Forward Trust Formula Three Championship

Castle Combe, 27 Aug 1973

1 Ian Taylor March 733 - Ford twin cam Holbay R73
#1 Chris Andrews
15 16m 00.4s
103.46 mph
2 Buzz Buzaglo March 733 [723-1] - Ford twin cam Novamotor
15 16m 02.2s
3 Matt Spitzley March 733 [7] - Ford twin cam Brown
15 16m 13.2s
4 Mo Harness March 733 [25] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#2 Team Modus Racing with Shellsport
15 16m 21.2s
5 Mark Litchfield (FSV) 1.6-litre Crosslé 24F VW
14 16m 12.4s
95.37 mph
6 Peter Munro (FSV) 1.6-litre Royale RP14 [5] VW
14 16m 23.6s
7 Steve Tipping (FSV) 1.6-litre Royale RP14 VW
14 16m 32.8s
8 Toby Matthews (FSV) 1.6-litre Supernova VW
#22 M&S International
14 16m 39.8s
9 John Morrison (FSV) 1.6-litre Supernova VW
#21 M&S International
14 16m 41.0s
10 Mike Tobitt (FSV) 1.6-litre Lola T250 [HU25] VW
13 16m 10.6s
11 Andy MacGregor Brabham BT35 [4] - Ford twin cam
#11 (see note 1)
12 17m 35.2s
R Nicholas von Preussen March 733 [12] - Ford twin cam Novamotor
#6 P&M Racing Preparations Ltd
R Ronnie Grant (FSV) 1.6-litre Lola T252 [HU27] VW
0 Mechanical
DNS Martyn Howse Royale RP11 [8] - Ford twin cam
#7 (see note 2)
Did not start
DNS Fred Saunders (FSV) 1.6-litre Royale VW
Did not start
DNS Jerry Gress (FSV) 1.6-litre Royale RP9 VW
Did not start
DNS Graham Meek (FSV) 1.6-litre Austro Kaimann VW
Did not start
DNA Mike Catlow Elden Mk12 - Ford twin cam
#8 Mitford Group-Team Elden
Did not arrive
DNA Jimmy Fuller Brabham BT38C [19] - Ford twin cam Holbay
#10 (see note 3)
Did not arrive
DNA Mike Eaton (FSV) 1.6-litre Supernova Tui VW
Did not arrive
DNA Bob Jarvis (FSV) 1.6-litre Davrian VW
Did not arrive
DNA Derek Cook (FSV) 1.6-litre Hawke VW
Did not arrive

All cars are 1.6-litre F3 unless noted.

Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. Brabham BT35 [4] (Andy MacGregor): New to Canadian Chris O'Brien and used in British F3 in 1971, sponsored by Diner's Club. Retained by O'Brien for a couple of races early in 1972, while waiting for his Brabham BT38C to arrive, but he did not race it. Then sold to Andy McGregor but he failed to arrive for his first few races, then couldn't qualify for a few more, so did not start a race in 1972. Retained by McGregor for 1973, and used most of the season.
  2. Royale RP11 [8] (Martyn Howse): New to Martyn Howse and raced in British F3 from August 1972 onwards. Retained for 1973 but crashed at Brands Hatch at the start of the season and not seen again until Castle Combe in August where he did not start. Next seen at a couple of races in August 1974 but did not finish either. Subsequent history unknown.
  3. Brabham BT38C [19] (Jimmy Fuller): New to Canadian driver Chris O'Brien and raced in British F3 in 1972 using Holbay engines. To Jimmy Fuller for 1973, again in British F3 and again using Holbay engines. Advertised by Fuller from Sunbury-on-Thames as a "BT38/41" with two rebuilt Novamotor twin-cams, a spare monocoque and bodywork for £2,250 in November 1973. Formula 3 changed to 2000cc for 1974, and the BT38C was sold to David Taylor (Formy, Lancashire, later Merseyside) for Kim Mather to race in British Formula Atlantic in 1974. When the car first appeared, it had a RES BDA engine and still used F3 wheels, Mather recalling that he "just dropped a BDA in it". By the end of May it had a Richardson BDA and wider wheels, but it was still far off the pace of the leading cars, and this turned out to be its last Atlantic race. Taylor also used the car in sprints at Longridge, and Mather won two libre races at Aintree. Taylor advertised the car in September, complete with Richardson BDA, for £2,200 and sold it to Ted Payne (Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham). Payne had raced a BT38 earlier in the season with a Vegantune engine, but it appears he had sold that car and had bought Taylor's very similar one with its Richardson engine. Payne continued to race the car in 1975, and entry lists show that it was black with a Richardson engine, and generally entered as a BT38-40. It was advertised by Payne in November 1975 as a BT38/40 with a recently rebuilt Cosworth BDA engine, and with a spare monocoque. It was bought by Andrew Wareing (Kirkham, Fylde, Lancashire), whose recollection is that it came from Joe Applegarth, but Applegarth says he never owned a BT38. Wareing used it in sprints and libre in 1976. He advertised it in September 1976 as a BT38/40 with BDA engine, 10" and 14" wheels and a spare tub, and recalls that it went to a family of hillclimbers, father and sons. This must be John Hart (East Dulwich, London), who after hillclimbing a Brabham BT18 in 1976, transferred its Cosworth FVA engine into a Brabham BT38 for 1977. Hart recalls buying the BT38 in the Isle of Man, but it is quite plausible that the car had acquired an Isle of Man event sticker if Wareing had competed in one of the Longton & DCC events on the island. Hart raced this car in hillclimbs and sprints through 1977, being joined by his son Greg later that season. The pair retained the BT38 for 1978 but Greg wrecked it in a major accident at Shelsley Walsh in August, which he was lucky to escape. The car was briskly rebuilt using a BT40 monocoque acquired from MRD and raced again at Gurston Down just two weeks later. The car was renamed 'Hart JG79' for 1979, fitted with a 1600cc Richardson FVA and raced by Greg and John in 1979 and 1980. Doug Hart recalls that the BT40 was sold to Paul Squires, "who sadly died at a young age and before he finished the car". Subsequent history unknown.


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.

These British Formula 3 results have been compiled by Chris Townsend using the main British magazines Autosport and Motoring News but also the US magazine On Track which carried surprisingly good coverage of the British series.

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.