Stanley Dickens was born the son of a police officer in a central Swedish town. From his father for professional reasons, the family moved mid -1960s to Motala in southern Sweden. Motala is the hometown of the former Swedish Formula 1 pilots Pure Wisell, the mentor of the first motor sports eleven years his younger Dickens was. Dickens himself was trained as a commercial artist and founded in the 1980s in Sweden, an advertising agency. Since the end of his racing career in 2001, the Swede worked as a PR and marketing consultant for companies in Sweden and the UK. His passion for boats is reflected in a consultant for a British manufacturer of sports boats.
Stanley Dickens is divorced and has three children, two sons and a daughter. Today he lives with his partner, the Swedish actress Angelica Roberts, in Monaco.
He played his first race together with his childhood friend Leif Lindström in the Swedish Touring Car Championship. Internationally, he went in 1985 in the World Sportscar Championship at the side of the Norwegian Martin Schanche first race. Best position of the duo was the 13th place in the 1000 km race at Silverstone. After a year at Gebhardt Motorsport and a second overall at the 1000 km race at Fuji, the Swede was 1987 factory driver at Joest Racing. End of the 1980s he drove sports car races in Europe, Japan and the United States. In 1988 and 1989 he won the 1000 km race at Suzuka.
1989 celebrated his biggest success in international motor sport with the overall victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In the 1990s, his racing commitments were sparse and after the 1000 km race at Monza in 2001, he retired from racing.