Kyalami, 29 Jan 1977
|1||Ian Scheckter||March 77B  - Ford BDA Nicholson
#1 Team Lexington (see note 1)
|2||Roy Klomfass||March 77B  - Ford BDA Swindon
#2 Team Gunston (see note 2)
|3||Basil van Rooyen||Chevron B34 [34-76-08] - Ford BDA Swindon
#7 Team Wrangler (see note 3)
|4||Nols Nieman||Wheatcroft R18  - Ford BDA Nicholson
#5 Team Benson & Hedges (see note 4)
|5||Gilles Villeneuve||Chevron B39 [39-77-01] - Ford BDA Swindon
#20 Team Valvoline (see note 5)
|6||Rupert Keegan||March 77B  - Ford BDA Swindon
#21 Team Uniewinkels (see note 6)
|7||Len Booysen||March 76B  - Ford BDA
#9 Golden-Flo Racing (see note 7)
|8||Tony Martin||Chevron B39 [39-77-02] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#4 Team Bic South Coast Motors (see note 8)
|9||Kevin Stopford||Modus M3  - Ford BDA Nicholson
(see note 9)
|10||Dave Charlton||March 76B  - Ford BDA Swindon
#3 Team Lucky Strike (see note 10)
|R||Gary Ainscough||March 74B [722?] - Ford BDA
#12 Team Henley Forklift (see note 11)
|R||John Simpson||Modus M3 [022(A)] - Ford BDA Nicholson
|DNS||Mike Domingo||March 76B ['1A'] - Ford BDA
#6 Team Domingo (see note 12)
|Did not start
All cars are 1.6-litre F/Atl unless noted.
|1||Ian Scheckter||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B  - Ford BDA Nicholson||1.25.08|
|2||Gilles Villeneuve||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B39 [39-77-01] - Ford BDA Swindon||1.25.49|
|3||Nols Nieman||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Wheatcroft R18  - Ford BDA Nicholson||1.26.06|
|4||Roy Klomfass||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B  - Ford BDA Swindon||1.26.32|
|5||Tony Martin||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B39 [39-77-02] - Ford BDA Nicholson||1.29.13|
|6||Len Booysen||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B  - Ford BDA||1.29.18|
|7||Dave Charlton||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B  - Ford BDA Swindon||1.30.95|
|8||Basil van Rooyen||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34-76-08] - Ford BDA Swindon||1.31.37|
|9||Gary Ainscough||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B [722?] - Ford BDA||1.33.24|
|10||Mike Domingo *||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B ['1A'] - Ford BDA||1.37.31|
|11||John Simpson||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Modus M3 [022(A)] - Ford BDA Nicholson||1.43.34|
|12||Rupert Keegan||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B  - Ford BDA Swindon||2.04.71|
|13||Kevin Stopford||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Modus M3  - Ford BDA Nicholson||3.06.79|
|* Did not start|
Notes on the cars:
- March 77B  (Ian Scheckter): New to Team Lexington for Ian Scheckter to race in the South African Formula Atlantic championship in 1977, and used to win the first three rounds of the South African Formula Atlantic championship in January and February 1977. Crashed heavily at Killarney in February and replaced with 77B-7. The damaged car was returned to March Engineering, repaired. It was updated it to 772P specification and sold to Andy Barton (Newcastle upon Tyne) who fitted with a 2-litre Ford BDG and used it in libre racing in 1978. He converted it to Formula Atlantic specification for 1979 with a Swindon BDA engine and used in the revised British championship. Retained for 1980 as a hire drive, usually for Cameron Binnie (Cornhill-on-Tweed, Northumberland). Sold to Colin Richardson (Peebles, Scottish Borders, Scotland) and raced in Scottish libre in 1981, 1982 and 1983, using a 1600cc engine. Possibly borrowed back by Barton for a couple of races after his 782/792 was wrecked in April 1981. To Geoff Todd (Greenlaw, Scottish Borders), and raced at Ingliston again through 1984. Advertised by Todd in June 1984. Subsequent history unknown.
