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#1 Kvadrat

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Posted 11 August 2020 - 15:40

Tony Lanfranchi was BARC and BRDC/BRSCC saloon car champion of 1972-73 racing Soviet Moskvich entered by SATRA Motors. Then championships' rules were changed to engine capacity classes instead of price classes and Lanfranchi changed to different cars. SATRA Motors and various "privateers" were still using Moskvich cars in 1974 and then SATRA switched to Lada cars, "privateers" raced Miskviches in 1975-76. In 1977-80, I presume, only Ladas raced in Britain but I have little clues.

 

Here's list of races in which Moskvich and Lada cars could race. If known, starting numbers are given according to photos or entry lists in programmes.

 

05.03.1972 Brands Hatch 220
18.03.1972 Oulton Park 30
19.03.1972 Thruxton 32
26.03.1972 Mallory Park
03.04.1972 Brands Hatch
29.04.1972 Oulton Park 193
30.04.1972 Mallory Park
07.05.1972 Snetterton
14.05.1972 Silverstone
14.05.1972 Ingliston
21.05.1972 Brands Hatch 156, 157, 159
27.05.1972 Rufforth
28.05.1972 Croft
29.05.1972 Silverstone
11.06.1972 Silverstone
18.06.1972 Mallory Park
02.07.1972 Silverstone
08.07.1972 Oulton Park
23.07.1972 Mallory Park
30.07.1972 Snetterton
06.08.1972 Mallory Park
12.08.1972 Oulton Park 251, 252
13.08.1972 Brands Hatch 130, 131, 132
20.08.1972 Brands Hatch
26.08.1972 Oulton Park
27.08.1972 Mallory Park (16), 19, (20)
03.09.1972 Brands Hatch
10.09.1972 Silverstone 131, 132, 133
10.09.1972 Brands Hatch
24.09.1972 Brands Hatch
01.10.1972 Brands Hatch 239, 240
08.10.1972 Mallory Park
14.10.1972 Oulton Park
29.10.1972 Snetterton
02-07.12.1972 RAC Rally 131, 137, 143
 
 
04.03.1973 Brands Hatch
11.03.1973 Mallory Park
18.03.1973 Silverstone 292, 293, 294
25.03.1973 Thruxton
31.03.1973 Oulton Park
01.04.1973 Silverstone
20.04.1973 Snetterton
23.04.1973 Silverstone
06.05.1973 Brands Hatch
12.05.1973 Oulton Park 28, 30, 32
13.05.1973 Silverstone
20.05.1973 Silverstone
28.05.1973 Snetterton
10.06.1973 Brands Hatch
17.06.1973 Thruxton
01.07.1973 Silverstone
07.07.1973 Tour of Britain, Oulton Park 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 38, 39, 40, 41
08.07.1973 Tour of Britain, Brands Hatch 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 38, 39, 40, 41
15.07.1973 Cadwell Park 22, 23, 24, 27
21.07.1973 Oulton Park
22.07.1973 Mallory Park
29.07.1973 Snetterton 383, 384, 385, 386, 387
29.07.1973 Mallory Park 23
05.08.1973 Mallory Park
11.08.1973 Oulton Park 128, 130, 131, 132, 137
12.08.1973 Croft
27.08.1973 Castle Combe
02.09.1973 Rufforth
09.09.1973 Brands Hatch
09.09.1973 Cadwell Park 140
16.09.1973 Thruxton
23.09.1973 Brands Hatch
30.09.1973 Mallory Park 76, 77, 78, 80
07.10.1973 Oulton Park 200, 201, 202, 203, 204
27.10.1973 Oulton Park 126, 127, 128, 130, 131, 134
28.10.1973 Thruxton
 
