06. Jul 2024 
by Pierre Van Vliet

Pouring rain had flooded the paddock at Warwick Farm in Australia, during the 1973 Tasman Series, but local hero, Kiwi Graham McRae succeeded to extract his stranded single seater, the Leda T27 of Formula 5000.

That car, designed by engineer Len Terry (hence the initials LT) was based on the Surtees F5000 he had designed in 1972, will become the McRae GM1 fielded by its driver in the American SCCA Championship, as seen on the picture below, and in Europe where he triumphed at Mallory Park in 1973.

The same year, McRae started the Indy 500 in thirteenth position but had to retire half way and failed to qualify for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, driving a Frank Williams entered Iso.

Source: DR

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