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Tony Brooks: Poetry in Motion Hardcover – Illustrated, 28 Mar 2012

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  • Hardcover: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Motor Racing Publications Ltd (28 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1899870830
  • ISBN-13: 978-1899870837
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 2.5 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 223,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'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

'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.' --F1 Fanatic

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


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At long last! The autobiography of one of the most undervalued Grand Prix drivers - a driver who was better than many who won the World Championship - is well worth the wait. Tony Brooks has written this book very much on his own terms, providing an unhurried and detailed account of his racing career as well as his formative years and post-driving career.

Brooks discusses every race he participated in, thanks to keeping a racing journal religiously from his first forays in a Healey Silverstone through to his last race for BRM. Some fascinating insights into the art of racing are provided - such as how he learned to drift a car through high-speed corners in those innocent early days in the Healey and Frazer Nash. Brooks captures the wide-eyed excitement of his first few races, the exhilaration of his first works drive and getting paid, frank character studies of the people he encountered (his assessment of Stirling Moss is extremely interesting), and a few amusing incidents that occurred during his brief career (usually involving Roy Salvadori).

Brooks discusses his successful Grand Prix years with Vanwall and Ferrari with an understated matter-of-factness that reflects both the analytical approach to his racing and his essential modesty and reticence. The frustration and resentment that Brooks felt towards the BRM management during his final season of racing is clearly evident and he is honest in admitting that he regretted not retiring at the end of 1959 while he was at the top.

Brooks points out that where he and Moss differed was that motor racing was the be-all-and-end-all for the latter, whereas for himself it was merely a part of his life.
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bought for my father's birthday and he absolutely loves it! My mother not so much - she cannot get him to do anything because he is too busy reading! Mind you, the rest of the family are also suffering as he keeps telling us tales from it! He reckons it is one of the best F1 history books he has read. I can recommend it to anyone who needs a present for someone who likes F1 (especially if they are of more mature years!)
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Tony Brooks was one of our greatest drivers whose driving skills were close to those of Fangio and Moss. I saw him driving the Vanwall which was not any easy car and his car control was amazing. In recent years, I was privileged to meet him and I found him to be a perfect gentleman. His autobiography says it all, a dedicated driver and most of all, a family man.
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A great driver but a modest man who comes across as one who appears dissapointed that his racing achievements have not been widely recognised. An honest and readable autobiography of a nice man, a qualification that cannot always be attributed to a racing driver. A motor racing enthusiast's choice of reading.
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A well written account of motor racing in the 50s and 60s. It tells it as it was in a modest and amusing way with a number of facts not generally known. I would recommend this to anyone interested in motor sport of that era.
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I was just a few months old when Brooks and Moss shared the winning Vanwall at Aintree - the first British car to win a World Championship GP - but I find this era fascinating. Having read the race reports this book goes further with behind the scene insights. Brooks is known for his modesty and gentlemanly behaviour but this is no whitewash. His criticisms are implied but you know who he rates and who he doesn't. His sense of fair play is a lesson for modern sports men and women and his disappointment at Harry Schell's failings to own up to cutting a corner at the Sebring GP in 1959 is palpable. Schell got a higher grid slot and relegated Brooks in a crucial title decider. Brooks got punted by a team mate and finished third, not enough for the title. An under rated driver and surely the only dentist to win GPs!
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Lovely book, looking forward to enjoying it over time not a book to read and just move on it's one to return to as you remember bits and stories.
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I was at Aintree in 1957 with my family and the joy of seeing a Vanwall win was unforgettable. We knew Tony was carrying an injury and have always wondered if he could have won the race on his own, I remember Hawthorne coming slowly into the pits, minus his crash helmet to retire and Behra's car blowing it's clutch up. Archie Scott Brown raced his Lister at this meeting as I recall. Very enjoyable book with a slight overuse of the expression, 'poetry in motion' the only minor irritant but then I'm an old cumudgeon!!
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