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SCCA Continental Championship for Formula B/C Race

Laguna Seca, 4 May 1969

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Mike Eyerly Brabham BT18 - Ford twin cam
#7 (see note 1)
53 1h 02m 29.49s
96.68 mph
2 Jon Milledge Brabham BT21 - Ford twin cam Racesales
#91 (see note 2)
53
3 Ed Leslie Titan Mk3 - Ford twin cam Lucas
#81 (see note 3)
52
4 Dan Davis Lotus - Ford twin cam
#51
51
5 Steve Griswold Brabham BT16 - Ford twin cam
#26
51
6 Bob Wenz Cooper T76 [T71/73 F1-3-64] - Ford twin cam
(see note 4)
51
7 Rex Ramsey LeGrand - Ford twin cam
50
8 Ron Attig McLaren - Ford twin cam
#42
50
9 Charlie Adams Brabham BT21C [12?] - Ford twin cam
#64 (see note 5)
50
10 Dow "Jack" Byers II McLaren M4B [200-10B] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#47 (see note 6)
49
11 Dewey Harless (FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT21B - Cosworth SCC
#35 (see note 7)
49
12 John F. Sirmons Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam BRM
#29
49
13 Dave Ogilvy Lotus 35 - Ford twin cam
#9
48
14 Harvey Snow (FC) 1.1-litre Titan Mk3
#18 (see note 8)
47
15 Ernie Haze Titan Mk3 - Ford twin cam Lucas
#89 (see note 9)
46
16 Chuck Billington Alexis
46
17 Don Delamore (FC) Brabham
40
18 Lou Pavesi (FC) 1.1-litre Lotus - Ford
32
19 Jon Reski SCE
43 retired - unknown
20 Peter Darr Lotus 44 [44-F-3?] - Ford twin cam
(see note 10)
40 retired - unknown
21 Alson Brizard Bourgeault - Alfa Romeo
#85
40 retired - unknown
22 Dick Smothers Chevron B14 [FB-68-14?] - Ford twin cam
#19 (see note 11)
31 retired - unknown
23 Ed Marshall Bourgeault - Ford twin cam Gamboa
#36
27 retired - unknown
24 Joe Alves Brabham BT21A - Ford twin cam
#66 (see note 12)
26 retired - unknown
25 Gerhard Klose LeGrand - Ford twin cam
#1
18 retired - unknown
26 Bruce Redding Brabham BT14 [FL-3-65] - Ford twin cam BRM
#95 (see note 13)
18 retired - unknown
27 Mike Hansen LeGrand - Ford twin cam
18 retired - unknown
28 Warren Flickinger Chevron - Ford twin cam
(see note 14)
11 retired - unknown
29 Skeeter McKitterick McLaren M4A - Alfa Romeo GTA Shankle
#3 (see note 15)
5 retired - unknown
30 Allan Lader Brabham - Ford twin cam
#38
3 retired - unknown
31 Larry Albedi Bourgeault - Ford twin cam Cosworth
#5
3 retired - unknown
UNKP Frank Monise Lotus 22 - Ford twin cam
#25
Unknown (practiced)
UNKE Ray France Brabham BT21A - Ford twin cam
#2 (see note 16)
On entry list
UNKE Robert J. Schmidt Lola T62 [SL62/8] - Ford twin cam
#4 (see note 17)
On entry list
UNKE Malcolm Starr Lotus 59 "B" [59-FB-9] - Ford twin cam
#6
On entry list
UNKE Bill Henry LeGrand - Ford twin cam
#8
On entry list
UNKE Dave Rines Brabham BT18 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#12 (see note 18)
On entry list
UNKE Bob James Lotus - Ford twin cam
#15
On entry list
UNKE Stefan Rzesnowiecky Winkelmann - Ford twin cam
#17
On entry list
UNKE Fred Opert Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#23 (see note 19)
On entry list
UNKE Dave Dours Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam BRM
#31 (see note 20)
On entry list
UNKE Sam Lippa S & B - Alfa Romeo
#33
On entry list
UNKE Dale Sebring LeGrand Mk 6B - Ford twin cam
#34
On entry list
UNKE Stan Schooley Winkelmann WDB2 [2] - Ford twin cam
#35
On entry list
UNKE Jeff Shannon Brabham - Ford twin cam
#37
On entry list
UNKE Steven Stewart Lotus - Ford twin cam
#41
On entry list
UNKE Frank Bramante Lotus - Ford twin cam
#43
On entry list
UNKE Dino Dioguardi Lotus
#44
On entry list
UNKE Nigel P. Bates Winkelmann WDB2 [3] - Ford twin cam
#48
On entry list
UNKE Bob McQueen LeGrand - Ford twin cam
#52
On entry list
UNKE Sandy Shepard Lotus 41C [41C-FL-38] - Ford twin cam
#59
On entry list
UNKE Wes McNay LeGrand - Ford twin cam
#71
On entry list
UNKE Tom Bailey Lotus 22 - Ford twin cam
#77
On entry list

