MCD/Southern Organs Formula Atlantic Race
Thruxton, 7 Jul 1974
|1||David Morgan||Chevron B25 [25-73-04] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#13 Custom Made/Harry Stiller Racing
(see note 1)
|2||Ray Mallock||Brabham BT40  - Ford BDA LEC
#10 The Chequered Flag (see note 2)
|3||Alan Jones||March 74B [U1] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#14 Custom Made/Harry Stiller Racing
(see note 3)
|4||Ted Wentz||March 74B  - Ford BDA Swindon
#21 Wella International Hair Cosmetics
(see note 4)
|5||Gordon Smiley||Elden Mk16 [155/16001/73] - Ford BDA Hart
#35 Elden International Racing Ltd
|6||John Nicholson||Lyncar 005  - Ford BDA Nicholson
#2 Pinch (Plant) Ltd
|7||Richard Knight||March 712M Falconer [712M-11 as '9'] - Ford BDA Close
#33 Mike Sullivan Racing [not on entry list]
(see note 5)
|8||Geoff Friswell||March 73B  - Ford BDA Hart
#5 Geoff Friswell (see note 6)
|9||Andy Rouse||March 73B  - Ford BDA Broadspeed
#51 Team Castrol (see note 7)
|10||Héctor Rebaque||Chevron B27 [27-74-06] - Ford BDA Hart
#50 Fred Opert Racing (see note 8)
|11||Peter Williams||Chevron B27 [27-74-16] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#32 Pinch Plant (see note 9)
|12||Nick May||Chevron B25 [25-73-12] - Ford BDA
#62 Wessex Finance (see note 10)
|13||Roy Baker||MRE FA74 - Ford BDA
#28 Roy Baker
|R||Matt Spitzley||March 74B [733-7] - Ford BDA Hart
#22 Rapid Movements Ltd
|R||Evan Clements||Brabham BT28  - Ford BDA
#59 Barwell Automotive Ltd
|R||Gillian Orchard||HRS 732 [March 722-"18"] - Ford BDA
#39 Anglo Swiss Racing Team (see note 11)
|DNS||Tom Walkinshaw||Modus M3 [003-FA] - Ford BDA Racing Services
|Did not start
|DNA||Robin Smythe||GRD 274 [372 036-F3] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#38 Robin Smythe (see note 12)
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||Tony Rouff||GRD 373 [050-F3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#56 Tony Rouff
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||Martin Watson||Royale RP15  - Ford BDA Bectune
#58 Martin Watson (see note 13)
|Did not arrive|
| ||Richard Knight||March 74B - Ford BDA Close
#63 Multiglide International Racing Team
(see note 14)
|On entry list|
All cars are 1.6-litre F/Atl unless noted.
|1||David Morgan||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B25 [25-73-04] - Ford BDA Nicholson||1.13.2|
|2||Ray Mallock||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40  - Ford BDA LEC||1.13.8|
|3||Andy Rouse||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B  - Ford BDA Broadspeed||1.14.2|
|4||Alan Jones||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B [U1] - Ford BDA Nicholson||1.14,2|
|5||Tom Walkinshaw *||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Modus M3 [003-FA] - Ford BDA Racing Services|
|6||Matt Spitzley||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B [733-7] - Ford BDA Hart|
|7||John Nicholson||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lyncar 005  - Ford BDA Nicholson|
|8||Geoff Friswell||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B  - Ford BDA Hart|
|9||Gordon Smiley||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Elden Mk16 [155/16001/73] - Ford BDA Hart|
|10||Ted Wentz||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B  - Ford BDA Swindon|
|11||Richard Knight||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 712M Falconer [712M-11 as '9'] - Ford BDA Close|
|12||Héctor Rebaque||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-06] - Ford BDA Hart|
|13||Evan Clements||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT28  - Ford BDA|
|14||Nick May||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B25 [25-73-12] - Ford BDA|
|15||Peter Williams||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-16] - Ford BDA Nicholson|
|16||Roy Baker||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre MRE FA74 - Ford BDA|
|17||Gillian Orchard||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre HRS 732 [March 722-"18"] - Ford BDA|
|* Did not start|
Notes on the cars:
- Chevron B25 [25-73-04] (David Morgan): Displayed at the Racing Car Show in January 1973, then sold to Ed Reeves for Dave Morgan to race in Formula 2. Reeves withdrew his team in July 1973, and gifted the Chevron to Morgan, but without funding Morgan could not continue. Morgan retained the car for 1974 and raced it in the British Formula Atlantic series, run for him by Harry Stiller. Sold to property developer David Peck at the end of the year for his daughter Lorraine Peck, a remarkably talented kart racer who had finished second in the Junior World Championships in 1974, but she was tragically killed in the World Junior Championships at Fulda in July 1975, while still only 16. The Chevron was sold to former clubmans driver Derek Shortall (Malahide, County Dublin, Ireland) and raced in the 1976 Irish Formula Atlantic series, backed by Vista Blinds, his long time sponsors. Reported to have gone to Dermot O'Leary and Eddie Regan for 1977, but next seen when raced by David Lambe (Dublin) in 1978 and 1979. Taken in part-exchange by Belfast team owner Gerry Kinnane for his Lola T460 at the end of 1979, and sold on to Alwyn Bingham (Belfast, Northern Ireland), the reigning Irish Hill Climb Champion. Raced in hillclimbs in 1980 and 1981. Alwyn recalls that he sold it "down south", but does not recall the next owner's name. Subsequent history unknown.
