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Australian Formula 2 Race

Amaroo Park, 21 Jul 1974

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Bob Muir Birrana 273 [273-009] - Ford twin cam
41 33m 33.2s
2 Leo Geoghegan Birrana 274 [274-015] - Ford twin cam
41 33m 44.0s
3 John Leffler Bowin P8 [P8-118-72] - Ford twin cam
(see note 1)
41 33m 44.4s
4 Ray Winter Mildren 'Mono' - Ford twin cam
41 33m 57.1s
5 Tony Stewart Brabham BT36 (Dolphin) ['1'] - Ford twin cam
40
6 Ken Smith March 732 [15 as '9'] - Ford twin cam
(see note 2)
40
7 Paul Hamilton Elfin 600 [6801] - Ford twin cam
38
8 Terry Quartly Rennmax BN6 - Ford twin cam
36
9 Max Stewart March 722 [37] - Ford twin cam
(see note 3)
36
10 Dean Hosking Birrana 374 [374-011] - Ford twin cam
30
R Sonny Rajah March 732 [712M-7] - Ford twin cam Hart
30 Engine
R Ian Douglass March 733M/743 [3] - Ford twin cam
(see note 4)
30 Overheating
R Tony Maw Elfin 623 [74439] - Ford twin cam
21 Spun
R Johnnie Walker Elfin 622 [74441] - Ford twin cam
20 Welsh Plug
R Graeme Lawrence Lola T360 ['AU1'] - Ford twin cam
(see note 5)
19 Fuel
R Terry Hook Rennmax BN3 - Ford twin cam
19 Crash
R Bruce Allison Birrana 274 [274-017] - Ford twin cam
8 Crash
R Chas Talbot Birrana 274 [274-016] - Ford twin cam
2 Crash
R Graeme Crawford Birrana 273 [273-010] - Ford twin cam
1 Crash
DNS Kurt Seeberg Brabham BT35 [36] - Ford twin cam
(see note 6)
Did not start
DNS Ken Shirvington Mildren (Rennmax) - Ford twin cam
Did not start

All cars are 1.6-litre ANF2 unless noted.

Qualifying
Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. Bowin P8 [P8-118-72] (John Leffler): Built in August 1972, supplied to Bob Jane Racing and fitted with a Repco Holden V8 for John Harvey to race in the Australian Gold Star series. First appeared at Surfers Paradise 27 Aug 1972 but failed to start with fuel problems. Then raced in a non-championship event at Warwick Farm a week later, where Harvey finished fifth in Heat 1 but collided with Kevin Bartlett at the start of the Heat 2. The car was then stored for 18 months, until sold to John Leffler to replace his damaged ANF2 Bowin P8/2. Converted to ANF2 specification and raced in the Australian F2 series in 1974, and in Australian Gold Star events. Leased to Sue Ransom for a one-off race at Wanneroo Park in May 1975. The car remained in Western Australia, and is reported to have been owned by Rod Housego and Ian Wookey, before reappearing at Wanneroo Park in the hands of Rob Richards in 1980. Richards raced it as late as 1982, in Formula Pacific specification. Then unknown until 2004, when it was being restored by Matthew Lloyd. Lloyd died in 2008, just as the car was being completed, and in 2009 it was bought by Dean Saunders.
  2. March 732 [15 as '9'] (Ken Smith): A new car for Andy Sutcliffe at Karlskoga run by Brian Lewis Racing and replacing 732-9, crashed by Mike Beuttler earlier in the year. To save paperwork, the team put the "732/9" chassis plate onto the car and it still wears it today. Sold to Ken Smith in New Zealand after Sutcliffe's money did not appear and raced by him in the 1974 Tasman series. Then rebuilt as a ANF2 car with a Ford twin cam for the 1974 Australian Formula 2 series and sold to Ken Shirvington mid-season. The car remains in Australia in 2012.
  3. March 722 [37] (Max Stewart): New to Chris Oates (Kimberley, Notts) and entered by Alida Graham Eden Racing in a couple of Formula Atlantic races in April 1972, but Oates was well off the pace and the car was not seen again until January 1973, when it had been acquired by Baron Robertson in New Zealand, and fitted with a Cosworth FVC for the 1973 Tasman series. It was dreadfully slow, and Robertson traded it to Max Stewart for his Elfin MR5. Stewart entered the March-FVC for John Leffler in the Australian rounds of the 1974 Tasman series. Then fitted with a Ford twin cam engine for Stewart to drive in the Australian F2 races later in 1974. It was later acquired by Paul Feltham, a high-profile Australian Rules Football player who was attempting to break into motor racing, and raced by him at Hume Weir in March 1975. This car remains in Australia.
  4. March 733M/743 [3] (Ian Douglass): New to Russell Wood and run for him in the British F3 series by Peter Bloore Racing with backing from The Chequered Flag. Wood won three early round of the championship but had a heavy accident at Zandvoort in May and did not win again. Sold to Australian Ian Douglass for 1974 and rebuilt for Australian F2, using various 742 bits. The car was involevd in a fire during private testing at Oran Park after the Lakeside race in December 1974 and was completely burnt to the ground.
  5. Lola T360 ['AU1'] (Graeme Lawrence): Believed to be the prototype T360, which was tested at Silverstone and then used to facilitate construction of production jigs. It was a complete car when acquired by Don Baker of Dolphin Racing and Lola agent Glen Abbey, but dismantled and shipped to Australia in parts, where it was given the identity 'AU1'. Fitted with a Ford twin cam engine for ANF2, and raced by Chris Farrell, Graeme Lawrence, and Kevin Bartlett. Acquired by Fred Gibson from the Bartlett-Abbey organisation in mid-1974. To Doug McArthur for 1975 and 1976, then to Andrew Miedecke and rebuilt as a Formula Pacific for the 1977 New Zealand series. Returned to Australia for John Davis to race as an ANF2 in 1977, then converted to the new single-cam ANF2 and raced by Davis in 1978. Then to Jim Hunter but remained unused until it reappeared in historic racing in 1989. Bought by Colin Haste (Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia) in 2002, and still with him in 2013.
  6. Brabham BT35 [36] (Kurt Seeberg): First known when a new F3 Brabham "BT35-36" was advertised by Bill Thompson from London and Brentwood telephone numbers in Autosport in November 1971. Although "BT35-36" could refer to a BT35 updated to Bt36 specification, that makes no sense for a brand new F3 car, so it must be assumed this was a reference to chassis number BT35-36. The advert said that the car had not been raced. This car was next seen 18 months later when it was raced in ANF2 specification by Bob Holden in Australia. It is understood to have been owned by Australian sometime MRD mechanic Ray Pounder at or just before this. It passed to Brian Cameron for 1974, and was raced by him and by Ken Hastings in early 1974. Then to Kurt Seeberg and raced by him from July 1974 to 1981 at least. Later sold to Brian Sampson (Melbourne) in 2003.

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.

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