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New Zealand Grand Prix

Pukekohe, 12 Jan 1975

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Warwick Brown Lola T332 [HU27] - Chevrolet V8
#2 Pat Burke Racing
58 69m 53.4s
2 Jim Murdoch Begg [018] - Chevrolet V8
#19 Begg & Allen Ltd. (see note 1)
57
3 Graeme Lawrence Lola T332 [HU28] - Chevrolet V8
#14 Malboro/Wix/Singapore Airlines
(see note 2)
57
4 Johnnie Walker Lola T332 [T330 HU23(B)] - Repco Holden V8
#7 Walker Racing
57
5 Ken Smith Lola T330 [HU8] - Chevrolet V8
#11 La Valise Travel Ltd. (see note 3)
57
6 John McCormack Elfin MR6 [6741] - Repco Holden V8
#9 Ansett Team
56
7 Chris Amon Talon MR-1 - Chevrolet V8
#1 Jack MacCormack
56
8 Max Stewart Lola T400 [HU2] - Chevrolet V8
#6 Max Stewart Motors
55
9 Steve Millen (Tasman 2.0) 2-litre Chevron B20 [72-9] - Cosworth FVC
#69 (see note 4)
54
10 Robbie Booth Begg FM4 - Chevrolet V8
#17 David Motors Ltd. (see note 5)
54
11 Baron Robertson Elfin MR5 [5722] - Repco Holden V8
#12 Robertson Racing (see note 6)
52
12 Frank Bray (Tasman 2.0) 1.9-litre Brabham BT29 [23] - Cosworth FVC
#15 Brambles (NZ) Freighters Racing Team
(see note 7)
49
R Kevin Bartlett Lola T400 [HU1] - Chevrolet V8
#5 Chesterfield Racing
46 Gearbox
R Graham McRae McRae GM2 [001] - Chevrolet V8
#22
9 Handling
UNKE Graham Baker Begg FM5 [2] - Chevrolet V8
#13 Southplant (see note 8)
On entry list
UNKE Neil Doyle Surtees TS9B [006] - Chevrolet V8
#25 N. Doyle
On entry list
UNKE Bill David (Tasman 2.0) 1.9-litre Brabham BT29 [23] - Cosworth FVC
#97 David Motors (see note 9)
On entry list
DNA Evan Noyes Lola T332 [HU51] - Chevrolet V8
#8 Gemco Racing
Did not arrive

All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Graham McRae (F5000) 5-litre McRae GM2 [001] - Chevrolet V8 60.5
2 Chris Amon (F5000) 5-litre Talon MR-1 - Chevrolet V8 61.3
3 Warwick Brown (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU27] - Chevrolet V8 61.5
4 John McCormack (F5000) 5-litre Elfin MR6 [6741] - Repco Holden V8 62.1
5 Ken Smith (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU8] - Chevrolet V8 63.0
6 Jim Murdoch (F5000) 5-litre Begg [018] - Chevrolet V8 63.3
7 Johnnie Walker (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [T330 HU23(B)] - Repco Holden V8 63.3
8 Graeme Lawrence (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU28] - Chevrolet V8 63.6
9 Max Stewart (F5000) 5-litre Lola T400 [HU2] - Chevrolet V8 64.2
10 Kevin Bartlett (F5000) 5-litre Lola T400 [HU1] - Chevrolet V8 65.1
11 Robbie Booth (F5000) 5-litre Begg FM4 - Chevrolet V8 66.3
12 Baron Robertson (F5000) 5-litre Elfin MR5 [5722] - Repco Holden V8 67.1
13 Steve Millen (Tasman 2.0) 2-litre Chevron B20 [72-9] - Cosworth FVC 68.7
14 Frank Bray (Tasman 2.0) 1.9-litre Brabham BT29 [23] - Cosworth FVC 75.4

Notes on the cars:

