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BP (British) Formula Atlantic Series Race

Oulton Park, 7 Jul 1973

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 John Nicholson Lyncar 003 [003] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#5 Pinch (Plant) Ltd
15 0.23.34.0
105.44
2 David Purley March 722 [10] - Ford BDA LEC
#11 (see note 1)
15 0.23.36.4
3 Ken Bailey March 722 Falconer [39] - Ford BDA Titan
#3 H&J Quick Group Ltd. (see note 2)
15 0.23.37.6
4 George Silverwood Chevron B25 [25-73-08] - Ford BDA Smith
#7 Central Garage [Mirfield] Ltd
(see note 3)
15 0.24.37.2
5 Tom Pryce Motul M1 [201] - Ford BDA RES
#16 Titan Properties Ltd (see note 4)
15 0.24.48.2
6 Victor Bohm Lotus 69 [71/69.11.F3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#17
13
R Harry Gilbert Brabham BT35 [43] - Ford BDA Richardson
#10 (see note 5)

R Stephen Choularton March 73B [1] - Ford BDA Autovita
#24 (see note 6)
Oil leak
R Geoff Friswell March 73B [18] - Ford BDA Hart
#8 (see note 7)
11 Throttle
R Colin Vandervell March 73B [8] - Ford BDA Smith
#18 Team Triplex (see note 8)
8 Loose battery
R Bev Bond GRD 273 - Ford BDA RES
#14 Custom Made/Harry Stiller Racing
1 Piston rings
DNS Brian Robinson Ensign LNF2/72 [F2-1] - Ford BDA Titan
#22 Titan Engine Services (see note 9)
Did not start
(Accident)
DNS Brian Martin Martin BM12 ['1'] - Ford BDA Scholar
#23 Pinch (Plant) Ltd.
Did not start
(Engine)
DNA Cyd Williams March 732 - Ford BDA
#1 Graham Eden Racing
Did not arrive
DNA Tom Walkinshaw GRD 273 - Ford BDA RES
#2 Myson Racing with GRD
Did not arrive
DNA Sonny Rajah March 73B - Ford BDA RES
#4 (see note 10)
Did not arrive
DNA Stan Mathews March 73B [21] - Ford BDA Richardson
#6 Promoto (Racing Services) (see note 11)
Did not arrive
DNA Colin Andrews March 712M [11 as '9'] - Ford BDA Hardwick
#9 Promoto (Racing Services)
Did not arrive
DNA Robin Smythe GRD 372 [036-F3] - Ford BDA James
#12
Did not arrive
DNA Ian Mawby Lotus 69 [71/69.8.FB] - Ford BDA Norvic
#15
Did not arrive
DNA Jas Patterson March 73B [722-24] - Ford BDA Hart
#19 Texaco Team Racing RIR (see note 12)
Did not arrive
DNA Jim Murdoch Tui BH2 [2] - Ford BDA Smith
#20
Did not arrive
DNA José Araujo Brabham BT36 [9] - Ford BDA Racing Services
#21 (see note 13)
Did not arrive

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

Qualifying
1 David Purley (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 722 [10] - Ford BDA LEC
2 Colin Vandervell (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B [8] - Ford BDA Smith plus 0.2
3 Geoff Friswell (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B [18] - Ford BDA Hart
4 Ken Bailey (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 722 Falconer [39] - Ford BDA Titan
5 John Nicholson (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lyncar 003 [003] - Ford BDA Nicholson 1.33.0

