More on Andy Buchanan

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I en­joyed your story about Andy Buchanan in Clas­sic Driver Is­sue 53! We en­joyed hav­ing Andy at the Fer­rari Fes­ti­val, too, as he is quite a char­ac­ter!

I have a bit more in­for­ma­tion for your story…

Page 53 has a photo of Andy’s Brab­ham BT7A Cli­max [Chas­sis # IC/3/63] with a ques­tion mark as to lo­ca­tion. It can’t be Wi­gram be­cause Wi­gram was an ac­tive RNZAF Base at the time and only one race meet­ing a year was held there – in Jan­uary an­nu­ally. Plus the hills in the back­ground are not the Port Hills. I was based at Wi­gram twice in my RNZAF ca­reer!

I be­lieve the photo was taken at Ren­wick on 13 Novem­ber 1965. This was Andy’s first race in the ex-Jim Palmer Brab­ham BT7A Cli­max. Andy fin­ished 3rd in the Ren­wick 50 to Jim Palmer in his ex-Jim Clark Lo­tus 32B-Cli­max, and Roly Le­vis in his Brab­ham BT6 Ford.

Andy’s next race was at the Levin meet­ing on 27 Novem­ber 1965. In Event 4, re­sults show Andy fin­ished in sec­ond place in the Rac­ing & Sports Car Scratch Race of 8 laps (Roly Le­vis was 1st and Bill Cald­well in Andy’s old Brab­ham BT6 was 3rd). In Event 14 of 10 laps for the Gold Leaf Tro­phy Race, Andy was 1st ahead of Roly Le­vis, Graeme Lawrence (BT6) and Den­nis Marwood in the ‘Roth­mans’ Cooper T66 Cli­max. In Race 18 for the Fred Zam­bucka Me­mo­rial over 8 Laps, Andy lead un­til a spin at the Hair­pin on the last lap let Le­vis, Lawrence, Cald­well and Marwood by – with Andy fin­ish­ing in 5th place.

Andy’s next out­ing be­fore Christ­mas and be­fore the start of the 1966 in­ter­na­tional se­ries was at Pukekohe on 11 De­cem­ber 1965. In the 15 lap ‘Roth­mans Fea­ture’ race Andy fin­ished 4th be­hind Palmer, Marwood and Johnny Ri­ley in the ex-Tony Shelly Lo­tus 18/21 Cli­max.

At the NZIGP at Pukekohe on 8 Jan­uary 1966, Andy was on the grid in 12th place of 18 cars but at the start of the GP, Frank Gard­ner in his Brab­ham BT11 tan­gled with Andy when try­ing to avoid a sta­tion­ary Jim Clark’s Lo­tus 39 Cli­max – and both Brab­hams were elim­i­nated.

At the Levin In­ter­na­tional held on 15 Jan­uary 1966, Andy started in 14th place of 15 cars and fin­ished 1 lap down in 9th place.

At the Lady Wi­gram Tro­phy raced on 22 Jan­uary 1966 Andy started in 7th place on a grid of 18 cars and fin­ished in a cred­i­ble 5th place be­hind Jackie Ste­wart and Richard Attwood in their BRM P61s, Jim Palmer in his Lo­tus 32B and Spencer Martin in his Brab­ham BT11.

At the fi­nal NZ In­ter­na­tional of the year held at Tere­tonga, Andy was in 9th place on the grid of 19 cars. He re­tired on lap 33 of the sched­uled 46 laps with a bro­ken cam fol­lower.

Andy then left with Palmer, Marwood and Le­vis to race in Tas­man races in Aus­tralia. At Warwick Farm for the ‘Tas­man 100’ on 13 Fe­bru­ary 1966, Andy did not start in the race as he had en­gine prob­lems. For the 31st Aus­tralian GP held at Lake­side on 20 Fe­bru­ary 1966, Andy qual­i­fied 12th of 15 cars and fin­ished in 7th place, 4 laps down. There is no record of Andy rac­ing at Sandown Park, Mel­bourne on 27 Fe­bru­ary 1966, or at Long­ford, Tas­ma­nia on 7 March 1966. Al­though en­tered to race at Levin in the ‘Gold Leaf Na­tional Meet­ing’ on 12 March 1966, Andy did not race. And that seems to be the end of the BT7A – who did Andy sell it to?

In the Brab­ham BT7A, Andy fin­ished in 11th equal place in the 1966 Tas­man Cup, and 5th place in the 1966 NZ Gold Star.

The photo of the Fer­rari 250LM on page 54 is of Spencer Martin who used car #11. Andy al­ways had car #28 on the Fer­rari (or 128 in the photo taken on 5 Nov ’66!).

Keep up the good work!! Jim Barclay Auck­land

1966 Pukekohe 5 Nov 66 - #128 Andy Buchanan Fer­rari 250LM. photo Mo­tor­man Dec 66 pg 15

1966 Pukekohe 10 Dec 66 - Andy Buchanan Fer­rari 250LM. photo Mo­tor­man Feb 67 pg 9

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