Gran Premio di Mugello
Mugello, 14 Jul 1974
|1||Patrick Depailler||March 742L ["U1"] - BMW M12/6
#30 March Engineering (see note 1)
|50||1h 32m 46.4s
|2||Jean-Pierre Paoli||March 742  - BMW M12/6
#14 BP Racing France (see note 2)
|50||1h 33m 04.2s
|3||Tom Pryce||Chevron B27 [27-74-12] - BMW Schnitzer 20-4
#20 Team Baty (see note 3)
|50||1h 33m 50.9s
|4||Jacques Coulon||March 742L [12-1] - BMW M12/6
#5 March Engineering (see note 4)
|50||1h 34m 13.2s
|5||Giancarlo Martini||March 742L  - BMW M12/6
#3 Trivellato Racing Team (see note 5)
|50||1h 34m 41.4s
|6||Brian Henton||March 742L  - BMW M12/6
#4 Jagermeister/March Engineering
(see note 6)
|7||Jean-Pierre Jabouille||Elf 2 (Alpine) A367  - BMW Schnitzer 20-4
#6 Ecurie Elf [Ecurie Colin Montrouge]
(see note 7)
|8||Torsten Palm||GRD 273 [063-F2] - BMW Schnitzer 20-4
#39 Team Pierre Robert (see note 8)
|9||Alain Serpaggi||Elf 2 (Alpine) A367  - BMW Schnitzer 20-4
#8 Ecurie Elf [ORECA/Hughes de Chaunac]
(see note 9)
|10||Cosimo Turizio||March 742L  - BMW M12/6
#10 Trivellato Racing Team (see note 10)
|11||Masami Kuwashima||March 742L  - BMW M12/6 GS
#24 Masami Kuwashima Racing (see note 11)
|12||Bill Gubelmann||March 732/742  - BMW M12/6
#25 Brian Lewis Racing (see note 12)
|13||Dave Walker||March 742S [3?] - BMW Schnitzer 20-4
#16 Team Obermoser Eurorace (see note 13)
|14||Jo Vonlanthen||March 742S [743-5] - BMW M12/6
#34 Jo Vonlanthen Racing Team (see note 14)
|15||Guillermo Ortega||Surtees TS15A  - BMW Schnitzer 20-4
#28 Ortega Ecuador Marlboro Team
(see note 15)
|16||Paolo Bozzetto||March 742  - BMW M12/6
#33 Trivellato Racing Team (see note 16)
|17||Michel Leclère||Elf 2 (Alpine) A367  - BMW Schnitzer 20-4
#7 Ecurie Elf [ORECA/Hughes de Chaunac]
(see note 17)
|18||Alfred "Freddy" Amweg||March 742 [10?] - BMW M12/6
#35 Gertsch Racing Team (see note 18)
|NC||Maurizio Flammini||(F2) 1.8-litre Brabham BT40 - Ford BDA Novamotor
#1 Equipe Nazionale (CSAI) (see note 19)
|NC||Patrick Tambay||Elf 2 (Alpine) A367  - BMW Schnitzer 20-4
#9 Ecurie Elf [Ecurie Colin Montrouge]
(see note 20)
|R||Dieter Quester||Chevron B27 [27-74-09] - BMW M12/6
#22 Team Harper (see note 21)
|R||Claude Bourgoignie||GRD 274 [084-F2] - Ford BDA Hart
#19 Team Pierre Robert (see note 22)
|R||Andy Sutcliffe||March 742L [732-10] - BMW M12/6
#32 Brian Lewis Racing (see note 23)
|R||Diulio Truffo||March 732 [4-3] - BMW M12/6
#2 Equipe Nazionale (CSAI) (see note 24)
|26||puncture, hit Armco|
|R||John Watson||Surtees TS15 - Ford BDA Hart alloy
#37 Bang & Olufsen Team Surtees
(see note 25)
|R||José Dolhem||Surtees TS15 - Ford BDA Hart alloy
#38 Bang & Olufsen Team Surtees
(see note 26)
|R||Carlo Giorgio||March 742L  - Ford Pinto ohc Holbay
#11 Scuderia Jolly Club (see note 27)
|R||David Purley||Chevron B27 [27-74-10] - Ford BDA Hart
#21 Team Harper (see note 28)
|R||Gabriele Serblin||March 742L  - BMW M12/6
#15 Trivellato Racing Team (see note 29)
|R||Jacques Laffite||March 742  - BMW M12/6
#12 BP Racing France (see note 30)
|DNSC||Gérard Pillon||March 732  - BMW M12/6
#18 Gerard Pillon (see note 31)
|Did not start (crashed)|
|DNQ||Roland Binder||March 732  - BMW M12/6
#36 Roland Binder (see note 32)
|Did not qualify|
|DNQ||Jean-Claude Favre||March 742  - BMW M12/6
#26 Jean-Claude Favre (see note 33)
|Did not qualify|
|DNQ||Mikka Arpiainen||GRD 273 [062-F2?] - Ford BDA Racing Services
#40 Team Pierre Robert (see note 34)
|Did not qualify|
|DNQ||Jorg Siegrist||Brabham BT38  - Ford BDG
#31 Gertsch Racing Team (see note 35)
|Did not qualify|
|DNQ||Fausto Merello||Surtees TS15A  - BMW Schnitzer 20-4
#27 Ortega Ecuador Marlboro Team
(see note 36)
|Did not qualify|
|DNQ||Romano Martini ("Shangri-Là")||Brabham BT40  - Ford BDA Armoroli
#29 Shangri-La (see note 37)
|Did not qualify|
All cars are 2-litre F2 unless noted.
