New Zealand Grand Prix
Pukekohe, 9 Jan 1971
|1||Niel Allen||McLaren M10B [400-02] - Chevrolet V8
#26 N.E. Allen Auto Indust. (Pty) Ltd
|2||Frank Matich||McLaren M10B [400-10-2] - Repco Holden V8
#10 Rothmans Team Matich (see note 1)
|3||Graham McRae||McLaren M10B [400-11S] - Chevrolet V8
#22 Crown Lynn
|4||Mike Eyerly||Surtees TS8  - Chevrolet V8
#3 Bonphil Racing (see note 2)
|5||John Cannon||McLaren M10B [400-01] - Chevrolet V8
#1 Hogan Racing Ltd
|6||Graeme Lawrence||(Tasman) 2.4-litre Ferrari Dino 246T/69  V6
#14 Air New Zealand
|7||Malcolm Guthrie||Lola T190 [190/F1/14] - Chevrolet V8
#32 Guthrie Racing
|8||Frank Radisich||McLaren M10A [300-06] - Chevrolet V8
|9||Chris Amon||Lotus 70  - Ford V8
#25 STP Corporation
|10||Ken Smith||(Tasman) 1.8-litre Lotus 69 [F3-2] - Cosworth FVC
#11 Team Cambridge (see note 3)
|11||Baron Robertson||(F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23C ["17"] - Cosworth FVA
#12 Robertson Racing (see note 4)
|12||David McConnell||(Tasman) 1.6-litre Lotus 69 - Ford twin cam
#80 D. McConnell
|R||David Oxton||(Tasman) 2.5-litre March 701  - Cosworth DFW V8
#2 STP Corporation
|R||Evan Noyes||(Tasman) 1.8-litre Brabham BT29  - Cosworth FVC
#72 Fred Opert Racing (see note 5)
|R||Bobby Brown||Lola T190 [190/F1/1] - Chevrolet V8
#28 Colorado Ski Country (see note 6)
|R||Frank Gardner||Lola T192 ['190/F1/6'] - Chevrolet V8
#31 Guthrie Racing
|R||Kevin Bartlett||Mildren (Franklen) - Chevrolet V8
#5 Alec Mildren Racing Pty. Ltd
|R||Don O'Sullivan||McLaren M10A [300-10] - Repco Holden V8
#8 Rothmans Team Matich (see note 7)
|R||Teddy Pilette||McLaren M10B [400-20] - Chevrolet V8
#34 Racing Team V.D.S.
|DNS||Dexter Dunlop||(NZNF) 1.6-litre McRae SR2  - Cosworth FVA
#52 Wills Export Racing Team
|Did not start|
|DNS||Bryan Faloon||(Tasman) 2-litre Rorstan Mk 1a - Porsche 771 f8
#57 Team Cambridge
|Did not start
|UNKE||Max Stewart||(Tasman) 2-litre Mildren (Rennmax) - Waggott TC4V
#6 Alec Mildren Racing Pty. Ltd
|On entry list|
|UNKE||Peter Moloney||(Tasman) 2.5-litre Cooper T66 [F1-6-63] - Climax FPF 4
#7 P.F.M. Racing
|On entry list|
|UNKE||Robbie Francevic||Katipo MJ 70A - Chevrolet V8
#21 M.J. Racing
|On entry list|
|DNA||Rich Galloway||Lola T190 [190/F1/1] - Chevrolet V8
#27 Colorado Ski Country (see note 8)
|Did not arrive|
All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.
|Qualifying information not available|
Notes on the cars:
- McLaren M10B [400-10-2] (Frank Matich): New to Frank Matich (Australia) and fitted with Repco-Holden V8 for Australian racing. Raced at Warwick Farm 12 Jul 1970 but crashed, and rebuilt on a new tub as "M10C". Next raced at Calder on 18 Oct 1970, then at Australian Grand Prix 22 Nov 1970. Raced in the 1971 Tasman series, then to the US for the L&M series before returning to Australia for the 1971 Gold Star series. Crashed prior to Oran Park 27 June and rebuilt on third tub. To Frank Radisich at the end of 1971 and raced in the 1972 Tasman series, the 1972 Australian Gold Star, and the 1973 Tasman. To Keith Laney (NZ), fitted with a Chevrolet V8 and appeared in the Tasman series in 1974 and 1975. Then to Dennis Phillips for hill climbs 1976, then Russel Greer (Blenheim, NZ) and fitted with a 6.3-litre Chevy to win the 1979/80 NZ hill climb championship. Sold to Peter Addison (Australia) but history then unknown until acquired by Max Warwick (Australia) in the mid-1990s. Sold to Graham Wadsworth (Melbourne, Australia) 2006.
