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Tony Brooks, Formula One Pioneer, Sadly Dies Aged 90

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Formula One legend Tony Brooks sadly passed away on May 3, 2022, his daughter Giulia has announced. There are not any special details surrounding Tony Brooks’ cause of death at this time.

‘Racing dentist’ Tony Brooks who is regarded as one of the great British drivers of the 1950s, made his championship debut with BRM in 1956, winning 6 Grands Prix during one of the sport’s deadliest eras.

Tony Brooks whose full name is Charles Anthony Standish Brooks was born on February 25, 1932, in Dukinfield, Cheshire, England. Brooks participated in 39 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix.

Tony Brooks, Formula One Pioneer, Sadly Dies Aged 90

In 1958, the racer was third in the World Drivers’ Championship with Vanwall and second in 1959 with Ferrari. Tony also scored the 1st win by a British racing driver in a British car in a Grand Prix since 1923, driving a Connaught at Syracuse in a non-championship race in 1955.

After the passing of Sir Stirling Moss on April 12, 2020, and before his own death in 2022, Tony was the last surviving Grand Prix winner from the 1950s.

The news came out just days after David Birney’s Cause of Death was released. He sadly passed away on Friday, April 29, 2022, at his home in Santa Monica.

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Tony Brooks’ Cause of Death; World Mourns

The family of the former Formula One driver has not revealed all the details related to his death, thus Tony Brooks’s cause of death is still behind the shadows.

In the 1957 British Grand Prix, Brooks claimed the 1st victory for a British-constructed car in a World Championship race, which Tony shared with Stirling Moss.

Along with Moss, Tony is considered one of the best drivers never to have been World Champion and both three-time World Champion Jack Brabham and Moss were mainly known to have thought highly of his ability.

Tony Brooks, Passed Away at 90

In 1959, Brooks, together with Moss and Brabham, had a chance to win the title because of the retirement of Mike Hawthorn and the passing, the previous season, of Peter Collins. Tony started well, with a second place at Monaco, behind Brabham.

Brooks failed to finish at the Dutch Grand Prix, though dominantly won the French Grand Prix at Reims. He was also an accomplished sports car driver, who won both the 1957 1000 km Nürburgring and the 1958 RAC Tourist Trophy, with Stirling Moss, racing an Aston Martin DBR1.

Tony survived two huge accidents at Le Mans and Silverstone earlier in his career. Brooks recalled: “Believe me, those must have been the most difficult minutes of my life! If I stopped, the World Championship would be gone.”

He continued: “On the other hand, if I didn’t I would have betrayed the solemn promise that I’d made to myself… Without being dramatic about it, I had got away with my life twice and therefore I made that promise to myself. And if I did, could I deserve anything else but pushing up the daisies?”

“My natural inclination was to carry on. Believe me, that would have been the easiest thing to do, but I made myself come in to have the car checked over,” Brooks added.

In 2007, Tony was honored by his hometown. The Dukinfield District Assembly, part of Tameside Council, had a dinner in his honor and disclosed a plaque outside his former home on Park Lane.

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Racing World Reacts to Tony Brooks’ Death

Shortly after the heartbreaking news of Tony Brooks’ death was announced, his friends and fans around the world started to share their condolences. Many fans also took to Twitter to pay tribute to the late legend.

Goodwood Revival wrote on its official Twitter account: “We are sad to announce the passing of Tony Brooks, the last surviving Grand Prix winner from the 1950s.”

The added: “Known as the ‘Racing Dentist’, he was one of the greatest drivers never to have been world champion despite six Grand Prix wins. Our thoughts are with his family.”

 Formula One Pioneer, Tony Brooks, Dies

Formula 1 wrote on Twitter: “We are saddened to hear of the passing of Tony Brooks F1’s last surviving race winner of the 1950s, Brooks was one of the earliest pioneers of the sport we love. Our thoughts are with his loved ones.”

“I’ve just landed in Miami to hear the sad news that Tony Brooks, the last #F1 GP winner from the ’50s, has died, aged 90. He won 6 F1 GPs from just 38 starts, & was as quick as anyone – at the old Spa (pic; winning the ’58 #BelgianGP) perhaps quicker than everyone,” Matt Bishop tweeted.

“So incredibly sad to learn of the death of Tony Brooks. Totally unassuming, but one of the finest British Grand Prix drivers of all time. I will always cherish our chat on the phone in 2019. He was so very supportive & such a gentleman. Rest well, sir. Pic from Revs Institute,” Richard Jenkins said on Twitter.

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