|1||Jacques Laffite||(F2) 2-litre March 742  - BMW M12/6||1m 46.5s|
|2||Masami Kuwashima||(F2) 2-litre March 742L  - BMW M12/6 GS||1m 48.6s|
|3||Patrick Depailler||(F2) 2-litre March 742L ["U1"] - BMW M12/6||1m 48.7s|
|4||Tom Pryce||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-12] - BMW Schnitzer 20-4||1m 49.0s|
|5||Patrick Tambay||(F2) 2-litre Elf 2 (Alpine) A367  - BMW Schnitzer 20-4||1m 49.4s|
|6||Brian Henton||(F2) 2-litre March 742L  - BMW M12/6||1m 49.6s|
|7||Jean-Pierre Paoli||(F2) 2-litre March 742  - BMW M12/6||1m 49.7s|
|8||Michel Leclère||(F2) 2-litre Elf 2 (Alpine) A367  - BMW Schnitzer 20-4||1m 50.0s|
|9||Jean-Pierre Jabouille||(F2) 2-litre Elf 2 (Alpine) A367  - BMW Schnitzer 20-4||1m 50.3s|
|10||Dieter Quester||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-09] - BMW M12/6||1m 50.6s|
|11||Paolo Bozzetto||(F2) 2-litre March 742  - BMW M12/6||1m 50.7s|
|12||Jacques Coulon||(F2) 2-litre March 742L [12-1] - BMW M12/6||1m 50.7s|
|13||Alain Serpaggi||(F2) 2-litre Elf 2 (Alpine) A367  - BMW Schnitzer 20-4||1m 50.7s|
|14||Diulio Truffo||(F2) 2-litre March 732 [4-3] - BMW M12/6||1m 50.9s|
|15||Andy Sutcliffe||(F2) 2-litre March 742L [732-10] - BMW M12/6||1m 51.1s|
|16||Giancarlo Martini||(F2) 2-litre March 742L  - BMW M12/6||1m 51.1s|
|17||Dave Walker||(F2) 2-litre March 742S [3?] - BMW Schnitzer 20-4||1m 51.3s|
|18||John Watson||(F2) 2-litre Surtees TS15 - Ford BDA Hart alloy||1m 51.8s|
|19||Gabriele Serblin||(F2) 2-litre March 742L  - BMW M12/6||1m 52.0s|
|20||Cosimo Turizio||(F2) 2-litre March 742L  - BMW M12/6||1m 52.6s|
|21||Jo Vonlanthen||(F2) 2-litre March 742S [743-5] - BMW M12/6||1m 53.3s|
|22||Claude Bourgoignie||(F2) 2-litre GRD 274 [084-F2] - Ford BDA Hart||1m 53.3s|
|23||Guillermo Ortega||(F2) 2-litre Surtees TS15A  - BMW Schnitzer 20-4||1m 53.4s|
|24||Carlo Giorgio||(F2) 2-litre March 742L  - Ford Pinto ohc Holbay||1m 53.4s|
|25||Torsten Palm||(F2) 2-litre GRD 273 [063-F2] - BMW Schnitzer 20-4||1m 53.7s|
|26||Maurizio Flammini||(F2) 1.8-litre Brabham BT40 - Ford BDA Novamotor||1m 53.7s|
|27||David Purley||(F2) 2-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-10] - Ford BDA Hart||1m 53.8s|
|28||Bill Gubelmann||(F2) 2-litre March 732/742  - BMW M12/6||1m 54.5s|
|29||José Dolhem||(F2) 2-litre Surtees TS15 - Ford BDA Hart alloy||1m 54.6s|
|30||Alfred "Freddy" Amweg||(F2) 2-litre March 742 [10?] - BMW M12/6||1m 54.9s|
|31||Roland Binder *||(F2) 2-litre March 732  - BMW M12/6||1m 55.6s|
|32||Jean-Claude Favre *||(F2) 2-litre March 742  - BMW M12/6||1m 56.8s|
|33||Fausto Merello *||(F2) 2-litre Surtees TS15A  - BMW Schnitzer 20-4||2m 02.0s|
|34||Gérard Pillon *||(F2) 2-litre March 732  - BMW M12/6||2m 02.8s|
|35||Jorg Siegrist *||(F2) 2-litre Brabham BT38  - Ford BDG||2m 03.1s|
|36||Mikka Arpiainen *||(F2) 2-litre GRD 273 [062-F2?] - Ford BDA Racing Services||2m 04.1s|
|37||Romano Martini ("Shangri-Là") *||(F2) 2-litre Brabham BT40  - Ford BDA Armoroli||2m 25.4s|
|* Did not start|
Notes on the cars:
- March 742L ["U1"] (Patrick Depailler): Built by March as the development car for the new March 742 series, but using a leftover 732 monocoque. Employed as the spare car for the Elf-sponsored works team in 1974, it was raced by Patrick Depailler at Montjuich Park, by Michel Leclère at Hockenheim in June, by Depailler to win at Mugello, by Ronnie Peterson to win at Karlskoga, and by Depailler again at Enna. It was not seen in 1975, but then sold in December 1975 to David Franklin (Portbury, Somerset) and used in British hillclimbs in 1976, with sponsorship from Wendy Wools. Retained for 1977, when it was fitetd with 1977 bodywork. For 1978, it was sold to Alan Richards (Prestbury, Gloucestershire), fitted with a 2-litre Cosworth FVC and used in sprints and hillclimbs. To Norrie Galbraith (Lanark, Scotland) for 1979, and used in Scottish speed events. Retained by Galbraith for 1980, but rebuilt over the winter by Robin Smith to 782 configuration, and fitted with a Hart 420R engine. In December 1980, the car was advertised from a Frome, Somerset, phone number, described as being ex-Depailler and ex-Galbraith, modified by Smith. It has been suggested that Stephen Cuff was the advertiser. Subsequent history unknown.
