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Whittakers MG Classic

Manfeild, 13 Nov 2005

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Ken Smith (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Swift DB4 - Ford BDD
15 17m 05.797s
2 Phil Mauger (F1) 3-litre McLaren M23 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8
15 +5.342s
3 Shayne Windelburn Lola T400 [HU8] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 1)
15 +8.217s
4 Ian Clements Lola T332 [HU38 (A)] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 2)
15 +9.850s
5 Noel Atley Begg [018] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 3)
15 +21.032s
6 David Abbott Lola T430 [HU1] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 4)
15 +28.886s
7 Poul Christie Lola T190 [190/F1/5] - Ford V8
(see note 5)
15 +57.696s
8 Geoff Harriman (F/Holden) 3.8-litre Ralt RT20 - Holden V6
15 +1m 03.941s
R Frank Karl (F5000) RFX
15 retired
R Andrew Higgins (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Swift DB4 - Ford BDD
15 retired
DNSF Stuart Lush McRae GM1 [015] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 6)
Did not start final
DNSF Murray Sinclair Lola T332 [HU28] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 7)
Did not start final
DNSF Alastair Russell McRae GM1 [002] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 8)
Did not start final
DNSF Aaron Burson Talon MR-1 - Chevrolet V8
(see note 9)
Did not start final

All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.

Heat 1 Laps Time Speed
1Ken Smith89m 11.453s
2Andrew Higgins8+7.324s
3Murray Sinclair8+7.826s
4Stuart Lush8+ 8.524s
5Ian Clements8+10.103s
6Noel Atley8+11.930s
7Poul Christie8+1m 09.032s
8Geoff Harriman8+1m 10.649s
9Phil Mauger8+ 1 lap
10David Abbott8+ 1 lap
Shayne Windelburn8retired
Alastair Russell8retired
Aaron Burson8retired
Frank Karl8retired
Heat 2 Laps Time Speed
1Stuart Lush810m 31.670s
2Andrew Higgins8+1.520s
3Murray Sinclair8+1.820s
4Shayne Windelburn8+6.467s
5Ian Clements8+7.486s
6Ken Smith8+7.893s
7Phil Mauger8+11.118s
8David Abbott8+12.370s
9Poul Christie8+15.627s
10Frank Karl8+16.323s
11Noel Atley8+41.930s
12Geoff Harriman8+5 laps
Qualifying
1 Stuart Lush (F5000) 5-litre McRae GM1 [015] - Chevrolet V8 1m 06.076s
2 Ken Smith (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Swift DB4 - Ford BDD 1m 07.025s
3 Andrew Higgins (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Swift DB4 - Ford BDD 1m 07.352s
4 Noel Atley (F5000) 5-litre Begg [018] - Chevrolet V8 1m 07.601s
5 Murray Sinclair (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU28] - Chevrolet V8 1m 07.750s
6 Shayne Windelburn (F5000) 5-litre Lola T400 [HU8] - Chevrolet V8 1m 09.204s
7 Ian Clements (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU38 (A)] - Chevrolet V8 1m 09.548s
8 Phil Mauger (F1) 3-litre McLaren M23 [1] - Cosworth DFV V8 1m 09.643s
9 David Abbott (F5000) 5-litre Lola T430 [HU1] - Chevrolet V8 1m 10.515s
10 Aaron Burson (F5000) 5-litre Talon MR-1 - Chevrolet V8 1m 11.466s
11 Poul Christie (F5000) 5-litre Lola T190 [190/F1/5] - Ford V8 1m 11.802s
12 Alastair Russell (F5000) 5-litre McRae GM1 [002] - Chevrolet V8 1m 12.300s

Notes on the cars:

  1. Lola T400 [HU8] (Shayne Windelburn): 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. Lola T332 [HU38 (A)] (Ian Clements): The original tub from HU38 was repaired and sold as a spare tub at the same time as the complete HU38(B). These were last advertised by Tuck Thomas (Edina, MN) in May 1978. The complete car was sold to Gordy Oftedahl (Minneapolis, MN) but the fate of the repaired tub is unknown. It may have gone with the complete car via Oftedahl and Chris Carrell to Chuck Haines. Believed to be the car sold by Chuck Haines (St Louis, MO) to Ian Clements (Christchurch, New Zealand) in 1999. The car was rebuilt in New Zealand, and raced in the F5000 Tasman Revival series from 2003 to 2007. Then sold to Sefton Gibb (Napier, New Zealand), who continued to race it in the Tasman Revival series from 2007/08 to 2016/17. Sold to Tony Galbraith (Te Kauwhata, NZ) and raced in the 2017/18 Tasman Cup Revival, at Monterey in August 2018, then in the 2018/19 Tasman Cup Revival, but was crashed badly in the Skope Classic in February 2019, putting Galbraith in hospital. Car and driver both returned for the 2020/21 season and raced again in 2021/22. More information about Lola T332 HU38(A)
  3. Begg [018] (Noel Atley): First raced by Jim Murdoch in the New Zealand Gold Star in late 1974, then in the 1975 Tasman series, finishing second in the New Zealand Grand Prix, the 1975-76 Gold Star season, and in the 1976 NZ Internationals. The car was then retired to the Queenstown Motor Museum, where it remained when it was sold to Gavin Bain (Christchurch) in the late 1980s. It was later sold to Phil Mauger (Christchurch) and reappeared in 2004 when raced by him in the F5000 Tasman Revival series. Then to Noel Atley (Invercargill) who raced it in the Tasman Revival series from 2005 to 2009. Sold to Calven Bonney for 2010, and raced by him in the Tasman Revival series until sold to Scott O'Donnell (Invercargill) in 2017. The car will be on display on a regular basis at Bill Richardson Transport World in Invercargill.
  4. Lola T430 [HU1] (David Abbott): VDS for Teddy Pilette US 1976 (6 races; best result 3rd at R3 Mosport Park 20 Jun); used as spare car to Brown's HU2 in Australian Internationals 1977 - Alan Hamilton (Australia): used as spare car; maybe Jon Davison's car Australian Gold Star 1977 (R1 Surfers Paradise 28 Aug 1977 only). Built up after Hamilton's crash at the 1978 Australian GP and raced by Alfredo Costanzo: Australian Gold Star 1978; Australian Internationals 1979 (won at Sandown Park and Adelaide); Australian Gold Star 1979 (won at Sandown 9 Sep); Australian Gold Star 1980 (won at Sandown 14 Sep and Winton 26 Oct); Australian GP 1980 (4th) - Bob Minogue: Australian Gold Star 1981, Arco Graphic 1981/82. Minogue still holds several lap records in Australia, including the Sandown International circuit record for F5000, set on 2 Mar 1986 and the Historic F5000 record at Winton on 30 May 1993. Subsequently sold to Gavin Bain, then to Graham Cameron, who raced it at Historic Sandown in 2000. To David Abbott (Christchurch, NZ) by 2002, and raced in the F5000 Tasman Revival regularly from 2003 to 2008, when Abbott moved over to his newly rebuilt HU2. Then raced by Ken Smith in the series from 2008 to 2010.
  5. Lola T190 [190/F1/5] (Poul Christie): New to John McNicol and raced in the South African series in 1970. To Nolly Limberis and raced in South Africa in 1971 and once in early 1972. To Fred Cowell and raced in 1972 and 1973. To Mike Hearn later in 1973 when Cowell bought a Surtees TS8, but then returned to Cowell when he and Hearn swapped cars prior to the 1974 season. Subsequent history unknown. According to South African historian Ian Hebblethwaite, this car was exported from South Africa in 1988, when it was sold to David McLaughlin in England. A car with this number and said to be ex-McNicol ended up in England somehow under the ownership of Paul Haywood-Halfpenny. Sold to Poul Christie (Auckland, NZ) early 1990s and shipped to New Zealand. Raced by Christie in the F5000 Tasman Revival series from 2003 to 2011, when Christie moved to a recently-constructed McLaren M10B. Sold to Garry Price (Feilding, NZ) in February 2016. More information about Lola T190 190/F1/5
  6. McRae GM1 [015] (Stuart Lush): 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. Lola T332 [HU28] (Murray Sinclair): Graeme Lawrence (NZ) for Tasman 1974, New Zealand Gold Star 1974; Tasman 1975; Tasman 1976; Gold Star Oct/Nov 1976; Australian Internationals 1977 - Terry Hook (Aus) Australian Internationals 1978, Australian Internationals 1979; heavily crashed at a club event at Lakeside 21 Jun 1981. Rebuilt by March 1982 by Chas Talbot on a new tub. Sold to Bob Minogue and Pete Brennan in the mid-1980s who sold the rear end to Peter Bick to complete his ex-Davison HU34. The ex-Hook car was then built up with other parts and sold to Manuel Jimenez who in turn passed it to Murray Richards (Murrumbeena, Australia). To David Sharp (New Zealand) 1993. To Murray Sinclair (Hong Kong, and Christchurch, New Zealand) 2001, and raced in the F5000 Tasman Revival from 2003 to 2007. To Russell Greer (Blenheim, New Zealand) 2007, who continued to race it in the Revival series. More information about Lola T332 HU28
  8. McRae GM1 [002] (Alastair Russell): Built as Leda LT27-002 for the 1972 season. To Evan Noyes (Cedarville, MI) and raced in UK and US series in 1972, then Tasman 1973, then US series 1973. Via Roy Campbell, "Race Car Drivers Institute" and a bankrupcy auction to Jim Sechser (St Louis Park, MN) by 1975 or 1976, and used in SCCA racing and a single Pro race in 1976 and 1977. Crashed heavily in 1977, but rebuilt and raced again in 1979. To Fred Schilpin (St Cloud, MN) 1979 or later, and used in minor racing; then retained until 1996. To Roger Williams (Auckland, New Zealand) 1996. Raced by Williams in Australian historic racing from 2001 onwards, and in the F5000 Tasman Revival series from 2003 to 2006. To Alastair Russell (Auckland, New Zealand) and raced in Tasman Revival series from 2006 onwards. More information about Leda LT27-002/McRae GM1-002
  9. Talon MR-1 (Aaron Burson): Michael Brayton (Newport Beach, CA) acquired a Talon Formula 5000 car for 1977, but previous history of the car is unknown. During 1977, he rebodied the car for SCCA A Sports Racing, and then raced the car, as the "Wolf-Brayton 001" in Can-Am from 1978 to 1981. The car was later acquired by Mike McComas, who was then under the impression it was the Wolf-Dallara WD1. He sold it to Tony Roberts and Duncan Fox in New Zealand in 2003, where it was restored to F5000 specification. Raced by Roberts in the F5000 Tasman Revival from 2003 to 2005, when it was sold to Aaron Burson, then raced by him from 2005 onwards.

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.

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

Main details from Ross MacKay of FAST COMPANY of behalf of the New Zealand Formula 5000 Association, preserved at http://blackbullets.com/content/newsarticle.cfm?id=6566