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Ken Miles Memorial Race

Laguna Seca, 12 Oct 1968

ResultsLapsTime/Speed Winnings
1 Lou Sell Eagle Mk 5 [501] - Chevrolet V8
#15 Smothers Bros Racing, Fullerton, CA
53 1h 0m 37.42s
99.8 mph
$2100
2 George Wintersteen Eagle Mk 5 [502] - Chevrolet V8
#12 Wintersteen Racing, Newtown Square, PA
52 1h 1m 30.97s
$1500
3 Bud Morley McLaren M1B/FA [30-05] - Chevrolet V8
#14 Morley Racing, Denver, CO
51 1h 0m 56s
$1100
4 Mike Eyerly (FB) 1.6-litre McLaren M4B - Ford twin cam
#74 Eyerly Volkswagen, Salem, OR
51 1h 1m 47s
$1200
5 Dave Ogilvy (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 35 - Ford twin cam
#19
49 1h 0m 49s
$950
6 Richard Negley (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam
#79
49 1h 1m 04s
$800
7 Gerry Bruihl (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT18 [F2-48-66] - Ford twin cam
#10 (see note 1)
49 1h 1m 05s
$650
8 Ray France (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21A - Ford twin cam
#72 Centaur Racing Asso., Redondo Beach, CA
(see note 2)
49 1h 1m 16s
$500
9 Jon Milledge (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21 - Ford twin cam Racesales
#91 John Milledge, Mountain View, CA
(see note 3)
49 1h 1m 30s
$300
10 Steve Durst Vulcan - Chevrolet V8
#28
48 1h 1m 12s
$200
11 Charlie Adams (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21C [12?] - Ford twin cam
#64 CW Adams Racing, Manhattan Beach, CA
(see note 4)
48 1h 1m 35s
$100
12 Lyle Forsgren Forsgrini Mk 10D - Chevrolet V8
#46 Forsgren Tngr Ltd, Seattle, WA
48 1h 1m 40s
$100
13 Ed Leslie (FC) Brabham
#18
48 1h 1m 41s
$100
14 Chuck Dietrich (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam BRM
#32 Hogan Motor Leasing, St Louis, MO
47 1h 0m 59s
$50
15 Dick Smothers (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B14 [FB-68-14?] - Ford twin cam
#9 Smothers Bros Racing, Fullerton, CA
(see note 5)
47 1h 1m 07s
$50
16 Steve Griswold (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT16 - Ford twin cam
#26 Racesales, Berkeley, CA
47 1h 1m 53s
$50
17 Malcolm Starr (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam
#17 Anthony Koshland Racing, New York, NY
(see note 6)
44 1h 0m 48s
$50
18 Woody Harris (FB) 1.6-litre Kellison Mk II - Ford twin cam
#16 Grand Prix Racing, Lincoln, CA
39 1h 1m 39s
$50
19 Ed Marshall (FA) 2.5-litre Cooper Mk IV 'T51' [F2-14-60] - Ferrari 625LM 4
#27 Walt Mathewson, Campbell, CA
(see note 7)
35 1h 1m 40s
$50
20 Dan Davis (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam
#52 Racesales, Berkeley, CA
31 1h 1m 34s
$50
21 Ron Grable Spectre HR1 - Chevrolet V8
#99 PMC/Spectre Racing Belmont, CA
50 out of gas  
22 Bill Brack (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam
#85 Sports Cars Unlimited, Clarkson, Ontario, Canada
46 accident  
23 Jim Mulhall (FA) 5-litre Halibrand Shrike - Chevrolet V8
#81
39 retired  
24 Pierre Phillips Lola T140 [SL140/10] - Chevrolet V8
#33 Pierre's Motor Racing, Portland, OR
33 retired  
25 Dick Guldstrand LeGrand Mk 7A [002] - Chevrolet V8
#2 Le Grand Race Cars, Sylmar, CA
19 broken suspension  
26 Frank Bramante (FC) 1-litre Lotus - Ford
#43 Bramante Racing Developments, San Pablo
10 retired  
27 William Monson (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21A - Ford twin cam
#50 Dr William T. Monson, Kent, WA
9 retired  
28 Brett Lunger Caldwell D8 ['001'] - Chevrolet V8
#11 Autodynamics Corp, Marblehead, MA
(see note 8)
8 broken suspension  
