Yellow Pages Trophy for Formula Atlantic
Mallory Park, 18 Jun 1972
|1||Vern Schuppan||March 722  - Ford BDA
#1 (see note 1)
|2||Bob Salisbury||Brabham BT35  - Ford BDA
#9 F.R.Gerard (see note 2)
|3||Colin Andrews||March 712M [11 as '9'] - Ford BDA Hardwick
#40 (see note 3)
|4||John Calvert||March 722  - Ford BDA
#77 (see note 4)
|5||Mike Mather||Chevron B18C [18.F3.71.1?] - Ford BDA Hart
#21 (see note 5)
|6||Ronnie Mackay||Brabham BT30  - Ford BDA
#37 Dunnets Team MRE (see note 6)
|UNK||Jonny Dimsdale||Lotus 69 [59 F3-37] - Ford BDA RES
#55 Schnebourne & Reck Ltd
|UNK||Reg James||Brabham BT28/35  - Ford BDA
|UNK||Patrick Sumner||Kitchiner K4B ['Alie'] - Ford twin cam BRM
|UNK||Jack Paterson||Wimhurst - Ford twin cam BRM
#18 (see note 7)
|UNK||Stephen Choularton||Lotus 69 [69.F2.1] - Ford BDA Autovita
#12 (see note 8)
|UNK||Malcolm Wayne||Taydec Mk5 [?] - Ford BDA
#42 Tate of Leeds (Racing)
|DNS||Chris Meek||March 712M  - Ford BDA
#41 Tate of Leeds (Racing) (see note 9)
|Did not start
|DNS||Mick Jones||Merlyn Mk 14A [140/F3/68?] - Ford twin cam
#4 Derek Edwards
|Did not start|
|DNS||Bob King||Brabham BT21C [BT21-30?] - Ford twin cam RES
#22 (see note 10)
|Did not start|
|DNA||Del Bennett||Huron 1F ['1'] - Ford BDA
#3 Pinch Plant Ltd
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||John Gillmeister||Palliser WDB4 - Ford BDA
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||Dick Barker||Brabham BT29 - Ford BDA
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||Bill Gubelmann||March 722  - Ford BDA
#16 (see note 11)
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||Bernard Hunter||Lotus 69 [71/69.1] - Ford BDA
#23 (see note 12)
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||Ian Mawby||Lotus 69 [71/69.10.FB] - Ford BDA Norvic
#31 (see note 13)
|Did not arrive|
All cars are 1.6-litre F/Atl unless noted.
|1||Chris Meek *||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 712M  - Ford BDA||0.45.2|
|2||Vern Schuppan||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 722  - Ford BDA||0.45.4|
|3||John Calvert||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 722  - Ford BDA||0.46.41|
|4||Colin Andrews||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 712M [11 as '9'] - Ford BDA Hardwick||0.46.42|
|5||Bob Salisbury||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35  - Ford BDA||0.46.8|
|6||Jonny Dimsdale||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lotus 69 [59 F3-37] - Ford BDA RES||0.47.01|
|7||Reg James||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT28/35  - Ford BDA||0.47.02|
|8||Mike Mather||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B18C [18.F3.71.1?] - Ford BDA Hart||0.47.21|
|9||Ronnie Mackay||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT30  - Ford BDA||0.47.22|
|10||Patrick Sumner||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Kitchiner K4B ['Alie'] - Ford twin cam BRM||0.48.4|
|11||Mick Jones *||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Merlyn Mk 14A [140/F3/68?] - Ford twin cam||0.49.2|
|12||Jack Paterson||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Wimhurst - Ford twin cam BRM||0.49.4|
|13||Stephen Choularton||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lotus 69 [69.F2.1] - Ford BDA Autovita||0.49.6|
|14||Malcolm Wayne||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Taydec Mk5 [?] - Ford BDA||0.53.6|
|15||Bob King *||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21C [BT21-30?] - Ford twin cam RES||0.54.4|
|* Did not start|
Notes on the cars:
- March 722  (Vern Schuppan): New to Australian Vern Schuppan to drive in the British Formula Atlantic championship. Fitted with a BRM Ford twin cam engine, and first seen in practice at Mallory Park in late March, but Schuppan left before the race to catch a flight to the Singapore GP. Schuppan finished second in Singapore, and third in the Malaysian GP a week later. Then returned to the British series, now with a BDA, and won four rounds. The car was then fitted with Falconer bodywork and an Amon-Woods engine rebuilt by Geoff Richardson, and raced in the Rothmans 50,000 and in two late-season F2 races. After a single F2 race in 1973 fitted with a Richardon BDG, the car went to Southeast Asia, winning the Singapore GP with a Ford twin cam fitted, then competed in the JAF Grand Prix at Fuji with the BDG, and back to the 'twink' for Macau. He raced the car in British Formula Atlantic briefly in early 1974, then sent it back to Asia where he won the Macau GP in November, by which time it had been fitted with 732 bodywork and a Lola T360 rear wing. It then became a fixture at Macau up to 1977, being driven by Alan Jones and Derek Daly. Patrick Tambay also raced for Theodore Racing in the Malaysian and Penang Grands Prix in 1977, where it was still in 732 form but was billed as a 752. It reappeared at Macau for Schuppan in 1979, now in 76B bodywork. After one more race in the hands of Roberto Moreno, the car was retained by Yip and placed in the Macau Grand Prix Museum.
