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SCCA Continental Championship for Formula B/C Race

Lime Rock, 7 Sep 1970

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Mike Eyerly Chevron B17b - Ford twin cam Hart
#74 Opert-Bonphil Racing
50
98.6 mph
2 Allan Lader Brabham BT29 [35] - Ford twin cam Hart
#75 Opert-Bonphil Racing
50
3 Jack Cowell Winkelmann WDB2 [8] - Ford twin cam
#33
50
4 Matt Spitzley Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#36 Spitsford Racing, Grosse Points, Mich.
(see note 1)
50
5 Nick Craw Brabham BT29 [5] - Ford twin cam Hart
#71 Fred Opert Racing, Upper Saddle River, NJ
(see note 2)
49
6 Randy Lewis Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam Racesales
#7 Randy Lewis, Sunnyvale, Calif.
(see note 3)
49
7 Bill Gubelmann March 705 [3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#47 (see note 4)
49
8 Skeeter McKitterick Tecno 69 - Ford twin cam
#43
49
9 Syd Demovsky Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#11 Syd Demovsky Racing, Chicago, IL
(see note 5)
49
10 Bob Hebert Lotus 59 "B" [59-FB-12] - Ford twin cam
#81 Barrington House Hotel, Barrington, Mass.
(see note 6)
49
11 Jon Woodner Brabham - Ford twin cam
#49 Jon Woodner, New York, NY
49
12 Brian Robertson Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam Hart
#5 Fred Opert Racing, Upper Saddle River, NJ
(see note 7)
49
13 Fred Opert Chevron B17b - Ford twin cam Hart
#73 Fred Opert Racing, Upper Saddle River, NJ
(see note 8)
48
14 David McConnell Lotus 59 ("69B") - Ford twin cam Hart
#86 Jim Russell Inc (RDS) Canada, Montreal, Canada
48
15 Jim Grob Chevron B15b [FB-69-4?] - Ford twin cam HRE
#77 Jim Grob Racing, Pompano Beach, Fla
(see note 9)
47
16 Larry Wright Chevron B15 [FB-68-13?] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#24 C.E. Wright, Bloomington, Ind.
(see note 10)
46
17 Jacques Couture Lotus 59 ("69B") [59-F2/XB-42?] - Ford twin cam Hart
#84 Jim Russell Inc (RDS) Canada, Montreal, Canada
46
18 Roger Barr Crosslé - Ford twin cam
#61 Crossle Amer. Racing
46
19 Graham Baker Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam Hart
#67 Bonphil Racing Indus. Inc. (see note 11)
46
20 William Prout Jr March 705 [2] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#88 P.H.W. Racing, Ivoryton, Conn.
46
R John F. Sirmons Lotus 59C - Ford twin cam
#20 John E. Sirmons, Weston, Conn.
42 engine died
R Skip Barber Tecno - Ford twin cam
#1 Gene Mason Racing, Philadelphia, Pa.
31 engine went "pop"
R Evan Noyes Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam Hart
#72 Fred Opert Racing, Upper Saddle River, NJ
(see note 12)
18 stalled
R Ken Duclos Brabham BT29 [2] - Ford twin cam
#34 Ken Duclos, Boston, Mass. (see note 13)
11 mechanical
R George Alderman Lotus 61 - Ford twin cam
#23 George Alderman, Wilmington, Del.
2 engine failure
R Thomas E. Kornell Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam
#46 Ivanhoe Racing, Carson, Conn.
0 accident
R John Girdler Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#17 John G. Girdler, Southampton, NY
(see note 14)
0 accident
R Doug Brenner Chevron B15b [FB-69-8?] - Ford twin cam HRE
#26 Fred Opert Racing, Upper Saddle River, NJ
(see note 15)
0 oil leak
R Bill Baldwin Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam
#6 Bill Baldwin, Livingston, N.J.
