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MCD/Southern Organs Formula Atlantic Race

Snetterton, 27 Oct 1974

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Jim Crawford Chevron B27 [27-74-06] - Ford BDA Hart
#25 Fred Opert Racing (see note 1)
15 0.16.27.4
140.84
2 Ted Wentz March 74B [1] - Ford BDA Richardson
#21 Wella International Hair Cosmetics
(see note 2)
15 0.16.48.2
3 Alan Jones March 74B [U1] - Ford BDA Richardson
#14 Custom Made/Harry Stiller Racing
(see note 3)
15 0.16.48.6
4 Ray Mallock Brabham BT40 [14] - Ford BDA Swindon
#10 The Chequered Flag (see note 4)
15 0.16.58.0
5 Richard Scott Lola T360 [HU5] - Ford BDA Richardson
(see note 5)
15 0.16.58.0
6 Peter Wardle Surtees TS15 [06] - Ford BDA Smith
#8 STP Racing Team
15 0.17.13.0
7 Derek Cook Chevron B27 [27-74-14] - Ford BDA
#72 (see note 6)

8 Peter Williams Chevron B27 [27-74-16] - Ford BDA
#32 Pinch (Plant) Ltd (see note 7)

9 Geoff Friswell March 73B [18] - Ford BDA Hart
#5 Southern Organs Intl. Racing Team
(see note 8)

10 Wes Dawn March 73B - Ford BDA Richardson
(see note 9)

R Alex Dias Ribeiro GRD A75 - Ford BDA Nicholson
#71 Mangals Racing (see note 10)
4 Steering
R John Nicholson Lyncar 005 [005] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#2 Pinch (Plant) Ltd
0 Carburettor
R Andy Rouse March 73B [20] - Ford BDA Broadspeed
#51 Team Castrol (see note 11)
0 Accident
R Matt Spitzley March 74B [733-7] - Ford BDA Hart
#22 Rapid Movements Ltd
0 Broken wheel
UNK Ted Titmas Brabham BT40 [33] - Ford BDA
(see note 12)

DNA Ken Bailey Lola T360 - Ford BDA
#4
Did not arrive
DNA David Morgan Chevron B27 - Ford BDA
#13 Southern Organs Intl. Racing Team
Did not arrive
DNA Tony Brise Modus M1 [004?] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#36 Team Modus
Did not arrive
DNA Roy Baker MRE FA74 - Ford BDA
#65
Did not arrive
DNA Tony Trimmer Brabham BT40 [21] - Ford BDA
#44 Graham Eden (see note 13)
Did not arrive

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

Qualifying
1 Alan Jones (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B [U1] - Ford BDA Richardson 1.05.0
2 Jim Crawford (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-06] - Ford BDA Hart 1.05.6
3 Matt Spitzley (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B [733-7] - Ford BDA Hart 1.05.8
4 Peter Wardle (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Surtees TS15 [06] - Ford BDA Smith 1.06.0
5 Richard Scott (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU5] - Ford BDA Richardson 1.06.0
6 John Nicholson (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lyncar 005 [005] - Ford BDA Nicholson 1.06.2
7 Ray Mallock (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 [14] - Ford BDA Swindon
8 Alex Dias Ribeiro (F/Atl) 1.6-litre GRD A75 - Ford BDA Nicholson
9 Andy Rouse (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B [20] - Ford BDA Broadspeed
10 Derek Cook (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-14] - Ford BDA
11 Ted Wentz (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B [1] - Ford BDA Richardson
12 Peter Williams (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-16] - Ford BDA
13 Ted Titmas (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 [33] - Ford BDA
14 Geoff Friswell (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B [18] - Ford BDA Hart
15 Wes Dawn (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B - Ford BDA Richardson

Notes on the cars:

  1. Chevron B27 [27-74-06] (Jim Crawford): 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.
  2. 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.
  3. March 74B [U1] (Alan Jones): 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Lola T360 [HU5] (Richard Scott): New to Nigel Clarkson (Cirencester, Gloucestershire) and raced by him and by Richard Scott (London) in British Formula Atlantic, backed by Hurford Jones Ltd. To Nick May (Sutton, Surrey) for the 1975 British series, with Strakers of Wimbledon Ltd sponsorship, and run by Dave Price Racing. To Brian Robinson (Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham) and converted to Formula 2 specification for Shellsport Group 8 races in 1976. To John Morrison (Warwick) for Shellsport G8 and libre racing in 1977, then to Kevin Bowditch (Maidenhead) race appearances 1978, then Martin Mansell (Middlesex), who raced it as a Lola "FA79" with Winchmore Hill Garage sponsorship in Formula Atlantic in 1979. Mansell crashed heavily at Brands Hatch in April 1979, and did not appear again. It was next seen in 1990 when it was bought by Robert McGimpsey (Newtownards, County Down, Northern Ireland) from a dealer somewhere in the English midlands. It was then fitted with a 3-litre Weslake engine, and McGimpsey used it for one season in hillclimbing before the engine and chassis were sold separately. It was bought by two friends in 1993 or 1994, and in 2012 they still had it.
  6. Chevron B27 [27-74-14] (Derek Cook): Chevron build record says sold to Derek Cook, August 1974, so Cook's late season car in British Formula Atlantic. To Peter Munro (Birmingham) for 1975, but his sponsorship fell through, and he loaned the car back to Cook at the British GP meeting after he had wrecked his own car in practice. Cook then managed to wreck the Chevron on lap 1 of the race, and it did not appear again in 1975. To Jeremy Sumner for the 1976 Indyatlantic series, where it was also driven by Mike Wilds and John Scannell. Thought to have been the B27 bought by Christian Bonnifet in 1977, and used in French hillclimbs between 1979 and 1983. In 1997, Jean-Michel Coll (Perpignan, Pyrénées-Orientales, France) advertised chassis 74-14 as a rolling chassis. It was later reported to be under restoration in the UK.
  7. Chevron B27 [27-74-16] (Peter Williams): Sold to Peter Williams (Brentwood, Essex) in June 1974 for British Formula Atlantic; and retained for the 1975 season. To Porsche racer and driving instructor Mike Franey (London) later in 1975 and raced in F/Atlantic with Samatco Ltd backing. Unknown in 1976, but in early 1977, novice racer Martin Murphy won a Formule Libre race at Thruxton in the "ex-Peter Williams Coin Monthly" B27. Subsequent history unknown, but reportedly owned by Phil Sharp for hillclimbs in 1984.
  8. 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.
  9. March 73B (Wes Dawn): Australian John Gillmeister had a red and white March 73B in British Formula Atlantic 1974. Gillmeister had a workshop making bodywork for March, and acquired a monocoque, suspension and other parts. This was built up for him by Ralph Hume over the winter of 1973/74 using a Richardson BDA engine with the intention of running in the British series. After a sponsor pulled out, Gillmeister sold the car mid-season to Gil Nickel Racing, and it was run by Bob Eggington for Wes Dawn to drive. Dawn was from Hollywood, California, and was a very successful makeup artist in film and TV. He and Gil Nickel (Park Hill, Oklahoma) finished fifth in the 1975 Cannonball Run in a Mercedes-Benz 450SL. He later took the 73B/74B back to the US where he used it in minor Formula Atlantic races. Dawn still had the car when he died in 1990, aged just 51. His widow sold the car in April 1991. Subsequent history undisclosed.
  10. GRD A75 (Alex Dias Ribeiro): Late in the 1974 season, GRD produced a prototype Formula Atlantic car, the A75, which was entered by Mangals Racing Team for Alex Ribeiro for the last six races of the season. It last raced at Thruxton on 16 November, where Ribeiro spun off and damaged the bodywork. A week later, GRD MD Mike Warner announced that the company had stopped making racing cars. The factory was taken over just a week later by the Parnelli F1 team. However, GRD returned soon after, with a '375' on display at the January 1975 Racing Car Show, and this may well have been the 'A75'.
  11. March 73B [20] (Andy Rouse): New to Charles Lucas (Ellington, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire) in July 1973, and raced in British Formula Atlantic. In September, he took the car to Ireland for the Phoenix Park for the Player's No 6 GP and was running in an aggregate second place near the end of the second heat when he left the road at Phoenix Corner and wrapped the March round a tree. He was still classified third. The March was rebuilt and sold to Ken Bailey (Stretford, Greater Manchester) for 1974, but sold on again in May to touring car driver Andy Rouse (Leamington Spa, Warwickshire). Rouse crashed it at Snetterton at the end of October, and it was not seen again. Ralph Broad, Rouse's touring car boss at Broadspeed, then insisted Rouse choose between single-seaters and touring cars, and Rouse wisely chose the latter. He would be British Saloon Car Champion four times. The fate of the March 73B is not known.
  12. Brabham BT40 [33] (Ted Titmas): New to Ted Titmas (Van Nuys, CA) for the British Formula Atlantic series in 1973, but not raced until late in the season. This is presumably the "brand new", "never used" BT40 advertised from Reigate and London numbers in June 1973. Titmas ran the car in September and October, and Cyd Williams used it for one race in October. Titmas reappeared with the car briefly at the end of the 1974 season. He then took the car to the US, and entered it for Ron Dykes to drive in Californian Formula Atlantic races in 1976. To John Angus for 1977 (or to Wilbur Bunce and run by him for Angus). Then to Marc Bahner 1978, who restored it with a stock nose and sold it to George Seydel. In early 1980 it was sold to Finish Line editor Bob Schilling. Later owners have been given as Ken Patch, Perry Sands, Kevin Roggenbuck, who raced it in the 2011 Pacific Northwest Historics, and then David Rugh. Rugh sold it to Chris Rose in 2018.
  13. Brabham BT40 [21] (Tony Trimmer): 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.

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.