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Players (Canadian) Formula Atlantic Series Race

St Johns, 27 Jul 1974

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Tom Klausler Lola T360 [HU2] - Ford BDA Smith
#63 Traylor Engineering (see note 1)
70 0.56.47.313
2 Howdy Holmes Chevron B27 [27-74-15] - Ford BDA Hart
#8 Fred Opert Racing (see note 2)
70
3 James King Chevron B27 [27-74-04] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#22 Doug Shierson Racing (see note 3)
70
4 Craig Hill Brabham BT40 - Ford BDA
#4
69
5 Richard Melville Chevron B27 [27-74-08] - Ford BDA Hart
Fred Opert Racing (see note 4)
69
6 Hugh "Wink" Bancroft Chevron B27 [27-74-05] - Ford BDA Hart
#6 Fred Opert Racing (see note 5)
69
7 Chip Mead Chevron B27 [27-74-03] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#23 Doug Shierson Racing (see note 6)
68
8 Bill Brack Lotus 59 [ ] - Ford BDA Hart
#1
68
9 Tim Cooper March 73B - Ford BDA
Charlie Williams Racing (see note 7)
68
10 Peter W. Broeker Chevron B27 [27-74-17] - Ford BDA Hart
(see note 8)
68
11 Bruce Jensen March 74B [6] - Ford BDA Hart
#41 Jenmac Racing (see note 9)
68 Fuel pump
12 Peter Ferguson Chevron B20 [72-7] - Ford BDA
#3 (see note 10)

13 Hugh Cree Brabham BT35 [19] - Ford BDA Hart

14 Fred Beyer Brabham BT35 [10] - Ford twin cam

15 Al Justason Rondel M1 - Ford BDA
#32

R David Loring March 74B [3] - Ford BDA Greatorex
(see note 11)
45 Engine
R Bobby Brown Chevron B27 [27-74-18] - Ford BDA Smith
#79 B&B Racing Enterprises (see note 12)
10 Driveshaft
R Gary Magwood Lola T360 [HU6] - Ford BDA Hart
(see note 13)
8 Fuel pump
R Syd Demovsky March 74B [4] - Ford BDA Greatorex
#33 Greatorex Racing Ltd (see note 14)

R Mauro Lanaro March 71BM [10?] - Ford twin cam
2 Flywheel
R Bill Eagles Brabham BT40 - Ford BDA
#46 Tex Made Racing
2 Throttle return spring
R George MacDonald McLaren M4B - Ford twin cam

DNS Charles T. Gibson March 73B [71BM-15] - Ford BDA Hart
(see note 15)
Did not start
DNS Chris O'Brien Rondel M1 [206] - Ford BDA
(see note 16)
Did not start
(Decided track was too dangerous)
DNSC Richard Paul March 74B [73B-2] - Ford BDA
#48 (see note 17)
Did not start (crashed)
DNA Bertil Roos Chevron B27 [27-74-08] - Ford BDA Hart
#5 Fred Opert Racing (see note 18)
Did not arrive
DNA Ric Forest March 73B [10] - Ford BDA
(see note 19)
Did not arrive
DNA Joe Shepherd Chevron B20 [72-4?] - Ford BDA Hart
Xanadu Racing (see note 20)
Did not arrive
DNA Mike Hall Brabham BT40
(see note 21)
Did not arrive
DNA Joe Grimaldi March 74B [2] - Ford BDA
#27 Race Shop (see note 22)
Did not arrive
DNA Bill O'Connor Lola T360 [HU3] - Ford BDA Smith
#62 (see note 23)
Did not arrive
DNA Reg Scullion Brabham BT38B [13] - Ford twin cam Greatorex
Did not arrive
DNA Gilles Léger March 74B - Ford BDA
#72 (see note 24)
Did not arrive
DNA Norm Joy March 71BM - Ford twin cam
(see note 25)
Did not arrive
DNA Paul Wheatley Chevron B18 [18.71.1] - Ford twin cam Hart
(see note 26)
Did not arrive
DNA Richard Doran GRD B72 [019-F2] - Ford BDA
Did not arrive

