8W When? Gunnar Nilsson Trophy

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The fan car raced twice! About a after it was outlawed from Prix racing it made a competitive outing at the Gunnar Trophy, a fundraiser held at Park with the proceeds to the Gunnar Nilsson Cancer Also, this was the true to James Hunt’s impressive Prix career, James back the announcement of his retirement after the event. As a matter of the 1976 World Champion really want to do the thing at all but been one of the instigators of the Gunnar Fund and thus felt a obligation.

In MotorSport ‘s 1979 issue one J.R.N. the event as Donington’s first Prix for over 40 years . was a bit rich since the trophy was in fact a speed trial the track. The cars went out for practice in the morning, their reflecting their starting for the main event, the slowest starting first so as to build the

Present were F1 has-been Keegan driving the Arrows chassis officially entered by the team, but adorned with his low-key Penthouse livery. was there in his Wolf WR8, Jones in FW07/03 and Andretti in Andretti had planned to race 80/1 but the suspension broke morning. So most of the top drivers there in an attempt by Donington to recreate the non-championship Race of atmosphere but many British did not live up to their promise to run a of cars, while many of the Aurora runners also to appear.

However, there was a surprise in the surprise car of the event: Brabham’s BT46B fan car. As Niki didn’t even bother to up, Brabham were fortunate Nelson Piquet had agreed to in the BMW Procar support race, he’d won from Jones and The fest was enlivened by a BMW saloon won by a young Martin Brundle, various great names their famous mounts the track. Dan Gurney drove the BRM P25 he back in 1960, Denny climbed on board a Cooper-Climax, Stewart took a Tyrrell 006 for a while the undoubted star of the Juan Manuel Fangio, the invitation to drive a Mercedes

Then the main event got its green light, with recording a best time of from his alotted five Incidentally, the existing lap record was set by Brian Henton in a works F2 the year before. Hunt was out and he made 1’02.54. Piquet was in the fan car, getting a 1’03.61 Andretti took the best down to 1’02.67. Victory to Alan Jones who went out and 1’01.37 at 144.82mph.

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Some day late fellow TNF member Rob Ryder me offering data on chassis from a source I wasn’t to exploit before. In exchange, I was to check his data on non-championship F1 to see if I was able to add something. To my astonishment his included the Gunnar Nilsson a ‘race’ of which I wasn’t aware! Somehow the German of the time seemed to have that event by and large, and no reference in books that I was of, its existence had simply eluded me. I Rob with an inquiry about it, and he up with the following reply (I said it in my own words, but as I am so indebted to report here I might as well quote him):

Gunnar Nilsson Trophy at in 1979. This was supposed to be a Non-Championship race for the benefit of the Nilsson Cancer Fund. The FIA not sanction the event and because of there could not be a proper Most of the teams withdrew only 5 F1 cars that turned up at the event.

It was decided the Trophy would be awarded to the with the fastest lap time Donington Park with driver getting 5 laps, the circuit to himself. The refusal of the FIA to the event meant that FIA F1 did not apply, so Nelson Piquet raced in the Brabham BT46B Car’ that Watson had in the 1978 Swedish GP. This was the time this car took in competition meeting. Another ‘last’ for the meeting was that it was Hunt’s last competitive in the Wolf WR8. After the he hung up his helmet and never an F1 car again. I don’t think the crowd that day realised the of Hunt’s appearance!

Results for the meeting.

1. Alan Williams FW07, 1’01.37

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2. Hunt, Wolf WR8,

3. Mario Andretti, Lotus 79,

4. Nelson Piquet, Brabham 1’03.61

5. Rupert Keegan, A1B, 1’05.09

Other that day were a Celebrity with everyone in BMW M1 sportscars was won by Nelson Piquet. A round of the F3 won by Michael Roe in a Chevron. A BMW saloon car eon by Martin Brundle. There also demonstration runs by Champions/drivers — Denny on a Cooper-Climax, Dan Gurney in a BRM P25, and Stewart in a Tyrrell 006/2. The however must have Juan Manuel Fangio Donington in the Mercedes Benz So that was the Donington Gunnar day!!

Well, the bit on the ‘fan Brabham aroused my curiosity. I was sure I remembered both BT46-04 and BT46-06, being to original spec after the GP of 1978, and more specifically to remember Watson taking position at the very next in France in exactly the same car he in Anderstorp, with the fan removed, of Checking my books and magazines that, and I began wondering if MRD had completed a third rebuild of the car after that race. odd to me!

I was about mailing Rob questioning his when it dawned upon me there had been a recent on TNF about the ‘fan car’, so I an investigation. Alas, my appetite for couldn’t be satisfied with was posted there so I was about an inquiry, when my attention to a link in the thread, to an 8W arcticle on car. Reading through that vital evidence was not beckoning on the horizon, and I went to TNF and hovering over the ‘Reply’ when I had a thought. It was Sunday, 3, and I remembered the starting point of the new 8W would be the very next so curiosity won me over even I knew it was somehow unlikely the would be already up. But to my surprise it I browsed through the pictures and there was the Piquet helmet in a #1 fan car with Donington surroundings! Boy me that was close.

Now, knowing the date of the I was able to find some info to supplement Rob’s. The F3 was actually not a championship round and it to be Roe’s only win all year, and one of two for Derek Bennett’s cars an Irish 1-2 the previous weekend Devaney from Roe) at a wet The Procar BMW M1 race was also and saw Bruno Giacomelli and Manfred follow Piquet home. Jones, Hunt and Andretti did not in the top 6.

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