- Brabham BT40  (Ray Mallock): 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.
- March 74B [U1] (Alan Jones): New to Harry Stiller Racing and entered for Bev Bond in a few late-season 1973 Formula Atlantic races, but only appeared once. Rebuilt by March to 74B specification over the winter and appeared as 74B chassis 'U1' for Bond in 1974, until he announced his retirement in June 1974. Alan Jones took over the drive for the rest of the season and won three races. Advertised by AW Brown (London) in January 1975. Briefly to Frank Blanchard in early 1975 but then to Bill Gowdy (Belfast, Northern Ireland) for Irish Formula Atlantic. To Gerry Kinnane for Des Donnelly to drive in 1976, then to Eddie Jordan (Dundrum, County Dublin, Republic of Ireland) for 1977. Subsequently to Colin Simpson (Dundee, Scotland) for Scottish hillclimbs in 1978 and 1979, when it was fitted with a 1800cc Cosworth BDE; then to Grahame Brown, a Scot who emigrated to Australia and took two Formula Atlantic cars with him. Raced by Geoff Nicol in Australian Formula Pacific in 1981, and by John Blennerhasset in 1982. Then to Michael Miller, brothers Peter and Terry Simms, then the Kendall family, then to Bryan Miller in 2002. Sold by Bryan to Richard Carter (Berry, NSW) in September 2018, and shortly afterwards sold to Richard Ellingworth.
- March 74B  (Ted Wentz): New to Ted Wentz (Philadelphia, PA) and raced in the 1974 British Formula Atlantic season. To New Zealander Alan Crocker, who had moved to England to race in the 1975 British series, but a blown engine curtailed his season. Used occasionally in the 1976 Indylantic series and in libre racing. Croker took the car to New Zealand and raced it in the 1977 Formula Pacific series, then sold it there to Ken Smith, who rented it to Ken Sager to drive in the 1977/78 Gold Star series, and to Robbie Booth for the 1978/79 season. It reappeared with Robbie Hislop in 1981/82, then to Tony Batchelor for 1982/83. Last seen when raced by Keith Laney in 1984/85, and sold by him back to Kenny Smith some time before 1988. Later sold by Smith to Richard Carter in Australia to donate parts to Carter's rebuild of March 73B/8. The remains of the car were sold with the 73B to George Makin (Melbourne, Australia) about 2005.
- March 712M Falconer [712M-11 as '9'] (Richard Knight): 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 73B  (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.
- March 73B  (Andy Rouse): 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.
- Chevron B27 [27-74-06] (Héctor Rebaque): New to Fred Opert Racing and the car raced by Bertil Roos in the British Formula Atlantic race at Brands Hatch in mid-March. Then fitted with a 2-litre Brian Hart Ford BDA for Roos at two F2 races, Montjuich Park and Hockenheim. Apparantly returned to Formula Atlantic specification and run by the Opert team in the UK series, initially for Héctor Rebaque, and later for Johnny Kastner, William Henderson III and then local man Jim Crawford. Sold to Derek Cook (Rotherham, South Yorkshire) for early 1975 Formula Atlantic races before being replaced by a newer B29. Retained for 1976 when Cook ran it in Indylantic, Shellsport G8, and libre racing, with either a Formula Atlantic BDA or a self-built 2-litre BDA. Retained again for early 1977 and used in F2 and in Shellsport, now with a 2-litre Alan Smith BDG, before Cook acquired a F1 Williams. Subsequent history unknown.