(see note 16)
0 accident
DNQ Wayne Ricciardi (FC) 1-litre Brabham BT21 - Ford Lucas downdraft
(see note 17)
Did not qualify
DNQ Jim Jenkins (FF) 1.6-litre Winkelmann - Ford
Did not qualify
DNQ C N Dunn (F?) Winkelmann
Did not qualify
DNQ Jerry Walsh (FC) 1.1-litre Brabham - Cosworth
#4 Mike Rand, Riverside, Conn.
Did not qualify
DNQ Skip Adrian Winkelmann WDB2 [4] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#8 Skip Adrian, Cortland, Ohio
Did not qualify
DNQ Don Ward (FC) 1.1-litre Cooper T76 - Ford
#10 P.H.W. Racing, Ivoryton, Conn.
(see note 18)
Did not qualify
DNQ Harry Reynolds (FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT29 [25] - Cosworth SCC
#27 Mike Rand, Riverside, Conn.
Did not qualify
DNQ Mike Rand (FC) 1-litre Brabham BT21 - Ford Cosworth SCA
#47 Michael Rand, Riverside, CT
Did not qualify
DNQ Ron Cohn (FC) 1-litre Brabham BT18 [F2-25-66] - Ford Broadspeed downdraft
#56 Michael Rand, Riverside, CT
(see note 19)
Did not qualify
DNQ Frank Del Vecchio Lola T200 - Ford
#79 Sprindel Racing Corp., Elmsford, NY [Springdel?]
Did not qualify
UNKE Walter Nelson (FC) Brabham BT21B - Ford Holbay
#3 Walter Nelson, N. Haledon, N.Y.
On entry list
(Adv CP&A 19 Sep 1970 p27)
UNKE William W Smith unknown
#13 "Super Solution Special" Fred Opert Racing
On entry list
UNKE Ken Huband Brabham BT29 [34] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#15 Huband Motor Racing, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
(see note 20)
On entry list
UNKE Oliver Grant Chevron B15b - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#18 ("B-15-B") Oliver E. Grant, Norfolk, VA
(see note 21)
On entry list
UNKE Thomas B Hilliar (FC) 1.1-litre Lotus 41C [41C-F3-33] - Ford Piper
#30 P.H.W. Racing, Ivoryton, Conn.
On entry list
UNKE Steven Woods Lotus 41C [41-FL-44] - Ford twin cam
#31 Poroco Eng., Collinsville, Conn.
On entry list
UNKE Ed Tripp Winkelmann - Ford twin cam
#32 Winkleman [sic] Racing, Blaovelt, NY
On entry list
UNKE Peter W Nye Brabham BT18 - Ford twin cam HRE
#35 Peter Nye Racing, Ypsilanti, Mich.
On entry list
UNKE Chuck Schroedel (FC) 1-litre Brabham BT21 - Ford Cosworth SCA
#38 Springdel Racing Corp., Elmsford, NY
On entry list
UNKE Phil Raeder (FC) 1-litre Lotus 35 - Ford Cosworth SCA
#39 Terri Autosports Consul.
On entry list
UNKE Steve Clarke Crosslé 16F - Ford
#41 Steve Clarke, Canaan, Conn.
On entry list
UNKE Dexter Farley Brabham BT29 [30] - Ford twin cam
#44 Lykos Racing Corp, Newberg, Md.
(see note 22)
On entry list
UNKE George "Skipp" Walther Chevron B15b - Ford twin cam
#53 George Walther Jr (see note 23)
On entry list
UNKE Randy Fraser Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#54 ("Multimetals BT29") Fred Opert Racing, Upper Saddle Rvr, NJ
(see note 24)
On entry list
UNKE Charles T. Gibson March 705 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#57 Gibson Racing Co., Denver Colorado
On entry list
UNKE Woody Harris Genie Mk 13 - Ford twin cam
#66 Grand Prix Racing, Campbell, Calif.
