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Old 31 Aug 2005, 18:45 (Ref:1556810)   #16
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Opinion 3. Nugent's Argo was a JM3.

His biography appears in the 1981 Motor Racing Directory (p143) and it says:

"An Argo JM3 was acquired for 1979, but it wasd not too successful until properly developed in time for the 1980 season in conjuction with Argo. Mike called his car a 'JM8' although that number is allocated to the 1981 Formula 3 model."

Elsewhere in the directory (p466), Argo's models are given as:

JM1 1977-78 F3
JM1X 1979 Atlantic (converted JM1)
JM2 1978 FSV
JM3 1979 F3
JM4 1979 FSV
JM5 1979 Atlantic
JM6 1980 F3
JM7 1980 FSV
JM8 planned 1981 F3
JM9 planned 1981 Atlantic
JM10 planned 1981 FSV

However, this article describes Nugent's car as a JM5.
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Old 1 Sep 2005, 13:13 (Ref:1556811)   #17
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I'm wrong on FAt Argos chaps, the 81 car was JM9, NOT JM8, the latter being the 'fantastic' F3 car - The "Allegro". I still think the Nugent car was the JM%, not 3 or 6, and recall it being described thus in contemporary MN,AS reports.

Did any FAt Argos ever go to the States I wonder, given the reasonable results of the FSVs over there, I'd have thought there may have been some interest in the FAt versions.
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Old 1 Sep 2005, 19:41 (Ref:1556812)   #18
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When I first saw Nugent's Argo in Mondello it had a Tea tray front wing and sliding skirts. Late in 1979? I think I only saw it the once that year. I was a bit of a lemon (the worst bit... of a very sour lemon). I suposedly flexed badly among other things. It was returned to Anglia and what came back was a thinly disguised Modus. I painted a picture of the car for Mike in '80. That car other than the Atlantic specific engine, gearbox, brakes, etc. was like the F3 cars of 80.

Numbers, plates... These things were needed for crossing borders and nothing else in those days.

I think it is best to describe it as a nice shade of blue.
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...oh, and Mike said he sold it to the States.
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Old 10 Oct 2005, 15:58 (Ref:1556814)   #20
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What did it do over there I wonder, SCCA only ? Dave, are you sure it had a JM6 plate, and that tea tray is interesting. Was it like the March 711 nose ?
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It is twenty odd years ago but I'm as sure as anyone can be about the likes of this. It definitely was different to what it should have been (acording to the likes of Autosport). The original car looked more Ferrari than March. It looked mad beside B29s.
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Old 24 Mar 2006, 14:53 (Ref:1559693)   #22
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Speed Eventing

There have been a couple of Argo chassis in speed events:

Argo JM9-057-FA was initially run but Neil White in Northern Ireland in 1987/88 it was then sold to Barry Goode who ran it from 1989 until selling it on to Simon Frost. The car is still taking to the hills in the hands of Laurie Ritchie.

Argo-Toyota/Novamotor JM8/85 was run by Mark Lawrence in 1987. It became the basis of a hillclimb special called the Wraith by 1991/2.

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JM14, at Oulton Park, 9th April, 2005. Entered by Airspec UK, driven by Eddie Wilkins:-

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Might the Goode/Frost/Ritchie JM9 have been the car run by Colin Lees
in 1981? Not many JM9s were built - indeed, might this be the only one?

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Might the Goode/Frost/Ritchie JM9 have been the car run by Colin Lees
in 1981? Not many JM9s were built - indeed, might this be the only one?

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When I last saw Laurie Ritchie he knew all the Speed Event history of the car but nothing of what it did before.
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Old 26 Mar 2006, 08:37 (Ref:1561131)   #26
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As advised elsewhere I was at Eastern Creek Historics on the weekend and the subject came up of Argo's , and I was informed of an Argo about 100km from me , I can only think that it is the 2nd of the two that came into Western Australia about 20/25 years ago, so will track it down.
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Old 27 Mar 2006, 07:43 (Ref:1562011)   #27
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On reflection I think it's more likely that the Goode/Frost/Ritchie car started life
with Tyrrell Arnold in N.Ireland in 1981

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Chris, yeah I reckon only 2 JM9s, the Goodwin/Lees UK car, and the Irish Tyrrell Arnold one. I suspect the latter is the Laurie Ritchie car that Steve mentions above.
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Found a third JM9 Atlantic.
Delivered new in 1981 to Jim Blackwell in Seattle, retained until early 1985
at least. Then to Marty Knoll and Terry Edwards [both NW USA] and then
to Canadian Gary Milligan who used it as the basis of his national autocross
champ winning "Lotus Europa" in 1994.
There was also at least one JM11 Atlantic sold new in Seattle in 1982.

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Have you spoken to the Bob Relinski who is listed as owning chassis JM11-061-SV in the FSV register? His email is given as karwashbob at aol dot com.

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