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Levin International

Levin, 11 Jan 1969

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Chris Amon (Tasman) 2.4-litre Ferrari Dino 246T/69 [0008] V6
#1 SEFAC Ferrari
63 50m 08.8s
88.7 mph
2 Piers Courage Brabham BT24 [3] - Cosworth DFW V8
#8 Frank Williams Racing
63 50m 15.6s
3 Frank Gardner Mildren 'Mono' - Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 V8
#6 Alec Mildren Racing
62
4 Leo Geoghegan Lotus 39 [R12] - Repco V8
#9 Geoghegan Racing
60
5 Graeme Lawrence (F2) 1.6-litre McLaren M4A ["14"] - Cosworth FVA
#14 (see note 1)
60
6 Graham McRae (NZ 1.5) 1.5-litre McRae 69 [1] - Ford twin cam
#36
60
7 Bert Hawthorne (NZ 1.5) 1.5-litre Brabham BT21 - Ford twin cam
#43 Team Lexington (see note 2)
57
8 Malcolm Guthrie (F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21B [24] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#21 Frank Williams Racing (see note 3)
57
9 Roly Levis (F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23C [7] - Cosworth FVA
#12 Team Lexington (see note 4)
57
R Allan McCully (NZ 1.5) 1.5-litre Brabham BT18 [AM168] - Ford twin cam
#10

R David Oxton (NZ 1.5) 1.5-litre Brabham BT16 [F2-9-65] - Ford twin cam
#18 Team Lexington (see note 5)
42 engine
R Derek Bell (Tasman) 2.4-litre Ferrari Dino 246T/69 [0010] V6
#2 SEFAC Ferrari
40 oil pressure
R "Red" Dawson Brabham BT7A [IC-1-63] - Climax FPF 4
#5
14 clutch
R Graham Hill Lotus 49B [R8] - Cosworth DFW V8
#3 Team Lotus
12 driveshaft
R Jochen Rindt Lotus 49B [R9] - Cosworth DFW V8
#4 Team Lotus
6 accident
R Dennis Marwood Rorstan Mk 1 - Climax FPF 4
#15 Rorstan Motor Racing
4 engine
DNS Ken Smith (NZ 1.5) 1.5-litre Lotus 41 [41-F3-14] - Ford twin cam
#11
Did not start
DNS Jiggs Alexander (NZ 1.5) 1.5-litre Brabham BT6 [FJ-9-63] - Ford twin cam
#17 (see note 6)
Did not start
DNS Frank Radisich (F2) 1.6-litre HCM (Lotus 22) [22-J-20] - Cosworth FVA
#33 Henderson Central Motors
Did not start
(accident)
DNS Laurence Brownlie (F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23C [1] - Cosworth FVA
#20 Team Lexington (see note 7)
Did not start
(fire)
DNS Peter Hughes Lotus 25/33 [R3] - Daimler SP250 V8
#16 Continental Car Services
Did not start
DNS John Nicholson (NZ 1.5) 1.5-litre Brabham BT18 [AM144] - Ford twin cam
#19
Did not start
DNS Jos Mahon (NZ 1.5) 1.5-litre Lotus 27 [27-FM-24/25] - Ford twin cam
#27
Did not start
DNS Jim Palmer Rorstan Mk 1 - Climax FPF 4
#41
Did not start
DNS Bryan Faloon Brabham BT4 [IC-3-62] - Climax FPF 4
#57 (see note 8)
Did not start

All cars are 2.5-litre Tasman unless noted.

