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Rhodesian Grand Prix

Donnybrook, 26 Jun 1977

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Tony Martin Chevron B39 [39-77-02] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#4 BIC/South Coast Motors
44
2 Dave Charlton March 76B [19] - Ford BDA Swindon
#3 Scribante/Lucky Strike Racing
(see note 1)
44
3 Len Booysen March 76B [1] - Ford BDA
#9 Golden-Flo Racing with Kenitex
(see note 2)
44
4 Bobby Scott March 77B [17] - Ford BDA
#21 Sportsman Lager [Andrew Thomson]
43
5 John Gibb March 77B [11] - Ford BDA Swindon
#8 Team Uniewinkels [Martin Flint/Roger Taylor]
41
6 Nols Nieman March 77B [18] - Ford BDA
#5 Benson & Hedges / B.P. Racing [Alex Blignault]
38
7 Geoff Frizell Chevron B29 [29-75-25] - Ford BDA
#18 Jeff Frizell
36
8 Roy Klomfass March 77B [8] - Ford BDA Swindon
#2 Team Gunston
35 Collision with Neiman
R Royce Love Wheatcroft R18 [003] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#15 Benson & Hedges / B.P. Racing [Alex Blignault]
(see note 3)
22 Puncture
R Eddie Keizan March 77B [7] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#1 Lexington Racing Team/I. Scheckter
9 Distributor
UNKE Mike Domingo March 76B ['1A'] - Ford BDA
#10 Team Domingo
On entry list

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

Qualifying
1 John Gibb (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [11] - Ford BDA Swindon 1m 03.9s
2 Dave Charlton (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [19] - Ford BDA Swindon 1m 04.0s
3 Roy Klomfass (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [8] - Ford BDA Swindon 1m 04.0s
4 Tony Martin (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B39 [39-77-02] - Ford BDA Nicholson 1m 04.2s
5 Eddie Keizan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [7] - Ford BDA Nicholson 1m 04.2s
6 Bobby Scott (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [17] - Ford BDA 1m 04.3s
7 Len Booysen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [1] - Ford BDA 1m 04.8s
8 Nols Nieman (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [18] - Ford BDA 1m 05.0s
9 Royce Love (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Wheatcroft R18 [003] - Ford BDA Nicholson 1m 08.0s
10 Geoff Frizell (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-25] - Ford BDA 1m 11.6s

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  2. March 76B [1] (Len Booysen): 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.
  3. Wheatcroft R18 [003] (Royce Love): 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.

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.

Individual sources for this event

Autosport 7 Jul 1977 p5, Rhodesia Herald mc1714, Bulawayo Chronicle mc1700 and Motor Sport Annual of South Africa 1978.