On September 21st 1948 the cars came out to race (the main image for this story is the start of the very first race at Goodwood), and the fans, starved of racing for years, poured in through the gates. The dream had come spectacularly true.
In 1952, having established a fine reputation as a racer in Australia, New Zealand and Europe, Gaze entered the Belgian Grand Prix, the first Australian to contest a World Championship race. The following year he joined the first Aussie crew to compete in the Monte Carlo Rally and then, in 1956, he set up the first overseas Aussie racing team, the Kangaroo Stable. One of the young drivers to join him was a lad called Jack Brabham…
Not content with flying Spitfires and racing cars, happiest in the air or at speed, or both, he represented Australia in the 1960 World Gliding Championships. No wonder he and Freddie March came together to give us the Goodwood circuit. It was the most timely meeting of minds.
Gaze died in July 2013, having lived an action-packed 93 years at full throttle. Today we celebrate him with the Tony Gaze Trophy at the Members’ Meeting, while some of us work in a building that reminds us of his legacy.
Images courtesy of Dominic James and Motorsport Images.