Players (Canadian) Formula B Series Race
Trois-Rivières, 28 Aug 1971
|1||Jacques Couture||Lotus 69 [71/69.1.FB] - Ford twin cam Hart
#84 Jim Russell Racing Team
|2||Brian Robertson||Brabham BT35  - Ford twin cam Hart
#5 Fred Opert Racing
|3||Gary Magwood||Hawke DL6B  - Ford twin cam BRM
|4||Eligio Siconolfi||Lotus 59 [59-F2/XB-42?] - Ford twin cam
|5||Randy Fraser||March 71BM  - Ford twin cam Greatorex
#54 Tartan Fraser (see note 1)
|6||Roy Folland||Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
|7||Wilson Southam||March 71BM  - Ford twin cam Greatorex
(see note 2)
|8||Al Justason||Brabham BT23F  - Ford twin cam
#32 (see note 3)
|9||John Powell||Chevron B17b - Ford twin cam
#30 Penguin Racing Enterprise
|10||Ian Coristine||March 71BM  - Ford twin cam Hart
#50 Delta Racing Developments (see note 4)
|11||Max Nerrière||Lotus 59 ("69B") [59-F2/XB-41] - Ford twin cam
|12||Barry Fox||Brabham BT29  - Ford twin cam
|13||Craig Hill||Lotus 69 [71/69.5.FB] - Ford twin cam Hart
#1 Fother-hill Ltd/Castrol
|14||Bruce Jensen||Chevron B17b [17B.70.04?] - Ford twin cam
#41 Jen-Mac Racing
|15||Howard Cazaly||Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam
|R||David McConnell||Lotus 69 [71/69.3.FB] - Ford twin cam Hart
#86 Jim Russell Racing Team
|R||Reg Forth||Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam
(see note 5)
|R||Derek Johnson||March 71BM  - Ford twin cam Hart
#93 Todco Racing Team (see note 6)
|4||accident (wrapped round telephone pole)|
|R||Lee White||Titan - Ford twin cam
|R||Bill Eagles||Chevron B15b [B14] - Ford twin cam
(see note 7)
All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.
|1||David McConnell||(FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 69 [71/69.3.FB] - Ford twin cam Hart||0.57.8|
|2||Jacques Couture||(FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 69 [71/69.1.FB] - Ford twin cam Hart||0.58.0|
|3||Derek Johnson||(FB) 1.6-litre March 71BM  - Ford twin cam Hart||0.58.2|
|4||Brian Robertson||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35  - Ford twin cam Hart|
|5||Wilson Southam||(FB) 1.6-litre March 71BM  - Ford twin cam Greatorex|
|6||Randy Fraser||(FB) 1.6-litre March 71BM  - Ford twin cam Greatorex|
|7||Roy Folland||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam|
|8||Al Justason||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23F  - Ford twin cam|
Notes on the cars:
- March 71BM  (Randy Fraser): Wilson Southam acquired two red March 71BMs for Canadian Formula B in 1971, one for Randy Fraser and one for himself. Fraser's was the first to appear, running as the #54 Tartan Fraser entry and is believed to have been 71BM-8. Probably the car driven by Gilles Léger (Lachute, Quebec) in 1972 and updated to 722 specification. Then believed to be the orange/dark green 71BM driven by Patricia Smith (Montréal, Quebec) in 1973 entered as #51 by P.S. Translations. Subsequent history unknown.
- March 71BM  (Wilson Southam): One of two red March 71BMs acquired by Wilson Southam for Canadian FB and believed to be the car raced by Southam. Southam's operation was bought by Ecurie Canada and its mechanic Tom Greatorex for 1972 and this is the car believed to have been updated to side-radiator 722 specification and rented by Ian Coristine that season. Coristine stayed with the team for 1972 but the car was put back to 71BM specification. Then to Mauro Lanaro for 1974 and retained for a total of four seasons in Canadian FB and F/Atlantic. Coristine recalls that this car destroyed in a transporter fire on its was to a race at Debert.
- Brabham BT23F  (Al Justason): Sold to Bill Gubelmann (Oyster Bay, NY) and fitted with a Vegantune Ford twin cam engine for SCCA 'Pro' and NEDiv Formula B. Raced through 1968 and retained for a couple of races in 1969 as Gubelmann's BT29 was late arriving. Sold to Al Justason (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) who used it in both the Canadian and US Pro series in 1970 and again in the Canadian FB series in 1971. Sold to Michael Houselander who appeared at two Canadian national events in 1972, Later sold to ‘Dino Delousis’ who fitted a turbocharged 2-litre Ford Pinto engine for libre events but found the car to be undrivable and stored it from about 1974 to 2004 when sold to Dave Darrow (Mississauga, Ontario) and fully restored. Retained until 2007 when sold via race-cars.com to Murray Bryden (Melbourne, Australia). Sold to David Kloster (Kinglake, Victoria) September 2011.
- March 71BM  (Ian Coristine): Gordie Dewar was appointed March importer into Canada for 1971 and his first purchase, chassis 71BM/1, went to Delta Racing Developments for Ian Coristine to race in the Players FB series. Coristine finished the season fifth in the red #50 March but crashed in practice for the final race, at Circuit Ste-Croix in October. The car went to Reg Scullion for 1972 and he started the season racing in Nationals in Texas before returning to Canada for the Players season. Run by Ecurie Canada and Tom Greatorex, Scullion ended the Canadian season in ninth place but then returned to the US to finish second in the SCCA Run-Offs. He retained the car for 1973 as a Scullion-Donolo Racing entry. Subsequent history unknown.
- Brabham BT21C (Reg Forth): Bought from Fred Opert by Bill Bovenizer (Toronto, Ontario) and raced in Canadian Formula B events in 1970. Bill believes Horst Kwech may have raced it before he did. He sold it to Reg Forth for 1971 who continued to race it in Canadian events. Subsequent history unknown.
- March 71BM  (Derek Johnson): George Brocklehurst bought a March 71BM but preferred to race it only in minor events, leaving it to Derek Johnson in the bigger events. Brocklehurst's car was silver but it seems likely to have been the blue 71BM-5 shown in March records as having gone to a customer of Canadian March importer Gordie Dewar. Entered by Todco Racing Team as #93, the car was written off in Johnson's accident in the rain at Trois-Rivières in August when he wrapped it round a telephone pole.
- Chevron B15b [B14] (Bill Eagles): Canadian veteran Peter W. Broeker (Pt. Claire, Quebec) bought a Chevron B14 for 1968 and surviving Chevron records imply that it was chassis number FB-68-10. Used in SCCA pro events and also in Canadian Eastern Zone Formula Championship and Championnat de Formule du Québec races in 1968. Retained for 1969 and raced in the Canadian Road Racing Championship and the Molson Championship, often entered as a Stebro-Chevron. Presumably the car raced by Bill Eagles (Lasalle, Quebec) in Molson events in 1970 and in the Players FB series in 1971. If Eagles did own it, then it must have returned to Broeker as it was bought from Broeker's estate by Jerry Jones. Jones sold it to Roger Fountain who moved to England in 1988 and sold the car to Chris Ball who had it restored for HSCC racing in the UK.
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.
The 1971-1973 Canadian Formula B race results have been compiled by Chris Townsend based on material in Canadian Motorsport Bulletin, results sheets where available and from information drawn from Canadian newspapers.
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