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- 21 Feb 2024
Built by Brian Martin to use in the British Formula Atlantic series, the Martin BM12 was not a great success and was dropped after a single season. It was later used in hillclimbs in the early 1980s.
- 11 Feb 2024
The Brabham BT18 was a multi-formula car built in 1966 and used in Formula 2, Formula 3 and Formule Libre. This set of histories relate only to the Formula 2 BT18.
- 9 Feb 2024
MRD built the Brabham BT18 in 1966 for F2, F3 and Formule libre. As they are such a large and complicated subject, they have to be split into three groups. To get us started, here are the eight cars built with Ford twin cam engines.
- 9 Oct 2023
Designed by Mike Pilbeam for Tom Wheatcroft, the Wheatcroft R18 ran in F2 and Formula Atlantic in 1975, and proved a success in both. Two cars ran for many years in South Africa and a third raced in British F3 for several years.
- 6 Sep 2023
GRD's first Formula 3 car, the GRD 372, was an immediate success and won 19 F3 races during the 1972 season. Roger Williamson, Andy Sutcliffe, Tony Brise and Alan Jones all won races in GRD 372s.
- 31 Aug 2023
The first car produced by the new Williams Grand Prix Engineering, the Williams FW06 proved highly effective in the hands of Alan Jones during the 1978 season. An influx of sponsorship from Saudi Arabian companies put WGPE on a sounding footing.
- 29 Aug 2023
Penske's final F1 car was a huge improvement and John Watson took the Penske PC4 to a deserved victory at the Austrian Grand Prix in 1976. Just three months later, Penske withdrew from F1.
- 27 Aug 2023
After the failure of the Penske PC1, Penske copied the March 751 to produce the Penske PC3, and to continue to learn about F1. It was only used for six Grands Prix before being replaced by the Penske PC4.
- 24 Aug 2023
The Penske PC1 was the first car designed and built from scratch by Roger Penske's operation and took the team into Formula 1 in late 1974. It was not a great success and was replaced by a customer March 751 in mid-1975.
- 23 Aug 2023
Despite Graham Watson's best efforts to keep Formula Pacific alive, this would be the category's last season. Australian F2 attempted to take its place, but a revival in Australian single-seater racing would gave to wait for Formula Holden.
- 3 Aug 2023
After the big investment in Formula Pacific in 1981 and 1982, the category had weakened significantly by 1985. The Australian Grand Prix had moved up to the Formula 1 circus, leaving Formula Pacific now a sideshow. Full results are still being sought for the Sandown Park race in September 1985.
- 27 Jun 2023
I'm not sure why I never published 1967 Formula 2. Apologies for the oversight. This was the year the formula moved to 1600cc and Jochen Rindt dominated in the Brabham BT23. A European Championship for non-graded drivers was won by Jackie Ickx in Ken Tyrrell's Matras.
- 18 May 2023
The 1966 Lola T90 Indy car was an immediate success, with Jackie Stewart leading the 1966 Indy 500 for much of its distance and Graham Hill winning after the Scot retired. A further development followed in 1967, the T92.
- 14 May 2023
The Brabham BT35 was built in 1971 for Formula Atlantic, Formula B and Formula 3. This page only covers the Formula Atlantic and Formula B cars.
- 9 May 2023
All the results from Formula 2 in 1974, with a chassis history for every single car. March maintained its dominance in F2 in 1974, with Alpine, Chevron and Surtees providing the most effective competition. Works March driver Patrick Depailler took the title from his teammate Hans Stuck.
- 21 Apr 2023
After four seasons using Dave Baldwin's elegant N175-N177 designs, Mo Nunn attempted a completely new wing car design for 1979. It was not a success.
- 19 Apr 2023
The Ensign N180 started a return to competitiveness for the Ensign team. In an updated version, the N180B, Marc Surer gave Ensign its best ever result with fourth place and fastest lap in the rain in Brazil in 1981.
- 16 Feb 2023
The Surtees TS7 proved an effective starting point for the new F1 team, and John Surtees scored a famous victory in the car at the Oulton Park Gold Cup in August 1970.
- 15 Feb 2023
Customers for the Chevron B35, the Formula 2 variant to the new Chevron B34 Formula Atlantic car, included Trivellato Racing, Fred Opert Racing and Fred Stalder's ROC team. Jacques Laffite impressed in Opert's Chevron B35s, finishing second in two races.
- 13 Feb 2023
An interim car built for the start of the 1972 season, the March 721 was a minor update to the March 711. As well as two works cars, customer cars were also built from Frank Williams and for Eifelland.
- 12 Feb 2023
March built two March 741s for 1974. Although Hans Stuck and Vittorio Brambilla had a few good results, a lack of finance and reliability left the team only ninth in the championship. Both authentic 741s still exist, but two or three "extra" ones have also been built.
- 22 Dec 2022
The second McNamara Indy car design was lower and lighter than the 1970 model but suffered from chassis flexing and driver Mario Andretti struggled with it at the 1971 Indy 500. The relationship between STP and McNamara quickly came to an end.
