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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
15 0.13.45.8
105.5
2 Ray Mallock March 75B [U1] - Ford BDA Swindon
#5 Ardmore Racing
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
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 (see note 1)
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)
(see note 2)

9 John Wingfield Brabham BT40 [14] - Ford BDA Swindon
#49 Marshall Wingfield Ltd

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 3)

R Nick May Lola T360 [HU5] - Ford BDA
#15 Dave Price Racing
11 Fuel pump
R Cyd Williams Brabham BT40 [21] - Ford BDA Swindon
#6 Graham Eden
0 Wheel
UNKE Val Musetti March 74B [73B-21] - Ford BDA Wood
#14 Bernigra Ice Cream (London)
(see note 4)
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 5)
On entry list
UNKE Mike Franey Chevron B27 [27-74-16] - Ford BDA Gray
#30 Samatco Ltd (see note 6)
On entry list
UNKE Alan Crocker March 74B [1] - Ford BDA
#43 Esposito (see note 7)
On entry list
UNKE Ronald Remeeus Chevron B27 - Ford BDA Cook
#57 Ashtune Race Hire (see note 8)
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. Chevron B29 [29-75-15] (Derek Cook): Chassis number noted on Jim Crawford’s car by Adam Ferrington at John Player Atlantic round at Oulton Park, May 26, 1975. [Confirms Chevron build record.] A/S report for that race says that this is a new car, suggesting that to this point Crawford had used the earlier works car [29.75.2A] which then reappears a week later with James Crawley. MN report of Southern Organs Atlantic round at Silverstone, August 3, 1975 says that Derek Cook 'had an outing in Jim Crawford's usual Chevron as his own car is not yet ready' [MN 7 Aug 75 p11]. The car was probably run for the works by SDC rather than owned by them, because A/S and MN report that Richard Morgan runs the ex Crawford car, ‘hired from the works’ beginning with the Southern Organs Atlantic round at Oulton Park, October 4, 1975. Sold to Len Booysen in South Africa for the 1976 season there [A/S 15 Feb 76 says Booysen's car is 'ex Crawford works development chassis'] - however Ian Hebblewhite reports that this was chassis 15, rather than 2A, by then probably in the USA - then passed on to Dorino Trocani, who used the car in 1977-78 in South Africa. [described as 'ex Booysen' A/S 16 Feb 78 p6]. This history confirmed by the current owner.
  2. Chevron B29 [29-75-25] (Matt Spitzley): Chassis number noted on Matt Spitzley's Rapid Movements car by Adam Ferrington at John Player Atlantic round at Oulton Park, May 26, 1975. [Contradicts Chevron build record, which shows B29.75.18 as consigned to Rapid Movements, and 25 as blank.] This suggests that 25 may be a replacement chassis built up after a testing accident. Spitzley replaced by Gunnar Nilsson towards the end of the 1975 season. Sold to John Gibb in South Africa for the 1976 Atlantic series there. [A/S 22 Jan 76 p5]. In 1976 initially entered by Gibbs’s sponsors for Trevor van Rooyen, but does not appear. Since there are no other available B29s in South Africa later in 1977 [29.75.15 being owned by Trochanni] this was probably the car of Rhodesian driver Geoff Frizell.
  3. 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 was seen less often after August while the car was apparently shipped to Watkins Glen for the Pro Atlantic race that supported the United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen in October. Patterson did not race it again, but the car was back in the UK by early November when it was acquired by Roy Baker (Ferndown, Dorset) and raced regularly by him through the 1975 season. Subsequent history unknown.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. March 74B [1] (Alan Crocker): Shown on what is probably an incomplete copy of the March 74B build records made by Gordon Spice Racing as "Planer, White, 2-Nov-73". Planer was the holding company for the Wella brand, the hair products manufacturer, and the car was presented as a special prize, with Wella sponsorship, to Ted Wentz for winning the 1973 Wella Formula Ford championship. Wentz’s car is later described by MN as "the first customer 74B". Used by Wentz throughout 1974. Sold to Alan Crocker for the British Formula Atlantic series in 1975 and 76. Chassis number observed on Alan Crocker’s car by Dave McKinney at Baypark, 2 Jan 1977, described in NZMA as ex Wentz, and similarly in MN, 10 Feb 77. Sold to Ken Smith and rented by him to Ken Sager. To Robbie Booth for 1979. Entered by Robbie Hislop in some races for the 1981-82 Gold Star series but did not appear. Sold to Tony Batchelor who used the car in the 1982 – 83 international series.
  8. 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 on the Atlas F1 and 10 Tenths forums.

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