- March 742  (Jean-Pierre Paoli): New to the Jacques Laffite's F2 team run by Tico Martini and funded by BP France for F2 in 1974. After being raced by Laffite at the first race, this car was then taken over by his teammate Jean-Pierre Paoli and raced by him until a major accident at Karlskoga effectively destroyed the car. It was rebuilt on a new monocoque and sold to Max Mamers (Objat, France), fitted with one of Ecurie ROC's Chrysler-Simca-based engines and used in French hillclimbing. Retained by Mamers for 1976 but fitted with a BMW engine again. Sold to Rémy Née (Châteaubriant, France) for 1977, and fitted with the ROC engine again. To Roland Contignon for 1978, and again fitted with a new engine, this time a 1.3-litre Renault engine. Contignon continued to race this car well into the 1980s, and possibly into the 1990s.
- Chevron B27 [27-74-12] (Tom Pryce): Built for Chris Marshall's Baty/Ottershaw Motors team as a quasi-works car in European F2 championship, fitted with a Schnitzer BMW engine. It was originally announced as a two-car works team for James Hunt and Hiroshi Kazato, managed by Bill Harding, and "the first car" was shown to the press in mid-May. This car was driven by Tom Pryce at Salzburgring, Hockenheim and Mugello, and by Hunt only at Rouen-les-Essarts. The team dropped out in August, and the car was used briefly as a development car by Derek Bennett. Harald Ertl hired the car for Hockenheim in September 1974, still using its Schnitzer BMW engine. Ertl then acquired the car and raced it in the early rounds of the 1975 season using works BMW engines. He replaced it with a brand new B29 in mid-season but then retained the B27 unraced until his death in 1982. Bought from the Ertl estate by American Jack Perkins (San Jose, CA) in the early 1990s. Perkins had the tub disassembled, reglued and re-riveted by Mark Bahner, and had its BMW M12/7 engine and Hewland FG400 gearbox overhauled by Dave Vegher and Veloce Motors West.
- March 742L [12-1] (Jacques Coulon): Originally built with a Ford engine and used in back-to-back tests with a BMW-engined car. Then converted to BMW specification and entered by March Engineering for Jacques Coulon in F2 in 1974, sponsored by Antar. In February 1975, the car was converted to 75B specification, and March records show that it was given the identity 75B-U1. However, Motoring News twice reported its chassis number as 742/12 during 1975, suggesting that it still had its 742 chassis plate.
- March 742L  (Giancarlo Martini): New to Trivellato Racing Team, and raced in F2 by Giancarlo Martini, entered by Scuderia Everest. In 1975, Martini raced for Giancarlo Minardi's Everest-sponsored Scuderia del Passatore, and the March 742 was retained as a muletto. It was raced by Martini at Enna, by Roberto Farneti at Misano when it had 752 bodywork, and is very probably the car raced by Lorenzo Niccolini at Vallelunga in October. The car was then retired and according to a later advertisement it was acquired by Antonino Missiroli who fitted a non-F2 BMW engine and used the car for track days only. It then passed to a Mr Guerzoni (Bolzano) in 1985, but its history is then unknown until acquired by Christian Bouveron (Prunoy, France) in 2007. It was advertised by Bouveron in 2017 when it was restored to Everest livery and in long-nose 1974 specification. Bought by Gerard Gamand in 2019, who commenced a restoration of the car.
- March 742L  (Brian Henton): New for the March Engineering works team, assigned to Hans-Joachim Stuck and painted in his bright orange Jagermeister livery. March records show that after Loris Kessel crashed his Favre-owned March 742 at the Nurburgring in 1975, it was rebuilt on "Stuck's 742 tub from last year". It is assumed that 742/17 had therefore been broken up and disappeared at this point.
- Elf 2 (Alpine) A367  (Jean-Pierre Jabouille): New for 1974, for Ecurie Elf team leader Jean-Pierre Jabouille to drive in F2. The car was fitted with Schnitzer BMW engines. It was raced by Jean-Pierre Beltoise at Hockenheim in April, where it used Schnitzer's experimental 12-plug engine. Jabouille won at Hockenheim in June in this car. Retained by Equipe Elf Switzerland for 1975, when No 2 driver Gérard Larrousse used it until his new Jabouille-designed Elf 2 was ready, and Larrousse won at Hockenheim in April in this car. Unlike the two sister cars which were rebuilt for further duty in 1976, this car was sold to Guy Fréquelin and used in French hillclimbs in 1976, still with its Schnitzer BMW engine. It was then sold to Pierre Desnos and used by him in French hillclimbs in 1977 and 1978. Gerard Gamand on Autodiva adds that the car was raced by Jean Louis Neveu from 1983 to 1985.
