Tony Gaze " Grand Prix Motor Racing " Formula 1 Signed Cards Autograph £25.00
This is an In Person Signed White Card 5" x 3" by the late Australian former Grand Prix Racing Driver and Decorated World War II Fighter Pilot.
Frederick Anthony Owen Gaze DFC & Two Bars, OAM (born 3 February 1920 - died 29 July 2013 ) was a decorated World War II flying ace credited with 12.5 aerial victories and a former racing driver from Australia. He was born in Melbourne. He participated in four World Championship Grands Prix driving his HWM, debuting on 22 June 1952. He also participated in numerous non-Championship Formula 2 races across Europe as well as competing in the Australian and New Zealand Grands Prix in the early 1950s. Gaze is also step-grandfather to the third generation of Davison racing drivers, Alex, Will and James. His war time service highlights included becoming the first Squadron Leader of an Allied jet air wing (RAF 616 squadron) to operate over enemy territory, first Allied pilot to land in France after D-Day, the first Australian to shoot down a jet (Me 262) in combat and becoming the first Australian jet fighter pilot flying the Gloster Meteor during the closing stages of the war. His Me 262 victory also resulted in Tony Gaze being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for the third time and as such become the only Australian during World War II to have achieved this honour. He escaped from occupied France with the help of the French Resistance after being shot down in combat. After 488 combat missions he ended the war as Australia's tenth highest ace achieving 12.5 victories all while flying his favourite mount the Supermarine Spitfire. During the war he had also flown with some of the most famous names including Wing Commander Douglas Bader, highest allied European war Ace Johnnie Johnson (Spitfire Ace with 38 victories) as part of the RAF's famous Tangmere Wing and Paul Tibbets (pilot of the 'Enola Gay', B29 Bomber) who dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. After the war Gaze became the first Australian to contest a World Championship motor race when he competed in the 1952 Belgian Grand Prix. His racing career saw him competing in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa in open wheelers and sports cars. Early in 1955 Tony helped to established Australia's first all Australian overseas racing team called 'The Kangaroo Stable' that included racing drivers such as Jack Brabham, Tom Sulman, David McKay, Les Cosh and Dick Cobden but after the tragic 1955 Le Mans race many events in Europe were cancelled leading to the Stable disbanding later that year. He also helped establish the Goodwood motor racing circuit in 1948 by suggesting it as a potential replacement for Brooklands to the then Duke of Richmond. Today the Goodwood circuit is again a premier track as it stages the annual 'Festival of Speed' and 'Goodwood Revival' meetings.