BUA London Trophy
Crystal Palace, 3 Jun 1968
|1||Jochen Rindt||Brabham BT23C  - Cosworth FVA
#1 Roy Winkelmann Racing (see note 1)
|2||Brian Redman||Lola T100 [SL100/4] - Cosworth FVA
#26 David Bridges Racing
|3||Gianclaudio "Clay" Regazzoni||Tecno 68/F2 [T00 284?] - Cosworth FVA
#28 Tecno Racing Team (see note 2)
|4||Jackie Oliver||Lotus 48 [R1] - Cosworth FVA
#11 Gold Leaf Team Lotus (see note 3)
|5||Jo Schlesser||McLaren M4A [200-18F] - Cosworth FVA
#16 Ecurie Intersport SA (see note 4)
|88||did not finish (accident)|
|6||Jean-Pierre Jaussaud||Tecno 68/F2 [T00 272] - Cosworth FVA
#29 Tecno Racing Team (see note 5)
|7||Alex Soler-Roig||Lola T100 [SL100/8] - Cosworth FVA
#23 Escuderia Nacional CS
|65||accident ("wrapped monocoque in a knot")|
|8||Piers Courage||Brabham BT23C  - Cosworth FVA
#3 Frank Williams Racing Cars (see note 6)
|9||Graham Hill||Lotus 48 [R2] - Cosworth FVA
#12 Gold Leaf Team Lotus (see note 7)
|10||Robin Widdows||McLaren M4A [200-20F] - Cosworth FVA
#18 The Chequered Flag (see note 8)
|59||accident (required new monocoque)|
|11||Derek Bell||Brabham BT23C  - Cosworth FVA
#7 Church Farm Racing Team (see note 9)
|12||Chris Lambert||Brabham BT23C  - Cosworth FVA
#5 London Racing Team (see note 10)
|13||Johnny Servoz-Gavin||Matra MS7  - Cosworth FVA
#14 Matra Sports
|14||Kurt Ahrens||Brabham BT23C  - Cosworth FVA
#8 Kurt Ahrens (see note 11)
|15||Jacky Ickx||Ferrari Dino 166  6
#25 SpA Ferrari SEFAC
|16||Pedro Rodriguez||Tecno 68/F2 [T00 290] - Cosworth FVA
#30 Ron Harris Racing (see note 12)
|DNS||Henri Pescarolo||Matra MS7 [04?] - Cosworth FVA
#15 Matra Sports
|Did not start|
|DNS||Peter Gethin||Chevron B10 [F2.1] - Cosworth FVA
#33 Frank Lythgoe Racing (see note 13)
|Did not start|
|DNS||Frank Gardner||McLaren M4A [200-22F] - Cosworth FVA
#19 The Chequered Flag (see note 14)
|Did not start|
|DNQ||John Cardwell||Merlyn Mk 12 [109?] - Cosworth FVA
#21 Merlyn Racing [Bob Gerard] (see note 15)
|Did not qualify|
|DNQ||Max Mosley||Brabham BT23C  - Cosworth FVA
#4 London Racing Team (see note 16)
|Did not qualify|
|DNQ||Robs Lamplough||McLaren M4A [200-11E?] - Cosworth FVA
#20 Frank Manning Racing (see note 17)
|Did not qualify|
|DNQ||Walter Habegger||Brabham BT23  - Cosworth FVA
#6 Walter Habegger (see note 18)
|Did not qualify|
|DNQ||Xavier Perrot||Brabham BT23  - Cosworth FVA
#10 Squadra Tartaruga (see note 19)
|Did not qualify|
|DNQ||Jorge de Bagration||Lola T100 [SL100/7] - Cosworth FVA
#24 Escuderia Nacional CS
|Did not qualify|
|DNQ||Alan Rees||Brabham BT23C  - Cosworth FVA
#2 Roy Winkelmann Racing (see note 20)
|Did not qualify|
|DNQ||Alistair Walker||Lola T100 [SL100/2] - Cosworth FVA
#27 Alistair Walker Racing
|Did not qualify|
|DNQ||Brian Hart||Merlyn Mk 12 [105?] - Cosworth FVA
#22 Merlyn Racing [Bob Gerard]
|Did not qualify|
|DNQ||Corrado Manfredini||Brabham BT23C  - Cosworth FVA
#9 Scuderia Picchio Rosso (see note 21)
|Did not qualify|
|T||Pedro Rodriguez||Tecno 68/F2 [T00 288] - Cosworth FVA
Ron Harris Racing (see note 22)
|(Only used in practice)|
All cars are 1.6-litre F2 unless noted.
