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Lime Rock Grand Prix

Lime Rock, 2 Sep 1968

ResultsLapsTime/Speed Winnings
1 George Wintersteen Eagle Mk 5 [502] - Chevrolet V8
#12
75 1h 12m 06.11s
95.4 mph
$2100
2 Bobby Brown Lola T140 [SL140/3] - Chevrolet V8
#3
75 1h 13m 07s
$1500
3 Brian O'Neil Lola T140 [SL140/13] - Chevrolet V8
#1
74 1h 12m 58s
$1100
4 WP Fred Stevenson (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C [41-FL-44] - Ford twin cam
#93
74 1h 13m 08s
$1200
5 Lou Sell Eagle Mk 5 [501] - Chevrolet V8
#15
73 1h 12m 34s
$700
6 Bill Brack (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam
#85
73 1h 13m 01s
$850
7 Sam Posey Caldwell D8 ['001'] - Chevrolet V8
#11 (see note 1)
72 1h 12m 40s
$500
8 Dick Smothers (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21A [4] - Ford twin cam
#19 (see note 2)
71 1h 12m 29s
$600
9 Chuck Dietrich (FB) 1.6-litre McLaren M4B [200-27B] - Ford twin cam
#31 (see note 3)
71 1h 12m 59s
$450
10 Brian Robertson (FB) 1.6-litre McLaren M4B - Ford twin cam
#35 (on entry list as #2) (see note 4)
70 1h 12m 24s
$300
11 Joe Grimaldi (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B14 [FB-68-13?] - Ford twin cam
#72 (see note 5)
70 1h 12m 24s
$100
12 Jacques Couture (FB) 1.6-litre Crosslé 12F [C12F/67/34] - Ford twin cam
#10
70 1h 13m 01s
$100
13 Steve Durst Vulcan - Chevrolet V8
#6
69 1h 12m 22s
$100
14 Wayne T Mitchell (FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT21B - Ford
#84
66 1h 12m 48s
$100
15 Malcolm Starr (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam
#17 (see note 6)
62 1h 12m 21s
$50
16 Dale Lang (FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT21B [31] - Ford
#81
60 1h 12m 08s
$50
17 Harry Hester (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam BRM
#32 [Hogan Motors]
54 1h 12m 30s
$50
18 Fred Opert (FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT21B - Cosworth SCC
#73 (see note 7)
49 1h 12m 30s
$50
19 Peter W. Broeker (FB) 1.6-litre Stebro-Chevron B14 [FB-68-10?] - Ford twin cam
#21 (see note 8)
56 engine trouble $50
20 Mike Hiss (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21A - Ford twin cam
#94 (see note 9)
56 suspension failure, crash $50
21 Fred Ashplant (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21A - Ford twin cam
#47 (see note 10)
48 wouldn't restart  
22 Steve Brownstein (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT16 [F2-1-65] - Ford twin cam
#22 "Brabham BT15" (see note 11)
42 overheating  
23 Peter Rehl (FB) 1.6-litre Cooper T88 [FC-1-68?] - Ford twin cam
#71 (see note 12)
33 fuel line/flat battery  
24 Bill Gubelmann (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23F [1] - Ford twin cam
#87 (see note 13)
20 oil tank leak  
25 R. C. (Bob) Welch (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#23 (see note 14)
17 engine trouble  
26 George Alderman Vulcan - Chevrolet V8
#24
12 steering  
27 John F. Sirmons (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 22 - Ford twin cam
#29
9 broken valve  
28 Bill Rutan (FC) 1-litre Lotus 32 - Ford Cosworth SCA
#41
1 spin/crashed  
DNS Al Pease (FA) 2.7-litre Eagle 'T1F' [101] - Climax FPF 4
Did not start
(See Fb "SCCA Formula 5000 History" 30 Dec 2013)
DNS Peter Revson LeGrand Mk 7 - Chevrolet V8
#83
Did not start
(driver did not like car)
UNKE Mike Hayman (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam
#0 (see note 15)
On entry list
UNKE Nick Craw (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam
#4 (see note 16)
