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SCCA Continental Championship for Formula B/C Race

Bryar Motorsports Park, 29 May 1972

ResultsLapsTime/Speed Winnings
1 Bob Lazier March 722 [16b] - Ford twin cam
40 0.44.19.2
86.643 mph
$900
2 Chuck Sarich March 722 - Ford twin cam
Quicksilver
40 0.44.35.8
$375
3 Tom Outcault March 722 - Ford twin cam
Troco
40
$175
4 Ken Duclos Brabham BT29 [2] - Ford twin cam
KayDee Auto (see note 1)
40
$100
5 Frank Del Vecchio March 712M [71BM-2?] - Ford twin cam
Analube (see note 2)
40
$50
6 Nick Cook Brabham BT35 [6] - Ford twin cam
Fred Opert Racing (see note 3)
40
$50
7 Hiroshi Shimizu Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
Fred Opert Racing
40
$50
8 Paul Keeler March 722 [20] - Ford twin cam
Analube
39
$50
9 Bob Esseks Brabham BT29/35 - Ford twin cam
38
$25
10 Aubrey O'Connor Chevron B18C - Ford twin cam
Fred Opert Racing
38
$25
11 Seb Barone March 722 - Ford twin cam
JC Competition Engineering
37
 
12 Bob Isnor Brabham BT21 [4?] - Ford twin cam
KayDee Auto (see note 4)
37
 
13 Joe Grimaldi March 722 - Ford twin cam
Raceshop (see note 5)
35 Accident  
14 Dave Ober Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
Sunlook Racing (see note 6)
30 Transmission  
15 Peter W Nye March 712M - Ford twin cam
Nye Racing (see note 7)
30 Mechanical'  
16 Thomas C. Jones Chevron B14 - Ford twin cam
Jones Racing (see note 8)
29 Running  
17 Bobby Brown Chevron B20 [72-3] - Ford twin cam
Fred Opert Racing (see note 9)
26 Mechanical'  
18 Mike Rand March 71BM [15] - Ford twin cam
Analube
26 Electrical  
19 Bill Middleton Lola T240 - Ford twin cam
(see note 10)
15 Unknown  
20 Lee Herron Wildcat WB72 - Ford twin cam
Wildcat Racing
15 Overheating  
21 Carl Liebich Chevron B18C - Ford twin cam
Fred Opert Racing
12 Accident  
22 Hugh "Wink" Bancroft March 722 - Ford twin cam
Bancroft Motorsport
8 Oil pressure  
23 Jim Sarich March 722 - Ford twin cam
Quicksilver
8 Clutch  
24 Mario Pistritto March 705 - Ford twin cam
LZP Enterprises
2 Accident  
DNS Chuck Dietrich March 722 - Ford twin cam
Raceshop
Did not start
(Unknown)

