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Aberdeen & District MC Hill Climb

Fintray, 17 Jun 1979

ResultsTime 
1 Chris Cramer 2.2-litre March 782/79B [782-10] - Hart 422R
(see note 1)
28.35s 1st in class
2 Rob Turnbull 2-litre March 762 [4] - Hart 420R
B & W Motors
28.76s
3 Martyn Griffiths 2.2-litre Pilbeam MP40 [1] - Hart 422R
Severn Advertising
28.81s
4 Norrie Galbraith 2-litre March 742/772 ["U1"] - Cosworth FVC Richardson
(see note 2)
28.87s
5 Roy Lane 3-litre March 771 [1] - Cosworth DFV Engine Developments V8
Team Guyson/Castrol
29.03s
6 Jim Campbell 2.2-litre Modus M4H [011-SH] - Hart 422R
Team Scotspeed/John Young
29.07s
7 Alister Douglas-Osborn 3-litre Pilbeam MP31 [2] - Cosworth DFV V8
Waring & Gillow Racing
29.15s
8 Godfrey Crompton 2.2-litre March 782/79B [5] - Hart 422R
Douglas & Gavin Racing (see note 3)
29.31s
9 Malcolm Dungworth 3-litre Pilbeam MP22 [2] - Cosworth DFV V8
Waring & Gillow Racing
29.49s
10 Jimmy Jack 2-litre March 772 [3] - BMW M12/7
J. Jack Crane Hire (see note 4)
29.52s
Qualifying
Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 782/79B [782-10] (Chris Cramer): Bernard de Dryver's car at Thruxton 27 Mar 1978 and presumably all season; run by Bob Salisbury Racing. To Godfrey Crompton's Douglas & Gavin for Chris Cramer in hillclimbs in 1979. Retained for Cramer to use in 1980, when he won the British championship. Sold to Jimmy Jack (Evanton, Scotland) for hillclimbs from 1981 to 1983. The car evidently returned to Cramer, as he used it once in the 1987 season, at Harewood. Cramer sold the car in 1989 to Wolfgang Bode (Germany), who started the restoration but did not complete it. It was sold to Franz Guggemos in 2004, and he sold the Hart engine and restored it with a BMW engine, restoring it to 782 bodywork after it had been hillclimbed without sidepods. Initially rebuild in Eddie Cheever's livery, it was run in German historic hillclimbs in 2008, but was badly damaged in practice for a Historic F2 race at Spa in 2010. Repainted in de Dryver's Paris Match livery by 2015.
  2. March 742/772 ["U1"] (Norrie Galbraith): Built by March as the development car for the new March 742 series, but using a leftover 732 monocoque. Employed as the spare car for the Elf-sponsored works team in 1974, it was raced by Patrick Depailler at Montjuich Park, by Michel Leclère at Hockenheim in June, by Depailler to win at Mugello, by Ronnie Peterson to win at Karlskoga, and by Depailler again at Enna. It was not seen in 1975, but then sold in December 1975 to David Franklin (Portbury, Somerset) and used in British hillclimbs in 1976, with sponsorship from Wendy Wools. Retained for 1977, when it was fitted with 1977 bodywork. For 1978, it was sold to Alan Richards (Prestbury, Gloucestershire), fitted with a 2-litre Cosworth FVC and used in sprints and hillclimbs. To Norrie Galbraith (Lanark, Scotland) for 1979, and used in Scottish speed events. Retained by Galbraith for 1980, but rebuilt over the winter by Robin Smith to 782 configuration, and fitted with a Hart 420R engine. In December 1980, the car was advertised from a Frome, Somerset, phone number, described as being ex-Depailler and ex-Galbraith, modified by Smith. It has been suggested that Stephen Cuff was the advertiser. Subsequent history unknown.
  3. March 782/79B [5] (Godfrey Crompton): Patrick Neve's car at Thruxton 27 Mar 1978. Run by Bob Salisbury Racing during 1978 for Neve, James King, Gianfranco Brancatelli and, probably, Divina Galica at Hockenheim in September. Sold to Godfrey Crompton (Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire) of Douglas & Gavin Racing, and rebuilt to 79B specification with a 2.2-litre Hart 420R engine for hillclimbs in 1979. Retained for 1980, but replaced with a new March 802 in August. Subsequent history unknown, but this is said to have been the 782/79B used by Keith Cox in Sprints in 1983 and 1984.
  4. March 772 [3] (Jimmy Jack): New to Norman Dickson, and raced in F2, Shellsport G8 and libre racing in 1977. To Jimmy Jack for 1978, and used in libre, sprints and hillclimbs, when it was also raced by Charlie Munro, and by Eddie Cheever in an Ingliston libre race. Retained for 1979, when driven by Jack and Munro in speed events again, and also by Andy Barton and Bill Lord on occasion, and used by Jack more rarely in 1980. It was then sold to Tony Brown in Gloucestershire for hillclimbs, but by mid-1981, he had sold it to Stuart Lawson (Kirkliston, Scotland), taking Lawson's ex-Bernard Hunter March 80/81A in trade. Lawson used the 772 in libre racing with a Hart 420R engine at Ingliston in 1981, sharing it with Ted Dzierzek, who drove it in Knockhill events in 1981 and 1982. Subsequent history unknown until it was raced by Christian Fischer in Historic F2 in 2003, when it had been reunited with its BMW engine. Fischer drove it until 2005, when it temporarily disappeared into Switzerland before being bought by Ted Walker and Matthew Watts (both Dursley, Gloucestershire) in 2007. It was raced by Watts in HSCC Historic F2 from 2009 to 2019.

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