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British Sprint Championship Round

Curborough, 10 Jun 1973

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 John Ravenscroft (F5000) 5-litre Lola T142 [SL142/22] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 1)
31.82s
2 Johnty Williamson (libre) 5.7-litre McLaren M10A/B [300-08] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 2)
33.27s
3 Tony Bradwell (libre) 4.1-litre Brabham BT21 Quattro - Oldsmobile V8
(see note 3)
33.72s
4 David Render (libre) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29X [37] - Ford BDA
(see note 4)
33.81s
5 Ron Hartley (libre) 3.5-litre Brabham BT18 [F2-44-66] - Buick V8
(see note 5)
35
6 Dave Hartley (libre) 3.5-litre Brabham BT18 [F2-44-66] - Buick V8
(see note 6)
35.24s
7 Arthur Ravenscroft (F5000) 5-litre Lola T142 [SL142/22] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 7)
35.57s
8 Mike Richardson (GT) 2-litre Chevron B8 - BMW M10
36.74s
9 Andy Turnock (libre) 1.3-litre Terrapin Mk7B - BMC
37.24s
10 Bob Rose (libre) 5.7-litre McLaren M10B [400-12] - Chevrolet V8
37.71s
C1 Rob Turnbull (libre) 1.6-litre Alexis - Ford twin cam
(see note 8)
1st in Class
C1 John Hinley (sports) 1.3-litre Landar R7 - BMC
1st in Class
Qualifying
Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. Lola T142 [SL142/22] (John Ravenscroft): See full history: Lola T142 SL142/22.
  2. McLaren M10A/B [300-08] (Johnty Williamson): See full history: McLaren M10A 300-08.
  3. Brabham BT21 Quattro (Tony Bradwell): Originally intended for the 1968 hillclimb season for Bryan Brown, this car was built by Chas Beattie on a Brabham BT21 chassis using Tony Marsh's four-wheel drive system and powered by a 4.5-litre Oldsmobile V8 engine. The BT21 chassis could have been a very late production chassis, or a second-hand F3 car. The car was often called a BT21X, in the same way that Brabham used BT30X, BT35X and BT36X to denote hillclimb special orders, but it was definitely not the BT21X F3 car that Tim Schenken drove at the Brands Hatch Boxing Day meeting at the end of 1968. Unused by Bryan Brown and sold to Peter Blankstone (Wolverhampton) for 1969. Raced by Blankstone in hillclimbs in 1969 and 1970, finishing second in two RAC rounds in 1970. Sold to Tony Bradwell for 1971 and used in sprints and hillclimbs for another four seasons. Subsequent history unknown but unverified web sources indicate that it went from Bradwell to M. R. Chadney in 1980, to R. G. Romeril in 1983, to Graham Galliers (Shrewsbury, Shropshire) 1985, then Graham Henson (Poulton Le Fylde, Lancashire) from 1994 to 1997. Both Chadney and Romeril are Channel Island hillclimbers; Galliers and Henson also hillclimbed it. It was offered for auction by H&H in 2006 when it was claimed to be "BT21X-1" with a history starting in 1966 with Tim Schenken. This is presumably the BT21X run by Donald Duncan in Richard and Trisha Pilkington's TOPS Club events between 2003 and 2007. Subsequent history unknown.
  4. Brabham BT29X [37] (David Render): New to Tony Griffiths (Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands) and fitted with a 1.8-litre Cosworth FVC as the "BT29X" for hillclimbing. Damaged in an accident at Silverstone on its debut and said to have been rebuilt on a BT30 chassis, although this is disputed. Raced by Griffiths in British Hill Climb Championship events in 1970, often entered as the BT30Y. Sold to Spencer Elton (Westbury, Wiltshire) by February 1971 but not used until mid-1972, when it had a 1.6-litre Vegantune engine. To David Render (London) as a 1600cc backup to his 2-litre Brabham BT35 and used from 1973 to 1976. Then unknown until acquired by Peter Robinson (Studley, Warwickshire) to replace BT30-26 in late 1979. Sold to Julian Majzub (Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire) when Robinson retired c1983 so Majzub could retrive some of the parts from BT30-26. Sold to Richard Jones (Pitchcombe, Nr Stroud) winter 2007/2008.
  5. Brabham BT18 [F2-44-66] (Ron Hartley): New to Clive Baker near the end of the 1966 season, after Baker had given up on the Stockbridge Racing Cooper T83 in May. Built with a Ford twin cam engine for libre racing and first reported winning a libre race very comfortably at Castle Combe at the end of August. The nearly-new car was sold to Bryan Eccles (Solihull, Warwickshire) for 1967 and fitted with a 3.5-litre Oldsmobile V8 engine for hillclimbing. Eccles won a number of events, including the Shelsley Walsh championship hillclimb in August. To Chris Cox for 1968 and used in libre racing. Then to Tony Charnell for 1969 but not seen. It returned to hillclimbing in 1970 when owned by Richard Thwaites (Dewsbury, West Yorkshire) and then in 1971 with Dave Hartley who also used the Brabham-Buick in sprints. Hartley continued to run the car regularly in the British Sprint Championship until 1975. He took class wins in Longton & District MC's Isle of Man hillclimb in 1977 and 1978. Next seen when advertised by Jim Johnston in January 1988. Subsequent history unknown.
  6. Brabham BT18 [F2-44-66] (Dave Hartley): New to Clive Baker near the end of the 1966 season, after Baker had given up on the Stockbridge Racing Cooper T83 in May. Built with a Ford twin cam engine for libre racing and first reported winning a libre race very comfortably at Castle Combe at the end of August. The nearly-new car was sold to Bryan Eccles (Solihull, Warwickshire) for 1967 and fitted with a 3.5-litre Oldsmobile V8 engine for hillclimbing. Eccles won a number of events, including the Shelsley Walsh championship hillclimb in August. To Chris Cox for 1968 and used in libre racing. Then to Tony Charnell for 1969 but not seen. It returned to hillclimbing in 1970 when owned by Richard Thwaites (Dewsbury, West Yorkshire) and then in 1971 with Dave Hartley who also used the Brabham-Buick in sprints. Hartley continued to run the car regularly in the British Sprint Championship until 1975. He took class wins in Longton & District MC's Isle of Man hillclimb in 1977 and 1978. Next seen when advertised by Jim Johnston in January 1988. Subsequent history unknown.
  7. Lola T142 [SL142/22] (Arthur Ravenscroft): See full history: Lola T142 SL142/22.
  8. Alexis (Rob Turnbull): Rob Turnbull (Walmley, Warwickshire) ran an "F2" Alexis with Ford twin cam engine in sprints and hillclimbs in 1971, 1972 and 1973. Its previous history remains uncertain but Neil McCrudden has established that the car he currently owns, plated TR2, was Turnbull's car. He understands that it started life as a development F3 Mk9 in 1967, and was converted to F2 Mk10 specification probably in 1967. It is unknown from then until 1971. It went from Turnbull to Andy Turnock for 1974 before disappearing for another 20 years.

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.

The British Sprint Championship results were originally provided by Paul Parker and Steve Wilkinson and are based on material drawn from Motoring News, Autosport and Speedscene magazines plus results sheets and programmes provided by former competitors and by the organising clubs.

The identification of individual cars is based on the Formula 1, Formula 2, Formula 5000 and Formula Atlantic research work presented elsewhere on the site.

All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome. Please email Allen (allen@oldracingcars.com) if you can help in any way with our research.