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MCD Open Single Seater Championship Race

Oulton Park, 1 May 1976

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 John Stokes (F3) 2-litre March 753 [3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#2 John Stokes
20 26m 08.0s
75.94 mph
2 Ken Bailey (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-04] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#12 Ken Bailey (see note 1)
20 27m 03.6s
3 Alan Clennell (F/Atl) 1.6-litre GRD B73 [054-F2] - Ford BDA Swindon
#5 Alan Clennell (see note 2)
20 27m 17.2s
4 Jim Kelly (F5000) 5-litre Trojan T101 [102] - Chevrolet V8
#19 Joe Kelly (see note 3)
19
5 Brian Toft (Monoposto) 1.6-litre ANCO
#7 Brian Toft (see note 4)
19
6 Richard Hartley (FF) 1.6-litre Turner - Ford Kent
#44 Richard Jones
18
UNKP Ian Stronach (F5000) 5-litre McRae GM1 [014] - Chevrolet V8
#4 Ian Stronach (see note 5)
Unknown (practiced)
UNKP Bob Craig (FF2000) 2-litre MRE SF75 - Ford Pinto ohc Scholar
#8 R. J. Craig
Unknown (practiced)
UNKP Richard Simms (F5000) 5-litre Chevron B24 [24-73-04] - Chevrolet V8
#9 Richard Simms (see note 6)
Unknown (practiced)
UNKP Steve Miller (libre) 4.7-litre Kincraft [FL-012-01] - Ford V8
#11 Stephen D. Miller
Unknown (practiced)
UNKP Colin Breeze (F?) Palliser WDB4
#16 Colin Breeze
Unknown (practiced)
UNKP Gary Clare (F3) 2-litre March 753 - Ford twin cam
#18 Gary Clare
Unknown (practiced)
UNKP Ray Nuttall (FF) 1.6-litre Merlyn Mk 24/25 - Ford Kent
#27 -
Unknown (practiced)
UNKP David Winstanley (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 [21] - Ford BDA Eden
#69 Withers of Winsford/Roosters
(see note 7)
Unknown (practiced)
DNS Damien Magee (F5000) 5-litre Trojan T101 [102] - Chevrolet V8
#19 Joe Kelly (see note 8)
Did not start
UNKE Giordano Regazzoni (F3) 2-litre March 753 [U22] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#1 Giordano Regazzoni (see note 9)
On entry list
UNKE John Wingfield (F2) 2-litre Ralt RT1 [7] - Ford BDG Somers
#3 Marshall Wingfield with Corbeau Equipe
On entry list
UNKE Robin Darlington (libre) 1.8-litre March 722
#6 Liverpool Car Dismantlers
On entry list
UNKE Nick Whiting (F1) 3-litre Surtees TS16-4 [05] - Cosworth DFV V8
#14 ShellSPORT-Whiting
On entry list
UNKE Val Musetti (F2) 2-litre March "752" [742] - Ford BDX Swindon
#15 Bernigra Ices
On entry list
UNKE Rhoddy Harvey Bailey (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 712M/75B - Ford BDA
#17 Rhoddy Harvey-Bailey (see note 10)
On entry list
UNKE TBA (FF) 1.6-litre Elden PH10 - Ford Kent
#50 Alan Morton-Jacobs Racing
On entry list
UNKE TBA (FF) 1.6-litre Royale RP21 - Ford Kent
#51 Alan Morton-Jacobs Racing
On entry list
UNKE TBA (FF) 1.6-litre Jamun T3 - Ford Kent
#53 Alan Morton-Jacobs Racing
On entry list
UNKE Ray Stockton (Monoposto) 1-litre Chevron B15/B17 - Ford
#61 Ray Stockton
On entry list
Qualifying
1 Ken Bailey (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-04] - Ford BDA Nicholson 1m 01.0s
