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MCD Open Single Seater Championship Race

Brands Hatch, 15 Aug 1976

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Keith Holland (F5000) 5-litre Lola T400 [HU8] - Chevrolet V8
#25 E.L. Gibbs Ltd Racing (see note 1)
12 9m 37.6s
90.02 mph
2 Val Musetti (F2) 2-litre March 742/752 ['B'] - Ford BDX Swindon
#15 Valentino Musetti
12 9m 39.6s
3 John Wingfield (F2) 2-litre Ralt RT1 [7] - Ford BDG Somers
#37 Marshall Wingfield Racing with Corbeau Equipe
12 9m 57.2s
4 John Bowtell (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B [712M] - Ford BDA
#41 John Bowtell (see note 2)
12 10m 24.6s
5 Alan Clennell (F/Atl) 1.6-litre GRD B73 [054-F2] - Ford BDA Swindon
#17 (see note 3)
11
6 Nick Foy (FF2000) 2-litre Reynard 76F - Ford Pinto ohc Rowland
#27 Robin Hood Racing
11
7 Phil Silverstone (F3) 2-litre March 753 [15] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
#48 Phil Silverstone (see note 4)
11
8 John Lipman (FF2000) 2-litre Javelin JL3 - Ford Pinto ohc Scholar
#32 John Lipman
11
9 Jim Kelly (F5000) 5-litre Trojan T101 [102] - Chevrolet V8
#78 Jim Kelly (see note 5)
10
10 Chris Featherstone (F5000) 5-litre McRae GM1 [015] - Chevrolet V8
#45 Chris Featherstone (see note 6)
10
DNS Mike Bowers (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lotus 69 [71/69-11.F3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#34 Mike Bowers (see note 7)
Did not start
DNS Jeromy Sumner (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-14] - Ford BDA Swindon
#49 (see note 8)
Did not start
DNS John Tait (G8 2.0) 1.8-litre Brabham BT36 [1] - Cosworth FVC
#46 John Tait (see note 9)
Did not start
  Jock Robertson (FF2000) 2-litre Hawke DL14 - Ford Pinto ohc Scholar
#31 Marshall Wingfield Racing with Corbeau Equipe
On entry list
  Robin Smythe (F2) 2-litre March 752 - Ford Nicholson
#35 Robin Smythe
On entry list
  Adrian Russell (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [T450 HU1] - Ford BDA Swindon
#42 Adrian Russell (see note 10)
On entry list
Qualifying
1 Val Musetti (F2) 2-litre March 742/752 ['B'] - Ford BDX Swindon
2 Keith Holland (F5000) 5-litre Lola T400 [HU8] - Chevrolet V8
3 John Wingfield (F2) 2-litre Ralt RT1 [7] - Ford BDG Somers
4 Jim Kelly (F5000) 5-litre Trojan T101 [102] - Chevrolet V8
5 Chris Featherstone (F5000) 5-litre McRae GM1 [015] - Chevrolet V8
6 John Bowtell (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B [712M] - Ford BDA
7 Alan Clennell (F/Atl) 1.6-litre GRD B73 [054-F2] - Ford BDA Swindon
8 Nick Foy (FF2000) 2-litre Reynard 76F - Ford Pinto ohc Rowland
9 Phil Silverstone (F3) 2-litre March 753 [15] - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor
10 Mike Bowers * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lotus 69 [71/69-11.F3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
11 Jeromy Sumner * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-14] - Ford BDA Swindon
12 John Lipman (FF2000) 2-litre Javelin JL3 - Ford Pinto ohc Scholar
13 John Tait * (G8 2.0) 1.8-litre Brabham BT36 [1] - Cosworth FVC
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Lola T400 [HU8] (Keith Holland): New to McKechnie Racing Org and raced by Richard Scott and Bob Evans in UK series 1975. To Len Gibbs for Keith Holland UK 1976 and early 1977. To Gerry Amato, then Allan Kayes for Group 8 in 1977. Then unknown until 'found in a garage in Cambridge' by Mike Connor and raced in a libre at Castle Combe in April 1980. Next seen with Mick Hill 1982, who converted it into a "BMW M1" with 7.4-litre Chevrolet V8 for "GT" racing: raced in Donington GT series 1983 (shared between