Tony Crook


Tony may have competed in only a couple of World Championship Grands Prix, but between 1946 and 1955 he was one of Britain's most active racers, mainly on home soil, in single-seaters and sports categories. He actually won the first post-war circuit race at Gransden Lodge in Raymond Mays' 328 Fraser Nash BMW, and raced this and a 2.9-litre Alfa Romeo with huge success in the late forties. In 1950 Tony began racing the Bristol-engined cars for the first time, and with his Frazer Nash he racked up countless wins and places over the next three years. He finished second to Mike Hawthorn in the 1951 Goodwood racing season, and his mecurial presence enlivened many a national meeting. A highlight in this period was a fine third place with the Frazer Nash in the 1952 sports car-only Monaco GP. In 1953 Crook purchased a pukka single-seater Cooper-Bristol Mk II and he enjoyed many spirited battles with his friend and rival Roy Salvadori. He also had a Mk I Cooper modified to compete in sports events and raced both cars in tandem. For 1954 Tony had the Mk II car rebuilt as an all-purpose 11/2-seater and took great delight in seeing off the challenges of Salvadori in his Maserati and Archie Scott-Brown in his Lister Bristol. He went on to compete in more than 400 races, sprints and hill-climbs, setting countless lap records and BTDs. His last race was the Goodwood 12 Hours in which, during the night, he had the misfortune to spin on oil and be rammed by Stirling Moss. Tony was hospitalised for two weeks and decided upon retirement. He then acquired Bristol Cars Limited and remains chairman and managing director to this day. After he stopped racing Crook bought the Bristol Car company with Sir George White, the grandson of the founder of Bristol. He became sole owner and chairman in 1973.
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London WC2H 9J

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Eton Wick
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