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RAC British Hill Climb Championship Round

Prescott, 2 May 1971

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Roy Lane (libre) 5.5-litre McLaren M10B [400-03] - Chevrolet V8
#158 (see note 1)
45.21s (Record)
2 Mike MacDowel (libre) 3-litre Palliser WDH1 [AM70/61] - Repco 740 V8
#153
45.55s (Inside old record)
3 David Hepworth (libre) 5-litre Hepworth FF 4WD Special [1] - Chevrolet V8
#154
45.67s (Inside old record)
4 Tony Griffiths (libre) 5-litre Brabham BT35X [2] - Repco 740 V8
(see note 2)
46.15s
5 Bob Rose (libre) 5-litre McLaren M10B [400-12] - Chevrolet V8
47.04s
6 Malcolm Eaves (libre) 3.5-litre Brabham BT21C [17] - Buick V8
(see note 3)
47.3s
7 Richard Thwaites (libre) 5-litre McLaren M10B [400-07] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 4)
47.35s
8 Tony Harrison (G7) 7-litre McLaren M12C/M6B [M12C 60-11] - Chevrolet V8
48.91s
9 Johnty Williamson (libre) 7.2-litre Cooper T81B [F1-1-67] - Chrysler RB 440 V8
49s
10 Frank Aston (libre) 1.3-litre Landar R7 - BMC
50.74s
RAN John Hardman (libre) 2.7-litre Cooper T79 [FL-1-65] - Climax FPF 4
(see note 5)

