Colorado Grand Prix

Continental Divide, 26 May 1968

ResultsLapsTime/Speed Winnings
1 Lou Sell Eagle Mk 5 [501] - Chevrolet V8
#15 Smothers Bros Racing Team
47 1h 31m 43.2s
80.85 mph
$2100
2 Jerry Hansen Lola T140 [SL140/8] - Chevrolet V8
#44
47 1h 32m 05.2s
$1500
3 Mak Kronn McKee Mk 8 - Chevrolet V8
#74 Erwin C Uhilein Jr
47
$1100
4 Henry Candler Lola T140 - Chevrolet V8
46
$900
5 Jack Eiteljorg Eisert 68 - Chevrolet V8
#7
45
$700
6 Joe Alves (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21A - Ford twin cam
("BT21") (see note 1)
45
$900
7 Chuck Dietrich (FB) 1.6-litre McLaren M4B [200-27B] - Ford twin cam
#33 Amey-Dietrich Racing Inc (see note 2)
44
$750
8 Harry Hester (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand
#3
44
$600
9 Stew McMillen Eisert 65 - Chevrolet V8
#5
43
$300
10 Stuart Wright (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand Mk 3 - Ford twin cam
#62
43
$350
11 Charlie Adams (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT6 - Ford twin cam
#64 CW Adams Racing (see note 3)
43
$200
12 Gerhard Klose (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand
#1
42
$100
13 Doug Champlin (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand
40
$100
14 Gregg Brumm (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam BRM
#32 Hogan Motor Leasing Inc
40
$100
15 Walt Mathewson (FA) 2.5-litre Cooper Mk IV 'T51' [F2-14-60] - Ferrari 625LM 4
(see note 4)
39
$50
16 Ted A. Clark (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT15 - Ford twin cam Cosworth Mk 13
#56 Kurt Reinold (see note 5)
38
$50
17 Colin Wilson (FC) 1.1-litre Lotus 18 - Ford
#34
37
$50
18 Bob Ilg (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham - Ford twin cam
37
$50
19 John Evans (FC) 1.1-litre Lotus 18 - Ford
35
$50
20 Fred Opert (FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT21B - Cosworth SCC
(see note 6)
33
$50
21 Stan Schooley (FC) Merlyn
28
 
22 Carson Baird (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT16 - Ford twin cam
(see note 7)
37 retired - unknown  
23 Joe Starkey (F5000) 4.5-litre McLaren M1B/FA - Oldsmobile V8
#20
36 fouled plugs  
24 Tom Tufts (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 27 - Ford twin cam
#6 Stan Roage (see note 8)
36 battery broke loose  
25 Barry Blackmore (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 22 - Ford twin cam
29 broken A-arm  
26 Keith Saunders (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam BRM
#47
26 retired - unknown  
27 Paul Wigton (FA) Cooper - Chevrolet
#77
25 fuel feed  
28 Brian Follon (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand Mk 3B - Ford twin cam
#25
22 retired - unknown  
29 Bill Simpson (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21A - Ford twin cam
#58 (see note 9)
18 broken clutch and gearbox housing  
30 Ron Grable Spectre HR1 - Chevrolet V8
16 broken front suspension  
31 Tom Wingett (FC) 1-litre Cooper T76 - BMC
#16 Meriden Racing (see note 10)
16 retired - unknown  
32 Chuck Trowbridge Lotus 24 - Ford V8
#9
13 suspension and steering  
33 Skeeter McKitterick (FC) 1.1-litre Lotus 22 - Ford Cosworth
3 fuel pump and battery  
34 Mike Hiss (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21 - Ford twin cam
#94 Abrasive Alloy
1 retired - unknown  
DSQ Spurgeon May (FA) 3-litre Cooper T53 [F2-12-60?] - Chevrolet II Ansen 4
#2
disqualified (push start)  
DSQ Bud Morley (F5000) McLaren M1B/FA [30-05] - Ford
#4 Morley Racing Team
disqualified (assistance on course)  
DNS Steve Harris (F?) Lotus 18
Did not start
DNS Don Richardson LeGrand Mk 7 - Chevrolet V8
#17 Dr. Donald Richardson
Did not start
(thrown rod)
DNS Eugene Willbanks (F5000) Unser-Lotus - Chevrolet
#41
Did not start
(broken cam)
DNSC Dick Smothers (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21A [4] - Ford twin cam
#19 Smothers Bros Racing Team (see note 11)
Did not start (crashed)
DNSC Tom King (F?) Cooper
#24
Did not start (crashed)
UNKE Jerry Rosbach Lola T140 - Chevrolet V8
#8 Honda Motor Sports Inc
On entry list
UNKE Syd Demovsky (FB) 1.6-litre Ausca Mk 7B - Ford twin cam
#11 ("Mk 7B")
On entry list
UNKE George Wintersteen Eagle Mk 5 [502] - Chevrolet V8
#12 Wintersteen Racing Inc
On entry list
UNKE Dave Rines (FA) Brabham - Climax FPF 4
#13 R. David Rines
On entry list
UNKE Oliver Grant (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT18 - Ford twin cam
#21
On entry list
UNKE Robert Winkelmann (FB) 1.6-litre Winkelmann WDB1 - Ford twin cam
#23 Robert Winkelmann Racing
On entry list
UNKE Fred Ashplant (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21 - Ford twin cam
#27 (see note 12)
On entry list
UNKE Hubert Lutz (FC) Norcon Mk III - Ford
#35
On entry list
UNKE Bobby Brown Lola T140 [SL140/3] - Chevrolet V8
#50
On entry list
UNKE Nick Dioguardi (F5000) 4.7-litre WRE Shadow - Ford Shelby Cobra 289ci V8
#65 Nick Dio
On entry list
(presumably the Cobra engine again)