29 Gerhard Klose (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand Mk 3D - Ford twin cam
#41 Frank Monise Motors, Pasadena, CA
8 retired  
30 Michael Brodie (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 35 - Ford twin cam
#6 Levi's, San Rafael, CA (see note 9)
8 broken suspension  
31 Kurt Reinold McKee Mk 8 - Chevrolet V8
#57 Team Nappi, Rockford, IL
7 retired  
32 Carl Churchill (FC) 1.1-litre Lotus 18B - Ford
7 retired  
33 Bobby Brown Lola T140 [SL140/3] - Chevrolet V8
#3 Bob Brown, Huntington LI, New York
3 bearings  
DSQ Nick Dioguardi (F5000) 4.7-litre WRE Shadow - Ford Shelby Cobra 289ci V8
#65 Rapid Color, Glendale, CA
disqualified  
DNS Brian O'Neil Lola T140 [SL140/13] - Chevrolet V8
#1 American Racing Motors, Miami, FL
Did not start
DNSC Barry Blackmore LeGrand Mk 7 - Chevrolet V8
Did not start (crashed)
DNSC Stew McMillen Eisert 65 - Chevrolet V8
#5 Stew McMillan, Libertyville, Ill.
Did not start (crashed)
DNSC Greg Hodges (FB) 1.6-litre Cooper T76 - Ford twin cam
#22 W Todd Hodges, Chico, CA
Did not start (crashed)
DNSC Mike Hiss Lola T140 - Chevrolet V8
#94 Abrasive Alloy Racing Team, Riverside, NJ
Did not start (crashed)
UNKE Dino Dioguardi (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 27 - Ford twin cam
#4 JF Scavone Cox, Glendale, CA
On entry list
UNKE Wes McNay (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand Mk 3B - Ford twin cam
#7 M&R Enterprises, San Carlos, CA
On entry list
UNKE Skeeter McKitterick (FC) 1.1-litre Lotus 22 - Ford Cosworth
#8 Automotion Inc, San Diego, CA
On entry list
UNKE Bill James (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 51 - Ford
#21 Bill James, Modesto, CA
On entry list
UNKE Rex Ramsey WRE Shadow - Chevrolet V8
#24 Competition American, Sherman Oaks, CA
On entry list
UNKE Steve Pfeifer (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT14 [FL-3-65] - Ford twin cam BRM
#31 Luck Lager Beer, San Francisco, CA
(see note 10)
On entry list
UNKE Max Callicott (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 22 - Ford twin cam
#44 Bob Snow's Garage, Anaheim, CA
On entry list
UNKE Charles Morrison (FA) 2.4-litre Pegasus - Chevrolet Corvair
#47 Charles A. Morrison, Modesto, CA
On entry list
UNKE George Pridmore (FB) 1.6-litre Cooper - Ford twin cam
#51 George F. D. Pridmore II, Tiburon, CA
On entry list
UNKE Ted A. Clark (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT15 - Ford twin cam Cosworth Mk 13
#56 Team Nappi, Rockford, IL (see note 11)
On entry list
UNKE Tom Tufts (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B14 [FB-68-8] - Ford twin cam
#60 Stan Roadge, Milwaukee, Wis
(see note 12)
On entry list
UNKE Bob Wenz (FB) 1.6-litre Cooper T76 [T71/73 F1-3-64] - Ford twin cam
#71 Foreign Auto Parts, San Jose, CA
(see note 13)
On entry list
UNKE Gary Johnson (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 51 - Ford
#73 Gary Johnson, San Jose, CA
On entry list
UNKE Harry Hester (FB) 1.6-litre McLaren M4B [200-10B] - Ford twin cam
#75 Henry H. Hester, La Jolla, CA
(see note 14)
On entry list
UNKE Thomas E. Kornell (FC) 1.05-litre Lotus 31 - Ford Holbay
#76 Kornell Racing, Seal Beach, CA
On entry list
UNKE Don Richardson LeGrand Mk 7 - Chevrolet V8
#77 Dr Donald Richardson, New Orleans, La
On entry list

All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Lou Sell (F5000) 5-litre Eagle Mk 5 [501] - Chevrolet V8 1m 07.11s
2 George Wintersteen (F5000) 5-litre Eagle Mk 5 [502] - Chevrolet V8 1m 07.50s
