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Old 3 Feb 2017, 12:40 (Ref:3709026)   #1
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Wheatcroft formula classic

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I’m looking for informations , pictures , results , documents on Wheatcroft formula classic ; this serie have had no success I found only one two races during the classic endurance GT at Donington Sunday 7 / Monday 8 in the year 1995 , I know one race was win by Martin Donnelly but it’s all many thank’s for your help
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Old 3 Feb 2017, 13:32 (Ref:3709044)   #2
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I believe most of the cars live in the museum basement.
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Old 3 Feb 2017, 14:04 (Ref:3709050)   #3
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the cars was for sale on racecarsdirect in December , a lot of sold for the 2l5 Millington engine and the Borg Warner gearbox
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Old 4 Feb 2017, 07:02 (Ref:3709293)   #4
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I saw the race and it had all the spectacle of drying paint. If you want to recreate the essence of a 250F why on earth would you put a straight four Ford engine in it ?
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Old 4 Feb 2017, 12:58 (Ref:3709377)   #5
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may be the reason of the failure of this formula ? have you some pictures , results of the two races ?
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Old 4 Feb 2017, 15:01 (Ref:3709406)   #6
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I haven't, but may still have the programme - which are you are very welcome to have . I will have a look for it.
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Old 4 Feb 2017, 15:14 (Ref:3709410)   #7
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I was there but couldn't remember the race. Always a good sign. I've the programme in front of me if you want anything scanned.
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Old 4 Feb 2017, 15:25 (Ref:3709414)   #8
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oh nice Andy and Coppice many thank's a scan of the registered list will be welcome
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Just a thought- are we sure there was just one Formula Classic race (or pair of races) at the May BPRO GT meeting?. What makes me wonder about this is that I'm pretty sure I saw a Formula Classic race at Donington- but equally sure I wasn't at that May BPRO meeting.

Was there maybe a second, possibly at the DTM meeting in July, which I'm much more confident that I did attend?.

I'll have a search back through my old race programmes to see if I've got one for either the May BPRO or July DTM meetings. (Although Donington's my 'local' circuit, at that time I was living about 200 miles away, so only got there a handful of times a year)


Tom Wheatcroft talked about Formula Classic in his autobiography, 'Thunder in the Park' back in 2005- he said that the major problem was issues with the car and engine.

The engines were originally built by Holbay, who were already in financial troubles at the time they took on the contract, and eventually went bust after the death of founder John Read in a flying accident- by this time, Wheatcroft had written off the entire Formula Classic project (at a cost of £1.6m apparently), although some development work did apparently continue on the car for some time after the series was canned.

According to Tom, they ended up with 26 cars stored in the museum basement at Donington. He does also refer to them running a 'couple' of events, rather than just one.

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Old 4 Feb 2017, 17:55 (Ref:3709483)   #10
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I think there were 15 for sale as a job lot, as mentioned earlier.

Millington replaced the original Holbay engines, at more cost, and probably helped established Millington as a company so perhaps we should be thankful for that!
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Old 4 Feb 2017, 21:28 (Ref:3709726)   #11
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I think you are right , certainly an other race , DTM in july may be ? have a look on you old programmes , it's will be nice if you fin d something , I read Martin Donnelly win the first race
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Hi, sorry I don't have a list of the drivers. Hope this page helps!
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Old 5 Feb 2017, 08:35 (Ref:3710076)   #14
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many thank's Andy : never seen
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I have a list of drivers from Monday 8th May. This is as written in my programme.

2 Dave Hutchinson, 3 James Prochowski,4 Patrick Trucco, 5 Austin Kinsella, 6, Guido Basile, 7 Geoff Farmer, 8, Mike Wrigley, 9, Martin Donnelly, 10 Rick Hall, 11 Bill Shepherd, 12 Paul Mather,14, Rob Gray,16 Peter Hardman, 17 Perry McCarthy, & 18 Mark Newman.

I have also written in the finishing order as, 9, 18, 4, 16, 17, 12, 3, 11, 10 , 14.

It also lists the races going to Osterreichring, Brno, Zandvoort, Zolder, Nogaro, Zandvoort again, Paul Ricard & finishing at Donington on October 21/22. There was no race in the final Donington programme though.
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