John Chappel

Mini Chappel 1973

Classic Chappel leading the pack at Oulton Park, this time believed to be the BARC Forward Trust round on October 7th 1973. John held the lead to win and set fastest lap a whisker under a 90 mph lap in a 1293cc Mini ! The over 1300cc class was poorly represented but John had plenty of opposition in his 1300cc class including that red Escort of Tony Dickinson. Ray Payne won the 1000cc class in his Imp. That time was quicker by comparison to John Fitzpatrick's Group 2 class record from 1970 but only lasted 20 days until Eric Smith lowered it to 91.36 mph . Crazy lap times for Minis.

Autosport's 1973 seasonal review of Special Saloons named unofficial season champions and runners-up ,naming Chappel as the season runner-up ,adding...'John Chappel was unbeatable at Oulton Park until ( Eric ) Smith's BDA came arrived at the end of the season'.

1967 3 1 4
1968 6 1 7
1969 2 5 7
1970 3 3 6
1971 0 0 0
1972 at least 1 at least 2 at least 3*
1973 4 6 10
1974 non found
1975 at least 1 at least 1 at least 2

* but less than 5 as doesnt appear on Autosport's seasonal list which starts at 5 wins.

1968 record ( Mini Cooper 1.0 ) - 7 wins :

Autosport reflected 'John Chappel ,owner and builder of the lightest Mini in racing stayed near home for a year but was rarely beaten at Oulton and even gave Alec Poole a great run one day when he ran with a borrowed 1293 mill.'

At the 2 early rounds of the season Autosport described Chappel`s car as 'new ,sparkling ' and 'new Arden-engined Mini' . After initial problems the new car was soon talking John back to class wins.

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