Fifties hero Tony Brooks on racing Fangio and Moss in F1's first decade


He raced in an era of heroes; a time when cars had no seat belts, yet could still be raced at average speeds of 150mph. Many he raced against in the 1950s – the first decade of the world championship – perished in pursuit of speed, but Tony Brooks emerged unscathed with six Grand Prix victories, having come ever so close to winning the world title his talents surely deserved.

This week on F1's official podcast – Beyond The Grid, supported by Bose – we caught up with this giant of F1, now 87, to look back over his remarkable career. We discover how he swapped the sedate world of dentistry for going toe-to-toe with the likes of Fangio and Moss, what it was like to drive for Enzo Ferrari, how he mastered the treacherous Nurburgring and terrifying AVUS, and much more.

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