- Chevron B27 [27-74-16] (Peter Williams): Sold to Peter Williams (Brentwood, Essex) in June 1974 for British Formula Atlantic; and retained for the 1975 season. To Porsche racer and driving instructor Mike Franey (London) later in 1975 and raced in F/Atlantic with Samatco Ltd backing. Unknown in 1976, but in early 1977, novice racer Martin Murphy won a Formule Libre race at Thruxton in the "ex-Peter Williams Coin Monthly" B27. The car remained in Franey's possession until September 1979, when it was sold to Jeremy Bouckley (Sutton Coldfield, West Midands) as a rolling chassis. Bouckley cannot recall what happened to it, but this car was reportedly owned by Phil Sharp for hillclimbs in 1984. Subsequent history unknown.
- Chevron B25 [25-73-12] (Nick May): New to Brett Lunger and run for him by Space Racing in F2 in 1973, starting at Nivelles-Baulers in June. To Nick May (Sutton, Surrey) in 1974, and converted to Formula Atlantic specification for the British series. Then to Gerry Kinnane (Belfast, Northern Ireland), and entered for John Pollock to race in the 1975 Irish Formula Atlantic series. Sold to Bill Gowdy (Banbridge, County Down, N. Ireland) for 1976, but crashed twice that year. Crashed again during 1977, and at some point in this period, the car is believed to have had a new chassis. Sold by Gowdy to Paddy Farrelly (Lucan, Dublin) for 1978, and again used in Formula Atlantic, but now quite uncompetitive. Sold to Tony Skinner (Terenure, Dublin, Ireland) and raced at Phoenix Park in 1981. He raced it again early in 1982, but then moved over to a friend's B42 later in the season. Tony sold the B25 to Cyril Lynch, who fitted a 4.4-litre Rover V8 engine, and first ran the car in the Galway MC Ballyvaughan in mid-1983. For 1984, Lynch ran the car for Shay Lawless, who dominated the Pioneer Hi-Fi Hill Climb Championship, setting nine records. It was sold to Paul Deveney for 1985, and he continued to run it in hillclimbs. The hillclimb championship was cancelled after 1986, and the Chevron was sold to Ken Moore (Iver Heath, Bucks), rebuilt by Bob Egginton of ASD in 1988/1989, and used in libre racing at Lydden. Then to Lew Wright (Haslemere, Surrey) who got HSCC papers for the car in 1999. By 2001, it was with Nick Overall (Petworth, West Sussex) who entered it in HSCC Derek Bell events, and still had it in 2006. Sold to Markus Kalbermatten (Grellingen, Switzerland) in 2006, and used in historic Bergrennen.
- HRS 732 [March 722-"18"] (Gillian Orchard): New to Mike Beuttler, and entered by Clarke-Mordaunt Team for him to race in F2 in 1972. Consistently reported at the time to be chassis 722-18, but the same chassis number was also reported for John Smith's car in Ireland. The ex-Beuttler car was used as a test chassis for the new BMW F2 engine during October, when both Jean-Pierre Jarier and Hans Stuck used it. Not seen in 1973, but reappeared in 1974 as the "HRS 732" run by Jock Topin and entered by Anglo Swiss Racing Team for Gill Orchard to race in Formula Atlantic. The car was reported to be a 713M before Topin told Autosport in April 1974 that it was based on the ex-Beuttler March 722, "extensively modified by his Ecurie Santos operation" and produced "with blessing from March". Subsequent history unknown.
- GRD 274 [372 036-F3] (Robin Smythe): New to Robin Smythe (Hounslow, Greater London) replacing a March 723 he had raced earlier in the season. Smythe converted the car to Formula Atlantic specification for 1973 and although it was often entered for BP Formula Atlantic events, Smythe's actual race starts were rare. Throughout that season, his older March 723 was raced as a Formula Atlantic by Johnny Dimsdale and by Reg James. In 1974, the GRD was described as a 274 and continued to failed to appear or fail to start championship events but was a regular starter in Formule Libre events at Silverstone and at Brands Hatch. It was not seen in 1975, but made a couple of entries in ShellSport championship events in 1976, predicatbly failing to appear. The car is believed to have gone to Dave Saunders in 1976, but that may have been a hire deal, and then later spent time in French hillclimbs before returning to the UK.
- Royale RP15  (Martin Watson): An interim F2 car built for Manfred Schurti in 1973 based on the F3/Atlantic design. It was only intended for use in the first few races before the RP20 was ready but the project was underfinanced and the RP20 did not appear. After that 1973 season, the RP15 was sold to Martin Watson (Lowestoft, Suffolk) who raced in in libre events for through 1974. In late 1977, the car is believed to have gone to Neil Bold (Worsley, Salford, Greater Manchester) for libre racing.
- March 74B (Richard Knight): Multiglide Racing Team entered a March "74B" for a couple of races at the end of 1974. It was probably a 722, and may have simply been a "bitza" built up from parts.
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.