All cars are 1.6-litre F/Atl unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Tom Klausler (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU2] - Ford BDA Smith 0.47.1
2 Craig Hill (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 - Ford BDA 0.47.4
3 Howdy Holmes (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-15] - Ford BDA Hart 0.47.4
4 James King (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-04] - Ford BDA Nicholson 0.47.6
5 Richard Melville (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-08] - Ford BDA Hart 0.47.8
6 Bruce Jensen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B [6] - Ford BDA Hart 0.47.864
7 Gary Magwood (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU6] - Ford BDA Hart 0.47.9
8 Bobby Brown (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-18] - Ford BDA Smith 0.48.0
9 David Loring (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B [3] - Ford BDA Greatorex 0.48.3
10 Bill Brack (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lotus 59 [ ] - Ford BDA Hart 0.48.95
11 Hugh "Wink" Bancroft (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-05] - Ford BDA Hart

Notes on the cars:

  1. Lola T360 [HU2] (Tom Klausler): Sold via North American agent Carl Haas to Tom Klausler (Palatine, IL) and run for him by Traylor Engineering in the Canadian Formula Atlantic series in 1974. Klausler won two rounds, and the Pro races at Road America, Trois-Rivières and Waterford Hills. Sold to Mike Hall (Twin Lakes, WI) for 1975, and raced in the Players series. The later history of this car is still not known exactly, but over the next 13 years it acquired sports car bodywork and a Mazda engine. Doug Moe (Bremerton, WA) owned it, and it may have been the BSR class "Mazron" that he raced in ICSCC events in 1977 (as the "Mk 1"), 1978, 1979, 1980 and 1981, by which time it was the "Mazron Mk V". It was raced by Bill Hill in the CAT championship in 1987, after which it was reportedly stored. Early in 2003, Moe sold the the car to Allan T. Chou (Westfield, NJ), and in 2009 it was being restored.
  2. Chevron B27 [27-74-15] (Howdy Holmes): Consigned to Fred Opert in July 1974 for "a Californian SCCA driver", so almost certainly the Fred Opert #8 team car that appears in Formula Atlantic in July 1974 for Howdy Holmes, and was described as 'brand new'. Used by Tom Pryce at Trois Rivieres on 1 Sep, and badly damaged. Presumably rebuilt for Holmes at Watkins Glen on 4 Oct. Advertised by Opert in April 1975 as "ex-Holmes" and "4 races from new". Very probably the car sold to Dan Neuman (St Paul, Minnesota) early 1975, and advertised by Neuman as "ex-Pryce" in 1976. Subsequent history unknown.
  3. Chevron B27 [27-74-04] (James King): Chevron build record says sold via Fred Opert to Doug Shierson Racing. According to Chevron the car used by James King at Mallory Park before being shipped to the USA. (King and Mead owned their own cars in the Shierson team.) Badly damaged by King at Mosport in July 1974 and rebuilt around a new tub. Formula Mar 75 p29 reports, 'King is trying to sell the B27 he drove in 1974 under Shierson's management'. (King still has the plate for this car.) Sold to Lloyd Callaway (Chicago, IL) and used in 1975 early 1976 SCCA and some pro races. Callaway advises that the car was sold to Fred Opert in early 1976 in p/x for a new Chevron B34. History then unknown. Many years later, in 1999, Sandy Dells Racing (San Diego, CA) sold two B27 tubs to Jim Sparks (San Diego, CA). Dells restored one of these to running condition for Sparks, then sold the other tub and parts on Sparks' behalf to Mike Winebrenner (Louisville, KY) in 2004. Winebrenner was able to identify his monocoque by its SCCA Chicago Region stamping as Lloyd Calloway's car, but the 74-04 chassis plate is on Sparks' car. Winebrenner's parts were sold in early 2009 to Bud Morrison, who already owned 74-05 and 74-07. It would appear that Sparks' car is built on the original tub, and Morrison's is the replacement tub.
  4. Chevron B27 [27-74-08] (Richard Melville): New to Fred Opert Racing and raced by US-domiciled Swede Bertil Roos in North American Formula Atlantic, and later in the season by a number of guest drivers, including Richard Melville, Bill Brack and Héctor Rebaque. This is then believed to be the car used by Jim Crawley (Frenchtown, NJ) in a number of SCCA Nationals in 1975, allowing him to qualify for the FB Run-Offs. At the same time, Crawley raced a newer B29 in the British series, The B27 was advertised by George Walsh of Intercontinental Marketing, Crawley's sponsor at the Run-Offs, describing it as ex-Roos, ex-Crawley and noting track records at Bridgehampton and Palm Beach. Subsequent history unknown.
