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SCCA Continental Championship for Formula B/C Race

Mosport Park, 23 Aug 1969

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Skip Barber Tecno 69/FB - Ford twin cam Hart
30 45m 26.2s
97.42 mph
2 Mike Eyerly Brabham BT18 - Ford twin cam
#7 Eyerly Volkswagen (see note 1)
30 45m 32.6s
3 Robs Lamplough Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam
#69 Sports Cars Unlimited
30 46m 06.2s
4 Don Merriman Lotus 59 - Ford twin cam
#22 Don Merriman
29
5 Matt Spitzley Brabham BT21B [24] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
(see note 2)
29
6 Fred Opert Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#73 Fred Opert
29
7 Al Justason Brabham BT21 ["BT21-9"] - Ford twin cam
#30 Al Justason (see note 3)
29
8 Wayne Kelly Chevron B9 [F3/68/7] - Ford twin cam
(see note 4)
29
9 Craig Hill Lotus 61 - Ford twin cam
#70 Sports Cars Unlimited
29
10 Warren Flickinger Chevron - Ford twin cam
#5 Warren A. Flickinger (see note 5)
28
11 Malcolm Starr Lotus 59 "B" [59-FB-9] - Ford twin cam
#6 Starr Racing
28
12 Dick Smothers Chevron B14 [FB-68-14?] - Ford twin cam
#29 Hogan Motor Leasing Inc. (see note 6)
27
13 Oliver Grant Chevron B14 - Ford twin cam
(see note 7)
27
14 Jack Boxstrom Lotus 51 - Ford
26
15 Tom Spencer Lotus 61 - Ford twin cam
#49 Tom Spencer
22
16 Bill Johnston Merlyn
16 retired - unknown
17 Howard Cazaly Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam
#19 Cazaly Racing
16 suspension
18 Steve Brownstein Chevron B15b [FB-69-6?] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#12 Steve Brownstein (see note 8)
16 accident
19 Jim Grob Chevron B15b [FB-69-4?] - Ford twin cam
#77 Jim Grob (see note 9)
13 clutch
20 WP Fred Stevenson Lotus 59 "B" [59-FB-12] - Ford twin cam
#93 Lotus East Inc. (see note 10)
8 accident
21 Bruce Jensen Brabham BT16 [F2-1-65] - Ford twin cam
#41 Len-Mac Racing (see note 11)
6 blown engine
22 Earl Jones Titan Mk3 - Ford twin cam
#75 Earl Jones (see note 12)
3 sheared axle
23 Thomas Gelb Chevron B14 [FB-68-8] - Ford twin cam
#16 Capitol Auto & Tire (see note 13)
1 accident
24 Syd Demovsky Chevron B15b [FB-69-3?] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#11 Syd Demovsky (see note 14)
1 accident
UNKE Dave Rines Brabham BT18 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
(see note 15)
On entry list
UNKE Ted Thomas Brabham - Ford twin cam
(see note 16)
On entry list
UNKE Dave Ogilvy Lotus 35 - Ford twin cam
#9 Dave Ogilvy Racing
On entry list
UNKE Michael Brodie Brabham BT21 - Ford twin cam
#15 Levis (see note 17)
On entry list
UNKE Mike Rand (FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT18 - Cosworth SCC
#47 Michael Rand (see note 18)
On entry list
UNKE Carson Baird Winkelmann WDB2 [4] - Ford twin cam
#81 Carson M. Baird
On entry list
UNKE Ronald Stanwicks Cooper T88 [FC-1-68?] - Ford twin cam
#91 Ronald L. Stanwicks (see note 19)
On entry list
UNKE Paul Morrison unknown
#99 Paul Morrison
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 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).
  3. Brabham BT21 ["BT21-9"] (Al Justason): According to a biography of Bill Stone, his 1968 Formula 3 Brabham started out as a crashed BT18 frame bought from Frank Williams. Stone built this car up and entered it as a BT18/21B in European F3 events in the latter half of 1968. Early in 1969, Stone appeared with a Brabham powered by a Ford twin cam engine and said to be a BT21B when he raced it at Silverstone in April and as a BT21A when Del Bennett drove it at Silverstone in May. It was also used by Stone in the non-championship Spanish GP where its chassis number was given as "BT21-8". This car was then sold to Al Justason (Toronto, Ontario) for Formula B racing in 1969. Photographs of the car in Justason's ownership who that it had BT18 upper bodywork and it is now believed that this "BT21", despite its chassis plate, was actually Stone's BT18-based car from 1968. Justason sold the car to dealer Joe Grimaldi as a rolling chassis and its subsequent history is unknown.
  4. Chevron B9 [F3/68/7] (Wayne Kelly): Sold to John Ralph and used in European F3 events in 1968 with Lucas engines. Sold to Wayne Kelly (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) for 1969 and fitted with a Ford twin cam engine for Formula B. Raced in US and Canadian FB events from July to September 1969. Kelly, the builder of the Kelly Formula Vees, died in 1971 following an accident in a Formula Ford race. Subsequent history of the Chevron is unknown but it is possible that this, rather than Peter Broeker's Chevron B14, was the car raced by Bill Eagles in 1970 and 1971.
  5. 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.
  6. 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).
