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Non-championship Formula Atlantic race

Oulton Park, 13 May 1973

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 John Lepp Chevron B25 [25-73-08] - Ford BDA Smith
#158 Central Garage [Mirfield] Ltd
(see note 1)
15 0.25.41.8
96.7
2 Mike Mather March 722 [29] - Ford BDA Richardson
#161 (see note 2)
15 0.25.45.6
3 Ken Bailey March 722 Falconer [39] - Ford BDA Eden
#153 Graham Eden Racing Team (see note 3)
15 0.26.22.4
4 Brian Robinson Ensign LNF2/72 [F2-1] - Ford BDA Titan
#165 Titan Engine Services (see note 4)
15 0.26.37.4
5 Martin Webb Chevron B25 [25-73-05] - Ford BDA Hart
#152 (see note 5)
15 0.27.28.6
6 Syd Fox Huron SS0 A2 ['1'] - Ford BDA Smith
#151 R.A.McKinistry
14
R Robin Smythe March 723 [9] - Ford twin cam
#162
11 oil pressure
R Jas Patterson March 722 [24] - Ford BDA Hart
#156 Texaco Team Racing/RIR (see note 6)
6 accident
R Allen Karlberg March 712M [17] - Ford BDA RES
#160 (see note 7)
1 spin
R Stephen Choularton March 73B [1] - Ford BDA Autovita
#155 (see note 8)
0 accident
DNA Reg James Brabham BT28/35 [38] - Ford BDA James
#154 Super- SER Luxury Refrigerators
Did not arrive
DNA Jim Murdoch Tui BH2 [2] - Ford BDA Smith
#157
Did not arrive
DNA Ian Mawby Lotus 69 [71/69.8.FB] - Ford BDA Norvic
#159
Did not arrive
DNA Colin Andrews March 712M [11 as '9'] - Ford BDA
#166 Promoto Racing Services (see note 9)
Did not arrive
DNA Stan Mathews Ensign LNFB/73 - Ford BDA Richardson
#167 Promoto Racing Services
Did not arrive
DNA David Purley March 722 [10] - Ford BDA
#168 (see note 10)
Did not arrive
DNA TBA March 722
#163 Robin Smythe
Did not arrive

All cars are 1.6-litre F/Atl unless noted.

Qualifying
1 John Lepp (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B25 [25-73-08] - Ford BDA Smith 1m 32.2s
2 Mike Mather (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 722 [29] - Ford BDA Richardson 1m 32.4s
3 Ken Bailey (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 722 Falconer [39] - Ford BDA Eden 1m 32.6s
4 Stephen Choularton (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B [1] - Ford BDA Autovita 1m 34.2s
5 Jas Patterson (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 722 [24] - Ford BDA Hart 1m 34.6s
6 Brian Robinson (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ensign LNF2/72 [F2-1] - Ford BDA Titan 1m 35.0s
7 Syd Fox (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Huron SS0 A2 ['1'] - Ford BDA Smith 1m 36.0s
8 Martin Webb (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B25 [25-73-05] - Ford BDA Hart 1m 36.0s
9 Robin Smythe (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 723 [9] - Ford twin cam 1m 40.6s
- Allen Karlberg (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 712M [17] - Ford BDA RES not listed

Notes on the cars:

  1. Chevron B25 [25-73-08] (John Lepp): New to George Silverwood and entered by his Central Garage (Mirfield) Ltd for John Lepp in British Formula Atlantic in 1973. Also used by Lepp in the first European F2 round at Mallory Park, with the 1.6 BDA still in it. Lepp's sports car racing took priority from July and the B25 was sold to Patsy McGarrity (Belfast, Northern Ireland) for Formula Ireland racing. Loaned by him to Chevron cars for John Watson to use in the F2 race at Albi. Converted back to Formula Atlantic for McGarrity to race in the 1974 Irish season, winning eight races and the All-Ireland championship. Sold on to Pat Woods (Newcastle, County Wicklow, Ireland) for 1975, and retained for two further seasons. Last seen when Woods crashed heavily in practice at Phoenix Park in September 1977, when the car was described as wrecked.
  2. March 722 [29] (Mike Mather): New to John Calvert (Seaham, County Durham), and raced in Formula Atlanic and libre racing in 1972. The car regularly wore #77, and was described as white or blue. Sold to Mike Mather (St Helens, Merseyside) and used by him, and once by brother Kim Mather, in Formula Atlantic and libre in early 1973. Sold to John Kitchen in mid-season, and used by him in sprints and hillclimbs in late 1973, 1974, 1975 and early 1976, using a BDA engine. Then to Peter Riley (Crosby, Liverpool), again for sprints and hillclimbs. At first it was said to have a Cosworth FVA engine, but it had a Richardson BDA in 1977. Riley was still using the 722 in speed events as late as 1984. According to speed event historian Steve Wilkinson, Riley retained the car, complete but dismantled, and stored in his garage. Riley died in 2011, and the car passed to Paul Gardner and Alan Newton, and Gardner started the restoration. When Newton died, the car was sold to Chris Simpson in 2014, but he did not use it. It went to Ashley Hodge in 2016, and then to Daniel Clayfield in 2017. was advertised, restored to original specification, by Paul Gardner in 2012.
  3. March 722 Falconer [39] (Ken Bailey): New to Graham Eden Racing in April 1972 for Cyd Williams (Sandbach, Cheshire) to drive in British Formula Atlantic. It replaced the Chevron B18 which had taken Williams to two wins earlier in the season. Once he had the car to his liking, Williams won six out of the next nine races, but narrowly lost the championship to Bill Gubelmann. Run by Graham Eden Racing for Ken Bailey (Stretford, Greater Manchester) in 1973, and fitted with Falconer bodywork in May. The car was sold to Philip Dowell (Ombersley, Worcestershire) for 1974, but during pre-season testing at Silverstone, he hit the bank heavily at Woodcote corner and died later in hospital. It is assumed that the March was destroyed in the accident.
  4. Ensign LNF2/72 [F2-1] (Brian Robinson): Originally built for John Burton (Kidderminster, Worcestershire) to race as a works Team Ensign F2 entry in 1972, the LNF2 failed to qualify for its first two races, and the project was abandoned. It is then belived to be the car used as a works Formula Atlantic car for Mike Walker, who won a championship round at Snetterton in July. The car was then fielded as a works Formula 3 car for Tony Trimmer to drive in October 1972. Sold to Brian Robinson (Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham) and raced in Formula Atlantic in 1973, plus a one-off F2 race. Robinson then bought a F5000 McLaren, and the Ensign was raced briefly by Roger Keele, and is then believed to have been sold to Martyn Denley in September. The car's movements from 1974 to 1978 are not yet decyphered, but from 1979 to 1984 it was hillclimbed by Peter Varley (Barnsley, South Yorkshire). Then via three other owners to Barry Pickard and raced in Historic F3 in 1993. Later raced in Classic F3 by Paul Newton 1993-95, and by Martin Woodman in 1994. Subsequent history unknown.
  5. Chevron B25 [25-73-05] (Martin Webb): Used by Martin Webb for the first half of the British Atlantic season but without a great deal of success, and also in libre events. Sold to Chris Skellern (Worcester) for libre races, hill climbs and sprints in 1974. Sold to Harold McGarrity (Belfast, Northern Ireland) for the 1975 Irish Formula Atlantic season. Retained by McGarrity for 1976, and also appeared a few times in 1977. Subsequent history unknown but a strong candidate for the 'B27' of Bosco O'Brien in 1978.
