Tony Crook (racing driver)

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Tony Crook
Born(1920-02-16)16 February 1920
Manchester, England
Died21 January 2014(2014-01-21) (aged 93)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Flag of the United Kingdom.svg British
Active years 1952 - 1953
TeamsNon-works Frazer Nash, Cooper
Championships 0
Wins 0
Career points0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 1952 British Grand Prix
Last entry 1953 British Grand Prix

Thomas Anthony Donald Crook (16 February 1920 21 January 2014) [1] was a racing driver from England. [2] He was born in Manchester and educated at Clifton College, Bristol. He participated in two Formula 2 Grand Prix races counting towards the World Championship of Drivers, debuting on 19 July 1952. He scored no championship points. He also participated in several non-championship races.

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Crook had a successful career as a racing driver outside of Formula 2 amassing nearly 400 win or place finishes between 1946 and 1955. [3] His career ended after an accident that season, but he had been planning to retire in 1955 anyway. [3] In his capacity as a motor dealer in Surrey Crook specialised in Bristols and became part owner of the Bristol company in 1960, before taking full ownership in 1973. [3] He retained the sole ownership of Bristol Cars until 1997 and part ownership until 2002 [3] but remained with the company until 2007, when he retired.

Surrey County of England

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Racing record

Complete Formula One World Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

YearEntrantChassisEngine123456789WDC Pts
1952 T A D Crook Frazer Nash 421 BMW 328 2.0 L6 SUI 500 BEL FRA GBR
1953 T A D Crook Cooper T20 Bristol BS1 2.0 L6 ARG 500 NED BEL FRA GBR
Source: [4]

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  1. "Notice of Death - Tony Crook". British Racing Drivers Club. February 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  2. James Elliott. "RIP racing driver and former owner of Bristol Cars Tony Crook". Classic and Sports Car. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  3. 1 2 3 4 Taylor, Simon. "Tony Crook: 1920–2014". Haymarket. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  4. Small, Steve (1994). The Guinness Complete Grand Prix Who's Who. Guinness. p. 116. ISBN   0851127029.
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