Trojan–Tauranac Racing

Trojan was an automobile manufacturer[1] and a Formula One constructor, in conjunction with Australian Ron Tauranac,[2] from the United Kingdom.

The car producer Trojan Limited was founded by Leslie Hounsfield in 1914 in Clapham, South London, and later in Purley Way, Croydon, Surrey.[3] It produced cars and especially delivery vans until 1964.

Around 1960, the Trojan business was sold to Peter Agg who imported Lambretta scooters for the British market.[1][3][4] In 1962, the rights to manufacture the Heinkel microcar were acquired[1] and the production line[5] was moved from Dundalk, Ireland to Croydon. Production then commenced, renaming the bubble car as Trojan Cabin Cruiser. Production continued until 1965, when some 6,000 cars had been produced.[5] Speaking to Motor Cycle magazine in 1965 after cessation of production, Peter Agg confirmed that a 1962 British government reduction in purchase tax from 50% to 25% aligning car taxation with three-wheelers and motorbikes, had given a big boost to the cheaper end of the car market, adversely affecting sales of the economy-sector three-wheeler, making continued production uneconomical.[6]

Also in 1962, Trojan acquired the Elva sports car business and started to make the Mk IV Elva Courier.[1] This in turn led to the manufacturing of McLaren racing cars until vehicle production finally ceased in the early 1970s. Trojan Limited still exists as an independent company though the factory was sold in the 1970s.

The Trojan T101 Formula 5000 model met with success when Jody Scheckter won the 1973 SCCA L&M Championship driving a T101 and a Lola T330.

They participated in eight grands prix,[2] entering a total of eight cars. In 1974 David Purley won the Brighton Speed Trials driving a Trojan-Chevrolet T101. While Formula One remained the major series, sports cars were also fashionable on either side of the Atlantic. The McLaren M1 was put into production by Peter Agg's Lambretta Trojan Group in Rye, Sussex. They would make 200 McLarens during ten years.

1973 Trojan T101 at Silverstone Classic 2012

Trojan T101 Formula 5000 car

Trojan 103 Brands Hatch

Trojan T103 Formula One car

Trojan
Full nameTrojan–Tauranac Racing (1974)
Noted driversTim Schenken
Formula One World Championship career
First entry1974 Spanish Grand Prix
Races entered8 (6 starts from 8 entries)
EnginesFord
Constructors'
Championships
0
Drivers'
Championships
0
Race victories0 (best: 10th, 1974 Belgian Grand Prix)
Podiums0
Points0
Pole positions0 (best: 19th, 1974 Austrian Grand Prix)
Fastest laps0 (best: 16th, 1974 Spanish Grand Prix)
Final entry1974 Italian Grand Prix

Complete Formula One World Championship results

(key)

Year Chassis Engine Tyres Drivers No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Pts. WCC
1974 Trojan T103 Ford V8 F ARG BRA RSA ESP BEL MON SWE NED FRA GBR GER AUT ITA CAN USA 0 NC
Australia Tim Schenken 23 14 Ret DNQ Ret DNQ 10
29 Ret
41 10
Source:[7]

See also

References

  • All Formula One results are taken from formula1.com
  • Diepraam, Mattijs (October 2000). "Ron Tauranac's other marque". 8w.forix.com. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  1. ^ a b c d "A Short History". Trojan Museum Trust. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Constructors: Trojan". grandprix.com. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  3. ^ a b Motorcycle Mechanics, September 1965, p.23 Lambretta full-page advert: Lambretta Concessionaires Ltd, Trojan Works, Purley Way, Croydon, Surrey. Accessed 1 March 2014
  4. ^ Motorcyclist Illustrated, October 1974, p.34 "Suzuki GB is one of Peter Agg's companies, others under his guidance import Lambretta scooters and design and manufacture their own F1 racing cars, besides having numerous other import and distributing interests in other automotive areas". Accessed 1 February 2014
  5. ^ a b [1] Heinkel Trojan Club UK. Retrieved 1 February 2014
  6. ^ Motor Cycle 3 June 1965, p.743. Accessed 7 April 2014
  7. ^ Small, Steve (1994). The Guinness Complete Grand Prix Who's Who. Guinness Publishing. p. 340. ISBN 0851127029.

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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.

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

Tim Schenken

Timothy "Tim" Theodore Schenken (born 26 September 1943) is a former racing driver from Sydney, Australia. He participated in 36 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 16 August 1970. He achieved one career podium at the 1971 Austrian Grand Prix, and scored a total of seven championship points. He did however have two non-championship race podiums – he finished third in the 1971 BRDC International Trophy and third in the 1972 International Gold Cup.

Trojan (automobile)

Trojan was a British automobile manufacturer producing light cars between 1914 and 1965, and light commercial vehicles for a short time.

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