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John Player (British) Formula Atlantic Series Race

Silverstone, 13 Apr 1975

ResultsLapsTime/Speed Winnings
1 Tony Brise Modus M3 [009-FA] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#3 Team Modus
20 0.28.20.6
123.92
£200
2 Jim Crawford Chevron B29 [29-75-02?] - Ford BDA Hart
#2 SDC Racing
20 0.28.23.7
£150
3 David Morgan Chevron B29 [29-75-21] - Ford BDA Whitehurst
#39 Roger Chalk Racing
20 0.28.24.8
£125
4 Bill Brack Chevron B29 [29-75-16] - Ford BDA Hart
#36 STP Corporation (Canada) (see note 1)
20 0.28.55.7
£100
5 Stephen Choularton Chevron B29 [29-75-19] - Ford BDA Hart
#7 SDC Racing
20 0.29.03.4
£75
6 Ted Wentz Lola T360 [HU7] - Ford BDA Swindon
#10 Wella International Hair Care
20 0.29.07.8
£60
7 Nick May Lola T360 [HU5] - Ford BDA
#15 Strakers of Wimbledon Ltd
20 0.29.19.1
£50
8 Derek Cook Chevron B27 [27-74-06] - Ford BDA Cook
#17 George Cooper Lubricants Ltd
(see note 2)
20 0.29.20.1
£40
9 Cyd Williams Brabham BT40 [21] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#6 Graham Eden Racing
20 0.29.29.0
£30
10 Bertil Roos March 75B [5?] - Ford BDA
#22 Dicksons of Perth (see note 3)
20 0.29.32.5
£20
11 Peter Wardle Surtees TS15 [06] - Ford BDA Swindon
#9
19
£15
12 Peter Williams Chevron B29 [29-75-17] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#16 Peter Williams Racing (see note 4)
19
£15
13 Alo Lawler Chevron B29 [29-75-06] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#24 L&B Excavations Ltd
19
£15
14 Matt Spitzley Chevron B29 [29-75-18] - Ford BDA Swindon
#11 Rapid Movements Ltd-Ted Moore
19 Misfire £15
15 Ray Mallock Brabham BT40 [14] - Ford BDA LEC
#5 Marshall Wingfield Ltd
15 Engine  
16 Dean Hosking Birrana 273 [273-006] - Ford BDA Hart
#26 Bob & Marj Brown
15 Retired  
17 Peter Munro Chevron B27 [27-74-14] - Ford BDA Whitehurst
#21 (see note 5)
13
 
18 Graham Perry March 74B [742-23] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#31 Harrisons of Birmingham
13
 
19 Bob Muir Birrana 273 [273-009] - Ford BDA Hart
#25 Bob & Marj Brown
12 Engine  
20 Roberto Alvarez McLaren M21 - Ford BDA LEC
#28 Astor Club Racing International
(see note 6)
9
 
21 Richard Morgan Chevron B29 [29-75-04] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#18 Donington Park Collection - Wheatcroft Racing
0 Electrics  
22 Val Musetti March 74B [73B-21] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#14 Bernigra Ice Cream (London)
(see note 7)
0 Electrics  
UNKP Roy Baker March 73B [722-24] - Ford BDA Racing Services
#19 (see note 8)
Unknown (practiced)
UNKP Mike Franey Royale RP11 [6] - Ford BDA Gray
#30 Samatco Ltd (see note 9)
Unknown (practiced)
UNKP Howard Rose March 74B [712M-25?] - Ford BDA Longman
#29 (see note 10)
Unknown (practiced)
DNA Steve Prior McLaren M21 - Ford BDA LEC
#27 Astor Club Racing International
(see note 11)
Did not arrive
DNA Guy Tunmer March 74B - Ford BDA Nicholson
#35
Did not arrive
DNA Alex Dias Ribeiro Chevron B29 - Ford BDA
#37
Did not arrive

