Indylantic Championship Round
Brands Hatch, 4 Apr 1976
|1||Tony Trimmer||Lola T362 [HU18] - Ford BDA Swindon
(see note 1)
|2||Cyd Williams||Sana RD9 - Ford BDA Eden
#5 Harrison's of Birmingham/Graham Eden Racing
|3||Jeremy Rossiter||Chevron B29 [29-75-29] - Ford BDA Cook
#3 Spax Dampers and Triple C Magazine
(see note 2)
|4||Tony Rouff||Boxer PR276  - Ford BDA Swindon
#21 Netherton and Worth/Boxer Cars
|5||Steve Carvill||Surtees TS15  - Ford BDA Swindon
#208 Radio Luxembourg (see note 3)
|6||Jim Crawford||Chevron B29 [29-75-17] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#4 Coin Monthly (see note 4)
|7||Alo Lawler||Chevron B29 [29-75-06-2] - Ford BDA Swindon
#10 L&B Excavations Ltd (see note 5)
|8||Phil Dowsett||Chevron B29 [29-75-19] - Ford BDA Swindon
#6 (see note 6)
|9||Richard Scott||Modus M3 [025-FA] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#111 Dicksons of Perth-British Caledonian
|10||Ken Bailey||Chevron B29 [29-75-04] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#12 (see note 7)
|11||Steve Prior||McLaren M21 - Ford BDA Nicholson
#194 (see note 8)
|12||Dave Saunders||GRD 372 - Ford BDA Saunders
|R||Norman Dickson||Modus M3 [027-FA] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#707 Dicksons of Perth-British Caledonian
|UNK||Bob Brown||Chevron B27 [27-74-10?] - Ford BDA Swindon
#15 Oceaneering International (see note 9)
|UNK||John Bowtell||March 73B [712M] - Ford BDA
#14 (see note 10)
|UNK||Kevin Bowditch||Lyncar 007  - Ford BDA Nicholson
|UNK||Adrian Russell||GRD 372 - Ford BDA Swindon
|UNK||David Winstanley||Brabham BT40  - Ford BDA Eden
#69 (see note 11)
|DNA||Philip Sharp||Modus M3 [047-F3] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#2 (see note 12)
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||Jeromy Sumner||Chevron B27 [27-74-14] - Ford BDA Smith
#27 (see note 13)
|Did not arrive|
All cars are 1.6-litre F/Atl unless noted.
|1||Steve Carvill||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Surtees TS15  - Ford BDA Swindon||0.47.2|
|2||Jim Crawford||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-17] - Ford BDA Nicholson||0.47.2|
|3||Richard Scott||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Modus M3 [025-FA] - Ford BDA Nicholson||0.47.4|
|4||Norman Dickson||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Modus M3 [027-FA] - Ford BDA Nicholson||0.48.0|
|5||Jeremy Rossiter||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-29] - Ford BDA Cook||0.48.0|
|6||Cyd Williams||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Sana RD9 - Ford BDA Eden||0.48.2|
|7||Tony Rouff||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Boxer PR276  - Ford BDA Swindon||0.48.2|
|8||Phil Dowsett||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-19] - Ford BDA Swindon||0.48.4|
|9||Alo Lawler||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-06-2] - Ford BDA Swindon||0.49.0|
|10||Ken Bailey||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-04] - Ford BDA Nicholson||0.49.4|
|11||Steve Prior||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre McLaren M21 - Ford BDA Nicholson||0.49.4|
|12||Dave Saunders||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre GRD 372 - Ford BDA Saunders||0.50.4|
|13||Adrian Russell||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre GRD 372 - Ford BDA Swindon||0.55.0|
|14||Bob Brown||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-10?] - Ford BDA Swindon||0.56.6|
|15||Kevin Bowditch||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lyncar 007  - Ford BDA Nicholson|
|16||David Winstanley||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40  - Ford BDA Eden|
|18||John Bowtell||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B [712M] - Ford BDA||0.57.0|
|18||Tony Trimmer||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T362 [HU18] - Ford BDA Swindon||Time disallowed|
Notes on the cars:
- Lola T362 [HU18] (Tony Trimmer): Described as "the 1976 prototype", this car was loaned by Lola to the Wella team for Ted Wentz to drive in the last few races of the 1975 British Formula Atlantic season after Wentz' regular car was wrecked in testing at Silverstone by Roy James. It was loaned to Tony Trimmer for the start of the 1976 season, now as a Lola T362, and Trimmer won the first two races, only for the car to be sold from under him to Bruach Racing for Mike King, who raced it in Indylantic and Shellsport Group 8 for the rest of that season. Somehow then to Carl Liebich (Plymouth, WI) as a spare car to his Lola T460. Exactly when it was used is not known. Crashed at some point, and sold, still unrepaired, to Cy Moreland (Trainer, PA). Still with Moreland in 2003. Later to Steve Maxted (UK), fitted with a Cosworth BDG and raced by him in HSCC F2 races from 2006 to 2011. To Mark Piercy for HSCC F2 from 2012 onwards.
- Chevron B29 [29-75-29] (Jeremy Rossiter): New to Derek Cook (Wath-upon-Dearne, Rotherham, South Yorkshire) in August 1975, and raced in British Formula Atlantic with support from George Cooper Lubricants. To Jeremy Rossiter (Kidlington, Oxfordshire) for 1976, and raced in Shellsport G8 and Indylantic races. The series died at the end of 1976, and the car was unused until August 1977 when it was sold to John Pollock (Carrickfergus, County Antrim, Northern Ireland), who raced for Gerry Kinnane's team in Irish Formula Atlantic. Pollock raced it at Phoenix Park and Mondello Park in September 1977, but it was then sold to Tom O'Leary (Dalkey, County Dublin), Pollock taking O'Leary's older Brabham BT40 in part-exchange. Raced by O'Leary in the Irish series in 1978 and 1979.