- GRD 273 [063-F2] (Torsten Palm): Sold to Picko Troberg's Team Pierre Robert and identified by Autosport at Kinnekulle in May 1973 as the car driven there by Håkan Dahlqvist but previously by Reine Wisell to win at the Nürburgring in April. Presumed to be the spare third car at other races so also the car driven by Wisell at Hockenheim earlier in April and by Gunnar Nordström at Mantorp Park. Also presumably the car driven by Rolf Skoghag in practice at Nivelles-Baulers. This was identified as the BMW-engined car for Wisell at the start of 1974 and then presumably for Torsten Palm at later races. This car remained with Team Pierre Robert until the 1990s, when it was acquired by Ulf Lindberg. By this time many of its components had been removed for use on a sports car, but Lindberg was later able to find replcement components from a GRD that had been crashed in the UK. In 2017, the car was displayed at a Picko Troberg memorial, having been cosmetically restored by Zetterman Engineering.
- Elf 2 (Alpine) A367  (Alain Serpaggi): Entered as an "ELF 2", but built by Alpine and designated the A367. Chassis 3670 was built for the 1972 F2 season, when it was raced by Patrick Depailler and Jean-Pierre Jabouille. This is apparently the same car that was updated for 1973 and became Depailler's regular car that season. Substantially redesigned by Andre de Cortanze for 1974, and fitted with a Schnitzer BMW as a fourth team car for Alain Serpaggi and others to race. According to reports, this car started to be converted to 1975 specification, but was unfinished. In 1999, this car was reported to be owned by Thierry Gay (Lyons), and Gerard Gamand reported on Autodiva that the car had been reconstructed using a new chassis fabricated by Gilles and Vincent Duqueine. In 2015, Fred Marquet's HTT Motorsport was restoring this car to its 1974 Serpaggi specification. It was first seen at Albi in June 2016.
- March 742L  (Cosimo Turizio): New to Trivellato Racing Team and raced by Cosimo Turizio in F2 in 1974, entered by Scuderia Vesuvio. Retained by Turizio for F2 in 1976. Subsequent history unknown.
- March 742L  (Masami Kuwashima): New to Masami Kuwashima, run for him by Roy Kennedy, and raced in European F2 until September, at which point the car was shipped to Japan for the JAF GP in November. Retained by Kuwashima for the Japanese F2 series in 1975, then to Kenji Takahashi for 1976, 1977 and 1978.
- March 732/742  (Bill Gubelmann): New to Bill Gubelmann (Oyster Bay, NY) for F2 in 1973 and retained for 1974 when run by Brian Lewis Racing. Clay Regazzoni was due to drive the car at Vallelunga in October, but did not arrive, so a deal was done for Gabrielle Serblin to drive after he damaged his usual 742 in practice. Not seen in 1975, when the intention had been to sell the car to Stuart Chubb Racing, but Gubelmann returned for the 1976 Shellsport G8 series with the car updated to 752 specification, fitted with a Hart BDG, and run by Bob Gerard. Gubelmann also appeared in a handful of F2 races in 1976, but after failing to qualify for the Rouen race, quickly moved to Mallory Park in time to qualify for the Shellsport race. He was involved in a nasty accident in the race when he clipped the rear of Mike Wilds' F1 Shadow, rode up over its back wheel and hit the bank at the Esses very hard. He was taken to hospital with head injuries. The March is believed to have been destroyed.
- March 742S [3?] (Dave Walker): Jörg Obermoser's Team Warsteiner Eurorace ran a March 742 for Dave Walker in Formula 2 in 1974, using a Schnitzer engine instead of usual BMW Motorsport engine, Walker gave the car its debut in the Alzey hillclimb at the end of March, and it was then hired to Harald Ertl to race at Hockenheim in April, as Obermoser and Walker were at the sports car race at Paul Ricard. It was driven by Walker at Hockenheim, Rouen and Mugello, and then by Ertl at the Freiburg-Schauinsland hillclimb. It was loaned to the works team to be Patrick Depailler's spare car at Karlskoga, but was in the original customer short-nose 742 specification with Schnitzer engine and remained unused. Its final appearance in 1974 was for Hans Binder at Hockenheim in September. At Vallelunga in October 1975, Ewald Boisitz appeared with what was said by Motoring News to be the ex-Hans Binder 742, but Autosport called it the ex-Binder 752 and MN also called it a 752 on its grid listing, so it is unlikely to have been the ex-Obermoser 742. The subsequent history of the Obermoser 742 is unknown, but geography would suggest it was the Dieter Kern car in 1975 and 1976.
