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John Player (British) Formula Atlantic Series Race

Silverstone, 13 Apr 1975

ResultsLapsTime/Speed Winnings
1 Tony Brise Modus M3 [009-FA] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#3 Team Modus
20 0.28.20.6
123.92
£200
2 Jim Crawford Chevron B29 [29-75-02?] - Ford BDA Hart
#2 SDC Racing
20 0.28.23.7
£150
3 David Morgan Chevron B29 [29-75-21] - Ford BDA Whitehurst
#39 Roger Chalk Racing
20 0.28.24.8
£125
4 Bill Brack Chevron B29 [29-75-16] - Ford BDA Hart
#36 STP Corporation (Canada) (see note 1)
20 0.28.55.7
£100
5 Stephen Choularton Chevron B29 [29-75-19] - Ford BDA Hart
#7 SDC Racing
20 0.29.03.4
£75
6 Ted Wentz Lola T360 [HU7] - Ford BDA Swindon
#10 Wella International Hair Care
(see note 2)
20 0.29.07.8
£60
7 Nick May Lola T360 [HU5] - Ford BDA
#15 Strakers of Wimbledon Ltd (see note 3)
20 0.29.19.1
£50
8 Derek Cook Chevron B27 [27-74-06] - Ford BDA Cook
#17 George Cooper Lubricants Ltd
(see note 4)
20 0.29.20.1
£40
9 Cyd Williams Brabham BT40 [21] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#6 Graham Eden Racing (see note 5)
20 0.29.29.0
£30
10 Bertil Roos March 75B [5] - Ford BDA
#22 Dicksons of Perth (see note 6)
20 0.29.32.5
£20
11 Peter Wardle Surtees TS15 [06] - Ford BDA Swindon
#9
19
£15
12 Peter Williams Chevron B29 [29-75-17] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#16 Peter Williams Racing (see note 7)
19
£15
13 Alo Lawler Chevron B29 [29-75-06] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#24 L&B Excavations Ltd (see note 8)
19
£15
14 Matt Spitzley Chevron B29 [29-75-18] - Ford BDA Swindon
#11 Rapid Movements Ltd-Ted Moore
(see note 9)
19 Misfire £15
15 Ray Mallock Brabham BT40 [14] - Ford BDA LEC
#5 Marshall Wingfield Ltd (see note 10)
15 Engine  
16 Dean Hosking Birrana 273 [273-006] - Ford BDA Hart
#26 Bob & Marj Brown
15 Retired  
17 Peter Munro Chevron B27 [27-74-14] - Ford BDA Whitehurst
#21 (see note 11)
13
 
18 Graham Perry March 74B [742-23] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#31 Harrisons of Birmingham
13
 
19 Bob Muir Birrana 273 [273-009] - Ford BDA Hart
#25 Bob & Marj Brown
12 Engine  
20 Roberto Alvarez McLaren M21 - Ford BDA LEC
#28 Astor Club Racing International
(see note 12)
9
 
21 Richard Morgan Chevron B29 [29-75-04] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#18 Donington Park Collection - Wheatcroft Racing
(see note 13)
0 Electrics  
22 Val Musetti March 74B [73B-21] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#14 Bernigra Ice Cream (London)
(see note 14)
0 Electrics  
UNKP Roy Baker March 73B [722-24] - Ford BDA Racing Services
#19 (see note 15)
Unknown (practiced)
UNKP Mike Franey Royale RP11 [6] - Ford BDA Gray
#30 Samatco Ltd (see note 16)
Unknown (practiced)
UNKP Howard Rose March 74B [712M-25?] - Ford BDA Longman
#29 (see note 17)
Unknown (practiced)
DNA Steve Prior McLaren M21 - Ford BDA LEC
#27 Astor Club Racing International
(see note 18)
Did not arrive
DNA Guy Tunmer March 74B - Ford BDA Nicholson
#35
Did not arrive
DNA Alex Dias Ribeiro Chevron B29 - Ford BDA
#37
Did not arrive

