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Can-Am Challenge Race

Laguna Seca, 26 Jun 1977

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Don Breidenbach Lola T333CS ["33-790"] - Chevrolet V8
#77 Tropicana
50 53m 16.52s
106.990 mph
2 Elliot Forbes-Robinson Lola T333CS [HU4] - Chevrolet V8
#40 Bill Freeman Racing
50 53m 24.76s
3 John David Briggs Lola T333CS ["33-673"] - Chevrolet V8
#71 Tropicana
49
4 Chris Bender (G7) 5-litre McBender "McLaren" - Ford V8
#41 McBender
47
5 Bruce Langson (G7) 5-litre Lola T310 [HU1] - Chevrolet V8
#22 Micro-Lon
46
6 Merle Brennan (G7) 5-litre McLaren M8D [M8D/3] - Chevrolet V8
#19 Brennan Racing (see note 1)
46
7 Harald Kirberg (sports) 2-litre Kirberg KK2 Special [Porsche 906-136] - Porsche
#94 Kirberg Special
46
8 Tex Arnold (sports) 2-litre Lola T294 [HU78] - Hart 420R
#99 Car Shop
45
9 Dean Dietrich (sports) 2-litre Lola T292 [HU65] - Ford BDG Richardson
#43 Richardson Racing Engines (see note 2)
40
10 Dave Burns (sports) 2-litre Chevron B23 - Ford
#91 "Turn One" (see note 3)
34 DNF
11 Hunter Harris Talon MHS-II [MR1A "007"] - Chevrolet V8
#98 McCurry's Cameras
32 DNF
12 Chuck Billington (sports) 1.6-litre Lotus 23 VW
12 DNF
13 Bob Allen SSE [001] - Chevrolet V8
#69 Simms Station Express
DNF
14 Evan Noyes Lola T332 [HU51] - Chevrolet V8
#24 Eagle Creek Aviation (see note 4)
DNF
15 Edwin G. Abate (sports) 2-litre Lola T294/T296 [HU77] - Ford
#88 Motor Sports Equipment (see note 5)
DNF
16 Andrew Bazeley Bazeley - Chevrolet V8
#23 Bazeley Special
DNF
DNS Randy Lewis Shadow DN4B - Dodge V8
#0 Phoenix Racing
Did not start
(Accident in practice)
DNS Peter Gethin Lola T333CS [HU2] - Chevrolet V8
#4 Racing Team VDS
Did not start
(Withdrawn)
DNS Tom Klausler Schkee DB1 [1] - Chevrolet V8
Schkee Cars
Did not start
(Oil pump in practice)
DNS Carlos Garza (sports) 2-litre Lola T294 - Ford
#96 Distant Thunder
Did not start
DNSC Warwick Brown Lola T333CS [HU1] - Chevrolet V8
#3 Racing Team VDS
Did not start (crashed)
T Randy Lewis Shadow DN4B - Dodge V8
#0 Phoenix Racing
(Only used in practice)
UNKE John Gunn Lola T332 [HU47] - Chevrolet V8
#11 Racing Consultants (see note 6)
On entry list
UNKE John Morton Lola T332/T333 ['K2'] - Chevrolet V8
#46 Morton
On entry list
UNKE Mike Roche Lola T332 [HU42] - Chevrolet V8
#80 Roche (see note 7)
On entry list
DNA Robin Smith Lola T333CS - Chevrolet V8
#25 Smith
Did not arrive

