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Levin International

Levin, 3 Jan 1970

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Graeme Lawrence (Tasman) 2.4-litre Ferrari Dino 246T/69 [0008] V6
#14
63 50m 13.8s
2 Max Stewart (Tasman) 1.9-litre Mildren (Rennmax) - Waggott TC4V
#6
63 50m 30.8s
3 Frank Matich McLaren M10A [300-10] - Chevrolet V8
#18 (see note 1)
63 51m 00.0s
4 Mike Goth Surtees TS5 [005] - Chevrolet V8
#96
62
5 Dennis Marwood Eisert JE67 - Chevrolet V8
#10
61
6 Ulf Norinder Lola T190 [190/F1/2] - Chevrolet V8
#17 (see note 2)
60
7 Ken Smith (NZNF) 1.6-litre Lotus 41 [41-F3-14] - Ford
#11
60
8 Frank Radisich (NZNF) 1.6-litre McLaren M4A ["14"] - Cosworth FVA
#9 (see note 3)
59
9 Derek Bell (Tasman) 2.5-litre Brabham BT26A [4] - Cosworth DFW V8
#77
58
10 Derrick Williams Lola T142 [SL142/42] - Chevrolet V8
#33
58
11 Graham Baker (NZNF) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21 - Ford
#67 (see note 4)
57
12 Pierre Phillips Begg FM2 [2] - Chevrolet V8
#24 (see note 5)
56
R Bryan Faloon (Tasman) 2.5-litre Rorstan Mk 1 - Climax FPF 4
#57
25 Engine
R Kevin Bartlett (Tasman) 2-litre Mildren 'Mono' - Waggott TC4V
#5
17 Overheating
R Bill Simpson Eagle Mk 5 [512] - Chevrolet V8
#23
16 spun
R Mike Campbell Forsgrini Mk 14 [7001] - Ford Boss 302 V8
#3
14 Overheating
R Geoff Mardon Begg FM2 [1] - Chevrolet V8
#39 (see note 6)
8 Engine
UNK Niel Allen McLaren M10B [400-02] - Chevrolet V8
#26 (see note 7)
39 started 11 laps late
UNK Graham Watson (NZNF) 1.6-litre Brabham BT16 [F2-9-65] - Ford
#8 (see note 8)

DNS Ron Grable McLaren M10A [300-05] - Chevrolet V8
#1
Did not start
(broken camshaft)
DNS Graham McRae McLaren M10A [300-06] - Chevrolet V8
#2
Did not start
(engine)
DNS John McLellan (NZNF) 1.5-litre Talon FG1 - Ford
#27
Did not start
DNS Jack Oakley (NZNF) 1.6-litre McRae 69 [1] - Ford twin cam
#29
Did not start
DNQ Kaye Griffiths (F5000) 4.7-litre BRP 2 [BRP-2-64] - Ford V8
#20
Did not qualify
UNKE Robs Lamplough (F?) unknown
#4
On entry list
UNKE Roly Levis (F?) unknown
#12
On entry list
UNKE Wayne Murdoch (NZNF) 1.6-litre Brabham BT10 [IC-6-64] - Ford
#15 (see note 9)
On entry list
UNKE Peter Hughes (NZNF) 1.6-litre Lotus 25/33 [R3] - Ford
#16
On entry list
UNKE Peter de Lore (Tasman) 2-litre Lotus 20 - Ford
#68
On entry list
UNKE Jiggs Alexander (F?) unknown
#88
On entry list
UNKE Leo Leonard Begg F5000 [4] - Chevrolet V8
#152
On entry list
DNA Dexter Dunlop (NZNF) 1.6-litre Brabham BT18 [AM144] - Ford
#19
Did not arrive

All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Graeme Lawrence (Tasman) 2.4-litre Ferrari Dino 246T/69 [0008] - Ferrari V6 45.7s
2 Max Stewart (Tasman) 1.9-litre Mildren (Rennmax) - Waggott TC4V 46.0s
3 Kevin Bartlett (Tasman) 2-litre Mildren 'Mono' - Waggott TC4V 46.2s
4 Bryan Faloon (Tasman) 2.5-litre Rorstan Mk 1 - Climax FPF 4 47.0s
5 Frank Matich (F5000) 5-litre McLaren M10A [300-10] - Chevrolet V8 47.1s
6 Derek Bell (Tasman) 2.5-litre Brabham BT26A [4] - Cosworth DFW V8 47.2s
7 Niel Allen (F5000) 5-litre McLaren M10B [400-02] - Chevrolet V8 47.5s
8 Mike Goth (F5000) 5-litre Surtees TS5 [005] - Chevrolet V8 47.5s
9 Ulf Norinder (F5000) 5-litre Lola T190 [190/F1/2] - Chevrolet V8 47.9s
10 Ken Smith (NZNF) 1.6-litre Lotus 41 [41-F3-14] - Ford 47.9s
11 Frank Radisich (NZNF) 1.6-litre McLaren M4A ["14"] - Cosworth FVA 48.862s
12 Dennis Marwood (F5000) 5-litre Eisert JE67 - Chevrolet V8 49.188s
13 Geoff Mardon (F5000) 5-litre Begg FM2 [1] - Chevrolet V8 49.2s
14 Graham Baker (NZNF) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21 - Ford 49.943s
15 Derrick Williams (F5000) 5-litre Lola T142 [SL142/42] - Chevrolet V8 50.227s
16 Mike Campbell (F5000) 5-litre Forsgrini Mk 14 [7001] - Ford Boss 302 V8 50.295s
17 Bill Simpson (F5000) 5-litre Eagle Mk 5 [512] - Chevrolet V8 50.8s
18 Graham Watson (NZNF) 1.6-litre Brabham BT16 [F2-9-65] - Ford 51.749s
19 Pierre Phillips (F5000) 5-litre Begg FM2 [2] - Chevrolet V8 51.897s