3 Kurt Reinold (F5000) 5-litre McKee Mk 8 - Chevrolet V8 1m 08.11s
4 Bud Morley (F5000) 5-litre McLaren M1B/FA [30-05] - Chevrolet V8 1m 09.76s
5 Ron Grable (F5000) 5-litre Spectre HR1 - Chevrolet V8 1m 08.60s
6 Brett Lunger (F5000) 5-litre Caldwell D8 ['001'] - Chevrolet V8 1m 11.18s
7 Mike Eyerly (FB) 1.6-litre McLaren M4B - Ford twin cam 1m 10.66s
8 Brian O'Neil * (F5000) 5-litre Lola T140 [SL140/13] - Chevrolet V8 1m 11.73s
9 Lyle Forsgren (F5000) 5-litre Forsgrini Mk 10D - Chevrolet V8 1m 11.41s
10 Jim Mulhall (FA) 5-litre Halibrand Shrike - Chevrolet V8 1m 12.07s
11 Chuck Dietrich (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam BRM 1m 11.80s
12 Bill Brack (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam 1m 12.28s
13 Ray France (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21A - Ford twin cam 1m 12.41s
14 Gerry Bruihl (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT18 [F2-48-66] - Ford twin cam 1m 12.57s
15 Dick Guldstrand (F5000) 5-litre LeGrand Mk 7A [002] - Chevrolet V8 1m 12.60s
16 Steve Durst (F5000) 5-litre Vulcan - Chevrolet V8 1m 12.60s
17 Pierre Phillips (F5000) 5-litre Lola T140 [SL140/10] - Chevrolet V8 1m 13.44s
18 Michael Brodie (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 35 - Ford twin cam 1m 13.20s
19 Charlie Adams (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21C [12?] - Ford twin cam 1m 13.44s
20 Dave Ogilvy (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 35 - Ford twin cam 1m 13.45s
21 Jon Milledge (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21 - Ford twin cam Racesales 1m 13.44s
22 Ed Leslie (FC) Brabham 1m 13.50s
23 Steve Griswold (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT16 - Ford twin cam 1m 14.50s
24 Richard Negley (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam 1m 14.86s
25 Ed Marshall (FA) 2.5-litre Cooper Mk IV 'T51' [F2-14-60] - Ferrari 625LM 4 1m 15.21s
26 Dick Smothers (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B14 [FB-68-14?] - Ford twin cam 1m 15.37s
27 Bobby Brown (F5000) 5-litre Lola T140 [SL140/3] - Chevrolet V8 1m 08.59s
28 Dan Davis (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam 1m 15.43s
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Brabham BT18 [F2-48-66] (Gerry Bruihl): The early history of this car is unknown but its chassis number, recorded in paperwork still owned by Ron Brown, suggests it would have been built very late in 1966, probably after the end of the regular SCCA season. Its first known race was at Mont-Tremblant 17 Sep 1967 where it was driven by well-known west coast racing car dealer Pierre Phillips (Portland, OR). In the summer of 1968, Ron Brown (Portland, OR) bought a Brabham BT18 from Phillips and is sure this would have been his Mont-Tremblant car. Brown shared the drive with Gerry Bruihl (Sausalito, CA) in 1968 and 1969 and ran the car from Bruihl's Competition Motors, a sports car repair shop in NW Portland. In 1970, Brown shared the drive with Russ Harness (also Portland, OR) but then sold the Brabham to John Ransom (also Portland, OR) who Ron believes sold it to someone in Vancouver.
  2. Brabham BT21A (Ray France): Ray France (Redondo Beach, CA) raced a silver Brabham BT21 during 1968 and 1969, entered as #2 by Centaur Racing Associates. The car was later revealed by an advert in Oct 1969 to be a BT21A. This may have become the basis of the blue-and-gold #29 "Centaur Brabham" raced by France in 1970.
