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BP (British) Formula Atlantic Series Race

Silverstone, 28 Jul 1973

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 John Nicholson Lyncar 005 [005] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#25 Pinch (Plant) Ltd.
15 0.13.52.8
104.27
2 Geoff Friswell March 73B [18] - Ford BDA Hart
#7 Geoff Friswell (see note 1)
15 0.13.53.0
3 Bob Salisbury Surtees TS15 [07] - Ford BDA Hart
#16 F. R. Gerard
15 0.13.57.2
4 Cyd Williams Brabham BT40 [21] - Ford BDA Eden
#29 Goodwin Racing Services (see note 2)
15 0.13.58.0
5 Jas Patterson March 73B [722-24] - Ford BDA Hart
#1 Texaco Team Racing/R.I.R. (see note 3)
15 0.13.58.6
6 Charles Lucas March 73B [20] - Ford BDA Titan
#3 Charles Lucas (see note 4)
15 0.14.01.0
7 John Wingfield Brabham BT40 [14] - Ford BDA Wingfield
#17 Marshall Wingfield Ltd (see note 5)

8 Ken Bailey March 722 Falconer [39] - Ford BDA Titan
#10 H & J Quick Group Ltd (see note 6)

9 Stan Mathews March 73B [21] - Ford BDA Richardson
#9 Promoto (Racing Services) (see note 7)

10 Martin Watson GRD B72 [272 012-F2] - Ford BDA Bectune
#22 Martin Watson

R Jack Paterson Wimhurst - Ford BDA Cosworth
#26 Jack Paterson (see note 8)
0 Bodywork
R Robert Cooper March 73B [722-5] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#2 Robert Cooper (see note 9)
Throttle cable
R Stephen Choularton March 73B [1] - Ford BDA RES
#4 Stephen Choularton (see note 10)
4 Accident
UNKG Roy Baker Lotus 69 [71/69.3.F2] - Ford BDA Hart
#23 Roy Baker (see note 11)
On grid list
UNKG Graham Lynch Chevron B17c [B17 70-08] - Ford twin cam Holbay
#30 John Finch (see note 12)
On grid list
UNKE Sonny Rajah March 732B - Ford BDA RES
#8 Sonny Rajah (see note 13)
On entry list
UNKE David Purley March 722 [10] - Ford BDA
#12 David Purley (see note 14)
On entry list
UNKE Colin Andrews March 712M [11 as '9'] - Ford BDA Schuppan
#14 Promoto (Racing Services) (see note 15)
On entry list
UNKE José Araujo Brabham BT36 [9] - Ford BDA
#18 José Arauyo (see note 16)
On entry list
UNKE Bev Bond GRD 273 - Ford BDA RES
#19 Custom Made/Harry Stiller Racing
On entry list
UNKE Tom Walkinshaw GRD 273 - Ford BDA RES
#20 Myson Racing with G.R.D.
On entry list
UNKE Robin Smythe GRD 272 [372 036-F3] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#21 Robin Smythe
On entry list
UNKE Jim Murdoch Tui BH2 [2] - Ford BDA Smith
#24 Jim Murdoch
On entry list
UNKE Brian Martin Martin BM12 ['1'] - Ford BDA
#27 Pinch (Plant) Ltd.
On entry list
UNKE Brian Robinson Ensign LNF2/72 [F2-1] - Ford BDA Titan
#28 Titan Engine Services (see note 17)
On entry list
DNA Colin Vandervell March 73B [8] - Ford BDA Smith
#5 Team Triplex (see note 18)
Did not arrive
DNA Jonny Dimsdale Huron - Ford BDA Nicholson
#11 Huron Cars
Did not arrive
DNA TBA Chevron B25 [25-73-08] - Ford BDA Smith
#15 Central Garage (Mirfield) Ltd
(see note 19)
Did not arrive

All cars are 1.6-litre F/Atl unless noted.