Hill and Kevin Riley). Also raced in Thundersports, co-driven by Riley 1983 and 1984 … advertised by Straight Six (Tony Hildebrand) 1986 … David Sheppard: raced in Thundersports, co-driven by Gary Dobbin, 1989 … Ian Higgins (Boston, Lincolnshire) about 1990, and taken apart to recreate the Lola T400. To Shayne Windelburn (Auckland, New Zealand) around 1991. Raced by Windelburn in Australian and New Zealand historics from 2000 (or earlier), and raced regularly in the F5000 Tasman Revival from its start in November 2003, when he won the feature race at the opening round, to the 2017/18 season. More information about Lola T400 HU8
  2. March 74B [712M] (John Bowtell): John Bowtell (Witney, Oxfordshire) raced a March "73B" in British libre racing in 1975. He recalls that it was a 1971 car with 1973 modifications, and came from a garage in Salisbury, which would suggest a connection to Mike Sullivan of Riverside Garage in Salisbury, who ran a 712M in 1974 but who sold three Marches after that season. Bowtell modified the car over the next few seasons. He retained the car for 1976, initially for Indylantic, and then in Shellsport Group 8 races and libre, usually entering it as a 74B. He continued with it in libre in 1977, winning at least five races, and reappeared again with it in 1978, before replacing it with a "77P" for 1979. Subsequent history unknown.
  3. 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. Advertised by Clennell (Southam) as an ex-works 273 in November 1978. Subsequent history unknown.
  4. March 753 [15] (Phil Silverstone): Originally a car belonging to the B&O team in 1975, when used by Hervé Regout. Chassis number for this car and its sister, driven by Pierre Dieudonné, were observed by AF at Oulton Park 4 October 1975. Sold in 1976 to Phil Silverstone, and retained until early 1978 at least. At the beginning of 1978 Ian Flux joined Cloud Engineering, who ran Phil Silverstone, and in the absence of anything better he used this car, which Silverstone had replaced with a Ralt, for the first race of the Vandervell series. See Autosport 9 Mar 1978 p41.
  5. Trojan T101 [102] (Jim Kelly): See full history: Trojan T101/102.
  6. McRae GM1 [015] (Chris Featherstone): Longer wheelbase car built for Graham McRae and raced in the 1973 British season. To Ian Ward Racing early 1974 and modified as "Ward KS1" but not raced in this form. It was then sold to Chris Featherstone and raced by him once at the end of 1974, then through the 1975 and 1976 seasons. After a single race at the start of 1977, the car was raced by Keith Holland in four races later in the year, and then by Featherstone in the Australian Rothmans series in February 1978. To Gary Dumbrell (Australia) 1978, then to Bob Tomlinson 1978, and then to Salt Walther 1979 for the 1979 Rothmans series, but it may be that Lee Seaton of Thomson Motor Auctions owned it though this period. Sold to Ray Gibbs (Australia) September 1979 and kept by him until sold to Stuart Lush (Auckland, New Zealand) 2000, and raced at Historic Sandown that year and in 2001. Lush raced it in the Tasman Cup Revival series from 2003 to 2015, during which time it was also raced by Chris Hyde in the 2009/10 season and by Greg Thornton in the 2012/13 season. Lush also raced the car in England during the Kiwis' visits to the UK in 2005 and 2008, and at Road America in 2014. Lush sold it to its former driver Garry Dumbrell in 2016, and after Dumbrell died in October 2021, it was sold to Peter Brennan (Melbourne, Australia) in December 2021. More information about McRae GM1-015
