Tony Brooks: Poetry in Motion Hardcover – Illustrated, 28 Mar 2012
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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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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.Read more ›
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Excellent - well written by a driver we don't hear enough aboutPublished 15 months ago by John Whiteman
I had been looking forward to reading this genuine autobiography by a great driver. And I thoroughly enjoyed the honesty and clarity that shone through both in relation to his... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Russ Taylor
The best racing driver autobiography ever written by one of the six greatest Formula1 drivers of all.Published 18 months ago by Tim Stewart
Motorsport Fans ..this is a must Buy Tony Brooks writes it himself ..a Great Read & with Fantastic PhotosPublished 19 months ago by Connor McKnight
The best book about motor racing I have ever read. Excellent.Published on 17 July 2014 by richard tambling
Apart from the Tony Brookes book all the other items were presents , so I have no opinion as to their merits. Read morePublished on 26 Dec. 2013 by David Turner
I only read a few chapters; it got into, I did this race with a short summary, then the next race with a short summary, then the next race with a short summary. Read morePublished on 18 Aug. 2013 by Mr. Alan Bell
Brought back such fantastic memories - well written. A racing driver that never really got the full star treatment! And again will be a true classic collectors book in the future!Published on 7 May 2013 by Derby