Qualifying
1 John Nicholson (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lyncar 005 [005] - Ford BDA Nicholson
2 Bob Salisbury (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Surtees TS15 [07] - Ford BDA Hart
3 Geoff Friswell (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B [18] - Ford BDA Hart
4 Cyd Williams (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 [21] - Ford BDA Eden
5 Stephen Choularton (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B [1] - Ford BDA RES
6 Stan Mathews (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B [21] - Ford BDA Richardson
7 Charles Lucas (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B [20] - Ford BDA Titan
8 Jas Patterson (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B [722-24] - Ford BDA Hart
9 John Wingfield (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 [14] - Ford BDA Wingfield
10 Ken Bailey (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 722 Falconer [39] - Ford BDA Titan
11 Martin Watson (F/Atl) 1.6-litre GRD B72 [272 012-F2] - Ford BDA Bectune
12 Jonny Dimsdale * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Huron - Ford BDA Nicholson
13 Robert Cooper (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B [722-5] - Ford BDA Cosworth
14 Roy Baker * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lotus 69 [71/69.3.F2] - Ford BDA Hart
15 Graham Lynch * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B17c [B17 70-08] - Ford twin cam Holbay
16 Jack Paterson (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Wimhurst - Ford BDA Cosworth
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 73B [18] (Geoff Friswell): According to surviving March records, this was a F/Atlantic car built for Geoff Friswell (Coventry) and raced by him in the UK series through 1973 and 1974. It was then sold to Andy Barton (Newcastle upon Tyne) as a libre car and upgraded to 74B and then 75B spec over the next two seasons, also acquiring a F2 BDG engine at times in 1976. Barton sold it to Bob Rollo (Prestonpans, Scotland) for 1977, as an Atlantic again, and it then went to Stewart Robb (Alloa, Scotland) during 1978 in F2 spec. The car was rebuilt on a "new" 752 tub after a crash in 1978 and then rebuilt to 782 spec by Robin Smith after the 1979 season. It was raced again by Robb as a "March 75/782" with steel 2-litre Cosworth BDG engine from 1980 to 1982 and was sold to Roger Andreason at the new Chevron Cars Ltd around 1984. A "March 75/782" which had been "completely rebuilt over winter" was advertised from an Epsom number in August 1985.
  2. Brabham BT40 [21] (Cyd Williams): New to Graham Eden Racing, and driven by Cyd Williams in the 1973 British Formula Atlantic championship. Retained by Eden and Williams for 1974. After Williams crashed the car at Brands Hatch in September 1974, it was raced by Richard Morgan and Tony Trimmer later that season. Retained by Eden again for 1975, with Cyd Williams again driving. To David Winstanley (Winsford, Cheshire) of Withers of Winsford for 1976, and raced in the Indylantic championship.
  3. March 73B [722-24] (Jas Patterson): 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.
  4. March 73B [20] (Charles Lucas): New to Charles Lucas (Ellington, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire) in July 1973, and raced in British Formula Atlantic. In September, he took the car to Ireland for the Phoenix Park for the Player's No 6 GP and was running in an aggregate second place near the end of the second heat when he left the road at Phoenix Corner and wrapped the March round a tree. He was still classified third. The March was rebuilt and sold to Ken Bailey (Stretford, Greater Manchester) for 1974, but sold on again in May to touring car driver Andy Rouse (Leamington Spa, Warwickshire). Rouse crashed it at Snetterton at the end of October, and it was not seen again. Ralph Broad, Rouse's touring car boss at Broadspeed, then insisted Rouse choose between single-seaters and touring cars, and Rouse wisely chose the latter. He would be British Saloon Car Champion four times. The fate of the March 73B is not known.
  5. Brabham BT40 [14] (John Wingfield): New to John Wingfield and raced in both F2 and Formula Atlantic in 1973, entered by Marshall Wingfield Limited. Raced by Ray Mallock in Formula Atlantic 1974, entered by The Chequered Flag, and retained for one early-season race in 1975, after Mallock wrecked his new March 742 at Thruxton. Then entered by Marshall Wingfield Ltd for South African Len Booysen to drive in a few Formula Atlantic races in June and July 1975, by which time it had acquired what looked like a March 73B nose, before Wingfield himself raced it once more at Silverstone in August. Subsequent history unknown.
  6. March 722 Falconer [39] (Ken Bailey): New to Graham Eden Racing in April 1972 for Cyd Williams (Sandbach, Cheshire) to drive in British Formula Atlantic. It replaced the Chevron B18 which had taken Williams to two wins earlier in the season. Once he had the car to his liking, Williams won six out of the next nine races, but narrowly lost the championship to Bill Gubelmann. Run by Graham Eden Racing for Ken Bailey (Stretford, Greater Manchester) in 1973, and fitted with Falconer bodywork in May. The car was sold to Philip Dowell (Ombersley, Worcestershire) for 1974, but during pre-season testing at Silverstone, he hit the bank heavily at Woodcote corner and died later in hospital. It is assumed that the March was destroyed in the accident.
