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#1 MarkBisset

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Posted 21 September 2019 - 06:32

Article on this long-lived annual race carnival inclusive of a potpourri of photos.

Very interested to hear of personal race recollections and see photographs which are not exactly plentiful, especially in the race’s earlier times



#2 Weaverbird

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 00:57

I've replied on your website.  Also, you might like to see/read


Teddy Yip

From Macau to the World and Back

by Philip Newsome

#3 colinsays

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 07:41

Interesting reading.

Since my visit to MAcau GP in 2013 I got hoocked to the race and since then I collect photos and memorabilia from the race

Here is Mauro Bianchi and his Alpine who won the race in 1966


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#4 MarkBisset

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Posted 08 April 2021 - 20:19

Thanks Colin,

Have not seen a photo of the car at Macau before, the first 'works team' to compete at the place id I remember Philip Newsome's book correctly


#5 Michael Ferner

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Posted 12 April 2021 - 07:24

Ah, that's disappointing. I always imagined Bianchi won the race in a single seater!  :|

#6 MarkBisset

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Posted 22 April 2022 - 23:19



Dieter Quester on the way to winning the 1970 Macau GP aboard his BMW F269 M12 2-litre. Big Len Terry fan, time to find out more about these Dornier constructed cars ! 




In the Macau pits, chassis number? In my mind Quester was a Taxi Driver but he won a Euro F2 round in 1970 and was fourth in the title. One (Surtees) GP. Learn something every day...(Colour and Noise’ P Newsome)

Edited by MarkBisset, 22 April 2022 - 23:33.

#7 MarkBisset

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Posted 24 April 2022 - 05:08



Osamu Masuko with his new Mitsubishi Colt F2B (aka Brabham BT18/21) during the 1968 Macau GP weekend.

DNF and F-lap in the race won by Jan Bussell’s Brabham.


(‘Colour and Noise’ P Newsome)


The shapely coupe behind is Max Brunninghausen’s ex-Mildren/Bartlett Alfa Romeo TZ2- 3rd.

#8 MarkBisset

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Posted 26 April 2022 - 21:35



Bright eyed and bushy tailed Martin Brundle during the 1983 Macau GP weekend.

His and Roberto Guerrero’ Eddie Jordan/Theodore Racing Ralt RT3 VWs behind.




Ayrton Senna won both heats and the GP overall - West SurreyTheodore RT3 VW. Brundle, #2, was 18th and 4th for 10th overall from Q3 (MotorSport)

Edited by MarkBisset, 26 April 2022 - 21:40.

#9 Rupertlt1

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Posted 19 September 2023 - 07:16

1970 Best efforts:

Said to be 29 entries, six unknown


#3 Marshall Corazza, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

#79 John Macdonald, Brabham Ford FVA (qualified 3rd)


21 starters were on the grid in the following order:—

Front Row: #6 Tony Maw, Elfin; #8 Kevin Bartlett, Mildren-Waggott 1850W; #2 Dieter Quester, BMW ^

2nd Row: #9 Malcolm Ramsay, Elfin-Waggott 600W; #78 Fred Scholle, Lotus 47

3rd Row: #15 Hardy Burmester, Lotus 23B; #11 Riki Okhubo, Brabham; #99 Albert Poon, Brabham BT21

4th Row: #1 Harold Lee, Honda RH800; #14 Jan Bussell, Brabham BT15

5th Row: #49 Teddy Yip, Porsche 906; #12 Tokomitsu Urushibara, Lotus 41-Honda 850cc; #21 Bill Heinecke, Elva-BMW

6th Row: #24 Keith Payne, Brabham; #48 Don O'Sullivan, Porsche 911S

7th Row: #32 Herbert Adamczyk*, Formula Vee; #28 Brian Clinton, Cooper T72; #35 S. Y. Tam, Lotus 23B

8th Row: #55 Tony Lam, Coldwell GT; #5 Tony Mitchell, Merlyn; #13 Danny Neal, Elva Mk 7

(Tony Mitchell and Danny Neal, having qualified for higher grid positions, were at the rear at their own request.)

