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libre race

Phoenix Park, 17 Sep 1967

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 John Watson Brabham BT16 [F2-19-65] - Ford twin cam
(see note 1)
16 26m 32.0s
76.88 mph
2 Malcolm Templeton Brabham BT16 [BT14 FL-5-65] - Ford twin cam
(see note 2)
16 26m 45.2s
76.25 mph
3 Robs Lamplough (F2) 1.6-litre Lola T62 [SL62/8] - Ford twin cam
(see note 3)
16 26m 46.4s
76.19 mph
4 Andrew Fletcher (F2) 1.6-litre Brabham BT18 [F2-5-66] - Ford twin cam
(see note 4)
16 27m 00.2s
75.54 mph
5 Julian Gerard (F2) 1.6-litre Cooper T71/73 [F1-3-64] - Ford twin cam
(see note 5)
16 27m 26.6s
74.33 mph
6 David Prophet (GT) 4.7-litre Ford GT40 V8
16 27m 44.6s
74.88 mph
7 Tom Drury (GT) 4.7-litre Ford GT40 V8
16 28m 07.6s
73.84 mph
8 Jock Russell (libre) 4.7-litre Russell Ford (Lotus 18/21) [18/21 918] - Ford V8
16 28m 13.0s
73.60 mph
9 Jim Moore (libre) 4.7-litre Kincraft [FL-012-01] - Ford V8
15
72.92 mph
10 Brian Cullen (Irish 1600cc) 1.5-litre Crosslé 6F [C6/F64/15] - Ford pushrod
14 26m 59.8s
66.23 mph
11 Warren Pearce (unknown) 3.8-litre Jaguar E-type 6
14
67.27 mph
12 Jackie Epstein (libre) 1.6-litre Cooper FJ Mk 3A 'T67' [FJ-14-63] - Ford twin cam
retired from heat 2
13 Richard Heeley (libre) 1.65-litre Lotus 31 [22-J-19] - Ford
(see note 6)
13
62.42 mph
R Tommy Reid Brabham BT23 [1] - Ford twin cam
(see note 7)

R David Baird Crosslé 12F [C12F/67/33] - Ford twin cam

R P Hancock (F?) 1.5-litre Alexis - Ford

R Lingard Goulding Alexis Mk10 [TR4] - Ford twin cam

R John L'Amie (sports) 2-litre Crosslé 9S - BMW M10

R Sid Taylor (sports) 5.9-litre Lola T70 Mk3 - Chevrolet Ryan-Falconer V8

R Bill Bradley (G4) 2-litre Porsche 906 f6
collapsed rear suspension
DNSF John Crosslé Crosslé 12F [C11F/67/31] - Ford twin cam
Did not start final
DNA Frank Keane (Irish 1600cc) Lotus 18 - Alfa Romeo
Did not arrive
DNA Gerry Kinnane Lotus 35 - Ford twin cam
(see note 8)
Did not arrive

