SCCA Continental Championship for Formula B/C Race
Sears Point, 22 Jun 1969
|1||Mike Eyerly||Brabham BT18 - Ford twin cam
#7 Eyerley Volkswagen (see note 1)
|40||1h 10m 06.34s
|2||Jon Milledge||Brabham BT21 - Ford twin cam Racesales
#91 Racesales (see note 2)
|40||1h 10m 54.09s
|3||Dick Smothers||Chevron B14 - Ford twin cam
#29 Hogan Motor Leasing
|4||Wes McNay||LeGrand - Ford twin cam
|5||Charlie Adams||Brabham BT21C [12?] - Ford twin cam
#64 Charlie Adams (Manhattan Beach)
(see note 3)
|6||Dale Sebring||LeGrand Mk 6B - Alfa Romeo GTA Shankle
#34 Dale Sebring
|8||Gary Johnson||Lotus 51A - Ford twin cam
#21 Gary Johnson
|10||Frank Monise||Lotus 22 - Ford twin cam
#1 Frank Monise Motors
|11||Michael Brodie||Brabham BT21 - Ford twin cam
#11 Levi's (see note 4)
|12||Lou Pavesi||(FC) 1.1-litre Lotus 22/31/51/61 - Ford Cosworth
#61 Lou Pavesi
|13||Judd Mangurian||McLaren M4A - Ford twin cam BRM
(see note 5)
|14||Jay Jamison||Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam Vegantune
(see note 6)
|15||Don Delamore||Brabham BT21B - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#24 GDL Racing Enterp.
|16||Dave Ogilvy||Lotus 35 - Ford twin cam
|17||Skeeter McKitterick||McLaren M4A - Alfa Romeo GTA Shankle
#3 Int'l Automotive
|18||Lee Midgley||Brabham "BT23B" - Ford twin cam
#17 Midgley-Griffith Racing (see note 7)
|22||broken input shaft|
|19||Peter Darr||Lotus 44 - Ford twin cam Cosworth
#48 Peter Darr
|20||Steve Griswold||Brabham BT16 - Ford twin cam
|21||Ed Leslie||Titan Mk3 - Ford twin cam Lucas
#81 Team Cirt
|16||blown head gasket|
|22||Gerald Crow||Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam
(see note 8)
|23||Doug Brenner||Lotus 41C [41C-FL-38?] - Ford twin cam
|24||John Kube||Merlyn Mk 10
#5 John Kube
|10||retired - unknown|
|25||Bruce Redding||Brabham BT14 [FL-3-65] - Ford twin cam
#95 Bruce Redding Racing (Ernie Gravelle)
(see note 9)
|9||retired - unknown|
|26||Dan Feagin||(FC) 1.1-litre Elva - Ford Holbay
#98 Dan Feagin
|9||retired - unknown|
|27||Harvey Snow||(FC) 1.1-litre Titan Mk3
#18 Team Cirt
|6||blown head gasket|
#58 Pfeiffer Racing
|4||retired - unknown|
|29||Stan Schooley||Winkelmann WDB2  - Ford twin cam
#35 Stan Scooley
|30||Ray France||Brabham BT21A - Ford twin cam
#2 Centaur Racing Assoc (see note 10)
|31||Jack Franck||Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam BRM
#25 Jack V. Franck
|31||Nigel P. Bates||Winkelmann WDB2  - Ford twin cam
#43 Terence K. Petmecky
|33||Dow "Jack" Byers II||McLaren M4B [200-10B] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#47 Dow J. Byers II (see note 11)
|34||Ernie Haze||Titan Mk3 - Ford twin cam Lucas
#89 Ernie Haze Jr.
|UNKE||Robert J. Schmidt||Lola T62 [SL62/8] - Ford twin cam
#4 Pierre's Motor Racing (see note 12)
|On entry list|
|UNKE||Dave Rines||Brabham BT18 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#12 Dave Rines (see note 13)
|On entry list|
|UNKE||Doug Champlin||Titan - Ford twin cam
#27 Doug Champlin
|On entry list|
|UNKE||Charles Lucas||Titan Mk3 - Ford twin cam Lucas
#82 Team Cirt
|On entry list|
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 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.
- 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 BT21 (Michael Brodie): Mike Brodie ran a Brabham in a handful of 'Pro' FB races in 1969. The July 1969 Seattle entry list identifies his car as a red Brabham BT21.
- McLaren M4A (Judd Mangurian): Bought second hand from Frank Williams by Anthony Lloyd in California early in 1968 and fitted with custom built front and rear wings by Paul Lamar of Chaparral fame. After Lloyd's death in a non-racing accident, the McLaren was raced by Judd Mangurian working out of Centaur Racing (Hawthorne, CA) in 1969 and 1970 before being sold.
- Brabham BT21C (Jay Jamison): Jay Jamison (San Diego, CA) bought a Brabham BT21C mid way through the 1968 season which he later described as a 1968½ BT21C. He first raced it at the Riverside SCCA National on 4 Aug 1968 and also appeared in the Sears Point Pro FB races on 22 Jun 1969 but had still only raced the car three times when he advertised it in Sep 1969. A few months later, Jamison bought a new Brabham BT29 from Wayne Mitchell and his BT21C appears to have been taken in trade as just such a BT21C ("four races from new") was advertised by Mitchell's John's Imports and Racing Enterprises in March 1970.
- Brabham "BT23B" (Lee Midgley): Lee Midgley and Bob Griffith owned an Alfa Romeo dealership in Riverside, CA and are best remembered for their exploits racing production-based Alfas in SCCA racing. In 1969, they ventured into Formula B with a Brabham BT23 of some type. It was described as a BT23B when it appeared at Sears Point in June 1969 but as this is a 2.5-litre Climax specification, that seems unlikely. In the entry list for the Sep 1969 Thompson race, it was just described as a BT23. As no ex-F2 BT23s are likely to have reach the US by June 1969, It is more likely to have been a BT23G, the rarely seen FB derivative of the F2 design.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- McLaren M4B [200-10B] (Dow "Jack" Byers II): Chuck Dietrich ran McLaren M4B chassis 200-10B in 1967 and then bought a pair of new M4Bs for 1968, selling his 1967 car to Hester. This information comes from correspondence still with 200-10 in 2006.
- 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 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.
- 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.
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.