BP (British) Formula Atlantic Series Race

Snetterton, 20 Apr 1973

1 Tom Pryce Royale RP12A [1] - Ford BDA RES
#54 D.J.Bond
2 Colin Vandervell March 73B [8] - Ford BDA Smith
#73 Team Triplex (see note 1)
3 David Purley March 722 [10] - Ford BDA LEC
4 Cyd Williams Brabham BT40 [21] - Ford BDA Eden
#52 Graham Eden Racing Team
5 Stephen Choularton March 73B [1] - Ford BDA Autovita
#61 Autovita Developments Ltd (see note 2)
6 John Nicholson Lyncar 003 [003] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#65 Pinch Plant Ltd
7 Martin Webb Chevron B25 [25-73-05] - Ford BDA Hart
#76 (see note 3)

8 Brian Robinson Ensign LNF2/72 [F2-1] - Ford BDA Titan
#58 Titan Engine Services

9 Geoff Friswell Surtees TS10 [05] - Ford BDA Hart

10 Jas Patterson March 722 [24] - Ford BDA Hart
#62 Texaco Team Racing/RIR

R Reg James Brabham BT28/35 [38] - Ford BDA James
#53 Super-Ser Luxury Refrigerators
0 accident
R Peter Wardle Surtees TS15 [06] - Ford BDA Eden
8 Engine
R Syd Fox Huron SS0 A2 ['1'] - Ford BDA Smith
#59 R.A.McKinistry
0 Accident
R Ian Mawby Lotus 69 [71/69.8.FB] - Ford BDA Norvic
R Colin Andrews March 712M [11 as '9'] - Ford BDA
#68 Promoto [Racing Services]
0 Accident
R John Lepp Chevron B25 [25-73-08] - Ford BDA Smith
#69 Central Garage [Mirfield] Ltd
(see note 4)

R Jim Murdoch Tui BH2 [2] - Ford BDA Smith
R Stan Mathews Ensign LNFB/73 - Ford BDA Richardson
#67 Promoto [Racing Services]

UNK Allen Karlberg March 712M [17] - Ford BDA
#51 (see note 5)

UNK Jonny Dimsdale March 722 - Ford BDA

UNK Robin Smythe GRD 372 [036-F3] - Ford BDA Nicholson

UNK Ken Bailey March 722 [39] - Ford BDA Eden
#63 Graham Eden Racing Team

UNK Bob Salisbury Surtees TS15 [07] - Ford BDA Eden
#64 Gerard Racing Services

UNK Robert Cooper March 722 [5] - Ford BDA Cosworth

UNK Martin Watson GRD B72 [272 012-F2] - Ford BDA

UNK Jack Paterson Wimhurst - Ford BDA Cosworth
#78 (see note 6)

DNA Ray Mallock March 73B [712M-5] - Ford BDA Swindon
#72 Chequered Flag
Did not arrive
DNA Bev Bond Lola T360 [HU1] - Ford BDA
#75 Custom Made Team Lola
Did not arrive

All cars are 1.6-litre F/Atl unless noted.

1 Tom Pryce (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Royale RP12A [1] - Ford BDA RES
2 Peter Wardle (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Surtees TS15 [06] - Ford BDA Eden
3 Cyd Williams (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 [21] - Ford BDA Eden
4 Colin Vandervell (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B [8] - Ford BDA Smith
5 Stephen Choularton (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B [1] - Ford BDA Autovita
6 Stan Mathews (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ensign LNFB/73 - Ford BDA Richardson
7 Brian Robinson (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ensign LNF2/72 [F2-1] - Ford BDA Titan
9 Ian Mawby (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lotus 69 [71/69.8.FB] - Ford BDA Norvic

