Historically Interesting F1 Cars Race

Snetterton, 30 Oct 1983

1 John Foulston McLaren M29C [2] - Cosworth DFV V8
#1 (see note 1)
10 10m 33.4s
2 John Brindley Shadow DN3B [2A as "DN3B/5A"] - Cosworth DFV V8
10 10m 59.2s
3 John Narcisi Surtees TS19 [04] - Cosworth DFV V8
(see note 2)
10 11m 02.9s
R Mike Littlewood Ensign N177 [MN09] - Cosworth DFV V8

DNS Roy Drew Surtees TS20 [01] - Cosworth DFV V8
Did not start
(mechanical problems during practice)
DNA Ray Bellm Williams FW07B [8] - Cosworth DFV V8
Did not arrive

All cars are 3-litre F1 unless noted.

Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. McLaren M29C [2] (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 (Dunsfold, Surrey), 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.
  2. Surtees TS19 [04] (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.


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.

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 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.