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Yellow Pages Championship Round

Oulton Park, 9 Sep 1973

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Geoff Friswell March 73B [18] - Ford BDA
#158 (see note 1)
20 0.30.23.6
109
2 Colin Vandervell March 73B [8] - Ford BDA Smith
#167 Team Triplex (see note 2)
20 0.30.34.2
3 Ken Bailey March 722 Falconer [39] - Ford BDA
#162 Graham Eden Racing (see note 3)
20 0.30.34.4
4 John Nicholson Lyncar 005 [005] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#156 Pinch (Plant) Ltd
20 0.30.46.8
5 Stephen Choularton March 73B [1] - Ford BDA
#163 (see note 4)
20 0.31.03.2
6 Stan Mathews March 73B [21] - Ford BDA
#161 Promoto Racing Services (see note 5)
20 0.31.48.6
R Peter Wardle Surtees TS15 [06] - Ford BDA Lievesley
#157
14 Throttle stuck
R Jas Patterson March 73B [722-24] - Ford BDA
#164 Texaco Team Racing RIR (see note 6)
12 Accident
R Brian Martin Martin BM12 ['1'] - Ford BDA
#169
Distributor lead
R Jonny Dimsdale Huron SS0 A2 ['1'] - Ford BDA
#153
Carburettor
R Cyd Williams Brabham BT40 [21] - Ford BDA Eden
#151 Graham Eden Racing
5 Misfire
R Jim Crawford Chevron B25 [25-73-18] - Ford BDA RES
#170 (see note 7)
2 Accident
UNK Ted Titmas Brabham BT40 [33] - Ford BDA

DNS Ray Mallock March 73B [712M-5] - Ford BDA Swindon
#165 The Chequered Flag (see note 8)
Did not start
(Engine)
DNS Bob Salisbury Surtees TS15 [07] - Ford BDA
#166 F.R.Gerard
Did not start
(Chassis)
DNS Roy Baker Lotus 69 [71/69.3.F2] - Ford BDA
#159 (see note 9)
Did not start
(Too slow)
DNA José Araujo Brabham BT36 [9] - Ford BDA Racing Services
#152 (see note 10)
Did not arrive
DNA Robin Smythe GRD 372 [036-F3] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#154
Did not arrive
DNA David Purley March 722 [10] - Ford BDA LEC
#155 Lec Refrigeration Racing (see note 11)
Did not arrive
DNA Colin Andrews March 712M [11 as '9'] - Ford BDA Schuppan
#160 Promoto Racing Services
Did not arrive
DNA Bev Bond GRD B73 - Ford BDA Swindon
#168 Custom Made/Harry Stiller Racing
Did not arrive
DNA Roger Keele Ensign LNF2/72 [F2-1] - Ford BDA Titan
#171 (see note 12)
Did not arrive

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

Qualifying
1 Cyd Williams (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 [21] - Ford BDA Eden 1.29.2
2 John Nicholson (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lyncar 005 [005] - Ford BDA Nicholson 1.29.4
3 Peter Wardle (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Surtees TS15 [06] - Ford BDA Lievesley 1.29.6
4 Ken Bailey (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 722 Falconer [39] - Ford BDA 1.29.6
5 Geoff Friswell (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B [18] - Ford BDA 1.29.6
6 Colin Vandervell (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B [8] - Ford BDA Smith 1.30.2
7 Jim Crawford (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B25 [25-73-18] - Ford BDA RES 1.30.8
8 Stephen Choularton (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B [1] - Ford BDA 1.31.2
9 Jas Patterson (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B [722-24] - Ford BDA 1.31.2
10 Ray Mallock * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B [712M-5] - Ford BDA Swindon 1.31.4
11 Stan Mathews (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B [21] - Ford BDA 1.32.8
12 Bob Salisbury * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Surtees TS15 [07] - Ford BDA 1.33.4
13 Brian Martin (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Martin BM12 ['1'] - Ford BDA 1.35.2
14 Jonny Dimsdale (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Huron SS0 A2 ['1'] - Ford BDA 1.35.6
15 Roy Baker * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lotus 69 [71/69.3.F2] - Ford BDA 1.43.2
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Chevron B25 [25-73-18] (Jim Crawford): Chevron records show for Jim Crawford late in 1973 as a 'works development' B25 in Formula Atlantic, based on 'a spare F2 chassis' and running gear from Birrell's car (Autosport and Motoring News). This might be treated as a rebuild of the ill-fated chassis 9 on a new tub. Sold to Richard Shardlow for hill-climbs, running with B27 bodywork, and retained early 1975. For sale in Autosport 22 May and 3 July 1975 by Cheshire Sports Cars as 'ex Crawford, hillclimbs only this year'. Sold to Jean René Triquet (Argenteuil, Paris, France) in July 1975 and used in French hillclimbs in 1975 and 1976, although no results have yet been found for Triquet in the car. To Jean-Jacques Le Corre and fitted with a ROC engine for hillclimbs in 1977. Advertised by Le Corre in September 1977 with a 2-litre Ford engine. Then unknown until 2006, when this is reported to be the car owned by Klaus Fiedler. To Oskar Christen 2006. Subsequent history unknown.
  8. March 73B [712M-5] (Ray Mallock): New to Mike Beuttler, and raced in F2 in 1971 entered by Clarke Mordaunt Racing with Alistair Guthrie. This must be the ex-Beuttler 712M acquired by Hesketh Racing, and raced by James Hunt at the Rothmans 50,000, and then in the remainder of the F2 season. Sold by Hesketh to Ray Mallock, and updated by March to 73B specification for Mallock to race in British Formula Atlantic in 1973. The car was later rebuilt on the 73B tub that had been used as a bodywork buck. To Arthur Collier 1974 for Irish Formula Atlantic, then to Patrick Woods mid-season. Borrowed by Patsy McGarrity for the Boxing Day race at Mondello Park at the end of 1974. The car was later said to have returned to the UK via AW "Monkey" Brown, then moved through the trade to Roger Andreason, who sold it to his friend Charles Richards to be used in Monoposto in 1978. From there, it moved towards historic racing, but leading to some confusion as the car by now had a 73B tub and 73B bodywork. Its life in historic racing requires further confirmation.
  9. Lotus 69 [71/69.3.F2] (Roy Baker): New to J&J Stanton for Gerry Birrell to race in F2 in 1971. Hired to José Ferreira for the Torneio Brasiliero at the end of the year. To Brian Small in 1972, and fitted with a Cosworth BDA for Formula Atlantic races late 1972, and a handful of appearances in 1973. To Roy Baker (Ferndown, Dorset) July 1973, but again only seen in a handful of races. To Ken Fildes (Clonskeagh, Dublin) for the new Irish Formula Atlantic series 1974 and 1975. Entered by Fildes for a young local lad Eddie Jordan in 1976. To Mark Birrell (Liverpool) in 1977. Acquired from Nick Overall by Richard Hinton (Albury, Hertfordshire) in early 1978, who started the restoration. Sold in 1985 via Chuck McCarty to Richard Spelberg (Dusseldorf, Germany) and retained hin his collection until his death in the late 1990s. Subsequent history unclear, but this car was advertised by Eric Peterson (Germany) in April 2018.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Ensign LNF2/72 [F2-1] (Roger Keele): 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.

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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