|1||Jochen Rindt||(F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23C  - Cosworth FVA|
|2||Kurt Ahrens||(F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23C  - Cosworth FVA|
|3||Piers Courage||(F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23C  - Cosworth FVA|
|4||Brian Redman||(F2) 1.6-litre Lola T100 [SL100/4] - Cosworth FVA|
|5||Derek Bell||(F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23C  - Cosworth FVA|
|6||Gianclaudio "Clay" Regazzoni||(F2) 1.6-litre Tecno 68/F2 [T00 284?] - Cosworth FVA|
|7||Jackie Oliver||(F2) 1.6-litre Lotus 48 [R1] - Cosworth FVA|
|8||Robin Widdows||(F2) 1.6-litre McLaren M4A [200-20F] - Cosworth FVA|
|9||Jacky Ickx||(F2) 1.6-litre Ferrari Dino 166  - Ferrari Dino 6|
|10||Pedro Rodriguez||(F2) 1.6-litre Tecno 68/F2 [T00 290] - Cosworth FVA|
|11||Chris Lambert||(F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23C  - Cosworth FVA|
|12||Johnny Servoz-Gavin||(F2) 1.6-litre Matra MS7  - Cosworth FVA|
|13||Frank Gardner *||(F2) 1.6-litre McLaren M4A [200-22F] - Cosworth FVA|
|14||Jo Schlesser||(F2) 1.6-litre McLaren M4A [200-18F] - Cosworth FVA|
|15||Jean-Pierre Jaussaud||(F2) 1.6-litre Tecno 68/F2 [T00 272] - Cosworth FVA|
|16||Graham Hill||(F2) 1.6-litre Lotus 48 [R2] - Cosworth FVA|
|17||Alex Soler-Roig||(F2) 1.6-litre Lola T100 [SL100/8] - Cosworth FVA|
|* Did not start|
Notes on the cars:
- Brabham BT23C  (Jochen Rindt): New to Winkelmann Racing for Jochen Rindt to race in F2 in 1968, winning four of his first seven races. Driven by Vic Elford at at Monza in June and crashed. The car was rebuilt on a new chassis and Rindt won two more races later that year. To Ecurie Ecosse and raced by Graham Birrell in F2 in 1969. Ecurie Ecosse and Birrell had a BT30 for 1970 but the BT23C was raced in a libre at Ingliston in May when it was crashed. Sold in July to Stanley Robinson who fitted the engine, gearbox and suspension to the Unipower GT Group 6 car he raced with John Blanckley. The BT23C chassis was repaired some time around 1972 and sold to Joe Applegarth (Houghton-le-Spring, County Durham) who built it up using parts from BT23C/16 and fitted a pushrod Ford engine for Monoposto racing. Raced by Applegarth from 1973 until the end of 1977, competing in around 130 events, and then retained after Applegarth retired. Sold by him to Joe Willenpart (Scheibbs, Austria) in 2010.
- Tecno 68/F2 [T00 284?] (Gianclaudio "Clay" Regazzoni): When the Tecno team took three cars to the Argentine Temporada at the end of 1968, Motoring News noted that Clay Regazzoni's car, 'T00 284', was "his regular car". Presumed to have been his car from Pau (April 1968) onwards. Subsequent history unknown.
