The Models, Spec Sheets & a Bit About the Principals

Here are the three men responsible for Palliser Winkelmanns. In Europe the cars were sold as Pallisers & in North America they were distributed by Bob Winkelmann & renamed "Winkelmann". For ease of understanding, the name "Palliser-Winkelmann" will be used simply to ensure that it's understand the two names represent the same car. 

Hugh Dibley was a BOAC pilot & successful race driver in a wide variety of cars & he was the man behind the creation of Palliser Racing Design Limited. 

Len Wimhurst was working for Brabham when he proposed the idea of building a car of his own design to Hugh Dibley. The flame was lit... 

A common misconception is that Palliser Winkelmanns are essentially Brabhams, though the only common element between the two is the wheel bolt spacing & the Alford & Alder uprights that most of the Formula cars used in the 1960s, but that is all. All of the in-house parts made for the cars, rear uprights, steering rack, wheels (excluding FF) chassis, etc. were designed & made by Palliser Racing Design. Palliser Design also made parts for March, McNamara & Daren racing cars.

In the photos below I've tried to give a representative example of each model as they would have been back in the day---for example, I tried not to use a photo of a WDF3 with a WDF4 nose & WDF2 side pods! Be sure to click on the links to each model's spec sheet/flier for more details.

Derrick Grudzien's WDF1 Click here to download a sales flier from the day: WDF1

How to recognize, other than bodywork:

"Kick-out" on the rear bulkhead

Top mounted brake & clutch cylinders

Single roll bar brace

Front mounted oil cooler

 Cam Jackson--three time HSCC Formula Ford Champion (2018, 2019 & 2021) in the Neil Fowler prepared WDF2-4. Click  here to download a sales flier from the day: WDF2

How to recognize, other than bodywork:

New chassis with no "Kick-out" on the rear bulkhead & replaced with round tubing

Floor mounted brake & clutch cylinders

Oil cooler mounted above the motor

Jack Wilson's WDF3, Chassis# 29. Click here to download a sales flier from the day: WDF3

How to recognize from a WDF2, other than a change in bodywork:

Upper front trailing arm replaces upper a-arm of the WDF2

Oil cooler moved to left rear corner of the car, behind the left half-shaft.

Different chassis design, particularly over the drivers' legs.

Two roll bar struts, though there were some "WDF3s" with a single bar, but they are likely WDF2 conversions.

WDF4 Click here to download a sales flier from the day: WDF4

How to recognize from a WDF3, other than a change in bodywork:

Fabricated steel front uprights

Two roll bar braces

Francisco Mancilla's WDB1 Chassis# 3. 

Chassis is virtually identical to the WDF1, ergo:

"Kick-out" on the rear bulkhead.

Top mounted brake & clutch cylinders.

"Landing strip" sheetmetal around upper cockpit sides.

Larger brakes than the WDF1

Front mounted oil cooler.

WDB2 Chassis #1 or 2 from @1971 Driver unknown

Chassis is virtually identical to the WDF1 & WDB1, ergo:

"Kick-out" on the rear bulkhead.

Floor mounted brake & clutch cylinders.

"Landing strip" sheetmetal around upper cockpit sides.

Rear mounted oil cooler.

John Brown's WDB3

The WDB3s were a bit of an "interim" car, few (two or three) were made & some shared features of the WDB2 chassis, while others used the WDB4 chassis---and likely became rebadged as WDB4s. The WDB3 was the test car in the article by Simon Taylor, mistakingly entitled "Driving a Formula Atlantic WDB2 Track Test" when it should have said "WDB3". You can read on the article on the "Videos & Articles" page of this site. 

Chassis is different to the WDF2, with the absence of the sheetmetal in the cockpit & a very different treatment over the forward cockpit that included eliminating the angled braces above the driver's feet, among other features.

Wider roll bar than earlier cars.

At least one WDB3 had the "Kick-out" on the rear bulkhead, while others had what was later known as a WDB4 chassis.

Front uprights were the usual Alford & Alder, but one or two WDB3s received cast magnesium ones like the one in the track test article.

1971 Formula Atlantic Champion Vern Schuppan's WDB4 (though he used a WDB3 as well). Click here to download a sales flier from the day: WDB4

Chassis similar to the WDF3.

Cast magnesium front uprights.

Wider roll bar than the WDB2 & similar to the WDB3 

Rear bulkhead without "Kick-out" allows room for a "down & out" exhaust.

Floor mounted brake & clutch cylinders.

Rear mounted oil cooler.

Period brochure photo of the WDV1 SuperVee. Click here to download a sales flier from the day: WDV1

Gareth Walters Formula 3 WD3-2

Mike MacDowell WDH-1 Palliser Repco Hillclimb Car

Matt Veal's one-off Palliser WDA1 F5000, born a Franklen & ultimately a Mildren. Click here for the whole story: WDA1

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