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SCCA Continental Championship for Formula B/C Race

Brainerd, 15 Aug 1971

ResultsLapsTime/Speed Winnings
1 Bert Hawthorne Tui Mk1 ['AM1'] - Ford twin cam Hart
#79 [Fred Opert Racing]
30 50m 35.490s
106.737 mph
$1500
2 Freddy van Beuren Chevron B18 - Ford twin cam Hart
#74 [Fred Opert Racing]
30 50m 35.74s
$1000
3 Bob Lazier March 71BM [4?] - Ford twin cam
#30
30
$750
4 Allan Lader Brabham BT35 [39] - Ford twin cam
#75 (see note 1)
30
$500
5 Bill Gubelmann March 712M [71BM-2?] - Ford twin cam
#40 (see note 2)
30
$400
6 Nick Craw Brabham BT35 [9] - Ford twin cam
#71 [Fred Opert Racing] (see note 3)
30
$300
7 Jim Sarich Lola T240 - Ford twin cam
#67 (see note 4)
30
$250
8 Rocky Moran Lola T240 - Ford twin cam
#10 (see note 5)
29
$200
9 George "Skipp" Walther Lola T240 - Ford twin cam
#23 (see note 6)
29
$150
10 Raúl Pérez Gama Brabham BT35 [32] - Ford twin cam
#66 [Fred Opert Racing] (see note 7)
29
$150
11 Joe Grimaldi March 71BM [11?] - Ford twin cam
#21
29
$150
12 Bill Middleton Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam
#39 (see note 8)
29
$100
13 Jim Grob Chevron B15b [FB-69-4?] - Ford twin cam
#77 (see note 9)
29
$100
14 Carl Liebich Chevron B18 - Ford twin cam
#78
29
$75
15 Mike Rand Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#37 (see note 10)
29
$75
16 Warren Flickinger Chevron B18 [18.A.71.4?] - Ford twin cam Hart
#42
27
$50
17 Philip Geraldi Brabham BT29 [33] - Ford twin cam
#91 (see note 11)
27
$50
18 Maurice McCaig Brabham BT35 [19] - Ford twin cam
26
$50
19 Dick Doherty Brabham BT29 [41] - Ford twin cam
#80 (see note 12)
26
$50
20 James Gutfreund Brabham BT35 - Ford twin cam
#70
9 overheating $50
21 Thomas E. Kornell Brabham BT29 [48] - Ford twin cam
#46 (see note 13)
8 stuck throttle  
22 Chuck Wannemacher Lola T240 [HU8] - Ford twin cam
#20 (see note 14)
8 clutch  
23 Ron Dykes March 71BM - Ford twin cam
#98
7 mechanical  
24 Jiro Yoneyama Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam Hart
#76 [Fred Opert Racing] (see note 15)
4 oil pressure  
25 Syd Demovsky Lola T240 [HU4] - Ford twin cam
#11 (see note 16)
1 oil pressure  
26 Rudolfo Junco Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#89 [Fred Opert Racing] (see note 17)
0 engine  
27 Howard Jackson Lola T240 - Ford twin cam
(see note 18)
0 off course  
UNKE Mike Hayman March 705 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#0
On entry list
UNKE Gary Magwood Hawke DL6B [2] - Ford twin cam
#2
On entry list
UNKE John Angus Brabham BT29 [1] - Ford twin cam
#16 (see note 19)
On entry list
UNKE Dan Murphy Cicada Mk I - Ford twin cam
#19
On entry list
UNKE Mike Hall Brabham BT35 - Ford twin cam
#27
On entry list
UNKE Peter W Nye Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam HRE
#35 (see note 20)
On entry list
UNKE Skeeter McKitterick Tecno 69 - Ford twin cam
#43
On entry list
UNKE Chuck Sarich Lola T240 - Ford twin cam
#57 (see note 21)
On entry list
UNKE Mike Eyerly Brabham BT29 [38] - Ford twin cam
#63 (see note 22)
On entry list
UNKE Russ Tyndall Brabham BT35 - Ford twin cam
#87
On entry list