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

Qualifying
1 Tony Brise (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Modus M3 [009-FA] - Ford BDA Nicholson 1m 24.3s
2 David Morgan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-21] - Ford BDA Whitehurst 1m 24.9s
3 Richard Morgan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-04] - Ford BDA Nicholson 1m 24.9s
4 Ted Wentz (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU7] - Ford BDA Swindon 1m 25.1s
5 Jim Crawford (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-02?] - Ford BDA Hart 1m 25.3s
6 Bill Brack (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-16] - Ford BDA Hart 1m 26.3s
7 Val Musetti (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B [73B-21] - Ford BDA Nicholson 1m 26.5s
8 Stephen Choularton (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-19] - Ford BDA Hart 1m 26.8s
9 Ray Mallock (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 [14] - Ford BDA LEC 1m 26.8s
10 Cyd Williams (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 [21] - Ford BDA Cosworth 1m 27.0s
11 Alo Lawler (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-06] - Ford BDA Nicholson 1m 27.4s
12 Peter Wardle (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Surtees TS15 [06] - Ford BDA Swindon 1m 27.6s
13 Nick May (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU5] - Ford BDA 1m 27.7s
14 Matt Spitzley (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-18] - Ford BDA Swindon 1m 27.8s
15 Bob Muir (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Birrana 273 [273-009] - Ford BDA Hart 1m 27.9s
16 Bertil Roos (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B [5] - Ford BDA 1m 28.2s
17 Derek Cook (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-06] - Ford BDA Cook 1m 28.8s
18 Dean Hosking (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Birrana 273 [273-006] - Ford BDA Hart 1m 29.1s
19 Peter Williams (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-17] - Ford BDA Nicholson 1m 30.4s
20 Peter Munro (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-14] - Ford BDA Whitehurst 1m 31.8s
21 Roy Baker * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B [722-24] - Ford BDA Racing Services 1m 35.9s
22 Mike Franey * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Royale RP11 [6] - Ford BDA Gray 1m 38.9s
23 Howard Rose * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B [712M-25?] - Ford BDA Longman 1m 39.7s
24 Roberto Alvarez (F/Atl) 1.6-litre McLaren M21 - Ford BDA LEC 1m 39.7s
25 Graham Perry (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B [742-23] - Ford BDA Nicholson 1m 51.3s
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Chevron B29 [29-75-16] (Bill Brack): Sold via US agent Fred Opert to multiple Canadian champion Bill Brack (Toronto, Ontario) and raced through 1975 in STP colours. Won at Halifax in August and at Brainerd in September. Sold to Brad Abbott (Messapequa, NY) for 1976 and only raced twice, both times in SCCA events, scoring a win and a third place according to his later advert. As he did not score points in NEDiv FB in 1976, these were presumably regional events. Abbott then bought a new March 77B and the Chevron was sold to John Galson who raced it in SCCA events in 1977 and 1978.
  2. Lola T360 [HU7] (Ted Wentz): Believed to be the new car loaned to Ken Bailey in August for British Formula Atlantic, after he had wrecked his original loan car at Silverstone two weeks earlier. Sold to Planer, owners of the Wella brand, for Ted Wentz, starting with the televised Thruxton race in November 1974. Raced by Wentz through 1974 until it was heavily damaged by Roy James in a testing accident in early October 1975. Wentz hired the works development car for the rest of the season, so it is assumed that HU7 was not repairable.
  3. Lola T360 [HU5] (Nick May): 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.
  4. Chevron B27 [27-74-06] (Derek Cook): 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.
  5. 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.
  6. March 75B [5] (Bertil Roos): A yellow March 75B invoiced by March to Ecurie Canada. Based on the colour, this would be the yellow #22 car raced by Bertil Roos in the opening round of the British Formula Atlantic in mid-April, and then the #40 car raced by him in the Player Canadian Formula Atlantic series from late-May onwards, sponsored by Schweppes and Castrol. The two Ecurie Canada March 75Bs are presumably the 75Bs advertised by PDW Racing (St Lambert, Quebec) in mid-1976. PDW ran Formula Fords in the Canadian championship. Then Jacques Desjardins advertised two 75Bs in December 1976. Subsequent history unknown.
  7. Chevron B29 [29-75-17] (Peter Williams): New to Peter Williams (Brentwood) and raced in the British Formula Atlantic series in 1975, but crashed at Brands Hatch in April and not seen again that season. Entered by Williams' Coin News for Jim Crawford in early 1976 and then sold to Martin Birrane (Ballina, County Mayo, Republic of Ireland) who raced it in G8 and in Atlantic in 1976 and 1977. To Laurence Jacobsen (Glasgow, Scotland) for 1978, fitted with a Swindon BDX and entered by him for Bryce Wilson in libre that year. Converted back to Atlantic spec and raced by Bryce, Jacobsen and Graham Hamilton in 1979. In 1980, Jacobsen fitted the car with a plastic Sunbeam Stiletto body and Cosworth BDG engine, and raced it in GT racing in Scotland. Unknown in 1981 but with Eric Munnoch in 1982 who raced the 'Stiletto' with a 3.5-litre Rover V8. Subsequent history unknown, but in March 2010, HSCC News reported that Colin Thorpe had rebuilt the car, which was not thought to have raced since the 1980s, and it would be raced by his son Ollie Thorpe in 2010.