  7. Chevron B14 (Oliver Grant): Oliver E. Grant (Norfolk, VA) raced a yellow #21 Chevron in SCCA FB events in 1969, describing it as a B14 at Mont-Tremblant in September. He retained the car for a few races in 1970 when it wore #18 but was described as a B15B. It is possible that Grant had acquired Joe Grimaldi's B14 and traded it back to Grimaldi for a newer B15B for 1970. Grant died in 2007 and the subsequent history of the Chevron remains unknown.
  8. Chevron B15b [FB-69-6?] (Steve Brownstein): Steven Brownstein (Hewlett, NY) had a blue Chevron B15B for 1969, the colour and late arrival suggesting that it was chassis 15B.69.6, a car originally intended for Steve Matchett. He raced in the Pro series but also took 25 pts in NEDiv FB racing. Brownstein retained the car for 1970.
  9. Chevron B15b [FB-69-4?] (Jim Grob): Jim Grob (Ft Lauderdale, FL but later Pompano Beach, CA) raced a Chevron B15B in Pro racing in 1969 and also scored 24 points in Northeast Division FB, representing Northern New Jersey Region. The car was red and white, implying it was chassis 15B.69.4. He retained the car for 1970 and again for 1971, then mainly focusing his efforts on SCCA Divisional racing, finishing second to Hugh Kleinpeter's sister car in 1970 and then winning the Division in 1971. He changed to a B20 for 1972.
  10. Lotus 59 "B" [59-FB-12] (WP Fred Stevenson): Bought by Duchess Auto in 1969 for Fred Stevenson (Salisbury, CT) to race in US Formula B and entered by Stevenon's Lotus/East Inc operation. Sold at the end of the main season to his customer Bob Hebert (Monterey, MA) and driven by him at Sebring at the end of 1969 (according to Stevenson's recollection but not in reports) and then through the 1970 season. Hebert and Stevenson had new 69s for 1971 and the 59B may have returned to Stevenson and even been raced by him in some SCCA Nationals in 1971. Advertised by Lotus East in June 1972 where it was said to have been Stevenson's Bogotá car.
  11. Brabham BT16 [F2-1-65] (Bruce Jensen): 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. 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.
  13. Chevron B14 [FB-68-8] (Thomas Gelb): Bought new by Tom Tufts (Milwaukee, WI) and raced in Formula B in 1968, starting at Road America on 27 July 1968, at the Buckeye Sprints at Mid-Ohio two weeks later and then at Donnybrooke (Brainerd) on 22 September 1968. Identified from an invoice as chassis FB-68-8. Sold to Tom Gelb (Mequon, WI) for 1969, replacing an ancient Brabham BT2, and raced in Pro and CenDiv FB until crashed at Mosport Park in August 1969. The car was repaired and sold in 1970 but its subsequent history is unknown. However, it may well be the car raced by fellow Central Division racer Jim Trueman (Amlin, OH) late in 1970.
  14. Chevron B15b [FB-69-3?] (Syd Demovsky): Chicago's Syd Demovsky bought a Chevron B15B for 1969, racing in Pro events and also in SCCA FB events, finishing fifth in CenDiv. The car was red and blue and raced as #11, Demovsky's usual number. After a couple of races of 1970, Demovsky replaced the Chevron with a Brabham BT29.
  15. 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.
  16. Brabham (Ted Thomas): Dr Ted Thomas (Bethel Park, PA) raced a Brabham in Formula B from 1968 to 1971 but we can't be sure how many different cars he had over this period. Having been a novice at Blue Ridge Mountain Sports Car Club in 1967, he entered Northeast Division Formula B in 1968 and it's possible the Brabham was new for that season, indicating it was a BT21C, but he could have started with an older Brabham and upgraded to a second-hand BT21C in 1969 or 1970. He appeared only once in a Pro race, at Road America in July 1969, but entered a number of SCCA Nationals where his car was described in 1971 as being white and as being a BT21C. He was entered in 1969 by Tedar Racing Org of Bethel Park and in 1971 by TEBAR Racing of Bethel Park. In March 1970, the BT21C was advertised by Tebar Racing with Vegantune engine, noting that it had only raced four times, and a month later a photograph from the VIR National shows Thomas racing a red Brabham BT21C. Thomas was the Steel Cities Region Formula B champion in 1971, after which he upgraded to a new March 722. Nothing more is known of the Brabham.
  17. 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.
  18. Brabham BT18 (Mike Rand): Chuck Schroedel (New York, NY) raced at Brabham BT18 powered by a 1.1-litre Cosworth SCC engine in Formula C in 1968 and early 1969. He then acquired a BT21 from England and his team, Springdel Racing, then sold the BT18-SCC to Mike Rand who ran it in late 1969 before acquiring a BT21B. The BT18 went back to Springdel Racing but its later history is not yet known.
  19. Cooper T88 [FC-1-68?] (Ronald Stanwicks): 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.

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.