  7. March 73B [21] (Stan Mathews): New to Stan Mathews (Wicken, Wolverton, Bucks) in June 1973, and raced in British Formula Atlantic. To Chris Oates (Kimberley, Notts) for 1974, but sold mid-season to Val Musetti (London). Retained by Musetti for 1975, when it was updated to 74B specification. It was also rebuilt on another tub about this time, but the details are obscure. Damaged by Derek Cook's March 73B in practice at Silverstone in July, and rebuilt in time for the race on the car's original tub - only to be crashed and damaged again in the race. At the end of 1975, Musetti built up a March "742", which could be said to have inherited the identity of 73B-21, but as the tub had been changed, the chassis plate had long gone, and its appearance and description were radically different, it could be argued that 73B-21 had dissipated by the end of 1975. The successor "742" later went to Bill Wood, then Ray Rowan, before spending much of the 1980s in Monoposto and then being rebuilt as a "712M" for historic racing in the late 1980s.
  8. 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.
  9. March 73B [722-5] (Robert Cooper): New for STP-March number two driver Niki Lauda for F2 in 1972 (won at Oulton Park in March), then for Pedro de Lamare in Torneio do Brasil. To Robert Cooper (High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire) for Formula Atlantic 1973, and rebuilt mid-season to 73B spec. Retained for early 1974, then sold to Dairmuid McFeeley (Clonee, Dunboyne, County Meath, Ireland) for Irish Formula Atlantic in 1974, 1975 and early 1976. To John Ledlie in 1976, then sold to Richard Lester (Yoxall, Staffordshire) for sprints from 1978 to 1984. With Keith Wanklyn (Wimborne) for hillclimbs from 1985 to 1990. Via three other owners to John Gale (Sydney, NSW, Australia) 2006. Sold to Steve Weller (Sydney, NSW) in 2017.
  10. March 73B [1] (Stephen Choularton): Stephen Choularton (Hale Barns, Cheshire) acquired the first production March 73B and raced it in libre events and in the British F/Atlantic series with support from Autovita Developments Ltd. His mechanic Jim Crawford also raced this car in a libre race that year. Choularton continued with the car in 1974 when it was driven by Crawford in one round, at Brands Hatch in September, after Crawford had damaged his usual car. The car was next seen in May 1975 when Choularton dusted it off for Cyd Williams to drive after Williams had wrecked Graham Eden's Brabham BT40. Choularton retained the car, unused, until 1977 when it was sold to Paul Gardner (Preston, Lancashire) and used in libre racing in 1977. It then travelled out to the West Indies, quite possibly via Manchester-based racing car dealer Bobby Howlings, who would have known Gardner well, and was a regular visitor to the West Indies series. Raced by Mark Moodie in 1978 and 1979, winning the 1979 Jamaican National Championship. Subsequent history unknown.
  11. Lotus 69 [71/69.3.F2] (Roy Baker): New to J&J Stanton for Gerry Birrell to race in F2 in 1971. Hired to José Ferreira for the Torneio Brasiliero at the end of the year. To Brian Small in 1972, and fitted with a Cosworth BDA for Formula Atlantic races late 1972, and a handful of appearances in 1973. To Roy Baker (Ferndown, Dorset) July 1973, but again only seen in a handful of races. To Ken Fildes (Clonskeagh, Dublin) for the new Irish Formula Atlantic series 1974 and 1975. Entered by Fildes for a young local lad Eddie Jordan in 1976. To Mark Birrell (Liverpool) in 1977. Acquired from Nick Overall by Richard Hinton (Albury, Hertfordshire) in early 1978, who started the restoration. Sold in 1985 via Chuck McCarty to Richard Spelberg (Dusseldorf, Germany) and retained in his collection until his death in the late 1990s. Subsequent history unclear, but this car was advertised by Eric Peterson (Germany) in April 2018.
  12. Chevron B17c [B17 70-08] (Graham Lynch): New to Ken Sedgley and raced in British F3 and libre racing in 1970, using Holbay engines. Retained for 1971 and converted to the new 1600cc F3, again with Holbay engines, but rarely seen. Sold to John Finch (Chesterfield) in July 1971 and used in F3 for the rest of the season. Updated to B17c specification and retained by Finch for 1972, now sharing with Graham Lynch, but did not actually race very often. Converted to Formula Atlantic specification for 1973 but used with more success in Formule Libre. Reappeared in 1974 when raced by Alan Thomson in Scottish and northern English sprints and hillclimbs, winning the Scottish hillclimb championship in 1976. To Russell Paterson for 1977 but wrecked. Later via dealer Bobby Howlings (Alderley Edge, Cheshire) to "M Wakefield-Brand" in 1978, then to David Pullen (Guildford, Surrey) in 1991. Raced by Pullen in HSCC Classic Racing Car Championship events in 2004. Driven by Alexander Sims for an Autosport test in February 2011. The "ex-Pullen" B17 acquired via John Pearson by Jim Blockley (Stroud, Gloucestershire) in 2015.