All cars are 5-litre Can-Am unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Tom Klausler * (Can-Am) 5-litre Schkee DB1 [1] - Chevrolet V8 1m 02.748s
2 Randy Lewis * (Can-Am) 5-litre Shadow DN4B - Dodge V8 1m 03.07s
3 Don Breidenbach (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS ["33-790"] - Chevrolet V8 1m 03.343s
4 John David Briggs (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS ["33-673"] - Chevrolet V8 1m 03.58s
5 Evan Noyes (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU51] - Chevrolet V8 1m 03.896s
6 Chris Bender (G7) 5-litre McBender "McLaren" - Ford V8 1m 04.041s
7 Elliot Forbes-Robinson (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS [HU4] - Chevrolet V8 1m 04.379s
8 Merle Brennan (G7) 5-litre McLaren M8D [M8D/3] - Chevrolet V8 1m 05.402s
9 Andrew Bazeley (Can-Am) 5-litre Bazeley - Chevrolet V8 1m 05.736s
10 Hunter Harris (Can-Am) 5-litre Talon MHS-II [MR1A "007"] - Chevrolet V8 1m 06.658s
11 Bob Allen (Can-Am) 5-litre SSE [001] - Chevrolet V8 1m 08.156s
12 Harald Kirberg (sports) 2-litre Kirberg KK2 Special [Porsche 906-136] - Porsche 1m 08.369s
13 Bruce Langson (G7) 5-litre Lola T310 [HU1] - Chevrolet V8 1m 08.938s
14 Dave Burns (sports) 2-litre Chevron B23 - Ford 1m 09.288s
15 Edwin G. Abate (sports) 2-litre Lola T294/T296 [HU77] - Ford 1m 09.88s
16 Tex Arnold (sports) 2-litre Lola T294 [HU78] - Hart 420R 1m 11.913s
17 Carlos Garza * (sports) 2-litre Lola T294 - Ford 1m 12.512s
18 Dean Dietrich (sports) 2-litre Lola T292 [HU65] - Ford BDG Richardson 1m 13.151s
19 Chuck Billington (sports) 1.6-litre Lotus 23 - VW 1m 13.994s
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. McLaren M8D [M8D/3] (Merle Brennan): One of the three 1970 Team McLaren M8Ds, this car was driven by Gurney and Gethin. It was converted to M8F specification for 1971 as a works spare and was later sold to Herb Kaplan for the 1973 season when it was driven by Scooter Patrick. It was raced by John Cordts in the final season of the original Can-Am. In 1977, it was driven by Merle Brennan in the revived Can-Am series. (History derived from research done by Martin Krejci.)
  2. Lola T292 [HU65] (Dean Dietrich): The last T292 built went to John Abrahams in South Africa for the 1973 Springbok series. It was co-driven in the series by Charlie Lucas. The car went back to England under the care of Derrick Worthington but raced only twice in 1974, at Silverstone in September (Worthington and Nigel Clarkson) and at Kyalami in November (Abrahams and Richard Scott). In 1975, it was driven at Le Mans by Worthington and Clarkson and also appeared at the Spa 1000 km and in a couple of UK races. In 1976 it was sold to SCCA driver Dean Dietrich and was used in the revived Can-Am series in 1977. It then went to Rick Villate for two more seasons of Can-Am. To David P. Gough (Atlanta, GA) 1982 and used as a road car. To Ed Swart (Torrance, California) 1997 and then via six other US owners until bought by Cal Meeker (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) in 2013. As its identity was unknown until researched in 2013 by OldRacingCars.com, the car currently races in Primagaz colours.
  3. Chevron B23 (Dave Burns): Bobby Fisher (Lafayette, CA) raced a Chevron B16 in Californian SCCA racing in 1972, upgrading to a nearly-new B23 for 1973. He raced the car through 1973 and 1974 before selling it to Dave Burns for the 1975 season. Burns debuted the car at Riverside in Feb 1975 and retained it for several seasons, racing it in the Laguna Seca Can-Am race in June 1977.
  4. Lola T332 [HU51] (Evan Noyes): See full history: Lola T332 HU51.
  5. Lola T294/T296 [HU77] (Edwin G. Abate): Sold new to Ed Abate (Monte Sereno, CA) late 1974 and raced in SCCA BSR racing from 1975 to 1977 and in Can-Am in 1977 and 1978. Abate was second in the Run-Offs in 1976 and won in 1977. After one further Can-Am appearance in 1978, the Lola was sold to Garth Pollard, a Canadian then resident in Costa Mesa, California. He raced it in Can-Am in 1979 before selling it to Mike Hill (Quesnel, BC) who used it in local events before advertising it in April 1982 and selling it to Geoff Davie in Toronto. Davie sold it to Don Wood (Bournemouth, England) in Sep 1988 who had the car prepared by Ian Jones and raced it in the BRDC British C2 Sportscar Championship event at Donington in 1990, co-driven by Autosport legend Marcus Pye. Wood sold the car back to an American owner in 1992 and as of 2011 it is owned by a Californian owner.
  6. Lola T332 [HU47] (John Gunn): See full history: Lola T332 HU47.
  7. Lola T332 [HU42] (Mike Roche): See full history: Lola T332 HU42.

Sources

The identification of individual cars in these results is based on the material presented elsewhere in this site and may in some cases contradict the organisers' original results.

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