- Brabham BT35  (Bob Salisbury): New to Bob Gerard in late 1971 and fitted with a Cosworth BDA engine for Bob Salisbury to race in British Formula Atlantic from October 1971 to April 1973. Then sold to Harry Gilbert, and raced by Gilbert and Ronnie Mackay in libre racing. It was advertised by Johnny Blades in October 1973, and was next seen a year later when John Wingfield had fitted a 1.8-litre Cosworth FVC and ran the car with huge success in libre racing. In September 1975, it was sold to dealer Bobby Howlings, who raced it a couple of times and then sold it to John Thistlewaite, who entered it for Tim Wood in libre in 1976. By 1978, it was owned by Joe Applegarth, still with the FVC engine in it, and it next appeared in 1986 when Nick Overall used it in the HSCC Pre '71 series. Overall was given an HVIF for this car as BT35-43 in 1988, and many years later, in May 2006, it was advertised on race-cars.com from the UK still with this HVIF. In 2009, it was reported to be with Tim Kuchel in Australia.
- March 712M [11 as '9'] (Colin Andrews): New to the Shell Arnold team for Jean-Pierre Jaussaud to race in F2 in 1971. Raced by Ferrari F1 driver Clay Regazzoni in the final race of the season. To Colin Andrews for 1972, now wearing the 712M-9 chassis plate, and raced in Formula Atlantic in 1972 and 1973. Acquired by Mike Sullivan Racing/Multiglide International Racing, for Formula Atlantic again, first driven by Richard Robinson, then by Alan Jones, who astonishingly won the high-profile Martini International support race at Silverstone in May, and finally by Richard Knight. Subsequent history unclear, as three separate former Sullivan/Multiglide cars went to Norman Dickson in Scotland, to Kim Mather in Lancashire, and to the partnership of John Colley and Rhoddy Harvey Bailey in Derbyshire. Which was which may never be known.
- March 722  (John Calvert): New to John Calvert (Seaham, County Durham), and raced in Formula Atlantic and libre racing in 1972. The car regularly wore #77, and was described as white or blue. Sold to Mike Mather (St Helens, Merseyside) and used by him, and once by brother Kim Mather, in Formula Atlantic and libre in early 1973. Sold to John Kitchen in mid-season, and used by him in sprints and hillclimbs in late 1973, 1974, 1975 and early 1976, using a BDA engine. Then to Peter Riley (Crosby, Liverpool), again for sprints and hillclimbs. At first it was said to have a Cosworth FVA engine, but it had a Richardson BDA in 1977. Riley was still using the 722 in speed events as late as 1984. According to speed event historian Steve Wilkinson, Riley retained the car, complete but dismantled, and stored in his garage. Riley died in 2011, and the car passed to Paul Gardner and Alan Newton, and Gardner started the restoration. When Newton died, the car was sold to Chris Simpson in 2014, but he did not use it. It went to Ashley Hodge in 2016, and then to Daniel Clayfield in 2017.