On entry list
UNKE Craig Hill Lotus 59 ("69B") [59-F2/XB-41] - Ford twin cam
#70 ("Castrol GTX Lotus 59") Bill Brack Racing Ent, Toronto, Can
On entry list
UNKE John Inglehart Crosslé - Ford twin cam
#95 John Inglehart, Greenwich, CT
On entry list
UNKE Thomas C. Jones Brabham BT16 - Ford twin cam
#96 Tom Jones Racing Ent., Lakewood, Ohio
On entry list
UNKE George L Smith Tecno 69/FB - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#97 George L. Smith, Troy, NY
On entry list
(Adv 26 Sep 1970 p30 as 69 car with 70 Vegantune)

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Qualifying
Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  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 (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.
  4. March 705 [3] (Bill Gubelmann): New for Bill Gubelmann (Oyster Bay, NY) and used in the later races of the 1970 SCCA Formula B championship. Unknown in 1971 but reappeared at a SCCA Regional at Thompson Raceway in June 1972 driven by Gerald Lieberg (Milford, CT). Lieberg advertised the car in Competition Press & Autoweek 16 Dec 1972 as "ex-Gubelmann" but not mentioning whether it was a 705 or 71BM. As Gubelmann's 71BM had gone to Frank Del Vecchio for 1972, this must have been his 705.
  5. Brabham BT29 (Syd Demovsky): Syd Demovsky (Chicago, IL) raced a yellow #11 Brabham BT29 in Pro events in 1970. At the end of the year the car was sold via Joe Grimaldi (Race Shop) to Peter Nye (Ann Arbor, MI) who fitted it with a HRE twin cam and raced it in Pro events and in some SCCA events through 1971. At the end of that season he sold it less engine to Jim Lloyd (Indianapolis, IN) who converted it to Formula C and won the CenDiv FB title in 1972 and 1973. Lloyd retained the car and later restored it to Formula B specification for vintage racing. He advertised it in fully-restored condition in February 1991.
  6. Lotus 59 "B" [59-FB-12] (Bob Hebert): 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  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. Chevron B15 [FB-68-13?] (Larry Wright): Joe Grimaldi acquired one of four late 1968 Chevrons to arrive in the US. At least three of these were described by Chevron as B14s, including Grimaldi's. He debuted the car at Mosport Park in Aug 1968 and raced it twice more in Pro events. Grimaldi reappeared in August 1969 with what was reported to be a Chevron B15B which he raced three more times. Larry Wright then acquired a Chevron from Grimaldi for the 1970 season which was described to him as a B15 but when Wright advertised the car in 1971, he called it a "late-1968 Chevron FB" which identifies it as a B14. Wright traded the Chevron to Charlie Hayes in May 1971 for a new Brabham BT29.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Brabham BT29 [2] (Ken Duclos): Fred Ashplant (Franklin Lakes, NJ) ordered a Brabham BT29 for 1969 but the car was not delivered until August and Ashplant had moved on to other projects. The car was not used during 1969 and was still in its crate when sold to Ken Duclos (Boxboro, MA) for use in NEDiv Formula B. Duclos won the title with a massive 48 pts from the similar BT29 of Bob Welch. After a quiet season with the black BT29 in 1971 he reclaimed his title in 1972, beating the newer March of Michael Rand. He bought a new Brabham BT40 for 1973 and won the divisional title again that season. The BT29 went in part exchange to Fred Opert and from him to Peter Gates (Wilmington, DE) who ran it in NEDiv FB for three more seasons. After him it went to Ken Valan then to John Galson and was then sold to the MidWest where it was expected to be converted into a sports racer. Subsequent history unknown.
