Tony Gaze Australia’s first grand prix driver dies

Tony Gaze pictured here with Diana at Goodwood

Tony Gaze pictured here with Diana at Goodwood

The decorated fighter pilot and pioneering grand prix driver Tony Gaze has died at age 93.

Gaze predated fellow compatriot Sir Jack Brabham as the first Australian driver in F1 when he raced in the Belgium Grand Prix in 1952.

He was the step-grandfather of V8 Supercar driving brothers Will and Alex Davison.

A true gentleman racer Gaze married Lex Davison’s widow Diana who died in August last year.

Among his long list of fine achievements Gaze was the person responsible for convincing the Duke of Richmond into transforming Goodwood into a racing circuit to replace the historic Brooklands in England.

Speedcafe.com passes on its condolences to the entire Davison family and friends.

A tribute piece honouring his remarkable life will follow.

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