- 13 Dec 2022
A refinement of the team's 1969 wedge design, the 1970 Gerhardt was used until 1972 but did not achieve the success of earlier Gerhardts and no customer sales were made.
- 2 Dec 2022
The German McNamara company produced a series of Indy cars for the STP team and its driver Mario Andretti in 1970. Although the T500 was too new to be competitive at the Indy 500, Andretti took pole in one at Milwaukee a week later and then won at Continental Divide the next month.
- 24 Nov 2022
Clint Brawner built an improved Hawk for 1967 and with Mario Andretti in the seat, this was again the most successful rear-engined car of the year with seven race wins.
- 18 Nov 2022
The 1972 Pygmée MDB17 was very similar to the 1971 MDB16, differing in detail only. Three cars were run as part of an ambitious Brazilian-financed English-based operation, but despite some early promise, it ended very badly.
- 15 Nov 2022
Built as a copy of the Brabham BT12, the original 1965 Brawner Hawk took Mario Andretti to the 1965 USAC Championship. The following season he used this car to take pole position at the Indy 500 and then a second successive USAC title.
- 6 Nov 2022
Designed for Formula Atlantic, the Chevron B34 was also available in Formula 3 specification, where it proved highly successful, winning the European F3 championship with Riccardo Patrese, and helping Rupert Keegan to the BP British title.
- 4 Nov 2022
With its traditional sportscar market declining, Chevron concentrated on the Chevron B29 for 1975, a model designed for use in Formula 2 and Formula Atlantic. Bill Brack took the Canadian Formula Atlantic title, and both Jim Crawford and Gunnar Nilsson won races in the UK.
- 26 Oct 2022
Argo built three Formula Atlantic Argo JM9s for 1981, based on the Formula 3 JM8. Like the F3 cars, the Atlantic cars were well off the pace of the Ralts.
- 24 Oct 2022
Argo's production of Formula Atlantic cars in 1979 and 1980 is bit complicated. Two Argo JM5s were built for 1979, and then one of these was rebuilt into a new "JM8" for 1980.
- 18 Oct 2022
Harvey Postlethwaite's 1980 Fittipaldi F8 design was finally ready in time for the British GP in July, and was used until the end of the season. An extensively revised car, the F8C, was produced for 1981, and an F8D was used alongside the F9 in 1982.
- 17 Oct 2022
Dave Baldwin moved from Ensign to Fittipaldi and designed the Fittipaldi F5 for 1977. Despite some early promise, it proved no faster than the FD04 and at the end of the season was completely revamped as the F5A.
- 9 Oct 2022
Designed and built by Robin Smith, the Chevron B56 was a new Formula Atlantic car for the 1982 season using an entirely new honeycomb chassis. Masanori Sekiya and Gary Gibson drove the car with limited success.
- 6 Oct 2022
The Chevron B45 was a relatively minor update to the Chevron B39, and US agent Fred Opert sold very few compared with the rival March 78B. Keke Rosberg won three races in his B45 but, with F1 and F2 campaigns to distract him, narrowly missed out on the Labatts Championship.
- 27 Sep 2022
After the success of his Formula 3 cars in 1971 and 1972, Mo Nunn designed and built a Formula 1 car for 1973, the Ensign N173, financed and driven by Rikky von Opel.
- 25 Sep 2022
The Ferrari 312T earned Ferrari the constructors' world title after 11 years and gave Niki Lauda the first of his three drivers' titles.
- 14 Sep 2022
Dan Gurney's design team produced a radically new Indy car for 1977, much smaller and with an offset cockpit. Despite some early promise, the car never worked properly and Eagle moved to a Lightning-inspired design for 1978.
- 15 Aug 2022
Visually very similar to the 1976 Chevron B34, the Chevron B39 was Chevron's 1977 Formula Atlantic model. Sales were down significantly, and only Keke Rosberg in Fred Opert's team achieved significant success.
- 14 Jul 2022
Jack Brabham returned to Indianapolis with a pair of new Brabham BT25 Indy cars in 1968. Repco's quad-cam V8 engine could not compete at the Indy 500, but Peter Revson later demonstrated the car's effectiveness with a win at Indianapolis Raceway Park.
- 27 Jun 2022
Lotus built three revised cars for the 1964 Indianapolis 500, and Jim Clark took pole position and led easily until a tyre collapsed. Parnelli Jones then won easily at Milwaukee in August when he drove Clark's car, and won again at Trenton, marking the end of the roadster era.
- 25 Jun 2022
After seven seasons running Eagles, AJ Watson returned to building his own cars in 1977, with the first of a series of cars based on Lindsey Hopkins' Lightning.
- 24 Jun 2022
Dave Bruns designed a completely new ground-effect car for Lindsey Hopkins' team in 1980. It only started six races across four seasons and failed to finish any of them. Hopkins withdrew from Indy racing after the 1981 Indy 500.
- 23 Jun 2022
Designed by Roman Slobodynskyj for Lindsey Hopkins in 1976, the Lightning dazzled at first but the production models built for 1977 were a huge disappointment.