 
03.03.1974 Brands Hatch
09.03.1974 Oulton Park
17.03.1974 Silverstone
24.03.1974 Thruxton
30.03.1974 Oulton Park
31.03.1974 Silverstone
14.04.1974 Snetterton
15.04.1974 Brands Hatch
21.04.1974 Llandow
27.04.1974 Oulton Park
05.05.1974 Oulton Park
12.05.1974 Snetterton
19.05.1974 Brands Hatch
27.05.1974 Mallory Park
09.06.1974 Silverstone 73, 74, 75, 76
16.06.1974 Brands Hatch
23.06.1974 Mallory Park
30.06.1974 Silverstone 51, 52, 53, 54
13.07.1974 Tour of Britain, Oulton Park 92, 94, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100
14.07.1974 Mallory Park
21.07.1974 Cadwell Park
27.07.1974 Oulton Park
28.07.1974 Snetterton
04.08.1974 Silverstone
10.08.1974 Oulton Park
11.08.1974 Brands Hatch
18.08.1974 Thruxton
26.08.1974 Silverstone 31, 32
08.09.1974 Silverstone
15.09.1974 Brands Hatch
22.09.1974 Thruxton
29.09.1974 Mallory Park
06.10.1974 Oulton Park 63, 64
13.10.1974 Mallory Park 1, 2
27.10.1974 Thruxton
03.11.1974 Brands Hatch
 
 
02.03.1975 Brands Hatch
08.03.1975 Oulton Park
16.03.1975 Silverstone
31.03.1975 Brands Hatch 55
13.04.1975 Llandow
20.04.1975 Thruxton
27.04.1975 Silverstone
04.05.1975 Brands Hatch
18.05.1975 Mallory Park
26.05.1975 Snetterton
01.06.1975 Cadwell Park
08.06.1975 Silverstone
15.06.1975 Snetterton
22.06.1975 Croft
28.06.1975 Oulton Park
29.06.1975 Mallory Park
13.07.1975 Cadwell Park
26.07.1975 Oulton Park
27.07.1975 Snetterton
09.08.1975 Oulton Park
10.08.1975 Mallory Park
17.08.1975 Brands Hatch
25.08.1975 Brands Hatch 91
31.08.1975 Silverstone
07.09.1975 Brands Hatch
14.09.1975 Thruxton
21.09.1975 Mallory Park
04.10.1975 Oulton Park 96 (L), 107 (M)
05.10.1975 Brands Hatch
12.10.1975 Mallory Park
19.10.1975 Snetterton
26.10.1975 Thruxton
02.11.1975 Brands Hatch 69
 
 
07.03.1976 Brands Hatch
14.03.1976 Silverstone
21.03.1976 Mallory Park
27.03.1976 Oulton Park 71 (L), 79 (M)
28.03.1976 Silverstone
04.04.1976 Thruxton
11.04.1976 Cadwell Park
16.04.1976 Oulton Park 74 (L)
18.04.1976 Snetterton
19.04.1976 Brands Hatch 74
25.04.1976 Silverstone
02.05.1976 Mallory Park
09.05.1976 Thruxton
15.05.1976 Oulton Park
16.05.1976 Snetterton
23.05.1976 Brands Hatch
30.05.1976 Brands Hatch
31.05.1976 Snetterton
06.06.1976 Silverstone
13.06.1976 Snetterton
20.06.1976 Silverstone 74 (L), 75 (M), 83 (L), 86 (L)
27.06.1976 Croft
25.07.1976 Ingliston
01.08.1976 Snetterton
08.08.1976 Thruxton
14.08.1976 Oulton Park 83 (L)
15.08.1976 Mallory Park
29.08.1976 Mallory Park 74, 86 (L)
30.08.1976 Snetterton
05.09.1976 Silverstone
12.09.1976 Brands Hatch
18.09.1976 Oulton Park
26.09.1976 Mallory Park
03.10.1976 Snetterton
10.10.1976 Mallory Park
17.10.1976 Brands Hatch
31.10.1976 Thruxton
24.10.1976 Brands Hatch
 
 
27.03.1977 Thruxton
03.04.1977 Silverstone 63 (L)
17.04.1977 Cadwell Park
01.05.1977 Snetterton
29.05.1977 Brands Hatch
07.06.1977 Donington Park 64 (L)
26.06.1977 Brands Hatch
10.07.1977 Snetterton
31.07.1977 Donington Park
07.08.1977 Croft
14.08.1977 Brands Hatch 64
04.09.1977 Silverstone
24.09.1977 Oulton Park
08.10.1977 Oulton Park
23.10.1977 Mallory Park
30.10.1977 Thruxton
 
 
12.03.1978 Thruxton
02.04.1978 Silverstone
22.04.1978 Oulton Park
30.04.1978 Donington Park
07.05.1978 Brands Hatch
14.05.1978 Mallory Park
21.05.1978 Donington Park
29.05.1978 Thruxton
04.06.1978 Silverstone
11.06.1978 Brands Hatch
25.06.1978 Cadwell Park
02.07.1978 Mallory Park
22.07.1978 Oulton Park
23.07.1978 Donington Park
28.08.1978 Thruxton
16.09.1978 Oulton Park 84 (L)
24.09.1978 Snetterton
29.10.1978 Thruxton
 
