Players (Canadian) Formula B Series Race
Trois-Rivières, 2 Sep 1973
|1||Tom Klausler||Brabham BT38 [26?] - Ford twin cam
#63 O'Connor-Klausler Racing (see note 1)
|2||Ron Cohn||March 73B  - Ford twin cam
#56 DRC Formula Racing (see note 2)
|3||Charles T. Gibson||March 71BM  - Ford twin cam
#58 Gibson Racing Co.
|4||Chip Mead||Chevron B25 [25-73-14] - Ford twin cam
#17 Fastrack Operations Inc (see note 3)
|5||Ron Shantz||Lotus 69 [71/69.5.FB] - Ford twin cam Hart
#15 Auto-Race Developments
|6||Bill Eagles||Brabham BT40 - Ford twin cam
|7||Joe Grimaldi||March 722 - Ford twin cam Race Shop
#81 Race Shop Inc (see note 4)
|8||Richard Doran||March 71BM - Ford twin cam
|9||Lee Herron||Wildcat WB73 - Ford twin cam
|10||Bob Isnor||Brabham BT21 [4?] - Ford twin cam
#31 (see note 5)
|R||Gilles Léger||Brabham BT40 - Ford twin cam Hart 416B
|R||Bill Brack||Lotus 59 [ ] - Ford twin cam Hart
#7 Bill Brack Racing Enterprises
|R||Bruce MacInnes||March 73B  - Ford twin cam
#66 DRC Formula Racing (see note 6)
|R||Reg Scullion||March 71BM  - Ford twin cam
#95 Scullion-Donolo Racing (see note 7)
|R||Frank Del Vecchio||March 73B - Ford twin cam
#39 Race Shop Inc (see note 8)
|R||Jean-Pierre Jaussaud||Brabham BT40 - Ford twin cam
#216 Fred Opert Racing
|R||Wayne Ricciardi||March 722 - Ford twin cam Race Shop
#24 Race Shop Inc
|R||Richard Paul||March 73B - Ford twin cam
#48 (see note 9)
|R||Ken Huband||March 71BM - Ford twin cam
#9 Tangent Travel Ltd
|R||Al Justason||Brabham BT35  - Ford twin cam Hart
|R||Bruce Jensen||March 722  - Ford twin cam
#41 Jenmac Racing
|R||Ric Forest||Brabham BT35 - Ford twin cam Hart
#94 Astro Sports
|R||Peter W Nye||March 71BM - Ford twin cam
#8 (see note 10)
|R||Jon Milledge||March 722 - Ford twin cam
#87 [Phillip Ribbs] (see note 11)
|R||Ian Coristine||March 71BM  - Ford twin cam Greatorex
#50 Ecurie Canada (see note 12)
|R||Craig Hill||Brabham BT40 - Ford twin cam
#2 Fother-Hill Ltd
|R||Paul Wheatley||Chevron B18 [18.71.1] - Ford twin cam Hart
#26 (see note 13)
|R||John Powell||Brabham BT38  - Ford twin cam
#30 Fleet Truck Bodies Inc (see note 14)
|R||Mike Hall||Brabham BT40 - Ford twin cam
#27 (see note 15)
|R||Bill O'Connor||Brabham BT38 [15?] - Ford twin cam Hart
#62 O'Connor-Klausler Racing (see note 16)
|R||Charles "Chuck" Hansen||March 722 - Ford twin cam
#75 (see note 17)
|R||Max Nerrière||Lotus 59 ("69B") [59-F2/XB-41] - Ford twin cam
|R||Peter Ferguson||Chevron B20 [20.72.07] - Ford twin cam Hart 416B
(see note 18)
|R||Roy Folland||March 73B - Ford twin cam
#6 Roman Brio (see note 19)
|DNA||Bertil Roos||Brabham BT40  - Ford twin cam Hart
||Did not arrive|
All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.
|1||Bill Brack||(FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 59 [ ] - Ford twin cam Hart|
Notes on the cars:
- Brabham BT38 [26?] (Tom Klausler): New for Motul Rondel Racing in May 1972, replacing BT38/11, and raced by Carlos Reutemann. Also raced by Gerry Birrell at Albi, when Reutemann was away racing in the Canadian GP. Raced by Ronnie Peterson in the Brazilian F2 series. Sold by Rondel to Tom Klausler (Palatine, IL) for Formula B in 1973, and won at Trois-Rivières in September. Then to Roy Witz (Arlington Heights, IL) for 1974, then John Kowalski (Berea, OH) for Formula Atlantic in 1975. Subsequent history unknown.
- March 73B  (Ron Cohn): A new green March 73B entered by DRC Formula Racing Inc for Ron Cohn (Modena, NY) in Canadian and US Formula B 1973, running as #56. Retained for 1974, running in the Canadian F/Atl series and in the F/Atl race at Watkins Glen in October. To Eric Kerman (Hempstead, NY/Glen Cove, NY) for 1975 and updated with new orange bodywork, entered as #81 or #87, and running as a 75B. Raced in SCCA Nationals from 1975 to 1979. Later to Oran Bushey up to 1982.
