Rhodesian Grand Prix
Donnybrook, 31 Jul 1976
|1||Roy Klomfass||Ralt RT1  - Ford BDA Cosworth
#5 Team Gunston (see note 1)
|2||Nols Nieman||Wheatcroft R18  - Ford BDA Nicholson
#3 B&H /Alex Blignault (see note 2)
|3||Dave Charlton||Modus M3  - Ford BDA Nicholson
#1 Lucky Strike (see note 3)
|4||John Gibb||Chevron B29 [29-75-25] - Ford BDA Swindon
#11 Mum for Men/Pioneer Hi Fi
|5||John Amm||Brabham BT38  - Ford BDA Hart
#22 John Amm (see note 4)
|6||Tony Martin||Chevron B34 [34.76.02] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#2 South Coast Motors/BIC
|UNK||Mervyn Tunmer||March 722 - Ford BDA Nicholson
(see note 5)
|UNK||Fred Goddard||Palliser WDB4  - Ford BDA Broadspeed
#18 Fred Goddard
|UNK||Gary Ainscough||March 74B [722?] - Ford BDA Whitehurst
#12 Echlin Charger (see note 6)
|UNK||Mike Domingo||Modus M3 [022(A)] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#6 Team Domingo
|UNK||Alan Domingo||Chevron B25 - Ford BDA Nicholson
#8 Team Domingo
|UNK||Joe Domingo||Chevron B25 - Ford BDA Nicholson
#7 Team Domingo
|DNA||Ian Scheckter||March 76B  - Ford BDA Nicholson
#4 Lexington Racing (see note 7)
|Did not arrive|
| ||Len Booysen||Chevron B29 [29-75-15] - Ford BDA Swindon
#9 Len Booysen
|On entry list|
| ||Guy Tunmer||Chevron B34 [34.76.03] - Ford BDA Hart
#10 Guy Tunmer
|On entry list|
| ||André Verwey||March 722 - Ford BDA Nicholson
#14 Andre Verwey (see note 8)
|On entry list|
| ||Basil van Rooyen||Chevron B34 [34.76.08] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#15 Basil van Rooyen
|On entry list|
| ||Mike Fogg||Chevron B25 [25-73-01] - Ford BDA Swindon
#17 Mike Fogg (see note 9)
|On entry list|
All cars are 1.6-litre F/Atl unless noted.
|1||Roy Klomfass||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1  - Ford BDA Cosworth||1.03.6|
|2||Tony Martin||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.02] - Ford BDA Nicholson||1.04.5|
|3||Dave Charlton||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Modus M3  - Ford BDA Nicholson||1.04.9|
|4||Nols Nieman||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Wheatcroft R18  - Ford BDA Nicholson||1.04.9|
|5||John Gibb||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-25] - Ford BDA Swindon||1.06.3|
Notes on the cars:
- Ralt RT1  (Roy Klomfass): Ralt sales record gives this as the car sold to Team Gunston for Roy Klomfass at the end of 1975 and used through the 1976 season in South Africa, with extensive modifications. The car was the only RT1 built with a centre post rear wing [though some others were so converted in the late 1970s]. In early 1977 the car was sold ‘to a guy in LA’. This is likely to have been Kevin Cogan, based in LA, who in early season SCCA races runs a red RT1 with a centre-post rear wing and the narrow early-style cockpit. [The only other candidate for this car is Pat Walter’s RT1  which had the conventional rear wing.] Perhaps retained by Cogan and used as his spare car with the Pierre Phillips team in 1977, and for SCCA races in Southern California.
- Wheatcroft R18  (Nols Nieman): Sold new to Alex Blignaut, for the 1976 South African season driven by Nols Neiman. Chassis number given in AS report of Welkom race 10 Feb 76, with the note that ‘last year’s Wheatcroft works car’ was carried as the team spare [R18-002]. Used throughout season, the spare remaining un-raced until 1977. Reported by Ian Hebblewhite as sold to Grant Maben in 1977, debut at Kyalami 1 Oct 77.
- Modus M3  (Dave Charlton): Works record for the car sold 24 Sep 75 to Dave Charlton in South Africa. Used throughout the 1976 South African season. At Natal Spring Trophy, September 5, 1976, Kevin Stopford appears in an M3, with Charlton debuting a new March 76B. In the A/S report of the Rand Spring Trophy, October 2, 1976, the Stopford car is described as 'ex Charlton'. Stopford appears in the car in the 1977 season; MN 10 Feb 77 p1 again describes the car as ‘ex Charlton’.
- Brabham BT38  (John Amm): New for Motul Rondel Racing in 1972, and raced by Bob Wollek, Henri Pescarolo (who won at Enna-Pergusa), and others. One of a group of cars sold to South Africa after the Torneio do Brasil. Raced by Jackie Pretorius in 1973, using an Alan Smith Cosworth FVC, then to John Amm for 1974. Converted to Formula Atlantic and raced again by Amm in 1976. Then unknown until reportedly located by Thomas Koch in South Africa some time around 1997-1999, and imported to the US. Then sold to Terry Allard (Denver, CO) some time before 2005.
