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SCCA Continental Championship for Formula B/C Race

Dallas International Motor Speedway, 5 Jul 1970

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Mike Eyerly Chevron B17b - Ford twin cam
#74 Mike Eyerly
35 54m 33.4s
94.588 mph
2 Sandy Shepard Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#59 Sandy Shepard (see note 1)
34
3 Nick Craw Brabham BT29 [5] - Ford twin cam
#71 Nick Craw (see note 2)
34
4 Matt Spitzley Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#36 Matt Spitzley (see note 3)
34
5 Doug Brenner Chevron B15b [FB-69-8?] - Ford twin cam
#26 Doug Brenner (see note 4)
34
6 John Marshall Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam
#37 ("BT21"/"BT29") John Marshall
(see note 5)
34
7 Harold Krech Tecno ["2/3-006"] - Ford twin cam
#60 Harold Krech
34
8 Graham Baker Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#67 Graham Baker (see note 6)
34
9 David McConnell Lotus 59 ("69B") - Ford twin cam
34
10 Fred Opert Chevron B17b - Ford twin cam
#73 Fred Opert (see note 7)
34
11 Dexter Farley Brabham BT29 [30] - Ford twin cam
#28 Dexter Farley (see note 8)
33
12 Randy Fraser Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#54 Randy Fraser (see note 9)
33
13 Mike Hall Brabham BT29 [33] - Ford twin cam
#27 Mike Hall (see note 10)
32
14 William D "Bill" Roland Brabham BT29 [40] - Ford twin cam
#47 W. D. Roland Jr. (see note 11)
31
15 Robert Winkelmann Winkelmann - Ford twin cam
25
16 Jacques Couture Lotus 59 ("69B") [59-F2/XB-42?] - Ford twin cam
#30 ("69-B") Jacques Couture
29 heat exhaustion
17 Thomas E. Kornell Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam
26 heat exhaustion
18 Allan Lader Brabham BT29 [9] - Ford twin cam
#75 Alan Lader (see note 12)
23 engine failure
19 David G. Smith Winkelmann - Ford twin cam
22 engine failure
20 Roy Maze Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
(see note 13)
16 wrecked
21 Robert S. Lamson Brabham
(see note 14)
9 wrecked
22 John Angus Brabham BT29 [1] - Ford twin cam
#16 John Angus (see note 15)
6 engine failure
23 Jim Grob Chevron B15b [FB-69-4?] - Ford twin cam
#77 Jim Grob (see note 16)
3 stalled
24 Larry Harley Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
(see note 17)
2 oil pressure
25 Peter W Nye Brabham BT18 - Ford twin cam HRE
1 oil pressure
UNKE Scott Keith Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam HRE
#9 Scott Keith
On entry list
UNKE Jim Ellingson Brabham BT18/21 - Ford twin cam BRM
#21 ("Lotus 21") Jim Ellingson
On entry list
UNKE Skeeter McKitterick Tecno 69 - Ford twin cam
#43 Skeeter McKitterick
On entry list
(Tecno-Ford)
UNKE Hugh Kleinpeter Chevron B15b [FB-69-5?] - Ford twin cam
#44 H. I. Kleinpeter (see note 18)
On entry list
UNKE Ken Kloster Brabham BT21B - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#46 Ken Kloster (see note 19)
On entry list
UNKE E Eugene "Gene" Mason Tecno - Ford twin cam
#56 Gene Mason
On entry list
UNKE Evan Noyes Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#72 Evan Noyes (see note 20)
On entry list

