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MCD/Southern Organs Formula Atlantic Race

Thruxton, 12 Oct 1975

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Gunnar Nilsson Chevron B29 [29-75-25] - Ford BDA Swindon
#59 Rapid Movements Ltd-Ted Moore
15 0.18.34.8
114.21
2 Ted Wentz Lola T360 [HU18] - Ford BDA Swindon
#10 Wella International Hair Care
(see note 1)
15 0.18.51.6
3 Brett Riley Chevron B29 [29-75-04] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#40 (see note 2)
15 0.19.08.8
4 John Nicholson Modus M3 [020-FA] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#1 Pinch Plant Ltd
15 0.19.10.8
5 Richard Morgan Chevron B29 [29-75-15] - Ford BDA Swindon
#18
15 0.19.11.0
6 Bob Muir Birrana 273 [273-009] - Ford BDA Swindon
#25 Bob & Marj Brown
15 0.19.19.8
R Nick May Lola T360 [HU5] - Ford BDA Broadspeed
#15 Dave Price Racing (see note 3)
8 Accident
R Brian Henton Wheatcroft R18 [002] - Ford BDA Cook
#33 Donington Park Collection/Wheatcroft Racing
3 Accident
UNKP Val Musetti March 74B [73B-21] - Ford BDA Swindon
#14 Bernigra (Ice Cream) London
(see note 4)
Unknown (practiced)
UNKP Derek Cook Chevron B29 [29-75-29] - Ford BDA Cook
#17 George Cooper Lubricants (see note 5)
Unknown (practiced)
UNKP Roy Baker March 73B [722-24] - Ford BDA Racing Services
#19 (see note 6)
Unknown (practiced)
UNKP Philip Sharp Lyncar 005 [005] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#20
Unknown (practiced)
UNKP Alo Lawler Chevron B29 [29-75-06-2] - Ford BDA Swindon
#24 L&B Excavations Ltd (see note 7)
Unknown (practiced)
UNKP Mike Franey Chevron B27 [27-74-16] - Ford BDA Gray
#30 Samatco Ltd (see note 8)
Unknown (practiced)
UNKP Steve Carvill Surtees TS15 [06] - Ford BDA Swindon
#45 Peter Wardle
Unknown (practiced)
UNKP Dick Parsons Modus M3 [022] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#66 Team Modus (see note 9)
Unknown (practiced)
UNKP Cyd Williams Brabham BT40 [21] - Ford BDA Swindon
#6 Graham Eden with Harrisons of Birmingham
(see note 10)
Unknown (practiced)
DNA Steve Prior McLaren M21 - Ford BDA Nicholson
#27 Astor Club Racing International
(see note 11)
Did not arrive
DNA Tony Trimmer McLaren M21 - Ford BDA Nicholson
#42 Astor Club Racing International
(see note 12)
Did not arrive
DNA Evan Clements Brabham BT28 [25] - Ford BDA
#53 Victoria Sporting Club
Did not arrive
DNA Ronald Remeeus Chevron B27 - Ford BDA Cook
#57 Ashtune Race Hire (see note 13)
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 1.12.6
2 Ted Wentz (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU18] - Ford BDA Swindon 1.12.8
3 Brian Henton (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Wheatcroft R18 [002] - Ford BDA Cook
4 Brett Riley (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-04] - Ford BDA Nicholson 1.14.6
5 John Nicholson (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Modus M3 [020-FA] - Ford BDA Nicholson 1.14.6
6 Nick May (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU5] - Ford BDA Broadspeed 1.14.6
7 Richard Morgan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-15] - Ford BDA Swindon 1.15.4
8 Derek Cook * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-29] - Ford BDA Cook 1.15.4
9 Bob Muir (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Birrana 273 [273-009] - Ford BDA Swindon 1.15.4
10 Dick Parsons * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Modus M3 [022] - Ford BDA Nicholson
11 Val Musetti * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B [73B-21] - Ford BDA Swindon
12 Alo Lawler * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-06-2] - Ford BDA Swindon
13 Steve Carvill * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Surtees TS15 [06] - Ford BDA Swindon
14 Mike Franey * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-16] - Ford BDA Gray
15 Cyd Williams * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 [21] - Ford BDA Swindon
16 Philip Sharp * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lyncar 005 [005] - Ford BDA Nicholson
17 Roy Baker * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B [722-24] - Ford BDA Racing Services
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Lola T360 [HU18] (Ted Wentz): Described as "the 1976 prototype", this car was loaned by Lola to the Wella team for Ted Wentz to drive in the last few races of the 1975 British Formula Atlantic season after Wentz' regular car was wrecked in testing at Silverstone by Roy James. It was loaned to Tony Trimmer for the start of the 1976 season, now as a Lola T362, and Trimmer won the first two races, only for the car to be sold from under him to Bruach Racing for Mike King, who raced it in Indylantic and Shellsport Group 8 for the rest of that season. Somehow then to Carl Liebich (Plymouth, WI) as a spare car to his Lola T460. Exactly when it was used is not known. Crashed at some point, and sold, still unrepaired, to Cy Moreland (Trainer, PA). Still with Moreland in 2003. Later to Steve Maxted (UK), fitted with a Cosworth BDG and raced by him in HSCC F2 races from 2006 to 2011. To Mark Piercy for HSCC F2 from 2012 onwards.
  2. 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.
  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. 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. 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.
  7. Chevron B29 [29-75-06-2] (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.
  8. 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.
  9. Modus M3 [022] (Dick Parsons): 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. McLaren M21 (Tony Trimmer): 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 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.