  14. Brabham BT29 (John Girdler): Bill Gubelmann (Oyster Bay, NY) bought one of the first Brabham BT29s to arrive in the US and debuted it in the Pro race at Lime Rock 1 Sep 1969, winning comfortably. He raced it three more times that season but then decided to join Gene Mason's works-assisted Tecno FB team for 1970. The BT29 was advertised and, based on the identical, orange, yellow and white livery, was sold to John G. Girdler (Southampton, NY) who raced it in a handful of Pro events and probably also in SCCA events during 1970. Girdler upgraded to a new March for 1971 so the Brabham may have been traded to Joe Grimaldi. Subsequent history unknown.
  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. Brabham BT21C (Bill Baldwin): Bill Baldwin (Bound Brook, NJ) ran a red Brabham BT21C at Lime Rock in Sep 1970 and this may be the "BT21A" that he also raced in NEDiv Nationals in 1969. He advertised the BT21C "in immaculate condition" in August 1970 and again in March 1971.
  17. Brabham BT21 (Wayne Ricciardi): Wayne Ricciardi (N. Haldon, NJ/Winnetke, IL) raced a Brabham BT21 in Formula C races in 1970. He had previously raced a "BT21B" in FC in 1969 but that car had been heavily damaged at VIR in September 1969, leaving Ricciardi with a broken leg. Whether Ricciardi had needed a replacement car for 1970 is not clear but for now it is supposed that he did. Ricciardi advertised a BT21 with Lucas downdraft engine in September 1970, noting that it had recorded seven firsts, two seconds, and one third from 11 starts in Northeast Division in 1969. Unfortunately, at Lime Rock in October 1970 he was hit by James Carlson's LeGrand and flipped the car. Ricciardi and Joe Grimaldi were partners in "The Raceshop" which opened in January 1971 in Midland Park, NJ and if the BT21 survived, it is likely to have bene sold by this dealership. Nothing more known.
  18. Cooper T76 (Don Ward): Don Ward (New Haven, CT) drove a Cooper-BMC in Formula C in 1969 and a Cooper-Ford in 1970. In Sep 1972, he advertised a Cooper T76 rolling chassis and it is presumed that this is the car he had raced in 1969 and 1970.
  19. Brabham BT18 [F2-25-66] (Ron Cohn): New to "Rollo" Feilding and used in European F3 in 1966. To Peter Gaydon for 1967, and raced in British F3. To Charles Carling for 1968, and again used expensively in British F3. Sold via Len Selby to Fred Opert and shipped to the US for Formula C. Sold to Philip K. Raeder Jr (Delmar, NY) for 1969 and used in Regional Formula C. To Ron Cohn (Modena, NY) for 1970, and again used in local Formula C events. To Walter Hagstrom (Jackson Height, NY) and continued to be used in FC. Hagstrom advertised the car in November 1971 but his recollection is that he used it for several seasons. Slingerlands, NY/Delmar, NY
  20. Brabham BT29 [34] (Ken Huband): Ken Huband (Ottawa, Ontario) ran a red/black #15 Brabham BT29 in Canadian and US Formula B in 1970, first appearing at Mont-Tremblant 24 May 1970. He retained the car in 1971 and in 1972. Huband advertised the BT29 in CP&A 21 Oct 1972 as "Brabham BT29/34", implying it was chassis 34. Several BT29 owners had mentioned the chassis numbers of the cars in adverts, presumably to emphasise the newer cars. Peter Nye arranged the sale of the car to Bill Wolfe, a dentist in Austin, Texas, but Wolfe later pulled out of a deal with Nye to assemble the car for him. Subsequent history unknown.
  21. Chevron B15b (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.
  22. 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.
  23. Chevron B15b (George "Skipp" Walther): Skipp Walther, more formally George Walther III of Dayton, Ohio, appeared just once in 1970 in a Chevron B15B entered for him at Road America 18 Jul 1970 by Fred Opert. The car was then advertised in Nov 1970 with a comment that it had only raced once in 1970. Its identity is unknown as all the known B15Bs had already raced at least once in 1970 before July. Walther raced a new Lola T240 in 1972 and the history of his B15B is unknown.
  24. 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.

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.