Tony Brooks: Poetry in Motion: Autobiography of a Supreme Grand Prix Driver
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Poetry in Motion: Autobiography of a Supreme Grand Prix Driver

By Tony Brooks

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Format: Hardcover, 276 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 May 2012
It took 15 years of relentless persuasion to convince Tony Brooks, one of Britain's greatest ever racing drivers, that he should write his autobiography. Throughout his racing career he shunned publicity, preferring to let his on-track performances speak for themselves. This is why Stirling Moss, on many occasions his team-mate in Formula 1 and sports car races, has described him as "the greatest 'little known' driver of all time".

About the Author

Tony Brooks began his racing career at Goodwood in 1952 at the wheel of his mother's Healey sports car. Three years later, having never previously sat in a Formula 1 car, he drove a Connaught to victory in the Syracuse Grand Prix, beating the entire Maserati works team. It was the first Grand Prix victory for a British car and driver for 31 years. His unique combination of speed and smoothness, aptly chosen by him as his book title Poetry in Motion, led to works drives with Aston Martin, BRM, Vanwall and Ferrari and brought him Grand Prix victories on Europe's most challenging circuits - Spa, the Nurburgring and Monza. Tony Brooks and his Italian wife Pina live at Ottershaw Park, Surrey


It is a rare treat to find such an absorbingly detailed account of racing in the early years of the world championship given how few of the drivers from that era have survived. Books like this don't come along that often and this superb title is worth every penny. Keith Collantine, F1 Fanatic "Its been long awaited, this autobiography of the man Moss would have in his ideal team, yet Brooks has extraordinary recall not only of his own races, but also what everyone else was doing on the track. Perhaps this was part of his innate talent - . This is as well researched as any history and says almost as much about rivals as it does about himself - .a warm picture of a satisfying life - " Gordon Cruickshank, Motorsport Magazine "Tony Brooks' long awaited autobiography provides a fresh view of a F1 era that was totally different, and far more dangerous, to that of today. As far as the author was concerned it was the best era for several reasons and his views on modern F1 racing are, not surprisingly given the general tone of this excellent book, largely disapproving. Whether or not you agree, he paints a fine picture of a period of GP motor racing when it could still be classed as a sport." Speedscene Magazine To anyone interested in motor racing this is a fascinating book, which I have found most enjoyable and interesting to read. John Fenwick, AM News

EAN: 9781899870837
ISBN: 1899870830
Publisher: Motor Racing Publications
Dimensions: 27.43 x 22.1 x 2.54 centimeters (1.36 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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