Historically Interesting F1 Cars Race
Snetterton, 30 Oct 1983
|1||John Foulston||McLaren M29C  - Cosworth DFV V8
#1 (see note 1)
|2||John Brindley||Shadow DN3B [2A as "DN3B/5A"] - Cosworth DFV V8
|3||John Narcisi||Surtees TS19  - Cosworth DFV V8
(see note 2)
|R||Mike Littlewood||Ensign N177 [MN09] - Cosworth DFV V8
(see note 3)
|DNS||Roy Drew||Surtees TS20  - Cosworth DFV V8
||Did not start
(mechanical problems during practice)
|DNA||Ray Bellm||Williams FW07B  - Cosworth DFV V8
||Did not arrive|
All cars are 3-litre F1 unless noted.
|Qualifying information not available|
Notes on the cars:
- McLaren M29C  (John Foulston): After the McLaren M28s were abondoned, McLaren M29/2 was new at the 1979 German GP for Patrick Tambay. It was updated to M29B then M29C specification for John Watson in 1980, then to M29F spec in 1981 as a spare car. Arnold Glass then bought this and a sister M29C for British F1 in August 1981, retaining it as a spare for 1982. It was then sold to John Foulston, who raced it in HSCC F1 in 1983 and 1984. It was then sold to an Italian owner, and remained in Italy for many years. It returned to competition in Masters F1 with its new owner in early 2018.
- Surtees TS19  (John Narcisi): Alan Jones received a new car, Surtees TS19/04, in time for the 1976 Austrian GP, and raced this for the rest of the season. It was raced by Vittorio Brambilla in the South American races at the start of 1977, before being sold to Olympus Cameras for Divina Galica to race in Shellsport Group 8. It was acquired by Alo Lawler in 1978, but was quickly sold to John Cooper, then to Robin Smith. Smith updated it to "TS20S" specification in 1980, and added sports car bodywork for a couple of Can-Am events in 1981. It was sold to Ken Moore and then Rod Tolhurst, both of whom ran it in HSCC F1 in 1983 for Willie Green and John Narcisi. Its next seven owners did not race it, but it returned to competition in TGP in 1999, then raced regularly until 2012. It returned for Monaco in 2016.
- Ensign N177 [MN09] (Mike Littlewood): Mario Deliotti Racing ran Ensign N175 MN04, updated to 1977 specification, in Aurora British F1 in 1978. Towards the end of that season, a new N177 was built for the team, bearing chassis number MN09, although that number would confusingly be used on Ensign's 1979 N179 as well. The N177 was raced by Val Musetti in BF1, then by Geoff Lees in the Australian Rothmans series in 1979. It then remained unraced through four seasons before Ken Moore entered it for Mike Littlewood in the 1983 British Open. When this series was cancelled, Moore ran it in HSCC and libre races for Littlewood in 1983 and 1984. The next two owners did little with it until it returned to HSCC racing in 1992. Five subsequent owners have also used it in TGP and then in Masters F1.
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.
Individual sources for this event
Autosport 3 Nov 1983 p51. Autosport mentions that six cars were entered and that four started, the other two having apparently dropped out during or after practice. Only the three finishers were mentioned by Autosport, leaving the other three a mystery. Ben Cowdrey has researched these races using both Autosport and Motoring News, and has filled in the gaps.