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Penang Grand Prix

Penang, 6 May 1973

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 John MacDonald Brabham BT36 [2] - Ford twin cam
#11 (see note 1)
53m 23.6s
2 Ken Smith March 722 [1] - Ford twin cam Hart
#10 (see note 2)
-2 laps
3 Percy Chan Lotus 69 [59 F3-37] - Ford twin cam RES
#15
-9 laps
UNKE Harvey Simon Elfin 600B [7018] - Ford twin cam
#4
On entry list
UNKE Eddy Choong (GT) 2-litre Chevron B8 - BMW M10
#5
On entry list
UNKE Dave Hayward (FF) 1.6-litre Hawke DL2A - Ford Kent
#9
On entry list
UNKE Jan Bussell Palliser WDB4 [WD3-1/1] - Ford twin cam
#14 (see note 3)
On entry list
UNKE Chong Boon Seng Brabham BT36 [BT30-14] - Ford twin cam
#23 (see note 4)
On entry list
UNKE David Coode Tuppence - Ford
#52
On entry list
UNKE John Green Chevron B20 [72-9] - Ford twin cam
#62 (see note 5)
On entry list

All cars are 1.6-litre 1.6 2v unless noted.

Qualifying
Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. Brabham BT36 [2] (John MacDonald): New to Rondel Racing for Graham Hill and Bob Wollek to race in F2 in 1971. To John MacDonald (Hong Kong) for 1972, and fitted with a Hart 416 twin cam on carbs for Southeast Asian racing. To Eddie Marcello (Philippines) in 1973, and then to Rod Ocampo (Phillipines) 1975, who last raced it in 1976. It then went to Romeo David in 1977, but the engine failed during practice and it did not race again. Later given to Louis Camus. Acquired from Camus by Leif Norberg, a Swede then living in Malaysia, in 1988, and it was restored for him in 1996 by Peter Denty Racing (Thetford, Norfolk). Sold to Andrew Fellowes (Benowa, Queensland, Australia) in 2004. To Alan Telfer in 2011.
  2. March 722 [1] (Ken Smith): The prototype March 722 was sold to Sports Motors Manchester for Gerry Birrell to race in Formula 2 in 1972. At the end of the season, the car was sold to New Zealander Kenny Smith, and fitted with a 1930cc Cosworth FVC engine for the 1973 Tasman series. He also used it at the April 1973 Singapore Grand Prix using a 1600cc Hart Ford twin-cam. Frank Radisich bought it and bolted on the Repco Holden engine and rear end from his McLaren M10B, but this was wholely unsuccessful, and Radisich later tried a Mazda engine instead, also updating it to 1976 nose and sidepods, but again with no success. In late 1977, it reappeared with Dave Saunders who had fitted a Cosworth BDA engine for Formula Pacific, but the reliability problems persisted. According to Graham Vercoe, it was later raced by Dennis Dunbar with the Mazda engine, then by Charlie Conway with the BDA. David McKinney reported that it then went to Adrian Whapman, who was advertising it in 1994. Subsequent history unknown.
  3. Palliser WDB4 [WD3-1/1] (Jan Bussell): New for Roger Keele (Daventry, Northamptonshire) to race in British F3 in 1970, entered by Paul Watson Racing Organisation, and using Broadspeed and later Ehrlich engines. Converted to Formula Atlantic specification for 1971, as "WDB4-1" and raced by Vern Schuppan in the first two rounds of the British Formula Atlantic series, winning one and finishing second in the other. Then sold Hengkie Iriawan (Singapore) and raced in the Singapore GP in early April. Raced by Iriawan later in 1971 and in early 1972, then to Jan Bussell (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) and raced by him in 1972 and 1973.
  4. Brabham BT36 [BT30-14] (Chong Boon Seng): Sold new to Ecurie Ecosse and run for Graham Birrell in F2 in 1970. Also raced once by Peter Gethin and by Richard Attwood later in the season. To Peter Westbury early 1971 and raced in several F2 races (also raced once by Dieter Quester) until the team's BT36 was delivered. Sold to Dunnett's Garage, converted to F/Atlantic specification and entered for Ronnie Mackay in libre and F/Atlantic in 1971 and 1972, run by MRE. To Chong Boon Seng for south east Asian racing in 1973 and used by him until 1976. Then to Del Schloemer and raced by him and by Cherie Schloemer in 1977 and 1978. To Wybe Valkema around 1980 and retained to 1982. Then to Australia and with Brian Wilson by 1988. Wilson sold it to Art Valdez (Torrance, CA) and from Valdez it returned to Australia when he sold it to Bob Ilich (Perth, WA) in 2010.
  5. Chevron B20 [72-9] (John Green): New to John S Green in Formula B specification but there is no evidence of this car being delivered before the end of 1972. Green ran it in the Gap Hill Climb in January 1973, but only circuit raced it once, in the Singapore Grand Prix in April 1973. Green died in early 1974, and the Chevron was sold to David Schollum for Steve Millen in South-East Asian races that year. Then shipped to New Zealand and fitted with a 1980cc Cosworth FVC engine for the 1975 Tasman series. Used by Millen in 1600cc form at Batu Tiga and Macau later in 1975. Sold to Ian Grey in 1976 and raced with a Cosworth BDM at Macau in 1976 and 1977. Later sold to Dick Ward (Perth, Australia) and George Stacey about the end of 1979, and then to Harry Hickling (ACT, Australia). Sold to David Innes late 2014.

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

The Straits Times 8 May 1973 p23. Entry list and other programme details provided by Richard Coe.