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Mike Eyerly (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT18 - Ford twin cam 1m 09.03s
2 Jon Milledge (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21 - Ford twin cam Racesales 1m 09.73s
3 Ed Marshall (FB) 1.6-litre Bourgeault - Ford twin cam Gamboa
4 Ed Leslie (FB) 1.6-litre Titan Mk3 - Ford twin cam Lucas
5 Dan Davis (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus - Ford twin cam
6 Steve Griswold (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT16 - Ford twin cam

Notes on the cars:

  1. Brabham BT18 (Mike Eyerly): Bill Gubelmann (Oyster Bay, NY) ran a Brabham BT18 with 1.1-litre Cosworth SCC engine in Formula C in 1967, winning seven Nationals and setting lap records right down the east coast. He advertised the car in Autoweek on 18 November 1967 as a late 1966 BT18 chassis with 140bhp Cosworth SCC engine, and it then went to Fred Opert, presumably traded on Gubelmann's new BT23F. From Opert it was sold to Mike Eyerly (Salem, OR) and raced in the Pacific northwest, winning several Regional SCCA events. He kept the orange BT18 when he moved into the SCCA national Formula B series in 1969 and completely dominated the series, winning six of the first nine races and finishing second in another two. Advertised in October 1969. Subsequent history unknown.
  2. 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.
  3. Titan Mk3 (Ed Leslie): Ed Leslie (Monterey, CA) raced a yellow Team CIRT Titan in Formula B in the opening races of the 1969 season. He was entered as #81 on three occasions and #84 on the other. Finished third at Laguna Seca in May and second at Continental Divide in June. Not seen again after retiring from the Sears Point race in June with a blown head gasket. Earl Jones then appeared at #81 on the entry list at the next two races and it is possible that he took over Leslie's car. However, both had appeared together at the opening race of the season so there must have been two distinct FB cars. For 1970, Butch Owsley (Aptos, CA) bought the ex-Ed Leslie FB Titan to use in the SCCA Pro series and in the FRA series. Subsequent history unknown.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. McLaren M4B [200-10B] (Dow "Jack" Byers II): 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.
  7. Brabham BT21B (Dewey Harless): 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. Titan Mk3 (Harvey Snow): Harvey Snow (San Jose, CA) raced a white Team CIRT Titan in Formula C in west coast SCCA and Pro events during 1969, qualifying for the Run-Offs. Retained for 1970 and again qualified for the Run-Offs. Subsequent history unknown.
  9. Titan Mk3 (Ernie Haze): Ernie Haze Jr. (Palo Alto, CA) raced a red #89 Titan in Formula B in 1969, appearing in only two Pro events, at Laguna Seca in May and Sears Point in June. Entered by Motor Sport Illustrated in the June 1970 Laguna race but may not have arrived. Nothing more known.
  10. Lotus 44 [44-F-3?] (Peter Darr): To Ron Harris Team Lotus (RHTL) for 1966 and first raced by Mike Spence at Reims in July. It then became Jim Clark's regular car for the rest of the season, finishing second at Montlhéry in September but it was not competitive against the Brabham BT18s. Advertised in December 1966 and probably the car sold to the US. John Hick (East Orange, NJ) had a Lotus 44 for Formula C in May 1968 but later that season the car had transplanted to the west coast and was raced by Peter Darr (Government Camp, OR) in Formula B. Raced again in FB by Darr in 1969 and advertised in September 1969 as "Clark's own". Then presumably the car advertised by Robert "Denny" Ericson (Spokane, WA) of Repco NW in 1970 and then presumably the FB car of Don Breidenbach (Oakland, CA) in 1973. Last seen when advertised by Breidenbach in February 1974. Subsequent history unknown.
  11. 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).