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Tom Outcault (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam 1.05.018
2 Bob Lazier (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 [16b] - Ford twin cam
3 Bobby Brown (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B20 [72-3] - Ford twin cam
4 Jim Sarich (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam
5 Nick Cook (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35 [6] - Ford twin cam
6 Chuck Sarich (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam
7 Frank Del Vecchio (FB) 1.6-litre March 712M [71BM-2?] - Ford twin cam
8 Paul Keeler (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 [20] - Ford twin cam
9 Carl Liebich (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B18C - Ford twin cam
10 Bill Middleton (FB) 1.6-litre Lola T240 - Ford twin cam
11 Ken Duclos (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [2] - Ford twin cam
12 Hugh "Wink" Bancroft (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam
13 Hiroshi Shimizu (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
14 Bob Esseks (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29/35 - Ford twin cam
15 Joe Grimaldi (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam
16 Mike Rand (FB) 1.6-litre March 71BM [15] - Ford twin cam
17 Chuck Dietrich * (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam
18 Aubrey O'Connor (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B18C - Ford twin cam
19 Dave Ober (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
20 Bob Isnor (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21 [4?] - Ford twin cam
21 Seb Barone (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam
22 Mario Pistritto (FB) 1.6-litre March 705 - Ford twin cam
23 Lee Herron (FB) 1.6-litre Wildcat WB72 - Ford twin cam
24 Peter W Nye (FB) 1.6-litre March 712M - Ford twin cam
25 Thomas C. Jones (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B14 - Ford twin cam
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  2. March 712M [71BM-2?] (Frank Del Vecchio): 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 [6] (Nick Cook): Chassis number given for Nick Cook's car in Autosport report of Arco Trophy race at Castle Combe, April 12, 1971, where the car debuts [AS 15 Apr 1971 p20]. Chassis number observed by Adam Ferrington on Cook's car at Oulton Park, 18 Mar 1972. Does not appear in the UK after the end of April and probably the car taken by Cook to the USA to use in the SCCA series. Used by Rob Turnbull in hillclimbs in 1974 and then sold to Andrew Fraser in 1975.
  4. Brabham BT21 [4?] (Bob Isnor): Sold new to Lou Sell (Fullerton, CA) and first seen in the Pro Formula B race at War Bonnet in late June where Sell qualified on pole and finished second. Then raced in SCCA Regionals and occasional Nationals in California, and in the pro races at Mont-Tremblant and Lake Tahoe at the end of the season. Sold to Sell's backer Dick Smothers (Woodland Hills, CA) for 1968, although Sell also raced it in one SoPac National early that year. To Fred Opert late 1968 in part-exchange for a new Chevron and from him on to Ken Duclos (Boxboro, MA) for 1969. Duclos believes he returned it to Opert at the end of 1969 when he acquired his new BT29 and it next turns up in 1971 with John Sorbello (Lafayette, MA) who widened the cockpit section into a two-seater and added a Chevron B16 body. However, it is possible that the dates of this are wrong and that Bob Isnor (Newton, MA) raced it as a FB before it went to Sorbello. Later to John Kauffman who thought he had bought a Chevron and then to Joe Maria (White Plains, NY) in the early 1990s. It was restored by David Irwin to BT21A spec and was still with Maria in 2007. To Bob Lima (Meadowbrook, PA) by October 2009 and later repainted in Sell's colours.
  5. March 722 (Joe Grimaldi): Joe Grimaldi (Midland Park, NJ) of Race Shop Inc raced a new March 722 in three Pro races in 1972 and a further one in 1973. This would have been a new car but nothing is currently known of the car's fate.
  6. Brabham BT29 (Dave Ober): Dave Ober (Suncook, NH) raced a Formula B Brabham BT29 in Northeast Division SCCA Nationals in 1971, ending the season with four points. He advertised the car in October that year, noting a HRE engine, but continued to race it in 1972, including the Pro FB race at Bryar that May. The car was red with yellow wings and raced as #45 in 1971 and #42 in 1972. Artwork of the car shows it wearing #21. Ober also raced a FB Brabham at a Regional in October 1970 but it is not known whether that was the same car. Nothing more known but the car's colour and the date Ober first had it are consistent with it being the former car of William Marsh (Muncie, IN).
  7. March 712M (Peter W Nye): Raced by Geoff Freeman (Ohio) in SCCA events in Central Division in 1971 but this 71BM did not appear in Pro events until bought by Peter Nye for the 1972 season. Nye crashed the car early in the season but rebuilt it on a new tub supplied by March and raced through 1972 and 1973 in Pro events and in SCCA. In 1974, Nye loaned the car to Galen Lyons and he raced it in one or two SCCA Nationals before it was sold to the Northwest US where its new owners planned to rebuild it as a sports car.
  8. Chevron B14 (Thomas C. Jones): In Sep 1970, a young Jim Trueman (Amlin, OH) raced a blue and silver Chevron in the Mid-Ohio 'Pro' Formula B race. Trueman would later found the Red Roof Inn motel chain and use his ensuing wealth to form the Truesports racing team and win the Indy 500 in 1986. After the 1970 season, he sold the Chevron to one-time F1 driver Tom Jones (Euclid, OH) who understood it to be a B14 and entered it as such. He raced it in 1971 and 1972 and then traded it to Ed Zink for the remains of the McLaren M22 that Zink's nephew Harry Ingle had crashed at Road America. The later history of the Chevron is unknown.
  9. Chevron B20 [72-3] (Bobby Brown): Sold via Fred Opert to Bobby Brown (Hicksville, NY) for SCCA Formula B. Third and first in the two Bogotá races early in 1972, then raced in the JAP GP at Fuji in May. Also won the Pro FB race at Lime Rock in July. Likely to be the B20 raced by Dan Carmichael (Columbus, OH) at the 1972 SCCA Runoffs. Raced by Chip Mead (Dayton, OH) at Mosport Park in July 1973. To Freeman Racing for 1974, and raced by Price Cobb in the Pro Formula Atlantic races that season. Advertised by Cobb in early 1975, then advertised by Richard Jackson (Dallas, TX) in August 1975 as "ex-Brown", and February 1976. Next seen when sold by a dealer, Paul Lindell (Houston, TX), to James Sawyer in January 1978. From Sawyer to Jeff McKay (Tacoma, WA) then on to Walt Pawluczkowycz (Evergreen, CO). Sold by Pawluczkowycz to Steve Marschman (Idaho Falls, Idaho) in May 2004.
  10. Lola T240 (Bill Middleton): Bill Middleton (Newport Beach, CA) bought a yellow #31 Lola T240 late in the 1971 Southern Pacific FB season to replace an elderly Brabham BT21C. He won enough points in this car to clinch second place in the division. Retained for 1972 and used in both Pro and SPDiv events, winning the division by a considerable margin. Last seen in late July 1972, after which Middleton acquired a Brabham BT38B. 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.