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SCCA Continental Championship for Formula B/C Race

Riverside, 19 Apr 1970

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Mike Eyerly Chevron B17b - Ford twin cam
#74 Fred Opert Racing Continental Team
30 44m 03.93s
102.2 mph
2 Mike Hiss Brabham BT15 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#4 Mike Hiss (see note 1)
30 44m 14.5s
3 Sandy Shepard Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam HRE
#59 Sandy Shepard (see note 2)
30
4 Don Delamore Brabham BT21C [8] - Ford twin cam
#21 Courtesy Chevrolet (see note 3)
30
5 C. N. "Butch" Harris Jr Winkelmann WDB1 - Ford twin cam HRE
#34 C.N. Butch Harris, Jr.
30
6 Jay Jamison Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#00 John's Imports & Racing, Ent.
(see note 4)
30
7 Randy Lewis Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#81 John R. Lewis (see note 5)
30
8 Nick Craw Brabham BT29 [5] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#71 Fred Opert Racing (see note 6)
29
9 Mike Hansen Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam
#40 Hansen Racing (see note 7)
29
10 Charlie Adams Brabham BT21C [12?] - Ford twin cam
#64 C.W. Adams Racing (see note 8)
29
11 Harold Krech Tecno ["2/3-006"] - Ford twin cam
29
12 Max Mizejewski Lola T100 - Ford twin cam Willis
#97 Steve Cole
29
13 Jim Grob Chevron B15b [FB-69-4?] - Ford twin cam
#77 Jim Grob Racing (see note 9)
29
14 Fred Opert Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#73 Fred Opert Racing Continental Team
29
15 Frank Monise Lotus 41C [41C-FL-38] - Ford twin cam
#35 Frank Monise Motors
29
16 John Angus Brabham BT29 [1] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#16 John Angus, Hartland, Wisc (see note 10)
29
17 Larry Harley Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
(see note 11)
29
18 Wayne T Mitchell (FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT28 [14] - Ford
#53 John's Imports & Racing Enterprises
(see note 12)
28
19 Bill Boyer Brabham BT29 [11] - Ford twin cam
#88 Bill Boyer (see note 13)
28
20 Scott Keith Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam
#60 Scott Keith (entered a "Tecno Lotus Ford")
28
21 Evan Noyes Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#72 Fred Opert Racing Continental Team
(see note 14)
27
22 Robert Ernst (FC) 1.1-litre Forsgrini Mk 10 - Ford Lucas pushrod
#12 Grand Prix Racing
27
23 Doug Brenner Chevron B15b [FB-69-8?] - Ford twin cam
#26 Douglas Brenner Ent. (see note 15)
27
24 Mike Orcutt Merlyn - Ford twin cam
#93 Mike Orcutt
24
25 Chuck Kessinger Beach T-11 [104] - Alfa Romeo
#70 Charles R. Kessinger
22
26 Skip Adrian Winkelmann WDB2 [4] - Ford twin cam
#8 Visalia Dodge Boys
18
27 Max Callicott McLaren M4A - Ford twin cam
#33 C.R. Willis & Max Callicott Eng.
(see note 16)
14 engine failure
28 Allan Lader Brabham BT29 [9] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#43 Pacifico Racing (see note 17)
13 crashed
29 Gary Gove Brabham BT21C [2?] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#52 Pete Lovely Volkswagen (see note 18)
12 crashed
30 Bruce Redding Brabham BT14 [FL-3-65] - Ford twin cam BRM
#95 ("Gravelle Honda Spl. Ford") Bruce Redding Racing
(see note 19)
12 unknown
31 Joe Alves Chevron B14 [FB-68-14?] - Ford twin cam
#66 ("Chevron 14 Ford") Joe Alves
(see note 20)
9 exhaust header
32 Randy Fraser Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#54 IRI Formula Team (see note 21)
4 unknown
33 Dow "Jack" Byers II McLaren M4B [200-10B] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#37 Byers Racing Centre (see note 22)
4 engine failure
34 Matt Spitzley Brabham BT29 [36?] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#36 Spitzford Racing (see note 23)
2 engine failure
35 Bob Gage Brabham BT23G [1] - Ford twin cam
#51 B & D Racing Enterprises
(see note 24)
1 engine failure
DNSC Dale Sebring LeGrand Mk 9 - Ford twin cam
#89 Sports Car Engineering
Did not start (crashed)
DNSC Syd Demovsky Chevron B15b [FB-69-3?] - Ford twin cam
#11 Syd Demovsky Racing (see note 25)
Did not start (crashed)
UNKE Wes McNay LeGrand Mk 3B - Ford twin cam
#7 M & R Racing, Inc.
