New Zealand Grand Prix
Pukekohe, 4 Jan 1969
|1||Chris Amon||(Tasman) 2.4-litre Ferrari Dino 246T/69  V6
#1 SEFAC Ferrari
|2||Jochen Rindt||Lotus 49B [R9] - Cosworth DFW V8
#4 Team Lotus
|3||Piers Courage||Brabham BT24  - Cosworth DFW V8
#8 Frank Williams Racing
|4||Derek Bell||(Tasman) 2.4-litre Ferrari Dino 246T/69  V6
#2 SEFAC Ferrari
|5||Leo Geoghegan||Lotus 39 [R12] - Repco V8
#9 Geoghegan Racing
|6||Graeme Lawrence||(F2) 1.6-litre McLaren M4A ["14"] - Cosworth FVA
#14 (see note 1)
|7||Roly Levis||(F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23C  - Cosworth FVA
#12 Team Lexington (see note 2)
|8||"Red" Dawson||Brabham BT7A [IC-1-63] - Climax FPF 4
|9||David Oxton||(NZ 1.5) 1.5-litre Brabham BT16 [F2-9-65] - Ford twin cam
#18 Team Lexington (see note 3)
|10||Frank Radisich||(F2) 1.6-litre HCM (Lotus 22) [22-J-20] - Cosworth FVA
#26 Henderson Central Motors
|11||Laurence Brownlie||(F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23C  - Cosworth FVA
#20 Team Lexington (see note 4)
|12||Bert Hawthorne||(NZ 1.5) 1.5-litre Brabham BT21 - Ford twin cam
#43 Team Lexington (see note 5)
|R||Graham McRae||(NZ 1.5) 1.5-litre McRae 69  - Ford twin cam
|R||John Nicholson||(NZ 1.5) 1.5-litre Brabham BT18 [AM144] - Ford twin cam
|R||Frank Gardner||Mildren 'Mono' - Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 V8
#6 Alec Mildren Racing
|R||Graham Hill||Lotus 49B [R8] - Cosworth DFW V8
#3 Team Lotus
|R||Dennis Marwood||Brabham BT22 [F1-1-64] - Climax FPF 4
#15 Rorstan Motor Racing
|UNK||Vince Anderson||Brabham BT11A [IC-2-64] - Climax FPF 4
|UNK||Allan McCully||(NZ 1.5) 1.5-litre Brabham BT18 [AM168] - Ford twin cam
|DNS||Peter Moloney||Cooper T66 [F1-6-63] - Climax FPF 4
|Did not start|
|DNS||Ken Smith||(NZ 1.5) 1.5-litre Lotus 41 [41-F3-14] - Ford twin cam
|Did not start|
|DNS||Peter Hughes||Lotus 25/33 [R3] - Daimler SP250 V8
|Did not start|
|DNS||Bryan Faloon||Brabham BT4 [IC-3-62] - Climax FPF 4
#57 Bryan Faloon Racing (see note 6)
|Did not start
|DNS||Jos Mahon||(NZ 1.5) 1.5-litre Lotus 27 [27-FM-24/25] - Ford twin cam
|Did not start|
|DNS||Jack Oakley||(NZ 1.5) 1.5-litre Brabham BT2 ["FJ-13-62"] - Ford twin cam
#29 (see note 7)
|Did not start|
|DNS||Jim Palmer||Rorstan Mk 1 - Climax FPF 4
|Did not start|
|DNS||Brian Pellow||(NZ 1.5) Brabham BT6 [FJ-12-63] - Fiat
#61 (see note 8)
|Did not start|
|DNS||Roy Lyme||(NZ 1.5) 1.5-litre Brabham BT6 [FJ-4-63] - Ford twin cam
#79 (see note 9)
|Did not start|
|DNS||Jim Kennedy||Brabham BT22 [IC-1-66] - Climax FPF 4
|Did not start|
All cars are 2.5-litre Tasman unless noted.
|Qualifying information not available|
Notes on the cars:
- 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.
- Brabham BT23C  (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.
- 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 BT23C  (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.
- 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.
- 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 BT2 ["FJ-13-62"] (Jack Oakley): 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 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.
- Brabham BT6 [FJ-4-63] (Roy Lyme): 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.
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Instead of heats, there was an 'Air New Zealand Feature' support race for 1500cc entries (including some not entered in GP) plus Hughes (Lotus-Daimler); other 2.5s scratched.