ECURIE SCALPEL NEWS - SEPTEMBER 2007

STORY OF THE F1 CAR

The Story of an unusual car

 

As regular browsers will know the old faithful Elva Mk7S went to a deserving new home at the end of August 2006 and was replaced with the Surtees TS9B.  this if the first pukka F1 car to join the Ecurie Scalpel stable so I thought I should write down a little of the cars unique history.  It is unique because it is the only Surtees F1 car ever to win a race albeit the non-Championship Oulton Park Gold Cup.  It is also one of two Surtees F1 cars to score any significant results before the team started sliding down the slippery slope of financial woes.

 

Readers will also know that we currently have the car in hospital awaiting an engine rebuild before the 2008 season.  Maybe we will enter it for Monaco???

 

Anyway here is the story of the flagship car……

 

Surtees TS9A/B – 1971-1972

Chassis Number 4

 

In 1971 the Surtees Team was riding high with success being achieved in several formulae and the future looking rosy.  Mike Hailwood was the man to beat in F5000 with the works TS8 as he would be later on in the TS10 F2 car.  The F1 effort was also developing with modest success in the TS7.  For 1971 the natural successor to that car was the TS9 which retained the classic arrow formation with front radiator configuration.

 

Chassis No. 4 made its race debut in the 1971 British Grand Prix driven by Derek Bell who was looking to re-affirm himself as a F1 driver.  The car retired with suspension failure and Derek’s plan didn’t work out as he was only offered a F5000 drive for the coming year.  He turned that down thinking it would be a backwards step that would not lead to future F1 drives. Hailwood got the ride and went on to race in Grand Prix for several more years until leg injuries finished his top lie career.  For Derek Bell the rest is history as he went on to become one of the all time greats winning Le Mans five times as well as a host of other classic sports car events.

 

For No. 4 John Surtees took over and took the car to the only race victory for any Surtees F1 car in the two part Oulton Park Gold Cup.  For the next event Mike Hailwood took over and came a strong fourth in the bunch finish at the classic Italian GP slipstremer won by Peter Gethin.

 

For 1972 Surtees went to side radiator configuration – the TS11 in F5000 and TS9B for F1.  So it was that No. 4 was converted to “B” spec and raced as the third works car by Andrea De Adamich.  Finances governed this decision and the car was run under new livery sponsored by Ceramica Pagnossin.  The best result for 1972 was 4th place in the Spanish GP at Jarama and 2nd place at the non-championship Vallelunga event.

 

Since 1972 the car spent some years in South Africa before being rescured by Peter Austin who had the car restored to its present format by Hall & Hall.  Since then the car has appeared regularly at historic events including the Monaco Historique and Pau Historic races.

Surtees TS9 Chassis 04 

Contemporary Race Record

 

British GP

Silverstone - 17 July 1971

Derek Bell

Retired

Austrian GP

Österreichring - 15 August 1971

John Surtees

Retired

Gold Cup

Oulton Park - 22 August 1971

John Surtees

1

Italian GP

Monza - 05 September 1971

Mike Hailwood

4

Canadian GP

Mosport Park - 19 September 1971

John Surtees

11

US GP

Watkins Glen - 03 October 1971

Mike Hailwood

15

World Championship Victory Race

Brands Hatch - 24 October 1971

Mike Hailwood

Retired (accident)

Argentinian GP

Buenos Aires - 23 January 1972

Andrea de Adamich

Retired

South African GP

Kyalami - 04 March 1972

Andrea de Adamich

Not classified

Spanish GP

Jarama - 01 May 1972

Andrea de Adamich

4

Monaco GP

Monte Carlo - 14 May 1972

Andrea de Adamich

7

Belgian GP

Nivelles-Baulers - 04 June 1972

Andrea de Adamich

Retired

GP Republica Italiana

Vallelunga - 18 June 1972

Andrea de Adamich

2

French GP

Clermont-Ferrand - 02 July 1972

Andrea de Adamich

14

British GP

Brands Hatch - 15 July 1972

Andrea de Adamich

Retired (accident)

German GP

Nürburgring - 30 July 1972

Andrea de Adamich

13

Austrian GP

Österreichring - 13 August 1972

Andrea de Adamich

14

Italian GP

Monza - 10 September 1972

Andrea de Adamich

Retired

Canadian GP

Mosport Park - 24 September 1972

Andrea de Adamich

Retired

US GP

Watkins Glen - 08 October 1972

Andrea de Adamich

Retired (accident)

John Player Challenge Trophy

Brands Hatch - 22 October 1972

Andrea de Adamich

3

South African GP

Kyalami - 03 March 1973

Andrea de Adamich

8

Cape South Easter Trophy

Killarney - 08 February 1975

Joe Domingo

Retired

Goldfields "100"

Welkom - 22 March 1975

Joe Domingo

5

Mercury "100"

Roy Hesketh - 29 March 1975

Joe Domingo

5

Brandkop Winter Trophy

Brandkop - 03 May 1975

Joe Domingo

6

South African Republic Festival

Kyalami - 31 May 1975

Joe Domingo

6

False Bay "100"

Killarney - 05 July 1975

Joe Domingo

Retired

Rand Winter Trophy

Kyalami - 26 July 1975

Joe Domingo

5

Natal Spring Trophy

Roy Hesketh - 01 September 1975

Joe Domingo

4

Rand Spring Trophy

Kyalami - 04 October 1975

Len Booysen

4

 

 

Back To News Index