2 John Stokes (F3) 2-litre March 753 [3] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor 1m 02.4s
3 Alan Clennell (F/Atl) 1.6-litre GRD B73 [054-F2] - Ford BDA Swindon 1m 04.8s
4 Damien Magee * (F5000) 5-litre Trojan T101 [102] - Chevrolet V8 1m 06.8s
5 Richard Simms * (F5000) 5-litre Chevron B24 [24-73-04] - Chevrolet V8 1m 08.4s
6 Ian Stronach * (F5000) 5-litre McRae GM1 [014] - Chevrolet V8 1m 08.4s
7 Gary Clare * (F3) 2-litre March 753 - Ford twin cam 1m 08.6s
8 Brian Toft (Monoposto) 1.6-litre ANCO 1m 09.4s
9 Bob Craig * (FF2000) 2-litre MRE SF75 - Ford Pinto ohc Scholar 1m 09.4s
10 David Winstanley * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 [21] - Ford BDA Eden 1m 10.2s
11 Steve Miller * (libre) 4.7-litre Kincraft [FL-012-01] - Ford V8 1m 17.4s
12 Richard Hartley (FF) 1.6-litre Turner - Ford Kent 1m 18.2s
13 Colin Breeze * (F?) Palliser WDB4 1m 21.2s
14 Ray Nuttall * (FF) 1.6-litre Merlyn Mk 24/25 - Ford Kent no time
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Chevron B29 [29-75-04] (Ken Bailey): New to Tom Wheatcroft in February 1975, and tested by Richard Morgan who would be driving it in British Formula Atlantic. Raced by Morgan in the early races of the season, winning one race, until crashed at Brands Hatch in April. Morgan then drove the new Wheatcroft R18, and the Chevron was sold to Brett Riley, who drove it for the rest of 1975. To Ken Bailey (Stretford, Greater Manchester) and raced in Indylantic in 1976. Retained for 1977. Sold to Eddie Jordan (Dundrum, County Dublin, Ireland) and used in Irish Formula Atlantic in 1978, winning both the All-Ireland and Duckhams Formula Atlantic Championships. Raced by Vivian Candy in Ireland in 1979, then sold via Phil Bennett to David Ward (Hesketh Bank, Lancashire) for British libre racing in 1980 and 1981. With Terry Cole for Monoposto racing in 1983, then reportedly broken up for spares by Chevron Cars.
  2. GRD B73 [054-F2] (Alan Clennell): New to Hiroshi Kazato, and run for him in 1973 F2 events by GRS International. Kazato used Racing Services alloy Ford BDA engines at first, then moved to Cosworth BDG, and then had a new car built to take a Schnitzer BMW, retained chassis 054 as a spare. Chassis 054 is thought to have been sold to Chris Oates for 1974, and the "ex-Kazato" car that he ran in Formula Atlantic for Richard Morgan and then Frank Sytner, but this may have been an older car. Chassis 054 reappeared in 1976 when it was run in libre racing by Alan Clennell, described as a B73 and using Swindon BDA engines. Retained by Clennell for sprints and hillclimbs in 1977 and 1978.
  3. Trojan T101 [102] (Jim Kelly): See full history: Trojan T101/102.
  4. ANCO (Brian Toft): Brian Toft's ANCO was a rare front-engined car in 1970s motor racing. It was built initially in 1962 but ran very competitively in Monoposto including a series win in 1979. Toft and the ANCO retired after that 1979 season.
