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1973 Formula One season

1973 FIA Formula One
World Championship season
Drivers' Champion: Jackie Stewart
Constructors' Champion: Lotus-Ford
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The 1973 Formula One season was the 24th season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 1973 World Championship of Drivers and the 1973 International Cup for F1 Manufacturers, which were contested concurrently over a fifteen race series [1] that commenced on 28 January and ended on 7 October. The season also included two non-championship races which were open to both Formula One and Formula 5000 cars.

The World Championship of Drivers was won by Jackie Stewart and the International Cup for F1 Manufacturers was awarded to John Player Special.[1]

In the World Championship, John Player Team Lotus teammates Emerson Fittipaldi and Ronnie Peterson raced each other while Jackie Stewart was supported by François Cevert at Elf Team Tyrrell. Stewart took the Driver's title, but then at the final race of the season, the United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, Cevert crashed during Saturday practice in the notorious 'Esses' and was killed instantly. Stewart and Tyrrell withdrew from the race, handing the Manufacturers title to Lotus. At the end of the season Stewart made public his decision to retire, a decision that had been made before the US Grand Prix.

There were two new races for the 1973 season- the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos in São Paulo and the Swedish Grand Prix at Anderstorp.

Briton Roger Williamson died in a crash at the Dutch Grand Prix, which was his second Formula One race.

By the end of the 1973 season the best car on the track was probably the new McLaren M23, a wedge-shaped car following the same concept as the Lotus 72 but with more conventional suspension and up to date aerodynamics.

For the first time in Formula One's history, this season saw the intervention of a Safety Car in the form of a Porsche 914.[2] The sport, however, would officially introduce this safety concept only 20 years later during the 1993 season.

Championship schedule

The following races counted towards both the 1973 World Championship of Drivers and the 1973 International Cup for F1 Manufacturers.

Rnd. Race Circuit Date Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Constructor Tyre Report
1 23x15px Argentine Grand Prix Buenos Aires 28 January 23x16px Clay Regazzoni 23x15px Emerson Fittipaldi 23x15px Emerson Fittipaldi 23x15px Lotus-Ford G Report
2 23x15px Brazilian Grand Prix Interlagos 11 February 23x15px Ronnie Peterson 23x15px Emerson Fittipaldi
23x15px Denny Hulme
23x15px Emerson Fittipaldi 23x15px Lotus-Ford G Report
3 23x15px South African Grand Prix Kyalami 3 March 23x15px Denny Hulme 23x15px Emerson Fittipaldi 23x15px Jackie Stewart 23x15px Tyrrell-Ford G Report
4 23x15px Spanish Grand Prix Montjuïc 29 April 23x15px Ronnie Peterson 23x15px Ronnie Peterson 23x15px Emerson Fittipaldi 23x15px Lotus-Ford G Report
5 23x15px Belgian Grand Prix Zolder 20 May 23x15px Ronnie Peterson 23x15px François Cevert 23x15px Jackie Stewart 23x15px Tyrrell-Ford G Report
6 23x15px Monaco Grand Prix Monaco 3 June 23x15px Jackie Stewart 23x15px Emerson Fittipaldi 23x15px Jackie Stewart 23x15px Tyrrell-Ford G Report
7 23x15px Swedish Grand Prix Anderstorp 17 June 23x15px Ronnie Peterson 23x15px Denny Hulme 23x15px Denny Hulme 23x15px McLaren-Ford G Report
8 23x15px French Grand Prix Paul Ricard 1 July 23x15px Jackie Stewart 23x15px Denny Hulme 23x15px Ronnie Peterson 23x15px Lotus-Ford G Report
9 23x15px British Grand Prix Silverstone 14 July 23x15px Ronnie Peterson 23x15px James Hunt 23x15px Peter Revson 23x15px McLaren-Ford G Report
10 23x15px Dutch Grand Prix Zandvoort 29 July 23x15px Ronnie Peterson 23x15px Ronnie Peterson 23x15px Jackie Stewart 23x15px Tyrrell-Ford G Report
11 23x15px German Grand Prix Nürburgring 5 August 23x15px Jackie Stewart 23x15px Carlos Pace 23x15px Jackie Stewart 23x15px Tyrrell-Ford G Report
12 23x15px Austrian Grand Prix Österreichring 19 August 23x15px Emerson Fittipaldi 23x15px Carlos Pace 23x15px Ronnie Peterson 23x15px Lotus-Ford G Report
13 23x15px Italian Grand Prix Monza 9 September 23x15px Ronnie Peterson 23x15px Jackie Stewart 23x15px Ronnie Peterson 23x15px Lotus-Ford G Report
14 23x15px Canadian Grand Prix Mosport Park 23 September 23x15px Ronnie Peterson 23x15px Emerson Fittipaldi 23x15px Peter Revson 23x15px McLaren-Ford G Report
15 23x15px United States Grand Prix Watkins Glen 7 October 23x15px Ronnie Peterson 23x15px James Hunt 23x15px Ronnie Peterson 23x15px Lotus-Ford G Report
  • The Belgian Grand Prix also carried the title of European Grand Prix for 1973.[3]
  • After being absence from the Championship in 1972 due to extensive safety upgrades to the Zandvoort circuit including new asphalt, new barriers and a new race control tower, the Dutch Grand Prix returned to the Championship calendar for 1973.