  12. Brabham BT21A (Joe Alves): Joe Alves (Sherman Oaks, CA) raced a #66 Brabham from the start of 1968 to mid-1969, finishing fourth in SoPac FB in 1968 and fifth in 1969 and it is assumed that he had the same car throughout. It was identified as a BT21A by Bob Schilling in his report on the Riverside Regionals in early 1968 (Post Grid Vol 6 No 2). This is likely to be the car previously driven in the same SCCA Region by Dave Webster.
  13. Brabham BT14 [FL-3-65] (Bruce Redding): 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.
  14. Chevron (Warren Flickinger): Warren A. Flickinger II (Golden, CO) raced a Chevron in Formula B in 1969. The car was usually entered as #5, was described as yellow/coral and had Vegantune and later HRE engines. The identity of the car remains a mystery but it is most likely to have been an ex-F3 B9 as all the B14s and B15s can be identified at this point and the B7 appears to have run in FC during the time, not FB. He raced this car until a Regional race at Texas International Speedway in July 1970 when he "flipped his car a number of times". He then acquired a Winkelmann WDB2. Flickinger, later of Denver, CO, went on to race a Chevron B18 in FB in 1971 and then a F5000 Lola T300 for two seasons. Nothing more is known of his 1969/70 Chevron and it is quite possible that it was destroyed in the accident.
  15. McLaren M4A (Skeeter McKitterick): Skeeter McKitterick raced a McLaren M4A in Formula B in 1969 using a fuel-injected Alfa Romeo engine built by John Shankle's company, Shankle Automotive Engineering (Van Nuys, CA). The car was owned by San Diego Alfa Romeo dealer International Automotive although the original plan was for it to be run as part of a four-car team run by Automotion, Dick Barbour's Porsche business on Mission Gorge road in San Diego. The next owner of the car was probably Phil Lester (Van Nuys, CA) in 1970. Soon after it passed to Bruce McCaw (Seattle, WA) who raced it once or twice with the Alfa engine and found that the bag tanks leaked. It was put aside until reassembled by Tony Garmey between 1993 and 1998 at McCaw's Vintage Racing Motors. Sold in 1998 to Pat Hart as a rolling chassis. Sold to Tony Garmey (Seattle, WA) in 2012 with a Ford twin cam engine and Hewland Mk 5 gearbox.
  16. 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.
  17. Lola T62 [SL62/8] (Robert J. Schmidt): John Surtees' 1966 F2 according to Lola records and raced only at Karlskoga in August 1966. To Robs Lamplough (London) at the end of 1966 and raced in 1967 F2 and libre. Then to John L'Amie in Ireland for 1600cc class racing. Sold to the US in Sep 1968. Believed to be the car owned by Rob Shanahan in 2005.
  18. Brabham BT18 (Dave Rines): R. David Rines (St Louis, MO) raced a "F2 Brabham" in Formula B in 1969. Rines raced this car consistently in the 1969 Pro series until engine failure at Thompson in September, after which he entered his Brabham-Climax at Sebring. Rines' advert for the car in October 1969 described it as a BT18 with Vegantune engine. Rines had previously driven a Brabham-Climax in Formula A and we're very keen to locate him to ask about this car.
  19. Brabham BT21C (Fred Opert): 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.
  20. Lotus 41C (Dave Dours): Dave Dours appeared in 1969 in a Lotus variously referred to as a Lotus-BRM and a Lotus 41, implying it was one of the 41Cs.

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.

1970 US FB results were compiled from Autoweek reports by Jim Thurman; 1971 results were transcribed from Autoweek by Allen Brown and 1972 results were compiled by Chris Townsend from an SCCA results publication.

The US Formula B series did not continue in 1973 but a race was organised in Caracas in March 1973 that fits here probably better than anywhere else, as do the occasional SCCA F/Atlantic and FB races in 1974 and 1975.

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