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told by Dennis MacShane, “This
is a picture of my father Bill MacShane’sTitan Mk6Btaken at Road America, ElkhartLake Wisconsin at a Pro FF
race. I’m guessing in September of 1977. The article was from an old
Chicago Region SCCAmagazine called Piston Patter
in October of 1977. This
car was one he purchased used after he got away from production racing,
and if history serves me correctly, the reason he went with a Titan was
because of its success at the ARRC runoffs in previous years. My father
really enjoyed racing this car! Sadly,
he passed away earlier this year. 4/16/34- 02/05/19.”
From Richard Hawkins
raced a Mk6 in 1972 and 1973 in England. Per Richard about the photos
below, "One is from 1972 FF Festival on a slippery Snetterton track, November 1972, and others from win at Aintree 1973. There are a few others. Am afraid I don't know the chassis no. of my car, but I bought the car new from Tom, I think around May1972 as a Mk 6b, and upgraded it to Mk6c with the duckbill nose, after going off at Snett at the start of the 1972 FF Final, damaging bodywork and not doing the radiator much good. I sold it to a gent named Tim Wallwork? at end of 1973 season. It gave me 6 wins and 9 pole
Below is a 16 minute video supplied by Richard Hawkins
"in the day" of his adventures in the 70's racing FFs.
It's worth watching because it shows what it was really like back
"in the day" - open trailers, pits in the dirt, etc.
etc. And, it's an amazingly well shot and produced
Per Richard: "It was shot by Anthony
Duckworth, owner of Link Fasteners, an engineering supplies and nut and
bolt merchant in Salford, Manchester, a good friend and sponsor of the
car. The quality is a bit average, but it shows loading up the car onto
my little old VW transporter (ex F3 driver Richard Scott who used it on
the continent), the night before at my old family home, then early next
morning, with girlfriend (now the wife!) Christine off to the STP FF
round, at the meeting at Oulton Park, August 1973, refuelling transporter
and Titan on the way. We take the car thro scrutineering, then practice.
A group of us, Derek , Mike Taylor, and self are talking about practice
times. Derek won, with my Titan trailing into 2nd place. Derek is on the
front row (middle) in the orange works Dulon, second fastest. I am on
second row, 4th fastest, with Don MacLeods light blue Van Diemen
alongside. Am afraid I cant make out poleman, or other front row gent.
After practice I am seen welding up a crack to no.1 header (usual
place!), which slowed my practice time, by about 4 secs!. Derek's dad is
seen talking to Christine in the pits. Ian Taylor (then a Dulon
shareholder) is in the pits, he may well have been driving in the F3
race at the same meeting. Everyone including an old school friend Keithy
and his girlfriend Foxy are helping out. My Canadian friend George
Murray isalso there, he now runs a Lotus 23/BDA and flys a bit in
Canada. We seemed to have plenty of hair in those days, not to
mention fashion sense!"
[This from Richard 12-13-2016]
August 1936- 21 November 2016)
sorry to report the sad passing of a dear friend this morning. I
had known Anthony since1964,
a true English gentleman, a good family friend and motor racing
aficionado,and of course
theowner of LINK FASTENERS
Ltd.,sponsors of my Titan
Formula Ford efforts, 1972-73, and earlier racing mymodsportsTriumphTR4a.
also made the following cameo videoof our racing the Titan in his Link Fasteners livery at
Oulton Park in August 1973.
grateful to him for enabling me to progress up the motor racing ladder,
past Formula Ford, to Formula 3.
From Derek Lawrence
years ago Derek Lawrence shared some neat photos from his days as a
Mk9 with "Tom" and Oz Timms at Crofts circuit.
in the Mk9 at Crofts Circuit on the front row.
Di, and Derek with the MK9 at OultonPark
From John Gianelli
A former Cal
Club FF front runner, John Gianelli provided these period photos
racing a MK-6 and MK-9 in the day.
raced his MK 6 since 1975. The nose on
Mike's car was made by Jim Kasperzak to
improve the aerodynamics.
Wagner's Converted MK 6
The "Roadhog" was akit
sold by Greg Lapinski which converted a
MK6 into a modern (for the early 1980s)
aerodynamic car. the
"Voyager" was the Roadhog with
an updated body kit.
The Dave Hutson Collection
mechanic for Gordon Smiley, was kind
enough to provide the following three
pictures of Gordon Smiley at the 1975 SCCA
Runnoffs (then called the ARRC (American
Road Race of Champions). Per Dave,
"Smiley was in with a good chance to
win the Runoffs in Atlanta with this car
in 1975 before some backmarker crashed him
out. It was tiny, fast & nimble and
driven by an extraordinary talent. That
thing under the nose [third front-on
picture] was thought up and engineered by
Joe Kidd, Gordon's longtime childhood
buddy and chief mechanic, pictured sitting
on the left rear here. I think I remember
it was due to some underbody lift but
probably more envy for the new ADF, which
won these runoffs with Bob Earl."
