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SCCA Continental Championship for Formula B/C Race

Seattle, 6 Jul 1969

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Mike Eyerly Brabham BT18 - Ford twin cam
#7 (see note 1)
45 1h 04m 23.5s
93.6 mph
2 Pierre Phillips Brabham
#3
45
3 William Monson Brabham BT21C [2?] - Ford twin cam
#5 Wm T Munson, Kent, Wash (see note 2)
44
4 Charlie Adams Brabham BT21C [12?] - Ford twin cam
#64 Charles Adams (Manhattan Beach)
(see note 3)
44
5 Dan Davis Lotus - Ford twin cam
#92 Racesales
44
6 Dave Ogilvy Lotus 35 - Ford twin cam
#9
44
7 Michael Brodie Brabham BT21 - Ford twin cam
#15 (see note 4)
43
8 Robert J. Schmidt Lola T62 [SL62/8]
#4 (see note 5)
43
9 Gerhard Klose LeGrand - Ford twin cam
#1
43
10 Warren Flickinger Chevron - Ford twin cam
#10 (see note 6)
42
11 Gerald Crow Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam
#19 (see note 7)
41
12 Wayne Jamieson (FC) Manic-Grac
40
13 Fred Williams Brabham
35
14 Earl Jones Titan Mk3 - Ford twin cam
#81 (see note 8)
32
15 Jon Reski LeGrand
39 retired - unknown
16 Bruce Redding Brabham BT14 [FL-3-65] - Ford twin cam BRM
#95 '"Honda of Monterey Spl" Lotus-Ford'
(see note 9)
38 wheel failure
17 Ray France Brabham BT21A - Ford twin cam
#2 (see note 10)
30 retired - unknown
18 Stan Schooley Winkelmann WDB2 [2] - Ford twin cam
#35
29 retired - unknown
19 Jon Milledge Brabham BT21 - Ford twin cam Racesales
#97 Racesales (see note 11)
26 engine failure
20 Peter Darr Lotus 44 [44-F-3?] - Ford twin cam
#48 'Lotus 44 F2' (see note 12)
20 overheating
21 Jon Woodner Brabham
#93 Racesales
11 head gasket
22 Matt Spitzley Brabham BT21B [24] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#16 (see note 13)
7 retired - unknown
23 Dick Smothers Chevron B14 [FB-68-14?] - Ford twin cam
#29 (see note 14)
7 throttle linkage
UNKE Malcolm Starr Lotus 59 "B" [59-FB-9] - Ford twin cam
#6 Starr Lotus
On entry list
UNKE Graham Pierce Alexis
#13
On entry list
UNKE Bob Parker Lotus
#17
On entry list
UNKE Harvey Snow (FC) 1.1-litre Titan Mk3
#18 (see note 15)
On entry list
UNKE Ray Smith (FC) Brabham BT16
#30 (see note 16)
On entry list
UNKE Bob Ilg Winkelmann WDB1 - Ford twin cam
#31 ('Winkelmann WD-1')
On entry list
(Adv CP&A 24 Oct 1970 p26)
UNKE Dale Sebring LeGrand Mk 6B - Ford twin cam
#34
On entry list
UNKE Mike Chase (FC) Brabham BT18
#36
On entry list
UNKE Allan Lader Cooper
#47
On entry list

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Qualifying
Qualifying information not available

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 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Brabham BT21C (Gerald Crow): Gerald Crow (Denver, CO) appeared in the 1969 US FB season in a Brabham, identified by the Brainerd entry list as a BT21C-Ford. The car was described at Seattle in July as green/yellow. Fred Opert Racing mentioned his debut in this car at Wentzville (Mid-America Raceway) at the end of March 1969 and said that it was a BT21C with Vegantune engine. Nothing more known.
  8. Titan Mk3 (Earl Jones): Earl Jones (Perkin, IL or Hermosa Beach, CA) raced a yellow-and-blue Titan in Formula B through 1969. He raced as #81 or #75. Nothing more known.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Brabham BT21B [24] (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 [24] (10 Tenths ref 1544290).
  14. 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).
  15. 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.
  16. Brabham BT16 (Ray Smith): Ray Smith bought a F3 MAE-engined Brabham BT16 (or possibly BT15) from Fenwick Motors BT16 F3 MAE from Fenwick Motors in East Lothian, Scotland. He took the car back to Canada and ran it in FC and FB in 1969 and 1970. The identity of the car is 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.

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.