*Klaus Doerr in some sources


XVII Macau Grand Prix, 29 November 1970, 45 laps


1. #2 Dieter Quester, BMW, 2h 06 min 02.46 sec, 81.04 mph

2. #99 Albert Poon, Brabham BT21, 42 laps

3. #48 Don O'Sullivan, Porsche 911S, 39 laps

4. #12 Tokomitsu Urushibara, Lotus 41-Honda 850cc, 38 laps

5. #49 Teddy Yip, Porsche 906, 38 laps

6. #55 Tony Lam, Coldwell GT, 37 laps

7. #9 Malcolm Ramsay, Elfin 600W

8. #1 Harold Lee, Honda RH800

9. #24 Keith Payne, Brabham

10. #11 Riki Okhubo, Brabham, 33 laps (on his 34th lap spun at the hairpin, spilling a lot of oil on the track and was out)

11. #28 Brian Clinton, Cooper T72, 32 laps

12. #15 Hardy Burmester, Lotus 23B, 29 laps

(23 laps required to qualify as a finisher)


#78 Fred Scholle, Lotus 47, 13/18? laps

#14 Jan Bussell, Brabham BT15, 10 laps, St. Francis Hill, started some 48 minutes into the race from the pits, transmission

#8 Kevin Bartlett, Mildren 1850W, 4 laps, engine

#6 Tony Maw, Elfin, 4 laps, gearbox

#32 Herbert Adamczyk*, Formula Vee, 2 laps, Statue Corner

#35 S. Y. Tam, Lotus 23B, L1, Donna Maria

#21 Bill Heinecke, Elva-BMW, L1, Solitude Esses, engine, started from pitlane?

#13 Danny Neal, Elva Mk 7, L1, Statue corner

#5 Tony Mitchell, Merlyn, retired from the grid, pushed across the startline



#11 Riki Okhubo car described as a "Brabham Conglero" which I take to mean Brabham-Alfa Romeo Conrero?

#21 Elva-BMW purchased from Walter Haskamp in Hong Kong.



Edited by Rupertlt1, 21 September 2023 - 03:25.

#10 GregThomas

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Posted 19 September 2023 - 07:43

There's a little bit about the Dornier constructed BMW's in the Terry and Baker produced book Racing Car Design and Development.


Dornier changed the tub from a full monocoque to a detatchable top section from above the driver's knees to the engine bulkhead.

Which Terry suggests can't have helped stiffness.

He also recounts handling problems under brakes caused by the car being run too low and hitting the bumpstops causing instability.

His suggestion of simply raising the ride height 1/2inch worked with as far as he heard, no further problems.

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Posted 01 October 2023 - 01:49


We learn that two interesting "specials," the Fencar (sic*) and the

Helvia, took part in last year's Macau Grand Prix. The Fencar

has a tubular frame and Citroen front-ends at front and back, with

the drive deleted at the front and the steering deleted at the rear, to

make an all-independently-sprung rear-drive car. It was built by

Far East Motors and uses a Standard Vanguard engine with TR2

modifications. The Helvia is virtually a 1947 Sunbeam-Talbot

with improved breathing. It is the property of Paul Dutoit, son of

the Dutoit who was once Segrave's riding mechanic and a tyre-

tester at Brooklands, who himself acquired a Mercedes 190SL

for the race.

Motor Sport, January 1956, Page 37


*It was the Femcar for Far East Motors.


"For the 2nd Macau Grand Prix, Ed Car-

valho set about building a 'Special' for the event.

This had Citroen suspension, a Standard Van-

guard engine with TR2 cyclinder head and an

Armstrong Siddley (sic) gearbox. Since Eddie built

this at the Kowloon branch of Far East Motors,

it was christened "FEMCAR." The 2nd G.P.

was held over 60 laps (about 240 miles) and

apart from a tyre blow-out, Femcar finished the

race without trouble to take fifth place."

"The Chequered Flag" November 1970, Vol. 14 No. 3, Page 1.



Edited by Rupertlt1, 01 October 2023 - 02:00.