Notes on the cars:

  1. McLaren M10A [300-10] (Frank Matich): New to Frank Matich (Cremorne, Australia) late 1969. Raced in the 1970 Tasman series, taking four pole positions and winning at Pukekohe and Wigram. Damaged in an accident during a preliminary race at the Singapore GP in March 1970 and replaced with a new M10B. The M10A was repaired, fitted with a Repco Holden engine and sold to Don O'Sullivan, who was entered by Team Matich in the 1971 Tasman series. O'Sullivan crashed at Teretonga and the car was destroyed. Parts were later used in O'Sullivan's Gardos F5000 car.
  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. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. McLaren M10B [400-02] (Niel Allen): New to Niel Allen (Australia) late 1969, and raced in 1970 and 1971 Tasman series. To Kevin Bartlett for 1971 Australian Gold Star and 1972 Tasman 1972, then to US for at least one race in 1972. Then unknown until bought by Gil Cameron, and raced in Australia from 1975 to 1977. Donated parts to Tony Edmondson's Alfetta Chev sports sedan, and the remainder of the car stored at Elfin during the 1980s. Subsequent history unknown, but later owned by Llynden Riethmuller (Sydney, Australia) in 2007. After Riethmuller's death, sold to Alan Hamilton in 2011, and restored for historic racing. More information about McLaren M10B 400-2
  8. Brabham BT16 [F2-9-65] (Graham Watson): Silvio Moser's F2 car in 1965, entered by Martinelli-Sonvico Racing. Used briefly as a second car early 1966 then apparently to Ken Sager in New Zealand for 1966 and later to Dave Oxton 1967, Graham Watson 1969, Brian Faloon 1970 and Warren Elleray in 1971.
  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. It was later converted for Formula Ford. Unknown until acquired by Richard Armstrong (New Zealand) as a rolling chassis in 1977, who planned to turn it into ahillclimb 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.

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.

Sources include Autosport, Motoring News, the F1 Register books and Graham Vercoe's books "Historic Racing Cars of New Zealand" and "The Golden Era of New Zealand Motor Racing". The start point for the results was Bruce Sergent's website but these have subsequently been augmented with a number of other sources.

The start point for the 1970 Tasman results was Bruce Sergent's site which contains full reports on all these races. The 1970 results were then augmented by practice times and other information on R1 Levin and R2 Pukekohe (both in Autosport 15 Jan 1970); R3 Wigram (Autosport 29 Jan 1970); R4 Teretonga (Auto News Vol 3 No 14 9 Feb 1970 and Autosport 29 Jan 1970); R5 Surfers Paradise (Auto News Vol 3 No 15 23 Feb 1970 and Autosport 19 Feb 1970); R6 Warwick Farm (Auto News Vol 3 No 16 9 Mar 1970 and Autosport 26 Feb 1970); and R7 Sandown Park (Auto News Vol 3 No 16 9 Mar 1970 and Autosport 26 Feb 1970). Additional qualifying times have been provided by Milan Fistonic.

Tasman 1971-1975 information has also come from Bruce's site. Race speeds and other details for 1973 and 1974 have been taken from Autocourse. Qualifying times for 1975 have been supplied by Milan Fistonic from Australian Competition Yearbook. Entry lists have been provided by Milan and Bryan Miller.

The 1972 Tasman results are in the process of being augmented by practice times and other information from Autosport, Autoweek, the 1972 Racing Car News Yearbook and Australian Grand Prix. Entry numbers are taken from Autoweek's grids except Teretonga and Surfers Paradise where Autoweek did not publish them. Reports used are those for R1 NZ GP at Pukekohe (Autosport 13 Jan 1972 pp6-8 and Autoweek 5 Feb 1972 pp1,16-17), R2 Levin (Autosport 27 Jan 1972 pp26-27 and Autoweek), R3 Wigram (Autosport 27 Jan 1972 pp14-15 and Autoweek), R4 Teretonga (Autosport 10 Feb 1972 pp22-23 and Autoweek), R5 Surfers Paradise (Autosport 10 Feb 1972 pp12-13 and Autoweek), R6 Warwick Farm (Autosport 24 Feb 1972 pp23-24, 27 and Autoweek), R7 Sandown Park Australian Grand Prix (Autosport 2 Mar 1972 pp32-33, Autoweek, Australian Grand Prix pp362-368) and R8 Adelaide. There is a mistake in Autoweek's NZ GP grid with Ken Smith being mentioned twice so Autosport's grid is used. In other places where the sources didn't agree, Autoweek appeared to be the least reliable.

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

There was a Gold Star race on the Friday before the race and a preliminary for New Zealand drivers on the Saturday.