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John Player (British) Formula Atlantic Series Race

Oulton Park, 27 May 1974

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 John Nicholson Lyncar 005 [005] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#2 Pinch (Plant) Ltd
30 0.45.17.2
2 Jim Crawford March 73B ['SDC1'] - Ford BDA Hart
#7 S.D.C Racing (see note 1)
30 0.45.17.4
3 Ray Mallock Brabham BT40 [14] - Ford BDA Swindon
#10 Marshall Wingfield (see note 2)
30 inc 10" pen
4 Tony Brise Modus M1 [004?] - Ford BDA Holbay
30 0.46.01.1
5 Geoff Friswell March 73B [18] - Ford BDA Hart
#5 (see note 3)
30 0.46.06.8
6 Peter Wardle Surtees TS15 [06] - Ford BDA Smith
#8 STP Racing Team
30 0.46.26.0
7 Cyd Williams Brabham BT40 [21] - Ford BDA Eden
#11 Graham Eden (see note 4)
28
8 Matt Spitzley March 74B [733-7] - Ford BDA Hart
#22 Rapid Movements Ltd
28
9 Kim Mather Brabham BT38C [19] - Ford BDA Richardson
(see note 5)
26
10 Roy Baker MRE 74F - Ford BDA Hart
#28
24 Spun
11 Stephen Choularton March 73B [1] - Ford BDA Hart
#6 S.D.C Racing (see note 6)
19 Loose battery
12 Bev Bond March 74B [U1] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#14 Custom Made/Harry Stiller Racing
(see note 7)
19 Gear linkage
13 Ted Wentz March 74B [1] - Ford BDA Swindon
#21 Wella International Hair Cosmetics
(see note 8)
17 Accident
14 Héctor Rebaque Chevron B27 [27-74-06] - Ford BDA Hart
Fred Opert Racing (see note 9)
Gearbox
15 Val Musetti Royale RP11A [6] - Ford BDA Wood
#23 (see note 10)
Out of petrol
16 Jay Pollock Crosslé 22F [22F-72-01] - Ford BDA
3 Overheating
DNS Alan Jones March 712M Falconer [712M-11 as '9'] - Ford BDA Close
#33 Mike Sullivan Racing (see note 11)
Did not start
(Left team)
DNA Richard Scott Lola T360 [HU1] - Ford BDA Cosworth
(see note 12)
Did not arrive
DNA Richard Scott Scott RS1 - Ford BDA Richardson
Did not arrive