- Lotus 48 [R1] (Jackie Oliver): Noted as the chassis number of Watson's Lotus 48 by Race Report at Thruxton 1969 and L'Amie's at Vallelunga 1969.
- McLaren M4A [200-18F] (Jo Schlesser): Ecurie Intersport for Jo Schlesser in F2 in 1968 until his death in a F1 race in July. Presumably then the "ex-Schlesser" McLaren M4A raced in French hillclimbs by Jean-Claude Fontès (Bayonne, France) in 1969, by Hughes Hazard in 1970 and by Roger Rivoire in 1972. Then unknown until restored by an unnamed German owner in 1990. Appeared in various auctions between 1997 and 2005, in the midst of which Paul Dudley (and Steve Worrad) raced it in historic racing in 1999 and 2000. Sold at Bonhams & Brooks' Silverstone auction in September 2001 to an unknown owner who restored it in 2004 and then sold it via Bonhams Silverstone auction in July 2005. With Lindsay O'Donnell (Christchurch, NZ) in 2005 and raced for him by Ken Smith at Eastern Creek in December 2006. Still with O'Donnell in 2009.
- Tecno 68/F2 [T00 272] (Jean-Pierre Jaussaud): One of three Formula 2 Tecnos built for the 1968 season identified by Beppe Bianchini in his book 'Tecno: La Storia'. Raced by Jean-Pierre Jaussaud at Crystal Palace 3 Jun 1968 and at the Monza Lotteria 23 Jun 1968 but involved in a huge accident at Monza when the Tecno rode up over the back wheels of Vic Elford's Brabham. Jaussaud was thrown out of the car which crashed back onto the track and then burst into flames. Jaussaud was very lucky to be whisked off to hospital by helicopter with nothing more serious than a broken leg ,while the Tecno was left to burn furiously, shooting flames 20 feet into the air as the race continued around it.
- Brabham BT23C  (Piers Courage): New to Frank Williams Racing Cars for Piers Courage to race in F2 in 1968. Also raced by Jonathan Williams to win at Monza in June. To Roly Levis (New Zealand) and raced in the 1969 Tasman series and at Singapore, Batu Tiga and Fuji in the following months. Raced in the opening rounds of the 1969/70 New Zealand season and then sold to Baron Robertson who raced it Pukekohe in early December. Levis then tested the car for Robertson in practice for the Bay Park International at the end of December but crashed heavily at Rothmans corner, effectively writing off the car. Robertson acquired a replacement frame from Racing Frames in England and built a car which used a different chassis number. The original BT23C/7 frame was rebuilt as a Formula Ford and raced by Peter Haskett in the 1973/74 NZ season. This car found its way to Martin Smith in the UK in the late 1980s after which it was restored to BT23C specification. Then unknown until acquired by Bobby Rahal in the US and extensively rebuilt by Phil Simkin some time before 2004. With Justin Segel (West Bloomfield, MI) in 2003. For sale in 2006 when said to have been owned by Tom Claridge (Fremont, CA). To Ted Wentz (Villanova, PA) 2008.
- Lotus 48 [R2] (Graham Hill): Noted as the chassis number of Pollock's Lotus 48 by Race Report at Thruxton and at Vallelunga in 1969. As 48/1 was the car Watson drove (and crashed) at Thruxton Easter 1969 and then L'Amie drove later in 1969, it is reasonable to assume that R2 was Pollock's car all season.
- McLaren M4A [200-20F] (Robin Widdows): This number is given for a Formula 2 car entered by Chequered Flag for Robin Widdows until he crashed it at Crystal Palace in June 1968 and it was replaced by a new car, or at least a new monocoque. The car somehow survived and is said to have raced in UK club racing in the 1970s. Found by Lincoln Small and others in an Essex barn c1990. Raced by Small 1996-97 and then by someone else before 1999 Coys Silverstone auction. With Graham Earl in 2000 and sold by him to the current owner in 2002. Repainted in Chequered Flag colours in 2012. Advertised by Legends Automotive Ltd (Cheltenham, Gloucestershire) on behalf of the owner in 2014.
