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John Player (British) Formula Atlantic Series Race

Snetterton, 29 Jun 1975

ResultsLapsTime/Speed Winnings
1 Richard Morgan Wheatcroft R18 [002] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#18 Donington Park Collection/Wheatcroft Racing
35 0.37.27.8
107.45
£200
2 Jim Crawford Chevron B29 [29-75-15] - Ford BDA Hart
#2 SDC Racing
35 0.37.51.0
£150
3 Tony Brise Modus M3 [009-FA] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#3 Team Modus
35 0.37.51.2
£125
4 Matt Spitzley Chevron B29 [29-75-25] - Ford BDA Hart
#11 Rapid Movements Ltd-Ted Moore
35 0.38.11.0
£100
5 Peter Wardle Surtees TS15 [06] - Ford BDA Swindon
#9
35 0.38.21.4
£75
6 Ted Wentz Lola T360 [HU7] - Ford BDA Swindon
#10 Wella International Hair Care
(see note 1)
35 0.38.29.8
£60
7 Nick May Lola T360 [HU5] - Ford BDA
#15 Strakers of Wimbledon Ltd (see note 2)
35
£50
8 Val Musetti March 74B [73B-21] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#14 Bernigra Ice Cream (London)
(see note 3)
34
£40
9 Cyd Williams Brabham BT40 [21] - Ford BDA Swindon
#6 Harrisons of Birmingham (see note 4)
34
£30
10 Tony Trimmer McLaren M21 - Ford BDA LEC
#42 Astor Club Racing International
(see note 5)
34
£20
R Ray Mallock March 75B [U1] - Ford BDA Swindon
#5 Ardmore Racing (see note 6)
24 Accident  
UNKP Bob Muir Birrana 273 [273-009] - Ford BDA
#25 Bob & Marj Brown
Unknown (practiced)
UNKP Stephen Choularton Chevron B29 [29-75-19] - Ford BDA Hart
#7 SDC Racing
Unknown (practiced)
UNKP Brett Riley Chevron B29 [29-75-04] - Ford BDA Hart
#40 (see note 7)
Unknown (practiced)
UNKP Dean Hosking Birrana 273 [273-006] - Ford BDA
#26 Bob & Marj Brown
Unknown (practiced)
UNKP Len Booysen Brabham BT40 [14] - Ford BDA Swindon
#49 Marshall Wingfield Ltd (see note 8)
Unknown (practiced)
UNKP Alo Lawler Chevron B29 [29-75-06] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#24 L&B Excavations Ltd (see note 9)
Unknown (practiced)
UNKP James Crawley Chevron B29 [29-75-02?] - Ford BDA Hart
#46
Unknown (practiced)
DNA Derek Cook March 75B [1] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#17 George Cooper [Lubricants] Ltd
(see note 10)
Did not arrive
DNA Roy Baker March 73B [722-24] - Ford BDA
#19 (see note 11)
Did not arrive
DNA Philip Sharp Lyncar 005 [005] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#20
Did not arrive
DNA Graham Perry March 74B [742-23] - Ford BDA Whitehurst
#31 Harrisons of Birmingham
Did not arrive
DNA Peter Munro Chevron B27 [27-74-14] - Ford BDA Whitehurst
#21 (see note 12)
Did not arrive
DNA Alan Crocker March 74B [1] - Ford BDA
#43 Esposito Bros Ltd (see note 13)
Did not arrive

