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Dan Gurney in the 1966 F1 Eage at the Nurburgring in 1966.  Released by Jim Culp under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC 2.0).

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3 Dec 2014

ECAR Formula Atlantic

Two years after WCAR Formula Atlantic started on the west coast, Pro Sports 2000 organiser Vicki O'Connor started an east coast equivalent, sanctioned by the SCCA.

21 Nov 2014

WCAR Formula Atlantic 1984

The first full year of WCAR Formula Atlantic was won by defending champion Dan Marvin from Chris Bender, both driving 1983 Ralt RT4s. John-David Briggs, Hubert Phipps and Davy Jones won the other races, all in Ralt RT4s.

16 Nov 2014

1971 European 2-litre Sports Racing Cars results

Lola battled Chevron in 1971 with the Huntingdon constructor coming out on top. Helmut Marko was the leading Lola runner and won the drivers' championship. John Hine was Chevron's leading driver.

15 Nov 2014

WCAR Formula Atlantic 1983

Very little can be found about the 1983 WCAR series. There were three races but we do not have race results for Seattle (26 Jun 1983) or for Riverside (24 Sep 1983). Can you help?

13 Nov 2014

WCAR Formula Atlantic

After the CASC Formula Atlantic series died following the Formula Mondial debacle in 1983, the formula was kept alive as a professional category on the west coast of the US by the new WCAR group.

5 Nov 2014

Mongoose 1967 Indy

Dave Laycock's first Indy car was based on a F1 Brabham BT11 that had been bought by Gene White to be copied. Four were built and Lloyd Ruby won first time out in Gene White's own car.

17 Oct 2014

Chevron B37

The Chevron B37 was a one-off F5000 car constructed in 1976 for prospective customer VDS comprising a Chevron B35 Formula 2 car fitted with a Morand Chevrolet V8. VDS agreed to buy the car and it was raced by Peter Gethin and Teddy Pilette.

10 Oct 2014

North American Formula Mondial 1983

The FIA's attempt to turn Formula Atlantic and Formula Pacific into a global Formula Mondial was hugely damaging to the North American series. Michael Andretti and Roberto Moreno put on a great show but after 12 seasons the CASC series died.

8 Oct 2014

North American Formula Atlantic 1982

On track, the CASC Formula Atlantic series continued to be a great success but financially it continued to struggle. The SCCA had never supported the series but the FIA would soon prove that such support could prove counter-productive.

6 Oct 2014

Swiss Championship 1963

Starting a new area on OldRacingCars.com, our coverage of the Schweizer Meisterschaft opens with the 1963 season. Charles Vögele had a brand new 2.5-litre Brabham BT4 and dominated the season.

4 Oct 2014

North American Formula Atlantic 1981

It was a third title in four years for Doug Shierson Racing as Jacques Villeneuve ran away with the 1981 title in his March 81A. But all around him were Ralt RT4s as Ron Tauranac's company tightened its grip on the Formula Atlantic market.

24 Sep 2014

Cooper T71

For the newly introduced 1000cc Formula 2 in 1964, Cooper built a new model, the T71. Similar to the F3 T72 and F1 T73, the T71 used semi stressed-skin construction and were the first Coopers to use rocker arm front suspension with inboard springs.

22 Sep 2014

Cooper T71/73

A one-off car built up by Bob Gerard Racing using a combination of F1 T73 and F2 T71 components, this car has always been known as the T71/73. It was raced in minor F1 races but also in libre, in F2 and even in F3.

21 Sep 2014

Brabham BT3

The first of the Grand Prix Brabhams made its debut at the German GP in August 1962. The rather chubby turquoise-and-gold car appeared in only five GP but won the non-championship Solitude GP in 1963.

19 Sep 2014

Brabham BT12

The Brabham BT12 was very short-lived but exceedingly influential. Built by Brabham for the 1964 Indianapolis 500, the car was destroyed in testing but its design would be copied for Mario Andretti's very successful Brawner-Hawks.

12 Sep 2014

Lola T80

Lola created a brand new car for Indy racing in 1965. Like the Lotus that inspired it, the T80 was a monocoque fitted with the Ford quad cam engine. Three were built, for AJ Foyt, Lindsey Hopkins and JC Agajanian.