  5. McRae GM1 [014] (Ian Stronach): New for Graham McRae in 1973 and raced by him in the US series, in STP livery and entered as #1. The car was not a success and McRae was distracted by his Indy 500 campaign and his F1 debut. The car returned to England but was not sen again until advertised by dealer Derek Robinson (Frome, Somerset) in May 1975. Sold to Ian Stronach (Manchester) and raced in libre racing during 1976 and 1977, usually at Oulton Park and Aintree. Then to Larry Bradley late 1978, then to Ian Higgins in the late 1980s or early 1990s. Sold to the US where it reappeared with Ken Petrie at a F5000 reunion in May 2001. Sold to Jay Esterer (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) in 2008, restored to its #1 STP livery and raced by him in historic racing in the US and in New Zealand. Damaged at Manfeild in November 2011 but repaired and raced by Esterer again in 2015. More information
  6. Chevron B24 [24-73-04] (Richard Simms): Built for 1973 season. VDS for Teddy Pilette: raced in UK 1973 and Tasman 1974 - Roelof Wunderink: raced in UK 1974. Then via Tony Dean to Richard Simms and used in libre racing in 1975 and 1976. To John Lambert (York) 1977: used in hillclimbs in 1978 and 1979. Then via Ian Webb and Alex Seldon to Chris Townrow (Crantock, Cornwall) for sprints in Cornwall and Devon. To historic racer Richard Piper (Greenwich, London) and partner Patric Capon and raced by Piper in libre and HSCC racing in 1983 and 1984. To Dennis Humphries (Canterbury, Kent) and damaged in testing at West Malling airfield. Repaired and sold to John Harper (late 1980s/early 1990s) then via Tony Ingram (Atlanta, GA) and Lee Chapman (New Milford, CT) to Fred Gunther (Trumbull, CT). Later via Vintage Racing Services (Stratford, CT) to Alex Seiler (NY, NY) c1998. Following a restoration, it was raced in VARA events at Willow Springs and Phoenix and driven on occasion by Casey Annis, publisher of Vintage racecar Magazine. In 2000, it was sold to Stan Beck (Seattle, WA) restored again before it was sold on to Miles Jackson (Seattle, WA) in 2006.
  7. Brabham BT40 [21] (David Winstanley): New to Graham Eden Racing, and driven by Cyd Williams in the 1973 British Formula Atlantic championship. Retained by Eden and Williams for 1974. After Williams crashed the car at Brands Hatch in September 1974, it was raced by Richard Morgan and Tony Trimmer later that season. Retained by Eden again for 1975, with Cyd Williams again driving. To David Winstanley (Winsford, Cheshire) of Withers of Winsford for 1976, and raced in the Indylantic championship.
  8. Trojan T101 [102] (Damien Magee): See full history: Trojan T101/102.
  9. March 753 [U22] (Giordano Regazzoni): According to the March build records constructed in 1975 from discarded parts of works cars 753-U1 and 763-U1 for Giordano ‘Dodo’ Regazzoni. Probably used by the works drivers Nilsson and Ribeiro at Cadwell Park and the British GP support race in July 1975, with this car built as temporary replacement for Nilsson’s 753-U1 rolled at the Monza Lotteria in late June. Retained by Regazzoni into 1978. Motoring News 16 Mar 1978 p7 comments that Regazzoni is still using last year’s car.
  10. March 712M/75B (Rhoddy Harvey Bailey): In 1975, John Colley and Rhoddy Harvey Bailey bought a March 712M and associated parts from Mike Sullivan of Riverside Garage in Salisbury. This was said to be the spares from Sullivan's main 1974 Formula Atlantic car, and came with Falconer bodywork. As they put this together, they found it was incomplete, so returned to Sullivan and bought another car, one that he had recently reskinned and had been run by a female driver. Like the first car they bought, this was said to be a 712M, and was understood by Colley to be the ex-Tom Walkinshaw 712M-8. After their first purchase had been sold on, Colley and Harvey Bailey completed the latter car with 1975 March bodywork and ran it in Formula Atlantic, libre and sprints over the next four seasons. Colley added his own version of forward-facing rollhoop supports, normally seen only on cars built from 1973 onwards, and reinforced the back of the chassis after it was found to be flexing. It was sold to someone who planned to use it for hillclimbs. Subsequent history unknown.

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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Individual sources for this event

Autosport 6 May 1976 p44. Entry list kindly provided by Alan Cox.