New Zealand Grand Prix
Pukekohe, 6 Jan 1968
|1||Chris Amon||(Tasman) 2.4-litre Ferrari Dino 246T/68  V6
#4 SEFAC Ferrari
|2||Frank Gardner||Brabham BT23D  - Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 V8
#7 Alec Mildren Racing (see note 1)
|3||Piers Courage||(F2) 1.6-litre McLaren M4A [M4A/2] - Cosworth FVA
#8 (see note 2)
|4||Jim Palmer||(F2) 1.6-litre McLaren M4A [M4A/1] - Cosworth FVA
#41 Jim Palmer Motor Racing (see note 3)
|5||Paul Bolton||Brabham BT22 [F1-1-64] - Climax FPF 4
#15 Rorstan Racing Team
|6||Graeme Lawrence||(NZ 1.5) 1.5-litre Brabham BT18 [AM144] - Ford twin cam
#14 Lawrence Racing
|7||Bryan Faloon||Brabham BT4 [IC-3-62] - Climax FPF 4
#57 Bryan Faloon Racing (see note 4)
|8||Roly Levis||(NZ 1.5) 1.5-litre Brabham BT18 [AM168] - Ford twin cam
#12 Shaw Motors
|9||John Nicholson||(NZ 1.5) 1.5-litre Lotus 27 [27-FM-24/25] - Ford pushrod
|10||Bill Stone||(NZ 1.5) 1.5-litre Brabham BT6 [FJ-9-63] - Ford twin cam
#24 (see note 5)
|11||Don Macdonald||(NZ 1.5) 1.5-litre Brabham BT10 [IC-6-64] - Ford twin cam
#29 (see note 6)
|12||Ken Smith||(NZ 1.5) 1.5-litre Lotus 41 [41-F3-14] - Ford twin cam
|R||Denis Hulme||(F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23  - Cosworth FVA
#3 (see note 7)
|R||Laurence Brownlie||(NZ 1.5) 1.5-litre Brabham BT18/23 ["F3-J-66"] - Ford twin cam
#20 (see note 8)
|R||"Red" Dawson||Brabham BT7A [IC-1-63] - Climax FPF 4
|R||Jim Clark||Lotus 49 [R2] - Cosworth DFW V8
#6 Team Lotus
|R||Pedro Rodriguez||(Tasman) 2.1-litre BRM P261  - P111 V8
#2 Owen Motor Racing Organisation
|R||David Oxton||(NZ 1.5) 1.5-litre Brabham BT16 [F2-9-65] - Ford twin cam
#18 (see note 9)
|R||Bruce McLaren||BRM P126  - P121 V12
#1 Owen Motor Racing Organisation
|R||Vince Anderson||Brabham BT11A [IC-2-64] - Climax FPF 4
|R||Peter Yock||(Tasman) 2-litre Lotus 25/33 [R3] - BRM P60 V8
#10 Peter Yock Racing
|DNS||Dave Holloway||Cooper T66 [F1-6-63] - Climax FPF 4
|Did not start|
|DNS||Tim Bailey||(NZ 1.5) Brabham BT6 [FJ-12-63] - Fiat
#16 (see note 10)
|Did not start|
|DNS||Tony Batchelor||(NZ 1.5) 1.5-litre Brabham BT6 [FJ-4-63] - Ford twin cam
#23 (see note 11)
|Did not start|
|DNS||Robbie Francevic||(Tasman) 2.1-litre BRM P261  - P111 V8
|Did not start|
|DNS||Les Jones||(NZ 1.5) 1.5-litre Lotus 20B [20-J-953] - Ford pushrod
|Did not start|
|DNS||Graham McRae||(NZ 1.5) 1.5-litre Brabham BT2 ["FJ-13-62"] - Ford twin cam
#36 (see note 12)
|Did not start|
|DNS||Frank Radisich||(Tasman) 1.75-litre Lotus 22 [22-J-20] - Ford
|Did not start|
|DNS||Peter Ransom||(NZ 1.5) 1.5-litre Lotus 22 [22-J-47] - Ford pushrod
|Did not start|
|DNS||Jim Kennedy||Brabham BT22 [IC-1-66] - Climax FPF 4
|Did not start|
|T||Pedro Rodriguez||BRM P126  - P121 V12
|(Only used in practice)|
|DNA||Tony Shaw||(NZ 1.5) 1.5-litre Brabham BT18 [AM168] - Ford twin cam
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||Grahame Harvey||(NZ 1.5) 1.5-litre Brabham BT21 - Ford twin cam
#56 (see note 13)
|Did not arrive|
All cars are 2.5-litre Tasman unless noted.
