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SCCA Continental Championship for Formula B/C Race

Edmonton, 24 May 1970

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Mike Eyerly Chevron B17b - Ford twin cam
#74 Fred Opert Racing
30 48m 33.8s
2 Allan Lader Brabham BT29 [9] - Ford twin cam
#43 Pacifico Inc. (see note 1)
30 48m 36.3s
3 Don Delamore Brabham BT21C [8] - Ford twin cam
#21 Courtesy Chevrolet (see note 2)
30 48m 41.0s
4 Graham Baker Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#82 Charlie Hayes Rac. Equip. (see note 3)
30 49m 58.1s
5 Evan Noyes Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#72 Fred Opert Racing (see note 4)
30 50m 43.2s
6 Sandy Shepard Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#59 Radio Stn KDNT (see note 5)
29 49m 04.9s
7 Max Mizejewski Lola T100 - Ford twin cam
#97 Dr Walter H. Martin
29 49m 13.5s
8 Ray France Centaur Brabham J2 - Ford twin cam
#29 Centaur Racing Assoc. (see note 6)
28 49m 36.4s
9 Thomas E. Kornell Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam
#46 Ivanhoe Racing
28 50m 00.1s
10 Skip Adrian Winkelmann WDB2 [4] - Ford twin cam
#8 Visalia Dodge Boys
27 49m 57.2s
11 Jack J. Quinlin Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#81 Jack J. Quinlan (see note 7)
21 51m 02.0s
R Jim Mederer Crosslé 14F [C14F/69/41] - Ford twin cam
#48 M.L. Mederer
engine
R Russell Bishop Lotus 20 - Ford twin cam
#32 Repco NW
engine
R Randy Fraser Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#54 Team IRI (Multimetals Brabham)
(see note 8)
engine
R Syd Demovsky Chevron B15b [FB-69-3?] - Ford twin cam
#11 (see note 9)
engine
R Nick Craw Brabham BT29 [5] - Ford twin cam
#71 Fred Opert Racing (see note 10)
crashed
R Bill Gubelmann Tecno FB70 - Ford twin cam
#2 Gene Mason Racing
crashed
R Craig Hill Lotus 59 [59-F2/XB-41] - Ford twin cam
#70 Bill Brack Racing Ent.
crashed
R Doug Brenner Chevron B15b [FB-69-8?] - Ford twin cam
#26 Douglas Brenner Ent. (see note 11)
crashed
R John Angus Brabham BT29 [1] - Ford twin cam
#16 John Angus (see note 12)
engine
R Mike Atkin Lotus 61 - Ford twin cam
#631 Anglo Canadian Racing Ltd
engine
R Charles M. Gompf (FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT21B - Ford
#12 John's Imports & Racing Ent.

R Jon E. Hall Chevron B15b - Ford twin cam
#75 Fred Opert Racing
crashed
DNS Skip Barber Tecno FB70 - Ford twin cam
#1 Gene Mason Racing
Did not start
(engine)
DNS Mike Hiss Brabham BT15 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#4 Charlie Hayes Rac. Equip. (see note 13)
Did not start
(transmission)
UNKE Jay Jamison Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#0 John's Imports Racing Ent. (see note 14)
On entry list
UNKE C. N. "Butch" Harris Jr Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#34 Team Bluebonnet (see note 15)
On entry list
UNKE Matt Spitzley Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#36 Spitzford Racing (see note 16)
On entry list
UNKE Robert "Denny" Ericson Lotus 44 [44-F-3?] - Ford twin cam
#92 Repco NW (see note 17)
On entry list
DNA Brian Robertson Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#5 (see note 18)
Did not arrive
DNA Woody Harris Kellison Mk II - Ford twin cam
#6
Did not arrive
DNA Dave Ogilvy Lotus 35 - Ford twin cam
#9
Did not arrive
DNA Don Merriman Lotus 59 - Ford twin cam
#22
Did not arrive
DNA Wayne T Mitchell Brabham BT28/29 [14] - Ford twin cam
#53 (see note 19)
Did not arrive
DNA Grant Hankin (FC) Manic-Grac
#69
Did not arrive
DNA Fred Opert Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#73
Did not arrive
DNA Cam McKenzie Brabham BT21 [9] - Ford twin cam
#84
Did not arrive
DNA Jim Ellingson Brabham BT18/21 - Ford twin cam BRM
#91
Did not arrive

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Qualifying
Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Brabham BT29 (Graham Baker): Graham Baker moved from New Zealand to the US for a season of Formula B in 1970. He bought a new green Brabham BT29 from Chip Gompf and Wayne Mitchell, one of three new BT29s they had in stock. He was entered by Charlie Hayes Racing Equipment as #82 for his first race, at Edmonton in May, but was then self-entered as #82 for the next eight races as #67 before ending the season as part of the Bonphil Racing Industries team. Hayes sold the car for Baker at the end of the season to a non-racer in Laguna Hills who appears to have retained it, unused, for three years. In late 1973/early 1974, CSCC racer Jeff Alkana learnt from engine specialist Steve Jennings about the car and he bought it with Frank Monise, who needed a new BT29 having wrecked his earlier BT29-41. Monise raced the car for several more seasons with Ford twin cam and BDA engines before selling it around 1976 to Tito D'Oporto and Gary Green and replacing it with a March.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Centaur Brabham J2 (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.
  7. Brabham BT29 (Jack J. Quinlin): Jack J. Quinlin (Portland, OR) had raced a Cooper in SCCA Northern Pacific Division Formula B in 1969 and upgraded to a new Brabham BT29 for 1970. He appeared in two early season Pro races but did not record points at Divisional level with the SCCA so may have been racing in ICSCC events. Jack died in August 2009 and his family are not in touch with anyone from his racing days. If you knew Jack and can help with our research, please email Allen.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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".
  14. 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.
  15. Brabham BT29 (C. N. "Butch" Harris Jr): Cecil N. Harris Jr (Houston, TX), known in racing circles as Butch Harris, raced a Brabham BT29 in Formula B in 1970. He appeared in the Pro events at Edmonton in June 1970, but thereafter ran in Nationals in Southwest Division. Harris had begun his career as a 16-year-old in La Feria, TX in 1958, drag racing a 1934 Ford Model T, and had raced in Formula Vee in 1968 before moving up to Formula B in 1969 with a Winkelmann. Harris started the 1970 season with the Winkelmann but as he entered the BT29 for the Sears Point Pro race in May 1970, the Brabham is likely to have been new for 1970, but probably not part of the initial batch of 1970 deliveries. Harris retained the BT29 for 1971 but only appeared in Nationals, taking 24 pts in SWDiv that season. He did not appear at the Run-Offs and the subsequent history of the BT29 unknown. It may have been the car raced by Norman Johnson, also a resident of Houston, in the two Mexican Pro races in 1971.
  16. Brabham BT29 (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.
  17. Lotus 44 [44-F-3?] (Robert "Denny" Ericson): 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.
  18. Brabham BT29 (Brian Robertson): Brian Robertson (Brockville, Ontario) bought a Brabham BT29 late in 1969, debuting it at Sebring in December. He raced it extensively in 1970, taking in the Quebec and national Canadian series as well as rounds of the SCCA Pro series. He was entered by Fred Opert Racing Canada, a business in which he was a partner with Opert. Robertson upgraded to a BT35 for 1971 and his BT29 is likely to have been sold via the Opert operation. It does not appear in Opert's early 1971 advert so one possibility is that it was BT29/23, the car Evan Noyes took to the Tasman series.
  19. Brabham BT28/29 [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.

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.