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John Player (British) Formula Atlantic Series Race

Brands Hatch, 14 Sep 1975

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Gunnar Nilsson Chevron B29 [29-75-25] - Ford BDA Swindon
#59 Rapid Movements Ltd-Ted Moore
(see note 1)
42 41m 53.6s
74.59 mph
2 Brett Riley Chevron B29 [29-75-04] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#40 (see note 2)
42 42m 01.0s
3 Brian Henton Wheatcroft R18 [002] - Ford BDA Cook
#18 Donington Park Collection/Wheatcroft Racing
42 42m 47.8s
4 Mike Franey Chevron B27 [27-74-16] - Ford BDA Gray
Samatco Ltd (see note 3)
41
5 Philip Sharp Lyncar 005 [005] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#20
41
6 Tony Brise Modus M3 [022] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#3 Team Modus (see note 4)
39
7 Paul Butler Brabham BT28 [25] - Ford BDA
Victoria Sporting Club (see note 5)
39
8 Val Musetti March 74B [73B-21] - Ford BDA Swindon
#14 Bernigra Ice Cream (London)
(see note 6)
38
9 Cyd Williams Brabham BT40 [21] - Ford BDA Swindon
#6 Harrisons of Birmingham (see note 7)

10 Nick May Lola T360 [HU5] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#15 Dave Price Racing (see note 8)

R Jim Crawford Chevron B29 [29-75-15] - Ford BDA Hart
#2 SDC Racing
Electrics
R Ted Wentz Lola T360 [HU7] - Ford BDA Swindon
#10 Wella International Hair Care
(see note 9)
Puncture
R Stephen Choularton Chevron B29 [29-75-19] - Ford BDA Hart
#7 SDC Racing (see note 10)
Accident
R Peter Wardle Surtees TS15 [06] - Ford BDA Swindon
#9 (see note 11)
1 Plugs
UNK Graham Perry March 74B [742-23] - Ford BDA Whitehurst
#31 Harrisons of Birmingham (see note 12)

DNS Bob Muir Birrana 273 [273-009] - Ford BDA Swindon
#25 Bob & Marj Brown
Did not start
(Accident)

