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Bay Park International

Baypark Raceway, 28 Dec 1969

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Ron Grable McLaren M10A [300-05] - Chevrolet V8
#1 (see note 1)
40 36m 26.2s
2 Graeme Lawrence (Tasman) 2.4-litre Ferrari Dino 246T/69 [0008] V6
#14
40 36m 32.2s
3 Ulf Norinder Lola T190 [190/F1/2] - Chevrolet V8
#17 (see note 2)
39
4 Bryan Faloon (Tasman) 2.5-litre Rorstan Mk 1 - Climax FPF 4
39
5 Dennis Marwood Eisert JE67 - Chevrolet V8
#18 (see note 3)
38
6 Frank Radisich (F2) 1.6-litre McLaren M4A ["14"] - Cosworth FVA
(see note 4)
38
7 Mike Campbell Forsgrini Mk 14 [7001] - Ford Boss 302 V8

8 Ken Smith (NZNF) 1.6-litre Lotus 41 [41-F3-14] - Ford

9 Geoff Mardon Begg FM2 [1] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 5)

10 Graham Baker (NZNF) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21 - Ford
(see note 6)

R Leo Leonard Begg F5000 [4] - Chevrolet V8

R Graham McRae McLaren M10A [300-06] - Chevrolet V8
#2 (see note 7)

R Derrick Williams Lola T142 [SL142/42] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 8)

R Wayne Murdoch (NZNF) 1.6-litre Brabham BT10 [IC-6-64] - Ford
(see note 9)

R Mike Goth Surtees TS5 [005] - Chevrolet V8
#96

R Pierre Phillips Begg FM2 [2] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 10)

T/C Roly Levis (F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23C [7] - Cosworth FVA
(see note 11)
(Crashed in practice)

All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Graham McRae (F5000) 5-litre McLaren M10A [300-06] - Chevrolet V8 53.776s
2 Graeme Lawrence (Tasman) 2.4-litre Ferrari Dino 246T/69 [0008] - Ferrari V6 54.068s
3 Ulf Norinder (F5000) 5-litre Lola T190 [190/F1/2] - Chevrolet V8 54.620s
4 Ron Grable (F5000) 5-litre McLaren M10A [300-05] - Chevrolet V8 54.800s
5 Mike Goth (F5000) 5-litre Surtees TS5 [005] - Chevrolet V8 55.212s
6 Dennis Marwood (F5000) 5-litre Eisert JE67 - Chevrolet V8 55.346s
7 Bryan Faloon (Tasman) 2.5-litre Rorstan Mk 1 - Climax FPF 4
8 Frank Radisich (F2) 1.6-litre McLaren M4A ["14"] - Cosworth FVA 57.000s
9 Ken Smith (NZNF) 1.6-litre Lotus 41 [41-F3-14] - Ford 57.560s
10 Pierre Phillips (F5000) 5-litre Begg FM2 [2] - Chevrolet V8 57.302s
11 Graham Baker (NZNF) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21 - Ford 57.597s
12 Leo Leonard (F5000) 5-litre Begg F5000 [4] - Chevrolet V8 57.992s
13 Mike Campbell (F5000) 5-litre Forsgrini Mk 14 [7001] - Ford Boss 302 V8 62.431s
14 Wayne Murdoch (NZNF) 1.6-litre Brabham BT10 [IC-6-64] - Ford
15 Geoff Mardon (F5000) 5-litre Begg FM2 [1] - Chevrolet V8
16 Derrick Williams (F5000) 5-litre Lola T142 [SL142/42] - Chevrolet V8 60.566s

Notes on the cars:

  1. McLaren M10A [300-05] (Ron Grable): See full history: McLaren M10A 300-05.
  2. Lola T190 [190/F1/2] (Ulf Norinder): New for Ulf Norinder and raced in the 1970 Tasman series. Then raced in the UK 1970 but crashed in practice for R4 Zandvoort 19 April 1970 and rebuilt on the 11th T190 tub as 190/F1/2-2. Raced again by Norinder for five more races then raced by Tony Lanfranchi at two races but crashed on the warm-up lap at the Oulton Park Gold Cup on 22 August. The car broke its back on landing and was not seen again. Presumed destroyed.
  3. Eisert JE67 (Dennis Marwood): New for Skip Hudson to drive at the 1965 Indy 500 as J Frank Harrison's #96 Harrison Special. The new car got on track on 13 May, at which point the older 1964 car was renumbered from 96 to 93. Hudson was a successful sports car racer, but was unable to pass his rookie test when an engine blew, so Al Unser took over the drive but he made no attempt to qualify the car. Unser then drove the car through the 1965 USAC season, but only once finished inside the top 10. The 1965 car was retained for the opening races of the 1966 season, driven by Unser at Phoenix and by Billy Foster at Trenton. It then became the team's #93 entry, and was only seen again at Fuji, where Jerry Grant finished tenth. Greg Weld failed to qualify the car for the 1967 Indy 500, after which it was sold to Don Wilcox, who raced it at Pikes Peak and made an unsuccessfiul attempt to qualify at Indianapolis Raceway Park in July. The old car was ideal for the SCCA's new Formula A, so was sold to Stew McMillen (Libertyville, IL) who raced it in SCCA Nationals, winning twice, and in Pro races. At the end of 1968 he took it out to New Zealand, racing it at Baypark Raceway in December, before it was leased to Dennis Marwood for the 1969/70 season. It returned to the US later in 1970 and was acquired by Bill Tempero (Fort Collins, CO), who fitted it with wedge-style bodywork and raced it in Pro races and SCCA Nationals in 1971, then in Midwest Division Formula A in 1972. It was later converted for street use by brothers Wayne and Steve Huntley in Nebraska and was also used as a show car by Fred Bosselman in the late 1970s or early 1980s, probably at his Bosselman Truck Plaza in Grand Island, Nebraska. In the early 1990s it was acquired by Bill Wiswedel (Holland, MI) who has restored it to 1965 colours but still with the later, squarer bodywork.
  4. McLaren M4A ["14"] (Frank Radisich): Graeme Lawrence acquired a F2 specification McLaren M4A after he left the Chequered Flag F2 team which was identified in its logbook application and NZ registration papers as chassis number 'M4A-14', implying it was chassis 200-14. Raced by Lawrence from Pukekohe in November 1968, appearing in the 1969 Tasman series and winning the Singapore and Selangor GPs in April. The car passed to Frank Radisich later in 1969 and was raced by him in the 1970 Tasman series. Then owned by Wayne Murdoch in 1971-72 but not raced. To Neil Heney in August 1972 and raced by Doug Heney in club events in 1973, then to Jon Warring for hillclimbs in 1974 and then to Ross Calgher (Waitara, New Zealand) for national racing from 1975 to 1977. Sold by Calgher to George Begg in March 1977 and he sold it to Andrew Cunningham in 1983. Retained to 1990 and then may have passed to Australian ownership until acquired by Peter Herbert (Auckland, NZ) in 1999.
  5. Begg FM2 [1] (Geoff Mardon): Built for 1969/70 season. Begg Engineering: raced by Graham McRae in 1969/70 Gold Star series (debut Pukekohe Oct 1969) and later Geoff Mardon in New Zealand Tasman rounds. Then sold to Neil Doyle (Ashburton, NZ) and used in New Zealand Gold Star races in 1970/71, 1971/72 and 1972/73. Sold to Peter Rhodes, then bought by George Begg for spares. Chassis sold to John Gobbe (Christchurch, NZ), and history then unknown until acquired by Stuart Lush (Auckland, NZ) in 1993. Fully restored and first seen at a Lady Wigram Trophy memorial meeting in November 1998. Presumably the car raced by Stuart McDonald in the first Tasman Revival race in late 2003. Raced by Judy Lyons in the Tasman Revival series in January 2006. Raced by Kerry McIntosh (Auckland, NZ) at Phillip Island in March 2008, and in the Tasman Revival series in 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, but crashed at Hampton Downs in Jan 2012. Next seen when raced by McIntosh at Taupo Jan 2017, and Pukekohe Nov 2017.
  6. Brabham BT21 (Graham Baker): First seen when raced by Graham Harvey (NZ) at Pukekohe in December 1967. To Les Jones March 1968 then Graham Baker April 1969, Allan Rhodes 1970, Russell Noble 1971 or 1972 and used to construct a sports car. Other parts to Neil Whittaker 1973 to construct a Formula Ford. Eventually to Robert Hands (Melbourne, Australia) 2001 and sold to Peter Harburg (Brisbane, Queensland) some time later for about 2 years. To Peter Barclay (Canberra, Australia) by 2009 and run in Australian vintage events.
  7. McLaren M10A [300-06] (Graham McRae): See full history: McLaren M10A 300-06.
  8. Lola T142 [SL142/42] (Derrick Williams): See full history: Lola T142 SL142/42.
  9. Brabham BT10 [IC-6-64] (Wayne Murdoch): Having driven a late-season Brabham BT6 for Scuderia Veloce in 1964, Greg Cusack bought a new Brabham BT10 which carried the non-standard plate 'IC-6-64' and fitted it with a 1500cc Ford twin cam engine for ANF1½ in 1965. The car probably came via Brabham's Australian agent Alec Mildren Pty Ltd. Cusack retained this for the first few months of 1966 and then sold it to Don Macdonald for racing in New Zealand in 1967 and 1968. It then went to Wayne Murdoch for the 1968/69 season and he returned with the car for the 1970 Internationals but it was then described as a BT18. The car was then acquired by Frank Radisich, converted to Formula Ford spec and sold to Peter Mahoney who raced it from 1971 to 1973. It may then have been the car raced by Ron Duirs in the 1974/75 season. Then unknown until acquired by Richard Armstrong (New Zealand) as a rolling chassis in 1977, who planned to turn it into a hillclimb car with a Lotus-Ford twin-cam engine, but other commitments put paid to those plans. The car has remained in storage with Richard ever since, and, in 2017, his intention was to restore it to NZ National Formula specification.
  10. Begg FM2 [2] (Pierre Phillips): Built for 1969/70 season. Begg Engineering: raced by Pierre Phillips in the NZ Tasman rounds, then Graham McRae (who won a Gold Star race at Timaru) then Leo Leonard for last 1969/70 Gold Star race. Works for 1970/71 season. Then sold to Peter Hughes (Auckland, NZ) for 1971/72 season. According to Graham Vercoe's book 'Historic Racing Cars of New Zealand', Hughes' car "fell off a hoist, breaking the chassis". Vercoe adds that it was owned by Peter Kidd "for a time", and at the time of writing, 1991, it had been with Colin Thompson (Wanganui, NZ) "for many years". Subsequent history unknown.
  11. Brabham BT23C [7] (Roly Levis): 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.

Sources

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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