  3. Brabham BT21 (Jon Milledge): Jon Milledge (Mountain View, CA) visited England to buy a Brabham for 1968. Having found that factory prices were outside his budget, he was persuaded by Frank Williams to buy a BT21 development car from MRD which Williams then had modified by Arch Motors and built up to full BT21C specification. He focused on the FRA 'Pro' series in 1968, winning at Vaca Valley and Santa Ana, and also won two NorPac Nationals, beating eventual champion Mike Eyerley. He continued his battle with Eyerley in the Pro series in 1969, beating him at Riverside and finishing second at Laguna Seca and Sears Point. The BT21/21C was sold to Mike Hansen (Belmont, CA) for 1970 who used it to win the NorPac FB title.
  4. Brabham BT21C [12?] (Charlie Adams): Charles W Adams (Manhattan Beach, CA), known as Charlie Adams, was a regular in Formula B from 1965 to 1971. He had a BT18 in 1967 but from 1968 to 1971, his car is often referred to as a BT21C. It was green, and ran as #64. It is assumed he had the same car through this period, starting at Elkhart Lake July 1968 but quite possibly earlier. Adams won the Southern Pacific Division FB title in 1969 but did not score any points in 1970 and his appearances in the pro series ceased after the Laguna Seca race in June. In 1971, he scored just two points in the SPDiv championship and only appeared at one Pro race, the Edmonton round in August. Subsequent history unknown.
  5. Chevron B14 [FB-68-14?] (Dick Smothers): Bought late in 1968 by Dick Smothers of Smothers Bros Racing (Fullerton, CA) and first raced in the Donnybrooke Grand Prix at Brainerd 22 September 1968 . Chevron records appear to identify this car as chassis FB-68-14. Smothers had a blue #29 Chevron FB for 1969 and this is very probably the same car, even though it was sometimes referred to as a B15B. Loaned to Joe Alves (Sherman Oaks, CA) for 1970 but not raced after blowing the engine in practice at Sears Point in June 1970. Alves eventually sold the car some time between 1975 and 1978 but it is then unknown until owned by a D Hullinger around 1992 who started a restoration. It passed to Gabe Lakatosh (Los Angeles, CA) in 1998 who completed the restoration and raced it infrequently. Then sold to Jeff Giannini (Puyallup, WA) in 2003 who has raced it continuously since then. It had a full restoration in 2008 and is maintained by J&L Fabrication (also in Puyallup, WA).
  6. Brabham BT21C (Malcolm Starr): Malcolm Starr (Union City, NJ) and Anthony Koshland (New York, NY) bought a new Brabham BT21C in 1968 but Starr only raced it a handul of occasions before he advertised it ("3 races") in CP&A 21 December 1968. Nothing more known.
  7. Cooper Mk IV 'T51' [F2-14-60] (Ed Marshall): Delivered to F Armbruster (USA) according to the Cooper Register.
  8. Caldwell D8 ['001'] (Brett Lunger): Entered by Autodynamics Corp. for Brett Lunger, and first seen in a SCCA National at Lime Rock on 6 July 1968, where Lunger crashed. Later appeared in the Us Pro series driven by Lunger (at Mosport Park 25 Aug 1968, Donnybrook 22 Sep 1968 and Laguna Seca 12 Oct 1968) and by Sam Posey (at Lime Rock 2 Sep 1968). The car was 'retired' after 1968 season. Subsequent history unknown.
  9. Lotus 35 (Michael Brodie): Gerry Kinnane entered a Lotus 35 at Phoenix Park in 1967 and then entered it for Damien Magee in Irish 1600cc events in 1968. Magee last raced it in June 1968 and it is believed to have been sold via Fred Opert to the US. In mid-1968, Mike Brodie (San Rafael, CA) bought a Lotus 35 from Ireland and first raced it in the FRA race at Orange County Raceway in Sep 1968. He continued to race it in the remaining months of the 1968 season before buying a newer Brabham BT21 for 1969.