|Qualifying information not available|
Notes on the cars:
- Brabham BT23D  (Frank Gardner): The one-off BT23D was built for Alec Mildren Racing for Tasman racing and fitted with a 2.5-litre Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 V8. It debuted in Frank Gardner's hands at the Warwick Farm Gold Star race in Dec 1967 and was then raced by Garder in every race of the 1968 Tasman series. Kevin Bartlett took over the drive for the 1968 Australian Gold Star season and the 1969 Tasman series. It was then sold to Jim Abbott who acquired a 5-litre Traco Oldsmobile engine from Frank Matich and built what was claimed to be the first Formula 5000 in Australia. It was displayed at Abbott's Melbourne Racing Car Show and thereafter mainly used in hillclimbs. Its racing career ended after the death of a later pilot, Chris Murphy, but the remains were acquired in 1985 by Paul Moxham who had it fully restored with its original Autodelta engines.
- McLaren M4A [M4A/2] (Piers Courage): Entered by John Coombes for Piers Courage in F2 in 1967. Crashed at Brands Hatch in August 1967 and believed to have been rebuilt on a new tub before its next race at Albi four weeks later, but Autosport makes no mention of a rebuild nor of it being a new car. Raced by Piers Courage in the 1968 Tasman series. Sold to Niel Allen and raced in Australian events in 1968 until Allen crashed heavily at Lakeside in July, reportedly requiring another new tub to be fabricated. Raced again by Allen in 1969, then to Pat Burke for drivers Len Goodwin 1970-71 and Warwick Brown 1971. Sold by Burke and Peter Malloy to Erol Richardson but bought back by Pat Burke around 1982. Restored by Molloy for Burke and retained until sold to John Hugenholtz. To David Coplowe (England) by 1994. Raced in the HSCC Historic Formula Racing Car Championship in 1995. Still being raced by Coplowe in 2010 but not seen since. Reported to have been sold by Coplowe around 2012 but new owner unknown.
- McLaren M4A [M4A/1] (Jim Palmer): Entered by Bruce McLaren Motor Racing for Bruce McLaren in F2 in 1967. Sold to Jim Palmer (NZ) 1968, then to Tony Osborne's Argo Racing in Australia July 1968, driven by Peter Macrow in 1968 and then Alfredo Costanzo from 1968 to 1971. To Ken Hastings mid-1971, who swapped the FVA for a Ford twin-cam for 1972, and the to John Sheppard August 1973. Fitted with a 1300cc Toyota Corolla engine by Geoff Kennett 1974. Later Tony Armstrong (Victoria, Australia) in November 1982 and rebuilt around 1985. At Christie's Melbourne auction 1990 where it was sold to Art Valdez (Torrance, CA). It emained in Valdez' collection for many years, until sold to a UK consortium in 2017.
- 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.
- Brabham BT6 [FJ-9-63] (Bill Stone): 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.
- Brabham BT10 [IC-6-64] (Don Macdonald): 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.
- Brabham BT23  (Denis Hulme): Roy Winkelmann Racing for Jochen Rindt in F2 in 1967, winning nine races that season. Also for Gijs van Lennep as a Roy Winkelmann Racing Team Holland entry at Zandvoort that July. Then used by Denny Hulme for the 1968 Tasman series but crashed at Pukekohe. Feo Stanton and Alex Mildren bought the wreck which went, less suspension, to Bob Britton in Australia who used it to make a jig for a 'Rorstan' for Stanton, a 'Mildren' for Alex Mildren and his own series of Rennmax BN3 cars. The BT23 frame later passed to Graham Hepburn and then to Denis Lupton (Melbourne) 1981 who also bought the suspension, by then with Les Sargent. Sold to George Goodare (Sydney) 1983 - Jean-Marie Muller (France) 2008 . Involved in an accident at Reims in 2010 and reported to be damaged by fire. Subsequent history unknown.