 
04.03.1979 Brands Hatch
11.03.1979 Thruxton
01.04.1979 Snetterton
29.04.1979 Lидден-ХиLL
06.05.1979 Cadwell Park
12.05.1979 Oulton Park
20.05.1979 Snetterton
03.06.1979 Mallory Park
01.07.1979 Brands Hatch
05.08.1979 Croft
02.09.1979 Silverstone
15.09.1979 Oulton Park
23.09.1979 Croft
30.09.1979 Thruxton
14.10.1979 Mallory Park
28.10.1979 Thruxton
 
 
02.03.1980 Brands Hatch
16.03.1980 Silverstone
13.04.1980 Mallory Park
27.04.1980 Thruxton
10.05.1980 Oulton Park
11.05.1980 Croft
01.06.1980 Cadwell Park
22.06.1980 Mallory Park
29.06.1980 Brands Hatch
06.07.1980 Snetterton
10.08.1980 Brands Hatch
24.08.1980 Snetterton
31.08.1980 Silverstone
20.09.1980 Oulton Park
12.10.1980 Snetterton
18.10.1980 Oulton Park
26.10.1980 Thruxton
 
More to follow but everything you know is welcome.


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#2 IanMH

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Posted 11 August 2020 - 17:14

Ingliston 15th April 1973

 

entries

 

29 Tony Lanfranchi / Kensington Close Hotel / Moskvich 412  1st in class up to £800

 

30 "Olinkha"  / Satra Motors / Moskvich 412

 

31  John Webb / Leicester Post House Hotel / Moskvich 412

 

Webb's entry was taken over by Eric Horsfield who finished 3rd in class up to £800

 

Cheers Ian

 

 



#3 GazChed

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Posted 12 August 2020 - 07:03

Thruxton 27/10/1974

36 Peter Jopp Conders of Peterborough Moskvich 412 1st in class

37 Tony Stubbs Conders of Peterborough Moskvich 412 Retired (Rolled at chicane)

51 Nigel Stovin-Bedford Jemwood Cars Moskvich 412 Unplaced

I seem to remember Gerry Marshall having a column in CCC and Nigel Stovin-Bedford became Nigel Stoved-in Backwards !

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Posted 12 August 2020 - 16:31

Silverstone 11.06.1972

 

Second in class behind Tony Lanfranchi was another Moskvich driven by one Daniel Künzli. Künzli is a 100% Swiss name. Does anybody know anything about that man?



#5 RS2000

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Posted 13 August 2020 - 15:24

There were 4 Moskvitch 412s entered in the 1972 RAC Rally (all in class1).

 

Wenche Knudtzen/Eidis Huseby

Tony Lanfranchi/John McKerrell

Nicholas Price/Antoine Lurot

David Hood/John Grant

 

I recall servicing near Lanfranchi (Clocaenog Forest?) and noticing "Racing driver on major rally" syndrome - over active driver expecting to engage those around him in animated conversation instead of taking the opportunity to rest/close eyes for a bit -  and thinking he'll regret that lost opportunity later on.



#6 Kvadrat

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Posted 16 August 2020 - 06:55

Ingliston 15th April 1973

 

entries

 

29 Tony Lanfranchi / Kensington Close Hotel / Moskvich 412  1st in class up to £800

 

30 "Olinkha"  / Satra Motors / Moskvich 412

 

31  John Webb / Leicester Post House Hotel / Moskvich 412

 

Webb's entry was taken over by Eric Horsfield who finished 3rd in class up to £800

 

Cheers Ian

 

Are you sure about the date?

 

There's no such a meeting neither in championship races lists at http://motorsportwin...mpionship-barc/ and http://motorsportwinners.com/defunct/production-saloon-car-championship-mcdbrdcbrscc/ no in Motor Sport 1973 April fixture list (https://media.motorsportmagazine.com/archive/april-1973/full/22.jpg).



