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Ronnie Peterson in the Antique Automobiles March 701 at the 1970 Canadian GP.  Copyright Norm MacLeod 2015.  Used with permission.

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12 May 2015

March 725

March were led into F5000 by John Cannon, the Canadian who had won the 1970 US series with Carl Hogan's McLaren M10B. For 1972, Cannon ordered a new 722 F2 tub to be fitted with a Race Engine Services Oldsmobile engine.

11 May 2015

Chinook 1969 FA

George and Rudi Fejer's Chinook company followed up its 1968 Indycar with a short run of cars for the new Formula A. We are grateful to former Chinook team member Ed Butt for histories of the four cars, but where are they now?

10 May 2015

EDP Special F5000

In 1969, Eno dePasquale used the componentry from a crashed Genie Mk 8 to built a tube frame Formula 5000 Special. It used a Chevrolet V8 engine and Huffaker transaxle.

9 May 2015

Chaparral F5000

In 1971, the Chaparral team resucitated an old Indycar design and used it in Formula 5000. It only raced twice and was crashed at its second race.

3 Apr 2015

Gerhardt 1967 Indy

After the success of the 1966 Indy cars, Gerhardt built a run of cars for 1967 featuring only detail differences but identifiable from a longer nose. Gordy Johncock won at Milwaukee in June and at Hanford in October in his Gerhardt-Ford.

26 Mar 2015

Surtees TS8 F5000

The Surtees TS8 was the second Surtees F5000 design and was based on the team's TS7 Formula 1 car. It sold well and won races in Mike Hailwood's hands, but engine problems prevented him winning the 1971 British series.

22 Mar 2015

Lola T530 Can-Am

The Lola T530 page was one of the very first published on ORC, back in December 2000. At long last, it has a significant update but there are still problems. Did anyone ever note the chassis plate on any of the T530s that ran in Thundersports?

11 Mar 2015

Update to 'Where Are They Now?'

A pre-F1 season update with 136 updates in all, including up-to-date information about many competing in 2015.

12 Feb 2015

US Formula Super Vee 1983

Ed Pimm stayed in FSV with Jim Trueman's Red Roof Inns team and won one race in an Anson SA4 before changing to a Ralt RT5/83 and winning four more races. Price Cobb, also in a 1983 Ralt, was his closest competitor but his sponsorship ran out.

11 Feb 2015

US Formula Super Vee 1986

As Formula Atlantic struggled and Can-Am dwindled, Formula Super Vee and ARS emerged as the main routes into CART in the mid-1980s. Didier Theys narrowly beat Mike Groff to the 1986 title.

10 Feb 2015

Eagle 1967 Indy

The 1967 Indy Eagle was only the slightest of enhancements over the 1966 model, and the chassis numbering actually continued from the earlier car. Bobby Unser's Rislone/Leader Cards car was the most successful of the cars in 1967, winning two races.

9 Feb 2015

Gilbert Cheetah 1968 Indy

After using BRP-built cars for three seasons, George Bryant commissioned chief mechanic Howard Gilbert to build two new cars for 1968, using the plans for the Brabham BT12. George Follmer took one to a surprise victory at Phoenix in 1969.

8 Feb 2015

WCAR Formula Atlantic 1985

Defending champion Dan Marvin remained in WCAR Formula Atlantic for 1985 but was beaten to the title by Jeff Wood, stepping back down to Formula Atlantic after his career had stalled following a couple of CART drives. The Ralt RT4 remained dominant,

29 Dec 2014

ECAR Formula Atlantic 1985

1984 SCCA champion Michael Angus and Florida Ferrari dealer Steve Shelton were the leading runners in the 1985 series, but a run of retirements for Shelton allowed Angus to win the title by a huge margin.

29 Dec 2014

Mongoose 1968 Indy

After the success of the 1967 Mongoose, Dave Laycock produced a revised car for 1968 with which Lloyd Ruby led the Indy 500 and later won twice at Milwaukee. The only car built was destroyed in a fire at Dover Downs in August 1969.

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.

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