New Zealand Grand Prix

Pukekohe, 4 Jan 1976

1 Ken Smith Lola T330 [HU8] - Chevrolet V8
#11 La Valise Travel (see note 1)
58 1h 01m 42.5s
98.69 mph
2 Bruce Allison Lola T332 [T330 HU22-2] - Chevrolet V8
#62 Hobby & Toyland Racing (see note 2)
58 1h 02m 02.0s
3 Kevin Bartlett Lola T400 [HU1] - Chevrolet V8
4 Brian Redman (F2) 2-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-30] - BMW M12
#1 Fred Opert Racing (see note 3)
5 Jim Murdoch Begg [018] - Chevrolet V8
#19 Begg & Allen Ltd (see note 4)
6 Paul Bernasconi Lola T400 [HU3] - Chevrolet V8
#2 Sharp Calculators
7 Baron Robertson Elfin MR5 [5722] - Repco Holden V8
#12 Robertson Racing (see note 5)
8 John McCormack Elfin MR6 [6741] - Repco Holden V8
#9 Ansett Airlines
9 John Edmonds Elfin MR5-B [5723] - Repco Holden V8
#4 (see note 6)
10 Robbie Booth Matich-Michigan - Chevrolet V8
#10 Michigan Motors Ltd
R Graeme Lawrence Lola T332 [HU28] - Chevrolet V8
#14 Wix Filters (see note 7)
29 valve springs
R Max Stewart Lola T400 [HU2] - Chevrolet V8
#6 Sharp Calculators
29 holed sump
DNS Ross Calgher (F?) 1.8-litre McLaren M4A ["14"] - Cosworth FVC
#20 Calgher Motor Racing (see note 8)
Did not start
DNS Peter Hughes (F?) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [23] - Fiat twin cam
#16 Trans World Airlines (see note 9)
Did not start
DNA Graham Baker Begg FM5 [2] - Chevrolet V8
#67 (see note 10)
Did not arrive
DNA Gary Love Begg FM4 - Chevrolet V8
#17 (see note 11)
Did not arrive

All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.

