A Race for Historic Grand Prix Cars

Donington Park, 1 Aug 1982

1 John Brindley Tyrrell 008 [3] - Cosworth DFV V8
#3 Atlantic Computer Leasing (see note 1)
10 12m 05.0s
97.19 mph
2 Roger Friend Lotus 78 [1 JPS15] - Cosworth DFV V8
#5 (see note 2)
10 12m 26.7s
3 Mike Littlewood McLaren M19C [2] - Cosworth DFV V8
Kenneth Moore
10 12m 28.0s
4 David Williams BRM P207 [02] - P202 V12
(see note 3)
10 12m 30.6s
R John Foulston McLaren M19A [1] - Cosworth DFV V8
#2 Atlantic Computer Leasing
5 engine
DNS John Narcisi (1.5 F1) 1.5-litre Brabham BT6 [FJ-5-63] - Ford
#1 John Narcisi (see note 4)
Did not start
(retired from earlier Pre-65 race)
DNA John Jordan BRM P201 [05] - P142 V12
Did not arrive
DNA TBA (1.5 F1) 1.5-litre Lotus 24 [944] - BRM P56 V8
#4 Atlantic Computer Leasing
Did not arrive

All cars are 3-litre F1 unless noted.

1 Mike Littlewood (F1) 3-litre McLaren M19C [2] - Cosworth DFV V8
2 John Foulston (F1) 3-litre McLaren M19A [1] - Cosworth DFV V8
3 David Williams (F1) 3-litre BRM P207 [02] - BRM P202 V12
4 Roger Friend (F1) 3-litre Lotus 78 [1 JPS15] - Cosworth DFV V8
5 John Brindley (F1) 3-litre Tyrrell 008 [3] - Cosworth DFV V8

Notes on the cars:

  1. Tyrrell 008 [3] (John Brindley): First appearing at the 1978 South African GP, Tyrrell 008-3 was Patrick Depailler's regular car through 1978, and was the car in which he won the 1978 Monaco GP. It was sold to Melchester Racing for 1979, and raced by Desire Wilson in Aurora British F1. It was then acquired by Nick Mason, and raced by John Brindley in the 1982 BF1 series, in HSCC Historic F1 in 1982 and 1983, and in the one-off the MCD British Open race in 1983. Mason sold the car in October 1991, and it returned to historic racing in 1993. It has raced regularly in historic racing ever since, appearing at Monaco in 2002 and in 2008.
  2. Lotus 78 [1 JPS15] (Roger Friend): After being used by Gunnar Nilsson and Mario Andretti in the first few races of 1977, Lotus 78-1 became the spare car and was then retired mid-season. It was sold to Hector Rebaque for 1978, but became his spare car after he acquired 78-4. It was then sold to Emilio De Villota for Aurora British F1 in 1979, where it was a regular race winner. Norman Dickson bought it for 1980, again for Aurora, and it was sold to Lotus collector Bill Friend at the end of 1981. It was raced by Bill's nephew Roger Friend in HSCC racing. It was sold to Switzerland in 1988, then moved to Italy in 1998. In early 2018, it moved again, to a major collector.
  3. BRM P207 [02] (David Williams): Built half way through the 1977 season, BRM P207-02 failed to qualify for any race in F1. Teddy Pilette was the usual driver. The Stanley-BRM team moved into Aurora British F1 for 1978, with Pilette again driving. John Jordan then acquired the whole team, and 207-02 was raced for him by Tony Trimmer and David Williams in British F1 and in HSCC racing. The car was eventually sold to North America where it was restored and racing by 2006. It appeared regularly in US historic racing from 2014 to 2016.
  4. Brabham BT6 [FJ-5-63] (John Narcisi): David Prophet (West Bromwich) in Formula Junior 1963. Also appeared at Karlskoga in August and in South Africa in December in F1 specification with a 1500cc Ford engine. To Graham Eden (Coventry, Warwickshire) for Formula 3 in 1964. Eden first raced the car at Snetterton in mid-March 1964 but at Mallory Park two weeks later he crashed the car heavily in practice. When asked in 2013, Eden recalled that the car was "virtually brand new" and that it was "written off" in what he described as "the worst crash I ever had". He was in hospital for several days and did not race seriously again for two years. Duncan Rabagliati has a note that the car went back David Prophet but if it did go back to Prophet, it is likely that it needed to be completely rebuilt. History then unclear until April 1966 when raced by Peter Blankstone in hillclimbs. Raced again early 1967 before Blankstone acquired a Brabham BT18. Subsequent history unknown but believed to be the 1500cc Brabham "BT3/18" driven by Mrs Terry Dunn in sprints and hillclimbs from 1968 to 1974. A car with this chassis number later run in historic racing by John Narcisi (Bromley, Kent) in the 1980s. That car later to Barrie Gillies and wrecked at Phoenix Park in September 1997. Repaired and later owned by David Brown (Ashford, Kent) until sold to Graham Adelman (Free Union, VA) in 2013.


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.

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.

Individual sources for this event

Autosport 5 Aug 1982 pp27,29,57 and entry list from programme. David Williams car was described in the report as "the 1977/8 BRM P201 which he has used in the National F1 series". That should be a P207 but it was curious that John Jordan was also entered in a P207. It is assumed that the descriptions had been transcribed and Jordan had entered his P201. Only five cars appeared on the entry list and were given the numbers 1 to 5 although the cars quite possibly raced with different numbers. Narcisi was listed as No 1, Foulston's McLaren at 2, Brindley's Tyrrell at 3, the Foulston Lotus 24 at 4 and Moore's McLaren for Littlewood at 5. A photograph in Autosport shows that Friend's Lotus 78 ran as No 5 in the race.