On entry list
UNKE Gordon Strom Lotus 35 - Ford twin cam
#9 Mr Syd of California
On entry list
UNKE Dino Dioguardi LeGrand
#13 Dio Brothers
On entry list
UNKE Steve Cole Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam
#18 Stephen M. Cole
On entry list
UNKE Ray France Centaur Brabham - Ford twin cam
#20 Centaur Racing Associates (see note 26)
On entry list
UNKE Skeeter McKitterick McLaren M4A - Alfa Romeo GTA Shankle
#23 Pacific Racing Development (see note 27)
On entry list
UNKE Ron Fedele (FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT15 - Ford
#24 Harvey Lasiter
On entry list
(Adv CP&A 19 Sep 1970 p26)
UNKE Tito D'Oporto LeGrand Mk 5 - Ford twin cam
#28 Compco
On entry list
UNKE Bob McCormack Dulon LD8 - Ford twin cam
#30 Grizzley Engineering
On entry list
UNKE Darrell W Green (FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT28 [19] - Cosworth SCC
#38 Darrell W. Green (see note 28)
On entry list
UNKE Ronald Wheeler Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam
#39 Anglo Pacific Racing
On entry list
UNKE Greg Gosar Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam
#44 J & B Racing
On entry list
UNKE Thomas E. Kornell Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam
#46 Ivanhoe Racing
On entry list
UNKE Jim Mederer Crosslé 14F [C14F/69/41] - Ford twin cam
#48 Mary Lou Mederer
On entry list
UNKE Judd Mangurian McLaren M4A - Ford twin cam BRM
#49 British Steel Company (see note 29)
On entry list
UNKE Sam Lippa S & B - Alfa Romeo
#55 ("S & E Special Alfa") Sam Lippa
On entry list
UNKE E Eugene "Gene" Mason Tecno - Ford twin cam
#56 RPM Racing
On entry list
UNKE Volker Bruchof Cooper - Alfa Romeo
#62 ("Cooper FJ-2 Alfa") Alvin P. King
On entry list
UNKE Bill Henry LeGrand Mk 6 - Ford twin cam HRE
#63 Omega Corporation
On entry list
UNKE Terry Hogan Centaur Brabham CRA-2J - Alfa Romeo
#65 Hogan Motor Racing
On entry list
UNKE Butch Owsley Titan Mk3 - Ford twin cam
#68 Butch Owsley (see note 30)
On entry list
UNKE Jack J. Quinlin Cooper - Alfa Romeo
#69 Jack J. Quinlan
On entry list
UNKE Jon E. Hall Chevron B15b - Ford twin cam
#75 Fred Opert Racing Continental Team
On entry list
UNKE William A Blake Winkelmann WDF2 - Ford twin cam
#76 Parson's Industries
On entry list
UNKE Tom Bailey Lotus 22 - Ford twin cam
#79 T.G. Bailey
On entry list
UNKE David Jaques Brabham BT15 - Ford twin cam
#83 Cask 'N Cleaver
On entry list
UNKE Cam McKenzie Brabham BT21 [9] - Ford twin cam
#84 Cam McKenzie
On entry list
UNKE Buford Motley Bourgeault - Ford twin cam
#85 John Kuenzli
On entry list
UNKE Jerry Weeks Lotus 61E - Ford twin cam
#86 Module-Lube
On entry list
UNKE John R Coolick Brabham BT21 - Ford twin cam
#87 Cask 'N Cleaver
On entry list
UNKE Bruce Powers Titan Mk6 - Ford
#90 Bruce G. Powers
On entry list
UNKE Wayne Messier Lotus 51 - Ford
#92 Emile Tureaud
On entry list
UNKE Edward J MacGrotty Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam
#94 HEI-Mac Racing
On entry list
UNKE Woody Harris Kellison Mk II - Ford twin cam
#96 Grand Prix Racing
On entry list
UNKE Warren Flickinger Chevron - Ford twin cam HRE
#98 Warren A. Flickinger (see note 31)
On entry list

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Mike Eyerly (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B17b - Ford twin cam 1m 26.68s
2 Allan Lader (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [9] - Ford twin cam Vegantune 1m 27.28s
3 Doug Brenner (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B15b [FB-69-8?] - Ford twin cam 1m 27.43s
4 Jay Jamison (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam 1m 27.78s
5 Mike Hiss (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT15 - Ford twin cam Vegantune 1m 28.00s
6 Sandy Shepard (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam HRE 1m 28.04s
7 Fred Opert (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam Vegantune 1m 28.21s
8 Joe Alves (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B14 [FB-68-14?] - Ford twin cam 1m 28.46s
9 Bruce Redding (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT14 [FL-3-65] - Ford twin cam BRM 1m 29.00s
10 Don Delamore (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21C [8] - Ford twin cam 1m 29.03s

Notes on the cars:

  1. Brabham BT15 (Mike Hiss): Mike Hiss left the east coast Abrasive Alloys team at the end of 1969 and moved to the west coast, joining Charlie Hayes' team. He raced an updated five-year-old Brabham BT15 at the opening round of the 1970 Pro FB series and finished a remarkable second. The car was advertised by Hayes in May 1970 and again in July 1970 as a "BT15/29".