11 Sep 2014

European Formula 2 1968

Jochen Rindt was the dominant driver in F2 in his Roy Winkelmann Racing Brabham BT23C but he was a graded driver so the title went to the works Matra driver Jean-Pierre Beltoise in the Matra MS7.

7 Sep 2014

Watson 1965 Indy

Unlike the 1964 car, the 1965 Watson was of monocoque design, utilising a very simple bathtub structure with inboard front springs and very slender rock arm suspension. The car had a very distinctive pointed nose.

5 Sep 2014

Watson 1964 Indy

He didn't only build roadsters. AJ Watson's first rear-engined car was an unashamed copy of the very quick late-1963 Vollstedt design. Rodger Ward qualified on the front row for the 1964 Indy 500 and finished in second place.

30 Aug 2014

Gerhardt 1966 Indy

Thanks to some timely publicity from Parnelli Jones breaking the one-mile closed track record during tyre testing, Fred Gerhardt received ten orders for his 1966 design. Gordie Johncock took two second places during the season in the Weinberger car.

29 Aug 2014

Gerhardt 1965 Indy

Fred Gerhardt built three new cars for the 1965 season, described as being "built along the lines of the Lotus racers used in Europe". Veteran entrants Ernie Ruiz and Pete Salemi bought customer cars.

28 Aug 2014

Gerhardt 1964 Indy

The first Gerhardt Indy car was a monocoque based to some degree on the successful Lotus Indy car design and produced for 1964 at Fred Gerhardt's Commercial Truck Body Factory in in Fresno, CA.

7 Aug 2014

Eagle 1966 Indy

Designed for Dan Gurney's AAR by Len Terry, the 1966 Indianapolis Eagle was based on Terry's Lotus 38 design. Six were built, four for AAR and two for customers Lindsey Hopkins and Sidney Weinberger.

6 Jul 2014

Cooper T77

For the final year of the 1500cc Formula 1, Cooper produced the T77, with only minor changes from the preceding T73. Little further development was done during another dismal season. Bruce McLaren was joined as driver by F2 star Jochen Rindt.

5 Jul 2014

Cooper T73

Cooper's 1964 F1 design, the T73, was based loosely on the Tasman slimline T70 design with stressed panels on the floor and sides, but also with rocker arm front suspension and inboard springs. Phil Hill joined Bruce McLaren as team drivers.

9 Jun 2014

Brabham BT14

For 1965, Brabham introduced three new models, all derived from the successful 1964 Formula 2 BT10. The Brabham BT14 was supplied with a 1600cc Ford twin cam engine and was intended for Formule Libre racing.

5 May 2014

Ruggero Melgrati

Richard Jenkins' interview with 1988 F3000 driver Ruggero Melgrati.

16 Apr 2014

Brabham BT30

The Formula 2 Brabham BT30 was part of a new set of designs for 1969, including the BT28 for F3 and the BT29 for FB. It sold well but suffered from delivery problems so the same design was carried over into 1970.

1 Apr 2014

McLaren M3A

After the success of McLaren's M1A sports cars, Bruce McLaren was persuaded that the basic design could equally be used for a single-seater. The resulting McLaren M3A used Traco Oldsmobile or Shelby Ford engines and was used mainly in speed events.

27 Mar 2014

McLaren M4A

The McLaren M4A, or Mark IV as it was sometimes known in the US, was McLaren's first attempt at a junior formula car. It was designed primarily for Formula 2 but examples were also sold for F3 and SCCA Formula B.

16 Mar 2014

Chevron B9

Chevron's first production single seater was the Formula 3 Chevron B9, the production version of the late 1967 B7. The car was highly successful in British national F3, where Tim Schenken won the Lombank title, but was less competitive abroad.

9 Mar 2014

Chevron B14

The Chevron B14 was based on the new Formula 3 B9 design but fitted with a Ford twin cam for SCCA Formula B. Chevron have previously claimed that only three were built but there is strong evidence in favour of a fourth.

5 Feb 2014

Brabham BT23E

The Brabham BT23E was a one-off Tasman car built for Jack Brabham to race in the 1968 series.

2 Feb 2014

Lola T140 and Lola T142 progress

Thanks to recently found pictures, the Lola T142 raced in 1970 by Pete Sherman has been identified as the ex-Mike Hiss Lola T140.

