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MCD/Southern Organs Formula Atlantic Race

Silverstone, 3 Aug 1975

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Ted Wentz Lola T360 [HU7] - Ford BDA Swindon
#10 Wella International Hair Care
(see note 1)
15 0.13.45.8
105.5
2 Ray Mallock March 75B [U1] - Ford BDA Swindon
#5 Ardmore Racing (see note 2)
15 0.13.53.8
3 Richard Morgan Wheatcroft R18 [002] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#18 Donington Park Collection - Wheatcroft
15 0.13.56.8
4 Brett Riley Chevron B29 [29-75-04] - Ford BDA Hart
#40 Brett Riley (see note 3)
15 0.13.57.0
5 Alo Lawler Chevron B29 [29-75-06] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#24 L&B Excavations Ltd
15 0.14.01.6
6 Derek Cook Chevron B29 [29-75-15] - Ford BDA Hart
#17 George Cooper Lubricants
15 0.14.07.6
7 Tim Brise Modus M3 - Ford BDA Nicholson
#58 Team Modus

8 Matt Spitzley Chevron B29 [29-75-25] - Ford BDA Swindon
#11 Rapid Movements Ltd. (Ted Moore)

9 John Wingfield Brabham BT40 [14] - Ford BDA Swindon
#49 Marshall Wingfield Ltd (see note 4)

10 Steve Carvill Surtees TS15 [06] - Ford BDA Swindon
#45 Peter Wardle

11 Roy Baker March 73B [722-24] - Ford BDA Racing Services
#19 Roy Baker (see note 5)

R Nick May Lola T360 [HU5] - Ford BDA
#15 Dave Price Racing (see note 6)
11 Fuel pump
R Cyd Williams Brabham BT40 [21] - Ford BDA Swindon
#6 Graham Eden (see note 7)
0 Wheel
UNKE Val Musetti March 74B [73B-21] - Ford BDA Wood
#14 Bernigra Ice Cream (London)
(see note 8)
On entry list
UNKE Philip Sharp Lyncar FA73 [005] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#20 Phil Sharp
On entry list
UNKE Bob Muir Birrana 273 [273-009] - Ford BDA Swindon
#25 Bob & Marj Brown
On entry list
UNKE Steve Prior McLaren M21 - Ford BDA Nicholson
#27 Astor Club Racing International
(see note 9)
On entry list
UNKE Mike Franey Chevron B27 [27-74-16] - Ford BDA Gray
#30 Samatco Ltd (see note 10)
On entry list
UNKE Alan Crocker March 74B [1] - Ford BDA
#43 Esposito (see note 11)
On entry list
UNKE Ronald Remeeus Chevron B27 - Ford BDA Cook
#57 Ashtune Race Hire (see note 12)
On entry list

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

Qualifying
1 Matt Spitzley (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-25] - Ford BDA Swindon 0.54.0
2 Alo Lawler (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-06] - Ford BDA Nicholson 0.54.0
3 Ray Mallock (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B [U1] - Ford BDA Swindon 0.54.2
4 Nick May (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU5] - Ford BDA 0.54.4
5 Ted Wentz (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU7] - Ford BDA Swindon 0.54.4
6 Richard Morgan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Wheatcroft R18 [002] - Ford BDA Nicholson 0.54.4
7 Brett Riley (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-04] - Ford BDA Hart
8 Tim Brise (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Modus M3 - Ford BDA Nicholson

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  2. March 75B [U1] (Ray Mallock): An unnumbered March 75B built for Ray Mallock (Roade, Northamptonshire) and run for him in British Formula Atlantic and some F2 races by Ardmore Racing in 1975. It replaced the second-hand March 742 that Mallock wrecked in the Thruxton Formula 2 race in March. In 1976, Mallock raced the car in Formula 2 specification in the European F2 series and in the Shellsport Group 8 series. It is possible the car was still using the chassis plate of the old 742 during this time, as it was described by Motoring News as a 742 when it appeared at Hockenheim in September 1976. Subsequent history unknown.
  3. Chevron B29 [29-75-04] (Brett Riley): 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.
  4. Brabham BT40 [14] (John Wingfield): 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. 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. By July, the car had been updated to 73B specification. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. McLaren M21 (Steve Prior): The two M21s that appears in F/Atlantic in 1975 and 1976 are a puzzle, as the only known M21, the ex-works/Scheckter car, had been wrecked in France by Yves Martin in 1974. Around 2001, Chris MacAllister bought a McLaren M21 at auction that appeared to be one of Steve Prior's old cars and still had radio broadcasting sponsorship logos on it. It was fully restored by 2004, using the Donington Museum car - also or unclear origins - as a model.
  10. Chevron B27 [27-74-16] (Mike Franey): 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.
  11. March 74B [1] (Alan Crocker): New to Ted Wentz (Philadelphia, PA) and raced in the 1974 British Formula Atlantic season. To Alan Crocker, an Australian ex-pat, and raced in the 1975 British series, and the 1976 Indylantic series. Taken to New Zealand for the 1977 Formula Pacific series, and sold there to Ken Smith, who rented it to Ken Sager to drive in the 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 Ken Smith to Richard Carter in Australia to donate parts to Carter's rebuilt of March 73B-12. The remains of the car were sold with the 73B to George Makin (Melbourne, Australia) about 2005.
  12. Chevron B27 (Ronald Remeeus): From August to October 1975, Ashtune Race Hire entered a Chevron B27 in Formula Atlantic races for Dutch Formula Ford racer Ronald Remeeus. Remeeus rarely appeared, and his car has not been identified. However, the clue may be that the car's engine was identified as a Cook-built BDA, and the only other Cook BDA seen in 1975 had been in Derek Cook's Chevron B27, which had replaced with a newer car earlier in 1975. Cook returned to the B27 in early 1976, suggesting he had rented it to Ashtune Race Hire for the latter half of 1975.

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.