  7. Lotus 69 [71/69-11.F3] (Mike Bowers): Malcolm Bohm's Lotus 69-twin cam is presumably the same as the ex-F3 Lotus 69-Vegantune t/c that was driven in Atlantics in 1973 by Victor Bohm.
  8. Chevron B27 [27-74-14] (Jeromy Sumner): Chevron build record says sold to Derek Cook, August 1974, so Cook's late season car in British Formula Atlantic. To Peter Munro (Birmingham) for 1975, but his sponsorship fell through, and he loaned the car back to Cook at the British GP meeting after he had wrecked his own car in practice. Cook then managed to wreck the Chevron on lap 1 of the race, and it did not appear again in 1975. To Jeremy Sumner for the 1976 Indyatlantic series, where it was also driven by Mike Wilds and John Scannell. Thought to have been the B27 bought by Christian Bonnifet in 1977, and used in French hillclimbs between 1979 and 1983. In 1997, Jean-Michel Coll (Perpignan, Pyrénées-Orientales, France) advertised chassis 74-14 as a rolling chassis. It was later reported to be under restoration in the UK.
  9. Brabham BT36 [1] (John Tait): New to a new team, Rondel Racing, run by ex-MRD F1 chief mechanic Ron Dennis and ex-MRD F1 and Indy mechanic Neil Trundle, for Tim Schenken to race in F2 in 1971. Sold to dealer Bobby Howlings, and used by him in libre racing in March 1972. Then sold to Tate of Leeds (Racing) for Malcolm Wayne to race in Formula Atlantic, but leased to Graham Hill to use in the early F2 races at Thruxton and Hockenheim before his BT38 was delivered. Sold back to Howlings in May 1972, then to Arthur Moore for libre, but crashed on his debut. For Moore in libre again in 1973 with a Cosworth FVA engine, and in 1974 with a 1800cc Cosworth FVC. Then unknown for nearly two years before Howlings (yet again) raced it in Shellsport G8 in early 1976, again fitted with a 1800cc Cosworth FVC. To John Tait and used in Shellsport G8 in 1976 and 1977. To Eddy D'Hoe in Belgium in 1978, and hillclimbed with an FVA engine. To Regis Jumez 1980, and used in French hillclimbs. Later back via Howlings, who may have taken it back when he sold Jumez a Chevron B48, in 1984 to collector Anthony Mayman, then via John Harper and Ted Walker to Peter Williams in 1989. To Andrew Fellowes (Benowa, Queensland, Australia) 2002, then to Ian Rimmer in 2009.
  10. Lola T460 [T450 HU1] (Adrian Russell): New to Ardmore Racing, fitted with a Swindon BDX F2 engine and raced by Ray Mallock in the opening Shellsport Group 8 race at Mallory Park in March 1976. As the race started, Mallock was pushed into the pits Armco and the Lola washeavily damaged. It was repaired at Lola and hired by Ian Ashley for the F2 race at Thruxton in April, but the car's handling was so poor in practice, he elected not to race it. Then converted to Formula Atlantic specification and sold to Adrian Russell (Thornton Heath, Surrey) for Indylantic and Group 8 in 1976, and in libre for the first half of 1977. Then fitted with a 2-litre Swindon BDX bought from Val Musetti, and used in Shellsport G8 for the remainder of the season. To David Render for 1978, and used in sprints and hillclimbs with a 1600cc BDA but only rarely used from 1978 to 1983. Sprinted by Jonathan Skinner and Anthony Lane later in 1983, and in 1984. Sprinted by Mike Lane from 1984 to 1986. Sold by Lane to Rod Fisher for sprints with a 2-litre BDA in 1988 and 1989. Sold by Fisher to David Dedrickson in about June 2001, and run in Seattle area historic events.

Sources

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Individual sources for this event

Autosport 19 Aug 1976 p51. Entry list, grid positions and full finishing order kindly provided by Richard Page of the Formula One Register.