Australian Formula 2 Race

Calder, 18 Aug 1974

1 Leo Geoghegan Birrana 274 [274-015] - Ford twin cam
50 36m 22.7s
2 Bob Muir Birrana 273 [273-009] - Ford twin cam
50 36m 23.3s
3 John Leffler Bowin P8 [P8-118-72] - Ford twin cam
(see note 1)
4 Bruce Allison Birrana 274 [274-017] - Ford twin cam
5 Ray Winter Mildren 'Mono' - Ford twin cam
(see note 2)
6 Michael Stillwell Elfin 622 [72420] - Ford twin cam
7 Graeme Crawford Birrana 273 [273-010] - Ford twin cam
8 Terry Hook Rennmax BN3 - Ford twin cam
9 Tony Stewart Brabham BT36 (Dolphin) ['1'] - Ford twin cam
10 Ken Shirvington Mildren (Rennmax) - Ford twin cam
11 Sonny Rajah March 732 [712M-7] - Ford twin cam Hart
12 Paul Hamilton Elfin 600 [6801] - Ford twin cam
13 Kurt Seeberg Brabham BT35 [36] - Ford twin cam
(see note 3)
R Chas Talbot Birrana 274 [274-016] - Ford twin cam
45 Disqualified
R Alfredo Costanzo Elfin Mono Mk IID [MD6756] - Ford twin cam
39 Suspension
R Don Uebergang Birrana 273 [273-007] - Ford twin cam
29 Spun
R Bob Minogue Elfin 600B [7021] - Ford twin cam
15 Misfire
DNS Ian Douglass March 733M/743 [3] - Ford twin cam
(see note 4)
Did not start

All cars are 1.6-litre ANF2 unless noted.

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. Mildren 'Mono' (Ray Winter): Designed by Len Bailey and built by Alan Mann Racing for Alec Mildren Racing in Australia in late 1968, when it was raced by Frank Gardner using one of 2.5-litre Alfa T33 V8 engines from the team's Brabham BT23D. Raced by Gardner in the 1969 Tasman series, then by Kevin Bartlett in the 1969 Gold Star series. Later in 1969 it was fitted a Waggott TC4V engine, and Bartlett used it in this form in the 1970 Tasman and the 1970 Gold Star. It was sold to Bob Muir at the end of 1970 and raced by him through 1971 and early 1972, both with his 2-litre Waggott engine and with a Ford twin cam engine for Southeast Asian events. Then to Ray Winter and used in ANF2 in 1973 and 1974. Winter used the car again on occasion in 1975 and 1976. Later on, when the new single-cam Australian F2 was introduced, the old Mildren was raced in that category by Greg Ferrall. Then unknown until acquired by Lionel Ayres and restored. The car was retained by Bruce Ayres after his father Lionel's death in 2013.
  3. 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.
  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 involved in a fire during private testing at Oran Park after the Lakeside race in December 1974 and was completely burnt to the ground.


Note that 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' published results.

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