#12 Rupertlt1

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Posted 03 October 2023 - 05:13

Claude Frederick "Freddie" Pope (6 January 1907, West Dulwich, London — January 1977, Ashford, Kent)

(son of Eli Isaiah Pope and Avis Beatrice Pope. Elder brother Victor Eli Pope.)

• 1931 — his motor business went bankrupt

• 1934 — Brooklands, Brian Gush, Class J: "In 1934 with his friend Brian Gush he designed and built

a car which was a fore-runner to the famed English-built 500 c.c. Cooper of the present day.

Their "brain child" was built with a 350 c.c. Blackburn engine (sic), 3-speed Sturmy Archer (sic) gear box

and four motorcycle wheels.

It proved to be a success and brought fame to them quickly. Between them they

smashed all the records held by the French at the famous Brookland (sic) track

for 350 c.c. machines and under. Pope is of the opinion that their records remain unbroken."

The Singapore Free Press, 17 October 1953, Gap Hill Climb Supplement, Page 2

"The machine responsible for all the records started the season with the name of Gush Special,

later being called the Vitesse Special, and finally the Vitesse.

The little 348 c.c. car was a constant visitor at Weybridge, and in all collected 31 records, many

of which were, of course, "repeats."

Motor Sport, January 1935, Page 136

There is photograph of the car in the Weekly Dispatch (London), Sunday 4 November 1934, Page 13.

The single-cylinder motor was in the front, 3-speed and reverse, with chain drive to the rear. Team from Thatcham, Berks.

Also driven by Mr. P. C. le Croisette. Copies of the car were to be offered for sale at £75.

• 1944 — The undermentioned to be 2nd Lts. without pay and allces from army funds:—

21st August 1944:—

Claude Frederick POPE (328553)

• 1945 — Freddy Pope arrives in Malaya with the liberation forces, landing on Morib Beach, south of Port Swettenham 

• 1948 — founder member of the Singapore Motor Club

• 1953 — winner Johore Grand Prix, Jaguar XK120, 40 laps

• 1954 — operated from Anson Road motor garage. Singapore M.C.'s Annual Sprint, Lim Chu Kang Road:

"Freddie Pope, who took the 1,500 c.c. blown class with his FP23, and the unlimited sports class with his Jaguar."

• 1959-1960 — Columnist, Singapore Free Press, Freddie Pope's Car Clinic

• 1961 — Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Yusof Ishak (first President of Singapore) being driven round the course by F. Pope, President

of the Singapore Motor Club, at opening of the Grand Prix 16/09/1961.

Five times at the Macau Grand Prix:

• 1956 — #22 Jaguar Special, DNF, retired on 19th lap, "fuel supply defect" — "in 1956 he won a relay race" — 15 laps:

Seven teams competed in this relay. Pope's teammates — I. Grangers (M.G. Magnette) and

A. J. Winders (Austin Healey) each did four laps while Pope covered the remaining seven laps.

• 1957 — #22 Jaguar Special, 5th, 73 laps, "delayed two minutes at the start due to a broken oil feed"

• 1958 — #22 Jaguar Special, 3.4, DNF, 18 laps, front suspension

• 1959 — #22 Jaguar Special, 5th, 56 laps

• 1960 — #22 Jaguar Special, unknown, unplaced

(With thanks to Dr Philip Newsome; Singapore newspapers)


Keywords: Freddy, Blackburne, Sturmey Archer, Macao



Edited by Rupertlt1, 03 October 2023 - 19:37.

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Posted 03 October 2023 - 07:09

More about Freddie Pope here.

#14 LittleChris

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Posted 03 October 2023 - 08:23

I wonder if the Brian Gush mentioned is in anyway related to the Brian Gush who was DM of the 2003 Le Mans winning Bentley team ?

#15 Rupertlt1

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Posted 03 October 2023 - 11:14

More about Freddie Pope here.


ReWInd: can you get anything on Freddie Pope, Macau, 1960? You might have better access to Singapore newspapers? The relevant article is padlocked?


Edited by Rupertlt1, 03 October 2023 - 11:15.

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Posted 03 October 2023 - 12:00

Sorry, Rupert. I was just using Google. No access to Singapore newspapers.