On entry list
UNKE Jack Eiteljorg Eisert 68 - Chevrolet V8
#7
On entry list
UNKE Thomas Richmond (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 22/31 - Ford twin cam
#8 (see note 17)
On entry list
UNKE Steven Woods Lotus 24 [941] - Ford Shelby V8
#9
On entry list
UNKE George McKillon (FC) Merlyn Mk 3
#13
On entry list
UNKE Syd Demovsky (FB) 1.6-litre Ausca Mk 7B - Ford twin cam
#14 "Ausca MK 7B"
On entry list
UNKE John Gunn Lola T140 - Chevrolet V8
#39
On entry list
UNKE Ted A. Clark (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT15 - Ford twin cam Cosworth Mk 13
#56 (see note 18)
On entry list
UNKE Kurt Reinold McKee Mk 8 - Chevrolet V8
#57
On entry list
UNKE Roger Barr (FB) 1.6-litre Crosslé 12F [C12F/67/32] - Ford twin cam
#61
On entry list
UNKE Howard Brown (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam
#76 (see note 19)
On entry list
UNKE John Heyer (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham
#98
On entry list

All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Lou Sell (F5000) 5-litre Eagle Mk 5 [501] - Chevrolet V8 55.2s
2 George Wintersteen (F5000) 5-litre Eagle Mk 5 [502] - Chevrolet V8 55.5s
3 Bobby Brown (F5000) 5-litre Lola T140 [SL140/3] - Chevrolet V8 55.6s
4 Sam Posey (F5000) 5-litre Caldwell D8 ['001'] - Chevrolet V8 55.9s
5 Bill Gubelmann (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23F [1] - Ford twin cam 56.0s
6 Brian O'Neil (F5000) 5-litre Lola T140 [SL140/13] - Chevrolet V8 56.9s
7 WP Fred Stevenson (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C [41-FL-44] - Ford twin cam 56.6s
8 Steve Brownstein (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT16 [F2-1-65] - Ford twin cam 57.2s
9 Mike Hiss (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21A - Ford twin cam 57.0s
10 Bill Brack (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam 58.6s
11 Chuck Dietrich (FB) 1.6-litre McLaren M4B [200-27B] - Ford twin cam 57.4s
12 Fred Ashplant (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21A - Ford twin cam 58.0s
13 George Alderman (F5000) 5-litre Vulcan - Chevrolet V8 57.9s
14 Dick Smothers (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21A [4] - Ford twin cam 58.2s
15 Peter Rehl (FB) 1.6-litre Cooper T88 [FC-1-68?] - Ford twin cam 58.2s
16 Bill Rutan (FC) 1-litre Lotus 32 - Ford Cosworth SCA 58.4s
17 Joe Grimaldi (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B14 [FB-68-13?] - Ford twin cam 58.3s
18 Steve Durst (F5000) 5-litre Vulcan - Chevrolet V8 qualifying race
19 Wayne T Mitchell (FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT21B - Ford 58.6s
20 R. C. (Bob) Welch (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam Vegantune qualifying race
21 Brian Robertson (FB) 1.6-litre McLaren M4B - Ford twin cam qualifying race
22 Peter W. Broeker (FB) 1.6-litre Stebro-Chevron B14 [FB-68-10?] - Ford twin cam qualifying race
23 Fred Opert (FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT21B - Cosworth SCC qualifying race
24 Jacques Couture (FB) 1.6-litre Crosslé 12F [C12F/67/34] - Ford twin cam qualifying race
25 John F. Sirmons (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 22 - Ford twin cam qualifying race
26 Malcolm Starr (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam qualifying race
27 Harry Hester (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam BRM qualifying race
28 Dale Lang (FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT21B [31] - Ford qualifying race

Notes on the cars:

  1. Caldwell D8 ['001'] (Sam Posey): 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.
  2. Brabham BT21A [4] (Dick Smothers): 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.
  3. McLaren M4B [200-27B] (Chuck Dietrich): For Chuck Dietrich (Sandusky, OH) in Formula B in 1968, replacing the similar 200-10B that he had raced in 1967. Subsequent history unknown but, based on the geography, quite possibly the car of Dick Drexler (Pewaukee, WI) in Formula B from 1969 to 1975. Then unknown until bought from Joe Zuniga (St. Paul, Minnesota) by James Harayda (Bloomington, Minnesota) in April 1978 as a FB car. Harayda raced it in FB in 1978 then converted it to FC for 1979. Traded to Scott Livingston (St Louis, MO) in 1980 then on to Jon Rhodes (Webster Grove, MO) 1981 who converted it to CSR with an Alfa engine and qualified for the Run-Offs in 1982. Sold to Scott Holman (Frederick, MD) July 1983 and continued in CSR until 1989 when sold to Henry Alexander and Wes McNay. Rebuilt with a new Marc Bahner tub which was modelled on Jim Brown's 1967 monocoque. Restored to Formula B specification and sold to Harry Mathews (Arvada, CO) March 1996 for his Mathews Collection of McLarens. Sold to Shigeru Motohashi (Japan) 2004 and raced in the Japanese Interclub Historic Car event at Tsukuba in 2009.
  4. McLaren M4B (Brian Robertson): Brian Robertson (Brockville, Ontario) bought a McLaren M4A for 1968 and raced it in both the US SCCA Pro series and in local Canadian races, generally as #35 and with support from Indusmat Inc. He reappeared with the car in July and August 1969 before replacing it with a new Brabham BT29. To Kris Harrison (Montréal, Quebec) for a handful of events in September 1970 at Trois-Rivières and Mont-Tremblant. Harrison would later found Ecurie Canada, the team that launched Gilles Villeneuve's career. Subsequent history of the McLaren unknown
  5. Chevron B14 [FB-68-13?] (Joe Grimaldi): Joe Grimaldi acquired one of four late 1968 Chevrons to arrive in the US. At least three of these were described by Chevron as B14s, including Grimaldi's. He debuted the car at Mosport Park in Aug 1968 and raced it twice more in Pro events. Grimaldi reappeared in August 1969 with what was reported to be a Chevron B15B which he raced three more times. Larry Wright then acquired a Chevron from Grimaldi for the 1970 season which was described to him as a B15 but when Wright advertised the car in 1971, he called it a "late-1968 Chevron FB" which identifies it as a B14. Wright traded the Chevron to Charlie Hayes in May 1971 for a new Brabham BT29.
  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. Brabham BT21B (Fred Opert): Fred Opert, the leading US racing car importer in the late 1960s, raced a Brabham in Formula C in 1968. At the end of the season, he advertised it in CP&A (7 Dec 1968) as a BT21B with fuel-injected SCC engine, six-speed Hewland gearbox and "extra light chassis and body". Opert's car was sometimes reported at races as a Formula B and it's unclear whether this was a mistake or whether Opert was driving other cars he had in stock. Sold to Dewey Harless (Portland, OR) for 1969 and raced with great success in FC. Harless advertised it in July 1970, still with its fuel-injected SCC engine but as a BT21, not a BT21B. He retained it until early 1971 when it was sold to Butch Owsley Aptos, CA/San Jose, CA) who ran it at Laguna Seca in June 1971. Subsequent history unknown.
  8. Stebro-Chevron B14 [FB-68-10?] (Peter W. Broeker): 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.
  9. Brabham BT21A (Mike Hiss): To Mike Hiss (Laurel, MD) to replace the earlier Brabham that he "demolished" in practice for the Bridgehampton National in July 1967. He raced the BT21A for the last two Pro races, finished third at Lake Tahoe. Retained for 1968, finishing third at Palm Beach in February and then winning at Marlboro in March. Second in Bridgehampton National and won a Regional at Marlboro but less successful in the Pro series. Last seen when crashed at Lime Rock in September 1968 following a suspension failure. Hiss had by that time moved up to Formula A with a Lola T140 and it is not known whether the Brabham was rebuilt.
  10. Brabham BT21A (Fred Ashplant): Raced by Fred Ashplant (Franklin Lakes, NJ) and first seen at Lime Rock in early July where Racing Magazine called it "his new Brabham FB". Won the SCCA National at Bridgehampton two weeks later and the Pro race at Mont-Tremblant in September. Finished third in the NEDiv FB title. Retained for 1968 but used much less that season. In 1969, Ashplant ordered a Brabham BT29 and sold the BT21A to Pete LoBianco (York, PA). However, the BT21A was in Fred Opert's stock during the summer of 1969 and as the car had last been raced as #47, it seems likely that this was the #47 FB Brabham that Opert raced a couple of times before his BT29 arrived.
