McLaren M22

Teddy Pilette in the first production McLaren M22 at the 1972 Oulton Park Gold Cup.  Copyright Ted Walker 2001.  Used with permission.

Teddy Pilette in the first production McLaren M22 at the 1972 Oulton Park Gold Cup. Copyright Ted Walker 2001. Used with permission.

It was not so long since the great success of the M10B but the decline of McLaren in F5000 was swiftly completed with the M22, a lightly modified M18.

At first an updated M18 was called a M22 but three real M22s were built, one for loyal customer VDS, one for poor Allan Lader who had wrecked his M18 and a third car which sat around until being sold to the enthusiastic but financially restricted amateur Tom Jones.

A new M22 rolling chassis was advertised by Trojan in November 1972 and this is presumably the M22-3-72 that went to Tom Jones in the US for 1973.

My thanks to Harry Ingle and Tom Jones for their memories of their M22s and to Chris Townsend, Gerr Measures and Wolfgang Klopfer for their help constructing these histories. All and any further help would be gratefully received. Please email Allen at allen@oldracingcars.com if you can add anything.

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McLaren M22
M22-1-72
The M18/M22 at the Victory race at the end of 1972.  Copyright Stuart Dent 2006.  Used with permission.

Pilette's McLaren at the Victory race at the end of 1972. Copyright Stuart Dent 2006. Used with permission.

Racing Team VDS for Teddy Pilette in the latter latter half of 1972. Pilette drove the ex-David Hobbs interim M18/M22 for the first six races of the season, achieving two second-place finishes, and moved over to the new M22 at the Oulton Park Gold Cup late May. However, the new car did not appear to be a step forward and Pilette slipped down the field.

VDS ordered Chevrons for 1973 but the M22 had only a handful of outings before these were delivered. Its final race was Oulton Park 13 May 1973 where VDS No 2 Chris Craft finished down in 11th. The car was then said to be sold.

It was bought from VDS from a Team Willems who tested at Nivelles but did not race the car. Willems sold it to hillclimber Tony Gillet (Gembloux, Belgium) who raced it in Belgian and Luxembourg hillclimbs in 1975 and 1976 until it was badly damaged in an accident at Trôs Marèts in 1976. Gillet bought a Lola T400 to replace the McLaren and it remained unrepaired until bought many years later by Harald Seitz. Still with Harald in 2014.

Harald Seitz (Belgium) 2014
McLaren M22
M22-2-72
Harry Ingle's ex-Lader McLaren M22 at Michigan in 1973.  Copyright Mark Windecker 2005.  Used with permission.

Harry Ingle's ex-Lader McLaren M22 at Michigan in 1973. Copyright Mark Windecker 2005. Used with permission.

Allan Lader US 1972. Lader had been racing a M18 leased from Evan Noyes but crashed it repeatedly. The Motoring News report on R6 Road Atlanta 20 Aug 1972 says that "Lader eliminated the latest M22 during a testing session". Many years later, in 1990, an advert for M22-3-72 noted that the spares from M22-2-72 "which was crashed by Lader" were with the car. Actually, as we'll see, the accident referred to was a different one.

The car was evidently repaired because in 1973, Harry Ingle (Charlotte, NC) drove the ex-Lader McLaren M22 for owner Bob McKaughn (Hickory, NC). Power came from a Bud Moore (Spartanburg, SC) Ford engine, replacing the Chevrolet that Lader had used. Harry recalls that the car was M22-2-72 which matches other information on the Lader car. Ingle first raced it at Riverside 29 Apr 1973 (qualified 23rd; stops after R5 until R9). After engine problems slowed the (Uncle) Ed Zink-led team in the early races, Ingle qualified 12th at R3 Michigan and at R5 Watkins Glen Then, at R6 Elkhart Lake, Ingle had a big accident cracking a couple of ribs and reducing the car to what Autoweek called 'a throw away'.

Even a second major accident was not completely fatal for this M22 and Ed Zink traded the remaining componentry to fellow M22 racer Tom Jones for a Formula B Chevron. Harry returned to Supervees and took his FSV Z-11 to victory in the 1973 Run-Offs. Then he went fishing for a couple of years...

Wrecked
McLaren M22
M22-3-72
Tom Jones in his M22 at Mid-Ohio in 1974.  Copyright Mark Windecker 2005.  Used with permission.

Tom Jones in his M22 at Mid-Ohio in 1974. Copyright Mark Windecker 2005. Used with permission.

Bought by Tom Jones in the autumn of 1972 from Fred Opert. The car had arrived from as a pallet of parts including a bare aluminium tub, effectively a kit, and was assembled by Jones and his father.

Raced in US 1973 (Mid-Ohio, Watkins Glen, Road Atlanta and Pocono with a best finish of 11th at Pocono); US 1974 (Mid-Ohio, Mosport Park, Watkins Glen and Elkhart Lake with a best of ninth at Mid-Ohio)

Jones then sold the car to the father of Vic Todia (Parma Heights, OH) who raced in SCCA and 'Pro' events in 1976 and then SCCA events in 1977 and 1978. It was reported to have been parked in a barn until acquired by Len Arnold (Greeley, Colorado) 1989 who restored the car and sold it to McLaren collector Harry Mathews in November 1990. Mathews still had the car in 2001 but at some point before 2007 sold it to Kiwi Tony Roberts (Auckland, New Zealand) to race in the Tasman Revival series. In 2009, Roberts sold it on to Tim Rush (Feilding, NZ). Raced by Tim Rush at Sydney Motorsport Park 1 Sep 2013, the first round of the 2013/14 Formula 5000 Australia Cup Series.

Tom Jones still has some original bits and pieces from this car if the current owner would like to get in touch via Allen Brown.

Tim Rush (New Zealand) 2013

These histories last updated on 7 December, 2014 .