Rhodesian Grand Prix
Donnybrook, 26 Jun 1977
|1||Tony Martin||Chevron B39 [39-77-02] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#4 BIC/South Coast Motors (see note 1)
|2||Dave Charlton||March 76B  - Ford BDA Swindon
#3 Scribante/Lucky Strike Racing
(see note 2)
|3||Len Booysen||March 76B  - Ford BDA
#9 Golden-Flo Racing with Kenitex
(see note 3)
|4||Bobby Scott||March 77B  - Ford BDA
#21 Sportsman Lager [Andrew Thompson]
|5||John Gibb||March 77B  - Ford BDA Swindon
#8 Team Uniewinkels [Martin Flint/Roger Taylor]
|6||Nols Nieman||March 77B  - Ford BDA
#5 Benson & Hedges / B.P. Racing [Alex Blignault]
|7||Geoff Frizell||Chevron B29 [29-75-25] - Ford BDA
#18 Jeff Frizell (see note 4)
|8||Roy Klomfass||March 77B  - Ford BDA Swindon
#2 Team Gunston
|35||Collision with Neiman|
|R||Royce Love||Wheatcroft R18  - Ford BDA Nicholson
#15 Benson & Hedges / B.P. Racing [Alex Blignault]
(see note 5)
|R||Eddie Keizan||March 77B  - Ford BDA Nicholson
#1 Lexington Racing Team/I. Scheckter
| ||Mike Domingo||March 76B ['1A'] - Ford BDA
#10 Team Domingo
|On entry list|
All cars are 1.6-litre F/Atl unless noted.
|1||John Gibb||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B  - Ford BDA Swindon||1m 03.9s|
|2||Dave Charlton||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B  - Ford BDA Swindon||1m 04.0s|
|3||Roy Klomfass||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B  - Ford BDA Swindon||1m 04.0s|
|4||Tony Martin||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B39 [39-77-02] - Ford BDA Nicholson||1m 04.2s|
|5||Eddie Keizan||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B  - Ford BDA Nicholson||1m 04.2s|
|6||Bobby Scott||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B  - Ford BDA||1m 04.3s|
|7||Len Booysen||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B  - Ford BDA||1m 04.8s|
|8||Nols Nieman||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B  - Ford BDA||1m 05.0s|
|9||Royce Love||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Wheatcroft R18  - Ford BDA Nicholson||1m 08.0s|
|10||Geoff Frizell||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-25] - Ford BDA||1m 11.6s|
Notes on the cars:
- 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.
- 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 and later to the Domingo team in exchange for ther 76B/1A.
- March 76B  (Len Booysen): 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.
- Chevron B29 [29-75-25] (Geoff Frizell): The Rapid Movements Chevron B29 driven by Matt Spitzley is believed to have suffered a testing accident at some point early in 1975, and it was rebuilt with a new monocoque. At the Oulton Park race on 26 May, it was noted as having chassis plate 75-25, but exactly when the rebuild took place is still unclear. Gunnar Nilsson took over the car from Spitzley in August, and recorded five successive wins in it, four of them from pole. In January 1976 it was sold to John Gibb (Randburg, South Africa), to be raced in the new South African Formula Atlantic series, entered by Team Mum for Men with backing from Pioneer Hi Fi. It was sold to Geoff Frizell (Durban, South Africa) for 1977, and returned with Frizell in 1979, when it was described as a B34. It then went to Manny Pinto, and was raced by him from 1980 to 1983, and then reappeared two years later with Trevor Trautman who raced it in 1986. It remained in South Africa after that, but its ownership history is not fully resolved. Bernard Tilanus reported that it went from Pinto to Alan Dunlop then to Mike Budd, who restored it, then to Mark du Toit who owned it in 2000. It was purchased by Anthony Corin (Malmesbury, South Africa) in 2004 and was still owned in him in June 2008, but by 2019 it was owned by Colin Frost.
- Wheatcroft R18  (Royce Love): 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.
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.
All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome. Please email Allen (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you can help in any way with our research.
Individual sources for this event
Autosport 7 Jul 1977 p5, Rhodesia Herald mc1714, Bulawayo Chronicle mc1700 and Motor Sport Annual of South Africa 1978.