  5. Chevron B27 [27-74-05] (Hugh "Wink" Bancroft): An Fred Opert team car, used by Hugh "Wink" Bancroft (Costa Mesa, CA) in the US series in 1974. Possibly also used by Roos and James Crawley in SCCA Formula B before the Canadian season started. The car was owned by Bancroft, who according to Formula and Sports Car retained it unraced in 1975, and then wheeled it out again for a few SCCA So Pac division races in early 1976. Advertised in May 1976. Possibly the Mike Morris car in 1977. The car now owned by Bud Morrison has a SCCA log book showing it was owned by Ken Valan in 1978, then Frank Shober (Chatham, NJ) from 1979 to 1985. In October 1988, it was bought from Bruce McQuiston at the Bertil Roos Racing School (Blakeslee PA) by Monte C. Shalett (New Orleans, LA), who sold it via Grand Prix Classics (La Jolla, CA) to Paul Wesselink (Dana Point, CA/Huntington Beach, CA) in June 1997. From Wesselink to Bud Morrison in May 2005.
  6. Chevron B27 [27-74-03] (Chip Mead): New to Doug Shierson Racing via Fred Opert for Chip Mead (Dayton, OH) to race in Formula Atlantic, initially in the opening races of the British series, then in North America. The car was blue and ran in North America as #23. Sold to Keith Feldott (LaGrange, IL) and raced in SCCA Central Division FB in 1975, 1976 and 1977. Subsequent history unknown.
  7. March 73B (Tim Cooper): 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.
  8. Chevron B27 [27-74-17] (Peter W. Broeker): Chevron build record says sold to Peter Broeker, June 1974. This car was destroyed in a trailer fire in late 1974 on the way to Trois Rivieres.
  9. March 74B [6] (Bruce Jensen): New to Bruce Jensen (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada), and raced by him in the Players Canadian Formula Atlantic series. There was press talk of this car going to Bob Beaulieu, but he never appeared in it, and in April 1975 it appeared in Fred Opert's stock list. It was sold to a driver from Quebec City, who reportedly ran at the opening race of the 1975 season but broke his engine and was not seen again. He sold the car to Ron Rogers (Trenton, Ontario), who raced it mostly in club events in 1976 and 1977 before selling it to Jim Close. Rogers ran the car for Close until close took it back to California. Sold to its current owner in the early 1990s, and retained.
  10. Chevron B20 [72-7] (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.
  11. March 74B [3] (David Loring): New to Ecurie Canada, and raced by Gilles Villeneuve in the Players Canadian Formula Atlantic series with Schweppes sponsorship. Wrecked at Mosport Park in July, but repaired and raced by David Loring at Sanair and St Johns later that month. Raced by Villeneuve again at Halifax, Trois-Rivières and Watkins Glen. Subsequent history unknown.
  12. Chevron B27 [27-74-18] (Bobby Brown): Chevron build record says sold to Bobby Brown of B&B Racing Enterprises, June 1974. The car was badly damaged in an accident at Trois Rivieres in 1974. Brown says that the remains were returned to Chevron in p/x for two B29s in 1975. However, advertised by Brown in May and June 1975 as 'not raced since complete rebuild at Chevron' which suggests that the car came back to him. Sold later in 1975 to Thomas Christ (Racine, WI), and raced by him in Pro Formula Atlantic and SCCA Nationals in 1976 and 1977. Then unknown until owned by Daniel Sauriol (Appleton, WI) in 1984. Sold to Cliff Ebben (Appleton, WI) at the end of the 1984 season, then sold by him to Comprep (i.e. Dennis Eade of ComPrep (Competition Preparation) in Zenda, WI) for ComPrep customer Alan Lewis (Indianapolis, IN). Run by ComPrep for Eade. Sold to Alan Azar (O'Fallon, IL) in 1999. With dealer Chuck Haines of Can-Am Cars Ltd (St. Louis, MO) in 2018.
  13. Lola T360 [HU6] (Gary Magwood): New via North American agent Carl Haas and Canadian agent Brian Robertson to Jack Burnett for Gary Magwood (Toronto, Ontario) to race in the Canadian John Player Formula Atlantic series in 1974. Also raced by Magwood at the US GP Formula Atlantic support race at Watkins Glen in October 1974, but then not seen until Magwood returned to Formula Atlantic in July 1976. Comprehensively destroyed in Magwood's accident at Halifax in August 1976.
