Never restored and completely original, this is Bristol Number 1. It was built in 1946, but drives like a modern sports car.
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Crook owned and raced three different Frazer Nashes (FN6, FN155 and FN170). FN155 is the car he used for his 200 mile 2-litre record attempt at Montlhéry; FN170 is the car he drove to third place in the 1952 Prix de Monte-Carlo.
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After a much-publicized stunt at Montlhéry in 1950 behind the wheel of a Bristol 401, Tony Crook returned to the track the following year with his Frazer Nash for a new record attempt.
Sketches of the scale model. Courtesy of S. Brooks from Portland, Oregon.
We’ve received a lot of enthusiastic e-mails about the 7 Crook tapes we uploaded last week (thank you), so have decided to do some more. Expect them here sometime next week.
If you’ve received your copy of Mr Bristol, you’re sure to have noticed Loustal’s magnificent rendition of the Bristol Buccaneer on page 40. We can’t show it here for copyright reasons, but if you’ve seen the image, please do let us know what you think. Is this the car that would have saved Bristol Cars? The Buccaneer, for those of you who are not aware of it, was developed in the 1990s and should have brought Bristol firmly into the 21st century. Loustal’s painting was based on photographs of the scale model.
For more Loustal, have a look at some of the covers he made for The New Yorker.
This week the second batch of Mr Bristols is being finished at the bookbinders, and what a glorious sight it is. Classic tools, dedicated craftsmen.
The helmet that features on the cover of Mr Bristol (and is a recurring theme in the book), was hand-drawn by Gert Jan Slagter based on Crook’s racing helmet from the 1950s.
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Ten years ago Tony Crook, the media-shy former owner of Bristol Cars, was interviewed extensively by Dutch Public Television. Topics during this unique shoot included Crook’s racing career, his years at Bristol Cars, Sir George White, the oil crises, Toby Silverton, Tony’s dismissal from Bristol Cars, and much more. The resulting footage was never used, and later presumed to be lost. Recently though it has surfaced.
In the coming weeks we will be showing clips from these interviews, topic by topic. The first clip should be live around 1st June.
If time permits, we’ll be uploading some more in the coming days.