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#1 Michael Clark

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Posted 16 January 2007 - 00:50

Does anyone remember a Formula Ford called 'Hermes' and raced by Tony Clarke in the early 1970s in England?

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#2 Mallory Dan

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Posted 16 January 2007 - 13:57

Very vaguely Michael, OTOH it was a modified Nike I believe. Gary C may know a little more. Not especially quick though, in 1978/79 I think.

#3 David McKinney

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Posted 16 January 2007 - 14:48

OTOH or OTTOMH?

#4 Bonde

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Posted 16 January 2007 - 15:24

According to Nickless, and not OTTOMH, Tony Clarke of TC Racing Ltd. of Thetford was the Hermes constructor, not driver, who did a deal with Nike's Ken Nicholls to supply frames for Clarke's bodywork in 1979 for the car called Hermes 16/79. A new Nike frame appeared for 1980's 16/80, but few were sold and the marque was gone again by 1981.

#5 Henk A. Hazelaar

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Posted 16 January 2007 - 15:33

Michael,

From Steve Nickless "The Anatomy & Development Formula Ford Race Car":

Hermes Formula Ford

TC Racing Ltd. of Thetford, Norfolk, England was a "race car refurbishing"company owned by Tony Clarke who was impressed enough with the sturdy frame in a customer's Nike 10B to do a deal with Nike's Ken Nicholls when he decided to become a constructor.
A Nike chassis was used with a Clarke-designed bidy in the first Hermes 16/79 completed in March '79: a few production examples followed.
The''80 prototype was the 16/80, with a new Nike chassis built to Clarke's specifications.
The cars never caught on, though, and the marque was gone by '81.


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#6 Henk A. Hazelaar

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Posted 16 January 2007 - 15:56

Michael,

From Motor Racing Directory 1979 of Mike Kettlewell:


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#7 Michael Clark

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Posted 16 January 2007 - 21:05

Many thanks for all your efforts.

I had a chance meeting with Tony Clarke's brother yesterday who told me about the Hermes.

I'll forward this information which will be greatly appreciated - thank you again.

#8 Henk A. Hazelaar

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 14:39

Michael Clark,

New articles of the Hermes Formula Ford from my archive:

Advert Autosport, january 11 1979:

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Advert Autosport, august 22 1979:


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Avert Autosport, november 1 1979 with Tony Clarke:

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