1 Graeme Lawrence (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU28] - Chevrolet V8 1'00.9
2 Ken Smith (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU8] - Chevrolet V8 1'01.4
3 Max Stewart (F5000) 5-litre Lola T400 [HU2] - Chevrolet V8 1'01.7
4 John McCormack (F5000) 5-litre Elfin MR6 [6741] - Repco Holden V8 1"02.8
5 Bruce Allison (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [T330 HU22-2] - Chevrolet V8 1'02.8
6 Brian Redman (F2) 2-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-30] - BMW M12 1'03.0
7 Jim Murdoch (F5000) 5-litre Begg [018] - Chevrolet V8 1'03.1
8 Kevin Bartlett (F5000) 5-litre Lola T400 [HU1] - Chevrolet V8 1'03.4
9 Baron Robertson (F5000) 5-litre Elfin MR5 [5722] - Repco Holden V8 1'07.2
10 Paul Bernasconi (F5000) 5-litre Lola T400 [HU3] - Chevrolet V8 1'08.2
11 Robbie Booth (F5000) 5-litre Matich-Michigan - Chevrolet V8 1'11.8
12 John Edmonds (F5000) 5-litre Elfin MR5-B [5723] - Repco Holden V8 1'12.9
13 Ross Calgher * (F?) 1.8-litre McLaren M4A ["14"] - Cosworth FVC 1'14.2
14 Peter Hughes * (F?) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [23] - Fiat twin cam 1'14.6
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Lola T330 [HU8] (Ken Smith): To Haas/Hall and the team's #65 car for Brian Redman in the 1973 US series. Then to Rogers Racing for Larry Harley in the 1974 US series. To Ken Smith (New Zealand) for the 1974/75 season, the New Zealand and Australian Internationals 1976. To Chris Milton (South Australia) and raced in Australia from Sep 1977 to Sep 1978. To John Blanden 1978, and driven for him by Rob Butcher from 1979 to 1982. To Bib Stillwell 1988 for Australian historic racing. To Noel Robson (Melbourne, Australia) 1993, and raced in Australian historic racing for many years. More information about Lola T330 HU8
  2. Lola T332 [T330 HU22-2] (Bruce Allison): New to Kevin Bartlett (Aus) 1973. First raced in Australia Sep 1973, then in Tasman 1974 but crashed in practice at Pukekohe and effectively written off. Rebuilt on T332 tub and raced in Gold Star from August 1974. To Bruce Allison March 1975 and raced in Australian Gold Star 1975, and New Zealand and Australian Internationals 1976, but crashed and heavily damaged at Oran Park 1 Feb. Rebuilt again on another T332 tub and raced by Allison later in 1976. Sold to Kevin Bartlett for Australian Internationals 1977, then to Johnnie Walker (Aus) September 1977, and raced in Australia in 1978 and 1979. History then unknown until reappeared with Bob Minogue (Aus) in 1987, then to Paul Cromarty (Aus), then Adrian Whapham (NZ) in 1994 or 1995. To Stan Redmond (Christchurch, NZ) by 2001 and raced in F5000 Tasman Revival series. To Peter Sundberg (Auckland, New Zealand) 2009. Still owned by Sundberg in 2013. More information about Lola T330 HU22
  3. Chevron B29 [29-75-30] (Brian Redman): Chassis number observed by Dave McKinney on Dave Oxton's car at Bay Park, 2 Jan 1977 and published NZMA 28 Jan 77 p5. Described by Motoring News as "the ex Redman Tasman car" 10 Feb 77 p7. This indicates it is the car taken by Brian Redman to the 1975-6 Tasman series, with a 2.0 BMW engine, which was itself a works car from the European F2 series of 1975, raced by Hans Binder at Vallelunga. [Confirmed in Chevron’s build record, though MN reports describe this car as chassis number 31, which does not appear in the B29 build record.] The car stayed in New Zealand and was purchased by Oxton for the Peter Stuyvesant series. Oxton sold the car to Eric Morgan for the 1977-78 Union Travel Gold Star Series and subsequent races in New Zealand. Chassis number noted on Morgan’s car by McKinney at Bay Park, 2 Jan 1978, and published NZMA 20 Jan 78 p3. Retained by Morgan to end 1981, then sold to Chris Read.
  4. Begg [018] (Jim Murdoch): First raced by Jim Murdoch in the New Zealand Gold Star in late 1974, then in the 1975 Tasman series, finishing second in the New Zealand Grand Prix, the 1975-76 Gold Star season, and in the 1976 NZ Internationals. The car was then retired to the Queenstown Motor Museum, where it remained when it was sold to Gavin Bain (Christchurch) in the late 1980s. It was later sold to Phil Mauger (Christchurch) and reappeared in 2004 when raced by him in the F5000 Tasman Revival series. Then to Noel Atley (Invercargill) who raced it in the Tasman Revival series from 2005 to 2009. Sold to Calven Bonney for 2010, and raced by him in the Tasman Revival series until sold to Scott O'Donnell (Invercargill) in 2017. The car will be on display on a regular basis at Bill Richardson Transport World in Invercargill.
  5. Elfin MR5 [5722] (Baron Robertson): New to Max Stewart in time for the start of the 1972 Tasman series. Also raced by Stewart in the 1972 Australian Gold Star. Entered by Stewart for John Leffler in a few raced in October/November 1973. Then sold to Baron Robertson and raced in the Tasman series in 1974 and 1975, and in the New Zealand and Australian Internationals in 1976. History then unknown until bought from David Davidson (Melbourne) by Gavin Sala. By 1994, this car was with Adrian Tweedle (Victoria). Subsequent history again unknown, but reported to be with Max Pearson by 2012.
