New Zealand Grand Prix

Pukekohe, 6 Jan 1979

ResultsLapsTime/Speed Winnings
1 Teo Fabi March 782 [15] - Ford BDA Hart
#3 March Cars (see note 1)
$NZ 2000
2 Larry Perkins March 77B [30] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#1 Colin Giltrap Racing (see note 2)
$NZ 1000
3 Brett Riley March 77B ["763-U3"] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#8 (see note 3)
$NZ 750
4 John Smith Ralt RT1 [91] - Ford BDA Swindon
#7 (see note 4)
$NZ 500
5 Steve Millen Chevron B42 [42-78-01] - Ford BDA Hart
Schollum Racing
$NZ 400
6 Eje Elgh March 782 [14] - Ford BDA Swindon
Dick Bennetts Racing (see note 5)
$NZ 350
7 David Oxton Chevron B34 [34-76-OX] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#18 Vacation Hotels
8 Jeff Wood March 78B - Ford BDA Willis
#4 Great Plains Racing (see note 6)
9 Dave McMillan Ralt RT1 [36] - Ford BDA Hart
#41 (see note 7)
10 Ross Stone Cuda JR3 - Ford BDA Stone
11 Hugh Owen Ralt RT1 [73] - Ford BDA Nicholson
12 Ken Smith March 76B [20] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#11 La Valise Travel (see note 8)
13 Howard Wood Lyncar 010 [010] - Ford BDA
14 Eric Morgan Chevron B29 [29-75-30] - Ford BDA
#15 (see note 9)
DNS Robbie Booth March 74B [1] - Ford BDA Swindon
(see note 10)
Did not start
DNA Andrew Miedecke Galloway HG1 - Ford BDA Dewhurst
Did not arrive
DNA Grant Campbell Chevron B39 [39-77-01] - Ford BDA
(see note 11)
Did not arrive
DNA Norm Lankshear Chevron B34 [34-76-19] - Ford BDA Hart
(see note 12)
Did not arrive