All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Jerry Hansen (F5000) 5-litre Lola T140 [SL140/8] - Chevrolet V8 1m 51.5s
2 Lou Sell (F5000) 5-litre Eagle Mk 5 [501] - Chevrolet V8 1m 52s
3 Mak Kronn (F5000) 5-litre McKee Mk 8 - Chevrolet V8 1m 54.1s
4 Bud Morley (F5000) McLaren M1B/FA [30-05] - Ford 1m 54.8s
5 Henry Candler (F5000) 5-litre Lola T140 - Chevrolet V8 1m 55.0s

Notes on the cars:

  1. Brabham BT21A (Joe Alves): Joe Alves (Sherman Oaks, CA) raced a #66 Brabham from the start of 1968 to mid-1969, finishing fourth in SoPac FB in 1968 and fifth in 1969 and it is assumed that he had the same car throughout. It was identified as a BT21A by Bob Schilling in his report on the Riverside Regionals in early 1968 (Post Grid Vol 6 No 2). The car is likely to have been a new car delivered late in 1967 rather than second-hand.
  2. McLaren M4B [200-27B] (Chuck Dietrich): For Chuck Dietrich (Sandusky, OH) in Formula B in 1968, replacing the similar 200-10B that he had raced in 1967. Subsequent history unknown but, based on the geography, quite possibly the car of Dick Drexler (Pewaukee, WI) in Formula B from 1969 to 1975. Then unknown until bought from Joe Zuniga (St. Paul, Minnesota) by James Harayda (Bloomington, Minnesota) in April 1978 as a FB car. Harayda raced it in FB in 1978 then converted it to FC for 1979. Traded to Scott Livingston (St Louis, MO) in 1980 then on to Jon Rhodes (Webster Grove, MO) 1981 who converted it to CSR with an Alfa engine and qualified for the Run-Offs in 1982. Sold to Scott Holman (Frederick, MD) July 1983 and continued in CSR until 1989 when sold to Henry Alexander and Wes McNay. Restored as a McLaren M4A and sold to Harry Mathews (Arvada, CO) March 1996 for his Mathews Collection of McLarens. Sold to Shigeru Motohashi (Japan) 2004 and raced in the Japanese Interclub Historic Car event at Tsukuba in 2009.
  3. Brabham BT6 (Charlie Adams): Charlie Adams (Manhattan Beach, CA) campaigned a Brabham Formula B car from late 1965 through to early 1968 when he replaced it with a new BT21C and it is assumed that he ran the same car throughout that period. A report on the May 1968 CDR Pro race in Finish Line identified it as a Brabham BT6 and Adams described it as a 1963 Brabham when he advertised it in CP&A in April 1968.
  4. Cooper Mk IV 'T51' [F2-14-60] (Walt Mathewson): Delivered to F Armbruster (USA) according to the Cooper Register.
  5. Brabham BT15 (Ted A. Clark): Ted Clark (DeKalb, IL) raced a Brabham BT15 in Formula B in 1968, equipped with a Cosworth Mk 13 engine and running as #56 and typically entered by Team Nappi of Rockford, Illinois. Clark advertised the car in April 1969, saying that it had a Hewland 5-speed gearbox and 7" and 9" wheels. Nothing more known.
  6. Brabham BT21B (Fred Opert): Fred Opert, the leading US racing car importer in the late 1960s, raced a Brabham in Formula C in 1968. At the end of the season, he advertised it in CP&A (7 Dec 1968) as a BT21B with fuel-injected SCC engine, six-speed Hewland gearbox and "extra light chassis and body". Opert's car was sometimes reported at races as a Formula B and it's unclear whether this was a mistake or whether Opert was driving other cars he had in stock. Sold to Dewey Harless (Portland, OR) for 1969 and raced with great success in FC. Harless advertised it in July 1970, still with its fuel-injected SCC engine but as a BT21, not a BT21B. He retained it until early 1971 when it was sold to Butch Owsley. Subsequent history unknown.
  7. Brabham BT16 (Carson Baird): Carson Baird (Birmingham, AL or Beltsville, MD) drove a Brabham in Formula B in 1968, racing in three Pro events and also scoring 15 pts in NEDiv Nationals. His car was identified at Mosport Park 25 Aug 1968 as a BT18 but when he traded the car to Fred Opert for a new Chevron, Opert described it as a 1965 F2/FB, indicating a BT16. He entered a Chevron for the Run-Offs but did not start and evidently gave up on the car as he was in a Brabham again at the start of the 1969 season. He upgraded to a Winkelmann WDB2 mid-season. Nothing more is known about the Brabham.