Championship drivers and constructors

The following competitors contested the 1973 World Championship.

File:Kranefuß, Mike, u. Stewart, J. (Foto Spu 1973)-1.jpg
Jackie Stewart (right) won the 1973 World Championship of Drivers
File:Lotus 72 JPS.jpg
The 1973 International Cup for F1 Manufacturers was awarded to John Player Special
Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre Driver Rounds
23x15px John Player Team Lotus Lotus-Ford 72D
72E
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 23x15px Emerson Fittipaldi All
23x15px Ronnie Peterson All
23x15px Elf Team Tyrrell Tyrrell-Ford 005
006
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 23x15px Jackie Stewart All
23x15px François Cevert All
23x15px Chris Amon 14-15
23x15px Motor Racing Developments Brabham-Ford BT37
BT42
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 23x15px Carlos Reutemann All
23x15px Wilson Fittipaldi All
23x15px Andrea de Adamich 4-6, 8-9
23x15px Rolf Stommelen 11-14
23x15px John Watson 9, 15
23x15px Yardley Team McLaren McLaren-Ford M19A
M19C
M23
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 23x15px Denny Hulme All
23x15px Peter Revson 1-7, 9-15
23x15px Jody Scheckter 3, 8-9, 14-15
23x15px Jacky Ickx 11
23x15px Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC Ferrari 312B2
312B3
Ferrari 001/1 3.0 F12
Ferrari 001/11 3.0 F12
G 23x15px Jacky Ickx 1-9, 13
23x15px Arturo Merzario 1-3, 6, 8, 12-15
23x15px Clarke-Mordaunt-Guthrie Racing
23x15px Team Pierre Robert
March-Ford 721G
731
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 F
G
23x15px Mike Beuttler 1-7, 9-15
23x15px Reine Wisell 7-8
23x15px STP March Racing Team March-Ford 721G
731
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 23x15px Jean-Pierre Jarier 1-3, 5-8, 12, 14-15
23x15px Henri Pescarolo 4
23x15px Roger Williamson 9-10
23x15px Brooke Bond Oxo Team Surtees Surtees-Ford TS9A
TS9B
TS14A
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 F 23x15px Mike Hailwood All
23x15px José Carlos Pace All
23x15px Luiz Bueno 2
23x15px Andrea de Adamich 3
23x15px Jochen Mass 9, 11, 15
23x15px Marlboro BRM BRM P160C
P160D
BRM P142 3.0 V12 F 23x15px Jean-Pierre Beltoise All
23x16px Clay Regazzoni 1-13, 15
23x15px Niki Lauda All
23x15px Peter Gethin 14
23x15px Frank Williams Racing Cars Iso-Marlboro-Ford FX3B
IR
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 F 23x15px Nanni Galli 1-2, 4-6
23x15px Howden Ganley All
23x15px Jackie Pretorius 3
23x15px Tom Belsø 7
23x15px Henri Pescarolo 8, 11
23x15px Graham McRae 9
23x15px Gijs van Lennep 10, 12-13
23x15px Tim Schenken 14
23x15px Jacky Ickx 15
23x15px UOP Shadow Racing Team Shadow-Ford DN1 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 23x15px Jackie Oliver 3-15
23x15px George Follmer 3-15
23x15px Brian Redman 15
23x15px Scribante Lucky Strike Racing Lotus-Ford 72D Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 F 23x15px Dave Charlton 3
23x15px Blignaut Lucky Strike Racing Tyrrell-Ford 004 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 23x15px Eddie Keizan 3
23x15px Embassy Racing Shadow-Ford DN1 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 23x15px Graham Hill 4-15
23x15px Martini Racing Team Tecno PA123/6 Tecno Series-P 3.0 F12 F 23x15px Chris Amon 5-6, 9-10, 12
23x15px LEC Refrigeration Racing March-Ford 731 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 23x15px David Purley 6, 9-11, 13
23x15px Hesketh Racing March-Ford 731 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 G 23x15px James Hunt 6, 8-10, 12, 14-15
23x15px Team Ensign Ensign-Ford N173 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 F 23x15px Rikky von Opel 8-10, 12-15