- March 742S [743-5] (Jo Vonlanthen): Invoiced to Obermoser, but instead of being used in Formula 3, this car was rebuilt to Formula 2 specification for Jo Vonlanthen (Frauenfeld, Switzerland) after he wrecked his new 742 at the opening race of the F2 season. It remained in standard 742 short-nose specification, even after Vonlanthen's 742 was repaired and converted to long-nose specification. The 743 was raced by Vonlanthen at Hockenheim in April, by Dieter Basche at Hockenheim in June, by Vonlanthen at Mugello in July, by Jean-Pierre Jaussaud at Nogaro in September. It may also have been the car used by Vonlanthen in Swiss and German domestic events during 1974. It was converted to long-nosed specification over the close-season, and was raced by Vonlanthen at Estoril, the opening round of the 1975 season. The car then went to Hans Walther (Guntalingen, Switzerland) and was raced by him in Swiss national events during 1975. Walther retained the car for 1976, again using it in Swiss events but failing to qualify for three of his four F2 races. Subsequent history unknown but according to Wisu Willimann, it later went to Edmond Veigel (Lausanne, Switzerland) who fitted a Cosworth FVC engine. At the end of the 1990s it was bought from Veigel by Hans-Markus Huber (Berne, Switzerland) and restored with a BMW engine. It was sold by Huber to another owner but finances for a restoration ran out and the car has been in limbo since then.
- Surtees TS15A  (Guillermo Ortega): New for the Ortega Ecuador Marlboro Team run by Ron Dennis in 1974, driven in F2 races by team principal Guillermo Ortega. Ortega struggled during 1974, and failed to qualify four times. His TS15A was sold to Gerd Biechteler (Klotten, Rhineland-Palatinate, West Germany) and used in German and Austrian F2 races in 1975. Then raced by Norbert Przybilla (Klotten, Rhineland-Palatinate) in hillclimbs in 1976, 1977 and 1978. In 1977, the car was entered by Benedikt Müller (Osterspai, Rhineland-Palatinate), and at least once it was entered as a "Surtees Toj", suggesting Jörg Obermoser's Toj sports car firm had been involved with it. Przybilla continued to appear in German events in 1979, but now with a Toj SC03 in the 2-litre sports car class, and also with a "Toj" in the F2 class. The last known appearance in the Surtees was at the ADAC-Eifel-Bergpreis in October 1979. This car was advertised for sale from Freidorf, Switzerland in June 2019, when it was said to be chassis 001, formerly driven by Norbert Przybilla, and with Toj bodywork.
- March 742  (Paolo Bozzetto): New to Trivellato Racing Team, and raced in F2 by Paolo Bozzetto with Elba sponsorship, initially in short-nose specification. At Karlskoga and Enna-Pergusa in August it was raced by Carlos Alberto Jarque, who was Argentinean F2 champion and was backed by Juan Manuel Fangio. By this time the car was in long-nose specification. Bozzetto returned to the drive for the last two races of the season. Not known after 1974.
- Elf 2 (Alpine) A367  (Michel Leclère): New in mid-1973, for Elf Coombs Racing team leader Jean-Pierre Jabouille to drive in F2. Raced with Cosworth BDG and Hart alloy-block BDA engines. Retained for 1974, fitted with a Schnitzer BMW engine and assigned to Michel Leclère for that season, but probably the car raced by Alain Cudini at Hockenheim. Two effectively new cars were built for 1975 consuming two of A367s, this car becoming chassis 7501.
- March 742 [10?] (Alfred "Freddy" Amweg): New to Fredy Amweg (Ammerswil, Switzerland) and raced in F2 and in Swiss national events with Vileda sponsorship in 1974. Retained for Swiss events in 1975, still in yellow-and-white Vileda livery and in original short-nose, front-radiator form, also taking in two German F2 races. Amweg built his own car for 1976 and it was thought that the March 742 had been used in its construction but the March was sold to Ruedi Caprez (Dietlikon, Switzerland), and raced in Swiss national events in 1976. He ran the car in F2 specification with a BMW engine. The car's nose cone in 1975 and in 1976 was unusual, resumbling that of the Martini MK 16. Caprez raced it until Eggberg in June 1976 when he hit a rock wall during practice and the car was described as a total loss. It was rebuilt for the 1977 season and ran a few times that year, and then once or twice in 1978. It then remained in Caprez's garage until acquired by Bernard Thuner (Nyon, Switzerland) in 2017.
- Brabham BT40 (Maurizio Flammini): Maurizio Flammini raced one of the CSAI Brabham BT40s at Mugello in July 1974, as the team's two March 742s were both in England. The car was red and fitted with a 1800cc Novamotor engine. It is not yet known which of the two cars he used.
- Elf 2 (Alpine) A367  (Patrick Tambay): New for 1973, for team leader Jean-Pierre Jabouille to drive in F2 for the Elf Coombs Racing team. The car was fitted with a Cosworth BDG for its first two races, but was then changed to a Hart alloy-blocked BDA. Also driven by François Cevert, at Pau as his own new car was not yet ready, and won the race, Alpine's first F2 win. Only seen a couple more times that season. Retained for 1974, fitted with a Schnitzer BMW engine and assigned to Patrick Tambay for that season, but driven once by Alain Cudini in Tambay's absence. Tambay won at Nogaro in September in this car. Two effectively new cars were built for 1975 consuming two of A367s, this car becoming chassis 7501.