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

Qualifying
1 Tony Brise (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Modus M3 [009-FA] - Ford BDA Nicholson 1.24.3
2 David Morgan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-21] - Ford BDA Whitehurst 1.24.9
3 Richard Morgan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-04] - Ford BDA Nicholson 1.24.9
4 Ted Wentz (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU7] - Ford BDA Swindon 1.25.0
5 Jim Crawford (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-02?] - Ford BDA Hart
6 Bill Brack (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-16] - Ford BDA Hart 1.26.3
7 Val Musetti (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B [73B-21] - Ford BDA Nicholson 1.26.5
8 Stephen Choularton (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-19] - Ford BDA Hart 1.26.8
9 Ray Mallock (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 [14] - Ford BDA LEC 1.26.8
10 Cyd Williams (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 [21] - Ford BDA Cosworth 1.27.0
11 Alo Lawler (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-06] - Ford BDA Nicholson
12 Peter Wardle (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Surtees TS15 [06] - Ford BDA Swindon
13 Nick May (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU5] - Ford BDA
14 Matt Spitzley (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-18] - Ford BDA Swindon
15 Bob Muir (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Birrana 273 [273-009] - Ford BDA Hart
16 Bertil Roos (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B [5?] - Ford BDA
17 Derek Cook (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-06] - Ford BDA Cook
18 Dean Hosking (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Birrana 273 [273-006] - Ford BDA Hart
19 Peter Williams (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-17] - Ford BDA Nicholson
20 Peter Munro (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-14] - Ford BDA Whitehurst
21 Roy Baker * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B [722-24] - Ford BDA Racing Services
22 Mike Franey * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Royale RP11 [6] - Ford BDA Gray
23 Howard Rose * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B [712M-25?] - Ford BDA Longman
24 Roberto Alvarez (F/Atl) 1.6-litre McLaren M21 - Ford BDA LEC
25 Graham Perry (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B [742-23] - Ford BDA Nicholson
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Chevron B29 [29-75-16] (Bill Brack): Sold via US agent Fred Opert to multiple Canadian champion Bill Brack (Toronto, Ontario) and raced through 1975 in STP colours. Won at Halifax in August and at Brainerd in September. Sold to Brad Abbott (Messapequa, NY) for 1976 and only raced twice, both times in SCCA events, scoring a win and a third place according to his later advert. As he did not score points in NEDiv FB in 1976, these were presumably regional events. Abbott then bought a new March 77B and the Chevron was sold to John Galson who raced it in SCCA events in 1977 and 1978.
  2. Chevron B27 [27-74-06] (Derek Cook): New to Fred Opert Racing and the car raced by Bertil Roos in the British Formula Atlantic race at Brands Hatch in mid-March. Then fitted with a 2-litre Brian Hart Ford BDA for Roos at two F2 races, Montjuich Park and Hockenheim. Apparantly returned to Formula Atlantic specification and run by the Opert team in the UK series, initially for Héctor Rebaque, and later for Johnny Kastner, William Henderson III and then local man Jim Crawford. Sold to Derek Cook (Rotherham, South Yorkshire) for early 1975 Formula Atlantic races before being replaced by a newer B29. Retained for 1976 when Cook ran it in Indylantic, Shellsport G8, and libre racing, with either a Formula Atlantic BDA or a self-built 2-litre BDA. Retained again for early 1977 and used in F2 and in Shellsport, now with a 2-litre Alan Smith BDG, before Cook acquired a F1 Williams. Subsequent history unknown.
  3. March 75B [5?] (Bertil Roos): A car raced by Bertil Roos for Ecurie Canada. Ecurie Canada took delivery of two cars according to March records, a yellow 75B-5 and a white 75B-10, and had two drivers, Roos who raced a yellow 75B and Craig Hill who raced a white one. On that basis, Roos's car would be 75B-5.