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 722 [10] (David Purley): New to David Purley and entered by Lec Refrigeration Racing for him in F2 in 1972. Retained for 1973, but converted to Formula Atlantic and run in the two British championships, winning five races. Raced by Dieter Quester at Macau at the end of 1973, who was said to have bought the "73B". Subsequent history unknown, but possibly sold in the Far East.
  2. March 722 Falconer [39] (Ken Bailey): New to Graham Eden Racing in April 1972 for Cyd Williams (Sandbach, Cheshire) to drive in British Formula Atlantic. It replaced the Chevron B18 which had taken Williams to two wins earlier in the season. Once he had the car to his liking, Williams won six out of the next nine races, but narrowly lost the championship to Bill Gubelmann. Run by Graham Eden Racing for Ken Bailey (Stretford, Greater Manchester) in 1973, and fitted with Falconer bodywork in May. The car was sold to Philip Dowell (Ombersley, Worcestershire) for 1974, but during pre-season testing at Silverstone, he hit the bank heavily at Woodcote corner and died later in hospital. It is assumed that the March was destroyed in the accident.
  3. Chevron B25 [25-73-08] (George Silverwood): 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 Wicklow, 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.
  4. Motul M1 [201] (Tom Pryce): Sold new to Chris Meek to run in British Atlantic and Libre racing with Tate of Leeds support; also used by Tom Pryce for three Atlantic races. Sold via Fred Opert to Mike Rand (Greenwich, CT) for Formula B in 1974 but damaged in a road accident. Sold still damaged, but with a new tub from Opert, to Ron Ignatowski; rebuilt and used in SCCA Formula C until 1980 when sold to Randy Zimmer as the basis for his Can Am car. Raced with a Volkswagen engine in 1982 and then with a Mazda rotary engine in 1983, 1984, 1985 and 1986. Entered for Jim Del Russo in the 1987 CAT championship. Retained by Zimmer as of 2011.
  5. Brabham BT35 [43] (Harry Gilbert): New to Bob Gerard in late 1971 and fitted with a Cosworth BDA engine for Bob Salisbury to race in Formula Atlantic from October 1971 to April 1973. Then sold to Harry Gilbert, and raced by Gilbert and Ronnie Mackay in libre racing. It was advertised by Johnny Blades in October 1973, and was next seen a year later when John Wingfield had fitted a 1.8-litre Cosworth FVC and ran the car with huge success in libre racing. In September 1975, it was sold to Bobby Howlings, who raced it a couple of times and then sold it to John Thistlewaite, who entered it for Tim Wood in libre in 1976. By 1978, it was owned by Joe Applegarth, still with the FVC engine in it, and it next appeared in 1986 when Nick Overall used it in the HSCC Pre '71 series.
  6. 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. The car was next seen in May 1975 when Choularton dusted it off for Cyd Williams to drive after Williams had wrecked Graham Eden's Brabham BT40. Choularton retained the car, unused, until 1977 when it was sold to Paul Gardner (Preston, Lancashire) and used in libre racing in 1977. It then travelled out to the West Indies, quite possibly via Manchester-based racing car dealer Bobby Howlings, who would have known Gardner well, and was a regular visitor to the West Indies series. Raced by Mark Moodie in 1978 and 1979, winning the 1979 Jamaican National Championship. Subsequent history unknown.
  7. March 73B [18] (Geoff Friswell): According to surviving March records, this was a F/Atlantic car built for Geoff Friswell (Coventry) and raced by him in the UK series through 1973 and 1974. It was then sold to Andy Barton (Newcastle upon Tyne) as a libre car and upgraded to 74B and then 75B spec over the next two seasons, also acquiring a F2 BDG engine at times in 1976. Barton sold it to Bob Rollo (Prestonpans, Scotland) for 1977, as an Atlantic again, and it then went to Stewart Robb (Alloa, Scotland) during 1978 in F2 spec. The car was rebuilt on a "new" 752 tub after a crash in 1978 and then rebuilt to 782 spec by Robin Smith after the 1979 season. It was raced again by Robb as a "March 75/782" with steel 2-litre Cosworth BDG engine from 1980 to 1982 and was sold to Roger Andreason at the new Chevron Cars Ltd around 1984.
  8. March 73B [8] (Colin Vandervell): New to Colin Vandervell (Purley, Surrey) and raced with great success in the Formula Atlantic in the UK in 1973, winning four races, and securing the Yellow Pages Championship. Sold to Des Donnelly (Naas, County Kildare, Ireland) for the Irish Formula Atlantic series, and raced by him in 1974 and 1975. There is then no mention of the car in 1976 or 1977, but in 1978, the car was raced by Ken Fildes (Clonskeagh, Dublin), and it had been owned by Gerry Kinnane for part or all of this period. Sold to Graham Brown, who took it to Australia when he emigrated in 1979, and raced by him in Western Australia in 1980 and 1981. Also raced by Joe Ricciardo in 1981. To Rod Housego, and raced by him in Western Australia in 1982 and 1984. Acquired by Richard Carter in 1988, and restored. Still with Carter in 1997. Later to George Makin (Melbourne) who continued to race it in historic events.
