MidWest Division SCCA Formula B 1971
Somewhat out of the blue, Formula B exploded in the Midwest Division in 1971 with the the number of point scorers doubling from seven to 14 and the number of points scored more than tripling from 52 in 1970 to 174 in 1971. There had also been an almost complete turnover in competitors, only two of the 1970 drivers still in Formula B in 1971.
Leading this new charge were Bob Lazier in a brand new March 71BM and Gordon Smiley with a new Merlyn Mk 20. Other new cars of note were the Chevron B18 of Warren Flickinger and the LeGrand Mk 14 of Gene Forsthofel but Bob Criss, who would die just a couple of years later testing an Indy car, also had a March.
|1.||Bob Lazier||March [71BM]||Colorado||33 pts|
|2.||Gordon Smiley||Merlyn [Mk 21]||Kansas City||27 pts|
|3.||Bob Schutt||Brabham [BT18?]||St Louis||17 pts|
|4.||Gene Forsthofel||LeGrand [MK 14]||Kansas City||17 pts|
|5.||Warren Flickinger||Chevron [B18]||Colorado||16 pts|
|6.||Ken Keifer||Lotus||Kansas City||13 pts|
|7.||Keith Saunders||Winkelmann||Colorado||11 pts|
|8.||James King||Royale||S. Illinois||10 pts|
|9.||Van D. Durrett||Brabham [BT18]||NEOkla||9 pts|
|10.||Jim Pyle||Titan||Oklahoma||9 pts|
|11.||Bob Criss||March||Colorado||4 pts|
|12.||Jim Ellingson||Brabham||Colorado||3 pts|
|13.||Jerry Wilson||Brabham||Kansas||3 pts|
|14.||Howard Erlanger||Merlyn||St Louis||2 pts|
* Indicates total includes points earned out of home divisions.
The SCCA Nationals schedule for this Division is not currently available.
Midwest Division sources
Although Competition Press was more concerned with west coast and east coast events, the major midwest events were covered reasonably well. However, we know little of the goings-on away from these events and are are keen to acquire or borrow 1960s, 1970s and 1980s copies of regional SCCA newsletters from this Division. The key ones are:
- Checkpoint (Kansas City Region)
- Exhaust Notes (Nebraska) - full archive available at nrsccahistory.com.
- Gasket Gazette (Oklahoma Region)
- The Offside Undo (Kansas Region)
- Wheelspin (St. Louis Region)
- Witches Wail (Wichita Region)
We are also keen to get scans of entry lists from SCCA Nationals for this division.