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

Qualifying
1 Gunnar Nilsson (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-25] - Ford BDA Swindon
2 Peter Wardle (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Surtees TS15 [06] - Ford BDA Swindon
3 Jim Crawford (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-15] - Ford BDA Hart 0.57.6
4 Stephen Choularton (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-19] - Ford BDA Hart 0.59.0
5 Bob Muir * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Birrana 273 [273-009] - Ford BDA Swindon
6 Nick May (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU5] - Ford BDA Nicholson
7 Mike Franey (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-16] - Ford BDA Gray
8 Brett Riley (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-04] - Ford BDA Nicholson
13 Tony Brise (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Modus M3 [022] - Ford BDA Nicholson
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Chevron B29 [29-75-25] (Gunnar Nilsson): 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.
  2. Chevron B29 [29-75-04] (Brett Riley): New to Tom Wheatcroft in February 1975, and tested by Richard Morgan who would be driving it in British Formula Atlantic. Raced by Morgan in the early races of the season, winning one race, until crashed at Brands Hatch in April. Morgan then drove the new Wheatcroft R18, and the Chevron was sold to Brett Riley, who drove it for the rest of 1975. To Ken Bailey (Stretford, Greater Manchester) and raced in Indylantic in 1976. Retained for 1977. Sold to Eddie Jordan (Dundrum, County Dublin, Ireland) and used in Irish Formula Atlantic in 1978 in Marlboro livery, winning both the All-Ireland and Duckhams Formula Atlantic Championships. Raced by his teammate Vivian Candy in Ireland in 1979, then sold via Phil Bennett to David Ward (Hesketh Bank, Lancashire) for British libre racing in 1980 and 1981. With Terry Cole for Monoposto racing in 1983, then reportedly broken up for spares by Chevron Cars.
  3. Chevron B27 [27-74-16] (Mike Franey): 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.
  4. Modus M3 [022] (Tony Brise): Chassis number given in works record for new car for Brise, so presumably a replacement for 009-FA. Marcus Pye’s Modus records suggest that this was Gygax's car at the 1975 British GP support race. However, this is disproved by Adam Ferrington's observation of 020-F3 for Gygax, and so likely to be Brise's car at that race. As Brise was increasingly busy with F1 commitments, the car eventually went to David Price Racing for John Nicholson’s return to Formula Atlantic in Britain. In the interim it may be the car raced by Tim Brise at Silverstone, August 3, 1975 [the alternative is 020-F3]. The car was crashed by Nicholson at Oulton Park, October 4, 1975 and it is said to have been written off. Indeed, the gearbox [FT200-955] and some other parts of the car were built up around monocoque 054, but as this is a 1976 build, it cannot explain the identity of Nicholson’s car for the rest of the 1975 season. Since Richard Parsons is also given an outing in a works car – alongside Nicholson – at Thruxton October 12, 1975, it seems as though 022-FA survived in some form. As the works records comment that 022 was sold to the Domingo Brothers in South Africa for the 1976 season, with ‘a new 16 swg monocoque with ex-Gygax running gear’ it may be that this new tub was built not for the Domingos, but rather in October 1975 for Nicholson or Parsons. However, as Modus build numbers seem to be based upon the tub, the description of the Domingo car in 1976 as 'ex Brise' cannot be justified. In the absence of a known number for the late 1975 monocoque we have labelled it "022". In its hybrid form this is possibly the car taken to Macau GP in November 1975 by Team Harper for David Purley, though that is more likely to have been a different car, sold afterwards in the Philippines. Mike Domingo first appears with a Modus M3 at Killarney, 24 Jan 76. A/S reports of races in the South African championship later describe this car as ‘ex Brise’. There are two Moduses in the 1977 series in South Africa, and since Stopford's is known to be [024-FA], it is assumed that the car used by John Simpson was 022B-FA.
  5. Brabham BT28 [25] (Paul Butler): New to Allan McCully in very late 1969 for British and occasional European F3 races through the first half of 1970, using Holbay engines. Then to Alan Jones and raced by him from September 1970 onwards, including the Torneio Brasileiro in early 1971. Jones was part of the Australian Intl Racing Organisation in F3 in 1971 with this car, upgraded to 1600cc specification and using Vegantune engines. To Paul Butler (Chessington, Surrey) for British F3 in 1972, again using Vegantune twin cams and entered by Barwell Automotive. Retained for libre racing in 1973 when it was upgraded to BT35 specification and Butler started sharing the car with Evan Clements (Whyteleafe, Surrey). Modified to Formula Atlantic specification and raced in libre and some Atlantic races by Butler and Clements in 1974 and 1975. According to a later HVIF, it went to Tony Allinson in 1975, then to Paul Hobbs in 1977, then Mike Harrison in 1984, then to Hugo Studer in 1986 and finally Sepp Mayer from 1995 to 2007. In 2007 it was owned by Klaus Bergs.
  6. March 74B [73B-21] (Val Musetti): 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Lola T360 [HU5] (Nick May): New to Nigel Clarkson (Cirencester, Gloucestershire) and raced by him and by Richard Scott (London) in British Formula Atlantic, backed by Hurford Jones Ltd. To Nick May (Sutton, Surrey) for the 1975 British series, with Strakers of Wimbledon Ltd sponsorship, and run by Dave Price Racing. To Brian Robinson (Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham) and fitted with a 2-litre Cosworth BDG engine for Shellsport Group 8 races in 1976. To John Brown for John Morrison (Warwick) to drive in Shellsport G8 and libre racing in 1977, then to Kevin Bowditch (Maidenhead) for a few race appearances in 1978. It was sold to Martin Mansell (Middlesex), who raced it as a Lola "FA79" with Winchmore Hill Garage sponsorship in Formula Atlantic in 1979. Mansell crashed heavily at Brands Hatch in April 1979, and did not appear again. It was next seen in 1990 when it was bought by Robert McGimpsey (Newtownards, County Down, Northern Ireland) from a dealer somewhere in the English midlands. It was then fitted with a 3-litre Weslake engine, and McGimpsey used it for one season in hillclimbing before the engine and chassis were sold separately. It was bought by two friends in 1993 or 1994, and in 2012 they still had it.
  9. Lola T360 [HU7] (Ted Wentz): Believed to be the new car loaned to Ken Bailey in August for British Formula Atlantic, after he had wrecked his original loan car at Silverstone two weeks earlier. Sold to Planer, owners of the Wella brand, for Ted Wentz, starting with the televised Thruxton race in November 1974. Raced by Wentz through 1974 until it was heavily damaged by Roy James in a testing accident in early October 1975. Wentz hired the works development car for the rest of the season, so it is assumed that HU7 was not repairable.
  10. Chevron B29 [29-75-19] (Stephen Choularton): New to Stephen Choularton (Hale Barns, Cheshire) and raced in British Formula Atlantic in 1975, entered by SDC Racing. To Phil Dowsett (Chelmsford, Essex) for the Indylantic Championship in 1976, entered by Sangria Designs and Capital Radio. Then sold to John Ledlie for the Irish series in 1977 but badly damaged at Phoenix Park in September 1977 when Ledlie hit a tree. As one of relatively few B29s left in Britain and Ireland by this time, it may be the car raced by Trevor Templeton in May 1979 and then by Nelson Todd later in 1979, sponsored by Belfast car dealer Isaac Agnew. Subsequent history unknown.
  11. Surtees TS15 [06] (Peter Wardle): New to Peter Wardle (Wimbledon, London) and raced in British Formula Atlantic in 1973, winning from pole position at one race Brands Hatch in August. Retained for 1974, again in British Formula Atlantic, and then retained for a third season in 1975. However, towards the end of 1975, Wardle was entering Steve Carvill (Wimbledon, London) in some races, and it is unclear whether the team had a second TS15 by this point, as the pair never appeared together in the same race. Wardle acquired sponsorship from Radio Luxembourg and Applied Racing Techniques for 1976, and both Wardle and Carvill appeared in Indylantic and in Shellsport G8 during that season, presumably both still in chassis 06. Wardle advertised a TS15 in 1983, with FG400 but no engine and a mountain of spares. According to researcher David McKinney, chassis 06 and chassis 07 were with Tony Collinson in 1990, and chassis 06 appears to stayed with its sister through the ownership of Gerry Wainwright, John Elliott, Mark Griffiths and Crispian Besley, who had both cars in 2010. Beesley sold chassis 06 to Dean Forward in 2019, still in unrestored component form.
  12. March 74B [742-23] (Graham Perry): New to Bob Harper, an American Ford and BMW importer based in Hong Kong, and entered in 1974 F2 under the banner of Team Harper. The team was run for him by Mike Earle from the Lec workshops in Bognor Regis, with mechanics Greg Field and Tony Harvey. Chassis 742/23 is believed to be the car raced by David Purley at two races early in the season, before Harper replaced the Marches with Chevron B27s. It was acquired for Chris Meek to race at two events in Ceylon, but he did not have the right licence and the 742 was next seen raced by Graham Perry (Birmingham) in Formula Atlantic in 1975, sponsored by Harrisons of Birmingham. For 1976, it was sold to John Walker (Lancaster) but only seen rarely. Retained by Walker for libre racing in 1977, and by the end of that season it was being described as a 772. To Paul Gardner (Preston, Lancashire) for 1978, again for libre racing.

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.