  13. March 732B (Sonny Rajah): New to Sonny Rajah (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) and used in British Formula Atlantic in 1973. In August 1973, it was flown to South East Asia, where it spent the rest of its racing career. However, it is difficult to understand exactly how this car was used, as Rajah also owned a March 712M which was updated to 73B specification, and was also involved with a March 723 which had been converted to the local 1600cc 2-valve formula. Rajah won the Selangor Grand Prix at Batu Tiga in early September 1973, almost certainly in the 73B, and the car was later raced by Jan Bussell at the 1974 Malaysian GP, and by Rajah in Formula Pacific in the latter half of the decade.
  14. March 722 [10] (David Purley): New to David Purley and entered by Lec Refrigeration Racing for him in F2 in 1972. Retained for 1973, but converted to Formula Atlantic and run in the two British championships, winning five races. From Silverstone in May onwards, the car was fitted with 73B bodywork and narrow track. Raced by Dieter Quester at Macau at the end of 1973, who was said to have bought the "73B". Subsequent history unknown, but possibly sold in the Far East.
  15. 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.
  16. Brabham BT36 [9] (José Araujo): New to Rondel Racing for Bob Wollek to race in F2 in 1971. To John Kendall for Formula Atlantic in 1972, but leased to Richard Scott for the opening race of the F2 season, as his BT38 had not been delivered. Raced by Kendall until July 1972. Sold to José Araujo for British Formula Atlantic in 1973, but said to have been crashed at Snetterton. Ken Thorogood of Universal Racing Services (Wymondham, Norfolk) reportedly acquired the car in 1973, and although a lot of iits was sold off, the chassis remained stored with him until it was sold to Peter Denty (Thetford, Norfolk) in 2008. Restored by Denty between 2008 and 2010. To Klaus Bergs in 2010.
  17. Ensign LNF2/72 [F2-1] (Brian Robinson): Originally built for John Burton (Kidderminster, Worcestershire) to race as a works Team Ensign F2 entry in 1972, the LNF2 failed to qualify for its first two races, and the project was abandoned. It is then belived to be the car used as a works Formula Atlantic car for Mike Walker, who won a championship round at Snetterton in July. The car was then fielded as a works Formula 3 car for Tony Trimmer to drive in October 1972. Sold to Brian Robinson (Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham) and raced in Formula Atlantic in 1973, plus a one-off F2 race. Robinson then bought a F5000 McLaren, and the Ensign was raced briefly by Roger Keele, and is then believed to have been sold to Martyn Denley in September. The car's movements from 1974 to 1978 are not yet decyphered, but from 1979 to 1984 it was hillclimbed by Peter Varley (Barnsley, South Yorkshire). Then via three other owners to Barry Pickard and raced in Historic F3 in 1993. Later raced in Classic F3 by Paul Newton 1993-95, and by Martin Woodman in 1994. Subsequent history unknown.
  18. March 73B [8] (Colin Vandervell): New to Colin Vandervell (Purley, Surrey) and raced with great success in the Formula Atlantic in the UK in 1973, winning four races, and securing the Yellow Pages Championship. Sold to Des Donnelly (Naas, County Kildare, Ireland) for the Irish Formula Atlantic series, and raced by him in 1974 and 1975. There is then no mention of the car in 1976 or 1977, but in 1978, the car was raced by Ken Fildes (Clonskeagh, Dublin), and it had been owned by Gerry Kinnane for part or all of this period. Sold to Graham Brown, who took it to Australia when he emigrated in 1979, and raced by him in Western Australia in 1980 and 1981. Also raced by Joe Ricciardo in 1981. To Rod Housego, and raced by him in Western Australia in 1982 and 1984. Acquired by Richard Carter in 1988, and restored. Raced by Carter in HSRCA events from 1999 to 2002. Later to George Makin (Melbourne), and raced by Andrew Makin in historic events from 2003 onwards.
  19. Chevron B25 [25-73-08] (TBA): New to George Silverwood and entered by his Central Garage (Mirfield) Ltd for John Lepp in British Formula Atlantic in 1973. Also used by Lepp in the first European F2 round at Mallory Park, with the 1.6 BDA still in it. Lepp's sports car racing took priority from July and the B25 was sold to Patsy McGarrity (Belfast, Northern Ireland) for Formula Ireland racing. Loaned by him to Chevron cars for John Watson to use in the F2 race at Albi. Converted back to Formula Atlantic for McGarrity to race in the 1974 Irish season, winning eight races and the All-Ireland championship. Sold on to Pat Woods (Newcastle, County Wicklow, Ireland) for 1975, and retained for two further seasons. Last seen when Woods crashed heavily in practice at Phoenix Park in September 1977, when the car was described as wrecked. Woods' daughter later told James Murray that he sold the wreckage of the B25 to Bobby Howlings. Subsequent history unknown.

Sources

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.

All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome. Please email Allen (allen@oldracingcars.com) if you can help in any way with our research.