  2. Brabham BT29 (Sandy Shepard): Sandy Shepard (Denton, TX) raced a new black #59 Brabham BT29 from the start of the 1970 season. With support from his father's KDNT Radio Station, Shepard competed in every round, finishing second in his 'home' race at Dallas. Sandy's recollection is that he sold the car after a single local race in 1971 to Fred Opert who had it lined up for a Mexican customer.
  3. Brabham BT21C [8] (Don Delamore): According to later owner Mark Shillingburg, this car was bought new by Courtesy Chevrolet in California, and was raced for them by Don Delamore (San Jose, CA) in 1969 and 1970. He advertised the car in Dec 1970 wth two Vegantune engines, adding that it had never been damaged. Shillingburg reports that Courtesy Chevrolet then sold the car and it did not race again. With Mark Shillingburg (Evergreen, CO) in 2014.
  4. Brabham BT29 (Jay Jamison): At the end of 1969, Jay Jamison (San Diego, CA) bought a new red Brabham BT29 from Chip Gompf and Wayne Mitchell, who had three new BT29s in stock. Jamison raced the car in San Diego Region's early-season event at Holtville Aerodrome on 1 Feb 1970 and raced in the Pro series until an accident at Edmonton curtailed his season. The car was repaired but the Pro season was complete before he could return to competition. After two more Holtville Regionals in November 1970 and January 1971, Jamison sold the car to local dealer Charlie Hayes. Jamison is sure that this was the car Hayes then entered for Mike Hiss later in 1971. This would include the Pro Formula 5000 race at Laguna Seca 2 May 1971 where Hiss ran in Formula A with a BDA engine fitted to the Brabham.
  5. Brabham BT29 (Randy Lewis): John Ranson Lewis III, who raced as Randy Lewis (Sunnyvale, CA), had a blue Brabham BT29 for 1970 which was entered as #7. He raced the car through the full Pro season, finishing fourth at Sears Point in June and at Road America in August, end ending the season in eighth place in the championship. He did not compete in SCCA Nationals. Lewis did not continue in FB in 1971 and his car's last known appearance was at Sebring at the end of October 1970.
  6. Brabham BT29 [5] (Nick Craw): Nick Craw (Washington,DC) bought one of the first Brabham BT29s from local Brabham dealer Fred Opert, a car identified by Ted Walker of the Brabham Register as chassis BT29-5. Craw raced in SCCA events from August 1969 onwards, finishing second in the SEDiv FB championship by a single point, and in two Pro races. He continued with a BT29 in 1970 in Pro racing as part of Fred Opert Racing and to the best of his and Opert's recollection, used the same car. He bought a Brabham BT35 for 1971 but before this arrived in the US, he raced the BT29 once more, winning a National at Summit Point in April 1971. The car appeared in Fred Opert's stock list on 1 May, and on the reverse of one of this list, as sent by Opert's secretary Jeannie to Brabham historian Denis Lupton in 1971, a handwritten comment gives Craw's car as "BT29-5". It was then sold to Gary Gove (Tacoma, WA) who raced it in SCCA Regional and ICSCC events in 1971 and 1972, It was reportedly crashed in 1972 and its later history is presently unresolved.
  7. Brabham BT21C (Mike Hansen): 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.
  8. 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.
  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. Brabham BT29 [1] (John Angus): John Angus bought the first BT29, ordering the car as early as late summer of 1968 but taking delivery in August 1969. He ran it in Regionals in late 1969 before participating in the Pro series in 1970. He swapped from a Vegantune to a Racing Services engine for 1971 and continued in Nationals. Angus continued with the car in 1972, when Ron Dykes also drove it in the Bogotá races and again in 1973, when the car continued to be competitive at National level. Unknown after the end of the 1973 season.
