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Rhodesian Grand Prix

Kumalo, 14 Sep 1969

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Dave Charlton (F5000) 5-litre Lola T140 [SL140/14] - Chevrolet V8
#7 Scuderia Scribante
50
2 Sam Tingle Brabham BT24 [2] - Repco 740 V8
#2 Team Gunston
50
3 John McNicol (F5000) 5-litre Lola T142 [SL142/23] - Ford V8
#4 Donald Motors
50
4 Bob Olthoff (F5000) 5-litre McLaren M3A [3] - Ford V8
#5 Bobby Olthoff Racing (see note 1)
50
5 Paddy Driver (F5000) 5-litre Lola T140 [SL140/4] - Ford V8
#6 L. D. Serrurier

6 John Love Lotus 49 [R3] - Cosworth DFV V8
#1 Team Gunston

7 Peter Parnell (SA F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23C [6] - Cosworth FVA
#15 Peter Parnell (see note 2)

NC John Amm (unknown) Brabham BT18 [F2-2-66] - Climax FPF 4
#16 Peter Parnell (see note 3)
Running, not classified
R Jackie Pretorius (F5000) 5-litre Lola T142 [SL142/25] - Ford V8
#8 Team Pretorius
2 oil pipe
R Joe Domingo (F1) 2-litre LDS [07] - Climax FPF 4
#9 Joe Domingo
DNF
R Fred Goddard (SA F2) 1.6-litre FMG 1 - Ford twin cam
#17 Peter Parnell
DNF
R Kipp Ackermann (SA F2) 1.6-litre Lotus 51 [51A-FF44] - Ford twin cam
#22 G. S. Ackermann
DNF

All cars are 3-litre F1 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 John Love (F1) 3-litre Lotus 49 [R3] - Cosworth DFV V8 1:15.6
2 Dave Charlton (F5000) 5-litre Lola T140 [SL140/14] - Chevrolet V8 1:16.1
3 John McNicol (F5000) 5-litre Lola T142 [SL142/23] - Ford V8 1:18.2
4 Sam Tingle (F1) 3-litre Brabham BT24 [2] - Repco 740 V8 1:18.6
5 Jackie Pretorius (F5000) 5-litre Lola T142 [SL142/25] - Ford V8 1:18.6
6 Paddy Driver (F5000) 5-litre Lola T140 [SL140/4] - Ford V8 1:19.8
7 Bob Olthoff (F5000) 5-litre McLaren M3A [3] - Ford V8 1:25.1
8 Kipp Ackermann (SA F2) 1.6-litre Lotus 51 [51A-FF44] - Ford twin cam 1:30.8
9 Fred Goddard (SA F2) 1.6-litre FMG 1 - Ford twin cam 1:32.2
10 Joe Domingo (F1) 2-litre LDS [07] - Climax FPF 4 1:36.2
11 Peter Parnell (SA F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23C [6] - Cosworth FVA 1:36.7
12 John Amm (unknown) Brabham BT18 [F2-2-66] - Climax FPF 4 1:37.7

Notes on the cars:

  1. McLaren M3A [3] (Bob Olthoff): The third McLaren M3A was fitted with a 4.7-litre Ford V8 and sold to MGM to be used as a camera car during the 1966 F1 season for the film "Grand Prix ". It therefore "started" many Grand Prix during 1966, but did not participate officially in a race until 1967 when it was bought by David Bridges and raced by Brian Redman at the Easter Monday Mallory Park meeting. Then sold to Ken Shepperd and entered for Robin Darlington in libre racing through the rest of 1967 until wrecked in an accident at Silverstone in September. Remains sold to David Olthoff in South Africa and completed using parts from his McLaren M1A sports car for the new Formula A class in South African racing. Raced by Bobby Olthoff in 1968 and 1969, then reportedly sold to Fred Cowell but subsequent history unknown. Max Warwick (Australia) later acquired the M1A and got the wheels of the M3A with it. These parts went to Tony Roberts and Duncan Fox of Group 7 Sportscars Ltd (Whitford, New Zealand) who later acquired the corners from South Africa but learnt that the frame had been cut up and the tubing used for other projects. Duncan has measurements from M3A/2 for a long-term project to reconstruct the car.
  2. Brabham BT23C [6] (Peter Parnell): New to Max Mosley and entered for him by London Racing Team and then by Frank Williams Racing Cars in F2 in 1968. Sold to Peter Parnell (Bulawayo, Rhodesia) and raced in South African events in 1969. Then to Arnold Charlton (Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa) for 1970 but crashed in practice at Roy Hesketh in March. Advertised as "recently rebuilt" and "immaculate" by Charlton in August 1970. Reported as sold back to the UK late in the year after repeated FVA problems. Just one week after Charlton's adverts stopped, D&A Shalls (Stratford, east London) advertised a BT23C. Some time in late 1971 or early 1972 John Hardesty bought a BT23C from an east London dealer who told him that it had come back from South Africa. Chris Choat prepared the car for Hardesty and also raced it in libre racing. In October 1972, Choat was entered for a libre race at Silverstone in a green Brabham BT23C and he was mentioned racing it at Silverstone in March and July 1973. It can be assumed he was at other races during that period but too far down to be mentioned in reports. According to Hardesty, Choat destroyed the car when he crashed at Woodcote corner and bent it round a post. The car was broken up and the suspension went to Bobby Howlings.
  3. Brabham BT18 [F2-2-66] (John Amm): Unknown in 1966 and 1967, but acquired by Rhodesian Peter Parnell for the 1968 season. It ran in South African racing with a Ford twin cam engine until mid-seaosn when Parnell fitted a Cosworth FVA. Sold to John Amm for 1969, who fitted a Climax engine of some sort. Remained in Rhodesian club racing for some time and at one stage was fitted with Lola sports car bodywork. Eventually came inbto the ownership of Mike Falconer who later emigrated frok Rhodesia/Zimbabwe to West Australia, taking the Brabham with him. Reported to still be with Falconer in 2004.

Sources

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