- Chevron B25 [25-73-14] (Chip Mead): Sold to Geoffrey Freeman (Yellow Springs, OH) of Freeman Racing Enterprises for SCCA Formula B. The first known appearance of the car was for Chip Mead at Trois Rivieres in September 1973 Mead where the car was described in the press as 'brand new'. (The car appears on the entry list for the previous FB race, at Elkhart Lake 26 Aug 73, but it is not known yet if it appeared.) Probably retained by Mead in 1974 and used by the Shierson team - who ran Mead in his own B27 - as a spare car. Mead's team-mate James King recalls that the third Shierson car, run only at Waterford Hills for Vince Muzzin, was a B25, though described by the press as a B27 'mule'. Given that the only other American B25 (chassis 73-15) is then in the hands of Paul Henry, this is the only candidate for Richard Guider's Can-Am 'B25' in 1979. A restored B25 rolling chassis with dark red bodywork was offered for sale by Kent Bain's Vintage Racing Services (Stratford, CT) between 2003 and 2007. In March 2007, it was advertised on race-cars.com. Subsequent history unknown.
- March 722 (Joe Grimaldi): Joe Grimaldi (Midland Park, NJ) of Race Shop Inc raced a new March 722 in three Pro races in 1972 and a further one in 1973. This would have been a new car but nothing is currently known of the car's fate.
- Brabham BT21 [4?] (Bob Isnor): Sold new to Lou Sell (Fullerton, CA) and first seen in the Pro Formula B race at War Bonnet in late June where Sell qualified on pole and finished second. Then raced in SCCA Regionals and occasional Nationals in California, and in the pro races at Mont-Tremblant and Lake Tahoe at the end of the season. Sold to Sell's 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. However, it is possible that the dates of this are wrong and that Bob Isnor (Newton, MA) raced it as a FB before it went to Sorbello. Later to John Kauffman who thought he had bought a Chevron and then to Joe Maria (White Plains, NY) in the early 1990s. It was restored by David Irwin to BT21A spec and was still with Maria in 2007. To Bob Lima (Meadowbrook, PA) by October 2009 and later repainted in Sell's colours.
- March 73B  (Bruce MacInnes): Originally raced by Bruce MacInnes (Sharon, CT) as part of a two-car team with Ron Cohn. After 1973, it was sold to Joe Ostrowski (Trenton, NJ) and used in SCCA club events until early 1982 when it was bought by Seann Burgess (Caledon, Ontario). Burgess won the CASC Ontario Formula Atlantic championship and the BARC Drivers Championship in 1982 as well as appearing in 'pro' events. After two more seasons of Atlantic, he converted the car to Can-Am specification at the end of 1985 and then fitted a McLaren M1B body and a Mazda 13B rotary engine for 1986. This "March RX10-B" was raced through the 1986 season. Burgess kept the March after it was retired from racing and is in the process of restoring it. By the beginning of 2012, he reckoned it was 90% complete.
- March 71BM  (Reg Scullion): 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.
- March 73B (Frank Del Vecchio): New to Frank Del Vecchio (Trumbull, CT) and raced in SCCA Formula B and in rounds of the Players (Canadian) Formula B series in 1973, 1974, 1975 and 1976. When the series move to accept the BDA engine, Frank continued with a fuel-injected Ford twin cam engine. He recalls that he sold the car to Jack Deaso and to Peter Neumar. Neumahr (White Plains, NY) ran it in SCCA Nationals and at the Runoffs in 1977. Subsequent history unknown.
- March 73B (Richard Paul): Richard Paul (North Hollywood, CA) had what was reported to be a new March 732 for Formula B in 1973. That is likely to mean a March 73B, as that was how the 73B was marketed to Formula B drivers. He first raced it at the Phoenix SCCA National in February 1973 and ran as #48, sponsored by Fire Suppression Inc. Paul retained the car for 1974, when it was usually described as a 74B, but wrapped it around a lamppost in practice for the St Johns Formula Atlantic race in July 1974. The car was rebuilt but may have used an older 722 monocoque. Paul entered it as a 742 in races in early 1975. Subsequent history unknown.
- March 71BM (Peter W Nye): Raced by Geoff Freeman (Ohio) in SCCA events in Central Division in 1971 but this 71BM did not appear in Pro events until bought by Peter Nye for the 1972 season. Nye crashed the car early in the season but rebuilt it on a new tub supplied by March and raced through 1972 and 1973 in Pro events and in SCCA. In 1974, Nye loaned the car to Galen Lyons and he raced it in one or two SCCA Nationals before it was sold to the Northwest US where its new owners planned to rebuild it as a sports car.
- March 722 (Jon Milledge): In 1973 and 1974, Bunny Ribbs entered a black/white #87 March 722 for several drivers: firstly Mike Eyerly and Jon Milledge in 1973, both of whom had driven Ribbs' previous Brabham BT29, and then Philip Ribbs and Bill Cooper who both drove the 722 in SCCA events in 1974. This car was presumably second-hand.