  11. Brabham BT29 (Larry Harley): Larry Harley (Dallas, TX) bought a Brabham BT29 for the 1970 season, using it in the Southwest Division FB title race - where he finished just a single point behind winner Roy Maze - and in a couple of Pro events. After finishing ninth in the Run-Offs, the car passed to Steve Louden (also Dallas) who raced it in 1971 and 1972, winning the SWDiv title in 1971 and tying in 1972.
  12. Brabham BT28 [14] (Wayne T Mitchell): Bought new by Charles 'Chip' Gompf for Wayne Mitchell (San Diego, CA) to race in Formula 3 in 1969, primarily in Britain but also taking in some Scandinavian events. Shipped to the US for 1970 and raced initially in Formula C before being converted to Formula B specification in May 1970. Raced by Mitchell in 1970 and later to Jack Brabban (San Diego, CA) who raced it in FB in 1972 and 1973, and later in 1975 as a Formula Atlantic. Subsequent history unknown.
  13. Brabham BT29 [11] (Bill Boyer): Bill Boyer (Tucson, AZ) raced an orange #88 Brabham BT29 in two early rounds of the 1970 SCCA Formula B championship, both in California, retiring both times. He was not seen again in the car but advertised it in August 1972, over two years later, complete with Vegantune FLC engine and said to be "ready for pro races". In 1973 or 1974, it was bought from dealer Pierre Phillips (Portland, OR) by Jerry Kehoe (Santa Rosa, CA), who recalls having seen it at Max Mizejewski's MRE operation in Santa Ana maybe a year earlier. Mizejewski had raced a MRE-entered BT29 at Sears Point 16 Sep 1973 and this is assumed to be the same car. By 1977, Kehoe had fitted it with a Cosworth FVC engine and was using in in Formula A in SCCA Nationals. Kehoe later rebuilt the car as a sports car and used it in Can-Am in 1980 as a 2-litre car, then with a 3.5-litre Oldsmobille from 1981 to 1983 and finally with Frissbee bodywork in 1984. It later went to James Connell (Pollack Pines,CA) and Fred Schrameck (Orangeville, CA) . It changed hands again in 2007.
  14. Brabham BT29 (Evan Noyes): Evan L. Noyes Jr . (Cedarville, MI) entered a yellow Brabham BT29 for Sebring 28 Dec 1969 but did not arrive, implying his car was not quite ready on time. His first known race is at Green Valley Raceway on 22 Feb 1970, a SWDiv National and he ran the canary yellow BT29 in both the 1970 Pro season, where he was a member of the Fred Opert Racing team, and in Nationals where he finished second in CenDiv to Michael Hall. He finished second to Skip Barber's Tecno at the Run-Offs. This is not the same car that Noyes then took to the Tasman series in January 1971 as his well-used US car was on Fred Opert's stock list on 1 May 1971 with a comment that it had not raced since the Run-Offs.
  15. Chevron B15b [FB-69-8?] (Doug Brenner): A new Chevron B15B was prepared for Reine Wisell to race - and win - at Sebring 28 Dec 1969, probably chassis 15B.69.7. Doug Brenner bought this car for 1970 and raced in the Pro series and then sold it to Byron Hatten (Altadena, CA) for 1971. Hatten continued to race it into 1972 but crashed heavily at Riverside in Feb 1972, the first event of the season, badly damaging the Chevron. Brenner recalls that the car was later rebuilt as a Formula C before being converted back to FB in the mid-1990s.
  16. McLaren M4A (Max Callicott): Max Callicott (Anaheim, CA) raced a McLaren M4A in SCCA events. His earliest known race in the car was at Willow Springs in August 1969 but a letter from Callicott dated 1996 that is with the car says that he bought it direct from The Chequered Flag in 1968. The letter states that it had been a F2 car raced by Ian Ashley and "Pierre" Courage; neither Ashley nor Piers Courage raced for Flag in F2 but Ashley raced for them in F3 so this may actually be his F3 car. Callicott sold it to Peter Boyd (Anaheim, CA) in 1981, then to Richard Wells in 1983 and Mike Fazzi from 1988 to 1995. Rebuilt with a new Marc Bahner tub while Fazzi owned it as the rear of the original tub had been cut off. The new tub was modelled on Jim Brown's 1967 car but used the original bulkheads. The rebuilt car was with Tom Crowther in 2000 when Trojan "allocated" it the identity '200-13' on the basis that 200-13 was one of the F3 cars sold to The Chequered Flag. Owned by Tom Lee (Seattle, WA) by 2009. Advertised by Kim Baker's Vintage Race Car Sales (Pittsfield, MA) and sold to an unknown UK owner in 2013.