- Surtees TS8  (Mike Eyerly): Built for 1971 season. Announced late October 1970. Bonphil Racing for Mike Eyerly Tasman 1971 (where David McKinney observed the chassis number to be '001'). Crashed badly in practice at Warwick Farm and said by Motoring News to be "written off". Returned to the factory for repairs. The rest of the team returned to the US but had hit financial problems and everything was siezed as they came through customs. The equipment, including two Bartz engines but less the missing monocoque, was sold to Phil Palm and Ron Pohl. Although the tub may have been repaired, TS8/01 cannot be considered to exist after the Warwick Farm crash.
- Lotus 69 [F3-2] (Ken Smith): Entered by Michael Spence Ltd for Tetsu Ikuzawa in F3 in 1969. Autosport noted that he was "giving his 59 its first outing" at Silverstone on 17 May 1969 and Motoring News called it "c/n 2". In September, it was reported that the car had been sold to Eddie Jacobsson, but Izukawa continued with it through October. Then entered by Mike Ticehurst's Motor Racing Enterprises for James Hunt at Thruxon in November. To Mike Stow for 1970 and, after a single F3 race, converted to Formula 2 for David Cole to drive at Crystal Palace in May, where he failed to qualify. Raced by Stow in a libre at Silverstone and then sold to New Zealander Ken Smith who entered it for Gold Star races from October onwards. Raced by Smith in the 1971 Tasman series as a Lotus 69, as the car now had 69-style bodywork, and using a 1.8-litre Cosworth FVC. Retained for Gold Star and International races in 1972, and also used at races in Singapore and at Batu Tiga with a Ford twin cam engine. According to Graeme Vercoe, the car was later owned by Simon Seagrave, Malcolm Webb and Steve Bullot as a Formula Ford car. Vercoe adds that it went via David Manton (Tauranga) to Allan Cattle (Auckland) in 1989. Subsequent history unknown.
- Brabham BT23C ["17"] (Baron Robertson): Built by Baron Robertson using a new chassis acquired from Racing Frames in England and the remaining parts of BT23C/7 which had been crashed by Roly Levis while testing it for Robertson at Bay Park in December 1969. This car first raced at the start of the 1970/71 New Zealand season where Graham Vercoe says it wore a chassis plate '23/17'. New Zealand motor racing historian David McKinney referred to the car as 'BT23C/17' but did not believe it had any relationship to the car of that number that was still owned at that time by Kurt Buess in Switzerland. Raced by Robertson in New Zealand in 1971 and 1972, and then by Kelvin Cameron in 1973. By 1978 the car was with Frank Macskasy and he has confirmed to Andrew Fellowes that it was destroyed in a garage fire. The engine survived and was sold to Lloyd Evans.
- Brabham BT29  (Evan Noyes): Observed on Peter Hughes' car by Dave McKinney at Bay Park, 2 Jan 1977 and published NZMN 28 Jan 77 p6. Described there as 'ex Lawrence'. The chassis number had earlier been observed on this car, in Lawrence's hands, in the 2.0 litre class of the old Tasman series in 1973 and before that on the FB car taken to the Tasman series by Evan Noyes. This is not the same car used by Noyes in Formula B in 1970 as that was advertised by Fred Opert in the US after BT29-23 had been sold in New Zealand.
- Lola T190 [190/F1/1] (Bobby Brown): New to Jerry Hansen and raced at Sebring in December 1969. Also driven by Chuck Parsons (his #44 Aqua Velva T190 at US R1 1970), then by Hansen at the Laguna Seca Pro race on 14 June 1970. Advertised 25 Jul 1970. Apparantly sold to Rich Galloway and raced in the US series, starting from R9 Brainerd 16 Aug 1970. Probably the car used by Galloway Tasman 1971 (crashed by Bobby Brown in practice for R1 but rebuilt for Brown in remaining New Zealand races and then for Galloway in Australia; then crashed at last race. To Charlie Hayes and raced by Bobby Unser at the Questor GP 1971; presumably then the car advertised by Hayes in August 1971. Advertised "Bobby Unser's Questor GP T-190-92" from Los Altos, CA (in the San Francisco Bay Area) April 1972 which would appear to rule it out from being the either the Cal Rayburn or Dick Losk cars. Subsequent history unknown.
