Rhodesian Grand Prix

Donnybrook, 31 Jul 1976

ResultsLapsTime/Speed Winnings
1 Roy Klomfass Ralt RT1 [10] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#5 Team Gunston (see note 1)
40
$R900
2 Nols Nieman Wheatcroft R18 [003] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#3 B&H /Alex Blignault (see note 2)
40
$R600
3 Dave Charlton Modus M3 [024] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#1 Lucky Strike (see note 3)
40
$R400
4 John Gibb Chevron B29 [29-75-25] - Ford BDA Swindon
Mum for Men/Pioneer Hi Fi (see note 4)

$R300
5 John Amm Brabham BT38 [12] - Ford BDA Hart

$R200
6 Tony Martin Chevron B34 [34.76.03] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#2 South Coast Motors/BIC (see note 5)
27
$R100
UNK Mervyn Tunmer March 722 [17] - Ford BDA Nicholson
(see note 6)

 
UNK Fred Goddard Palliser WDB4 [1] - Ford BDA Broadspeed

 
UNK Gary Ainscough March 74B [722-11] - Ford BDA Whitehurst
Echlin Charger (see note 7)

 
UNK Mike Domingo Modus M3 [022(A)] - Ford BDA Nicholson
Team Domingo

 
UNK Alan Domingo Chevron B25 - Ford BDA Nicholson
Team Domingo

 
UNK Joe Domingo Chevron B25 - Ford BDA Nicholson
Team Domingo

 
DNA Ian Scheckter March 76B [1] - Ford BDA Nicholson
Lexington Racing (see note 8)
Did not arrive

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

Heat 1 Laps Time Speed
1Roy Klomfass20
2Nols Nieman20
3Tony Martin20
4Dave Charlton20
5John Gibb
6John Amm
Heat 2 Laps Time Speed
1Roy Klomfass20
2Dave Charlton20
3Nols Nieman20
4John Gibb
5John Amm
Tony Martin7electrics
Qualifying
1 Roy Klomfass (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [10] - Ford BDA Cosworth 1.03.6
2 Tony Martin (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.03] - Ford BDA Nicholson 1.04.5
3 Dave Charlton (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Modus M3 [024] - Ford BDA Nicholson 1.04.9
4 Nols Nieman (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Wheatcroft R18 [003] - Ford BDA Nicholson 1.04.9
5 John Gibb (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-25] - Ford BDA Swindon 1.06.3

Notes on the cars:

  1. Ralt RT1 [10] (Roy Klomfass): Ralt sales record gives this as the car sold to Team Gunston for Roy Klomfass at the end of 1975 and used through the 1976 season in South Africa, with extensive modifications. The car was the only RT1 built with a centre post rear wing [though some others were so converted in the late 1970s]. In early 1977 the car was sold ‘to a guy in LA’. This is likely to have been Kevin Cogan, based in LA, who in early season SCCA races runs a red RT1 with a centre-post rear wing and the narrow early-style cockpit. [The only other candidate for this car is Pat Walter’s RT1 [6] which had the conventional rear wing.] Perhaps retained by Cogan and used as his spare car with the Pierre Phillips team in 1977, and for SCCA races in Southern California.
  2. Wheatcroft R18 [003] (Nols Nieman): Sold new to Alex Blignaut, for the 1976 South African season driven by Nols Neiman. Chassis number given in AS report of Welkom race 10 Feb 76, with the note that ‘last year’s Wheatcroft works car’ was carried as the team spare [R18-002]. Used throughout season, the spare remaining un-raced until 1977. Reported by Ian Hebblewhite as sold to Grant Maben in 1977, debut at Kyalami 1 Oct 77.
  3. Modus M3 [024] (Dave Charlton): Works record for the car sold 24 Sep 75 to Dave Charlton in South Africa. Used throughout the 1976 South African season. At Natal Spring Trophy, September 5, 1976, Kevin Stopford appears in an M3, with Charlton debuting a new March 76B. In the A/S report of the Rand Spring Trophy, October 2, 1976, the Stopford car is described as 'ex Charlton'. Stopford appears in the car in the 1977 season; MN 10 Feb 77 p1 again describes the car as ‘ex Charlton’.
  4. Chevron B29 [29-75-25] (John Gibb): Chassis number noted on Matt Spitzley's Rapid Movements car by Adam Ferrington at John Player Atlantic round at Oulton Park, May 26, 1975. [Contradicts Chevron build record, which shows B29.75.18 as consigned to Rapid Movements, and 25 as blank.] This suggests that 25 may be a replacement chassis built up after a testing accident. Spitzley replaced by Gunnar Nilsson towards the end of the 1975 season. Sold to John Gibb in South Africa for the 1976 Atlantic series there. [A/S 22 Jan 76 p5]. In 1976 initially entered by Gibbs’s sponsors for Trevor van Rooyen, but does not appear. Since there are no other available B29s in South Africa later in 1977 [29.75.15 being owned by Trochanni] this was probably the car of Rhodesian driver Geoff Frizell.
  5. Chevron B34 [34.76.03] (Tony Martin): Chassis number advised by Ian Hebblewhite for the car used by Bill Brack in the early races of the 1976 South African season. Probably a works supported development car. [34.76.01 probably being the F3 test car]. Autosport report of the race at Roy Hesketh, 17 Apr 1976, says that the car used by Guy Tunmer is "ex Brack". Perhaps rebuilt on a new tub, and the older one sold to Tony Martin at Kyalami 2 Oct 1976.
  6. March 722 [17] (Mervyn Tunmer): Chassis number given for the works F2 car of Ronnie Peterson in the 1972 European Championship (MN 16 Mar 72 p9) and also used by Jochen Mass (MN 20 Apr 72 p6). Autosport (AS 18 Mar 73 p27) reports that Guy Tunmer has bought the 'ex Peterson 722' to use in the new F2 class of the South African National Championship. Next observed as the car used by André Verwey in the F2 class of the South African F1 championship. Converted to Formula Atlantic spec for 1976. A/S report of the Rand Winter Trophy, Kyalami 7 Aug 76 describes Mervyn Tunmer's car as "ex Verwey". However, Ian Hebblethwaite suggests that Verwey probably owned the car all along, being responsible for the deal which bought it, and BT38-12 for Pretorius, to South Africa direct from the late 1972 Brazilian F2 series.
  7. March 74B [722-11] (Gary Ainscough): Chassis number given MN 16 Mar 72 p11 for the car of Brett Lunger, run by Space Racing in the 1972 European F2 Championship. This plate is now on a car in South Africa, with tub AM72X-97. The history traced by Ian Hebblethwaite suggests that this was the car of Gary Ainscough in 1976-7. According to an interview with Ainscough in the Rhodesia Herald in 1976 he says he imported the car in 1974 and built it up to Atlantic spec from the original 732.
  8. March 76B [1] (Ian Scheckter): Presumed to be the car of Ian Scheckter, used in the 1976 South African season. Racing tradition has it that Scheckter always had the first car of any of March's production runs, and South African expert Ian Hebblethwaite suggests that Scheckter had both the first chassis of the 76B and 77B production. A/S report of the race at Welkom 10 Feb 76 says that Scheckter's car is "the first of the production examples". Badly damaged in testing accident after the race at Aldo Scribante 27 Mar 76 and at Roy Hesketh Scheckter appears in a car that is described as "brand new" by A/S and having a "new tub" [MN]. Subsequent evidence suggests that the latter was the case, and the rebuilt car, if it still carried a plate, probably kept the identity of chassis 1 to avoid fresh import duties on a new car. The remains of the old tub were sold to the Domingo brothers, who built it up with spares to become 76B-1A in 1977. Sold to Len Booysen in 1977, and loaned by him to Dave Charlton and Bernard Tilanus in 1978.

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' orginal results.

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

If you can help with any additions, clarifications or corrections, please respond via the threads shown on the Atlantics page.

Individual sources for this event

Chris Townsend's sources include Bulawayo Chronicle mc 1700 11 Jun 1976 p5 and 5 Jul 1976; Rhodesian Herald 1 Jul 1976 p16, 2 Jul 1976 p15, 3 Jul 1976 p1 and 5 Jul 1976 p1.