World Championship of Drivers - final standings

Pos. Driver ARG
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BRA
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RSA
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ESP
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BEL
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MON
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SWE
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FRA
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GBR
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NED
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GER
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AUT
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ITA
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CAN
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USA
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Points
1 23x15px Jackie Stewart 3 2 1 Ret 1 1 5 4 10 1 1 2 4 5 DNS 71
2 23x15px Emerson Fittipaldi 1 1 3 1 3 2 12 Ret Ret Ret 6 Ret 2 2 6 55
3 23x15px Ronnie Peterson Ret Ret 11 Ret Ret 3 2 1 2 11 Ret 1 1 Ret 1 52
4 23x15px François Cevert 2 10 NC 2 2 4 3 2 5 2 2 Ret 5 Ret DNS 47
5 23x15px Peter Revson 8 Ret 2 4 Ret 5 7 1 4 9 Ret 3 1 5 38
6 23x15px Denny Hulme 5 3 5 6 7 6 1 8 3 Ret 12 8 15 13 4 26
7 23x15px Carlos Reutemann Ret 11 7 Ret Ret Ret 4 3 6 Ret Ret 4 6 8 3 16
8 23x15px James Hunt 9 6 4 3 Ret DNS 7 2 14
9 23x15px Jacky Ickx 4 5 Ret 12 Ret Ret 6 5 8 3 8 7 12
10 23x15px Jean-Pierre Beltoise Ret Ret Ret 5 Ret Ret Ret 11 Ret 5 Ret 5 13 4 9 9
11 23x15px José Carlos Pace Ret Ret Ret Ret 8 Ret 10 13 Ret 7 4 3 Ret 18 Ret 7
12 23x15px Arturo Merzario 9 4 4 Ret 7 7 Ret 15 16 6
13 23x15px George Follmer 6 3 Ret DNS 14 Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret 10 17 14 5
14 23x15px Jackie Oliver Ret Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret 8 Ret 11 3 15 4
15 23x15px Andrea de Adamich 8 Ret 4 7 Ret Ret 3
= [1] 23x15px Wilson Fittipaldi Júnior 6 Ret Ret 10 Ret 11 Ret 16 Ret Ret 5 Ret Ret 11 NC 3
17 23x15px Niki Lauda Ret 8 Ret Ret 5 Ret 13 9 12 Ret Ret DNS Ret Ret Ret 2
= [1] 23x16px Clay Regazzoni 7 6 Ret 9 10 Ret 9 12 7 8 Ret 6 Ret 8 2
19 23x15px Chris Amon 6 Ret Ret Ret DNS 10 DNS 1
= [1] 23x15px Gijs van Lennep 6 9 Ret 1
= [1] 23x15px Howden Ganley NC 7 10 Ret Ret Ret 11 14 9 9 DNS NC NC 6 12 1
23x15px Mike Hailwood Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret 14 10 7 9 Ret 0
23x15px Mike Beuttler 10 Ret NC 7 11 Ret 8 11 Ret 16 Ret Ret Ret 10 0
23x15px Jochen Mass Ret 7 Ret 0
23x15px Henri Pescarolo 8 Ret 10 0
23x15px Graham Hill Ret 9 Ret Ret 10 Ret NC 13 Ret 14 16 13 0
23x15px Nanni Galli Ret 9 11 Ret Ret 0
23x15px David Purley Ret DNS Ret 15 9 0
23x15px Jody Scheckter 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
23x15px Rolf Stommelen 11 Ret 12 12 0
23x15px Jean-Pierre Jarier Ret Ret NC Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret NC 11 0
23x15px Luiz Bueno 12 0
23x15px Rikky von Opel 15 13 DNS Ret Ret NC Ret 0
23x15px Tim Schenken 14 0
23x15px Eddie Keizan NC 0
23x15px Roger Williamson Ret Ret 0
23x15px John Watson Ret Ret 0
23x15px Reine Wisell DNS Ret 0
23x15px Dave Charlton Ret 0
23x15px Jackie Pretorius Ret 0
23x15px Graham McRae Ret 0
23x15px Peter Gethin Ret 0
23x15px Brian Redman DSQ 0
23x15px Tom Belsø DNS 0
Pos Driver ARG
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BRA
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RSA
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ESP
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BEL
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MON
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SWE
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FRA
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GBR
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NED
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GER
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AUT
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ITA
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CAN
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USA
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Points
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)