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 73B [8] (Colin Vandervell): Supplied new to Colin Vandervell for 1973 UK series – much of the provenance comes from Bryan Miller on behalf of the current owner in Australia. The chassis number was noted on Des Donnelly’s car by Adam Ferrington at John Player Atlantic round at Silverstone, July 19, 1975, so the car used by Donnelly throughout 1975 in Ireland. Then unknown to 1978, perhaps kept unraced by Donnelly, when it then appears at the hands of Ken Fildes in Irish races. Unknown again until early 1981, when it appears in Australia in the hands of Graham Brown.
  2. March 73B [1] (Stephen Choularton): Stephen Choularton (Hale Barns, Cheshire) acquired the first production March 73B and raced it in libre events and in the British F/Atlantic series with support from Autovita Developments Ltd. His mechanic Jim Crawford also raced this car in a libre race that year. Choularton continued with the car in 1974 when it was driven by Crawford in one round, at Brands Hatch in September, after Crawford had damaged his usual car. Choularton retained the car, unused, until 1977 when it was sold to Paul Gardner and used in libre racing in 1977 and 1978. It then travelled out to the West Indies where Mark Moodie won the 1979 Jamaican National Championship in the car. Subsequent history unknown.
  3. Chevron B25 [25-73-05] (Martin Webb): Used by Martin Webb for the first half of the British Atlantic season but without a great deal of success, and also in libre events. Sold to Chris Skellern (Worcester) for libre races, hill climbs and sprints in 1974. Sold to Harold McGarrity (Belfast, Northern Ireland) for the 1975 Irish Formula Atlantic season. Retained by McGarrity for 1976, and also appeared a few times in 1977. Subsequent history unknown but a strong candidate for the 'B27' of Bosco O'Brien in 1978.
  4. Chevron B25 [25-73-08] (John Lepp): New to George Silverwood and entered by his Central Garage (Mirfield) Ltd for John Lepp in British Formula Atlantic in 1973. Also used by Lepp in the first European F2 round at Mallory Park, with the 1.6 BDA still in it. Lepp's sports car racing took priority from July and the B25 was sold to Patsy McGarrity (Belfast, Northern Ireland) for Formula Ireland racing. Loaned by him to Chevron cars for John Watson to use in the F2 race at Albi. Converted back to Formula Atlantic for McGarrity to race in the 1974 Irish season, winning eight races and the All-Ireland championship. Sold on to Pat Woods (Newcastle, County Down, Northern Ireland) for 1975, and retained for two further seasons. Last seen when Woods crashed heavily in practice at Phoenix Park in September 1977, when the car was described as wrecked.
  5. March 712M [17] (Allen Karlberg): New to Wilson Fittipaldi in May 1971, replacing the Lotus 69 with which he had started the European F2 season. Raced by Fittipaldi for the rest of the season as part of Team Bardahl. Retained for one F2 race in early 1972, then sold to Tate of Leeds (Racing) and converted to Formula Atlantic for Chris Meek to race in the British championship. Loaned to Sonny Rajah for the Brands Hatch Boxing Day race. Retained by Tate of Leeds for Malcolm Wayne in early 1973, then sold to visiting American Allen Karlberg (Seattle, WA) who took it back to the US. Entered by Karlberg for Monique Proulx at Watkins Glen in October 1974 and also taken to Trinidad for Formula Caribbean events where it was sold. By 1978 it was owned by David Kerr but it was "totally destroyed" in a towing incident at the "Love Bird International" meeting at Vernamfield Motorsport Park, Jamaica, in December 1978.
  6. Wimhurst (Jack Paterson): Designed and built in 1972 by Len Wimhurst, the former Palliser designer. It was a monocoque design and intended for F2 but fitted with a BDA engine and used in F/Atlantic in 1972 and 1974 by Jack Paterson.


The identification of individual cars in these results is based on the material presented elsewhere in this site and may in some cases contradict the organisers' orginal results.

The British race results have been compiled by Chris Townsend based on material in Autosport and Motoring News reports in the UK plus the information supplied by a wide range of contributors on the Atlas F1 and 10 Tenths forums.

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