Weston-Super-Mare Speed Trials
Weston, 1 Oct 1977
|1||Godfrey Crompton||(F5000) 5-litre Leda LT25  - Chevrolet V8
|2||John Hart||(libre) 1.6-litre Brabham BT38/40 - Ford BDA Hart
(see note 1)
|3||Paul Edwards||(F2) 1.8-litre Brabham BT38  - Cosworth BDE
(see note 2)
|4||Allan Humphries||(libre) 2.1-litre March 762 [5?] - Hart 421R
|5||Arthur Hinds||(clubmans) 1.6-litre Mallock U2 Mk 8B - Ford
|6||John Frampton||(unknown) 1.1-litre JDS - BMC
|7||Trevor Panter||(clubmans) 1.6-litre Mallock U2 Mk 6D - Ford
|DNS||John Hinley||(F5000) 5-litre Trojan T101  - Chevrolet V8
(see note 3)
|Did not start|
|Qualifying information not available|
Notes on the cars:
- Brabham BT38/40 (John Hart): In November 1975, a Brabham BT38/40 with Cosworth BDA engine and a spare monocoque was advertised from Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham. It was bought by Andrew Wareing (Kirkham, Fylde, Lancashire), whose recollection is that it came from Joe Applegarth, but Applegarth says he never owned a BT38. Wareing used it in sprints and libre in 1976. He advertised it in September 1976 as a BT38/40 with BDA engine, 10" and 14" wheels and a spare tub, and recalls that it went to a family of hillclimbers, father and sons. This must be John Hart (East Dulwich, London), who after hillclimbing a Brabham BT18 in 1976, transferred its Cosworth FVA engine into a Brabham BT38 for 1977. Hart recalls buying the BT38 in the Isle of Man, but it is quite plausible that the car had acquired an Isle of Man event sticker if Wareing had competed in one of the Longton & DCC events on the island. Hart raced this car in hillclimbs and sprints through 1977, being joined by his son Greg later that season. The pair retained the BT38 for 1978 but Greg wrecked it in a major accident at Shelsley Walsh in August, which he was lucky to escape. The car was briskly rebuilt using a BT40 monocoque acquired from MRD and raced again at Gurston Down just two weeks later. The car was renamed 'Hart JG79' for 1979, fitted with a 1600cc Richardson FVA and raced by Greg and John in 1979 and 1980. Subsequent history unknown.
- Brabham BT38  (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.
- Trojan T101  (John Hinley): See full history: Trojan T101/101.
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