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Posted 16 August 2020 - 06:57

Thruxton 27/10/1974

36 Peter Jopp Conders of Peterborough Moskvich 412 1st in class

37 Tony Stubbs Conders of Peterborough Moskvich 412 Retired (Rolled at chicane)

51 Nigel Stovin-Bedford Jemwood Cars Moskvich 412 Unplaced

I seem to remember Gerry Marshall having a column in CCC and Nigel Stovin-Bedford became Nigel Stoved-in Backwards !

 

Thank you! What is your source?



#8 Kvadrat

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Posted 16 August 2020 - 07:38



There were 4 Moskvitch 412s entered in the 1972 RAC Rally (all in class1).

 

Wenche Knudtzen/Eidis Huseby

Tony Lanfranchi/John McKerrell

Nicholas Price/Antoine Lurot

David Hood/John Grant

 

I recall servicing near Lanfranchi (Clocaenog Forest?) and noticing "Racing driver on major rally" syndrome - over active driver expecting to engage those around him in animated conversation instead of taking the opportunity to rest/close eyes for a bit -  and thinking he'll regret that lost opportunity later on.

 

There are two ways of writing marque's name in English: Moskvich and Moskvitch. The reason for difference is in original Russian pronouciation. We say "ch" as in "choose", not in "Christian". To define this "tch" is used for this. I don't know why SATRA used Moskvich name but you can see that "privateer" Knudtzen had a proper name on the body of his car.

 

Photo-Wenche-Knudtzen-Moskvich-412-1972-

 

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#9 GazChed

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Posted 16 August 2020 - 07:52

My source is an original programme which I carefully filled in from the results in Motoring News. I can remember the Moskvitch rolling as it happened right in front of me at the chicane ! Perhaps Tim Murray could corroborate it through his MN collection ?

#10 Kvadrat

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Posted 16 August 2020 - 10:17

Thank you! If possible please photo entire programme and send me via PM.



#11 Kvadrat

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Posted 16 August 2020 - 10:28



There were 4 Moskvitch 412s entered in the 1972 RAC Rally (all in class1).

 

Wenche Knudtzen/Eidis Huseby

Tony Lanfranchi/John McKerrell

Nicholas Price/Antoine Lurot

David Hood/John Grant

 

Three other entries other than Knudtzen were SATRA.

 

101-1972-Daily-Mirror-RAC-International-

 

# 131 - Lanfranchi.

 

Photo-Tony-Lanfranchi-Moskvich-412-1972-

 

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#12 Kvadrat

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Posted 16 August 2020 - 10:32

Moskvitch 412, Tony Lanfranchi /John McKerrell RAC rally1972

https://www.alamy.co...e225056169.html

 

moskvitch-412-tony-lanfranchi-john-mcker

 

Moskvitch 412, Wedsche Knudtzen/Eidis Huseby RAC rally 1972

https://www.alamy.co...e225056168.html

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#13 GazChed

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Posted 16 August 2020 - 13:34

Thruxton 26/10/1975

45 Tony Stubbs Satra Motors Racing Lada 1200 1198 1st in class.

47 Peter Wallace Driver Moskvich 412 1478 Unplaced in class.

Both in class D Up to £1299.

A year on from my previous post and things seem to have rapidly changed. The classes which in 1974 were A Over £1600, B £1251-£1600, C £1000-1250 and D Up to £1000 are in 1975 A Over £2300, B £1700-£2300, C £1299-1700 and D Up to £1299. Was inflation really that bad ?

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Posted 16 August 2020 - 13:49

Thruxton 26/10/1975

45 Tony Stubbs Satra Motors Racing Lada 1200 1198 1st in class.

47 Peter Wallace Driver Moskvich 412 1478 Unplaced in class.

Both in class D Up to £1299.

A year on from my previous post and things seem to have rapidly changed. The classes which in 1974 were A Over £1600, B £1251-£1600, C £1000-1250 and D Up to £1000 are in 1975 A Over £2300, B £1700-£2300, C £1299-1700 and D Up to £1299. Was inflation really that bad ?

7% 1972-3, 10% 1973-4, 16% 1974-5, 24% 1975-6, 16% 1976-7 ...

 

Source: http://inflation.iamkate.com/

 

Plus you have to factor in the change from Purchase Tax to VAT and the changing VAT rates!



#15 IanMH

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Posted 16 August 2020 - 14:45

Regarding Ingliston date Kvadrat post 6 ...

 

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Regarding the Ingliston race date on your list 14th May 1972...no Moskvich in the results...but I have no info on any taking part...