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

Qualifying
1 John Nicholson (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lyncar 005 [005] - Ford BDA Nicholson 1.28.4
2 Jim Crawford (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B ['SDC1'] - Ford BDA Hart 1.28.6
3 Ted Wentz (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B [1] - Ford BDA Swindon 1.28.8
4 Cyd Williams (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 [21] - Ford BDA Eden 1.28.8
5 Matt Spitzley (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B [733-7] - Ford BDA Hart 1.29.0
6 Stephen Choularton (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B [1] - Ford BDA Hart 1.29.4
7 Bev Bond (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B [U1] - Ford BDA Nicholson 1,29.8
8 Ray Mallock (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 [14] - Ford BDA Swindon 1.30.2
9 Geoff Friswell (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B [18] - Ford BDA Hart 1.30.4
10 Peter Wardle (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Surtees TS15 [06] - Ford BDA Smith 1.30.6
11 Tony Brise (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Modus M1 [004?] - Ford BDA Holbay 1.30.8
12 Héctor Rebaque (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-06] - Ford BDA Hart 1.31.4
13 Jay Pollock (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Crosslé 22F [22F-72-01] - Ford BDA 1.32.8
14 Kim Mather (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT38C [19] - Ford BDA Richardson 1.35.0
15 Roy Baker (F/Atl) 1.6-litre MRE 74F - Ford BDA Hart 1.38.2
16 Val Musetti (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Royale RP11A [6] - Ford BDA Wood 1.39.6
17 Alan Jones * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 712M Falconer [712M-11 as '9'] - Ford BDA Close 5.51.0
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 73B ['SDC1'] (Jim Crawford): Over the 1973/74 winter, Jim Crawford built up Steve Choularton's March 73B spares in to a second car. He raced the car with great success in the two British Formula Atlantic series in 1974, winning two John Player races and narrowly losing the title to John Nicholson after the two collided at the last race. He also won one race in the Southern Organs series, before crashing at Brands Hatch at the end of September, which resulted in the car being rebuilt on a new tub from March. The car was then raced at least once by Choularton, while Crawford moved over to Fred Opert's Chevron B27 for the last two races, winning both, and taking the title. The 73B that appeared for Cyd Williams in May 1975 is thought to be Choularton's 73B/1. The ex-Crawford car was sold to Derek Cook (Wath-upon-Dearne, Rotherham, South Yorkshire) in July 1975 but in practice for his first race, the British GP support race, Cook spun off and hit Val Musetti's March, writing off both cars.
  2. Brabham BT40 [14] (Ray Mallock): New to John Wingfield and raced in both F2 and Formula Atlantic in 1973, entered by Marshall Wingfield Limited. Raced by Ray Mallock in Formula Atlantic 1974, entered by The Chequered Flag, and retained for one early-season race in 1975, after Mallock wrecked his new March 742 at Thruxton. Then entered by Marshall Wingfield Ltd for South African Len Booysen to drive in a few Formula Atlantic races in June and July 1975, by which time it had acquired what looked like a March 73B nose, before Wingfield himself raced it once more at Silverstone in August. Subsequent history unknown.
  3. March 73B [18] (Geoff Friswell): According to surviving March records, this was a F/Atlantic car built for Geoff Friswell (Coventry) and raced by him in the UK series through 1973 and 1974. It was then sold to Andy Barton (Newcastle upon Tyne) as a libre car and upgraded to 74B and then 75B spec over the next two seasons, also acquiring a F2 BDG engine at times in 1976. Barton sold it to Bob Rollo (Prestonpans, Scotland) for 1977, as an Atlantic again, and it then went to Stewart Robb (Alloa, Scotland) during 1978 in F2 spec. The car was rebuilt on a "new" 752 tub after a crash in 1978 and then rebuilt to 782 spec by Robin Smith after the 1979 season. It was raced again by Robb as a "March 75/782" with steel 2-litre Cosworth BDG engine from 1980 to 1982 and was sold to Roger Andreason at the new Chevron Cars Ltd around 1984.
  4. Brabham BT40 [21] (Cyd Williams): New to Graham Eden Racing, and driven by Cyd Williams in the 1973 British Formula Atlantic championship. Retained by Eden and Williams for 1974. After Williams crashed the car at Brands Hatch in September 1974, it was raced by Richard Morgan and Tony Trimmer later that season. Retained by Eden again for 1975, with Cyd Williams again driving. To David Winstanley (Winsford, Cheshire) of Withers of Winsford for 1976, and raced in the Indylantic championship.
