Lot 339: Ray Formula 3 Ex-Stephen South
Ray Formula cars have been around since 1970 and have had success from the start. Bert Ray was a mechanic for Brabham alongside Denny Hulme and in 1968 set up Ray Race working with many of the racing firms in the London area. In 1971 complete FFs were being produced and in 1972 American Jas Patterson raced a Ray Steele 72F at the first Formula Ford Festival in October. Stephen South, a former British kart champion, 1977 British Formula Three Champion and McLaren F1 driver subbing for an injured Alain Prost, was 1973's big find and he won 5 races finishing 3rd in the Wella for Men championship and 4th in the BOC series. In 1974 South had 11 wins and was 2nd in the BOC championship in his Ray. 1975 saw the graduation to F3 with Ray producing a monocoque with a rear frame for the Toyota Novamotor for Stephen South. The season kicked off in March at Thruxton with a 6th place, followed by a 3rd at Aintree in April, 7th in Monaco in May then to Brands Hatch for a 5th. In June, a 6th place at Anderstorp, Sweden was achieved and then to Silverstone in July for the British GP support. A quick dash to Croix brought a 5th place, then on to Thruxton and Silverstone in August resulted in a 6th and finally South had a puncture and spun at Becketts. The car on offer today is the car South used in the 1975 season that he sold at the end of the '75 season to concentrate on FF1600 and FF2000s. It's described as being in excellent condition having undergone a restoration which was only completed a few weeks ago. Finished in dark blue it is fitted with a Hewland MK IX 5 speed gearbox and an MSA Historic Passport has been applied and paid for with an engine available separately by private negotiation. An interesting and well documented single seater that has competed at all the top circuits in period is a passport to all the top historic race events throughout Europe.
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