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Old 12-09-2013, 02:27 PM
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Default Historic Sandown to Remember WW2 Flying Ace

MEDIA RELEASE No.2 24 Aug. 2013

Historic Sandown to Remember World War 2 Flying Ace & Motor Racing Legend

The legacy of Australia's first Formula One Grand Prix driver Tony Gaze will be celebrated at this year's Historic Sandown meeting on November 8-10, 2013.

In 1952, Gaze contested the Belgian, German and British Grands Prix behind the wheel of a HWM Alta, but his love a daring, high speed adventure developed years before. A World War 2 Spitfire pilot with a legendary flying record, Squadron Leader Gaze was the only Australian to be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross three times. He took part in almost 500 sorties over Europe, was the first to fly a jet aircraft in combat, is reputedly the first pilot to land in Europe on D-Day, and in later years he represented Australia in the world gliding championships, establishing two world records.

In 1948 it was Tony Gaze who convinced the Earl of Richmond that the perimeter of the WW2 flying base at Westhampnett would make an ideal motor racing venue - and the famous Goodwood circuit came into being.
Along with fellow Australian motor racing champions Lex Davison and Stan Jones, Gaze gave Holden its first international motor sport debut when the trio competed in the gruelling 1953 Monte Carlo Rally driving a 48-215 (more commonly known as the "FX"). A faithful replica of this car will be on display at the Historic Sandown meeting.

Tony Gaze was also part of an Australian team known as the "Kangaroo Stable" that raced Aston Martin sports cars in Europe in 1955, and gave a young Jack Brabham his first taste of international motor racing. Gaze's illustrious racing career was forged in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, and in 2006 he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for "services to the sport of motor racing".

Ninety three year-old VHRR member Tony Gaze passed away on July 29 this year but his legacy lives on. And don't be surprised if you see a Spitfire fly over Sandown on Sunday, 10 November as a tribute to this remarkable Australian.

For further details on the 2013 Historic Sandown meeting visit the VHRR website www.vhrr.com or phone 0402 224 133.
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