  4. Chevron B29 [29-75-17] (Peter Williams): New to Peter Williams (Brentwood) and raced in the British Formula Atlantic series in 1975, but crashed at Brands Hatch in April and not seen again that season. Entered by Williams' Coin News for Jim Crawford in early 1976 and then sold to Martin Birrane (Ballina, County Mayo, Republic of Ireland) who raced it in G8 and in Atlantic in 1976 and 1977. To Laurence Jacobsen (Glasgow, Scotland) for 1978, fitted with a Swindon BDX and entered by him for Bryce Wilson in libre that year. Converted back to Atlantic spec and raced by Bryce, Jacobsen and Graham Hamilton in 1979. In 1980, Jacobsen fitted the car with a plastic Sunbeam Stiletto body and Cosworth BDG engine, and raced it in GT racing in Scotland. Unknown in 1981 but with Eric Munnoch in 1982 who raced the 'Stiletto' with a 3.5-litre Rover V8. Subsequent history unknown, but in March 2010, HSCC News reported that Colin Thorpe had rebuilt the car, which was not thought to have raced since the 1980s, and it would be raced by his son Ollie Thorpe in 2010.
  5. Chevron B27 [27-74-14] (Peter Munro): Chevron build record says sold to Derek Cook, August 1974, so Cook's late season car in British Formula Atlantic. To Peter Munro for 1975, and loaned back to Cook at the British GP meeting after he had wrecked his own car in practice. Cook then managed to wreck the Chevron on lap 1 of the race, and it did not appear again in 1975. To Jeremy Sumner for the 1976 Indyatlantic series, where it was also driven by Mike Wilds and John Scannell. Thought to have been the B27 bought by Christian Bonnifet in 1977, and used in French hillclimbs between 1979 and 1983. In 1997, Jean-Michel Coll (Perpignan, Pyrénées-Orientales, France) advertised chassis 74-14 as a rolling chassis. It was later reported to be under restoration in the UK.
  6. McLaren M21 (Roberto Alvarez): The two M21s that appears in F/Atlantic in 1975 and 1976 are a puzzle, as the only known M21, the ex-works/Scheckter car, had been wrecked in France by Yves Martin in 1974. Around 2001, Chris MacAllister bought a McLaren M21 at auction that appeared to be one of Steve Prior's old cars and still had radio broadcasting sponsorship logos on it. It was fully restored by 2004, using the Donington Museum car - also or unclear origins - as a model.
  7. March 74B [73B-21] (Val Musetti): 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.
  8. March 73B [722-24] (Roy Baker): 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.
  9. Royale RP11 [6] (Mike Franey): New factory car for Tom Pryce to drive, replacing the one wrecked at the 1972 Monaco GP F3 race. To Reystan Racing for 1973 for Andy Sutcliffe to drive, but Sutcliffe left the team in April, and his seat was taken over by Val Musetti, who had written off his own RP11 in testing. Raced by Musetti through to the end of the season. Converted to Formula Atlantic specification for 1974 and raced by Musetti in the British championship up to May. Sold later in the year to Mike Franey and raced in libre racing. Raced by Franey in a couple of British Formula Atlantic races in 1975. Subsequent history unknown.
  10. March 74B [712M-25?] (Howard Rose): Ian Barrowman (Hungerford, Berkshire) bought a March 712M from Frank Williams for Mike Campbell-Cole to race in Formula Atlantic in 1972. The chassis number of the car is unknown but it was said to be ex-Carlos Pace. At their first race, at Snetterton, the engine ingested a piece of metal during practice and, following a sponsor pulling out, they did not have the budget to have it rebuilt. After a season of unfilled entries, it was sold to Richard Longman (Christchurch, Hampshire) for 1973. The car was fitted with a BDA engine but Longman made only a single entry, at Thruxton in May 1973, and did not appear. He advertised the car in December 1973, and it was bought by Howard Rose (Wokingham, Berkshire). Rose raced the car for the next three seasons, but his actual appearances were quite limited, and his race finishes exceedingly rare. Rose retained the car after he retired from racing, and it was in storage for several decades, still in its mid-1970s livery. He described the car as being "712M-20". In November 2016, it was sold to Jeremy Caine (High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire) and taken to Neil Fowler Motorsport for restoration.
  11. McLaren M21 (Steve Prior): The two M21s that appears in F/Atlantic in 1975 and 1976 are a puzzle, as the only known M21, the ex-works/Scheckter car, had been wrecked in France by Yves Martin in 1974. Around 2001, Chris MacAllister bought a McLaren M21 at auction that appeared to be one of Steve Prior's old cars and still had radio broadcasting sponsorship logos on it. It was fully restored by 2004, using the Donington Museum car - also or unclear origins - as a model.

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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