- Chevron B27 [27-74-09] (Dieter Quester): Sold to Team Harper, and used by Dieter Quester in the European F2 championship. Also driven by Tom Pryce and badly damaged at Enna; returned to works and rebuilt for Jim Crawford to use at Nogaro late in 1974. Probably the car taken to Macau by Team Harper for Purley in November 1974. Team Harper advertised both their Chevron B27s as rolling chassis in January 1975. Subsequent history unknown, but since 2006 (and quite possibly earlier), there has been a Chevron B27 in Team Harper livery in the Macau Grand Prix Museum.
- GRD 274 [084-F2] (Claude Bourgoignie): After racing the same GRD 272 for two seasons, Belgian Claude Bourgoignie bought a new GRD 274 for 1974, the company's only F2 customer that season. After a very disappointing season, the car was heavily damaged on the first lap of the last race of the season. It was not seen after 1974 until it was bought by Daniel Lebacq in 1978 and used as the basis for his Lebacq DL9 sports car. The Lebacq was destroyed in a fire in 1983.
- March 742L [732-10] (Andy Sutcliffe): STP March Engineering works car for Jean-Pierre Beltoise at Hockenheim and later by Jean-Pierre Jarier at two races. Probably the car used by Jacques Coulon at Hockenheim, by Beltoise at Albi and by Stuck at Estoril. To Brian Lewis Racing for 1974 and updated to 742 spec for Andy Sutcliffe as '742-10b', then run for hire drivers later in the year. To Roger Heavens for Antônio Castro Prado for F2 in the latter part of 1975, then sold via Hervé Le Guellec to Jimmy Mieusset as a backup car for French hillclimbing at the start of the 1976 season. Also used by Roger Rivoire in May 1976, and then sold to Jean-Pierre Simon in June 1976. Retained by Simon for 1977, still with its BMW engine. Unknown in 1978, when it could have been the 742-BMW of, for example, Robert Despratx in southwest France. Then to Maurice Crozier and raced in 1979 and 1980 with a 1600cc Ford engine. Advertised by Crozier with or without its 1600cc Cosworth FVA engine in November 1980. It was next seen with Michel Goutarel, who raced it in courses de côte in the Lyon area in 1981 and 1982. Goutarel appears to have kept this car for some time, as he is noted as the winner of the Course de côte régionale de Vals-prés-Le-Puy in September 1986.
- March 732 [4-3] (Diulio Truffo): Beta Racing Team for Vittorio Brambilla 1973 and used as his main car all season. Crashed at Monza in June and rebuilt on a new monocoque. Crashed again in practice at Vallalunga in October and may have been written off, leaving Vittorio to drive brother Tino's 732/5 at the last race. This car appears to have been repaired on a new monocoque and retained by the team as a spare in 1974. It would be the car raced by Diulio Truffo at Mugello and Alberto Colombo at Vallelunga. It remained with the Brambillas until 1977, when it passed to sponsor Daniele Ciceri of Beta Tools, and was placed on display at the Beta factory. It 1988, it passed to the Autorevival Italia Association, and was displayed in the Museum Autodromo Monza until 2000, when it was acquired by Guido Romani (Milan). It was sold to Hall and Hall (Bourne, Lincolnshire) in 2019 when it was found to be in remarkably original condition. Sold to Graham Adelman in 2019.
- Surtees TS15 (John Watson): In June 1974, a Surtees TS15A was taken to the Rouen F2 race to be used by Pierre Dieudonné or Bernard de Dryver. It was described as being "ex-De Adamich", so was presumably the car built for De Adamich in 1973, but left unused after a disagreement between his sponsor and John Surtees led to De Adamich moving to Brabham. At Rouen, a further diagreement between John Surtees and a sponsor, in this case Bang & Olufsen, meant that Dieudonné and De Dryver were not allowed to even sit in their cars, and the "ex-De Adamich" car became John Watson's T-car at that race. Watson found he preferred it, and raced it instead of the TS15 EXP-BMW at Rouen and at the next race, at Mugello. It is then likely to be the BMW-engined Surtees TS15A first seen at Enna in August 1974, where it was driven in practice by José Dolhem after his regular Hart-engined TS15 was involved in an accident. The new car had the rear suspension of the Surtees "Exp 2", but a front radiator and BMW engine. Dolhem soon had another accident in the new car, so went back to his regular TS15 for the race. After the Enna meeting, Surtees then withdrew his team from F2, leaving the Ortega Ecuador Marlboro Team to continue separately. In mid-1975, Space Racing hired "both" of the works 1974 cars, so presumably the "Exp 2" raced by John Watson, and this second TS15A used so briefly at Enna by Dolhem. Ewald Boisitz was due to drive the "ex-Dolhem" car at Silverstone at the end of August, but did not go out, after which it was an unused spare at Zolder two weeks later and at the team's two remaining races. John Woodington of Space Racing recalls that both cars were returned to John Surtees after the season. Subsequent history unresolved.
- Surtees TS15 (José Dolhem): José Dolhem raced a Surtees TS15 at Mugello in July 1974 that was described by Autosport as "ex-Mass", implying it was chassis TS15/12. It is not clear whether this is the same car Dolhem used at earlier races, as that car had been described as "TS158", implying it was chassis TS15/08. This car was next seen at Enna in August, the team's final outing, where it was used by Watson in practice, damaged, and repaired in time for Dolhem to race. Nothing more known.
