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Lady Wigram Trophy

Wigram, 18 Jan 1969

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Jochen Rindt Lotus 49B [R10] - Cosworth DFW V8
#4 Team Lotus
44 58m 53.6s
102.68 mph
2 Graham Hill Lotus 49B [R8] - Cosworth DFW V8
#3 Team Lotus
44 59m 19.6s
3 Chris Amon (Tasman) 2.4-litre Ferrari Dino 246T/69 [0008] V6
#1 SEFAC Ferrari
44 59m 23.5s
4 Piers Courage Brabham BT24 [3] - Cosworth DFW V8
#8 Frank Williams Racing
44 59m 29.2s
5 Derek Bell (Tasman) 2.4-litre Ferrari Dino 246T/69 [0010] V6
#2 SEFAC Ferrari
44 59m 54.8s
6 Roly Levis (F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23C [7] - Cosworth FVA
#12 Team Lexington (see note 1)
41
7 Graham McRae (NZ 1.5) 1.5-litre McRae 69 [1] - Ford twin cam
#36
40
8 Bert Hawthorne (NZ 1.5) 1.5-litre Brabham BT21 - Ford twin cam
#43 Team Lexington (see note 2)
40
9 "Red" Dawson Brabham BT7A [IC-1-63] - Climax FPF 4
#5
40
10 Malcolm Guthrie (F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21B [24] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#21 Frank Williams Racing (see note 3)
39
11 John Nicholson (NZ 1.5) 1.5-litre Brabham BT18 [AM144] - Ford twin cam
#19
39
12 Graeme Lawrence (F2) 1.6-litre McLaren M4A ["14"] - Cosworth FVA
#14 (see note 4)
37
R Laurence Brownlie (F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23C [1] - Cosworth FVA
#20 Team Lexington (see note 5)
30 fuel pump
R David Oxton (NZ 1.5) 1.5-litre Brabham BT16 [F2-9-65] - Ford twin cam
#18 Team Lexington (see note 6)
15
R Frank Radisich (F2) 1.6-litre HCM (Lotus 22) [22-J-20] - Cosworth FVA
#26 Henderson Central Motors
12 clutch
R Allan McCully (NZ 1.5) 1.5-litre Brabham BT18 [AM168] - Ford twin cam
#10
9 engine
R Dennis Marwood Rorstan Mk 1 - Climax FPF 4
#19 Rorstan Motor Racing
7 engine
R Peter Moloney Cooper T66 [F1-6-63] - Climax FPF 4
#7
4
R Vince Anderson Brabham BT11A [IC-2-64] - Climax FPF 4
#17
3
R Leo Geoghegan Lotus 39 [R12] - Repco V8
#9 Geoghegan Racing
3 oil pressure
R Frank Gardner Mildren 'Mono' - Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 V8
#6 Alec Mildren Racing
0 accident
R Ken Smith (NZ 1.5) 1.5-litre Lotus 41 [41-F3-14] - Ford twin cam
#11
0 accident
DNS Brian Pellow (NZ 1.5) Brabham BT6 [FJ-12-63] - Fiat
#23 (see note 7)
Did not start
DNS Wayne Murdoch (NZ 1.5) 1.5-litre Brabham BT10 [IC-6-64] - Ford twin cam
#15 (see note 8)
Did not start
DNS Vince Anderson Brabham BT11A [IC-2-64] - Climax FPF 4
#17
Did not start
DNS Les Jones (NZ 1.5) 1.5-litre Brabham BT21 - Ford twin cam
#114 (see note 9)
Did not start
DNA Dennis Marwood Brabham BT22 [F1-1-64] - Climax FPF 4
#19
Did not arrive
DNA Jim Palmer Rorstan Mk 1 - Climax FPF 4
#41
Did not arrive
DNA Jiggs Alexander (NZ 1.5) 1.5-litre Brabham BT6 [FJ-9-63] - Ford twin cam
#88 (see note 10)
Did not arrive

All cars are 2.5-litre Tasman unless noted.

Qualifying
Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  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. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Brabham BT6 [FJ-12-63] (Brian Pellow): Denis O'Sullivan in Formula Junior in 1963. Retained for Formula 3 in 1964, now entered by Baldyne Engineering. Appears to have moved to Motor Racing Stables after O'Sullivan acquired at F2 Brabham BT10 around August 1964 and was raced by John Tomlinson at Brands Hatch 13 Sep 1964. Sold to Ken Sager and fitted with a 1500cc Ford engine for New Zealand racing in 1965 and 1966. During its time in New Zealand, it was often referred to as a 1964 car, implying a BT9. Sold to Grahame Harvey mid-1966 and retained for 1967. Then to Tim Bailey and fitted with a 1500cc Fiat engine for 1968. To Brian Pellow for 1969, still with the Fiat. Retained by Pellow for 1970, but now with a 1600cc Ford. This car was sold to Frank Gilbert (Auckland) and raced as a Formula Ford for two seasons. Graham Vercoe's book 'Historic Racing cars of New Zealand' claims that the car was a BT9, and that a replica frame was built by Pellow and that it was the replica frame that became the Formula Ford. Writing in 1991, he said that the original 'BT9' frame was owned by John Wigston.
  8. Brabham BT10 [IC-6-64] (Wayne Murdoch): Having driven a late-season Brabham BT6 for Scuderia Veloce in 1964, Greg Cusack bought a new Brabham BT10 which carried the non-standard plate 'IC-6-64' and fitted it with a 1500cc Ford twin cam engine for ANF1½ in 1965. The car probably came via Brabham's Australian agent Alec Mildren Pty Ltd. Cusack retained this for the first few months of 1966 and then sold it to Don Macdonald for racing in New Zealand in 1967 and 1968. It then went to Wayne Murdoch for the 1968/69 season and he returned with the car for the 1970 Internationals but it was then described as a BT18. It was later converted for Formula Ford. Unknown until acquired by Richard Armstrong (New Zealand) as a rolling chassis in 1977, who planned to turn it into ahillclimb car with a Lotus-Ford twin-cam engine, but other commitments put paid to those plans. The car has remained in storage with Richard ever since, and, in 2017, his intention was to restore it to NZ National Formula specification.
  9. Brabham BT21 (Les Jones): First seen when raced by Graham Harvey (NZ) at Pukekohe in December 1967. To Les Jones March 1968 then Graham Baker April 1969, Allan Rhodes 1970, Russell Noble 1971 or 1972 and used to construct a sports car. Other parts to Neil Whittaker 1973 to construct a Formula Ford. Eventually to Robert Hands (Melbourne, Australia) 2001 and sold to Peter Harburg (Brisbane, Queensland) some time later for about 2 years. To Peter Barclay (Canberra, Australia) by 2009 and run in Australian vintage events.
  10. 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.

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 (including a couple not entered in the Tasman race); and one for the other entries.