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Natal Spring Trophy

Roy Hesketh, 5 Sep 1976

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Ian Scheckter March 76B [1] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#4 Lexington Racing (see note 1)
42
2 Roy Klomfass Ralt RT1 [10] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#5 Team Gunston (see note 2)
42
3 Nols Nieman Wheatcroft R18 [003] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#16 B&H /Alex Blignault (see note 3)
42
4 Guy Tunmer Chevron B34 [34.76.03] - Ford BDA Hart
#10 National Radios

5 Dave Charlton March 76B [19] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#1 Lucky Strike (see note 4)

6 Tony Martin Chevron B34 [34.76.02] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#2 South Coast Motors/BIC

7 Len Booysen Chevron B29 [29-75-15] - Ford BDA Swindon
#9 Golden Flo/Kenitex

R Basil van Rooyen Chevron B34 [34.76.08] - Ford BDA Nicholson
Wrangler Jeans
25
UNK Kevin Stopford Modus M3 [024] - Ford BDA Nicholson
(see note 5)

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

Qualifying
1 Ian Scheckter (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [1] - Ford BDA Nicholson

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 76B [1] (Ian Scheckter): Presumed to be the car of Ian Scheckter, used in the 1976 South African season. Racing tradition has it that Scheckter always had the first car of any of March's production runs, and South African expert Ian Hebblethwaite suggests that Scheckter had both the first chassis of the 76B and 77B production. A/S report of the race at Welkom 10 Feb 76 says that Scheckter's car is "the first of the production examples". Badly damaged in testing accident after the race at Aldo Scribante 27 Mar 76 and at Roy Hesketh Scheckter appears in a car that is described as "brand new" by A/S and having a "new tub" [MN]. Subsequent evidence suggests that the latter was the case, and the rebuilt car, if it still carried a plate, probably kept the identity of chassis 1 to avoid fresh import duties on a new car. The remains of the old tub were sold to the Domingo brothers, who built it up with spares to become 76B-1A in 1977. Sold to Len Booysen in 1977, and loaned by him to Dave Charlton and Bernard Tilanus in 1978.
  2. Ralt RT1 [10] (Roy Klomfass): Ralt sales record gives this as the car sold to Team Gunston for Roy Klomfass at the end of 1975 and used through the 1976 season in South Africa, with extensive modifications. The car was the only RT1 built with a centre post rear wing [though some others were so converted in the late 1970s]. In early 1977 the car was sold ‘to a guy in LA’. This is likely to have been Kevin Cogan, based in LA, who in early season SCCA races runs a red RT1 with a centre-post rear wing and the narrow early-style cockpit. [The only other candidate for this car is Pat Walter’s RT1 [6] which had the conventional rear wing.] Perhaps retained by Cogan and used as his spare car with the Pierre Phillips team in 1977, and for SCCA races in Southern California.
  3. Wheatcroft R18 [003] (Nols Nieman): Sold new to Alex Blignaut, for the 1976 South African season driven by Nols Neiman. Chassis number given in AS report of Welkom race 10 Feb 76, with the note that ‘last year’s Wheatcroft works car’ was carried as the team spare [R18-002]. Used throughout season, the spare remaining un-raced until 1977. Reported by Ian Hebblewhite as sold to Grant Maben in 1977, debut at Kyalami 1 Oct 77.
  4. March 76B [19] (Dave Charlton): Sold to Dave Charlton in South Africa in mid 1976 to replace his Modus M3, debuting at the Rand Winter Trophy, 7 Aug 1976. Retained by Charlton in 1977, then sold mid-1978 to Nols Nieman as a spare car. To Alex Blignaut's team in 1979/80 and later to the Domingo team in exchange for ther 76B/1A.
  5. Modus M3 [024] (Kevin Stopford): Works record for the car sold 24 Sep 75 to Dave Charlton in South Africa. Used throughout the 1976 South African season. At Natal Spring Trophy, September 5, 1976, Kevin Stopford appears in an M3, with Charlton debuting a new March 76B. In the A/S report of the Rand Spring Trophy, October 2, 1976, the Stopford car is described as 'ex Charlton'. Stopford appears in the car in the 1977 season; MN 10 Feb 77 p1 again describes the car as ‘ex Charlton’.

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 South African race results have been compiled by Chris Townsend based on material in Autosport and Motoring News plus 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.