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Tony Gaze
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Nationality Australia Australian
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 1952
Teams privateer HWM
Races 4 (3 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1952 Belgian Grand Prix
Last race 1952 Italian Grand Prix

Frederick Anthony Owen Gaze DFC & Two Bars, OAM (born 3 February 1920 in Melbourne) is a decorated World War II flying ace credited with 12.5 aerial victories and a former racing driver from Australia. He participated in four World Championship Grands Prix driving his HWM, debuting on June 22, 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 such an honour. He escaped from occupied France with the help of the French Resistance after being shot down in combat. He ended the war as one of Australia's greatest aces, 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 Tony Gaze became Australia's first official formula one driver by competing in the 1952 Belgian Grand Prix. His racing career that 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 sports car racing in Europe dried up 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. Later he helped with the development of Australian motorsport and represented Australia in the 1960 World Gliding Championships in Germany. Tony Gaze was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the 2006 New Year's Honours List for 'service to the sport of motor racing'.


Tony Gaze is also the son of Irvine Gaze, expedition member of the incredible 1914 'Ross Sea Party', a forgotten group of men trapped in the Antarctic, who's job it was to lay supplies for Shackleton’s aborted crossing. It was to set a new record to be the first to cross the Antarctic from one side to the other which however ended in disaster. After his return, Irvine later served as a fighter pilot in the RAF towards the concluding stages of WW1.

Complete World Championship results

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 WDC Points
1952 Tony Gaze HWM Alta Straight-4 SUI
500
BEL
15
FRA
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
NED
ITA
DNQ
NC 0
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