Bold - Pole position
Italics - Fastest Lap

  • Points were awarded on a 9-6-4-3-2-1 basis to the first six finishers in each race.[4]
  • For classification, only the seven best results from the first eight races and the six best results from the last seven races were retained.[5]
  • Drivers scoring an equal number of points were awarded equal championship classifications, regardless of the relative number of wins, second places, etc. scored by each driver.[1]
  • The FIA did not award a championship classification to those drivers who did not score points in the championship.[1]

International Cup for F1 Manufacturers - final standings

Pos. Manufacturer ARG
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BRA
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RSA
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ESP
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BEL
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MON
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SWE
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FRA
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GBR
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NED
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GER
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AUT
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ITA
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CAN
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USA
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Pts.
1 23x15px Lotus-Ford
"John Player Special"[6]
1 1 3 1 ( 3) 2 2 1 2 11 6 1 1 2 1 92 (96)
2 23x15px Tyrrell-Ford 2 2 1 2 1 1 ( 3) 2 5 1 1 2 4 5 DNS 82 (86)
3 23x15px McLaren-Ford 5 3 2 4 7 5 1 8 1 4 3 8 3 1 4 58
4 23x15px Brabham-Ford 6 11 7 10 4 7 4 3 6 Ret 5 4 6 8 3 22
5 23x15px March-Ford 10 Ret NC 7 11 9 8 6 4 3 15 Ret 9 7 2 14
6 23x15px Ferrari 4 4 4 12 Ret Ret 6 5 8 WD WD 7 8 15 16 12
7 23x15px BRM 7 6 Ret 5 5 Ret 9 9 7 5 Ret 5 13 4 8 12
8 23x15px Shadow-Ford WD 6 3 9 10 14 10 Ret 10 8 Ret 10 3 13 9
9 23x15px Surtees-Ford Ret 12 8 Ret 8 8 10 13 Ret 7 4 3 7 9 Ret 7
10 23x15px Iso Marlboro-Ford NC 7 10 11 Ret Ret 11 14 9 6 10 9 NC 6 7 2
11 23x15px Tecno 6 Ret WD WD Ret Ret WD DNS WD 1
23x15px Ensign-Ford WD WD WD 15 13 DNS WD Ret Ret NC Ret 0
Pos. Manufacturer ARG
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BRA
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RSA
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ESP
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BEL
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MON
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SWE
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FRA
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GBR
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NED
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GER
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AUT
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ITA
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CAN
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USA
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Pts.
[7]
  • Points were awarded on a 9-6-4-3-2-1 basis to the first six finishers in each race.[4]
  • Points were only awarded for the position filled by the best placed car from each manufacturer.[8]
  • For classification, only the seven best results from the first eight races and the six best results from the last seven races were retained.[5]
  • Ensign, which did not score points during the championship, was not given a classification in the official FIA results.[1]

Non-Championship race results

The 1973 Formula One season included two non-championship races which were open to both Formula One and Formula 5000 cars.[9][10]

Race Name Circuit Date Winning driver Constructor Report
23x15px VIII Race of Champions Brands Hatch 18 March 23x15px Peter Gethin 23x15px Chevron-Chevrolet Report
23x15px XXV BRDC International Trophy Silverstone 8 April 23x15px Jackie Stewart 23x15px Tyrrell-Ford Report

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Results of the 1973 FIA International Championships, 1974 FIA Yearbook, Grey Section, pages 104-105
  2. Kathri, Tarun (2012-02-07). "First ever Safety Car in Formula 1 : Rewind to 1973". aaFormula1.com. Retrieved 2015-04-03. 
  3. Peter Higham, The Guinness Guide to International Motor Racing, page 71
  4. 4.0 4.1 Peter Higham, The Guinness Guide to International Motor Racing, page 6
  5. 5.0 5.1 Automobile Year, 1973/74, page 236
  6. Official FIA results, as published in the 1974 FIA Yearbook, Grey Section, page 105, awarded the 1973 International Cup for F1 Manufacturers to "John Player Special"
  7. [1].
  8. Peter Higham, The Guinness Guide to International Motor Racing, page 74
  9. The B24, Powered by Chevrolet, Lost Marques: Chevron, www.uniquecarsandparts.com.au Retrieved on 3 May 2012
  10. It Never Rains, but it Snows: The 1973 BRDC International Trophy, themotorsportarchive.com Retrieved on 3 May 2012