Sandown Park Cup
Sandown Park, 16 Feb 1969
|1||Chris Amon||(Tasman) 2.4-litre Ferrari Dino 246T/69  V6
|55||1hr 0m 10.6s
|2||Jochen Rindt||Lotus 49B [R10] - Cosworth DFW V8
|55||1hr 0m 17.9s
|3||Jack Brabham||Brabham BT31  - Repco 830 V8
#9 (see note 1)
|4||Frank Gardner||Mildren 'Mono' - Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 V8
|5||Derek Bell||(Tasman) 2.4-litre Ferrari Dino 246T/69  V6
|6||Graham Hill||Lotus 49B [R8] - Cosworth DFW V8
|7||Roly Levis||(F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23C  - Cosworth FVA
#85 (see note 2)
|8||Garrie Cooper||(ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 600B  - Ford twin cam
|9||Glyn Scott||(ANF2) 1.6-litre Bowin P3 [P3-101-68] - Cosworth FVA
|10||Malcolm Guthrie||(F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21B  - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#80 (see note 3)
|11||Niel Allen||(ANF2) 1.6-litre McLaren M4A [M4A/2] - Cosworth FVA
#10 (see note 4)
|R||Graeme Lawrence||(F2) 1.6-litre McLaren M4A ["14"] - Cosworth FVA
#14 (see note 5)
|R||Maurie Quincey||(ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 600B  - Ford twin cam
|R||Henk Woelders||(ANF2) 1.6-litre Elfin 600B  - Ford twin cam
|R||Alfredo Costanzo||(ANF2) 1.6-litre McLaren M4A [M4A/1] - Cosworth FVA
#18 (see note 6)
|R||John Harvey||Brabham BT23E  - Repco 830 V8
#15 (see note 7)
|R||Col Green||Brabham BT16 [F2-8-65] - Climax FPF 4
#17 (see note 8)
|R||Kevin Bartlett||Brabham BT23D  - Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 V8
#8 (see note 9)
|R||Piers Courage||Brabham BT24  - Cosworth DFW V8
|DNS||Leo Geoghegan||Lotus 39 [R12] - Repco V8
|Did not start
All cars are 2.5-litre Tasman unless noted.
|Qualifying information not available|
Notes on the cars:
- Brabham BT31  (Jack Brabham): New for Jack Brabham for the 1969 Tasman series but only appeared for the last race. Used also to win one Gold Star race but then remained with Repco in Australia as a show car. To Repco employee Rodway Wolfe in 1974 and sold to collector Dr Bill Marshall in 1984. To Bib Stillwell in 1987 to join his collection of cars. Sold in January 2000 to Jeremy Thomas (Hundon, Suffolk). To Peter McLaughlin (Hannover, NH) July 2006. To Peter Strauss (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) January 2011 and used in Australian historic racing.
- 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 BT21B  (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  (10 Tenths ref 1544290).
- McLaren M4A [M4A/2] (Niel Allen): 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 ["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.
- McLaren M4A [M4A/1] (Alfredo Costanzo): 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 BT23E  (John Harvey): Built for Jack Brabham to use in the 1968 Tasman series and fitted with a 2.5-litre Repco V8. Sold to Bob Jane Racing but crashed by John Harvey in practice at Bathurst in April. Crashed again by Allan Moffat in practice at Sandown Park in September. For Harvey again in the 1969 Australian Gold Star, the 1970 Tasman series (Warwick Farm and Sandown Park only) and for the first race of the 1970 Australian Gold Star (won at Symmons Plains March 1970). Then sold to Bob 'Woody' Curran and fitted with a Ford twin cam for ANF2 racing in Tasmania from 1971 to 1977. From Curran to David Madrers in the early 1980s and started restoration before selling to Bill Marshall in 1983 who completed the restoration and used it in historic racing in Australia. Then sold via Ray Delaney (Melbourne, Australia) to Art Valdez (Torrance, CA) in late 1990, and remained in his collection for many years, until sold to a UK consortium in 2017.
- Brabham BT16 [F2-8-65] (Col Green): John Coombes entered this Brabham BT16 for Graham Hill in 1965, fitted with a BRM P71 engine. Hill continued to race it in the early part of 1966 after which it was then refitted with a 2.5-litre Climax FPF and taken to Australia by Frank Gardner to be used in Tasman racing. Gardner won first time out at a Gold Star race at Warwick Farm in December 1966 and then raced it in the 1967 Tasman series as part of Alec Mildren's team. After the series it was acquired by Niel Allen who planned to race it himself but instead entered it for Fred Gibson in 1967 and again in early 1968 before it was sold to Col Green in mid-1968. Retained by Green for three seasons and then sold to Neil Rear (Perth, Western Australia) and raced by him at Waneroo Park in 1972. In 1973, it was fitted with a Cosworth 1600 engine and at the end of that season, Rear sold it to Colin Hall, who planned to fit a Lotus twin cam, but continued to drive his Macon instead. The Brabham passed through various owners until acquired by photographer Julian Cowan. Sold via Bonhams to Rob McMillan (Sydney, Australia) and rebuilt on a replica chassis for historic racing, the original chassis being cut up and scrapped.
- Brabham BT23D  (Kevin Bartlett): 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.
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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