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MCD/Southern Organs Formula Atlantic Race

Brands Hatch, 21 Sep 1975

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Gunnar Nilsson Chevron B29 [29-75-25] - Ford BDA Swindon
#59 Rapid Movements Ltd-Ted Moore
(see note 1)
20 0.15.10.8
98.02
2 Nick May Lola T360 [HU5] - Ford BDA Broadspeed
#15 Dave Price Racing
20 0.15.17.6
3 Tony Brise Modus M3 [022] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#3 Team Modus (see note 2)
20 0.15.25.0
4 Ted Wentz Lola T360 [HU7] - Ford BDA Swindon
#10 Wella International Hair Care
20 10' penalty
5 Val Musetti March 74B [73B-21] - Ford BDA Swindon
#14 Bernigra Ice Cream (London)
(see note 3)
20 0.15.27.2
6 Derek Cook Chevron B29 [29-75-29] - Ford BDA Cook
#17 George Cooper Lubricants
20 0.15.38.8
7 Philip Sharp Lyncar 005 [005] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#20
20 0.15.40.6
8 Alo Lawler Chevron B29 [29-75-06] - Ford BDA Swindon
#24 L&B Excavations Ltd
20 0.15.40.8
9 Mike Franey Chevron B27 [27-74-16] - Ford BDA Gray
#30 Samatco Ltd (see note 4)
20 0.15.46.8
10 Steve Carvill Surtees TS15 [06] - Ford BDA Swindon
#45
20 0.15.55.0
R Brett Riley Chevron B29 [29-75-04] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#40
12 Accident
UNK James Crawley Chevron B29 [29-75-02?] - Ford BDA Hart
#46

UNKP Evan Clements Brabham BT28 [25] - Ford BDA
#53 Victoria Sporting Club
Unknown (practiced)
UNKP Ronald Remeeus Chevron B27 - Ford BDA Cook
#57 Ashtune Race Hire (see note 5)
Unknown (practiced)
UNKP Roy Baker March 73B [722-24] - Ford BDA
#19 (see note 6)
Unknown (practiced)
UNKP Howard Rose March 712M [25?] - Ford BDA Longman
#29 (see note 7)
Unknown (practiced)
DNS Brian Henton Wheatcroft R18 [002] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#33 Donington Park Collection/Wheatcroft Racing
Did not start
(Gear selection)
DNA Creighton Brown March 75B [U1] - Ford BDA Swindon
#60 Ardmore Racing
Did not arrive
DNA Rikky Pierce Chevron B27 - Ford BDA
#63
Did not arrive
DNA Richard Morgan Chevron B29 [29-75-15] - Ford BDA
#18 (see note 8)
Did not arrive

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

Qualifying
1 Gunnar Nilsson (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-25] - Ford BDA Swindon 0.44.2
2 Tony Brise (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Modus M3 [022] - Ford BDA Nicholson 0.44.4
3 Nick May (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU5] - Ford BDA Broadspeed 0.44.4
4 Brian Henton * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Wheatcroft R18 [002] - Ford BDA Nicholson 0.44.8
5 Ted Wentz (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU7] - Ford BDA Swindon 0.44.8
6 Brett Riley (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-04] - Ford BDA Nicholson 0.45.0
7 Val Musetti (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B [73B-21] - Ford BDA Swindon 0.45.6
8 Philip Sharp (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lyncar 005 [005] - Ford BDA Nicholson 0.45.6
9 Derek Cook (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-29] - Ford BDA Cook 0.45.6
10 Alo Lawler (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-06] - Ford BDA Swindon 0.46.0
11 Steve Carvill (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Surtees TS15 [06] - Ford BDA Swindon 0.46.2
12 Mike Franey (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-16] - Ford BDA Gray
13 Evan Clements * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT28 [25] - Ford BDA
14 Ronald Remeeus * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 - Ford BDA Cook
15 Roy Baker * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B [722-24] - Ford BDA
16 Howard Rose * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 712M [25?] - Ford BDA Longman
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Chevron B29 [29-75-25] (Gunnar Nilsson): 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.
  2. Modus M3 [022] (Tony Brise): Chassis number given in works record for new car for Brise, so presumably a replacement for 009-FA. Marcus Pye’s Modus records suggest that this was Gygax's car at the 1975 British GP support race. However, this is disproved by Adam Ferrington's observation of 020-F3 for Gygax, and so likely to be Brise's car at that race. As Brise was increasingly busy with F1 commitments, the car eventually went to David Price Racing for John Nicholson’s return to Formula Atlantic in Britain. In the interim it may be the car raced by Tim Brise at Silverstone, August 3, 1975 [the alternative is 020-F3]. The car was crashed by Nicholson at Oulton Park, October 4, 1975 and it is said to have been written off. Indeed, the gearbox [FT200-955] and some other parts of the car were built up around monocoque 054, but as this is a 1976 build, it cannot explain the identity of Nicholson’s car for the rest of the 1975 season. Since Richard Parsons is also given an outing in a works car – alongside Nicholson – at Thruxton October 12, 1975, it seems as though 022-FA survived in some form. As the works records comment that 022 was sold to the Domingo Brothers in South Africa for the 1976 season, with ‘a new 16 swg monocoque with ex-Gygax running gear’ it may be that this new tub was built not for the Domingos, but rather in October 1975 for Nicholson or Parsons. However, as Modus build numbers seem to be based upon the tub, the description of the Domingo car in 1976 as 'ex Brise' cannot be justified. In the absence of a known number for the late 1975 monocoque we have labelled it "022". In its hybrid form this is possibly the car taken to Macau GP in November 1975 by Team Harper for David Purley, though that is more likely to have been a different car, sold afterwards in the Philippines. Mike Domingo first appears with a Modus M3 at Killarney, 24 Jan 76. A/S reports of races in the South African championship later describe this car as ‘ex Brise’. There are two Moduses in the 1977 series in South Africa, and since Stopford's is known to be [024-FA], it is assumed that the car used by John Simpson was 022B-FA.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. March 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.
  8. Chevron B29 [29-75-15] (Richard Morgan): 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.

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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