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Posted 03 October 2023 - 18:23

5-6 November 1955:


Ladies' Race, 5 laps

1. Mrs. Jean Lam, Jaguar XK120 hardtop coupé (3 entrants)

Novice Race

1. Ron Hardwick, Triumph TR2

2. Neville C. Fullford, Triumph TR2

3. Malcolm Delingpole, Dellow Mark V

100-mile handicap race for standard production saloon cars

1. Alistair Stewart, Fiat 600

2. Doug Steane, DKW

3. Heinz Gosslar, Volkswagen

Autocar, 25 November 1955, Page 893



Neville Fullford by 1970 was in Abapa, Nigeria. The TR2 had gone with him and was being raced locally by "its' new owner."

Alistair Stewart described as "well-known Hong Kong rally driver"; in the 1961 GP with a Lotus 18 FJ, DNF; by 1970 in Melbourne, Australia.



Edited by Rupertlt1, 04 October 2023 - 08:18.

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Posted 04 October 2023 - 17:17

IV Grande Prémio de Macau, 16-17 November 1957

77 laps of the Guia Circuit (300.3 miles):

1. A. Pateman (Mecedes 300SL), 4 h. 54 m. 37 s., 61.16 m.p.h.

2. R. Hardwick (A.C. Ace-Bristol), 4 h. 58 m. 15 s., 60.42 m.p.h.

3. C. N. Fullford (Triumph TR3), 2 laps behind

Novices' Race (10 laps)

1. W. Baxter (Triumph TR3), 41 m. 56 s., 55.81 m.p.h.

2. B.C. Barnes (Porsche 1600), 43 m. 23 s., 53.95 m.p.h.

Ladies' Race, 10 laps:

1. Mrs. N. Matchett (Triumph TR3), 43 m. 58 s., 53.21 m.p.h.

2. Mrs. F. Ribeiro (Fiat 1100 TV), 44 m. 17s., 52.83 m.p.h.

Handicap Race (25 laps):

1. Alistair Stewart, (Fiat 1100B), 53.61 m.p.h.

2. R. Hardwick (Fiat 500) 46.17 m.p.h. 

3. E. Barrett (Fiat 1100B), 51.04 m.p.h.


Winning car for sale: https://forums.autos.../#entry10395197



Edited by Rupertlt1, 04 October 2023 - 17:33.

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Posted 06 October 2023 - 05:57


Mercedes-Benz 300SL

Roadster wins Fourth

Macau Grand Prix—Hong

Kong's Annual "Big Race"


The Guia Circuit, now the annual

scene of the Macau Grand Prix, is

an interesting, albeit somewhat slow,

road circuit, not unlike Monaco in some

respects. Three-point-nine miles long,

the circuit consists of a series of short

straights connected by curves, along the

sea-front, and a twisty back leg among

the houses and trees on the hillside

above. The surface is good on the

whole, but a little bumpy in places, and

sections of it were thick with rubber

which made it treacherous.

Although the programme consisted of

four races, interest was centred almost

entirely on the Grand Prix. On the

Saturday there were two processions, the

Novices' and Ladies' Races, and a time-

keeper's nightmare consisting of 100-

mile Handicap for Production Saloons!

First two of these were both won by

Mrs. N. Matchett's TR3, driven in the

Novices' Race by W. Baxter, and by

owner in the Ladies' Race. In the

Handicap Race three Fiats, 1100B, 500

and 1100B in that order, appeared as

the winners, mathematically at least.

But the fun started when these were

over. The Grand Prix cars went out to

do three laps to qualify for grid posi-

tions. Since they had to cover just over

300 miles the following day it was clear

that more than speed would be involved

but nevertheless these grid positions were

going to be of considerable interest.

In the first group of cars was A.

Pateman in the Mercedes 300SL. This

car was entered by W. M. Sulke, the

Hong Kong distributor, and the

mechanic from Stuttgart, on his

yearly tour, was in attendance. Pateman

turned in one lap at 3 minutes 36.4

seconds, which clipped 4.8 seconds off


the old lap record, and he seemed well

set for pole position. But then G. Baker

took his Ferrari Mondial round in 3

minutes 34.9 seconds, which was good

going, particularly remembering that the

Ferrari is getting on in years, and that

he was giving a litre away to the Mer-

cedes. The next fastest was R. Hard-

wick, in his A.C. Ace-Bristol, some 11

seconds slower than Baker.