Qualifying
Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. McLaren M4A ["14"] (Graeme Lawrence): Graeme Lawrence acquired a F2 specification McLaren M4A after he left the Chequered Flag F2 team which was identified in its logbook application and NZ registration papers as chassis number 'M4A-14', implying it was chassis 200-14. Raced by Lawrence from Pukekohe in November 1968, appearing in the 1969 Tasman series and winning the Singapore and Selangor GPs in April. The car passed to Frank Radisich later in 1969 and was raced by him in the 1970 Tasman series. Then owned by Wayne Murdoch in 1971-72 but not raced. To Neil Heney in August 1972 and raced by Doug Heney in club events in 1973, then to Jon Warring for hillclimbs in 1974 and then to Ross Calgher (Waitara, New Zealand) for national racing from 1975 to 1977. Sold by Calgher to George Begg in March 1977 and he sold it to Andrew Cunningham in 1983. Retained to 1990 and then may have passed to Australian ownership until acquired by Peter Herbert (Auckland, NZ) in 1999.
  2. Brabham BT21 (Bert Hawthorne): Bert Hawthorne worked at MRD during 1967 and in his spare time built up his own car using BT21 components. He fitted this with a twin-cam engine and took it to his native New Zealand for the 1967/68 Gold Star series. The car did not arrive in time for the Internationals and Hawthorne made his debut in the car at Timaru in February 1968. He drove it again the following season, from October 1968 to February 1969. Cary Taylor (Amberley, NZ) bought it for the 1969/70 season and he also drove it in the Singapore GP in April 1971. It 1973, it was bought by Frank Bray and used by him to create the Bray SMP2 sports car. Other components of the car were used to build a Formula Ford.
  3. Brabham BT21B [24] (Malcolm Guthrie): Matt Spitzley ran a Brabham in SCCA Nationals and in the 'Pro' FB series in 1969. His car is identified in the July 1969 Seattle entry list as a yellow and red Brabham BT21 but has been identified by Ted Walker as the ex-Guthrie Tasman BT21B [24] (10 Tenths ref 1544290).
  4. Brabham BT23C [7] (Roly Levis): New to Frank Williams Racing Cars for Piers Courage to race in F2 in 1968. Also raced by Jonathan Williams to win at Monza in June. To Roly Levis (New Zealand) and raced in the 1969 Tasman series and at Singapore, Batu Tiga and Fuji in the following months. Raced in the opening rounds of the 1969/70 New Zealand season and then sold to Baron Robertson who raced it Pukekohe in early December. Levis then tested the car for Robertson in practice for the Bay Park International at the end of December but crashed heavily at Rothmans corner, effectively writing off the car. Robertson acquired a replacement frame from Racing Frames in England and built a car which used a different chassis number. The original BT23C/7 frame was rebuilt as a Formula Ford and raced by Peter Haskett in the 1973/74 NZ season. This car found its way to Martin Smith in the UK in the late 1980s after which it was restored to BT23C specification. Then unknown until acquired by Bobby Rahal in the US and extensively rebuilt by Phil Simkin some time before 2004. With Justin Segel (West Bloomfield, MI) in 2003. For sale in 2006 when said to have been owned by Tom Claridge (Fremont, CA). To Ted Wentz (Villanova, PA) 2008.
  5. Brabham BT16 [F2-9-65] (David Oxton): Silvio Moser's F2 car in 1965, entered by Martinelli-Sonvico Racing. Used briefly as a second car early 1966 then apparently to Ken Sager in New Zealand for 1966 and later to Dave Oxton 1967, Graham Watson 1969, Brian Faloon 1970 and Warren Elleray in 1971.
  6. Brabham BT6 [FJ-9-63] (Jiggs Alexander): Brabham Racing Organisation for Denny Hulme in Formula Junior in 1963. To Alec Mildren Racing, fitted with a 1500cc Ford twin cam engine and raced in Australian national racing by Frank Gardner in 1964. To Roly Levis in November 1964 for New Zealand racing in 1965 and 1966. Entered by Levis for Bill Stone in 1966/67 then sold to Stone who raced it again in 1967/68. Sold to Gerald 'Jiggs' Alexander in September 1968 and raced in the 1968/69 and 1969/70 seasons, after which Alexander stripped the car with the intention of restoring it. However, it remained in this state until 1999 when it was sold to Ian McDonald (Australia) who restored the car and ran it in Australian historic racing from 2001 onwards. Sold to Ed Holly (Sydney, Australia) in July 2006 and raced in the Tasman Revival series from 2006/07 to 2012/13.
  7. Brabham BT23C [1] (Laurence Brownlie): The prototype BT23C was used at the end of the 1967 season by Jack Brabham and Frank Gardner and then sold to Frank Williams for Picko Troberg to drive, but not start, at Hockenheim in April 1968. It was then used briefly in F3 by Harry Stiller but wasn't seen again until October 1968 when Piers Courage took it over for the Albi F2 race, his regular BT23C/07 having been "sold to Tasmania" (Autosport 25 Oct 1968 p14). Then to Laurence Brownlie (Kelso, South Island, New Zealand), possibly leased by Williams, and raced in the 1969 Tasman series before returning to Europe for Graham McRae to drive in the 1969 F2 series, entered by Williams again. Not seen after July 1969 but reappeared in April 1970 when advertised by Bobby Howlings. Sold to Rodney Seow in Singapore but never raced. Traded together with Seow's Brabham BT9 to Mike Truter by 1980 and sold on to Brian Wilson (Australia) about 1983. Wilson imported the cars to Australia, had the BT23C restored and raced it in historic racing for more than 20 years. Sold to Chad Parrish (Sydney, Australia) early 2014.
  8. Brabham BT4 [IC-3-62] (Bryan Faloon): New to Bib Stillwell for the Australian Internationals in February 1963. Used by Stillwell to win the 1963 Australian Gold Star and then, having acquired the 2.7-litre engine from Jack Brabham's BT4, he won the Gold Star again in 1964. Sold to Bill Thomasen in New Zealand and used in NZ Gold Star in 1964/65 before it was sold to Ecurie Palm Court who ran it for Ian Green and John Riley in late-season 1964/65 races and in Australian Gold Star races in August 1965. To Robbie Francevic in time for the 1965/66 NZ season and then quickly sold again, this time to Syd Jensen. Jenson leased it to Jim Boyd for the 1967 Internationals and then sold it to Bryan Faloon in March 1967. Raced and crashed many times by Faloon before he joined the Rorstan team for 1969/70 and the BT4 was finally retired. Sold by Faloon's estate to David Manton in 1981, then to Richard Hook (Auckland, NZ), who restored the car to its original Tasman specification and used it in historic racing in 1990. Then through four other historic racers until bought by the Minshaw family in 2005. Raced by Jason Minshaw from 2005 onwards.

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.

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Individual sources for this event

There were two heats for this race: one for 1500cc cars and slower 2.5s; and one for the other entries.