  1. Begg [018] (Jim Murdoch): First raced by Jim Murdoch in the New Zealand Gold Star in late 1974, then in the 1975 Tasman series, finishing second in the New Zealand Grand Prix, the 1975-76 Gold Star season, and in the 1976 NZ Internationals. The car was then retired to the Queenstown Motor Museum, where it remained when it was sold to Gavin Bain (Christchurch) in the late 1980s. It was later sold to Phil Mauger (Christchurch) and reappeared in 2004 when raced by him in the F5000 Tasman Revival series. Then to Noel Atley (Invercargill) who raced it in the Tasman Revival series from 2005 to 2009. Sold to Calven Bonney for 2010, and raced by him in the Tasman Revival series until sold to Scott O'Donnell (Invercargill) in 2017. The car will be on display on a regular basis at Bill Richardson Transport World in Invercargill.
  2. Lola T332 [HU28] (Graeme Lawrence): Graeme Lawrence (NZ) for Tasman 1974, New Zealand Gold Star 1974; Tasman 1975; Tasman 1976; Gold Star Oct/Nov 1976; Australian Internationals 1977 - Terry Hook (Aus) Australian Internationals 1978, Australian Internationals 1979; heavily crashed at a club event at Lakeside 21 Jun 1981. Rebuilt by March 1982 by Chas Talbot on a new tub. Sold to Bob Minogue and Pete Brennan in the mid-1980s who sold the rear end to Peter Bick to complete his ex-Davison HU34. The ex-Hook car was then built up with other parts and sold to Manuel Jimenez who in turn passed it to Murray Richards (Murrumbeena, Australia). To David Sharp (New Zealand) 1993. To Murray Sinclair (Hong Kong, and Christchurch, New Zealand) 2001, and raced in the F5000 Tasman Revival from 2003 to 2007. To Russell Greer (Blenheim, New Zealand) 2007, who continued to race it in the Revival series. More information about Lola T332 HU28
  3. Lola T330 [HU8] (Ken Smith): To Haas/Hall and the team's #65 car for Brian Redman in the 1973 US series. Then to Rogers Racing for Larry Harley in the 1974 US series. To Ken Smith (New Zealand) for the 1974/75 season, the New Zealand and Australian Internationals 1976. To Chris Milton (South Australia) and raced in Australia from Sep 1977 to Sep 1978. To John Blanden 1978, and driven for him by Rob Butcher from 1979 to 1982. To Bib Stillwell 1988 for Australian historic racing. To Noel Robson (Melbourne, Australia) 1993, and raced in Australian historic racing for many years. More information about Lola T330 HU8
  4. Chevron B20 [72-9] (Steve Millen): New to John S Green in Formula B specification but there is no evidence of this car being delivered before the end of 1972. Green ran it in the Gap Hill Climb in January 1973, but only circuit raced it once, in the Singapore Grand Prix in April 1973. Green died in early 1974, and the Chevron was sold to David Schollum for Steve Millen in South-East Asian races that year. Then shipped to New Zealand and fitted with a 1980cc Cosworth FVC engine for the 1975 Tasman series. Used by Millen in 1600cc form at Batu Tiga and Macau later in 1975. Sold to Ian Grey in 1976 and raced with a Cosworth BDM at Macau in 1976 and 1977. Later sold to Dick Ward (Perth, Australia), and then to Harry Hickling (ACT, Australia). Sold to David Innes late 2014.
  5. Begg FM4 (Robbie Booth): Built for 1970/71 season, and first raced by Geoff Mardon at Wigram in January 1971. Raced by David Oxton in the 1971/72 Gold Star. To Garry Pedersen October 1972, and rebuilt with a wedge body for the 1972/73 Gold Star. Then to Bill David for Robbie Booth to race in the 1974 Internationals, the 1974/75 Gold Star events, and the 1975 Internationals. Then to Gary Love for the 1976 Internationals, but the car's history is then unknown until it was acquired by Allan Hamilton in Australia some time before 1990. Next seen with Graham Brayshaw (Brookby, Auckland, New Zealand) in 2004, and retained to 2006. To the Rush family, and raced by Timothy Rush in the 2007/08 F5000 Tasman Revival series. Raced by Tim but also sometimes by Terry in the 2008/09, 2009/10 and 2011/12 series. Last seen racing in November 2011, but photographed in The Rush Collection in April 2016.
  6. Elfin MR5 [5722] (Baron Robertson): New to Max Stewart in time for the start of the 1972 Tasman series. Also raced by Stewart in the 1972 Australian Gold Star. Entered by Stewart for John Leffler in a few raced in October/November 1973. Then sold to Baron Robertson and raced in the Tasman series in 1974 and 1975, and in the New Zealand and Australian Internationals in 1976. History then unknown until bought from David Davidson (Melbourne) by Gavin Sala. By 1994, this car was with Adrian Tweedle (Victoria). Subsequent history again unknown, but reported to be with Max Pearson by 2012.
  7. Brabham BT29 [23] (Frank Bray): 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.
  8. Begg FM5 [2] (Graham Baker): Built new in 1973 by Fred McLean for Allan McCully for the 1973/74 New Zealand Gold Star, and regarded by McLean as a FM5, not a Begg FM5. To Graham Baker 1974 and raced in Tasman 1974, the 1974/75 and 1975/76 Gold Star, and the 1976 NZ Internationals. To Charles Talbot (Australia) 1976, and raced by him in the 1977 and 1978 Rothmans Australian Internationals. Presumably the car raced by Allan R. Nitschke in Australia from 1979 to 1982. Then unknown until acquired by Bryan and Graham Sala about 1990. Bought at auction in Australia by Gavin Hicks (Auckland, NZ) about 1991 and sold by him to Lindsay O'Donnell (Christchurch, NZ) 2001. Raced by O'Donnell in the F5000 Tasman Revival from 2003 to the 2012/13 season. Returned two years later for the New Zealand Festival at Hampton Downs in January 2015. More information about Begg FM5/2
  9. Brabham BT29 [23] (Bill David): 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.

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.

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.