A cavity has been left in the world of Formula 1 with the death of the “racing dentist”. Tony Brooks was preparing for his dentistry final when entering the 1955 Syracuse Grand Prix at the last minute, which he went on to win. He established himself from there as one of the star drivers of the 50s scene, winning a further 5 Grand Prixes. Similar to contemporary Stirling Moss, World Championship success evaded him despite Moss himself considering Brooks to be a better driver than some of the actual Championship winners. A cautious attitude inspired by prior accidents and his Catholic faith likely was why Brooks never tasted Championship gold – during the 1959 US Grand Prix, another car hit Brooks’s and he waited to have it checked rather than risk driving in an unsafe vehicle. He finished third even with the self-imposed delay. Widely respected in motorsport for both his talents and humble disposition, he felt his possible title-costing decision was morally correct until the end. He was 90 and Last Gasp Saloon and theme team Formula Fatality shift into gear.
25 February 1932 – 3 May 2022, aged 90
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