- Brabham BT18/23 ["F3-J-66"] (Laurence Brownlie): New Zealander Fred McLean was working for Charles Lucas Engineering in 1966 and while there, he fabricated his own Brabham BT18 chassis as the basis of a F3 car. Although described as a BT18, a photograph of it (on formel3guide.de) taken at Avus in June 1966 shows it had the short rear uprights of a BT15 so it may have been more accurate to call it a 1966 BT15. McLean's preference is followed here. McLean raced the car in European F3 in 1966. In 1967, he sold the rolling chassis to Laurence Brownlie who then had McLean upgrade the car with BT23 rear uprights, BT23C rear suspension, Hewland FT200 gearbox and Lockheed brakes. A short stroke 1500cc Vegantune twin cam engine was fitted for the NZ National Formula. Brownlie first raced it in a NZ Gold Star race at Pukekohe in November 1967 and then at the NZ Grand Prix in January 1968 where he was forced off the track by Denny Hulme and the car too badly damaged to repair. The engine and gearbox were sold but Brownlie confirms that the chassis was scrap.
- 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.
- Brabham BT6 [FJ-12-63] (Tim Bailey): 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.
- Brabham BT6 [FJ-4-63] (Tony Batchelor): Rodney Banting Formula Junior 1963. Then observed by Formula 1 Register member John Thompson to be the car entered by Janspeed Engineering for Clive Baker (Torquay) in Formula 3 in 1964. Sold to Graeme Lawrence and fitted with a 1500cc Ford twin cam for New Zealand racing in 1965 and 1966. To Laurence Brownlie for 1967, then Tony Batchelor for 1968, then hillclimbed Roy Lyme in 1969. According to Graham Vercoe, this car was crashed badly by Lyme at Pukekohe and rebuilt by Warner Collins. It then went to William Smith and was raced as a BT15 in 1970, then Eric Anderson in 1971, then Bernard Milray as a Formula Ford in 1976; and was bought by Wayne Rogers in 1982. Rogers restored it to Formula Junior specification and ran it at Pukekohe in December 1983. It was bought by Paul Higgins in 1988 who retained it until March 2001, when he sold it to Rob Hands in Australia. Bought by Peter Strauss (Armadale, Australia) in June 2002 and driven for the first time in a FJ race at Philip Island in in February 2004. Strauss has raced the car in Australian Formula Junior Association events since then.
- Brabham BT2 ["FJ-13-62"] (Graham McRae): Believed to be the "interim" car raced by Denis Hulme at the Boxing Day Brands Hatch 1962. Probably FJ-1-63 but given by recent owners as 'FJ-13-62'. Raced by Roy James in Formula Junior 1963 then to Mike Lawlor 1964 and entered for John Miles in Formula 3. Entered by Speedwell Engineering for Miles in a couple of early 1965 races. To Ray Thackwell (New Zealand) and fitted with a 1500cc Ford twin cam for New Zealand racing in the 1965/66 season. To John Weston for 1966/67 and then to Graham McRae for 1967/68. McRae used the engine and gearbox in his late-1968 McRae twin cam, and may also have used the suspension and uprights. According to David McKinney, the BT2 was rebuilt by Jack Oakley, who fitted with a Ford pushrod engine and VW gearbox. Whether this car was raced by Oakley in 1969 remains unclear, as Oakley also acquired the McRae. The car was acquired by the Southward Museum around 1979 and was restored by John Rapley (Paraparumu) in 1987. The restored car used a new frame built by Peter Bruin, and the original frame remained with Rapley. Used by Rapley in historic events, starting at Manfeild in November 1987 where it was fitted with a 1500cc Ford pushrod engine. Remained in Rapley's hands until 2017, when the car was stolen. It was recovered in September 2018, but in the meantime the original frame had been passed back to the Southward Museum, who were building another car from it. How these two cars will coexist remains uncertain.
- Brabham BT21 (Grahame Harvey): 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.
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' original results.
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Instead of heats, there was an 'Air New Zealand Feature' support race for 1500cc entries (plus Radisich's 1700cc car).