Australian Formula 2 Race

Phillip Island, 13 Oct 1974

1 John Leffler Bowin P8 [P8-118-72] - Ford twin cam
(see note 1)
17 30m 30.7s
2 Wolfgang Prejawa Birrana 274 [274-012] - Ford twin cam
17 31m 32.3s
3 Bruce Allison Birrana 274 [274-017] - Ford twin cam
17 31m 47.5s
4 Graeme Crawford Birrana 273 [273-010] - Ford twin cam
17 31m 52.0s
5 Leo Geoghegan Birrana 274 [274-015] - Ford twin cam
6 Craig McAllister Elfin 622 [73429] - Ford twin cam
7 Paul Hamilton Elfin 600 [6801] - Ford twin cam
8 Chas Talbot Birrana 274 [274-016] - Ford twin cam
9 Ken Shirvington March 732 [15 as '9'] - Ford twin cam
(see note 2)
R Alfredo Costanzo Elfin Mono Mk IID [MD6756] - Ford twin cam
13 Engine
R Paul King Birrana 374 [374-014] - Ford twin cam
11 Chassis
R Sonny Rajah March 732 [712M-7] - Ford twin cam Hart
9 Clutch
R Malcolm Ramsay Birrana 273 [272-006] - Ford twin cam
6 Crash
R Bob Muir Birrana 273 [273-009] - Ford twin cam
6 Gear Linkage
R Dean Hosking Birrana 374 [374-011] - Ford twin cam
5 Gear Linkage
R Ian Douglass March 733M/743 [3] - Ford twin cam
(see note 3)
2 Off Track
R Chris Farrell Elfin 622 [74441] - Ford twin cam
1 Oil Pressure
DNS Linden Sampson Sam 1600 - Ford twin cam
Did not start
DNS Hugh Gartley (ANF3) 1.3-litre Cheetah Mk4 [43-4] - Toyota Corolla "K"
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. March 732 [15 as '9'] (Ken Shirvington): 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 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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