  9. Ensign LNF2/72 [F2-1] (Brian Robinson): Originally built for John Burton (Kidderminster, Worcestershire) to race as a works Team Ensign F2 entry in 1972, the LNF2 failed to qualify for its first two races, and the project was abandoned. It is then beliveed to be the car used as a works Formula Atlantic car for Mike Walker, who won a championship round at Snetterton in July. The car was then fielded as a works Formula 3 car for Tony Trimmer to drive in October 1972. Sold to Brian Robinson (Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham) and raced in Formula Atlantic in 1973, plus a one-off F2 race. Robinson then bought a F5000 McLaren, and the Ensign was raced briefly by Roger Keele, and is then believed to have been sold to Martyn Denley in September. The car's movements from 1974 to 1978 are not yet decyphered,, but from 1979 to 1984 it was hillclimbed by Peter Varley (Barnsley, South Yorkshire). Then via three other owners to Barry Pickard and raced in Historic F3 in 1993. Later raced in Classic F3 by Paul Newton 1993-95, and by Martin Woodman in 1994. Subsequent history unknown.
  10. March 73B (Sonny Rajah): New to Sonny Rajah (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) and used in British Formula Atlantic in 1973. In August 1973, it was flown to South East Asia, where it spent the rest of its racing career. However, it is difficult to understand exactly how this car was used, as Rajah also owned a March 712M which was updated to 73B specification, and was also involved with a March 723 which had been converted to the local 1600cc 2-valve formula. Rajah won the Selangor Grand Prix at Batu Tiga in early September 1973, almost certainly in the 73B, and the car was later raced by Jan Bussell at the 1974 Malaysian GP, and by Rajah in Formula Pacific in the latter half of the decade.
  11. March 73B [21] (Stan Mathews): New to Stan Mathews (Wicken, Wolverton, Bucks) in June 1973, and raced in British Formula Atlantic. To Chris Oates (Kimberley, Notts) for 1974, but sold mid-season to Val Musetti (London). Retained by Musetti for 1975, when it was updated to 74B specification. It was also rebuilt on another tub about this time, but the details are obscure. Damaged by Derek Cook's March 73B in practice at Silverstone in July, and rebuilt in time for the race on the car's original tub - only to be crashed and damaged again in the race. At the end of 1975, Musetti built up a March "742", which could be said to have inherited the identity of 73B-21, but as the tub had been changed, the chassis plate had long gone, and its appearance and description were radically different, it could be argued that 73B-21 had dissipated by the end of 1975. The successor "742" later went to Bill Wood, then Ray Rowan, before spending much of the 1980s in Monoposto and then being rebuilt as a "712M" for historic racing in the late 1980s.
  12. March 73B [722-24] (Jas Patterson): New to Bill Gubelmann (Oyster Bay, NY) to use in the 1972 Yellow Pages Formula Atlantic championship. The car was blue and yellow, and wore #16 all season. Gubelmann won six races and narrowly pipped Cyd Williams to the championship title. The car was sold to fellow American Jas Patterson (Rosslyn Heights, NY) for 1973, repainted red and white, and entered for him by Texaco Team Racing/RIR in the 1973 British season. By July, the car had been updated to 73B specification. Patterson retained the car for 1974, but was seen less often after August while the car was apparently shipped to Watkins Glen for the Pro Atlantic race that supported the United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen in October. Patterson did not race it again, but the car was back in the UK by early November when it was acquired by Roy Baker (Ferndown, Dorset) and raced regularly by him through the 1975 season. Subsequent history unknown.
  13. Brabham BT36 [9] (José Araujo): New to Rondel Racing for Bob Wollek to race in F2 in 1971. To John Kendall for Formula Atlantic in 1972, but leased to Richard Scott for the opening race of the F2 season, as his BT38 had not been delivered. Raced by Kendall until July 1972. Sold to José Araujo for British Formula Atlantic in 1973, but said to have been crashed at Snetterton. Ken Thorogood of Universal Racing Services (Wymondham, Norfolk) reportedly acquired the car in 1973, and although a lot of iits was sold off, the chassis remained stored with him until it was sold to Peter Denty in 2008. Restored by Peter Denty between 2008 and 2010. To Klaus Bergs in 2010.

Sources

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' original 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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