- Brabham BT23C  (Derek Bell): New to Church Farm Racing Team (Pagham, Sussex) for Derek Bell to race in F2 in 1968. Bell moved to the Ferrari F2 team in June 1968 and the car was raced by Jonathan Williams at Hockenheim, by Peter Westbury and Monza and then by Brian Hart for the rest of the season. Advertised in December 1968 and March 1969. Subsequent history unknown.
- Brabham BT23C  (Chris Lambert): New to London Racing Team for Chris Lambert to race in F2 in 1968. Crashed during the F2 race at Zandvoort on 28 July 1968 and Lambert was killed. It is believed that the car was broken up.
- Brabham BT23C  (Kurt Ahrens): New to Kurt Ahrens (Braunschweig, Germany) and raced by him in F2 in 1968 under the Caltex Racing banner. Sold to Bernd Terbeck (Hiltrup, Germany) and run as part of the Montan Racing Team in F2 in 1969 and 1970. Then unknown in 1971 and 1972. Former Mini racer Graham Cooper (Sedgley, Worcestershire) raced his "newly acquired Brabham BT23C" in a sprint at Curborough in March 1973. This car was sold by Cooper to Richard Churchley (Hampton-in-Arden, Warwickshire) and run by him in sprints in 1975 with a Ford twin cam and then in 1976 with a 1600cc Hart BDA. From Churchley to Bill Morris who wanted the engine for his Ensign and sold the rest of the car to Robin Darlington in early 1977. Then to Les Aylott (Oakham, Rutland) and David Knowles, fitted with Aylott's turbcharged 1600cc BDA engine by by June 1977, and raced in 1977 and 1978. Advertised from Oakham in April 1981. Then unknown until raced by Peter Rogers (High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire) in the HSCC Bradburn & Wedge Pre-71 series in 1984 with a BDA engine. (Possibly the car raced by Jon Bradburn in late 1983.) Raced by Rogers until 1987. Sold by Rogers' father Sir John Rogers to David Brown (Ashford, Kent) in 1999 and raced by him in the HSCC Classic Racing Cars Championship. Raced regularly by David Brown (Ashford, Kent) in HSCC events until sold to Graham Adelman (Free Union, VA) in 2014.
- Tecno 68/F2 [T00 290] (Pedro Rodriguez): After ther failure of the Protos F2 project, Ron Harris Racing bought a pair of Tecnos with the first of these debuting at Crystal Palace 3 Jun 1968 where it was raced by Pedro Rodriguez. Used later in the season by team drivers Richard Attwood, Eric Offenstadt and Jonathan Williams. Taken to the Argentine Temporada at the end that year where it was allocated to Carlos Marincovich. Subsequent history unknown but if it is correct that T00 288 went to Britain for libre racing and that T00 296 went to Daniel Rouveyran for French hillclimbs, then T00 290 must be the "ex-Harris" car that went to Patrick Champin for 1969 and then to Max Bonnin for 1970.
- Chevron B10 [F2.1] (Peter Gethin): Frank Lythgoe ran Chevron's first F2 car, the B10 chassis F2.1, at five early season races but the car was then dropped, re-emerging briefly when Frank Williams entered it for American Samuel Brown at Enna-Pergusa on 25 August (Speed World International 7 Sep 1968 p27). Brown crashed in practice and broke an upright, a spare part that Williams hadn't packed. The car was not seen again but is likely to have headed to the US where it is believed to be the car used by Horst Kwech (Gurnee, IL) in Formula A with a 2.7-litre Alfa V8. Subsequent history unknown. Patrick Jamin was reported to have this car in France in the late 1980s. From 1992 to 1997, this car was advertised by BB One Exports (Los Angeles, CA) but said to be located in France. In 2001, it was for sale by Giannandrea Calderazzo (Paris) and then said to be located in Italy. In 2005, the car was still in Italy and advertised by Autospeak.
