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All-Ireland 1600cc Single-Seater Championship Race

Kirkistown, 26 Aug 1967

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 John Watson Brabham BT16 [F2-19-65] - Ford twin cam
#3 (see note 1)
20
87.56 mph
2 Malcolm Templeton Brabham BT16 [BT14 FL-5-65] - Ford twin cam
#2 (see note 2)
20
86.47 mph
3 John Crosslé Crosslé 12F [C11F/67/31] - Ford twin cam
#6
20
84.34 mph
R Tommy Reid Brabham BT23 [1] - Ford twin cam
#1 (see note 3)
14
R Luke Duffy Cooper FJ Mk 3A 'T67' - Ford twin cam
#4
5
UNK Denis Kinghan Alexis Mk 8 [HF 801] - Ford twin cam
#10

DNS David Baird Crosslé 12F [C12F/67/33] - Ford twin cam
#11
Did not start
(camshaft)
UNKE Reg Armstrong Brabham BT18 [F2-22-66] - Ford twin cam
#5 (see note 4)
On entry list
UNKE John Pollock Lotus 27/32/35 - Ford twin cam
#7
On entry list

All cars are 1.6-litre Irish 1600cc unless noted.

Qualifying
Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. Brabham BT16 [F2-19-65] (John Watson): Jack Brabham's works SCA-engined BT16, used during the 1965 mid-season and also raced by Chris Irwin when the Honda project was revived. To Robs Lamplough (London) for 1966 and retained for 1967. To John Watson (Craigavad, County Down, Northern Ireland) for Irish racing in 1967 and fitted with a Lotus-Ford twin-cam. Retained for 1968. Sold to Dave Berry (Colwyn Bay, Wales) for 1969 and used in UK libre; then fitted with an Oldsmobile V8 for 1970, 1971 and 1972. Last seen in October 1972.
  2. Brabham BT16 [BT14 FL-5-65] (Malcolm Templeton): New to Malcolm Templeton (Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland) for Irish libre racing, winning 14 libre races over the next three seasons, more than any other Irish driver. Crashed heavily at Dunboyne in July 1966 and rebuilt on a new frame, thought to have been a BT16 frame. Templeton retired after 1967 and the BT14/BT16 was taken over by John Smith, also from Ballymena, and raced for a further two seasons. Sold to Ed Irvine (Conlig, County Down), the father of the future GP driver of the same name, in early 1971 and raced in Formula 4 with a 997cc engine. Then to Gerry Gaw (Bangor, County Down) who raced it in 1972 in the 1600cc class of the Clubmans Specials category with 997cc then 1089cc engines. Then sold to someone in nearby Newtownards who never raced it and later emigrated to Australia, possibly taking the car with him. Subsequent history unknown.
  3. Brabham BT23 [1] (Tommy Reid): Entered by Motor Racing Developments for Jack Brabham in F2 in 1967 until crashed at Rouen in July. Repaired and sold to Mick Mooney's Irish Racing Cars in July, fitted with a 1600cc Ford twin cam and raced by Tommy Reid (Tandragee, County Armagh, Northern Ireland) in Irish 1600cc Formula events for the rest of 1967 and through 1968. Refitted with a Cosworth FVA for 1969 and dominated the Irish season. To Walter Kinnear (Gilford, County Down, Northern Ireland) with twin cam power for 1970 but crashed heavily at Mondello Park in August. Rebuilt on a new BT23C frame and raced in 1971 and 1972 by Nelson Todd (Lisburn, Northern Ireland). To Maurice Stirling (Crumlin, County Antrim, Northern Ireland) for 1973 and converted to Irish Clubmans for 1974. Advertised from a Ballymoney, County Antrim telephone number in 1979 but then unknown until for sale by Northdown Racing (Ripley, Surrey) in 1982. Then to Bob Wilson (Glasgow) and sold via dealer Jon Bradburn to Andrew Fellowes in late 1984. To Joe Fairley (Belfast, N. Ireland) 1986. To John Moulds (Alderley Edge, Cheshire) 1997. Sold to Steve Padgett (Australia) 2013.
  4. Brabham BT18 [F2-22-66] (Reg Armstrong): New to Roy Winkelmann Racing for Jochen Rindt to race in European F2 in 1966, winning at the Nürburgring in April and at Brands Hatch in October. Sold to Reg Armstrong (Northern Ireland), fitted with a 1600cc Ford twin cam and raced in Northern Ireland in 1967. Later to Tommy Reid (Tandragee, County Armagh) for 1969 as a backup to his Brabham BT23 and used in events where the FVA-engined car was not eligible. To John Smith (Ballymena, County Antrim) and raced again in Irish libre racing in 1970. Smith acquired a BT30 for 1971 and the BT18 was sold to English dealer Bobby Howlings who sold it on, less engine, to RAF pilot John Walmsley. Walmsley fitted a 997cc ex-F3 Cosworth engine and ran it in sprints and hillclimbs, winning the novice award at Blackpool in June 1971. He fitted a Vegantune twin cam for 1972. The car was next seen with John Hart on the hills in 1975, when it still had the Vegantune twin cam, but he apparantly fitted a Cosworth FVA for the 1976 season. Then sold to Jimmy Johnstone for 1977, when it was back to its Vegantune powerplant. Traded to dealer David Winstanley (Winsford, Cheshire) for a Brabham BT30 and then unknown until raced between 1979 and 1981 in Monoposto by Barry Whitehurst (Wombourne, Staffordshire). With Peter Speakman (Broughton-in-Furness, Cumbria) by 1984 and hillclimbed by him for many years. Displayed by Speakman in a Rindt tribute at the Essen Motor Show in 1993. Subsequent history unknown.

Sources

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Individual sources for this event

Autosport 1 Sep 1967 p378, Irish Wheel Magazine Oct 1967 pp24-27. Tommy Reid's Brabham BT23 "had been driven by Jack Brabham at Rouen early in July". IWM mentions that "John Pollock had disposed of his Lotus 27/31 to a Canadian enthusiast".