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John Player (British) Formula Atlantic Series Race

Snetterton, 30 Mar 1975

ResultsLapsTime/Speed Winnings
1 Tony Brise Modus M3 [009-FA] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#3 Team Modus
60 1.09.05.4
£200
2 Jim Crawford Chevron B29 [29-75-02?] - Ford BDA Hart
#2 SDC Racing
60 1.09.39.2
£150
3 Richard Morgan Chevron B29 [29-75-04] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#18 Donington Park Collection - Wheatcroft Racing
(see note 1)
60 1.09.57.2
£125
4 Cyd Williams Brabham BT40 [21] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#6 Graham Eden (see note 2)
59
£100
5 Val Musetti March 74B [73B-21] - Ford BDA Wood
#14 Bernigra Ice Cream (London)
(see note 3)
57
£75
6 Philip Sharp Lyncar 005 [005] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#20
57
£60
7 Alo Lawler Chevron B29 [29-75-06] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#24 L&B Excavations Ltd (see note 4)
49 Not classified  
8 Peter Williams Chevron B27 [27-74-16] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#16 Peter Williams Racing (see note 5)
47 Not classified  
9 Stephen Choularton Chevron B29 [29-75-19] - Ford BDA Hart
#7 SDC Racing
43 Not classified  
10 Peter Munro Chevron B27 [27-74-14] - Ford BDA Whitehurst
#21 (see note 6)
42 Not classified  
11 Matt Spitzley Chevron B29 [29-75-18] - Ford BDA Swindon
#11 Rapid Movements Ltd-Ted Moore
(see note 7)
32 Not classified  
12 Peter Wardle Surtees TS15 [06] - Ford BDA Swindon
#9
24 Not classified  
13 Roy Baker March 73B [722-24] - Ford BDA Racing Services
#19 (see note 8)
Not classified  
14 Graham Perry March 74B [742-23] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#31 Harrisons of Birmingham
Not classified  
15 Derek Cook Chevron B27 [27-74-06] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#17 George Cooper Lubricants Ltd
(see note 9)
Not classified  
16 Bob Muir Birrana 273 [273-009] - Ford BDA Hart
#25 Bob & Marj Brown
0 Not classified  

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

Heat 1 Laps Time Speed
1Tony Brise300.36.43.4
2Jim Crawford300.37.04.4
3Richard Morgan300.37.22.4
4Stephen Choularton300.37.37.6
5Alo Lawler300.37.48.0
6Cyd Williams29
7Peter Williams29
8Philip Sharp28
9Val Musetti28
10Peter Wardle24Engine
11Peter Munro24
12Roy Baker
13Graham Perry
14Derek CookEngine
15Matt Spitzley3Black flagged
Bob Muir0Did not start (broken plug)
Heat 2 Laps Time Speed
1Tony Brise300.32.22.0
2Richard Morgan300.32.34.8
3Jim Crawford300.32.34.8
4Cyd Williams300.33.23.6
5Matt Spitzley29
6Val Musetti29
7Philip Sharp29
8Alo Lawler19Suspension
9Peter Williams18
10Peter Munro18
11Stephen Choularton13Water hose
12Roy Baker
13Graham Perry
Derek CookDid not start (engine in heat 1)
Peter WardleDid not start (engine in heat 1)
Qualifying
1 Tony Brise (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Modus M3 [009-FA] - Ford BDA Nicholson
2 Jim Crawford (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-02?] - Ford BDA Hart
3 Richard Morgan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-04] - Ford BDA Nicholson 1.04.4
4 Peter Wardle (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Surtees TS15 [06] - Ford BDA Swindon 1.06.0
5 Alo Lawler (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-06] - Ford BDA Nicholson 1.06.2
6 Cyd Williams (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 [21] - Ford BDA Cosworth 1.06.4
7 Stephen Choularton (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-19] - Ford BDA Hart 1.06.8
8 Val Musetti (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B [73B-21] - Ford BDA Wood 1.07.4
9 Matt Spitzley (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-18] - Ford BDA Swindon 1.08.6
10 Philip Sharp (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lyncar 005 [005] - Ford BDA Nicholson 1.09.2
11 Peter Williams (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-16] - Ford BDA Nicholson 1.09.2
12 Peter Munro (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-14] - Ford BDA Whitehurst
13 Derek Cook (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-06] - Ford BDA Nicholson
14 Roy Baker (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B [722-24] - Ford BDA Racing Services
15 Graham Perry (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B [742-23] - Ford BDA Nicholson
16 Bob Muir (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Birrana 273 [273-009] - Ford BDA Hart

Notes on the cars:

  1. Chevron B29 [29-75-04] (Richard Morgan): 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.
  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 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. 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.
  5. 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 recalls what happened to it, but this car was reportedly owned by Phil Sharp for hillclimbs in 1984. Subsequent history unknown.
  6. 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.
  7. Chevron B29 [29-75-18] (Matt Spitzley): New to Ted Moore of racing car freight specialists Rapid Movements, to be driven by Matt Spitzley in British Formula Atlantic in 1975. For some reason, presumably an accident, this car was replaced by chassis 75-25 in May 1975.
  8. 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.
  9. Chevron B27 [27-74-06] (Derek Cook): 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.

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.