  6. Elfin MR5-B [5723] (John Edmonds): Works Elfin Sports Cars entry for Garrie Cooper in the 1972 Tasman and Australian Gold Star, the 1973 Tasman and Australian Gold Star, the 1974 Tasman and Australian Gold Star, and the 1975 Tasman and Australian Gold Star. Rebuilt in August 1975 as the MR5-B. Sold to John Edmonds for the last race of the Australian Gold Star, then the 1976 New Zealand and Australian Internationals, the 1976 national season, and the 1977 Australian Internationals. Then to Phil Ward 1977, and then with Mike Pope from 1980 to 1986. History then unknown until bought from Geoff Munday by Gavin Sala. Sold by Sala to Ken Smith in Nnew Zealand, and reportedly with Barrie Flett in 1994. The car is said to have spent time in a museum in NZ, before being bought by Smith again, and sold back to Geoff Munday some time before 2014.
  7. Lola T332 [HU28] (Graeme Lawrence): Graeme Lawrence (NZ) for Tasman 1974, New Zealand Gold Star 1974; Tasman 1975; Tasman 1976; Gold Star Oct/Nov 1976; Australian Internationals 1977 - Terry Hook (Aus) Australian Internationals 1978, Australian Internationals 1979; heavily crashed at a club event at Lakeside 21 Jun 1981. Rebuilt by March 1982 by Chas Talbot on a new tub. Sold to Bob Minogue and Pete Brennan in the mid-1980s who sold the rear end to Peter Bick to complete his ex-Davison HU34. The ex-Hook car was then built up with other parts and sold to Manuel Jimenez who in turn passed it to Murray Richards (Murrumbeena, Australia). To David Sharp (New Zealand) 1993. To Murray Sinclair (Hong Kong, and Christchurch, New Zealand) 2001, and raced in the F5000 Tasman Revival from 2003 to 2007. To Russell Greer (Blenheim, New Zealand) 2007, who continued to race it in the Revival series. More information about Lola T332 HU28
  8. McLaren M4A ["14"] (Ross Calgher): Graeme Lawrence acquired a F2 specification McLaren M4A after he left the Chequered Flag F2 team which was identified in its logbook application and NZ registration papers as chassis number 'M4A-14', implying it was chassis 200-14. Raced by Lawrence from Pukekohe in November 1968, appearing in the 1969 Tasman series and winning the Singapore and Selangor GPs in April. The car passed to Frank Radisich later in 1969 and was raced by him in the 1970 Tasman series. Then owned by Wayne Murdoch in 1971-72 but not raced. To Neil Heney in August 1972 and raced by Doug Heney in club events in 1973, then to Jon Warring for hillclimbs in 1974 and then to Ross Calgher (Waitara, New Zealand) for national racing from 1975 to 1977. Sold by Calgher to George Begg in March 1977 and he sold it to Andrew Cunningham in 1983. Retained to 1990 and then may have passed to Australian ownership until acquired by Peter Herbert (Auckland, NZ) in 1999.
  9. Brabham BT29 [23] (Peter Hughes): Observed on Peter Hughes' car by Dave McKinney at Bay Park, 2 Jan 1977 and published NZMN 28 Jan 77 p6. Described there as 'ex Lawrence'. The chassis number had earlier been observed on this car, in Lawrence's hands, in the 2.0 litre class of the old Tasman series in 1973 and before that on the FB car taken to the Tasman series by Evan Noyes. This is not the same car used by Noyes in Formula B in 1970 as that was advertised by Fred Opert in the US after BT29-23 had been sold in New Zealand.
  10. Begg FM5 [2] (Graham Baker): Built new in 1973 by Fred McLean for Allan McCully for the 1973/74 New Zealand Gold Star, and regarded by McLean as a FM5, not a Begg FM5. To Graham Baker 1974 and raced in Tasman 1974, the 1974/75 and 1975/76 Gold Star, and the 1976 NZ Internationals. To Charles Talbot (Australia) 1976, and raced by him in the 1977 and 1978 Rothmans Australian Internationals. Presumably the car raced by Allan R. Nitschke in Australia from 1979 to 1982. Then unknown until acquired by Bryan and Graham Sala about 1990. Bought at auction in Australia by Gavin Hicks (Auckland, NZ) about 1991 and sold by him to Lindsay O'Donnell (Christchurch, NZ) 2001. Raced by O'Donnell in the F5000 Tasman Revival from 2003 to the 2012/13 season. Returned two years later for the New Zealand Festival at Hampton Downs in January 2015. More information about Begg FM5/2
  11. Begg FM4 (Gary Love): Built for 1970/71 season, and first raced by Geoff Mardon at Wigram in January 1971. Raced by David Oxton in the 1971/72 Gold Star. To Garry Pedersen October 1972, and rebuilt with a wedge body for the 1972/73 Gold Star. Then to Bill David for Robbie Booth to race in the 1974 Internationals, the 1974/75 Gold Star events, and the 1975 Internationals. Then to Gary Love for the 1976 Internationals, but the car's history is then unknown until it was acquired by Allan Hamilton in Australia some time before 1990. Next seen with Graham Brayshaw (Brookby, Auckland, New Zealand) in 2004, and retained to 2006. To the Rush family, and raced by Timothy Rush in the 2007/08 F5000 Tasman Revival series. Raced by Tim but also sometimes by Terry in the 2008/09, 2009/10 and 2011/12 series. Last seen racing in November 2011, but photographed in The Rush Collection in April 2016.


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.

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