- McLaren M4A [200-22F] (Frank Gardner): This number is given for a Formula 2 car entered by Chequered Flag for Graeme Lawrence early in the 1968 season, then Frank Gardner and then Mike Walker. Likely to have been one of the four M4As advertised by Chequered Flag at the end of 1968.
- Merlyn Mk 12 [109?] (John Cardwell): New for Bob Gerard's quasi-works F2 team in 1968, and raced early in the season by John Cardwell. This car was updated to MK 12A specification for 1969 and run alongside Gerard's Brabham BT23C for Robin Widdows and others. Advertised by Gerard Racing in January 1970 but not seen again until Pete Tester ran it in a libre race at Lydden in early 1973. Used by Peter Bull (London) in sprints that summer, by which time it had a BRM engine of some sort, and then advertised by Bull in September with a 1600cc Ford twin cam engine and FT200 gearbox. Bull bought a Brabham BT30 for 1974 and the later history of the Merlyn is unknown.
- Brabham BT23C  (Max Mosley): New to Max Mosley and entered for him by London Racing Team and then by Frank Williams Racing Cars in F2 in 1968. Sold to Peter Parnell (Bulawayo, Rhodesia) and raced in South African events in 1969. Then to Arnold Charlton (Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa) for 1970 but crashed in practice at Roy Hesketh in March. Advertised as "recently rebuilt" and "immaculate" by Charlton in August 1970. Reported as sold back to the UK late in the year after repeated FVA problems. Just one week after Charlton's adverts stopped, D&A Shalls (Stratford, east London) advertised a BT23C. Some time in late 1971 or early 1972 John Hardesty bought a BT23C from an east London dealer who told him that it had come back from South Africa. Chris Choat prepared the car for Hardesty and also raced it in libre racing. In October 1972, Choat was entered for a libre race at Silverstone in a green Brabham BT23C and he was mentioned racing it at Silverstone in March and July 1973. It can be assumed he was at other races during that period but too far down to be mentioned in reports. According to Hardesty, Choat destroyed the car when he crashed at Woodcote corner and bent it round a post. The car was broken up and the suspension went to Bobby Howlings.
- McLaren M4A [200-11E?] (Robs Lamplough): Frank Lythgoe Racing bought a McLaren M4A for Alan Rollinson to drive in Formula 2 in 1967, starting at Brands Hatch in late August. The number associated with this car is '200-11F' but the basis of this attribution remains unclear. Sold to Robs Lamplough (London) for 1968 and raced all season in Formula 2, latterly under the Frank Manning Racing banner. Subsequent history unknown but quite possibly sold to the US.
- Brabham BT23  (Walter Habegger): Roy Winkelmann Racing for Alan Rees in F2 1967. To Walter Habegger (Oberönz, Switzerland) 1968 for Swiss championship events. To Gérard Pillon (Geneva, Switzerland) 1969 and used in Swiss national events and French hillclimbs. (Although one source gives this as the car of Enzo Corti at Rheims and Albi in 1969, that identification looks highly doubtful.) Crashed at Côte de la Faucille on 7 September and not seen again. In 2009, Walter Habegger recalled that Pillon had an accident in the car and that it was badly damaged.
- Brabham BT23  (Xavier Perrot): Motor Racing Developments entry for Frank Gardner in 1967. To Squadra Tartaruga for Xavier Perrot (Zürich, Switzerland) to race in F2 in 1968. Retained early 1969 but damaged at Nürburgring 27 April by a Porsche landing on top of it. Sold via Jo Siffert in 1969 to Jacques Joliat (Porrentruy, Switzerland) who raced it in French and Swiss hillclimbs in 1970 and 1971, before replacing the FVA with a FVC for 1972. Unknown in 1973 and 1974, then to Michel Salvi (Malbuisson, France) and raced with a 1300cc Renault Gordini engine in 1975 and 1976. To Alain Ribager (Mulhouse, Alsace, France) in 1977, and raced by him until 1979, then very probably the Renault-engined BT23 raced by Jean-Pierre Mutel in 1981 and 1982. Found by Gérard Gamand in 1984 near Valence, France with March bodywork but still with a Renault engine. To Michel Champelovier 1989 then 'Hollinger' then Thierry De Mortier by 2006. To Max Pearson (Queensland, Australia) 2010.