- March 722 (Mervyn Tunmer): In January 1973, it was announced that Guy Tunmer (Sandton, South Africa) had acquired the ex-Ronnie Peterson March 722 for the new "F2" class of the South African national championship. However, it appears that the car actually shipped to him was the ex-Brett Lunger car. Tunmer had the 722 fitted with an 1800cc Cosworth FVC and raced it through 1973. The car was not seen in 1974, but is believed to have been kept as a spare to Tunmer's new Chevron. In 1975, it was sold to André Verwey (Johannesburg, South Africa) who planned to rebuild it with a BMW F2 engine and Hewland FG400 gearbox, but when Formula Atlantic was announced, he updated it with 74B bodywork and Nicholson BDA engine. Used in this form by Verwey in two races late 1975, and then into 1976. Sold back to the Tunmers in mid-1976 for Mervyn Tunmer to use. Unused in 1977, but then sold to Andrew Thompson in 1978, converted to a Ford V6 engine for the new formula, and raced in that form by Bobby Scott in 1979. To Mel Lahner and raced by Derek Ziman and others in his team. Retained until 2004, when sold back to Andrew and Stuart Thompson.
- March 74B [722?] (Gary Ainscough): In 1976, Gary Ainscough (Bulawayo, Rhodesia) raced a March 74B in the South African Formula Atlantic series. It has been suggested that it was built from a March 722, chassis 722/17, but evidence for this proving elusive. It then disappeared again until 1980, when Alan MacDonald was reported to be driving the "ex-Ainscough" March. Ian Hebblethwaite then reports that it went to Dave Hart's Team Valvoline in 1981, then Kent Dyson in 1982, then to Keith Horwood for Michael Bryan in 1985, and then to Lew Baker who was the last to race it. In about 1988, it was sold via Brian Raubenheimer in South Africa to David McLaughlin in England. Its history after 1988 is still to be resolved.
- March 76B  (Ian Scheckter): Presumed to be the car of Ian Scheckter, used in the 1976 South African season. Racing tradition has it that Scheckter always had the first car of any of March's production runs, and South African expert Ian Hebblethwaite suggests that Scheckter had both the first chassis of the 76B and 77B production. A/S report of the race at Welkom in February 1976 says that Scheckter's car is "the first of the production examples". Badly damaged in testing accident after the race at Aldo Scribante in March 1976, and at Roy Hesketh Scheckter appears in a car that is described as "brand new" by Autsport and as having a "new tub" by Motoring News. Subsequent evidence suggests that the latter was the case, and the rebuilt car, if it still carried a plate, probably kept the identity of chassis 1 to avoid fresh import duties on a new car. The remains of the old tub were sold to the Domingo brothers, who built it up with spares to become 76B-1A in 1977. Sold to Len Booysen in 1977, and loaned by him to Dave Charlton and Bernard Tilanus in 1978.
- March 722 (André Verwey): In January 1973, it was announced that Guy Tunmer (Sandton, South Africa) had acquired the ex-Ronnie Peterson March 722 for the new "F2" class of the South African national championship. However, it appears that the car actually shipped to him was the ex-Brett Lunger car. Tunmer had the 722 fitted with an 1800cc Cosworth FVC and raced it through 1973. The car was not seen in 1974, but is believed to have been kept as a spare to Tunmer's new Chevron. In 1975, it was sold to André Verwey (Johannesburg, South Africa) who planned to rebuild it with a BMW F2 engine and Hewland FG400 gearbox, but when Formula Atlantic was announced, he updated it with 74B bodywork and Nicholson BDA engine. Used in this form by Verwey in two races late 1975, and then into 1976. Sold back to the Tunmers in mid-1976 for Mervyn Tunmer to use. Unused in 1977, but then sold to Andrew Thompson in 1978, converted to a Ford V6 engine for the new formula, and raced in that form by Bobby Scott in 1979. To Mel Lahner and raced by Derek Ziman and others in his team. Retained until 2004, when sold back to Andrew and Stuart Thompson.
- Chevron B25 [25-73-01] (Mike Fogg): Chassis number given by the Formula 1 Register (F1R) on the Team Gunston car of John Love in the 1973 South African Formula 1 championship (F2 class). Sold to Tony Martin for the 1974 South African season, and retained for 1975, before being sold to Mike Fogg for 1976. It went to Ivor Raasch for 1977, and he used the back end of the car in a spaceframe Ford Escort Special Saloon. The car then went to Alan MacDonald for 1979 and was reconstituted, now with a Cosworth BDG, and MacDonald raced it in this form later that year. The car was sold by MacDonald to Mike Budd in Johannesburg, and he still had the car in March 2006. By 2016, the car was with Stuart Thompson and was being restored.
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.
The South African race results have been compiled by Chris Townsend based on material in Autosport and Motoring News plus information supplied by a wide range of contributors.
Individual sources for this event
Chris Townsend's sources include Bulawayo Chronicle mc 1700 11 Jun 1976 p5 and 5 Jul 1976; Rhodesian Herald 1 Jul 1976 p16, 2 Jul 1976 p15, 3 Jul 1976 p1 and 5 Jul 1976 p1.