  8. Lotus 27 (Tom Tufts): A Lotus 27 bought new by Cliff Phillips (Palos Park, IL) and raced in Formula Junior and then fitted with a Ford twin cam to run in Formula B in 1965. Subsequently sold to Ike Uihlein and driven for him by Dick Eisenmann. Then sold to Tom Tufts (Milwaukee, WI) and raced by him in Formula B in 1968 until damaged in an accident. The damaged car is believed to have been traded to Fred Opert later in 1968.
  9. Brabham BT21A (Bill Simpson): Bill Simpson (Los Angeles, CA) bought a new Brabham BT21A during a trip England over the 1967-68 close season to replace his FB-spec Lotus 51. He raced the car in west coast SCCA and FRA events during 1968, usually as #58.
  10. Cooper T76 (Tom Wingett): Tom Wingett (Cheyenne, WY) advertised his Cooper T76 Formula C car in CP&A 27 Jan 1968 noting that it had F1 suspension and a dry sump BMC engine.
  11. Brabham BT21A [4] (Dick Smothers): Sold new to Lou Sell (Fullerton, CA) for US Formula B in 1967 (three Pro races only), then to his backer Dick Smothers (Woodland Hills, CA) for 1968, although Sell also raced it in one SoPac National early that year. To Fred Opert late 1968 in part-exchange for a new Chevron and from him on to Ken Duclos (Boxboro, MA) for 1969. Duclos believes he returned it to Opert at the end of 1969 when he acquired his new BT29 and it next turns up in 1971 with John Sorbello (Lafayette, MA) who widened the cockpit section into a two-seater and added a Chevron B16 body. Later to John Kauffman thought he had bought a Chevron and then to Joe Maria in the early 1990s. It was restored by David Irwin to BT21A spec and was still with Maria in 2007.
  12. Brabham BT21 (Fred Ashplant): Raced by Fred Ashplant (Franklin Lakes, NJ) in 1967, winning the Pro race at Mont-Tremblant and finishing third in the NEDiv FB title. Retained for 1968 but used much less that season. In 1969, Ashplant ordered a Brabham BT29 and sold the BT21A to Pete LoBianco (York, PA). However, the BT21A was in Fred Opert's stock during the summer of 1969 and as the car had last been raced as #47, it seems likely that this was the #47 FB Brabham that Opert raced a couple of times before his BT29 arrived.

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' orginal results.

1968 US information has been taken from SCCA results sheets with additional information from Autoweek race reports and from some entry lists. Thanks to David McKinney and Wolfgang Klopfer for providing these. Identifying the classes and model of some entries has proved very difficult so all new information would be welcomed.

1969-1971 US information has been collated by Chris Townsend using Autoweek reports. All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome.

1972-1976 US information was originally collated by Wolfgang Klopfer, converted to database format by Dawn Harrison and checked by Jim Thurman and Don Capps. Wolfgang's main sources are Autoweek and individual SCCA results bulletins but Autosport, Autocourse and Road Racing Annual have also been consulted.

US SCCA Run-Offs, Nationals and Regionals results were collated by Wolfgang Klopfer from Autoweek reports. These reports were usually very brief so the information on the majority of races is limited just to the identity of the FA class winner.

Some race programs have also been used for entry lists and other information. My thanks to Richard Coe for the generous contributions from his collection.

All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome. Please email Allen if you can add anything.