- 19 Jun 2022
The Patrick Racing Team produced a new Wildcat 'wing car' for 1980, but it was quickly replaced by the team's Phoenix cars, and was only used as a backup car for the rest of the season. It was referred to in some places as the Mk IV, but it was logically the 'Mk 6'.
- 23 Apr 2022
For 1979, Patrick Head designed his first ground-effect car, the Williams FW07, following the template of the Lotus 79 but with a number of detail improvements. Alan Jones and Clay Regazzoni won five GPs between them in 1979 in FW07s.
- 19 Apr 2022
The 1964 MG Liquid Suspension Special Indy car was commissioned by Kjell Qvale, the West Coast distributor for British Motor Car Distributors, and designed by Joe Huffaker at Qvale's workshops in San Francisco. These cars are generally known as Huffakers, rather than BMCs.
- 8 Apr 2022
After such a wonderful season in 1979, Aurora rapidly fell to earth in 1980. Emilio de Villota dominated the season in the RAM Racing Williams FW07 but no other team could get close and the series was dropped.
- 6 Apr 2022
Surtees moved down into Aurora for 1979, joining Theodore Racing, RAM Racing, Clowes and Melchester. After another great season, Rupert Keegan in the Clowes Arrows A1 narrowly took the title from David Kennedy in the Theodore Wolf and Emilio de Villota in his Lotus 78.
- 6 Apr 2022
The new British Formula 1 championship sponsored by Aurora AFX replaced the Shellsport Group 8 series for the 1978 season. Tony Trimmer was the first champion in Melchester Racing's McLaren M23.
- 5 Feb 2022
Steve Ross regained his Tasman Revival title in 2014/15 driving his McRae GM1. The series was back to six races after the separate Australian championship was abandoned after a single season.
- 5 Feb 2022
As well as the four Tasman Cup Revival races in New Zealand in 2013-14, there was also a four-race F5000 Australia Cup series. Andrew Higgins and Tom Tweedie were the respective champions.
- 5 Feb 2022
Returning to our history of the New Zealand-based Tasman Revival series, Steve Ross retained his title in the 2012-13 series driving his McRae GM1.
- 24 Jan 2022
The 1974 season marked a major change in F1, with an influx of new teams and a much more evenly-matched field following Jackie Stewart's retirement. Emerson Fittipaldi narrowly beat Clay Regazzoni and Jody Scheckter to the title.
- 22 Jan 2022
Tony Southgate's first design for BRM was the BRM P153, a low bathtub monocoque with bulbous sides that was a complete change to previous designs. This design returned the team to competitiveness with Pedro Rodriguez winning the Belgian GP.
- 28 Dec 2021
The 1972 and 1973 model Eagle Indy cars are often confused. AAR continued to produce 1972 model cars for customers in early 1973, but also built four cars to a revised 1973 specification for their own in-house team.
- 22 Dec 2021
Art Kijek raced his home-built Formula A across North America in 1969, from Minnesota to Florida. Unfortunately for the small team, it was destroyed in a fire at the end of the season.
- 21 Dec 2021
Between 1973 and early 1979, AJ Foyt used a series of cars evolving from an original design by Bob Riley. Only four distinct cars were built, and Foyt won 19 races in them, with at least one victory in each of those seven seasons, including four 500-mile races.
- 19 Dec 2021
Bob Riley designed a new Coyote III for AJ Foyt in 1972, similar in layout to the recently announced 1972 Eagle. The car was a complete flop, and Foyt only raced it a handful of times.
- 17 Dec 2021
AJ Foyt commissioned Bob Riley to design a new car for 1971, to replace the dated Len Terry-derived cars that Foyt had been using since 1966. It could not compete with the McLarens or 1971 Eagles, but Foyt won one race when the quicker cars hit problems.
- 15 Dec 2021
Designed and built by Jim Tipke in 1972 but not raced until 1973, the Tipke Indy car was beautifully engineered but simply did not have the speed. It did however help to launch the career of its driver Tom Sneva.
- 13 Dec 2021
McLaren returned to Formula 2 in 1972 with the McLaren M21, the works car being driven by Jody Scheckter. None were sold to customers, so McLaren wound up the production relationship with Trojan.
- 18 Nov 2021
Following on from the prototype Climax V8 Cooper in 1961, two new Cooper T60s were built for the 1962 season. Bruce McLaren won the Monaco GP in his T60.
- 17 Nov 2021
Rolla Vollstedt's 1972 and 1973 cars were built from very similar monocoques and were used and modified together over the next three seasons.
- 9 Nov 2021
The first car to be called a Lotus 69 was a monocoque Formula 2 car built for 1970. Jochen Rindt won four of his first five races in his example.
- 3 Nov 2021
A new Lotus 69 model was built for Formula B in 1971, comprising a spaceframe chassis, Hart Ford twin cam engine, F2-style Lotus 69 bodywork and uprated front suspension.
- 2 Nov 2021
Andy Granatelli commissioned the construction of two STP Indy cars for 1969, using Lotus 56 monocoques with "Superwedge" bodywork and fitted with Plymouth stock block engines.
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