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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
20 0.15.10.8
98.02
2 Nick May Lola T360 [HU5] - Ford BDA Broadspeed
#15 Dave Price Racing (see note 1)
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
(see note 3)
20 10' penalty
5 Val Musetti March 74B [73B-21] - Ford BDA Swindon
#14 Bernigra Ice Cream (London)
(see note 4)
20 0.15.27.2
6 Derek Cook Chevron B29 [29-75-29] - Ford BDA Cook
#17 George Cooper Lubricants (see note 5)
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 6)
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 (see note 7)
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 8)
Unknown (practiced)
UNKP Roy Baker March 73B [722-24] - Ford BDA
#19 (see note 9)
Unknown (practiced)
UNKP Howard Rose March 712M [25?] - Ford BDA Longman
#29 (see note 10)
Unknown (practiced)
DNS Richard Morgan March 75B [1] - Ford BDA Nicholson
(see note 11)
Did not start
(hired car from Derek Cook but misfire in practice)
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 (see note 12)
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
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. 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.
  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. 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.
  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. Chevron B29 [29-75-29] (Derek Cook): New to Derek Cook (Wath-upon-Dearne, Rotherham, South Yorkshire) in August 1975, and raced in British Formula Atlantic with support from George Cooper Lubricants. To Jeremy Rossiter (Kidlington, Oxfordshire) for 1976, and raced in Shellsport G8 and Indylantic races. The series died at the end of 1976, and the car was unused until August 1977 when it was sold to John Pollock (Carrickfergus, County Antrim, Northern Ireland), who raced for Gerry Kinnane's team in Irish Formula Atlantic. Pollock raced it at Phoenix Park and Mondello Parkin September 1977, but it was then sold to Tom O'Leary (Dalkey, County Dublin), Pollock taking O'Leary's older Brabham BT40 in part-exchange. Raced by O'Leary in the Irish series in 1978 and 1979.
  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. 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.
  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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. March 75B [1] (Richard Morgan): The original March 75B prototype was sold to Derek Cook (Wath-upon-Dearne, Rotherham, South Yorkshire) and was first raced at the 1974 Boxing Day meeting at Brands Hatch. Raced in the British Formula Atlantic series in 1975. To Roy Baker (Ferndown, Dorset), converted to Formula 2, and raced in the European F2 series and the Shellsport Group 8 series in 1976. To Ted Williams (Bristol), fitted with a 2.2-litre Ford BDA or BDG, and raced (as a "752") in British hillclimbs in 1977. Then fitted with a full F2 Hart 420R for the first half of 1978, before Williams bought a 772. To Bob Bailey and raced in the 1600cc class later in 1978 and again in 1979. To Richard Ames (Alderton, Gloucestershire) for 1981 and 1982, after which he sold it to somebody in Scotland.
  12. March 75B [U1] (Creighton Brown): 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.

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.