The lap times meant that the Grand

Prix would last about five hours and

the Guia Circuit is by no means an easy

proposition. So the problems were,

broadly speaking, three. Could the

Ferrari produce 77 similar laps on the

Sunday? Could Pateman hold the Mer-

cedes in hand for five long hours? And

was there any other car able to stay

close enough to these two to take advan-

tage of an opening?

Fifteen cars formed up shortly before

noon on Sunday, the front three rows of

the grid looking like this:—

Hardwick            Pateman    Baker

(A.C. Ace-Bristol) (Mercedes)  (Ferrari) 

3m 45.7            3m 36.4     3m 34.9

                                           65.33 mph

     Redfern                Wong                               

   (Jaguar XK 140C)     (Ford Special)

     3m 51.2                   3m 50.4

Fullford             Noronha          Yip

(Triumph TR2)  (Jaguar Spl)    (Jaguar XK 140)

3m 57.4         3m 56.1         3m 55.2


The start—one of those lights and

flag affairs—was untidy. Pateman

crept and Hardwick followed suit, this

lapse costing them each one minute.

Additional excitement was provided by

C. F. Pope's Jaguar, up from Singapore.

This broke a union 15 minutes before

the start, but a last-minute rush remi-

niscent of the B.R.M. in its heyday,

allowed it to start off in pursuit of the

field with just 5 seconds to spare.

First time round saw Pateman with 8

seconds in hand over Baker, with the

rest following in the order Hardwick,

Redfern, Noronha, Wong, Fullford,

Baxter (TR3) and the pack. After four

laps the Mercedes was 19 seconds up on

Baker, with Hardwick a further 33

seconds in arrears. The two Jaguars and

the archaic-looking Ford Special still

followed these three, but all three started

a series of pit-stops which dropped them

right back. By the end of the 10th lap

the leading five were Pateman, Baker,

Hardwick, Fullford and Baxter, and

these had already lapped the rest of the


The Mercedes was still sounding as

crisp as ever, but the Mondial did not

seem as happy as it had been the pre-

vious evening. The A.C. Ace-Bristol


was motoring quietly and smoothly,

eschewing dramatics and waiting for the

leaders to crack. But the real motor

racing was provided by the Triumphs of

Fullford and Baxter; this was splendid

stuff. Lap after lap it was anyone's

guess which would appear inn front, and

both drivers were clearly enjoying them-

selves tremendously. Another interest-

ing duel was that between Barnes

(Posrche 1600) and Lloyd (TR2) who

changed positions a number of times.

Pateman, handling the Mercedes

calmly and efficiently, lapped Baker on

the 23rd lap and Baker clung on to him

like grim death. But this proved too

much for the Mondial, and on its 35th

lap it rammed its number 4 piston

through the block, producing a four-inch

hole. Baker cheerfully pushed the car

nearly a mile to the pits but this was

hardly sufficient to repair the damage.

He said that the rev-counter stopped

counting in the third lap, which was

rather disconcerting!

The Triumph duel came to a defi-

nite conclusion, when Baxter lost his

nearside front wheel, but fortunately he

was just behind Fullford and had time

to bring the car gently to rest.

Thereafter it was all over bar the

shouting. Pateman made a 35-second

pit-stop shortly after the Ferrari blew-

up, as he had skidded on some oil

which left him just under two laps ahead

of Hardwick. He had averaged ????

m.p.h. over the first 40 laps and now

slackened off considerably.

Just for good value Pateman came in

for petrol for 88 seconds with six laps

to go, letting Hardwick onto the same

lap. He then turned in a new lap

record of 3 minutes 32.5 seconds, 61.16

m.p.h., and motored in first with a com-

fortable margin of just over 1½ minutes

to win the Grand Prix for Mercedes for

the second year running.

Autosport, 6 December 1957, Pages 733-735



Edited by Rupertlt1, 06 October 2023 - 05:58.