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

Qualifying
1 Tony Brise (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Modus M3 [009-FA] - Ford BDA Nicholson 1.02.2
2 Richard Morgan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Wheatcroft R18 [002] - Ford BDA Nicholson 1.02.2
3 Bob Muir * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Birrana 273 [273-009] - Ford BDA 1.02.8
4 Nick May (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU5] - Ford BDA 1.03.0
5 Matt Spitzley (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-25] - Ford BDA Hart 1.03.2
6 Val Musetti (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B [73B-21] - Ford BDA Nicholson 1.03.4
7 Stephen Choularton * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-19] - Ford BDA Hart 1.03.4
8 Jim Crawford (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-15] - Ford BDA Hart 1.03.4
9 Ted Wentz (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU7] - Ford BDA Swindon 1.03.6
10 Brett Riley * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-04] - Ford BDA Hart
11 Peter Wardle (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Surtees TS15 [06] - Ford BDA Swindon
12 Ray Mallock (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B [U1] - Ford BDA Swindon
13 Dean Hosking * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Birrana 273 [273-006] - Ford BDA
14 Cyd Williams (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 [21] - Ford BDA Swindon
15 Len Booysen * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 [14] - Ford BDA Swindon
16 Alo Lawler * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-06] - Ford BDA Nicholson
18 Tony Trimmer (F/Atl) 1.6-litre McLaren M21 - Ford BDA LEC
19 James Crawley * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-02?] - Ford BDA Hart
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 converted to Formula 2 specification for Shellsport Group 8 races in 1976. To John Morrison (Warwick) for Shellsport G8 and libre racing in 1977, then to Kevin Bowditch (Maidenhead) race appearances 1978, then 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. McLaren M21 (Tony Trimmer): One of two cars entered by Astor Club Racing International in British Formula Atlantic in 1975, this car was raced by Roberto Alvarez at Silverstone on 13 April, and then by Tony Trimmer later in the season. This car was next seen when acquired by Tony Dunne, who raced it in the British Formula Atlantic series in 1982. Dunne then entered Alo Lawler in Dunne's McLaren M30 in BRSCC libre in 1984 and 1985, and traded the M21 back to McLaren International in 1986 for the spare M30 monocoque. McLaren International rebuilt the car to Scheckter's F2 configuration, and the car was on display in the Donington Museum for many years. When the other two cars were restored in the late 1990s and none were found to have a chassis plate, McLaren International issued this car with a '1' chassis plate.
  6. March 75B [U1] (Ray Mallock): An unnumbered March 75B built for Ray Mallock (Roade, Northamptonshire) and run for him in British Formula Atlantic and some F2 races by Ardmore Racing in 1975. It replaced the second-hand March 742 that Mallock wrecked in the Thruxton Formula 2 race in March. In 1976, Mallock raced the car in Formula 2 specification in the European F2 series and in the Shellsport Group 8 series. It is possible the car was still using the chassis plate of the old 742 during this time, as it was described by Motoring News as a 742 when it appeared at Hockenheim in September 1976. Subsequent history unknown.
  7. 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, winning both the All-Ireland and Duckhams Formula Atlantic Championships. Raced by 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.
  8. Brabham BT40 [14] (Len Booysen): 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.
  9. Chevron B29 [29-75-06] (Alo Lawler): New to Alo Lawler (St Helens, Merseyside) and raced in the 1975 British Formula Atlantic championship, sponsored by L&B Excavations Ltd. Also used in the Irish championship that year, and in libre racing. Retained by Lawler for 1976, when he raced it in the Shellsport G8 championship, the Irish Formula Atlantic championship, the British Indylantic championship, and in libre racing. Sold to John Eastwood and raced in the Irish Formula Atlantic series. To Joe Greenan (Belfast, Northern Ireland) for 1978, and entered by Irish Racing Cars in Irish Atlantic, then raced by Ken Fildes (Clonskeagh, Dublin) in 1979 and 1980. Sold to English wheeler dealer Bobby Howlings (Congleton, Cheshire) for 1981, and raced by Howlings in rounds of the reintroduced British Formula Atlantic championship. Sold to Stuart Harte (Littleborough, Greater Manchester) and fitted with a 2.2-litre Hart 420R engine for sprints and hillclimbs. After Harte's death, the car was retained by his family until 2011, when it was sold to Jon Waggitt. Waggitt sold it to Chris Porritt in July 2011, and he spent some years returning it to running condition. He first raced it at Laguna Seca in March 2020, then brought it back to the UK later that year.
  10. March 75B [1] (Derek Cook): The original March 75B prototype was sold to Derek Cook (Wath-upon-Dearne, Rotherham, South Yorkshire) and was first raced at the 1974 Boxing Day meeting at Brands Hatch. Raced in the British Formula Atlantic series in 1975. To Roy Baker (Ferndown, Dorset), converted to Formula 2, and raced in the European F2 series and the Shellsport Group 8 series in 1976. To Ted Williams (Bristol), fitted with a 2.2-litre Ford BDA or BDG, and raced (as a "752") in British hillclimbs in 1977. Then fitted with a full F2 Hart 420R for the first half of 1978, before Williams bought a 772. To Bob Bailey and raced in the 1600cc class later in 1978 and again in 1979. To Richard Ames (Alderton, Gloucestershire) later in 1979, and raced by him in 1981 and 1982, after which he sold it to somebody in Scotland.
  11. March 73B [722-24] (Roy Baker): 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.
  12. Chevron B27 [27-74-14] (Peter Munro): Chevron build record says sold to Derek Cook, August 1974, so Cook's late season car in British Formula Atlantic. To Peter Munro (Birmingham) for 1975, but his sponsorship fell through, and he loaned the car back to Cook at the British GP meeting after he had wrecked his own car in practice. Cook then managed to wreck the Chevron on lap 1 of the race, and it did not appear again in 1975. To Jeremy Sumner for the 1976 Indyatlantic series, where it was also driven by Mike Wilds and John Scannell. Thought to have been the B27 bought by Christian Bonnifet in 1977, and used in French hillclimbs between 1979 and 1983. In 1997, Jean-Michel Coll (Perpignan, Pyrénées-Orientales, France) advertised chassis 74-14 as a rolling chassis. It was later reported to be under restoration in the UK.
  13. March 74B [1] (Alan Crocker): 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.

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.