Cape South Easter Trophy
Killarney, 7 Jan 1978
|1||Ian Scheckter||March 78B - Ford BDD Nicholson
#1 Lexington Racing Team
|40||1h 09m 33.0s
|2||Dave Charlton||March 76B  - Ford BDD
#6 Dave Charlton (see note 1)
|40||1h 09m 41.5s
|3||Nols Nieman||March 77B  - Ford BDD
#4 Benson and Hedges / BP Racing [Alex Blignaut]
(see note 2)
|4||Tony Martin||Chevron B45 [45-78-01] - Ford BDD Swindon
#3 Lucky Strike Racing (see note 3)
|5||Roy Klomfass||March 77B  - Ford BDD
#2 Team Uniewinkels [Martin Flint/Roger Taylor]
(see note 4)
|6||Len Booysen||Kauhsen-Jabouille 2J [7702?] - Ford BDD Richardson
|R||Dorino Trochanni||Chevron B29 [29.75.15] - Ford BDD
#20 Team Domingo
|R||Trevor van Rooyen||March 77B  - Ford BDD
#7 Team Gunston / E. Pinto (see note 5)
|Collision with Martin|
|R||Desiré Wilson||Chevron B34 [34-76-08] - Ford BDD Swindon
#13 Laddiers. Fashion Shops (see note 6)
|UNK||Bobby Scott||March 77B  - Ford BDD
#21 Sportsman Lager [Andrew Thompson]
(see note 7)
|DNS||Keith Zeeman||Wheatcroft R18  - Ford BDD
#14 Alex Blignaut Racing
|Did not start|
|DNA||Derek Bell||Kauhsen-Jabouille 2J - Ford BDD Richardson
||Did not arrive|
| ||Mike Domingo||March 76B ['1A'] - Ford BDD
#9 Team Domingo (see note 8)
|On entry list|
| ||Yunus Domingo||Chevron B25 - Ford BDA
#11 Team Domingo
|On entry list|
| ||Steve Kimber||Chevron B34 [34-76-02] - Ford BDD Nicholson
#16 South Coast Motors (see note 9)
|On entry list|
All cars are 1.6-litre F/Atl unless noted.
|9||Trevor van Rooyen|
|1||Ian Scheckter||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B - Ford BDD Nicholson||1.10.1|
|2||Tony Martin||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B45 [45-78-01] - Ford BDD Swindon||1.10.3|
|3||Roy Klomfass||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B  - Ford BDD||1.10.6|
|4||Bobby Scott||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B  - Ford BDD||1.10.8|
|5||Trevor van Rooyen||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B  - Ford BDD||1.10.9|
|8||Desiré Wilson||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34-76-08] - Ford BDD Swindon|
Notes on the cars:
- 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 77B  (Nols Nieman): New to Alex Blignaut for Nols Nieman to race in the South African Formula Atlantic series in early 1977, with Benson & Hedges sponsorship. Retained by Blignaut's Benson & Hedges team for Nieman again in 1978. Raced for Blignaut by Derek Bell, in November 1978, then given by Blignaut to Tony Martin's South Coast Motors team in 1979 as a spare car. It was run for Des Alley, Billy Scheepers, Roy Moss and Bernard Tilanus up to July 1980, when it was sold to Jeff Waberski's DAW Supplies team for Wayne Taylor to drive. Then in October 1980, it was sold on to Mel Lahner's Rackrite Racing. Taylor moved with the car, and raced it at Kyalami on 4 October and then in the first few months of the 1981 season. It was then taken over by Trevor van Rooyen who found the weight penalty on his ground-effect March 802 was too great. He raced the 77B for the rest of the 1981 season. It was retained for 1982, when Rackrite ran the car for Andre du Plessis and Mike Domingo. It was retained again for 1983, when driven by Gavin Lahner and Kevin Heath. It was not used again after that, but was retained by Mel Lahner until sold to Andrew Thompson in 1984. It was later restored for Ian Schofield.
- Chevron B45 [45-78-01] (Tony Martin): New to Tony Martin and used in the South African Formula Atlantic series in 1978, initially wearing Chevron B39 bodywork. Retained for 1979, but Martin also had an older Chevron B34 which was used at several races. The B45 was then fitted with a 3-litre Ford V6 engine for the new Formula South Africa that started in July 1979. Martin started the 1980 season in his older B34, now with a Mazda engine, but this car was damaged in a road accident so the B45 was fitted with a Mazda engine and Martin used it for the latter part of that season. The B45 was later destroyed in a garage fire.
- March 77B  (Roy Klomfass): 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 1978/79, still with Klomfass driving, as a spare car to the team's new March 79B.Raced once for Blignaut by Sarel van der Merwe, 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. The car 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 77B  (Trevor van Rooyen): 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] (Desiré Wilson): 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.
- March 77B  (Bobby Scott): New to Andrew Thompson in South Africa, and raced by Bobby Scott in South Africa Formula Atlantic in 1977, with sponsorship from Sportsman Lager. Retained by Thompson and Scott for the 1978 season. At the end of that season, in May 1978, Thompson built another 77B from spares (77B/'AT') and the next time 77B/17 was seen was when it was hired to Tommy Dunne later in 1978 (now in the 1978/79 season) but crashed. The wreck was pushed to the back of Thompson's workshop and was not raced again. Subsequent history unknown.
- 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.
- Chevron B34 [34-76-02] (Steve Kimber): New to Tony Martin for the 1976 South African Formula Atlantic championship, entered by Team Bic/South Coast Motors. Retained by Martin for 1977 as a spare car to his new B39 and raced only once that season, as a South Coast Motors entry for Evan Boddy at Kyalami in October. Raced by Boddy during 1978, entered again by South Coast Motors Racing. Raced again by Boddy in 1979, again entered by South Coast Motors.
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
Entry list from programme kindly provided by Richard Coe.