- Brabham BT23C  (Alan Rees): New to Winkelmann Racing for Alan Rees to race in F2 in 1968 but also raced by Gerhard Mitter at Hockenheim in October. To Bill Ivey for 1969 and entered for him in F2 races by Paul Watson Racing Organisation (PWRO). To Brian Cullen (Limerick, County Limerick, Ireland) in August 1969 and he raced it in a F5000 race and in libre in 1969, in European F2 events in 1970, and at Bogotá in early 1971. Entered by Irish Racing Team for Lingard Goulding at Mondello Park in July 1971 and then maybe the BT23C raced by Ted Shanahan (Dublin) over the next two months and also possibly the BT23C raced by Roy Courtney (Lisburn, County Antrim, Northern Ireland) in local clubmans/club specials racing in 1972. To Harold McGarrity (Belfast) for 1973 and raced in Formula Ireland with a 1.6-litre Holbay engine. To Paddy Heron for 1974 and raced in clubmans and in Formula Atlantic. For sale from Glengormley in 1975 and entered by Belfast car dealer Noel Crymble for Chris Stanfield to race at Kirkistown a couple of times until the Holbay pushrod engine blew up. Next seen when bought from Ireland by Mark Raymont who still had it in the late 1980s with a Holbay engine and Hewland Mk 8 gearbox. Sold to Steve Worrad of Maverick Motorsport around 2002 and restored by him. For sale by Maverick in 2004 and sold the following year via the Bonhams auction at RAF Hendon to Joe Willenpart (Scheibbs, Austria).
- Brabham BT23C  (Corrado Manfredini): New to Frank Williams' customer Corrado Manfredini and raced as a Scuderia Picchio Rosso entry in F2 from June onwards. Returned to Williams and entered by Frank Williams Racing Cars for Malcolm Guthrie in F2 in early 1969 but sold to Bob Gerard (Leicester) in May and entered for his drivers Robin Widdows and Brian Hart, each of who won a race that summer in the car. Advertised by Gerard Racing as a rolling chassis in August 1970. Sold to drag racer Gerry Tyack (Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire) in 1970 and used to set four national speed records at Elvington, and also to win the Brighton Speed Trials. Advertised by Tyack in November 1971. Its history thereafter is unclear but it reappeared in 1986 being raced by Adrian Thomas in HSCC events, then with Kelvin Lambeth (London) in 1988-89 and with Monte Shalett (Metairie, LA) in 1990. Advertised by Mark Leonard of Grand Prix Classics (La Jolla, CA) in 1998 and sold by him to Peter Ball who did not use it much, preferring his FJ. From Bull to Harindra de Silva (Palos Verdes Estates, CA) February 2008 and raced in 2008 and 2009. Then stored until run in the F1 Support Race at COTA in November 2013.
- Tecno 68/F2 [T00 288] (Pedro Rodriguez): One of a pair of Tecnos run by Ron Harris Racing from June 1968 onwards, replacing the team's unsuccessful Protos-FVAs. Used by team drivers Pedro Rodriguez, Richard Attwood, Eric Offenstadt and Jonathan Williams. Taken to the Argentine Temporada at the end that year where it was allocated to Carlos Reutemann. When Reutemann moved to race a Brabham BT23C at the last round, the Tecno was taken over by Oscar Franco. The "ex-Reutemann" Temporada car was later used by John Rae in libre with an Atlantic spec BRM Ford twin-cam. Subsequent history unknown.
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.
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