- March 77B  (Roy Klomfass): New to Eddie Pinto and Team Gunston for Roy Klomfass to race in South African Formula Atlantic in 1977, using Swindon BDA engines. Retained by Team Gunston in 1978 for new driver Trevor van Rooyen. Retained again by Team Gunston for the 1978/79 season, when it was a spare car to Van Rooyen's new March 79B and was driven that season by Basil Van Rooyen at Kyalami in October 1978 (when Trevor was unwell), by Dave Charlton at Killarney later that month, and then by Trevor at two races. Later in 1979, it was fitted with a Ford V6 engine for the new 'Formula South Africa', and was raced twice by John Love. It was unused in 1980, then sold to Jeff Waberski after his DAW Supplies team's ex-Ian Scheckter March 78B was destroyed in a transporter fire. Raced by Bernard Tilanus for DAW Supplies from June 1981 onwards. It was raced by Dave Charlton for DAW around March/April 1982, then by Billy Maloney as a DAW entry later in 1982. It was then sold to Klaus Grogor's House of Sports Cars team for 1983, and then retained by Grogor unused through 1984 and 1985. It was then sold to Gary Harrison who intended to convert it into a sports car for the 'Can-Am' series that absorbed Formula SA in 1986, but he only used in single seater form. The car was acquired by Dorino Trochanni during the 1990s and sold to Andrew and Stuart Thompson in 2000.
- Chevron B34 [34-76-08] (Basil van Rooyen): New to Basil van Rooyen for the South African Formula Atlantic series, sponsored by Wrangler Jeans. Van Rooyen significantly modified the car during the season, with a March nose and side radiators. Retained for 1977, again with Wrangler Jeans sponsorship. Van Rooyen recalls that he sold the car to Tony Martin, and it was at some point during this time that the car was raced by Desiré Wilson in the first few races of the 1978 series. It was raced by Tony Martin at some races in 1979 as an alternative to his unsatisfactory B45, but Bernard Tilanus recalls that "the tub was damaged when Tony fell asleep and went off the road writing the trailer and car off". Tilanus explained that Martin bought a replacement tub from Chevron and built a standard B34. This car "was sold to Rolly Nofke, then to Keith Horwood". Tilanus then bought the car and sold it to Mike Fergusson, but the restoration was still incomplete when Fergusson died. It was then bought by Colin Frost, who took it to Andrew Thompson to complete the restoration.
- 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.
- Chevron B39 [39-77-01] (Gilles Villeneuve): A works entry for Gilles Villeneuve in the 1977 South African series, but crashed in testing prior to the first race. It was repaired in time, but handled badly and after two races, Paul Owens persuaded Derek Bennett to fly out to South Africa to test it. He determined a difference in the tub construction so flew back to England, fabricated a new monocoque, and returned to South Africa with the tub as excess hand baggage in time for the car to be rebuilt on it for Villeneuve to drive at Killarney. Villeneuve was still unhappy with the car and his South African season was ended when he hit Ian Scheckter's March 77B during the race. The damaged B39 is believed to have been returned to the Chevron factory to be rebuilt and then sold to the US. However, the US owner has not yet been determined with confidence.
- March 77B  (Rupert Keegan): New for Rupert Keegan to race in the South African Formula Atlantic series in early 1977, run for him by the Doug Shierson team and entered as Team Uniewinkels. Then run by Martin Flint and Roger Taylor for John Gibb to race for the rest of 1977. Retained by Flint & Taylor's Team Uniewinkels for 1978, when it was driven by Roy Klomfass. Moved to Alex Blignaut's Team Texan for the start of the 1978/79 season, still with Klomfass driving, as a spare car to the team's new March 79B. The 77B was then sold to Dave Hart's Team Valvoline. Hart fitted it with a BMW engine for the new Formula South Africa in 1979, then converted to a Mazda engine for 1980. It was then sold to Brian Ferris, who raced it in 1981 and in early 1982 before his new Ralt RT4.82 arrived. The 77B may have been raced by Ferris's friend Klaus Grogor in the latter half of 1982. In January 1983, it was sold to Fred Goddard who ran it for several drivers as part of his Petromark team over the next two seasons, including Braam Smith, Roy Carr, Derek Irving and Danie Mulder. It was unused in 1985, then driven by Ivano Moavero in 1986. Then retained by Goddard who took it with him the UK when he emigrated. Still with him in 2003.
