In a fraction over two years, we have lost two of the greatest drivers this country has ever produced, both at the age of 90. Sir Stirling Moss died in April 2020, and now Tony Brooks has joined him at the great Flugplatz in the sky. Today the oldest person alive to know what it is like to win a Grand Prix is Jackie Stewart, who took his first in 1965, a full decade after a young dental student called Charles Anthony Standish Brooks travelled to Syracuse to compete in his first-ever F1 race and promptly went and won it. Now that he has gone, there are few indeed left who can even describe what it was like to be in a Formula 1 race in the late 1950s or early 1960s, and precisely none who knows what it was like to win one. With their passing, an entire era has passed from living memory to historical document.
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Andrew Frankel has been racing cars for over 20 years and testing them for nearer to 30. He is senior contributing writer to both Autocar and MotorSport magazines, sits on the Car of the Year jury and was chief car tester for the Sunday Times for 15 years. He cites driving and writing as the only disciplines for which he has any talent and therefore considers himself vocationally employed. When he is not working he lives quietly in the Wye Valley with his family, a small and unimportant accumulation of cheap old cars and some sheep.
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