- March 71BM  (Ian Coristine): 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.
- Chevron B18 [18.71.1] (Paul Wheatley): A new car built for Brian Redman after he wrecked the development B18 while testing in South Africa. Fitted with a 1.8-litre Cosworth FVC engine and raced by Redman in two races in South Africa in January 1971. This car returned to Bolton and became the works entry in F2 for Chris Craft during the 1971 F2 season. It was then sold to Canadian John Powell and rebuilt to Formula B specification. Powell raced it in the Brands Hatch Boxing Day meeting at the end of 1971 and then loaned it to Brian Robertson to race in the two Bogotá FB races in February and March 1972. Raced by Powell (Ottawa, Ontario) in the Canadian FB series in 1972, Sold to Paul Wheatley (Montréal, Quebec) and raced in the Canadian series in 1973. Appeared on a couple of early-1974 entry lists but not seen again.
- Brabham BT38  (John Powell): Brand new for Motul Rondel Racing at Oulton Park at the end of March 1972, and raced there by Tim Schenken, who finished second. For Schenken again at Thruxton a few days later, then for Derek Bell at Nürburgring at the end of April, by Jean Max at Pau, and by Jean-Pierre Beltoise at Crystal Palace and Rouen. Schenken used the car for the rest of the season, winning at Hockenheim in October. Sold to John Powell (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) for Formula B in 1973. Sold to Bob Schutt (Kirkwood, MO) at Watkins Glen at the end of 1973, and used by him in Mid West Division FB racing. According to Chris Townsend, this may be BT38 of Mike Orgel (St Louis, MO) in Mid West Division FB 1978-80. Subsequent history unknown.
- Brabham BT40 (Mike Hall): Mike Hall (Twin Lakes, WI) raced a brand new Brabham BT40 at the SCCA Run-Offs, known then as American Road Race of Champions, at Road Atlanta 25 Nov 1972, the first BT40 to race. Hall then raced this car in Formula B and Formula Atlantic in 1973 and 1974. He replaced it with a Lola T360 for 1975 and the Brabham was then raced by John Elder (Rosemount, Minnesota) in SCCA Nationals in 1975. Hall had modified his car with a wide nose and a higher and fuller tail, and Elder's car showed the same modifications.
- Brabham BT38 [15?] (Bill O'Connor): New for Motul Rondel Racing at Hockenheim in mid-April 1972, and raced all season by Bob Wolleck. Raced once by Carlos Reutemann at Enna. Sold to Bill O'Connor (Highland Park, IL) for Formula B for 1973. To Chuck Dietrich (Sandusky, OH) for 1974, then fitted with a Cosworth BDA for 1975, 1976 and 1977. Subsequent history unknown.
- March 722 (Charles "Chuck" Hansen): Charles Hansen (Tenafly, NJ) appears on the Westwood entry list at the beginning of 1974 with a March 722 twin cam and on the July Mosport Park entry list with a March 742. When the car finally appears, at Sanair two weeks later, it is described as a March 74B but it would be safe to assume this was an earlier car kitted to the latest specificiation. Hansen crashed at Sanair, after which George Follmer runs this car at Trois-Rivières (CMB noting that it was the Hansen car).
- Chevron B20 [20.72.07] (Peter Ferguson): Sold via Fred Opert to Ferguson/Wilson Racing Team for 1973, when it was described as brand new. Raced by Peter Ferguson (Toronto, Ontario) in the Canadian FB series. Retained by Ferguson for Formula Atlantic in 1974. According to documentation later submitted to CAMS, the car was owned by Players from 1974 to 1978, then was in storage from 1978 to 1984. It was owned by Alex Polsinello from 1984, then George McLean in 1991, then Russell Sewell in 2010. It ws bought by Martin Bullock (Western Australia) in 2011.
- March 73B (Roy Folland): Roy Folland (Montréal, Quebec) had a purple #6 March 73B for 1973 but crashed at Trois-Rivières in Sept and after being repaired, the 73B was sold to Ecurie Canada for guest driver Eppie Wietzes to race at the Watkins Glen Pro FB race five weeks later. Then sold to Tim Cooper (Kansas City, MO) who raced the "ex-Ecurie Canada" 73B at a Willow Springs Regional in December 1973. Raced extensively in SCCA racing early in 1974 and then in the Pro F/Atlantic series, prepared by Charlie Williams Racing. Probably then the "75B" that Cooper raced as part of Doug Shierson Racing in 1975; maybe the 75B/76B that Wilbur Bunce ran for him in 1976, and possibly the self-entered 77B he had in early 1977. Might then be the ex-Cooper March "75B" later entered by Ted Titmus in 1978 and 1979. The latter years of this history become increasingly uncertain and we're very keen to talk to Tim Cooper to clarify.
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.
All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome. Please email Allen if you can add anything.