- March 742L  (Carlo Giorgio): New to Carlo Giorgio, fitted with a very unusual Holbay Ford Pinto engine and raced in F2 in 1974, entered by Scuderia Jolly Club. Giorgio retained the car for 1975, when he used a Hart Ford BDA. He returned very briefly in 1976, when the car was used to test the new Armaroli V6 engine, but it did not qualify for its only race. In 1977, he returned for a fourth season, the March now used a Hart 420R engine, but he failed to qualify for three of his five races and did not go the distance in the other two. He raced the car again in 1978. For the 1979 season, thankfully the car's last, he fitted March 782 bodywork. It ended with a record of 30 F2 races but 13 failures to qualify and only ten classified finishes. Many years later, in 2016, the chassis was in the garage of Silvio Pederzini in Padova, Italy.
- Chevron B27 [27-74-10] (David Purley): Sold in May 1974 to Team Harper, and used by David Purley in the European F2 championship. Probably the car driven by David Purley at the Brands Hatch Boxing Day libre race at the end of the season. Team Harper advertised both their Chevron B27s as rolling chassis in January 1975. This car is likely to be the "late 1974 F2 car" used by Doug Thomson (Edinburgh, Scotland) in Scottish libre, sprints and hillclimbs in 1975, and offered for sale in January 1976 with a Swindon BDA and Hewland FGA400 gearbox. Thomson recalls that he sold the car to UK-resident American Bob Brown (not Bobby Brown) who occasionally raced what is described by Autosport as an ex-Harper B27 in Indyatlantic and Formula Libre in 1976, after buying the car late in 1975. Brown was backed by Oceaneering International, a Texas company, and is believed to have been a diver working in the North Sea oil field. He appears to have taken the car back to the US. Then unknown until an "ex-Purley" B27 was raced by Bobby Brown in SVRA and HSR vintage racing. Sold to Skip Jones (Portland, OR) and used in ICSCC and SOVREN vintage racing, fitted with a 2-litre Wenz Cosworth YBM engine. Sold in August 2016 back to Bobby Brown.
- March 742L  (Gabriele Serblin): Sold to Trivellato Racing Team and raced by Gabrielle Serblin in F2 in 1974. Retained by Trivellato as a spare car for 1975 and raced by Alberto Colombo, Francesco Cerulli-Irelli, Serblin and "Gimax" (Carlo Franchi). Raced by Gimax at a few Italian F2 races in 1976 and 1977 then to Richard Jones and Robin Smith for the Aurora AFX series in mid-1978, using the Cosworth BDG (or BDA) engine from the pair's Chevron B31 sports car that had been wrecked at Le Mans. Also raced by fellow sports car racer Tony Charnell at the end of 1978. Later to Jim McGaughey and rebuilt as a Renault 5GT special saloon for 1981. When the special saloon's career ended, it was acquired by the Higgins Brothers of Lincolnshire, and was bought from them by Ian Jones in 1990, by which time it was in a very sorry state. Jones reskinned the monocoque using the original bulkheads, fabricated new suspension parts, and fitted late-1974 (long-nose) F2 bodywork. Jones sold it to Richard Evans in 2010, and by 2012 it was completed with a Gathercole BDG in Stebel livery and was raced in the Derek Bell Trophy races at the HSCC Superprix at Brands Hatch. Shared by Evans and Andrew Smith in Historic F2 from 2013 onwards.
- March 742  (Jacques Laffite): New to Jacques Laffite (Paris) using BP France money and prepared by Tico Martini for F2 in 1974. Extensively modified by Martini during the season. To Jorg Siegrist (Lucerne, Switerland) for 1975 and entered for him in F2 events by Schweizer Auto Rennsport. It was then sold to Bernhard Wissler (Ebringen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany) in mid-1975 and raced by him at the Preis Der Nationen at Hockenheim at the end of August and at Ulm-Mengen two weeks later. He also raced it in the F2 race at Hockenheim in April 1976, when it still had its Martini nose from 1974. One distinct possibility is that this car was acquired by French Martini enthusiast Jacques Terrien (France) who had raced an ex-F3 MK12 in 1974-75 and would run a pukka F2 MK19 in 1977 but had a March 742-Ford for the latter half of 1976. Terrien's car went to Jean-Pierre Perrin (Beaucourt, northeastern France) for 1977. Subsequent history unknown but the remains of a car believed to be the ex-Laffite car were bought from French dealer Hollinger via Gérard Billaud (Toulouse, France) in the late 1990s by Philippe Demeyer. Demeyer sold these parts to Matt Slinn (UK) and they form the basis of the car later raced in historics by Martin Stretton.
- March 732  (Gérard Pillon): Ecurie Filipinetti for Jacques Coulon with Antar sponsorship, completed on the Saturday morning of the opening Mallory race, but did not start. Transferred to Brian Lewis Racing after Georges Filipinetti's death in May. To Gérard Pillon (Geneva, Switzerland) 1974 and used in Swiss national events. In 1977, Pillon loaned it to his fellow Genevois Laurent Ferrier for the European F2 races at Hockenheim and Vallelunga, but Ferrier could not qualify the old car for either race. Pillon then appeared at three F2 events in 1978 in a March-BMW variously described as a 762 or a 782, and it is possible that this was the old 732 again. The 732 was next seen in 1979, driven by Ami Guichard, son of the Automobile Year editor of the same name, in French hillclimbs. After driving Pillon's new 782 in 1978, Guichard returned to the 732 and was still racing the car in Swiss championship events in 1988, when it was described as being largely original. The car remained with Pillon thereafter, and was still in Switzerland in 2015.