The start of a
United States FF race in 1971
Jim Harrell, US
FF Champ in 1973 driving a Titan Mk6
Harrell and Gordon Smiley were great competitors
in the day. Read about it in this
nice '1973 article with them talking about those times.
Derek Lawrence Collection
Lawrence and Ken Bailey, Team Titan, C.
with Derek's bus in the
Team Titan, C. 1972.
prototype MK6C at Thruxton, C. 1972. Roy
molded winglets onto a stock nose and
repainted the body work. The production
versions of the nose were modified to
avoid being so blatant aero added ons.
Lawrence, 1945 - 2015
in the day, at work.
2000 at the GingerMan Reunion
Derek Lawrence died March 19, 2015 after a long
fight with cancer. Derek was a works driver for Titan back
in the mid-70s and was the driver who came to the states to drive a
Mk-9 which had been, unfairly, derided as a bad car. However, he
basically kicked butt in the car, pronouncing it to be just fine thus
dispelling its unpopular image. He attended the
first Titan Reunion at GingerMan
Raceway back in 2000.
Lawrence in the MK 9, apparently Nelson
Ledges back in 1974. The January 1975
issue of Car and Driver Magazine covered a
hosted a race weekend at Limerock Park for a
few years called the "Car and Driver Challenge". In 1974 it was the
third year. Derek won the FF race as discussed in
A photo from Bridgehampton, Long Island,NY. Derek
did three races with the prototype Mk9 for Fred Opert.
At Lime Rock (he won by a big Margin), Bridgehampton (he won and set a new track
record), and Nelson Ledges finished second after spinning where he
fell back to 5, but had fast lap.
the Tony Trimmer Collection
(complements of Tony Trimmer) was
taken at Rheims, June 24, 1967. The
27 car was Luke's and he was on the pole
for the final. DNF'd when his engine
overheated. Harry Stiller was car 28
and he finished 9th. The cars are Brabham
BT-21's. The chap with his foot on
the tire is Roger Hill, who was Luke's
mechanic in 1967 until Ken Tyrell
"nicked" him and Roger became
Jackie Stewart's mechanic!
another Tony Trimmer photo. It
is Tony driving a Frank Williams Mk4 or 5
picture is Marty Loft with Ted Slatten,
longtime engine builder and owner of
sponsor, Import Auto Electric, Tacoma
during the Rose Cup Nationals - Portland
International Raceway, Portland Oregon -
racing team sponsored by Olympia Beer and
Kendall Oil. Drivers: Marty Loft and
Portland restaurateur, George Sabin - 1973.
Mk-6 with a unique "popsicle"
paint job by Tacoma's Mark Seman - 1971.
The Ken Bailey Collection
in the Titan Mk6a. C. 1971.
Ken sits in
the former Derek Lawrence Mk6. Ken bought
the car from Derek. Ken Bailey senior is to
Ken Jr's left, and Charlie Davis is on Ken's
right. Charlie prepared the car. C. 1970.
1972 photo is from the Bailey family archive. David Bailey, at age 5, is
in the cockpit of the car with Ken. Ken, had just won the race
at Aintree. David even got to do a victory lap sitting on Ken's lap.. As
David now recalls,
"You can imagine the impact that made on an excited 5 year
old!" Very cool.
Not to be outdone, here's
Andy and son James, circa 2009. No, Andy had not just won a race
From the Who-Knows-Where
Titan MK6Cs at VIR circa 1974.
Photo by Stan Vann. Car #71
was driven by John Schnieder and the other
by Buzz Marcus, teammates in Fred Opert
cars. The motor home belonged
Four Photos From Charles
Lucas in the Mk3a now owned by Andy
Charles Lucas sitting in
a MK 6 at Daytona
Fred Opert at
Daytona in 1970
Roy Pike in the Mk3 titan F3 prototype at Silverstone July
1967. I think Harry Stiller is chasing him in a Brabham
(BT-21) painted in Luke's red/white/blue livery.
Two Photos From Tony Dron's
Tony Dron sent
these. Tony worked for Nick Brittain back in
1968 when FF International was created to promote FF. Tony bought a
Mk4 titan that is shown in these two pictures.
Tony is a motorsport journalist and historic racer and writes for
Vintage Motorsport and Sportscar Classics.
"There was no badge when I got the car. That came some time in 1968
and I think the indent came in during that year too - but I can't be
sure after all this time. Here's a scan of another pic, from Boxing
Day Brands (26th December, 1968), with me leading the works Mk 4 of
Tony Trimmer and James Hunt's Merlyn. Both Titans here have badges
on the nose but I'm sure there was no indent on mine at that time,
and this was my second of three noses."
Two Photos From Glen McDonald's Collection:
Loyning is leading in a Pierre Philllips Lola, Weichman is second in the ADF and
John Taylor is third in the ex-Loft Titan Picture taken
Taylor in the Titan which he purchased from Marty Loft. again at Seattle International Raceway in 1975.