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Bert Hawthorne (FB) 1.6-litre Tui Mk1 ['AM1'] - Ford twin cam Hart
2 Bob Lazier (FB) 1.6-litre March 71BM [4?] - Ford twin cam
3 Ron Dykes (FB) 1.6-litre March 71BM - Ford twin cam
4 Freddy van Beuren (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B18 - Ford twin cam Hart
5 Allan Lader (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35 [39] - Ford twin cam
6 Bill Gubelmann (FB) 1.6-litre March 712M [71BM-2?] - Ford twin cam
7 Jim Sarich (FB) 1.6-litre Lola T240 - Ford twin cam
8 Nick Craw (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35 [9] - Ford twin cam
9 Syd Demovsky (FB) 1.6-litre Lola T240 [HU4] - Ford twin cam
12 Rocky Moran (FB) 1.6-litre Lola T240 - Ford twin cam
13 Maurice McCaig (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35 [19] - Ford twin cam
14 George "Skipp" Walther (FB) 1.6-litre Lola T240 - Ford twin cam
15 Rudolfo Junco (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
16 Joe Grimaldi (FB) 1.6-litre March 71BM [11?] - Ford twin cam
17 Bill Middleton (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam
18 Jim Grob (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B15b [FB-69-4?] - Ford twin cam
19 Howard Jackson (FB) 1.6-litre Lola T240 - Ford twin cam
20 Thomas E. Kornell (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [48] - Ford twin cam
21 Carl Liebich (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B18 - Ford twin cam
22 Chuck Wannemacher (FB) 1.6-litre Lola T240 [HU8] - Ford twin cam
23 Raúl Pérez Gama (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35 [32] - Ford twin cam
24 Mike Rand (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
26 James Gutfreund (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35 - Ford twin cam
27 Jiro Yoneyama (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam Hart
28 Warren Flickinger (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B18 [18.A.71.4?] - Ford twin cam Hart
29 Philip Geraldi (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [33] - Ford twin cam
30 Dick Doherty (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [41] - Ford twin cam

Notes on the cars:

  1. Brabham BT35 [39] (Allan Lader): Bought by Allan Lader in 1971 to replace the Brabham BT29 he had wrecked at Mexico City in June. Entered by Pacifico Inc. (Gresham, OR) Based on an annotation in a rae program, this car is believed to be BT35-39 but a F3 car appeared in Germany in 1972 said to have the same chassis number. Presumably the Brabham BT35 entered by Pacifico for Frank Fitch at Riverside 24 Sep 1972 and, by extension, the Brabham raced by Fitch in other west coast events in 1972.
  2. March 712M [71BM-2?] (Bill Gubelmann): New for Bill Gubelmann (Oyster Bay, NY) and used in British Formula Atlantic at the start of the season, winning at Oulton Park 21 March, and then in the SCCA Pro series. The car was often described as a 712M but it seems more likely that he used the same 712BM all season. Also raced with a BDA in the Formula A race at Lime Rock in Sep and in one round of the Canadian series. Sold via Joe Grimaldi's The Race Shop to Frank Del Vecchio (Trumbull, CT) and used in NEDiv FB and in a couple of rounds of the Pro series. Sold back via Joe Grimaldi at the end of 1972; Frank thinks it went to a Canadian.
  3. Brabham BT35 [9] (Nick Craw): Chassis number given for Nick Craw's car in Autosport report of Arco Trophy race at Castle Combe, April 12, 1971, where the car debuts. [AS 15 Apr 1971 p20] Report says car is being taken over to North America, so presumably the BT35 used by Craw in races there in 1971, entered by Fred Opert.
  4. Lola T240 (Jim Sarich): Jim Sarich (McLean, VA/Rockville, MD) drove a silver/black/orange #67 Quicksilver Racing Ent Inc Lola T240 in the 1971 US FB Pro series. Nothing more known.
  5. Lola T240 (Rocky Moran): Rocky Moran (Arcadia, CA) raced a black #10 Lola T240 in the 1971 US FB Pro series. At the end of the season, Rocky recalls that he sold it to someone in Boulder, Colorado. This must be Bill Bachman (Boulder, CO/Nederland, CO) who raced a Transcendental Racing Lola in MWDiv Formula B in 1972. Bachman raced the Lola in a Wichita Region SCCA National at Hutchinson in June 1972, finishing second overall and winning the two-car FB class. He ended the season on 16 points and qualified for the Runoffs, Although he was a non-starter at Road Atlanta, his car was identified in the programme as a Lola T240. He retained the car for 1973, scoring four points in MWDiv by early June but he did not add to his score so it is possible this car went to fellow Boulder resident Carl McIntyre who scored 15 points in MWDiv FB that season. Subsequent history unknown.
  6. Lola T240 (George "Skipp" Walther): Skipp Walther (Dayton, OH) raced a royal blue or blue/silver #24 Lola T240 in the 1971 US FB Pro series. His last appearance was at Road America in August where he retired for unknown reasons. He did not appear in the CenDiv or NEDiv FB points table, implying he limited his appearances to the Pro series. Nothing more known.
  7. Brabham BT35 [32] (Raúl Pérez Gama): Raúl Pérez Gama was one of several Mexican customers of Fred Opert racing in the early 1970s. For 1972, he had a brand new orange-and-yellow Brabham BT35 and raced as part of the Fred Opert Racing team in Pro Formula B events with entry number #66. He retained the car for the two Bogotá races in early 1972 after which BT35-32 has been indentified as the car driven in SCCA events by Gordon Strom (Santa Cruz, CA or Sunnyvale, CA) in 1972 and for the following three seasons, retaining the car's original orange and yellow colours throughout. For 1976, Strom acquired a Chevron B29 and the Brabham may have been traded back to Fred Opert.
  8. Brabham BT21C (Bill Middleton): Bill Middleton (Temple City, CA, an eastern suburb of Los Angeles) raced a black Brabham BT21C in Formula B in 1971. He acquired a new Lola T240 in late August 1971. Nothing more known
  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 (Mike Rand): 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.
  11. Brabham BT29 [33] (Philip Geraldi): 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.
  12. Brabham BT29 [41] (Dick Doherty): Bought new by Allen Karlberg (Seattle, WA) and raced in Formula B in the Pacific Northwest in 1970. Sold to Dick Doherty (Hollywood, CA) for Ron Dykes (Marina del Rey, CA) to race in early 1971 SoPac Div SCCA Nationals, where he was unbeatable in the category, and then by Doherty himself later in 1971 and in early 1972. Believed to have gone to Byron Hatten (Altadena, CA) and raced by him some time between mid-1972 and mid-1973 after which it was bought by Frank Monise Jr (Pasadena, CA). Monise raced it in 193/74 before crashing it heavily at Laguna Seca and wrecking the frame. He bought a second BT29 and eventually sold the remains of BT29-41 to Barry Blackmore (San Marino, CA) who had it rebuilt with a new frame fabricated by Wayne Mitchell and stamped 'W12191'. This rebuilt, rechassised car was sold to Australia and was with Mitch Evans (Auckland, NZ) by 2009.
  13. Brabham BT29 [48] (Thomas E. Kornell): Sold new to Tom Kornell (Seal Beach, CA) and raced in SCCA Divisional and Pro Formula B in 1971 and 1972. Kornell added a sports car nose and a more substantial rollhoop amongst other changes. He ordered a Brabham BT41 for 1973 and the BT29 went to Fred Opert as a trade. Subsequent history unknown.
  14. Lola T240 [HU8] (Chuck Wannemacher): Identified as the red Lola T240 raced by Chuck Wannemacher (Ottoville, Ohio) in CenDiv and Pro FB events in 1971. Retained for 1972 but only seen rarely that season. To Ed Kasprowicz (Detroit, Michigan) for 1973 and raced in the Pro event at Watkins Glen that October. Retained for 1974 and 1975, continuing to race in CenDiv Regionals and Nationals. Subsequent history unknown.
  15. Brabham BT29 (Jiro Yoneyama): One of Fred Opert's customers for 1971 was Japanese driver Jiro Yoneyama, who raced a Brabham BT29 in US Formula B as part of Opert's team. His car was white and ran as #76. The Road America entry list noted it was usinga Hart engine. Not seen after Road America in August 1971.
  16. Lola T240 [HU4] (Syd Demovsky): New to Syd Demovsky (Chicago, IL) and his red #11 Demovsky Racing Lola T240 in the 1971 Pro FB series. Retained for 1972 and again did a full season, still red and still using #11. Subsequent history unknown. A car with this chassis number raced by Bob Juggins in 1996/97.
  17. Brabham BT29 (Rudolfo Junco): After Rudolfo Junco's wrecked his usual Brabham BT29 in an accident in the warm up session at the FB race at Monterrey, Mexico, in June 1971, he was allocated another BT29 as part of the Fred Opert Racing operation. This #80 car was advertised by Opert later with mention that it was the car driven by Bill Brack at Mosport Park 19 Sep 1971. It was then sold and may be the #80 car owned by Bunny Ribbs and entered by his Bunny Ribbs Plumbing & Heating for Mike Eyerly and Jon Milledge in 1972. If so, it is chassis BT29-38.
  18. Lola T240 (Howard Jackson): Howard E. Jackson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) drove a blue #32 Lola T240 in CenDiv SCCA FB events in 1971 and also in the Pro race at Brainerd. He raced the car again in 1972, this time using #63. Subsequent history unknown.
  19. 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.
  20. Brabham BT29 (Peter W Nye): 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.
  21. Lola T240 (Chuck Sarich): Chuck Sarich (McLean, VA/Rockville, MD) drove a silver/black/orange #57 Quicksilver Racing Ent Inc Lola T240 in the 1971 US FB Pro series. Nothing more known.
  22. Brabham BT29 [38] (Mike Eyerly): The early history of this car is unknown but it is believed to be the blue-and-red Brabham BT29 entered by Bunny Ribbs (San Jose, CA) for Mike Eyerly in FB in 1971 (#63) and 1972 (#80). Jon Milledge also drove Ribbs car at Brainerd in Sep 1972. Ribbs, father of future Trans-Am star Willy T. Ribbs, advertised the car at the end of 1972. The next owner is unknown but the car was quickly on to Skip Jones who remembers buying it in San Francisco and that Ribbs had previously been involved. Jones raced the car in Regional events in 1973, winning the 1973 ICSCC Formula B championship, and then sold it to Allen Karlberg (Seattle, WA) who fitted a BDA for the 1974 season and raced it in SCCA Formula A and in Canadian Formula Atlantic. Jones believes that the car was sold and campaigned in eastern Canada with Kimberly Clark livery by Monique Proulx. Proulx drove Karlberg's March 712M in a Pro Atlantic race supporting the US GP at Watkins later that year so may have driven the older BT29 in local events.

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.