  17. Brabham BT29 [9] (Allan Lader): This early chassis number would have raced in 1969 but its first owner is still unknown. Working backwards from its modern ownership, it would have been the black-and-yellow BT29 raced by Allan Lader (Gresham, OR), until Lader got a new 1970-spec BT29 in July. The older car was sold to Ron Householder (Portland, OR) and raced by him in SCCA, CASC and ICSCC events in 1971, 1972 and 1973. Householder sold it to someone in Los Angeles in 1974 but says he bought it back a year later for its engine, and sold the rolling chassis to Bill Hill (Olympia, WA). Hill drove this car, mainly in ICSCC events, for many seasons. Later history withheld.
  18. Brabham BT21C [2?] (Gary Gove): 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Chevron B14 [FB-68-14?] (Joe Alves): 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).
  21. Brabham BT29 (Randy Fraser): Randy Fraser (Piedmont, Quebec/Rhode Island) raced a blue-and-silver #54 Brabham BT29 in 1970 as part of Team IRI and with sponsorship from Multimetals. He appeared in both the Canadian and US Pro series but focused on the US series after the first few races. He moved to a new March 71BM for 1971 but the Brabham remained unsold. It appeared in his advert in CP&A in November 1971 when it was described as a rolling chassis in parts. This may well be the car bought by fellow Quebecois Derek Johnson which Canadian Motorsport Bulletin noted had been unraced during 1971. If so, it was raced once by Ian Coristine at the start of 1972 and by Derek Johnson for the rest of the season.
  22. 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.
  23. Brabham BT29 [36?] (Matt Spitzley): Matt Spitzley (then from Aspen, CO), had a Brabham BT29 for 1970 entered by his Spitzford Racing team (Detroit, Michigan). For 1971 the car was sold to Mike Rand (Riverside, CT/Greenwich, CT) who raced it in NEDiv FB, finishing third overall. It then went to Peter Regna in New Jersey for 1972, after which Regna recalls selling it to Ken Duclos. Duclos, however, does not remember buying it.
  24. Brabham BT23G [1] (Bob Gage): The history of this car is presently unknown before 1970 but probably the southern California car of Dave Webster, Lee Midgley and Bob Griffith. Then the #51 Brabham BT23G-Ford entered by B & D Racing Enterprises for Bob Gage (Fullerton, CA) at the April 1970 Riverside Pro race. He retired after just a lap with engine failure. Entered for Gage in the next two races, at the Riverside National in Feb 1971 and in a Regional at Riverside in April 1972 where he finished third and won the FB class. In 1973, Ron Lampley (Rialto, CA) had a red #51 Brabham, identified by Formula magazine at the end of the year as a BT23. Sold to Roy Nelson (Huntingdon Beach, CA) in 1975 or 1976 in exchange for Nelson's Titan Formula Ford and fitted with a Ford BDA and raced in FB until 1978. Returned to racing in 1980 (now classed as Formula A) and Roy recalls that he sold it at the end of that year to 'a young guy in San Diego'. Then unknown until 2010, when it was reported to be owned by Bob Swanson in Washington State, US.
  25. 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.
  26. Centaur Brabham (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.
  27. 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.
  28. Brabham BT28 [19] (Darrell W Green): Reputedly one of a pair of cars built by MRD specifically for SCCA Formula C and fitted with a fuel-injected 1100cc Cosworth SCC engine. Believed to have raced initially on the East Coast, possibly by New England ex-Porsche racer Joe Potter, but first known when raced by Darrell W. Green (Burbank, CA) in southern Californian FC in 1970. Appeared at Riverside and Laguna Seca races for the next four seasons until sold to Rex Twaites (Pomona, CA) at the end of 1973. Entered by Twaites for Skeeter McKitterick in Nationals at the beginning of 1974. Sold to Gary Jarlson (Capistrano Beach, CA) later that season, and raced by him for the next three years. He then parked the Brabham until he could afford a new Cosworth BDJ but only raced it sparingly after that. Rebodied during this time with March 73/74 panels supplied by Marc Bahner. Eventually disassembled with the intention of restoration but still apart when sold to Dick James (Novato, CA) in 1985. It was last known when being restored a year or so later.
  29. 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. Mangurian also died in 1971, aged just 26. Nothing further known.
  30. Titan Mk3 (Butch Owsley): 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.
  31. 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.

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.

Individual sources for this event

Sport Car May 1970 p21. Walt Edwards in his "Formula Feedback" reported that Mike Hiss "dusted off his venerable old BT18-Vegantune and finished second" at Riverside. However, it's not clear when Hiss had ever had a BT18. His 1967/68 car was reported as a BT21.