  10. Brabham BT14 [FL-3-65] (Steve Pfeifer): This BT14 was bought new by John Mitchell and raced in northern English libre racing in 1965 and 1966. It was sold late 1967 to Steve Pfeiffer (San Francisco, CA) and equipped with a BRM Phase 4 twin-cam for 1968 Formula B racing, now described as a BT21. It was sold to Bruce Redding (Monterey, CA) for 1969 but crashed early in the season and extensively rebuilt. Redding thereafter entered it in 1969 and 1970 as a Ford Special, Gravelle Special or even as a Honda Special. It was later sold to Steve Jizmagian (San Francisco, CA) in early 1971 and crashed again, then to Tom Gouldstone (Santa Rosa, CA/Napa, CA) in November 1972 and crashed again - each time at Laguna Seca - and then to Dick McGovern in 1978. It was retained by McGovern until 1994 when sold to George Goodare (Sydney, Australia) and restored. Later to Brian Wilson in September 2000 then to John Gale in November 2001. Sold to Richard Longes late 2008 and raced in 2009 Tasman Revival races.
  11. 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.
  12. Chevron B14 [FB-68-8] (Tom Tufts): Bought new by Tom Tufts (Milwaukee, WI) and raced in Formula B in 1968, starting at Road America on 27 July 1968, at the Buckeye Sprints at Mid-Ohio two weeks later and then at Donnybrooke (Brainerd) on 22 September 1968. Identified from an invoice as chassis FB-68-8. Sold to Tom Gelb (Mequon, WI) for 1969, replacing an ancient Brabham BT2, and raced in Pro and CenDiv FB until crashed at Mosport Park in August 1969. The car was repaired and sold in 1970 but its subsequent history is unknown. However, it may well be the car raced by fellow Central Division racer Jim Trueman (Amlin, OH) late in 1970.
  13. Cooper T76 [T71/73 F1-3-64] (Bob Wenz): Although given a F1 chassis number, F1-3-64, this car is now seen as more cross between the F1 Cooper T73 and the F2 Cooper T71. Built up by Bob Gerard's team and fitted with a 1.5-litre Ford twin cam engine with the intention of using it in minor F1 races and in Formule Libre, especially at Gerard's local Mallory Park. Raced for Gerard by John Taylor in libre with great success in 1964, in the early-season English non-championship F1 races and at the British GP, but then replaced with an ex-works F1 Cooper T60. Used by Alan Rollinson and Taylor later in the season and then converted to F2 specification for a couple of races in September. Reappeared in F1 spec again in 1965 for John Rhodes, as a F2 for Taylor, as a 1650cc libre car for Taylor, and then even as a F3 car for Bob's son Julian Gerard. Then not used until late 1966 when Chris Lambert raced it as a F2 and then it became Julian Gerard's regular libre car in 1967. Finally sold at the end of 1967 to Bob Wenz (Los Gatos, CA) who raced it in SCCA Formula B for several years. Then to Bob Korst and "laid up" for 20 or so years until sold to Alan Baillie (Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire) who brought it back to England and restored it to F1 twin cam specification. Raced from 1997 onwards by Baillie in historic racing, generally in HGPCA Grand Prix Cars events.
  14. McLaren M4B [200-10B] (Harry Hester): New to Robert Amey in June 1967 to be driven by Chuck Dietrich (Sandusky, OH) in Formula B, winning the FB class in six Central Division SCCA Nationals and also finishing firth in the Pro race at Mont-Tremblant. Dietrich bought a pair of new M4Bs for 1968 and his 1967 car was sold to Henry H. Hester (La Jolla, CA). Hester ran it in SCCA Nationals through 1968 and then sold it to Dow J. Byers II (San Diego, CA) who used it through 1969 and into early 1970. Probably the car of Clifton Wells (Lynwood, CA) at Riverside in April 1972. Believed to have gone to Chuck Hayes at some point but history then unknown until owned by Ed Donnelly (Los Angeles, CA) in 1987. Then via Jim Miller and Rob Merrel (both now deceased) to Jim Brown (San Diego, CA) in 1991 who commissioned a complete restoration including a new tub built by Marc Bahner. In 2004, Brown sold the car to Brian Andrews (San Francisco, CA) who raced it in CSRG events in 2005 and 2006. Sold by Andrews via Fantasy Junction (Emeryville, CA) to Bill Hodder (Nagambie, Victoria, Australia) in 2011.

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 Runoffs, 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.