  8. Chevron B29 [29-75-06] (Alo Lawler): New to Alo Lawler (St Helens, Merseyside) and raced in the 1975 British Formula Atlantic championship, sponsored by L&B Excavations Ltd. Also used in the Irish championship that year, and in libre racing. Retained by Lawler for 1976, when he raced it in the Shellsport G8 championship, the Irish Formula Atlantic championship, the British Indylantic championship, and in libre racing. Sold to John Eastwood and raced in the Irish Formula Atlantic series. To Joe Greenan (Belfast, Northern Ireland) for 1978, and entered by Irish Racing Cars in Irish Atlantic, then raced by Ken Fildes (Clonskeagh, Dublin) in 1979 and 1980. Sold to English wheeler dealer Bobby Howlings (Congleton, Cheshire) for 1981, and raced by Howlings in rounds of the reintroduced British Formula Atlantic championship. Sold to Stuart Harte (Littleborough, Greater Manchester) and fitted with a 2.2-litre Hart 420R engine for sprints and hillclimbs. After Harte's death, the car was retained by his family until 2011, when it was sold to Jon Waggitt. Waggitt sold it to Chris Porritt in July 2011.
  9. Chevron B29 [29-75-18] (Matt Spitzley): New to Ted Moore of racing car freight specialists Rapid Movements, to be driven by Matt Spitzley in British Formula Atlantic in 1975. For some reason, presuably an accident, this car was replaced by chassis 75-25 in May 1975.
  10. 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.
  11. Chevron B27 [27-74-14] (Peter Munro): 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.
  12. McLaren M21 (Roberto Alvarez): One of two cars entered by Astor Club Racing International in British Formula Atlantic in 1975, this car was raced by Roberto Alvarez at Silverstone on 13 April, and then by Tony Trimmer later in the season. This car was next seen when acquired by Tony Dunne, who raced it in the British Formula Atlantic series in 1982. Dunne then entered Alo Lawler in Dunne's McLaren M30 in BRSCC libre in 1984 and 1985, and traded the M21 back to McLaren International in 1986 for the spare M30 monocoque. McLaren International rebuilt the car to Scheckter's F2 configuration, and the car was on display in the Donington Museum for many years. When the other two cars were restored in the late 1990s and none were found to have a chassis plate, McLaren International issued this car with a '1' chassis plate.
  13. Chevron B29 [29-75-04] (Richard Morgan): New to Tom Wheatcroft in February 1975, and tested by Richard Morgan who would be driving it in British Formula Atlantic. Raced by Morgan in the early races of the season, winning one race, until crashed at Brands Hatch in April. Morgan then drove the new Wheatcroft R18, and the Chevron was sold to Brett Riley, who drove it for the rest of 1975. To Ken Bailey (Stretford, Greater Manchester) and raced in Indylantic in 1976. Retained for 1977. Sold to Eddie Jordan (Dundrum, County Dublin, Ireland) and used in Irish Formula Atlantic in 1978, winning both the All-Ireland and Duckhams Formula Atlantic Championships. Raced by Vivian Candy in Ireland in 1979, then sold via Phil Bennett to David Ward (Hesketh Bank, Lancashire) for British libre racing in 1980 and 1981. With Terry Cole for Monoposto racing in 1983, then reportedly broken up for spares by Chevron Cars.
  14. March 74B [73B-21] (Val Musetti): New to Stan Mathews (Wicken, Wolverton, Bucks) in June 1973, and raced in British Formula Atlantic. To Chris Oates (Kimberley, Notts) for 1974, but sold mid-season to Val Musetti (London). Retained by Musetti for 1975, when it was updated to 74B specification. It was also rebuilt on another tub about this time, but the details are obscure. Damaged by Derek Cook's March 73B in practice at Silverstone in July, and rebuilt in time for the race on the car's original tub - only to be crashed and damaged again in the race. At the end of 1975, Musetti built up a March "742", which could be said to have inherited the identity of 73B-21, but as the tub had been changed, the chassis plate had long gone, and its appearance and description were radically different, it could be argued that 73B-21 had dissipated by the end of 1975. The successor "742" later went to Bill Wood, then Ray Rowan, before spending much of the 1980s in Monoposto and then being rebuilt as a "712M" for historic racing in the late 1980s.
  15. March 73B [722-24] (Roy Baker): 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.
  16. Royale RP11 [6] (Mike Franey): 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.
  17. March 74B [712M-25?] (Howard Rose): Ian Barrowman (Hungerford, Berkshire) bought a March 712M from Frank Williams for Mike Campbell-Cole to race in Formula Atlantic in 1972. The chassis number of the car is unknown but it was said to be ex-Carlos Pace. At their first race, at Snetterton, the engine ingested a piece of metal during practice and, following a sponsor pulling out, they did not have the budget to have it rebuilt. After a season of unfilled entries, it was sold to Richard Longman (Christchurch, Hampshire) for 1973. The car was fitted with a BDA engine but Longman made only a single entry, at Thruxton in May 1973, and did not appear. He advertised the car in December 1973, and it was bought by Howard Rose (Wokingham, Berkshire). Rose raced the car for the next three seasons, but his actual appearances were quite limited, and his race finishes exceedingly rare. Rose retained the car after he retired from racing, and it was in storage for several decades, still in its mid-1970s livery. He described the car as being "712M-20". In November 2016, it was sold to Jeremy Caine (High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire) and taken to Neil Fowler Motorsport for restoration.
  18. McLaren M21 (Steve Prior): One of two cars entered by Astor Club Racing International in British Formula Atlantic in 1975, this car was raced by Steve Prior. Prior returned for Indylantic in 1976, now sponsored by Capital Radio and Applied Racing Techniques. This car is then unknown until acquired at auction by Chris MacAllister in the late 1990s. Retored by Kerry Adams for MacAllister, at the same time another car was restored for Jody Scheckter with help from McLaren International who owned the ex-Tony Trimmer car. As none of the three cars had chassis plates, McLaren International gave MacAllister a '3' chassis plate.

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.