- Chevron B18C [18.F3.71.1?] (Mike Mather): A works F3 entry in 1971, run by Sports Motors (Manchester) and raced by Barrie Maskell (Leeds, West Yorkshire), using the latest Holbay R71 version of the Ford twin cam engine. Very probably the "ex-works" B18 then acquired by Mike Mather (St Helens, Lancashire) and used in Formula Atlantic in 1972 with a Ford twin cam engine. Sold to David Auckland (also St Helens) for 1973 and raced by him in libre and in hillclimbs over the next three or four seasons, Also raced by Kim Mather (St Helens, Lancashire), Mike's brother, in libre and shared by Don Robinson (Ellesmere Port, Cheshire) in hillclimbs during this time. Last seen when run by Robinson at Harewood in August 1976. Advertised from a St Helens number in September 1976, still with its FVA engine. Presumably the car acquired by Bob Speak of Barrowford Garage (Nelson, Lancashire) and debuted at the Longton DMC's Isle of Man hillclimb a few weeks later. Advertised by Speak in January and March 1977. Next seen a year later, when it was driven by Norman Greenhalgh (Bolton, Greater Manchester) in Monoposto racing. Subsequent history unknown.
- Brabham BT30  (Ronnie Mackay): Sold new to Ecurie Ecosse and run for Graham Birrell in F2 in 1970. Also raced once by Peter Gethin and by Richard Attwood later in the season. To Peter Westbury early 1971 and raced in several F2 races (also raced once by Dieter Quester) until the team's BT36 was delivered. Sold to Dunnett's Garage, converted to F/Atlantic specification and entered for Ronnie Mackay in libre and F/Atlantic in 1971 and 1972, run by MRE. To Chong Boon Seng for south east Asian racing in 1973 and used by him until 1976. Then to Del Schloemer and raced by him and by Cherie Schloemer in 1977 and 1978. To Wybe Valkema around 1980 and retained to 1982. Then to Australia and with Brian Wilson by 1988. Wilson sold it to Art Valdez (Torrance, CA) and from Valdez it returned to Australia when he sold it to Bob Ilich (Perth, WA) in 2010.
- Wimhurst (Jack Paterson): Designed and built in 1972 by Len Wimhurst, the former Palliser designer. It was a monocoque design and intended for F2 but fitted with a BDA engine and used in F/Atlantic in 1972 and 1973 by Jack Paterson (Seer Green, Buckinghamshire), who had previously driven in GT racing. Subsequent history unknown.
- Lotus 69 [69.F2.1] (Stephen Choularton): New for Emerson Fittipaldi to race in F2 in 1970. The F3 star was initially entered by Jim Russell, and the car was prepared by Russell mechanic Ralph Firman, but by the third race of the season it was entered by Team Bardahl and had changed to Bardahl yellow, with Russell having vanished from the operation. The Lotus 69 was sold to the new works-backed LIRA tea, for 1971, and raced by Reine Wisell in F2, winning at Pau in April. To Stephen Choularton (Hale Barns, Cheshire) for British Formula Atlantic in 1972, and also driven by his young mechanic Jim Crawford in libre at Croft. Unknown in 1973 and 1974, but to Warren Booth (Blackburn, Lancashire) for libre in 1975. Retained for 1976 and 1977, when it was fitted with a 2-litre Richardson BDA. Believed to be the 2-litre Lotus 69 then raced by Clive Astley in north-western sprints in 1977 and 1978. Subsequent history unknown, but according to historian David McKinney, the car was found in a north of England pigsty in the late 1980s, and acquired by Fredy Kumschick (Lucerne/Luzern, Switzerland), who restored it for historic racing. Raced regularly by Kumschick through the 1990s.