- March 732  (Roland Binder): Bought brand new by Roland Binder (Esslingen, Germany) late in the 1973 season and raced by him through the 1974 and 1975 seasons. Replaced for 1976 by a Lola T450.
- March 742  (Jean-Claude Favre): New to Jean-Claude Favre (Switzerland) and raced in European F2 rounds but rarely qualified. Sold mid-season to Loris Kessel (Lugano, Switzerland) and entered for him by Jo Vonlanthen Racing Team at Vallelunga at the end of the year. Retained for 1975 and impressively quick, finishing fourth at Hockenheim in April and then qualifying second at the Nürburgring. Crashed at that race and rebuilt on the monocoque from the ex-Hans Stuck 742/17. Raced on until Mugello in July when Kessel crashed in practice, wrecking the car. He bought a 752 from Markus Hotz to replace it. Believed to have been destroyed in that accident.
- GRD 273 [062-F2?] (Mikka Arpiainen): Sold to Picko Troberg's Team Pierre Robert and identified by Autosport at Kinnekulle in May 1973 as the car driven on that occasion by Reine Wisell. Presumed to be his car at all races in 1973 except at Hockenheim in April where he drove the spare and at the Nürburgring where he drove 063. Also presumed to be the BDA-powered car used by Mikka Arpiainen for two races in 1974. The car then sat in a museum in Sweden until it was acquired as part of a package of five or six by Chris Halford in 1999. He sold it to Andrew Butcher, a Brit then living in Germany in 2000, and he sold it on to Jonny Dimsdale in 2006. Dimsdale restored the car for historic racing with a Gathercole BDG and advertised it in late 2014. In early 2019, it was sold to Glenn Eagling who raced it at Silverstone in May 2019.
- Brabham BT38  (Jorg Siegrist): New for Silvio Moser (Lugano, Switzerland) at the Eifelrennen at the Nürburgring on 30 April 1972, where it was run for him by Scuderia Del Lario, and sponsored by Marlboro. Raced by Moser in most F2 races in 1972. To Freddy Amweg (Ammerswil, Switzerland) for 1973, and used in a few F2 races, but more often in the Swiss national championship. To Jorg Siegrist (Lucerne, Switzerland) for 1974, when it was fitted with a Cosworth BDG, and used in Swiss and German events, as well as a few F2 races. Subsequent history unknown, but in July 2012, this car was advertised by Lutziger Classic Cars (Rudolfstetten, Switzerland). It had been restored by Peter Denty, was fitted with a Cosworth BDG engine, and was in Amweg's livery.
- Surtees TS15A  (Fausto Merello): New for the Ortega Ecuador Marlboro Team run by Ron Dennis in 1974, driven in F2 races by Fausto Merello. Merello was dropped after failing to qualify four times in succession, and the TS15A was raced by Reine Wisell at Karlskoga, but was wrecked during a race accident. Not seen again. As Ron Dennis only advertised two TS15As in January 1975, this one was presumably scrapped.
- Brabham BT40  (Romano Martini ("Shangri-Là")): New to Vittorio Venturi in Italy, who raced it in European hillclimbs in 1973, and in one F2 race in Italy that season. It ran in Marlboro livery, and was identified as chassis 19 by Motoring News when it appeared at Misano in July. It then reappeared for two more F2 races driven by Spartaco Dini and entered by Scuderia Nettuno, and Autosport noted at the time that it was the car bought for Venturi to do European hillclimbs. This then appears to be the car driven by "Shangri-Là" (Romano Martini) in the F2 at Mugello in July 1974. It is then unknown until BT40/19 appears in the hands of a Sicilian hillclimber who used the pseudonym "King", who also had a March 75S with BMW engine, and used the engine in the BT40. "King" was entered for the Enna-Pergusa F2 race in 1976, but it is unclear whether he arrived for practice. Some years later, the car was used by "King" as security on a loan, and after he died, it therefore changed hands. It was offered for sale in 2017, missing not just engine and gearbox, but other parts which were loaned out and then disappeared. The "BT40/19" plate was still on the car, and appeared to be genuine.
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Individual sources for this event
Autosport's report (18 Jul 1974 pp9-11), Motoring News (18 Jul 1974), Autosprint (1974 No 29 pp26-28), Autocourse 1974/75 results section pp181-182, and Autosport's F2 Review (12 Dec 1974 pp18-27). The results from Autocourse have been used here, which show Vonlanthen moved up by three positions (and a lap) from positions published in other sources. Entry numbers are again a problem, as photographs show different numbers to those shown here; for example Depailler's 742 wearing #33, Serblin's 742 wearing #16, Kuwashima's 742 wearing #26 and Quester's Chevron wearing #24. The entry numbers used here originate in the F1 Register 'Black Book' Volume 10 p68.