Chris Amon Racing

Chris Amon Racing, also known simply as Amon, was a Formula One team established by New Zealand driver Chris Amon. It competed as a privateer team in the 1966 Italian Grand Prix, then as a constructor in its own right in the 1974 Formula One season.

Amon
Amon (Formula One team) (logo)
Full nameNew Zealand Chris Amon Racing
BaseNew Zealand
Founder(s)Chris Amon
Noted staffJohn Dalton
Gordon Fowell
Noted driversNew Zealand Chris Amon
Australia Larry Perkins
Formula One World Championship career
First entry1966 Italian Grand Prix
Races entered5
ConstructorsBrabham-BRM
Amon-Ford
Drivers'
Championships
0
Race victories0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
Final entry1974 Italian Grand Prix

Background

Chris Amon made his Formula One debut in 1963, driving for Reg Parnell's privateer team. After finding himself without a full-time drive in 1966, he entered a Brabham BT11 powered by a 2-litre BRM engine at the Italian Grand Prix, under the banner of "Chris Amon Racing". With most of the other cars running 3-litre engines, Amon struggled in qualifying and failed to make the grid.

From 1967 until 1972, Amon drove for Ferrari, March and Matra, winning several non-championship F1 races while developing a reputation for bad luck in World Championship events. He then struggled in 1973 with the small Italian Tecno team. But encouraged by the potential of the underdeveloped Gordon Fowell chassis, Amon tried running his own Formula One car in 1974. Financial backing came from John Dalton, and the car, designed by Fowell, followed the Lotus 72 in some areas of construction, with sophisticated torsion-bar suspension and side radiators.[1]

The venture failed completely: retiring from the first race, Amon withdrew from the second, and the car was unable to qualify for two more before the team closed down due to financial problems.

Amon AF101

Amon AF101
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The Amon F1 car.
CategoryFormula One
ConstructorChris Amon Racing
Designer(s)Gordon Fowell
Tom Boyce
Technical specifications[2]
ChassisAluminium monocoque, with engine as a fully stressed member.
EngineFord Cosworth DFV 2,993 cc (182.6 cu in) 90° V8, naturally aspirated, mid-mounted.
TransmissionHewland FG 400 5-speed manual gearbox, with Borg & Beck clutch.
TyresFirestone
Competition history
Notable entrantsChris Amon Racing
Notable driversNew Zealand Chris Amon
Australia Larry Perkins
Debut1974 Spanish Grand Prix
RacesWinsPolesF.Laps
4000
n.b. Unless otherwise stated, all data refer to
Formula One World Championship Grands Prix only.

The AF101 was the only Formula One car built by Amon Racing; the AF101 designation deriving from A for Amon and F for Fowell.[1] Fowell and Tom Boyce designed the car which featured a single central fuel tank, titanium torsion bars and a forward driving position. One unusual (for the time) feature of the AF101 was that the fuel tank was located between the driver's cockpit and the engine.[1] Structurally, it proved to be weak and was not ready for a Formula One appearance until the fourth race of the season, the Spanish Grand Prix. Amon was only able to qualify 23rd, due to brake-disc vibration that became worse with the tyres required for the wet race that followed. Despite cautious driving, a brake shaft finally broke and Amon was forced to retire after 22 laps.[3]

Following further work and testing, Amon returned for the Monaco Grand Prix and qualified twentieth, but due to mechanical problems, he was unable to start the race.[4] Further problems meant Amon was not able to reappear with the AF101 until the German Grand Prix when both Amon and Larry Perkins failed to qualify.[5] Amon did not reappear with the AF101 until the Italian Grand Prix, three races before the end of the season, but this time he was unable to qualify.[6] That signalled the end of both the car and Chris Amon Racing, leaving Amon to close down the team after the race when the money ran out.

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Chris Amon in the AF101 at the NZ Festival of Motor Racing 2011
Amon F101 at Silverstone Classic 2011
The AF101 at Silverstone in 2012

Complete Formula One results

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Points WCC
1966 Chris Amon Racing Brabham BT11 BRM V8 D MON BEL FRA GBR NED GER ITA USA MEX 0 NC
Chris Amon DNQ
1974 Dalton-Amon International Amon AF101 Cosworth V8 F ARG BRA RSA ESP BEL MON SWE NED FRA GBR GER AUT ITA CAN USA 0 NC
Chris Amon Ret DNS DNQ DNQ
Larry Perkins DNQ
Source:[7]

Non-Championship results

(key)

Year Entrant Engine Tyres Driver 1 2 3
1974 Chris Amon Racing Ford Cosworth DFV F PRE ROC INT
Chris Amon DNS

References

  1. ^ a b c Hodges, David (1990). A–Z of Formula Racing Cars. Bideford, UK: Bay View Books. p. 279. ISBN 1870979168.
  2. ^ Davies, Jonathan. "Amon Ford". chicanef1.com. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Grand Prix results, Spanish GP 1974". grandprix.com. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Grand Prix results, Monaco GP 1974". grandprix.com. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Grand Prix results, German GP 1974". grandprix.com. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Grand Prix results, Italian GP 1974". grandprix.com. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  7. ^ Small, Steve (1994). The Guinness Complete Grand Prix Who's Who. Guinness. p. 24. ISBN 0851127029.