 

 

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Cheers Ian



#16 IanMH

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Posted 16 August 2020 - 15:12

Ingliston 25th July 1976... Wendy Markey out in a Lada...

 

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Cheers Ian


Edited by IanMH, 16 August 2020 - 15:19.


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Posted 16 August 2020 - 15:54

Perhaps Tim Murray could corroborate it through his MN collection ?


From Motoring News 31/10/74:

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#18 GazChed

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Posted 16 August 2020 - 19:09

Wow Tim that's brilliant ! I couldn't remember the race being stopped and sure enough it wasn't, continuing while Tony Stubbs was hanging upside down in the middle of the chicane ! Inconceivable these days thankfully.

Regarding the interest rates, in this day and age of low interest rates and inflation it's easy to forget how high inflation was in the seventies.

I found another couple of programmes relating to the relevant period, first of all from the 30/10/1977 meeting at Thruxton. The Britax Production Saloon championship was now divided into capacity classes rather than the previous price classes and the only Lada/Moskvich entry in what was the smallest class (up to 1500cc) was 64, Roger Turner, Lada 1200 entered by Satra Motors Racing Team Lada. He wasn't in the first three in class.

The final programme I have is from Thruxton on 12/3/1978. With an entry half the size of the previous years final round, there were no Lada or Moskvich entries, the smallest class being a straight fight between Renault 5s and Honda Civics. Roger Turner was to race Ladas for many years notably in the Modified Production Saloon championship in the 1990s.

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Posted 31 August 2020 - 14:40

 

Tony Lanfranchi was BARC and BRDC/BRSCC saloon car champion of 1972-73 racing Soviet Moskvich entered by SATRA Motors. Then championships' rules were changed to engine capacity classes instead of price classes and Lanfranchi changed to different cars. SATRA Motors and various "privateers" were still using Moskvich cars in 1974 and then SATRA switched to Lada cars, "privateers" raced Miskviches in 1975-76. In 1977-80, I presume, only Ladas raced in Britain but I have little clues.

 

Here's list of races in which Moskvich and Lada cars could race. If known, starting numbers are given according to photos or entry lists in programmes.

 

07.07.1973 Tour of Britain, Oulton Park 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 38, 39, 40, 41
08.07.1973 Tour of Britain, Brands Hatch 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 38, 39, 40, 41
 

 

 

I suspect Kvadrat may have this already, as the race/rally numbers are quoted in the original post, but according to a scan I have of the Oulton (I think) programme and entry list for the 1973 Tour, the Moskvich entries were:

 

32 Bill McGovern/Tony Stubbs (Kinson Motors, Birmingham)

33 Eric Horsfield/John McKerrill (Satra Motors)

34 Peter Jopp/Maxwell Boyd (Kinson Motors, Birmingham)

35 John Lyon/Mike Desmond (Satra Motors)

36 Tony Graham-Enoch/Tony Parry (Satra Motors)

38 Roger Baynham/Ernie Thomas (South Wales Auto Club)

39 Peter Ripley/Mike Knutton (Outwood Autos/Wakefield Albany Inn)

40 Gethin Jones/David Bradley (Gethin Jones)

41 David Bates/Roger Hinchcliffe (David Bates)

 

All Class D, up to £800- the only interloper being Mike Merrick's Mini 1000

 

The scan quality is pretty poor, so apologies for any misreadings of names.

 

I thought I used to have results for the event as well, but can't find them- there was a thread on the forum some years ago which gives a top 20 for 1973, but doesn't go far enough into the leaderboard to pick up the Moskviches! Can anyone fill in the gaps?


Edited by Kevan, 31 August 2020 - 14:53.


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#20 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 01 September 2020 - 12:28

Moskvitch 412, Tony Lanfranchi /John McKerrell RAC rally1972

https://www.alamy.co...e225056169.html

 

moskvitch-412-tony-lanfranchi-john-mcker

 

Moskvitch 412, Wedsche Knudtzen/Eidis Huseby RAC rally 1972

https://www.alamy.co...e225056168.html

moskvitch-412-knudtzen-1972-rac-rally-2A

I think the lights are worth more than the cars!

I have owned TWO Ladas though. One the smallish hatch, the other the 4wd. Both 80s when they were sold here in Oz. Very basic but quite tough cars. Both my salesladie's trades. But for very little money and they got rid of old stockers,,though the Ladas did not race out the gate either.