Players (Canadian) Formula B Series Race
Mosport Park, 19 Sep 1971
|1||Allan Lader||Brabham BT35  - Ford twin cam
#75 Pacifico (see note 1)
|2||Bill Brack||Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#80 Fred Opert Racing (see note 2)
|3||Freddy van Beuren||Chevron B18 - Ford twin cam Hart
#73 Fred Opert Racing (see note 3)
|4||Jacques Couture||Lotus 69 [71/69.1.FB] - Ford twin cam Hart
#84 Jim Russell Racing Team
|5||Raúl Pérez Gama||Brabham BT35  - Ford twin cam
#6 Fred Opert Racing (see note 4)
|6||Brian Robertson||Brabham BT35  - Ford twin cam Hart
#5 Fred Opert Racing
|7||Thomas E. Kornell||Brabham BT29  - Ford twin cam
#48 (see note 5)
|8||Al Justason||Brabham BT23F  - Ford twin cam
#32 (see note 6)
|9||Craig Hill||Lotus 69 [71/69.5.FB] - Ford twin cam Hart
#1 Fother-Hill Ltd/Castrol
|10||Maurice McCaig||Brabham BT35  - Ford twin cam
#58 Double M
|11||Bob Hebert||Lotus 59 - Ford twin cam
#19 Racing East
|12||Ian Coristine||March 71BM  - Ford twin cam Hart
#50 Delta Racing Developments (see note 7)
|13||Bruce Jensen||Chevron B17b [17B.70.04?] - Ford twin cam
#41 Jen-Mac Racing
|14||Ken Huband||Brabham BT29  - Ford twin cam
#15 (see note 8)
|15||John Powell||Chevron B17b - Ford twin cam
#30 Penguin Racing Enterprise
|16||Max Nerrière||Lotus 59 ("69B") [59-F2/XB-41] - Ford twin cam
|17||Roy Folland||Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
|18||Bill Eagles||Chevron B15b [B14] - Ford twin cam
#46 (see note 9)
|R||Vincent Dileo||Lola T240 - Ford twin cam
#10 Century Racing (see note 10)
|R||Nick Craw||Brabham BT35  - Ford twin cam
#71 Fred Opert Racing (see note 11)
|R||Bill Gubelmann||March 71BM  - Ford twin cam
#47 (see note 12)
|R||Eligio Siconolfi||Lotus 59 [59-F2/XB-42?] - Ford twin cam
|R||Barry Fox||Brabham BT29  - Ford twin cam
|R||Reg Forth||Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam
#61 (see note 13)
|R||Peter W Nye||Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam HRE
#35 (see note 14)
|R||Gary Magwood||Hawke DL6B  - Ford twin cam
|R||Thomas Abbott||Brabham BT18 - Ford twin cam
|R||Randy Fraser||March 71BM - Ford twin cam Greatorex
#54 Tartan Fraser (see note 15)
|R||David McConnell||Lotus 69 [71/69.3.FB] - Ford twin cam Hart
#86 Jim Russell Racing Team
All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.
|1||Bill Brack||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam||1.23.0|
|2||Bill Gubelmann||(FB) 1.6-litre March 71BM  - Ford twin cam||1.23.1|
|3||Allan Lader||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35  - Ford twin cam||1.24.5|
|4||David McConnell||(FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 69 [71/69.3.FB] - Ford twin cam Hart||1.24.5|
|5||Nick Craw||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35  - Ford twin cam||1.24.6|
|6||Jacques Couture||(FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 69 [71/69.1.FB] - Ford twin cam Hart||1.25.0|
|10||Ian Coristine||(FB) 1.6-litre March 71BM  - Ford twin cam Hart|
Notes on the cars:
- Brabham BT35  (Allan Lader): Bought by Allan Lader in 1971 to replace the Brabham BT29 he had wrecked at Mexico City in June. Entered by Pacifico Inc. (Gresham, OR) Based on an annotation in a rae program, this car is believed to be BT35-39 but a F3 car appeared in Germany in 1972 said to have the same chassis number. Presumably the Brabham BT35 entered by Pacifico for Frank Fitch at Riverside 24 Sep 1972 and, by extension, the Brabham raced by Fitch in other west coast events in 1972.
- Brabham BT29 (Bill Brack): After Rudolfo Junco's wrecked his usual Brabham BT29 in an accident in the warm up session at the FB race at Monterrey, Mexico, in June 1971, he was allocated another BT29 as part of the Fred Opert Racing operation. This #80 car was advertised by Opert later with mention that it was the car driven by Bill Brack at Mosport Park 19 Sep 1971. It was then sold and may be the #80 car owned by Bunny Ribbs and entered by his Bunny Ribbs Plumbing & Heating for Mike Eyerly and Jon Milledge in 1972. If so, it is chassis BT29-38.