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. Lola T62 [SL62/8] (Robs Lamplough): John Surtees' 1966 F2 car according to Lola records, and raced only at Karlskoga in August 1966. To Robs Lamplough (London) at the end of 1966 and raced in 1967 F2 and libre, when it was described as having been updated to T63 specification. Then to John L'Amie in Ireland for 1600cc class racing. Sold to the US in Sep 1968, and almost certain to be the car imported by Pierre Philips of Pierre's Motor Racing (Portland, OR) and raced by Robert Schmidt (Portland, OR) for Formula B in 1969. From Schmidt it was sold to Sans Thompson (Banks, OR), who in turn sold it to Robert 'Bob' Tracy (Hillsboro, OR), who raced it in local Formula B in 1973. While owned by Tracy, the Lola was crashed by David E.B. 'Deb' Ward in 1974 at a driving school at Kent. Many years later, it was acquired by Lawrence Hayes, still in Tracy's livery, and sold by him via Rob Shanahan in February 2012 back to Robs Lamplough.
  4. Brabham BT18 [F2-5-66] (Andrew Fletcher): David Preston ran a Brabham with a 1.6-litre Ford twin-cam engine in libre racing throughout 1966. The car was generally described as a BT14 but that may just be because comentators were used to the twincam Brabham being a BT14. His season was punctuated by a serious accident at Silverstone on 25 Jun and he was not seen again for eight weeks. Andrew Fletcher then raced a Brabham BT18 in F2 and in libre in 1967, the car being identified by Motoring News as one that had been raced in libre during 1966. Then, in January 1969, when Fletcher traded up to a Chevron B8, his BT18 was described as being ex-Preston. The subsequent history of the Brabham is unknown.
  5. Cooper T71/73 [F1-3-64] (Julian Gerard): Although given a F1 chassis number, F1-3-64, this car is now seen as more cross between the F1 Cooper T73 and the F2 Cooper T71. Built up by Bob Gerard's team and fitted with a 1.5-litre Ford twin cam engine with the intention of using it in minor F1 races and in Formule Libre, especially at Gerard's local Mallory Park. Raced for Gerard by John Taylor in libre with great success in 1964, in the early-season English non-championship F1 races and at the British GP, but then replaced with an ex-works F1 Cooper T60. Used by Alan Rollinson and Taylor later in the season and then converted to F2 specification for a couple of races in September. Reappeared in F1 spec again in 1965 for John Rhodes, as a F2 for Taylor, as a 1650cc libre car for Taylor, and then even as a F3 car for Bob's son Julian Gerard. Then not used until late 1966 when Chris Lambert raced it as a F2 and then it became Julian Gerard's regular libre car in 1967. Finally sold at the end of 1967 to Bob Wenz (Los Gatos, CA) who raced it in SCCA Formula B for several years. Then to Bob Korst and "laid up" for 20 or so years until sold to Alan Baillie (Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire) who brought it back to England and restored it to 1.5-litre F1 specification with a Ford twin cam. Raced from 1997 onwards by Baillie in historic racing, generally in HGPCA Grand Prix Cars events. Sold to car dealer Chris Drake (London) for 2018, and raced in HGPCA events.
  6. Lotus 31 [22-J-19] (Richard Heeley): Alan Putt's article in the in the April 2006 edition of the Golden Gate Lotus Club newsletter (http://www.gglotus.org/ggchap2/06cr1-12/06aprilw.pdf) identifies 22-J-19 as the car bought by Mick Mooney's Irish Racing Cars for Tommy Reid to drive in FJ races and later in libre. The article says that it then went to Richie Heeley and was used in local events with a 1500cc pushrod Ford, then with a supercharger and finally with 1650cc Ford when it appeared in the Mondello Park F5000 race in 1969. It was later raced by Tom Osbourne and Declan Reardon. It then went to Simon Thomas in 1985, then Jonathan Bradbourne in England, Chris Ball in Canada and then in Europe from 1987 to 1991, George Dudley (UK), David Stevenson (UK) and then Patrick Moran in California by 2005.
  7. 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.
  8. Lotus 35 (Gerry Kinnane): Gerry Kinnane entered a Lotus 35 at Phoenix Park in 1967 and then entered it for Damien Magee in Irish 1600cc events in 1968. Magee last raced it in June 1968 and it is believed to have been sold via Fred Opert to the US. In mid-1968, Mike Brodie (San Rafael, CA) bought a Lotus 35 from Ireland and first raced it in the FRA race at Orange County Raceway in Sep 1968. He continued to race it in the remaining months of the 1968 season before buying a newer Brabham BT21 for 1969.

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.

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Individual sources for this event

Autosport 22 Sep 1967 p495. The libre and 1600cc class were run together but with the 1600cc car starting five seconds before the libre cars. The fastest libre car, a Ford GT40, was sixth. Heeley's Lotus was mentioned during the heats and was a Lotus 31 with a 1.6 Ford pushrod engine instead of its normal supercharged Allard Dragon engine. Lingard Goulding had a 1600cc Alexis. Heeley, Baird, Crosslé and Epstein were only mentioned during the heats and may not have started the final.