1 Feb 2014

Chevron B17c

Chevron ventured back into F2 in 1970 with the new Chevron B17c, to be driven by Reine Wisell, Chevron's works F3 driver the previous season. Like the B10 before it, the B17c was a flop. However, a second example proved dominant in Formule Libre.

31 Jan 2014

Brabham BT23B

Returning to the BT23 derivatives, the BT23B was built around the venerable Coventry Climax FPF engine and would be mainly used in hillclimbs and in libre racing. One of them main a single GP start and it is this that remains the BT23Bs only claim t

30 Jan 2014

Chevron B7

The first in a long line of formula Chevrons was the Formula 3 B7 which caused a sensation at its first first race, running with the leaders throughout. After just three races its disappeared into SCCA racing and has yet to make a reappearance.

27 Jan 2014

Brabham BT23F

The BT23F was a version of the popular BT23 F2 design built for SCCA Formula B in 1968 as an alternative to the F3-based BT21C. Only one was built, for Bill Gublemann, but two very similar cars were built with different gearboxes as the BT23G.

25 Jan 2014

Brabham BT23G

Two Brabham BT23Gs were built for Formula B in 1968 with a specification differing slightly from the BT23F in that they had Hewland Mk 5 gearboxes instead of a FT200. Little is known of their exploits.

24 Jan 2014

Brabham BT23

The 1967 Formula 2 car was a more significant revision to the Brabham line, after the minor evolutions from the BT10 to the BT18. Jochen Rindt won nine of the season's F2 races in his BT23.

19 Jan 2014

Brabham BT23D

The Brabham BT23D was a special BT23 derivative ordered by Alec Mildren to take his pair of 2.5-litre Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 V8 engines in Tasman racing. It was driven by Frank Gardner in 1967/68 and by Kevin Bartlett in 1968/69.

18 Jan 2014

Brabham BT2

We don't normally cover Formula Junior as there can be no greater expert than Duncan Rabagliati but in order to make sense of the later Brabhams, we have to first eliminate the BT2s and BT6s. We start here with the BT2s.

22 Sep 2013

McLaren M18 updates

The successor to the M10 series was a bit of a flop but eight were still built. Three destroyed, one divided and one extra car makes seven. Six of those are known but two haven't been seen for a while. Just the ex-Eppie Wietzes car is still lost.

20 Sep 2013

Chevron B28 updates

There were only two B28s but they are proving a tough nut to crack. One can now be positively identified but the other one went missing in 1980. As a B24/28 is also missing, we cannot be certain about the other car that exists today.

18 Sep 2013

Chevron B24 updates

Nine Chevron B24s were originally built, three were destroyed and one has since duplicated so there should now be seven. This new edition of the page contains latest owners for six; so just one missing.

15 Sep 2013

Lola T430 updates

Only three built and all in Christchurch, New Zealand, so an easy update. Assistance getting all the other F5000s up to date would be most welcome.

14 Sep 2013

McRae GM1 updates

The GM1 has become one of the most popular cars in historic F5000 racing. At least nine of the 13 survivors have raced in the last 12 months and very few are missing. However, rumours suggest that new ones are being built.

11 Sep 2013

Lola T332 updates

A new edition of the Lola T332 page, with several mystery cars now resolved and many ownership records brought up to date.

22 Aug 2013

Brabham BT10

The big brother of the F3 BT9 was the Formula 2 Brabham BT10. MRD were slow to get customer cars delivered but by July the BT10 had matched the Lotus 32 and would end the season the dominant car.

9 Aug 2013

Brabham BT9

Formula 2 and Formula 3 were reintroduced for 1964 and Brabham built the new BT9 for Formula 3, based closely on the successful BT6 Formula Junior design. Although not hugely successful, the BT9 paved the way for Brabham's domination of F3.

5 Aug 2013

Lola T330 progress

Peter Brennan has just taken delivery of Lola T330 HU18 after it has sat fire-damaged for nearly four decades in a shed in Oregon.

3 Aug 2013

Surtees TS8 progress

Mike Whatley found an old letter in his files that allows some untangling of the Surtees TS8 histories. Mike's '014' currently lives in New Zealand.

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