- Surtees TS15  (Steve Carvill): 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.
- Chevron B29 [29-75-17] (Jim Crawford): New to Peter Williams (Brentwood) and raced in the British Formula Atlantic series in 1975, but crashed at Brands Hatch in April and not seen again that season. Entered by Williams' Coin News for Jim Crawford in early 1976 and then sold to Martin Birrane (Ballina, County Mayo, Republic of Ireland) who raced it in G8 and in Atlantic in 1976 and 1977. To Laurence Jacobsen (Glasgow, Scotland) for 1978, fitted with a Swindon BDX and entered by him for Bryce Wilson in libre that year. Converted back to Atlantic spec and raced by Bryce, Jacobsen and Graham Hamilton in 1979. In 1980, Jacobsen had the monocoque shortened and fitted the car with a plastic Sunbeam Stiletto body and Cosworth BDG engine, and raced it in GT racing in Scotland. The bodywork was later sold to Eric Munnoch who raced a 'Stiletto' with a 3.5-litre Rover V8 in 1982. The tub was sent to ex-Chevron engineer Nigel Dickson to be repaired, but this job was still incomplete when the monocoque was sold by Jacobsen to Sandy Watson. John Bradshaw remembers buying the remains of this car from Watson some time around 2006, when "it consisted of aluminium folded panels, uprights and wishbones with some instruments and a chassis plate, apparently driven by Bryce Wilson in his teenage years". He sold it on to Colin Thorpe, and in March 2010, HSCC News reported that Thorpe had rebuilt the car, which was not thought to have raced since the 1980s, and it would be raced by his son Ollie Thorpe in 2010. It was later sold by Ollie Thorpe via Ken Thorogood to Clive Wood, and by 2020 it was being rebuilt for Wood by Dan Eagling for historic F2 racing with a Richardson BDG. However, Wood crashed the car at Donington in March 2021 and while it was being repaired bought a March 782.
- Chevron B29 [29-75-06-2] (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.
- Chevron B29 [29-75-19] (Phil Dowsett): 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.
- Chevron B29 [29-75-04] (Ken Bailey): 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. Stored unused during 1977 and advertised by Bailey in November. 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.
- McLaren M21 (Steve Prior): One of two cars entered by Astor Club Racing International in British Formula Atlantic in 1975, this car was raced by Steve Prior. Prior returned for Indylantic in 1976, now sponsored by Capital Radio and Applied Racing Techniques. This car is then unknown until acquired at auction by Chris MacAllister in the late 1990s. Retored by Kerry Adams for MacAllister, at the same time another car was restored for Jody Scheckter with help from McLaren International who owned the ex-Tony Trimmer car. As none of the three cars had chassis plates, McLaren International gave MacAllister a '3' chassis plate.
- Chevron B27 [27-74-10?] (Bob Brown): Sold in May 1974 to Team Harper, and used by David Purley in the European F2 championship. Probably the car driven by David Purley at the Brands Hatch Boxing Day libre race at the end of the season. Team Harper advertised both their Chevron B27s as rolling chassis in January 1975. This car is likely to be the "late 1974 F2 car" used by Doug Thomson (Edinburgh, Scotland) in Scottish libre, sprints and hillclimbs in 1975, and offered for sale in January 1976 with a Swindon BDA and Hewland FGA400 gearbox. Thomson recalls that he sold the car to UK-resident American Bob Brown (not Bobby Brown) who occasionally raced what is described by Autosport as an ex-Harper B27 in Indyatlantic and Formula Libre in 1976, after buying the car late in 1975. Brown was backed by Oceaneering International, a Texas company, and is believed to have been a diver working in the North Sea oil field. He appears to have taken the car back to the US. Then unknown until an "ex-Purley" B27 was raced by Bobby Brown in SVRA and HSR vintage racing. Sold to Skip Jones (Portland, OR) and used in ICSCC and SOVREN vintage racing, fitted with a 2-litre Wenz Cosworth YBM engine. Sold in August 2016 back to Bobby Brown.
- March 73B [712M] (John Bowtell): John Bowtell (Witney, Oxfordshire) raced a March "73B" in British libre racing in 1975. He recalls that it was a 1971 car with 1973 modifications, and came from a garage in Salisbury, which would suggest a connection to Mike Sullivan of Riverside Garage in Salisbury, who ran a 712M in 1974 but who sold three Marches after that season. Bowtell modified the car over the next few seasons. He retained the car for 1976, initially for Indylantic, and then in Shellsport Group 8 races and libre, usually entering it as a 74B. He continued with it in libre in 1977, winning at least five races, and reappeared again with it in 1978, before replacing it with a "77P" for 1979. Subsequent history unknown.
- Brabham BT40  (David Winstanley): 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.
- Modus M3 [047-F3] (Philip Sharp): Chassis number observed on Phil Sharp’s car by Dave McKinney at Bay Park, 2 Jan 1977 and published NZMA 28 Jan 77 p5. Described in the works record as a development F3 chassis, and built up from spares at David Price Racing, where Sharp was a mechanic. Therefore the car raced through the 1976 Indylantic season in Britain, then taken to his native New Zealand. NZMA reports that the car was sold to Steve Empson. In 1980 the car appears in the NZ series in the hands of Robin Irving.
- Chevron B27 [27-74-14] (Jeromy Sumner): 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.
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.
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