credit Racing Team Cooper T51 Climax
Straight-4
ARG
MON
4
500
NED
Ret
BEL
Ret
GBR
5
POR
5
ITA
USA
Ret
11th 7
Vandervell Products Vanwall Vanwall
Straight-4
FRA
Ret
1961 Owen Racing Organisation BRM P48/57 Climax
Straight-4
MON
13
NED
9
BEL
13
FRA
Ret
GBR
9
GER
Ret
ITA
5
USA
3
10th 6

* Tony Brooks won the 1957 British Grand Prix sharing his car with Stirling Moss. Both were awarded half points for their victory (4 instead of 8).
** Brooks was also awarded one point in the 1957 Italian Grand Prix and 1959 German Grand Prix for recording the fastest lap.

Non-Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
1955 Equipe Endeavour Connaught Type A Lea-Francis Straight-4 BUE VLN PAU GLV BOR INT NAP ALB CUR CRN LON
4
REC RDX TLG
4
OUL
5
AVO
Connaught Engineering Connaught Type B Alta Straight-4 SYR
1
1956 Owen Racing Organisation BRM P25 BRM Straight-4 NZL BUE GLO
Ret
SYR BAR
2
INT NAP AIN
Ret
VAN CAE SUS BRS AUS
1957 Vandervell Products Ltd. Vanwall Vanwall Straight-4 BUE SYR
Ret
PAU GLV
6
NAP RMS MOR
Ret
Tony Brooks Cooper T43 Climax Straight-4 CAE
Ret
INT
Ret
MOD
1958 Tony Brooks Cooper T45 Climax Straight-4 BUE GLV SYR AIN
3
INT
Ret
CAE
1959 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 246 Ferrari V6 GLV AIN
2
INT
Ret
OUL SIL
1960 G.A. Vandervell Vanwall Vanwall Straight-4 GLV
7
INT
DNA
Yeoman Credit Racing Team Cooper T51 Climax
Straight-4
SIL
Ret
Vandervell Products Ltd. Lotus 18 Vanwall Straight-4 LOM
DNS
OUL
1961 Owen Racing Organisation BRM P48/57 BRM Straight-4 LOM GLV
Ret
PAU BRX VIE AIN
7
SYR
Ret
NAP LON SIL
3
SOL KAN DAN MOD
6
FLG OUL
4
LEW VAL RAN NAT RSA

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tony Brooks Profile". Grandprix.com. 
  2. ^ Benson, Andrew (2012-04-10). "BBC Sport - Formula 1's greatest drivers. Number 18: Jack Brabham". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-08-15.