  11. Brabham BT16 [F2-1-65] (Steve Brownstein): Driven by Alan Rees for Roy Winkelmann Racing in 1965. Presumably Rees raced the same car all season. Bought in 1966 from Winkelman by Bob Fuller (Connecticut), fitted with a Cosworth Mk 12 and raced in FB in 1967. To Steve Brownstein (New York) for 1968 and raced again in FB with the Mk 12. Then traded to Fred Opert for a new Chevron. To Bruce Jensen and raced in Canadian FB in 1969 and then to Bill Pickthorne (Ottawa, Ontario) who raced it in 1970 and at the beginning of 1971. It was then stored for 18 years until bought by Murray Wivell (Brantford, Ontario) in October 1989. Restored and used in US vintage racing for ten season, initially with the Ford twin cam engine and then with a Cosworth SCA for the last two seasons. Sold to Ivan Scotti (Zurich, Switzerland) November 2004. This is presumably the ex-Alan Rees BT16 run at the 2013 Solitude Revival by Bruno Weibel of Schaffner Racing.
  12. Cooper T88 [FC-1-68?] (Peter Rehl): One of the very last Coopers built was a Formula C car for faithful US customer Peter Rehl (Easton, CT). This T88 was equipped with a 1-litre BRM engine according to Cooper records and Rehl scored 51 points in NEDiv Formula C, finishing narrowly second to Bull Rutan's Brabham. However, the car also raced as a Formula B car with a standard Ford twin cam and Rahel managed to finish fourth in FB as well, qualifying for the Run-Offs and finishing third at Riverside as a FB. Rehl bought a new Formula A Cooper T90 for 1969 but the fate of the T88 is unknown.
  13. Brabham BT23F [1] (Bill Gubelmann): 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.
  14. Brabham BT21C (R. C. (Bob) Welch): Bob Welch (Alexandria, VA) raced a black #23 Brabham BT21C in 1968, racing in Washington DC Region Regionals, scoring 15 pts in NEDiv FB and also appearing at the Lime Rock Pro FB race in Sep 1968. The car was described as "brand new" at the Marlboro Regional on 26 May 1968. He advertised the car in CP&A 28 Dec 1968. As Welch ordered a Brabham BT29 for 1969, this is likely to be the #23 car entered by Fred Opert for himself to drive early in 1969 as the BT29s were late. Subsequent history unknown.
  15. Brabham BT21C (Mike Hayman): One or the lesser-spotted Brabham BT21Cs in NEDiv was that of Washington's Mike Hayman. Hayman scored just nine points in NEDiv in 1968 and four in 1969, and none of his Pro race entries in the orange-and-blue Brabham resulted in starts. He advertised the car as a BT21C with Vegantune engine in CP&A 30 August 1969.
  16. Brabham BT21C (Nick Craw): Nick Craw (Washington, DC) had a Brabham BT21C for FB in 1968, but appeared rarely at National level, his only points in NEDiv FB coming from a third place at Virginia International Raceway on 29 Sep 1968, right at the end of the regular season. He had entered Lime Rock's Pro race four weeks earlier but did not start and may not have been present. He also finished second in two SCCA Regionals at Marlboro in October and November. Craw, now President & CEO of ACCUS, confirms that he traded the BT21C back to Fred Opert for his new BT29s in 1969 so this BT21C must be the car that he raced in early 1969.
  17. Lotus 22/31 (Thomas Richmond): Thomas G. Richmond finished third in CenDiv FB in 1968 in a Lotus. In May 1970 he advertised his car as a Lotus 22/31, noting that it didn't race during 1969.
  18. 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.
  19. Brabham BT21C (Howard Brown): From May 1968 to September 1969, Howard Brown (Paoli, PA or Malvern, PA) raced in Pro Formula B and in NEDiv in a Brabham, identified by the Sep 1968 Lime Rock entry list as a BT21C. Brown ran as #76 in 1968 and #69 in 1969 but the colour and identity of the Brabham are not yet known.

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.