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1966 Formula One season

The 1966 Formula One season was the 20th season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 1966 World Championship of Drivers and the 1966 International Cup for F1 Manufacturers which were contested concurrently over a nine-race series that commenced on 22 May and ended on 23 October. The season also included a number of non-championship races for Formula One cars.

Jack Brabham won the World Championship of Drivers and Brabham-Repco was awarded the International Cup for F1 Manufacturers.

1974 Formula One season

The 1974 Formula One season was the 28th season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 1974 World Championship of F1 Drivers and the 1974 International Cup for F1 Manufacturers, contested concurrently over a fifteen-race series which commenced on 13 January and ended on 6 October. The season also included three non-championship races.

Defending champion Jackie Stewart did not drive in 1974, having announced his retirement at the end of the previous season.

Emerson Fittipaldi and Clay Regazzoni went into the last race of the World Championship level on points, but Regazzoni dropped down the field with handling problems, so Fittipaldi's fourth place gave him the championship. This was also the first title for McLaren and the first of many titles for a team sponsored by the Marlboro cigarette brand. Fittipaldi, Ronnie Peterson and Carlos Reutemann each won three races, Jody Scheckter and Niki Lauda two each, Regazzoni and Denny Hulme, who retired at the end of the season, one each. Graham Hill ran a new team of Lolas, the larger-than-life Hesketh team entered its own car after running James Hunt in a March, and Americans Roger Penske and Parnelli Jones entered their own cars late in the season. Chris Amon's own car, like the Token and the Trojan, was not a success. Two F1 drivers died over the course of the season, Peter Revson in a practice session accident at the South African GP in March, then Austrian newcomer Helmuth Koinigg at the US GP in October.

The 1974 season was the first in which teams had permanent racing numbers from race to race, after the system had been instituted in the middle of the previous season. The numbers were based on the teams' finishing positions in the 1973 Constructors' Championship. From this point, each team only changed numbers if they had the driver who had won the World Drivers' Championship - the winning driver taking the number 1 and his teammate the number 2, and the team that had previously had those numbers switching to the newly-vacated ones. (This made 1974 an anomaly, as there was no World Champion, since Jackie Stewart had retired. Ronnie Peterson took the number 1 as he was team leader at Constructors' Champions Lotus; when the situation arose again in 1992 and 1993, the number 0 was used). This system meant that, for example, Tyrrell - who never again won either title - maintained the numbers 3 and 4 right through until the system was changed in 1996.

BRM Grand Prix results

Formula One World Championship results for the BRM Formula One team and BRM cars entered by other teams.

Brabham BT11

The Brabham BT11 (also known as Repco Brabham BT11) is a Formula One racing car built in 1964, mainly for use by privateers in grand prix racing, but was also used by the Brabham works team during 1964 and 1965. It was the only competitive car of the period available to privateers, recording eight podium finishes in total. The car's best results came at consecutive events in the United States and Mexico 1965, with Dan Gurney qualifying and finishing second in the latter.

It was in a BT11 that 1970 World Champion Jochen Rindt debuted in Grand Prix racing. John Taylor however died four weeks after suffering severe burns in an accident with Jacky Ickx's Matra at the 1966 German Grand Prix.

The BT11 was also raced in the popular off season Tasman Series.

Brabham Grand Prix results

The table below details the complete World Championship Grand Prix results of the Formula One constructor Brabham between 1962 and 1992. It includes results from the works team as well as privately entered cars. Since the Constructors' Championship points were awarded to chassis-engine combinations rather than entrants, the table is sorted first by engine manufacturer then by entrant.

Chris Amon

Christopher Arthur Amon (20 July 1943 – 3 August 2016) was a New Zealand motor racing driver. He was active in Formula One racing in the 1960s and 1970s and is widely regarded as one of the best F1 drivers never to win a championship Grand Prix. His reputation for bad luck was such that fellow driver Mario Andretti once joked that "if he became an undertaker, people would stop dying". Former Ferrari Technical Director Mauro Forghieri stated that Amon was "by far the best test driver I have ever worked with. He had all the qualities to be a World Champion but bad luck just wouldn't let him be".Apart from driving, Chris Amon also ran his own Formula One team for a short period in 1974. Away from Formula One, Amon had some success in sports car racing, teaming with co-driver Bruce McLaren to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1966.

Cosworth

Cosworth is a British automotive engineering company founded in London in 1958 (1958), specialising in high-performance internal combustion engines, powertrain, and electronics; for automobile racing (motorsport) and mainstream automotive industries. Cosworth is based in Northampton, England, with American facilities in Indianapolis, Shelby Charter Township, Michigan and Mooresville, North Carolina.

Cosworth has collected 176 wins in Formula One (F1) as engine supplier, ranking third with most wins, behind Ferrari and Mercedes.

Motor sport in New Zealand

Motor sport in New Zealand can be traced back to a least 1901 when the Pioneer Cycle Club held a three-mile handicap race which included both motor bikes and cars. Since then it has developed and now almost all types of motor sport events are represented.

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