Tony Brooks Biography: Charles Anthony Standish Brooks, commonly known as the “Racing Dentist,” was a British racing driver. He competed in 39 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, beginning on 14 July 1956, and finished with six wins, ten podium finishes, and 75 career points.
Tony Brooks Biography
Tony Brooks Biography: Tony Brooks was born in Dukinfield, Cheshire, on February 25, 1932, and attended Mount St Mary’s College. He was the son of a dentist, Charles Standish Brooks, and studied dentistry himself. He was also a cousin of former British Olympic swimmer Norman Standish Brooks.
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|Date Of Birth||February 25, 1932|
|Birth Place||Dukinfield, Cheshire|
|Died||3 May 2022|
Tony Brooks Career
From 1952 to 1955, he participated in club races driving a Healey and a Frazer Nash. In the same year, Brooks finished fourth at Crystal Palace going a Formula Two Connaught. Later in 1955, Brooks made his Formula One debut at the 1955 Syracuse Grand Prix, a non-championship event, and won. This was the first international Grand Prix victory for a British car since the 1924 Grand Prix of San Sebastián. Brooks and Stirling Moss shared the first victory for a British-built car in a World Championship race at the 1957 British Grand Prix at Aintree. Brooks is regarded as one of the finest drivers who never won the World Championship, opposite Moss, and both Moss and three-time World Champion Jack Brabham were known to have admired his talent.
Brooks, Brabham, and Moss had an opportunity to win the championship in 1959 due to Mike Hawthorn’s retirement (and subsequent death in a road accident) and Peter Collins’ death the previous season. Brooks began the race well, finishing second at Monaco behind Brabham. He did not complete the Dutch Grand Prix but easily won the French Grand Prix at Reims. After failure to meet the British Grand Prix in a Vanwall due to a strike by Ferrari workers in Italy, he won the only German Grand Prix of Formula One held at AVUS. Unusually, the race was divided into two divisions, and he won both.
He had a slow car in Portugal, qualifying tenth and finishing five circuits behind. At the time of his retirement at Monza, he was still in contention for the championship. At the debut United States Grand Prix for Formula One at Sebring, he was struck by his German teammate Wolfgang von Trips, causing him to lose two minutes as he pitted to inspect the damage. Even though it was a waste of effort, it still placed third. He placed second in the championship with 27 points, seven points behind Brabham and 1.5 points clear of Moss.
Brooks won six races for Vanwall and Ferrari, achieved four pole positions, ten podium finishes, and 75 points in the championship. He drove for BRM but left the team after their most successful season in 1961. He concluded his career with a third-place finish at the initial United States Grand Prix in Watkins Glen.
He was also a skilled sports car driver, winning the 1957 1000 km Nürburgring and the 1958 RAC Tourist Trophy in an Aston Martin DBR1 with co-driver Stirling Moss. He was less successful at Le Mans in 1957 due to another instance of an accident while driving an Aston Martin DBR1 in that year’s 24-hour race, resulting in a shift in his racing philosophy. Brooks, a devout Catholic, declared he would never again risk his life in a vehicle with mechanical flaws after a crash in the 1956 British Grand Prix and another in the subsequent Le Mans race.