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Qualifying
Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Brabham BT21C (John Marshall): John Marshall (Sandusky, OH) drove a red Brabham BT21C in Formula B in 1970, entered by Suzy Dietrich's 'Team Suzy'. He finished sixth in Central Division with 21 points. Marshall had raced a Lola Mk 5A in Formula C the two previous years and took over John Bisignano's F5000 McLaren M10A for 1971. Nothing more known.
  6. 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.
  7. Chevron B17b (Fred Opert): Fred Opert ran a team five-car team in 1970 which included a Chevron B17B for himself and a sister car for Mike Eyerly. Opert's personal car was sold to Tom Outcault (Cranford, NJ) for 1971 who used it in NEDiv events and also in the Pro race at Road America in Aug 1971. Last seen when advertised by Outcault in Nov 1971.
  8. Brabham BT29 [30] (Dexter Farley): After crashing his FC car at Lime Rock in August 1969, Dexter Farley (Waldorf, MD) part-exchanged the wrecked Brabham for a new Brabham BT29 from east coast dealer Joe Grimaldi, who had recently parted from Fred Opert. Farley drove the car in Pro events in 1970 as well as competing in NEDiv FB races. He retained it for 1971 when Tom Reddy raced it a couple of times and advertised it as "ser no 30" in October 1971. He also had it in the early part of 1972 before moving to Washington state and quitting racing. The next period of the car's life is unknown but it has been identified as the BT29 bought around 1974 from Bill Wonder by engine preparer Ted Wenz and raced in 1975. Wonder had been running it for a woman driver. Wenz later sold it to Texas but it re-emerged in the 1980s and was recently owned by Peter McLaughlin.
  9. 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.
  10. Brabham BT29 [33] (Mike Hall): This Brabham BT29, believed to be chassis BT29-33, was bought new by Michael F. Hall (Chicago, IL) and used in SCCA racing where Hall won the 1970 CenDiv FB title. He also raced it in the Pro series in the latter half of the season. Hall retained the red-and-yellow BT29 for the first half of 1971 but replaced it with a new BT35 in August and sold the BT29 to Phil Geraldi (Valley Stream, NY), who had previously raced a LeGrand in NEDiv FB. Geraldi raced it for the rest of 1971 and in 1972 then sold it to Charles J. Derbes III (Metairie, LA) in the spring of 1973. Derbes won the SWDiv Formula B title in this car in 1974 and attended the Run-Offs, finishing 12th. He was second in the Division in 1975 and tied with Warren Pauge for the 1976 title. Chaz Derbes has retained the BT29 ever since, still owning it in 2012.
  11. Brabham BT29 [40] (William D "Bill" Roland): William D "Bill" Roland bought a new Brabham BT29 for SWDiv Formula B racing in 1970. The car was one of the last built and was new in July 1970. He scored two second placed finishes in Nationals in 1970, both times at Texas World Speedway, but narrowly failed to qualify for the Run-Offs, He later crashed the car heavily at Road Atlanta requiring a new frame, In 1973, Roland sold the rebuilt car plus its original frame to Mike Calvert after which its hstory is unknown. A car with this number was advertised by Brad Balles in 2007 and sold to Dean Butler.
  12. 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.
  13. Brabham BT29 (Roy Maze): Roy Maze (Alvin, TX), owner of local car dealer Royal Dodge Inc, won the 1970 Southwest Division SCCA Formula B title in a Brabham BT29, amassing 33 pts over the season. He scored a second place early in the season but won at Texas International Speedway in July, just a week after crashing out of his only Pro appearance at Dallas International Motor Speedway, and went on to win two of the remaining three Nationals. He was entered for the Run-Offs but did not appear.
  14. Brabham (Robert S. Lamson): Robert S. Lamson (Fort Collins, CO) raced a #85 Brabham BT29 twice in Pro FB in 1970, at Dallas on 5 July 1970 and at Road America two weeks later and although he was entered at Mont Tremblant it looks like the Canadian organisers had copied the whole Road America entry list into their program. He does not appear in any Divisional FB points table. In March 1971, Bob Lamson advertised a late 1970 Brabham BT29 from Scot's Ltd in Fort Collins. The car was fitted with a Vegantune engine and had just two races on it, Lamson saying that he did not have the time to enjoy it. When contacted on his yacht in Hawaii in 2012, Bob was unable to remember who he had sold it to, but kindly offered to keep digging.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Chevron B15b [FB-69-5?] (Hugh Kleinpeter): Just as many other SCCA FB drivers were acquiring Brabham BT29s, Hugh Kleinpeter invested in a Chevron B15B to replace the Beach T11 with which he'd won the SEDiv FB title. He retained his title in 1969 and retained the Chevron for 1970, winning his third successive title. Kleinpeter did not continue in FB in 1971, preferring a Chevron B21 for BSR racing. The chassis number of Kleinpeter's B15B is not known but the fact that it was yellow suggests it was chassis 15B.69.5. It is probably the car driven in SCCA racing by Steve Mandy (Biloxi, Miss) at the 1971 Run-Offs and again in 1972.
  19. Brabham BT21B (Ken Kloster): Ken Kloster (Toledo, OH) raced a Brabham BT21B in Formula B in 1970, starting with third place in a National at Green Valley in February. He advertised the car in Sep 1970 as a BT21B with all-steel Vegantune engine and also mentioning wins at MIS and at the Donnybrooke National. Subsequent history unknown.
  20. 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.

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.