RAN Jack Maurice (libre) 4.2-litre Marsh 4WD Special - General Motors V8

RAN Agnes Mickel (libre) 3.5-litre TechCraft - Buick V8

RAN Gray Mickel (libre) 3.5-litre TechCraft - Buick V8

C2 Reg Phillips (libre) 2-litre Chevron B8 Spyder [CH-DBE-38] - BMW M10
2nd in Class
DNS Sir Nicholas Williamson (libre) 1.8-litre Brabham BT35X [1] - Cosworth FVC
(see note 6)
Did not start
Qualifying
Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. McLaren M10B [400-03] (Roy Lane): Alan McKenchnie for Mike Walker UK 1970. The monocoque was replaced (by 400-18S) so that Walker could get the lower engine mount specification used by Gethin and Ganley. The 400-03 chassis to Roy Lane (Warwick, Warwickshire) and built up with 5.5-litre Chev for the British Hill Climb Championship 1971. To Richard Shardlow (Baslow, Derbyshire) for hillclimbs in 1972 but rolled at Harewood. To John Bailey and rebuilt for Sprints during 1974 and 1975. To Harry Phillips (Coventry) 1976 for libre. Then unknown until sold in 1984 by Ian Webb (Dorking) to Roger Ealand, and raced in 1985 and 1986. To Paul Palmer and restored by Michael Cane Ltd, then to Ed Hubbard, and then to Ean Pugh (Wales & Monaco) in 1988. However, Ean was quite sure the car he bought was the "ex-Prophet" 400-04, not 400-03. Together with the rest of Pugh's cars, the McLaren is now in a private museum near High Wycombe.
  2. Brabham BT35X [2] (Tony Griffiths): New to Tony Griffiths (Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands) for 1971, and fitted with a 5-litre Repco 740 V8 engine for the British Hill Climb Championship and occasional rounds of the British Sprint Championship. Won one round of each series. Retained for 1972 when Griffiths again one one round in each series. To Malcolm Dungworth (Sheffield, South Yorkshire) for 1973 when he shared it with John Cussins (Leeds, West Yorkshire). They shared the car again in 1974 and in 1975, when Cussins won a championship round at Barbon Manor, then Dungworth ran it alone in 1976 and 1977. Sold to Terry Smith in October 1977, and he raced it in the Sprint series in 1978 and 1979. He then transferred the Repco engine into a March 75A/761 and the BT35X was sold to Mike Remnant in south-west England. Remnant sold it to Roger Jordan who fitted a Ford twin cam and ran it in SW events from about 1981, later replacing the engine with a Rover V8. In 1986, Jordan sold it to Ted Walker (Dursley, Gloucestershire) so sold it to Shaun Mooney. Mooney had it restored by Simon Hadfield, fitted a Cosworth BDA, and raced it in historic racing from 1991 to 1996. In 2002, the car was sold to Japan and ran in Japanese historic events where it was noted having the name "E. Sekiya" on the side. It changed hands in 2004 and rebuilt by the Mecca racing garage at Tsukuba circuit in 2008. Offered for sale by its Japanese owner in August 2015.
  3. Brabham BT21C [17] (Malcolm Eaves): New to Malcolm Eaves (Solihull, Warwickshire) and fitted with a 3.5-litre Buick V8 engine for hillclimbing. It made its competition debut at Curborough on 4 October 1970, its only previous outing having been a shakedown at Silverstone. Eaves qualified the car regularly for the Top Ten in British championship hill climbs in 1971. To Peter Boshier-Jones (Cardiff) for 1972 and again often made the Top Ten in 1972 and 1973. To Nigel Pow (Bristol) and kept the Buick engine for 1974, qualifying for the Top Ten on several occasions. Pow reappeared with the car in 1976, when it had been fitted with a 4.2-litre four-cam Indianapolis Repco V8 running on neat methanol. The bodywork had also been updated and it was described as a BT21/23C. The car was not a great success in this configuration. Sold by Pow to John Harper in 1979 and sold by him to Australian Clive Osborne in 1981 and then sold to Les Wright in 1987. Wright located Malcolm Eaves who still had the detailed photographs from when the car was first built, allowing Wright to return it to original specification by 2003. The quad-cam Repco V8 was sold to be fitted to a Matich sports car. Les Wright raced the BT21C-Buick regularly in Australian historic racing from 2003 onwards.
  4. McLaren M10B [400-07] (Richard Thwaites): New to David Good (Maidenhead, Berkshire) for the 1970 British Hill Climb Championship, fitted with a 5.5-litre Alan Smith Chevrolet. To Richard Thwaites (Dewsbury, West Yorkshire) for 1971, now using a 5-litre Chevy, and retained for 1972 when Thwaites was very successful in smaller hillclimbs. Retained again for 1973 when Thwaites used a 5.7-litre or 5.8-litre engine. Sold to Martyn Griffiths (Arley, Worcestershire) July 1974 and used in the British Hill Climb Championship in 1974 and 1975. Griffiths had a second M10B during 1975 having damaged the monocoque of one car at Pontypool at the end of April. Sold to Godfrey Crompton (Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire) 1976 for hillclimbs but crashed at Loton Park August 1976. Sold still in crashed condition to Keith Cox (Halesowen, West Midlands), rebuilt and again hillclimbed. To John Peskett (Leicester) 1977 and remained unused in his collection, with 400-06(A), M10A 300-16 and other F5000s. Later to restorer Rick Hall (Bourne, Lincolnshire), then to Jeffrey Pyett (Oundle, Peterborough) 1989, then Richard Eyre (Rayleigh, Essex) 1991. Sold by Eyre to David Mitchell (NZ) mid-2012 but the car remained with preparer Simon Hadfield (Shepshed, Leicestershire) through 2013. Shipped to New Zealand in May 2014.
  5. Cooper T79 [FL-1-65] (John Hardman): New for Bruce McLaren in the 1965 Tasman series and fitted with a 2.7-litre Climax engine. Won the Australian GP and second at two other rounds. To John Love (Bulawayo, Rhodesia) and raced in South African 3-litre F1 events from August 1965 onwards, and took Love to the South African championship in 1965, 1966 and 1967. So competitive was this car in his hands that he led the South African GP at Kyalami in 1967, eventually coming home in second place. For various other drivers over the next year, then to Rob 'Tiny' Littler in England for libre racing in 1968. Sold to John Hardman (Sheffield, South Yorkshire) in 1971 for libre and hillclimbs. Joined the collection of John McCartney (Bolton, Lancashire) in 1973 and raced in hillclimbs from 1974 to 1983, still in John Love's livery. To Tony Podell (Rolling Hills, CA) by 1988. With Joel Finn (Roxbury, CT) by 1991. Bought from Finn by Bob Woodward (Dubuque, Iowa) in 1997 or 1998.
  6. Brabham BT35X [1] (Sir Nicholas Williamson): New for Sir Nick Williamson (Mortimer, Berkshire) for 1971, and fitted with a 1.8-litre Cosworth FVC sports car engine for the British Hill Climb Championship. To Iain McLaren (Broxburn, Scotland) for 1972 and run in the Scottish Hill Climb Championship, and in libre racing. To George Dixon for 1973 and fitted with a 'bitza' Ford twin cam engine for libre racing. Returned to hillclimbing the following year when bought by Peter Kaye, fitted with a Cosworth FVA, and raced with great success in the 1600cc hill climb class up to the end of 1977.

Sources

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