  14. March 74B [4] (Syd Demovsky): A dark blue 74B sold by March to US agent Joe Grimaldi, so probably the dark blue 74B raced by Syd Demovsky (Chicago, IL) in the 1974 Players Canadian Formula Atlantic series, and run for him by Tom Greatorex Racing. Subsequent history unknown.
  15. March 73B [71BM-15] (Charles T. Gibson): New to US dealer Joe Grimaldi and supplied in red bodywork.
  16. Rondel M1 [206] (Chris O'Brien): Henri Pescarolo's main car in F2 in 1973; used also by Schenken at Pau, Kinnekulle Ring and Rouen. Sold via Fred Opert to Chris O'Brien for Canadian Formula Atlantic in 1974 then probably back via Fred Opert and eventually sold to Randy Zimmer as a source of spares for his Can Am car. Still with Zimmer in 2010.
  17. March 74B [73B-2] (Richard Paul): New to Richard Paul (North Hollywood, CA), and first raced it at the Phoenix SCCA National in February 1973 where it was entered as #48, sponsored by Fire Suppression Inc. Pual crashed heavily at Trois-Rivières in September. 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.
  18. Chevron B27 [27-74-08] (Bertil Roos): New to Fred Opert Racing and raced by US-domiciled Swede Bertil Roos in North American Formula Atlantic, and later in the season by a number of guest drivers, including Richard Melville, Bill Brack and Héctor Rebaque. This is then believed to be the car used by Jim Crawley (Frenchtown, NJ) in a number of SCCA Nationals in 1975, allowing him to qualify for the FB Run-Offs. At the same time, Crawley raced a newer B29 in the British series, The B27 was advertised by George Walsh of Intercontinental Marketing, Crawley's sponsor at the Run-Offs, describing it as ex-Roos, ex-Crawley and noting track records at Bridgehampton and Palm Beach. Subsequent history unknown.
  19. March 73B [10] (Ric Forest): New to James King (East St Louis, IL) and used in Central Division SCCA Formula B, one round of the Players Canadian series, and the Watkins Glen Pro race in October. Leased to Ric Forest and Fred Phillips in 1974, but King took over the car again for 1975, rebuilt it on a new tub, and raced it in the Players Canadian series. To Porter Brownlee (Little Rock, AR) 1976, and used in Midwest Division Formula B in 1977. Subsequent history unknown.
  20. Chevron B20 [72-4?] (Joe Shepherd): A Chevron B20 raced by Joe Shepherd (Indianapolis, IN) in SCCA Formula B in 1973. Retained by Shepherd for Formula Atlantic in 1974 and 1975. Advertised by Shepherd in February 1976.
  21. 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.
  22. March 74B [2] (Joe Grimaldi): New to US March agent Joe Grimaldi, and raced by him and by hire drivers in the 1974 Players Canadian Formula Atlantic series, including David Loring at Mosport in July, Seb Barone at Sanair, and Dale Lang at Watkins Glen in October. Subsequent history unknown.
  23. Lola T360 [HU3] (Bill O'Connor): Sold via North American agent Carl Haas to Bill O'Connor (Highland Park, IL) and run for him by Traylor Engineering in the Canadian Formula Atlantic series in 1974. O'Connor won the US GP support race in this car in October 1974. Retained for 1975. Subsequent history unknown.
  24. March 74B (Gilles Léger): Gilles Léger (Lachute, Quebec) raced a March 74B in the second half of the 1974 season, first appearing at Mosport Park in early July. To Reg Scullion (Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Montreal, Quebec) in time for the Trois-Rivières race in September. Also raced by Scullion at Watkins Glen in October, when it was described as being red/white/blue, and at a couple of races in 1975. Subsequent history unknown.
  25. March 71BM (Norm Joy): Ken Huband (Ottawa, Ontario) raced a #9/#8 red-and-white March 71BM in Canadian Formula B in 1973, with support from Tangent Travel Ltd. Raced by Norm Joy and David Westgate in 1974.
  26. 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.

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' original results.

North American Formula Atlantic race results have been compiled by Chris Townsend based on material in Formula and On Track, information drawn from Canadian newspapers and results sheets where available.

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

Individual sources for this event

Autosport 8 Aug 1974 p5, CMB [OMH], Chevron build records and March 74B build records