  5. Brabham BT38C [19] (Kim Mather): New to Canadian driver Chris O'Brien and raced in British F3 in 1972 using Holbay engines. To Jimmy Fuller for 1973, again in British F3, then to David Taylor for Kim Mather to race in British Formula Atlantic in 1974, and then in libre. At some point during this period the car was rebuilt on a 1973 BT40 monocoque. Also raced by Ted Payne during 1974, and Payne then took over the car in 1975, appearing mainly in libre races at Croft. To John Simpson for 1976, again in Croft libre, and later reported to be the car raced by David Proctor (Jedburgh) in Monoposto between 1981 and 1985. Presumably the car Proctor used to win the 1600cc class in the Classic F3 series in 1994 but Proctor had two BT38Cs, the second raced by his son Seb Proctor. Not run again after 1996 and by 2004, both cars were with Mark Barton (Haslemere, Surrey). Barton raced a BT38C in the Classic F3 race at Brands Hatch in June 2008.
  6. 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.
  7. March 74B [U1] (Bev Bond): New to Harry Stiller Racing and entered for Bev Bond in a few late-season 1973 Formula Atlantic races, but only appeared once. Rebuilt by March to 74B specification over the winter and appeared as 74B chassis 'U1' for Bond in 1974. Alan Jones took over the drive mid-season and won three races. Advertised by AW Brown (London) in January 1975. Briefly to Frank Blanchard in early 1975 but then to Bill Gowdy (Belfast, Northern Ireland) for Irish Formula Atlantic. To Gerry Kinnane for Des Donnelly to drive in 1976, then to Eddie Jordan (Dundrum, County Dublin, Republic of Ireland) for 1977. Subsequently to Colin Simpson (Dundee, Scotland) for Scottish hillclimbs in 1978 and 1979, when it was fitted with a 1800cc Cosworth BDE; then to Grahame Brown, a Scot who emigrated to Australia and took two Formula Atlantic cars with him. Raced by Geoff Nicol in Australian Formula Pacific in 1981, and by John Blennerhasset in 1982. Then to Michael Miller, brothers Peter and Terry Simms, then the Kendall family, then to Bryan Miller in 2002. Sold by Bryan to Richard Carter (Berry, NSW) in September 2018, and shortly afterwards sold to Richard Ellingworth.
  8. March 74B [1] (Ted Wentz): New to Ted Wentz (Philadelphia, PA) and raced in the 1974 British Formula Atlantic season. To New Zealander Alan Crocker, who had moved to England to race in the 1975 British series, but a blown engine curtailed his season. Used occasionally in the 1976 Indylantic series and in libre racing. Croker took the car to New Zealand and raced it in the 1977 Formula Pacific series, then sold it there to Ken Smith, who rented it to Ken Sager to drive in the 1977/78 Gold Star series, and to Robbie Booth for the 1978/79 season. It reappeared with Robbie Hislop in 1981/82, then to Tony Batchelor for 1982/83. Last seen when raced by Keith Laney in 1984/85, and sold by him back to Kenny Smith some time before 1988. Later sold by Smith to Richard Carter in Australia to donate parts to Carter's rebuild of March 73B/8. The remains of the car were sold with the 73B to George Makin (Melbourne, Australia) about 2005.
  9. Chevron B27 [27-74-06] (Héctor Rebaque): New to Fred Opert Racing and the car raced by Bertil Roos in the British Formula Atlantic race at Brands Hatch in mid-March. Then fitted with a 2-litre Brian Hart Ford BDA for Roos at two F2 races, Montjuich Park and Hockenheim. Apparantly returned to Formula Atlantic specification and run by the Opert team in the UK series, initially for Héctor Rebaque, and later for Johnny Kastner, William Henderson III and then local man Jim Crawford. Sold to Derek Cook (Rotherham, South Yorkshire) for early 1975 Formula Atlantic races before being replaced by a newer B29. Retained for 1976 when Cook ran it in Indylantic, Shellsport G8, and libre racing, with either a Formula Atlantic BDA or a self-built 2-litre BDA. Retained again for early 1977 and used in F2 and in Shellsport, now with a 2-litre Alan Smith BDG, before Cook acquired a F1 Williams. Subsequent history unknown.
  10. Royale RP11A [6] (Val Musetti): New factory car for Tom Pryce to drive, replacing the one wrecked at the 1972 Monaco GP F3 race. To Reystan Racing for 1973 for Andy Sutcliffe to drive, but Sutcliffe left the team in April, and his seat was taken over by Val Musetti, who had written off his own RP11 in testing. Raced by Musetti through to the end of the season. Converted to Formula Atlantic specification for 1974 and raced by Musetti in the British championship up to May. Sold later in the year to Mike Franey and raced in libre racing. Raced by Franey in a couple of British Formula Atlantic races in 1975. Subsequent history unknown.
  11. March 712M Falconer [712M-11 as '9'] (Alan Jones): 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.
  12. Lola T360 [HU1] (Richard Scott): The first Lola T360 made its first race appearance when loaned to Formula Atlantic championship leader Richard Scott for the International Trophy support race at Silverstone in April 1974. It had gone well in testing, but was understeering severely at Silverstone and was taken away. Scott returned to it at Silverstone again in May, and was impressively second in practice, led, and set fastest lap before retiring. Scott returned to his own F2 car and won the next round. The works T360 was next seen in May, when it was loaned to Ken Bailey for the remainder of the season. Wrecked at Silverstone on 28 July when Bailey spun at Copse on the opening lap and took off Spitzley, Musetti, Smiley and Wentz, and replaced with a new car.

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.