- March 712M  (Chris Meek): New to Wilson Fittipaldi in May 1971, replacing the Lotus 69 with which he had started the European F2 season. Raced by Fittipaldi for the rest of the season as part of Team Bardahl. Retained for one F2 race in early 1972, then sold to Tate of Leeds (Racing) and converted to Formula Atlantic for Chris Meek to race in the British championship. Loaned to Sonny Rajah for the Brands Hatch Boxing Day race. Retained by Tate of Leeds for Malcolm Wayne in early 1973, then sold to visiting American Allen Karlberg (Seattle, WA) who took it back to the US. Entered by Karlberg for Monique Proulx at Watkins Glen in October 1974, by which time it had Falconer bodywork, and also taken to Trinidad for Formula Caribbean events where it was sold. By 1978 it was owned by David Kerr but it was "totally destroyed" in a towing incident at the "Love Bird International" meeting at Vernamfield Motorsport Park, Jamaica, in December 1978.
- Brabham BT21C [BT21-30?] (Bob King): This BT21 was built to F2 specification with a Cosworth FVA engine and BT23 suspension for Alan McKechnie Racing and raced in 1967 by Chris Lambert. It was later damaged in a trailer accident but evidently repaired and is believed to be the car that Don O'Sullivan (Western Australia) bought for 1968, fitted with one of his 2.5-litre Climax engines, and used in libre events at Caversham. If so, the car was sold back to the UK at the end of that year and would then be the "ex-Lambert" car that was used as the basis of a "new" BT21B for Dr Joseph Ehrlich's team which was being built up for F3 in April 1969. Presumably then the car raced for the team by Roger Keele in September 1969. Raced again in 1971 in Formula Atlantic by Johnny Dimsdale (London) with an RES twin cam and advertised by him at the end of that season as a BT21C. Presumably the same car that Bob King of Bob King Motorcycles (Bedford) entered as a BT21C in Formula Atlantic races in 1972 and which he later advertised with a RES Ford twin cam in October 1972, mentioning that it was red. This would then be the red BT21C with RES engine entered by Nick Overall (East Horsley, Surrey) in a Jaybrand libre race at Silverstone in March 1973. Subsequent history unknown.
- March 722  (Bill Gubelmann): New to Bill Gubelmann (Oyster Bay, NY) to use in the 1972 Yellow Pages Formula Atlantic championship. The car was blue and yellow, and wore #16 all season. Gubelmann won six races and narrowly pipped Cyd Williams to the championship title. The car was sold to fellow American Jas Patterson (Rosslyn Heights, NY) for 1973, repainted red and white, and entered for him by Texaco Team Racing/RIR in the 1973 British season. Patterson crashed heavily at Oulton Park in May 1973, and although the car was rebuilt, he appeared a few races later in what was described as a new 73B. Whether this was the 722 updated or a completely new car is unclear. Patterson retained the car for 1974, but it was last seen in August. (Photographs show that the March 73B Patterson raced in the Pro Atlantic race that supported the United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen in October was not the same car.) In early November the 722/73B was acquired by Roy Baker (Ferndown, Dorset) and raced regularly by him through the 1975 season. Subsequent history unknown.
- Lotus 69 [71/69.1] (Bernard Hunter): Number given in Lotus build record for the car sold to Chris Oates (Kimberley, Notts) for 1971 (an unusual number since it does not include a formula code, and this is not the same car as 71/69.1.FB which was sold in North America). Entered by Alida Else Racing Team for Oates in Formula Atlantic and libre racing in 1971. To Bernard Hunter (Edinburgh, Scotland) for libre and sprints in Scotland in 1972. To John Barr (Edinburgh, Scotland) and used in libre, sprints and hillclimbs in 1973 and 1974. To Bob Rollo (Prestonpans, Scotland) for libre racing in 1975 and 1976.
- Lotus 69 [71/69.10.FB] (Ian Mawby): Built for stock with red bodywork according to the Lotus built record, but still unsold at the end of 1971. Not one of the cars advertised by Lotus Cars Ltd after the closure of Lotus Components so this must be the car raced by Ian Mawby (Cambridge) in Formula Atlantic and formule libre in 1972. Wrecked in Mawby's crash at Brands Hatch in November 1972 and Mawby bought the ex-Reine Wisell sister car to replace it.
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 British race results have been compiled by Chris Townsend based on material in Autosport and Motoring News reports in the UK plus the information supplied by a wide range of contributors.
Individual sources for this event
Programme DR, Qualifying times sheet [PS], MN 22 Jun 1972 p7, AS 22 Jun 1972 p23. Nottingham Sports Car Club event.