- McLaren M10A [300-10] (Don O'Sullivan): New to Frank Matich (Cremorne, Australia) late 1969. Raced in the 1970 Tasman series, taking four pole positions and winning at Pukekohe and Levin. Damaged in an accident during a preliminary race at the Singapore GP in March 1970 and replaced with a new M10B. The M10A was repaired, fitted with a Repco Holden engine and sold to Don O'Sullivan, who was entered by Team Matich in the 1971 Tasman series. O'Sullivan crashed at Teretonga and the car was destroyed. Parts were later used in O'Sullivan's Gardos F5000 car.
- Lola T190 [190/F1/1] (Rich Galloway): New to Jerry Hansen and raced at Sebring in December 1969. Also driven by Chuck Parsons (his #44 Aqua Velva T190 at US R1 1970), then by Hansen at the Laguna Seca Pro race on 14 June 1970. Advertised 25 Jul 1970. Apparantly sold to Rich Galloway and raced in the US series, starting from R9 Brainerd 16 Aug 1970. Probably the car used by Galloway Tasman 1971 (crashed by Bobby Brown in practice for R1 but rebuilt for Brown in remaining New Zealand races and then for Galloway in Australia; then crashed at last race. To Charlie Hayes and raced by Bobby Unser at the Questor GP 1971; presumably then the car advertised by Hayes in August 1971. Advertised "Bobby Unser's Questor GP T-190-92" from Los Altos, CA (in the San Francisco Bay Area) April 1972 which would appear to rule it out from being the either the Cal Rayburn or Dick Losk cars. Subsequent history unknown.
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.
Sources include Autosport, Motoring News, the F1 Register books and Graham Vercoe's books "Historic Racing Cars of New Zealand" and "The Golden Era of New Zealand Motor Racing". The start point for the results was Bruce Sergent's website but these have subsequently been augmented with a number of other sources.
The start point for the 1970 Tasman results was Bruce Sergent's site which contains full reports on all these races. The 1970 results were then augmented by practice times and other information on R1 Levin and R2 Pukekohe (both in Autosport 15 Jan 1970); R3 Wigram (Autosport 29 Jan 1970); R4 Teretonga (Auto News Vol 3 No 14 9 Feb 1970 and Autosport 29 Jan 1970); R5 Surfers Paradise (Auto News Vol 3 No 15 23 Feb 1970 and Autosport 19 Feb 1970); R6 Warwick Farm (Auto News Vol 3 No 16 9 Mar 1970 and Autosport 26 Feb 1970); and R7 Sandown Park (Auto News Vol 3 No 16 9 Mar 1970 and Autosport 26 Feb 1970). Additional qualifying times have been provided by Milan Fistonic.
Tasman 1971-1975 information has also come from Bruce's site. Race speeds and other details for 1973 and 1974 have been taken from Autocourse. Qualifying times for 1975 have been supplied by Milan Fistonic from Australian Competition Yearbook. Entry lists have been provided by Milan and Bryan Miller.
The 1972 Tasman results are in the process of being augmented by practice times and other information from Autosport, Autoweek, the 1972 Racing Car News Yearbook and Australian Grand Prix. Entry numbers are taken from Autoweek's grids except Teretonga and Surfers Paradise where Autoweek did not publish them. Reports used are those for R1 NZ GP at Pukekohe (Autosport 13 Jan 1972 pp6-8 and Autoweek 5 Feb 1972 pp1,16-17), R2 Levin (Autosport 27 Jan 1972 pp26-27 and Autoweek), R3 Wigram (Autosport 27 Jan 1972 pp14-15 and Autoweek), R4 Teretonga (Autosport 10 Feb 1972 pp22-23 and Autoweek), R5 Surfers Paradise (Autosport 10 Feb 1972 pp12-13 and Autoweek), R6 Warwick Farm (Autosport 24 Feb 1972 pp23-24, 27 and Autoweek), R7 Sandown Park Australian Grand Prix (Autosport 2 Mar 1972 pp32-33, Autoweek, Australian Grand Prix pp362-368) and R8 Adelaide. There is a mistake in Autoweek's NZ GP grid with Ken Smith being mentioned twice so Autosport's grid is used. In other places where the sources didn't agree, Autoweek appeared to be the least reliable.
All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome. Please email Allen if you can add anything.
Individual sources for this event
There were no preliminaries for this race.