British Sprint Championship Round

Blackpool, 26 Jun 1977

1 Terry Smith 5.7-litre McLaren M14D [1] - Chevrolet V8
2 David Render (F1) 3-litre Lotus 76 [2 JPS10] - Cosworth DFV V8
3 Simon Riley 3-litre Brabham BT33 [3] - Cosworth DFV V8
4 John McCartney (F1) 3-litre BRM P180 [02] - P142 V12
5 Paul Edwards 1.8-litre Brabham BT38 [17] - Cosworth BDE
(see note 1)
6 Arthur Hinds (clubmans) 1.6-litre Mallock U2 Mk 8B - Ford
7 Kevin Hodgkinson 1.1-litre Chevron B17 [17.70.02]
(see note 2)
8 Allan Staniforth 1.1-litre Terrapin Mk7B - BMC
9 John Chilton (unknown) 1.6-litre Wee - Ford
10 John Stonard 1.6-litre Piranha - Ford twin cam
Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. Brabham BT38 [17] (Paul Edwards): Brand new for Richard Scott at Oulton Park at the end of March 1972, and used by him through the 1972 F2 season. To Alan Padgett (Pocklington, East Riding of Yorkshire) for 1973, fitted with an 1850cc Cosworth BDE and used in hillclimbs. To David Baumforth (North Newbald, East Riding of Yorkshire) for hillclimbs and prints in 1974, then to John Hinley (Knowle, Warwickshire) for sprints in 1975. It was acquired by Tony Griffiths (Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands) for 1976, then to chef Paul Edwards (London), who used it extensively in sprints in 1977 and 1978. To Ron Cumming (Kemnay, Aberdeenshire, Scotland) for libre racing in 1979, when it still had a 1800cc BDE engine. Cumming crashed the car in a race at Ingliston, probably in May 1979, and rebuilt it using a replacement monocoque supplied by Jim Stevenson. The car was then sold, less engine, to somebody in Essex. About seven years later, it was acquired by Chris Perkins (Ashbourne, Derbyshire), still in the distinctive orange-and-white livery used by Cumming in 1979 and with evidence of where the March 79B-style sidpods had been fitted, but now with a Buick V8 engine in the process of installation. Perkins's recollection is that he bought the car in the Brighton area in the mid-1980s; Autosport mention his purchase in December 1987.
  2. Chevron B17 [17.70.02] (Kevin Hodgkinson): New to Norman Foulds (Fleetwood, Lancashire) and raced in British and European F3 in early 1970. Not seen after June 1970. The car was later sold by local racing car dealer Bobby Howlings to Geoff Lambert (Burnley, Lancashire), a libre racer. However, the Chevron was not raced by Lambert, and a Brabham BT38C was bought for the 1973 season instead. The Chevron was then sold to former Chevron factory engineer Kevin Hodgkinson, who ran it in the 1100cc hillclimb class from 1974 to 1977 at least. Kevin recalls selling the car to Graham Brown in Perth, Scotland, who used it in hillclimbs. Brown recalls selling it to someone in a village in Worcestershire, probably John Shenton (Astwood Bank, Worcestershire), who ran a Chevron B17 with Ford twin cam engine in hillclimbs from early 1979 to early 1980. In 1981, it was sold by Bob Fernley of AMCO Racing (Bobby Howling's latest concern), to Vincenzo Zahra (Malta) who used it in the local hillclimb championship. Zahra sold it to Martin Spiteri in 1981 who sold the car to Sacha Darmanin in 1995. In 2009, it was bought from Darmanin by multiple Malta hillclimb champion Hubert Camilleri. It has been in storage with Camilleri since 2009.


Note that 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' published 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.