- March 76B  (Len Booysen): New to Ian Scheckter for South African Formula Atlantic in 1976. Sold to Len Booysen for the 1977 season, then loaned by Booysen to Dave Charlton to drive. During this time is was bought from Booysen by Ken Gillibrand, who then loaned to DAW for Bernard Tilanus to drive in April and May 1978. It was unused in 1979, and advertised by Gillibrand in August. Sold later in 1979 to Soon Weeks who fitted the 2-litre BMW engine from Dave Hart's March 77B and raced it in this form in early 1980. Then swapped with Bernard Tilanus and the DAW team for DAW's Wheatcroft R18, and fitted with a Mazda engine. Raced several times by Tilanus but he then left the team after a disagreement with Jeff Waberski and was replaced by Trevor van Rooyen, who raced the 76B for the rest of 1980. It was sold to Vernon Bricknell at end of that season, and raced by him in early 1981 until his new Maurer MM80 arrived. The 76B was then sold yet again, this time to Fred Goddard's Pretoria Brick team for Wayne Taylor to drive, until Hekro's March 802 was acquired for him. Pretoria Brick retained the 76B for 1982, when it was raced by Andre & Jan Du Plessis, Roy Carr and Basil Mann. It was sold to Alan Dunlop for 1983, and he raced it until 1985. It then passed to Neville Riddell and most of its components were used in a sports car built for Riddell by Lew Baker. All that was left was the tub, and this was sold to Fred Goddard who is believed to have stripped it to keep the bulkheads as spares. At this point the 76B no longer existed.
- Chevron B39 [39-77-02] (Tony Martin): New to Tony Martin (Durban, South Africa) and raced in the 1977 South African series. Retained for 1978 as a spare car to Martin's new B45, and and upgraded to B45 specification. Sold for 1979 to Paul England for Peter Larner to race in the early 1979 Australian Internationals. Larry Perkins took over the drive later in 1979, and also drove the car in the Aurora AFX Formula Pacific Championship in New Zealand in early 1980 and the Australian National Panasonic Formula Pacific series in 1981. Some time about 1985 or 1986, the car was sold to Norm Carr (Victoria) who raced it once or twice before damaging one corner at Calder. When Carr acquired it the chassis plate was missing so he had a new one issued by Roger Andreason at Chevron which read "39-77-B-02". It was still owned by Carr in 2003.
- Modus M3  (Kevin Stopford): 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’.
- March 76B  (Dave Charlton): Sold to Dave Charlton in South Africa in mid 1976 to replace his Modus M3, debuting at the Rand Winter Trophy, 7 Aug 1976. Retained by Charlton in 1977, then sold mid-1978 to Nols Nieman as a spare car. To Alex Blignaut's team in 1979/80 but not used again. At some stage the tub was used to rebuild Mike Domingo's 76B. As the chassis plate was retained in the rebuilt car and the tub number matches that of 76B/19 in March records, the resulting car can reasonably be seen as 76B/19.
- 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 ['1A'] (Mike Domingo): A car built up by Mike Domingo at the start of 1977 using a monocoque that Ian Scheckter had damaged when testing 76B/1 after the race at Aldo Scribante in March 1976. The Domingo's car is usually referred to as "76B/1 (A)" as it built around the first tub from 76B/1. It was raced by Mike Domingo through 1977, 1978 and 1979. In late 1979 it was converted to use a Mazda engine, and was raced by him in this form in 1980 and early 1981. It was then sold to Ivano Moavero and raced by him in 1981. Then in 1982, Moavero bought the ex-Duxbury 77B, and sold the 76B to Michele ('Mike') Peters and raced by him through to July 1985. At some point during this time, it was rebuilt using the monocoque from 76B/19, which had last been raced in 1979. Peters sold the resulting car to Terry Moss, to replace the 77B that Moss had wrecked. However, instead if racing the 76B, Moss stripped the car and used its components to build up a March 782. The 76B tub was put aside until 2010, when it was acquired from a friend of Moss by Bernard Tilanus. The tub number showed that the tub was from 76B/19, not from 76B/1, so it was reunited with its original chassis plate and fully rebuilt.
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
Motoring News 3 Feb 1977 p1, Sunday Times 30 Jan 1977 p20, Rand Daily Mail 28 Jan 1977 p8, Rand Daily Mail 31 Jan 1977 p2, Motor Sport Annual of South Africa 1978