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

1 Teo Fabi (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 782 [15] - Ford BDA Hart 0.58.0
2 Larry Perkins (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 77B [30] - Ford BDA Nicholson 0.58.4
3 Brett Riley (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 77B ["763-U3"] - Ford BDA Nicholson 0.58.5
4 John Smith (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [91] - Ford BDA Swindon 0.58.6
5 David Oxton (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34-76-OX] - Ford BDA Nicholson 0.58.7
6 Eje Elgh (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 782 [14] - Ford BDA Swindon 0.58.9
7 Dave McMillan (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [36] - Ford BDA Hart 0.59.0
8 Steve Millen (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B42 [42-78-01] - Ford BDA Hart 0.59.2
9 Jeff Wood (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 78B - Ford BDA Willis 0.59.4
10 Ross Stone (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Cuda JR3 - Ford BDA Stone 0.59.8
11 Ken Smith (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 76B [20] - Ford BDA Nicholson 1.00.0
12 Hugh Owen (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [73] - Ford BDA Nicholson 1.00.5
13 Robbie Booth * (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 74B [1] - Ford BDA Swindon 1.01.2
14 Howard Wood (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Lyncar 010 [010] - Ford BDA 1.01.2
15 Eric Morgan (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-30] - Ford BDA 1.01.6
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 782 [15] (Teo Fabi): Ricardo Zunino's works car at Thruxton 27 Mar 1978 and presumably all season. Converted to Formula Atlantic for Teo Fabi to race in New Zealand in January 1979 (where it was reported to be wearing plate "782-16", an observation that is now thought to have been incorrect). To Ken Smith (New Zealand) and raced in Formula Pacific in the 1979/80, 1980/81 and 1981/82 seasons. Then to Warren Heron, but not raced until Bay Park in March 1989. Raced twice in 1990, but then stored until two further races, in 1998 and 1999. Sold back to Ken Smith in 2009. To Robert Shaw (UK) in 2010, and restored back to Formula 2 specification. To Marc Devis (Belgium) late 2016.
  2. March 77B [30] (Larry Perkins): Entered by March for Danny Sullivan in the 1978 New Zealand International series. Sold to Colin Giltrap and entered by him for Dave McMillan at Baypark Mar 1978 then for Larry Perkins in the 1978/79 series. Raced by Desiré Wilson in the Jan/Feb 1980 series then John Smith in Jan 1981. Sold to Ray Hanger (Australia) and used in the 1981 AF1 and Pacific series. Also raced at Shah Alam in October 1981.
  3. March 77B ["763-U3"] (Brett Riley): Brett Riley took delivery of a March 77B in December 1977 that is believed to have carried the chassis number 763-U3 when it arrived in New Zealand. Riley raced it in Formula Pacific in 1978, 1979 and 1980 before selling it to Tom Donovan who progressively modified it and ran it in hillclimbs as well as F/Pacific up to 1983. He then won the 1984 and 1985 NZ hillclimb championships running a 1800cc Cosworth engine in the car. It was sold to Stuart McChesney in 1985 and again used in hillclimbs. It then went to Kenny Smith around 1987 and then to John Mackinlay (Christchurch) around 1993 who restored it and raced it in historic racing 1994-1996. It passed to Garry Cliff (Magnum Motors, Christchurch) in Nov 1996 then Peter Finlay in Australia in Aug 1998 then Kevin Miller in May 1999. Retained May 2003.
  4. Ralt RT1 [91] (John Smith): Chassis no. NZMA 20 Jan 78 p4, given for Larry Perkins' car at Bay Park, 2 Jan 1978. Built new for that series by Perkins. Sold to John Smith and used through to 1982 as a spare car. AMSY-B says loaned to Brett Fisher at 1982 AGP.
  5. March 782 [14] (Eje Elgh): Eddie Cheever's car at Thruxton 27 Mar 1978 and presumably all season. To Dick Bennetts Racing and converted to Formula Atlantic for Eje Elgh to race in New Zealand in January 1979. Then to Charlie Kirby as a 78B and raced in Atlantic from 1979 to 1981. Offered for sale in On Track in 1981 by Kirby's Transatlantic Racing Services (Norcross, GA). Next seen with Andy Falbo (Detroit, MI) who raced it in US Formula Atlantic in 1983, and again in 1986 and 1988. Retained by Falbo and still owned by him in 2015.
  6. March 78B (Jeff Wood): Jeff Wood (Studio City, CA) drove a March 78B for Great Plains Racing in Formula Atlantic in 1978 and raced the same car in New Zealand in December 1978 and January 1979. He moved to a 79B for 1979 and the 78B is believed to have been sold to Greg Sun who ran it (as a 78-79B) in SCCA events in 1979. It was then acquired by Bob Schader and raced on through 1980 and early 1981, including appearances at the Long Beach and Road America pro races in 1980 and at Long Beach again in 1981. Schader then moved into FSV and the 78B was sold to Dorsey Schroeder (Manchester, MO) and used extensively in SCCA in 1981 and 1982.
  7. Ralt RT1 [36] (Dave McMillan): Consigned by Ralt to Ralt American in summer 1976. Run by Dave McMillan in New Zealand Gold Star series, late 1976. Chassis number observed on Dave McMillan's car by Dave McKinney at Baypark, 2 Jan 1977, and published NZMA 28 Jan 77 p5. Described there as ex Kevin Cogan, so one of the four RT1s [chassis 30; 33; 34; 36] shown in Ralt build records [reproduced Autosport 1977] sent to Brian Robertson for Formula Atlantic series in 1976. Since 30 is known to be the car of Bertil Roos, and 33 that of Craig Hill, we can assume that Cogan indeed used 36 [except at the last race of the year when he is known to use Hill's RT1-33], and 34 was that of Richard Spenard - a car originally intended for McMillan's use in North America, until his sponsorship fell through. Retained by McMillan until at least 1980, and used in both North America and New Zealand. McMillan says took his own car to Canada NZMA 29 Jul 77 p5. NZMA report of the race at Halifax says car used in NZ. Chassis number given for McMillan's car at Bay Park, 2 Jan 1978 [NZMA 20 Jan 78 p4].
  8. March 76B [20] (Ken Smith): Sold via Doug Shierson to Ken Smith (New Zealand) and debuts in early 1977 New Zealand races. Retained to 1981 then sold to Warren Binning. Retruend to Smith in 1982 and retained to at least 2003.
  9. Chevron B29 [29-75-30] (Eric Morgan): 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.
  10. March 74B [1] (Robbie Booth): Shown on what is probably an incomplete copy of the March 74B build records made by Gordon Spice Racing as "Planer, White, 2-Nov-73". Planer was the holding company for the Wella brand, the hair products manufacturer, and the car was presented as a special prize, with Wella sponsorship, to Ted Wentz for winning the 1973 Wella Formula Ford championship. Wentz’s car is later described by MN as "the first customer 74B". Used by Wentz throughout 1974. Sold to Alan Crocker for the British Formula Atlantic series in 1975 and 76. Chassis number observed on Alan Crocker’s car by Dave McKinney at Baypark, 2 Jan 1977, described in NZMA as ex Wentz, and similarly in MN, 10 Feb 77. Sold to Ken Smith and rented by him to Ken Sager. To Robbie Booth for 1979. Entered by Robbie Hislop in some races for the 1981-82 Gold Star series but did not appear. Sold to Tony Batchelor who used the car in the 1982 – 83 international series.
  11. Chevron B39 [39-77-01] (Grant Campbell): Chevron build record says a works backed car taken to South African series at the start of 1977, perhaps the car used by Villeneuve. If so, rebuilt around a new tub in South Africa. The subsequent provenance comes from NZMA 2 Feb 79 p8: returned to works then taken by Opert to the US in 1977 and sold to John Sisk for SCCA. Not thought to have been an Opert team car in 1977. One candidate for the B39 used by Page Roos in 1978 [though as Roos was from San Francisco and Sisk was an east coast driver this is not too likely.] Bought by Grant Campbell [NZ] at the end of 1978 and subsequently raced in NZ series and Australia into 1981. Kim Mather’s Chevron B35P of 1977 is said to have been built out of Villeneuve’s South African car, but this is likely to refer to the original tub, rather than to the whole car. Both B39s used in South Africa in early 1977 retained their plates when they reached the Antipodes.
  12. Chevron B34 [34-76-19] (Norm Lankshear): Observed on Keijo Rosberg's spare car by Dave McKinney at Bay Park, 2 Jan 1977 and published NZMA 28 Jan 77 p6. Described by Fred Opert to McKinney as the car used by Juan Cochesa in North America, NZMA 28 Jan 77 p4. This suggests that the car is also the Opert team car run by Tom Bagley in the three races in the USA at the start of 1976 [Road Atlanta; Laguna Seca; Ontario MS]. A/S report of the Formula Atlantic race at Edmonton, 16 May 76, describes Cochesa's car there as ‘ex Bagley’. NZMA reports that the car is sold to Norm Lankshear immediately after the Peter Stuyvesant series. Chassis number noted by McKinney on Lankshear's car at Bay Park, 2 Jan 1978. [NZMA 20 Jan 78 p3.] Retained by Lankshear through to the end of 1981. Then sold to Bryan Hartley and used 1982 – 83.


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 New Zealand race results have been provided by Chris Townsend based on material in Autosport and Motoring News reports in the UK, Motoraction in New Zealand plus the information supplied by a wide range of contributors on the Atlas F1 and 10 Tenths forums.

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