  6. March 722 [24] (Jas Patterson): New to Bill Gubelmann (Oyster Bay, NY) to use in the 1972 Yellow Pages Formula Atlantic championship. The car was blue and yellow, and wore #16 all season. Gubelmann won six races and narrowly pipped Cyd Williams to the championship title. The car was sold to fellow American Jas Patterson (Rosslyn Heights, NY) for 1973, repainted red and white, and entered for him by Texaco Team Racing/RIR in the 1973 British season. Patterson crashed heavily at Oulton Park in May 1973, and although the car was rebuilt, he appeared a few races later in what was described as a new 73B. Whether this was the 722 updated or a completely new car is unclear. Patterson retained the car for 1974, but it was last seen in August. (Photographs show that the March 73B Patterson raced in the Pro Atlantic race that supported the United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen in October was not the same car.) In early November the 722/73B was acquired by Roy Baker (Ferndown, Dorset) and raced regularly by him through the 1975 season. Subsequent history unknown.
  7. March 712M [17] (Allen Karlberg): New to Wilson Fittipaldi in May 1971, replacing the Lotus 69 with which he had started the European F2 season. Raced by Fittipaldi for the rest of the season as part of Team Bardahl. Retained for one F2 race in early 1972, then sold to Tate of Leeds (Racing) and converted to Formula Atlantic for Chris Meek to race in the British championship. Loaned to Sonny Rajah for the Brands Hatch Boxing Day race. Retained by Tate of Leeds for Malcolm Wayne in early 1973, then sold to visiting American Allen Karlberg (Seattle, WA) who took it back to the US. Entered by Karlberg for Monique Proulx at Watkins Glen in October 1974, by which time it had Falconer bodywork, and also taken to Trinidad for Formula Caribbean events where it was sold. By 1978 it was owned by David Kerr but it was "totally destroyed" in a towing incident at the "Love Bird International" meeting at Vernamfield Motorsport Park, Jamaica, in December 1978.
  8. March 73B [1] (Stephen Choularton): Stephen Choularton (Hale Barns, Cheshire) acquired the first production March 73B and raced it in libre events and in the British F/Atlantic series with support from Autovita Developments Ltd. His mechanic Jim Crawford also raced this car in a libre race that year. Choularton continued with the car in 1974 when it was driven by Crawford in one round, at Brands Hatch in September, after Crawford had damaged his usual car. The car was next seen in May 1975 when Choularton dusted it off for Cyd Williams to drive after Williams had wrecked Graham Eden's Brabham BT40. Choularton retained the car, unused, until 1977 when it was sold to Paul Gardner (Preston, Lancashire) and used in libre racing in 1977. It then travelled out to the West Indies, quite possibly via Manchester-based racing car dealer Bobby Howlings, who would have known Gardner well, and was a regular visitor to the West Indies series. Raced by Mark Moodie in 1978 and 1979, winning the 1979 Jamaican National Championship. Subsequent history unknown.
  9. March 712M [11 as '9'] (Colin Andrews): New to the Shell Arnold team for Jean-Pierre Jaussaud to race in F2 in 1971. Raced by Ferrari F1 driver Clay Regazzoni in the final race of the season. To Colin Andrews for 1972, now wearing the 712M-9 chassis plate, and raced in Formula Atlantic in 1972 and 1973. Acquired by Mike Sullivan Racing/Multiglide International Racing, for Formula Atlantic again, first driven by Richard Robinson, then by Alan Jones, who astonishingly won the high-profile Martini International support race at Silverstone in May, and finally by Richard Knight. Subsequent history unclear, as three separate former Sullivan/Multiglide cars went to Norman Dickson in Scotland, to Kim Mather in Lancashire, and to the partnership of John Colley and Rhoddy Harvey Bailey in Derbyshire. Which was which may never be known.
  10. March 722 [10] (David Purley): New to David Purley and entered by Lec Refrigeration Racing for him in F2 in 1972. Retained for 1973, but converted to Formula Atlantic and run in the two British championships, winning five races. From Silverstone in May onwards, the car was fitted with 73B bodywork and narrow track. Raced by Dieter Quester at Macau at the end of 1973, who was said to have bought the "73B". Subsequent history unknown, but possibly sold in the Far East.

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.

The British race results have been compiled by Chris Townsend based on material in Autosport and Motoring News reports in the UK plus the information supplied by a wide range of contributors.

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.