Sunday, March 18, 2012
It's a big weekend here in Tram Town Melbourne. At around three o'clock down at Albert Park, there is going to be a parade around the lake of past Australian F1 drivers. We'd all expect Sir Jack and Jonesy to be part of it but I wonder if Tony Gaze will participate at 92yo.
He has three step-grandsons going around during the day (the Davison boys). He was the first Australian pilot to shoot down a jet fighter. He was Squadron Leader of the first Allied jet air wing. He flew with Douglas Bader. He helped establish the Goodwood motor racing circuit in 1948. He was the first Australian to drive in a modern Formula One race. He represented Australia in the world gliding championships in 1960.
The big Mystery to me is why it took until 2006 for him to be awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia.