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Old 25 Jan 2005, 11:17 (Ref:1209394)   #1
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Motul M1

Ron Dennis' stab at car construction in F2 for 1973.

Ten were built where did they all go?
Recent information suggests that virtually all landed up in N. America, and more information added to the following would be good...

201 Works test car. F1R shows as team spare at Mallory and Pau. Probably Bobby Rahal's first Atlantic car. [In a MN interview in 76/77 he remarks that he had the first Rondel]. Badly damaged by Rahal. Rebuilt by Dwight Zillig [1976] then to Randy Zwimmer for Can Am

202: F1R doesn't give this chassis, which suggests that it was the car sold to Tate of Leeds and used by Chris Meek and later Tom Pryce in F.Atlantic. Used by Meek to win 1974 Northern Single Seater Championship. F/S AS 1976 as NSSC winner unused since 1974

203: F1R says Schenken's car in 73.

204: F1R says Scheckter and then Pryce in 73. To N.America 1974

205: F1R says Jaussaud's car in 73

206: F1R says Pescarolo and Schenken in 73

207: F1R says Wolleck in 73. 1974 Iain McLaren [AS 'ex Wolleck']. FS AS 1/4/76 'ex McLaren'

208: F1R says new for Tom Pryce at Rouen in 73. To North America 1974

209: Unknown. Maybe the Meek car, but unlikely given that car's appearance date. More likely a late season test car.

210: Not used 73-74. Appears as basis of the Safir F2 car run by Patrick Neve at Silverstone in 1975.

In 1974 a host of Rondels appear in the US and Canada

Chris O'Brien [who ran British F3 in early 70s] [ex Pryce so 204 or 208]
Seb Barone [also ex Pryce so 204 or 208]
Al Justason then to Bob Beyea for 1975
Roger Seacrist
Peter Symond
All except Symond appear in the Canadian series, most appear at Watkins Glen at the season end, so there is little possibility of cars being swapped.

If we take all of these together with the two cars that stayed in Britain, there's only one spare chassis to be accounted for, Problem is, who had what!

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Old 25 Jan 2005, 11:46 (Ref:1209416)   #2
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I attended the Rindt Trophy meeting at Thruxton in 1973 when the Rondel-Motul Team had their best week-end!
In the FINAL Pescarolo was 1st, Wollek 2nd and Jaussaud 5th.
Scheckter had finished 4th in Ht 1 whilst Schenken was 2nd in Ht2

The whole Team was smartly turned out and hyper professional - just what we have come to expect of Ron Dennis.

In July I spotted Tom Pryce in the FAt Motul at Silverstone where he could only manage 7th. I don't remember that this car was particularly succesful but that might be the intervening years playing tricks!

After such a hugely succesful early season result the F2 team was hard pressed to repeat such stunning results!
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Old 25 Jan 2005, 12:53 (Ref:1209468)   #3
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Tha attractive powder blue, red and yellow Rondel colour scheme on their F2 Brabhams then Motul cars was designed by Barry Foley - he of 'Catchpole' fame. He also designed the JPS Lotus liveries.
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Old 25 Jan 2005, 22:03 (Ref:1209900)   #4
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Barry Foley, well, well, well.

I did wonder, the original body panels for BT36-2 still survive, they look a bit like a crocodile skin, thick plates of cracked blackish brown paint. Underneath is the original gel coat, a very unusual powder blue, almost with a touch of green to it.
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Old 26 Jan 2005, 07:59 (Ref:1210132)   #5
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When I helped Token Racing as a gofer, I had to clean up one of the Motuls. It was back for a rebuild, and had been raced by Iain McLaren in Scottish Formule Libre. I've no idea what chassis number it was, unfortunately.
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Old 26 Jan 2005, 21:05 (Ref:1210687)   #6
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Neil Trundle has one of the Motuls for sale that he has just restored. The paint work has been done by the guys at McLaren so it should look pretty schmick.

Cirrus I assume that would be the same Iain McLaren that had Brabham BT35X-1.

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Old 27 Jan 2005, 11:08 (Ref:1211100)   #7
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Neil Trundle has one of the Motuls for sale that he has just restored. The paint work has been done by the guys at McLaren so it should look pretty schmick.

Cirrus I assume that would be the same Iain McLaren that had Brabham BT35X-1.
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Old 27 Jan 2005, 11:45 (Ref:1211129)   #8
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In Scottish Libre and Sportcars, Iain always had the best cars with only Norman Dickson outdoing him. I can remember Ingliston meetings where he would race his B31 or later B36 Chevron in the sports car race before using his B35 for the Libre race. The last car I can remember him having was a Mclaren M26
I have seen pictures of him with the Motul and the BT35X. I believe he raced and hillclimbed both. I think both cars were sold on during the Mid Seventies.
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In Scottish Libre and Sportcars, Iain always had the best cars with only Norman Dickson outdoing him. I can remember Ingliston meetings where he would race his B31 or later B36 Chevron in the sports car race before using his B35 for the Libre race. The last car I can remember him having was a Mclaren M26
I have seen pictures of him with the Motul and the BT35X. I believe he raced and hillclimbed both. I think both cars were sold on during the Mid Seventies.
Just been looking at some more photos on the web of Iain racing at Ingliston and Croft in a variety of cars including the Motul. Does anybody have any idea whether Iain is still alive, and if so where he might be residing? Sounds like he has owned a very interesting selection of machinery...
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I've been reading some 1977 A/Sports, which are really fascinating, and come across a chap called Chris Landrum. He was apparently a US deep sea diver (?)and raced a Motul M1 BDG in that year, on the Northern Libre scene. I presume its the ex-Iain Mc car.
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Hello, This is Walt, Presently, I have two Rondels. One Complete Car (100%), Second Car 75% Complete, Raced #1 Car for ten years (1978-1988) SCCA and Midwestern Council based out of Northern Illinois, USA. Im using a friends computer and would consider Postal Communication and Telephone at a later date if agreeable, if interested, email a response to Xtrememxer14@aol.com and I will be notified asap. thanks, Walt
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Barry Foley was a STUD!
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I've been reading some 1977 A/Sports, which are really fascinating, and come across a chap called Chris Landrum. He was apparently a US deep sea diver (?)and raced a Motul M1 BDG in that year, on the Northern Libre scene. I presume its the ex-Iain Mc car.
Motoring News 28 Apr 1977 p31: Landrum had "the ex-Iain McLaren Motul".
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Old 10 Jan 2007, 23:33 (Ref:1811888)   #14
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Landrum took the car back to California, scoring points with it in Cal Club SCCA into the late 70s.

Here's the current state of thinking on Motuls. We still hardly know where any of them are.

201: Works spare and development car, to David Ralston [Indiana] then to Bobby Rahal [late 74] to Opert to Mike Rand [1975] thence to Dwight Zilig

202: Tate of Leeds Atlantic car for Meek and later Pryce. Possibly sold to Canada to be either Barone or O'Brien car in 1974

203: Team car for Schenken, probably to USA.

204: Team car for Scheckter, only ran twice, then used by Pryce. Possibly Seb Barone's ex Pryce car in Canada in 74, if not then that of Chris O'Brien
[also ex Pryce] By 1977 probably Dean Lundgreen [Milwaukee] then to Roy Drew [Milwaukee] 1978 as FC, 1983 probably the car for sale by Greg Dauterman, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin ['ex Scheckter']

205: Team car for Jaussaud. Probably to USA

206: Team car for Pescarolo and Schenken. Probably to USA. 1982 Randy Zimmer Can Am

207: Team car for Wolleck, to Iain McLaren then Chris Landrum 1977, to USA and retained to 1979 at least

208: Team car for Pryce in F2. Probably to USA, perhaps the O'Brien or Barone cars

209: Late season second Atlantic car for Tate run for Viv Candy at late season Croft alongside Meek. This or 202 retained for Meek, won Northern Single Seater Champ 1974, f/s in AS 1976, 'not used since 1974'

210: Unraced until 1975 when the basis of the Safir F2

211 [yes we have this chassis no] Unraced F2 car advertised AS Nov 73. Sold to Roger Seacrist USA and used in FB 1974.

Unknown users in USA/Canada 1974
Chris O'Brien [ex Pryce]
Seb Barone [ex Pryce]
Al Justasson, to Bob Beyea 1975
Peter Symond
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An update on Motul chassis 201

Imported by Opert end '73. Perhaps raced by Mike Rand. Sold to David Ralston, then to Bobby Rahal autumn 1974.
Bobby Rahal sold the car to Tim Fortner and Butch Owsley [San Francisco]. Owsley ran the car for two seasons in SCCA in California.
Sold to Dwight Zillig October 1976.

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