SCCA Continental Championship for Formula B/C Race
Continental Divide, 8 Jun 1969
|1||Mike Eyerly||Brabham BT18 - Ford twin cam
#7 (see note 1)
|38||1h 14m 41.8s
|2||Ed Leslie||Titan Mk3 - Ford twin cam Lucas
|38||1h 15m 38.8s
|3||Ray France||Brabham BT21A - Ford twin cam
(see note 2)
|4||Bruce Redding||Brabham BT14 [FL-3-65] - Ford twin cam
(see note 3)
|5||John F. Sirmons||Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam
|6||Matt Spitzley||Brabham BT21B  - Ford twin cam Vegantune
(see note 4)
|7||Carson Baird||Brabham BT18 - Ford twin cam
(see note 5)
|8||Doug Brenner||Lotus 41C [41C-FL-38?] - Ford twin cam
|10||Nigel P. Bates||Winkelmann WDB2  - Ford twin cam
|11||Stefan Rzesnowiecky||Winkelmann - Ford twin cam
|12||Mike Jocelyn||(FF) 1.6-litre unknown - Ford Kent
|13||Larry Huff||(FC) Lola
|15||Charlie Adams||Brabham BT21C [12?] - Ford twin cam
(see note 6)
|16||Gerald Crow||Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam
(see note 7)
|17||Bob Ilg||Winkelmann WDB1 - Ford twin cam
||28||retired - unknown|
(see note 8)
|27||retired - unknown|
|19||Dave Rines||Brabham BT18 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
(see note 9)
|20||Malcolm Starr||Lotus 59 "B" [59-FB-9] - Ford twin cam
|21||William Monson||Brabham BT21C [2?] - Ford twin cam
(see note 10)
|22||Gerhard Klose||LeGrand - Ford twin cam
||16||retired - unknown|
|23||Rudolfo Junco||Winkelmann WDB1 - Ford twin cam
|24||Dave Dours||Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam BRM
(see note 11)
|14||broken throttle spring|
|25||Dick Smothers||Chevron B14 - Ford twin cam
|26||Fred Opert||Brabham - Ford twin cam
||12||ring and pinion|
|27||Jim Ellingson||Lotus 22
|28||Stan Schooley||Winkelmann WDB2  - Ford twin cam
||12||retired - unknown|
|29||Joe Alves||Brabham BT21A - Ford twin cam
(see note 12)
|30||Harvey Snow||(FC) 1.1-litre Titan Mk3
||0||spun, couldn't restart|
All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.
|Qualifying information not available|
Notes on the cars:
- Brabham BT18 (Mike Eyerly): Mike Eyerly dominated the 1969 US Formula B series in his orange Brabham BT18. It was identified as a BT18 in the 1968 Run-Offs official results, by Autoweek at Sears Point 21 Jun 1969 and in the Seattle and Brainerd entry lists so it is assumed to be the same car all season.
- Brabham BT21A (Ray France): Ray France (Inglewood, 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.
- 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 in San Francisco 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 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 (early 1971) and crashed again, then to Tom Gouldstone in Nov 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 Sep 2000 then to John Gale Nov 2001. Retained by Gale 2006.
- Brabham BT21B  (Matt Spitzley): Matt Spitzley ran a Brabham in SCCA Nationals and in the 'Pro' FB series in 1969. His car is identified in the July 1969 Seattle entry list as a yellow and red Brabham BT21 but has been identified by Ted Walker as the ex-Guthrie Tasman BT21B  (10 Tenths ref 1544290).
- Brabham BT18 (Carson Baird): Carson Baird (Birmingham, AL or Beltsville, MD) drove a Brabham in Formula B in 1968, racing in three Pro events and also scoring 15 pts in NEDiv Nationals. His car was identified at Mosport Park 25 Aug 1968 as a BT18. He entered a Chevron for the Run-Offs but did not start and was in a Brabham again at the start of the 1969 season. He upgraded to a Winkelmann WDB2 mid-season. Nothing more is known about the BT18.
- Brabham BT21C [12?] (Charlie Adams): Charlie Adams (Charles W 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 is assumed he had the same car through this period, starting at Elkhart Lake July 1968 but quite possibly earlier.
- Brabham BT21C (Gerald Crow): Gerald Crow appears in the 1969 US FB season in a Brabham, identified by the Brainerd entry list as a BT21C-Ford.
- Chevron (Warren Flickinger): Warren A. Flickinger II (Golden, CO) raced a Chevron in Formula B during 1969 and it has not yet been possible to identify the car with confidence. It is most likely to be a 1968 Chevron B9 Formula 3 car modified to take a Ford twin-cam and, according to Chevron historian Kevin Hodgkinson, the conversion of the car was done by Fred Opert. Opert imported at least two B9s at the end of 1968 and Flickinger's car is most likely to be the ex-Frank Lythgoe car that had been raced by Digby Martland and then Peter Gethin.
- 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.
- Brabham BT21C [2?] (William Monson): Nick Reynolds had a new Brabham BT21C for 1968 which he used in SCCA Nationals, finishing second in NorPac Division and fifth at the ARRC. He sold the car to Dr William T Monson (Kent, WA) for 1969, and Monson went one better, taking the red BT21C to the SCCA Northern Pacific Division title and placing well in the 'Pro' series when it visited his home town. It was then sold to Gary Gove (Tacoma, WA) who raced it locally in 1970 and 1971. Gary cannot recall who he sold it to but recalls that it was an early car, either BT21C-2 or BT21C-3. As the history of BT21C-3 has been established, BT21C-2 is more likely.
- 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.
- 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). The car is likely to have been a new car delivered late in 1967 rather than second-hand.
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.