- Chevron B18 (Freddy van Beuren): Freddy van Beuren (Estad de Mexico, Mexico) raced a orange/yellow Chevron B18 as part of the Fred Opert team in Formula B in 1971. Retained by van Beuren for 1972. Taken over by Bill Brack for two late-season races. Probably the car raced by Bobby Dennett at Caracas in March 1973. Advertised by Opert in February 1973. .Subsequent history unknown.
- Brabham BT35  (Raúl Pérez Gama): Raúl Pérez Gama was one of several Mexican customers of Fred Opert racing in the early 1970s. For 1972, he had a brand new orange-and-yellow Brabham BT35 and raced as part of the Fred Opert Racing team in Pro Formula B events with entry number #66. He retained the car for the two Bogotá races in early 1972 after which BT35-32 has been indentified as the car driven in SCCA events by Gordon Strom (Santa Cruz, CA or Sunnyvale, CA) in 1972 and for the following three seasons, retaining the car's original orange and yellow colours throughout. For 1976, Strom acquired a Chevron B29 and the Brabham may have been traded back to Fred Opert.
- Brabham BT29  (Thomas E. Kornell): Sold new to Tom Kornell (Seal Beach, CA) and raced in SCCA Divisional and Pro Formula B in 1971 and 1972. Kornell added a sports car nose and a more substantial rollhoop amongst other changes. He ordered a Brabham BT41 for 1973 and the BT29 went to Fred Opert as a trade. Subsequent history unknown.
- 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 BT29  (Ken Huband): Ken Huband (Ottawa, Ontario) ran a red/black #15 Brabham BT29 in Canadian and US Formula B in 1970, first appearing at Mont-Tremblant 24 May 1970. He retained the car in 1971 and in 1972. Huband advertised the BT29 in CP&A 21 Oct 1972 as "Brabham BT29/34", implying it was chassis 34. Several BT29 owners had mentioned the chassis numbers of the cars in adverts, presumably to emphasise the newer cars. Peter Nye arranged the sale of the car to Bill Wolfe, a dentist in Austin, Texas, but Wolfe later pulled out of a deal with Nye to assemble the car for him. Subsequent history unknown.
- 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 after Broeker's death in late 1980 the B14 was bought from his estate by Gerry 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.
- Lola T240 (Vincent Dileo): Vincent Dileo (Greenwich, CT) drove a #10 Lola T240 in Canadian FB events in the latter part of the 1971 season. He retained the car for 1972, racing in NEDiv SCCA FB events and in the Pro event at Watkins Glen in August. Bought from Diloe by Tom Frasca in 1974 but a year later crashed at Lime Rock and totalled. Frasca scrapped the tub and parted out the other components.
- Brabham BT35  (Nick Craw): Chassis number given for Nick Craw's car in Autosport report of Arco Trophy race at Castle Combe, April 12, 1971, where the car debuts. Report says car is being taken over to North America, so presumably the BT35 used by Craw in races there in 1971, entered by Fred Opert.
- March 71BM  (Bill Gubelmann): New for Bill Gubelmann (Oyster Bay, NY) and used in British Formula Atlantic at the start of the season, winning at Oulton Park 21 March, and then in the SCCA Pro Formula B series. The car was often described as a 712M but it seems more likely that he used the same 712BM all season. Also raced with a BDA in the Formula A race at Lime Rock in Sep and in one round of the Canadian series. Sold via Joe Grimaldi's The Race Shop to Frank Del Vecchio (Trumbull, CT) and used in NEDiv FB and in a couple of rounds of the Pro series. Sold back via Joe Grimaldi at the end of 1972; Frank thinks it went to a Canadian.
- 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.
- Brabham BT29 (Peter W Nye): Syd Demovsky (Chicago, IL) raced a yellow #11 Brabham BT29 in Pro events in 1970. At the end of the year the car was sold via Joe Grimaldi (Race Shop) to Peter Nye (Ann Arbor, MI) who fitted it with a HRE twin cam and raced it in Pro events and in some SCCA events through 1971. At the end of that season he sold it less engine to Jim Lloyd (Indianapolis, IN) who converted it to Formula C and won the CenDiv FB title in 1972 and 1973. Lloyd retained the car and later restored it to Formula B specification for vintage racing. He advertised it in fully-restored condition in February 1991.
- 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. Subsequent history unknown, but thought to be the car that went to Gilles Léger.
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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