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SCCA Continental Championship for Formula B/C Race

Brainerd, 16 Sep 1972

ResultsLapsTime/Speed Winnings
1 David McConnell GRD B72 [019-F2] - Ford twin cam
#86 D.W.N. Racing
30 0.50.03.588
107.871 mph
$1900
2 Bob Lazier March 722 [16b] - Ford twin cam
#6 Robert T. Lazier
30 0.50.05.190
$1075
3 Reg Scullion March 71BM [1] - Ford twin cam Greatorex
#95 Ecurie Canada (see note 1)
30
$600
4 Mike Hall Brabham BT35 - Ford twin cam
#27 Michael Hall
30
$400
5 Tom Outcault March 722 - Ford twin cam
#3 Troco Racing
29
$350
6 Syd Demovsky Lola T240 [HU4] - Ford twin cam
#11 Demovsky Racing (see note 2)
29
$300
7 Dick Doherty March 722 - Ford twin cam
#88 Doherty Racing
28
$250
8 Wayne Ricciardi March 722 - Ford twin cam
#24 Raceshop
28
$200
9 Bob Newton March 71BM [3] - Ford twin cam
#98 Bob Newton
27
$150
10 John Powell Chevron B18 [18.71.1] - Ford twin cam Hart
#30 Opert Racing (see note 3)
26 Oil leak $100
11 Charles "Chuck" Hansen Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#75 Charles Hansen (see note 4)
26
$100
12 Hugh "Wink" Bancroft March 722 - Ford twin cam
#82 Bancroft Motorsport
23 Head gasket $100
13 Jon Milledge Brabham BT29 [38] - Ford twin cam
#80 Bunny Ribbs Plbg. & Htg.
(see note 5)
18
$100
15 Roger Seacrist Brabham BT29 [43] - Ford twin cam
#29 Seacrist Racing (see note 6)
11 Nose cone $75
16 Brownlee Cote Brabham BT18/21 - Ford twin cam
#40 Grandview Lodge
7 Engine  
17 Bill Middleton Brabham BT38B - Ford twin cam
(see note 7)
3 Accident  
18 Chuck Sarich March 722 - Ford twin cam
#57 Quicksilver Racing
2 Unknown  
19 James King March 71BM [4?] - Ford twin cam
#22 James King Racing
2 Unknown  
20 Carl Liebich Chevron B18C - Ford twin cam
#79 Fred Opert Racing
0 Unknown  
DSQ Freddy van Beuren Chevron B18C - Ford twin cam
#71 (entered as "Brabham BT38") Fred Opert Racing
Passed under yellow flag  
DNS Paul Dalton Royale RP5 [1] - Ford twin cam
Paul Dalton
Did not start
DNS Dick Drexler McLaren M4B - Ford twin cam
#51 Dick Drexler (see note 8)
Did not start
DNS Joe Grimaldi March 722 - Ford twin cam
Raceshop (see note 9)
Did not start
DNS Mike Hansen Brabham BT35 [31] - Ford twin cam
#33 Marx-Hansen Racing
Did not start
UNKE Bill O'Connor Chevron B15b - Ford twin cam
#15 Bill O'Connor Racing (see note 10)
On entry list
UNKE Ian Coristine March 722 [71BM-10] - Ford twin cam Greatorex
#50 Todco Racing (see note 11)
On entry list
UNKE Jim Sarich March 722 - Ford twin cam
#56 Quicksilver Racing
On entry list
UNKE William Kautz March 722 - Ford twin cam
#60 Kautz Farm Racing (see note 12)
On entry list
UNKE Bob Criss Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam CRW
#64 Steve Cole (see note 13)
On entry list
UNKE Ted Coconis Lotus 69B - Ford twin cam
#68 T/C Racing
On entry list
DNA Bruce Eglinton Mana 08 - Ford twin cam
#69 ("Mana 08") Masahiko Kaneko
Did not arrive

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Qualifying
1 David McConnell (FB) 1.6-litre GRD B72 [019-F2] - Ford twin cam 1.39.004
2 Reg Scullion (FB) 1.6-litre March 71BM [1] - Ford twin cam Greatorex
3 Freddy van Beuren (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B18C - Ford twin cam
4 Bob Lazier (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 [16b] - Ford twin cam
5 John Powell (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B18 [18.71.1] - Ford twin cam Hart
6 Roger Seacrist (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [43] - Ford twin cam
7 Mike Hall (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35 - Ford twin cam
8 James King (FB) 1.6-litre March 71BM [4?] - Ford twin cam
9 Carl Liebich (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B18C - Ford twin cam
10 Bill Middleton (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT38B - Ford twin cam
11 Mike Hansen * (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35 [31] - Ford twin cam
12 Chuck Sarich (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam
13 Jon Milledge (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [38] - Ford twin cam
14 Tom Outcault (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam
15 Hugh "Wink" Bancroft (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam
16 Syd Demovsky (FB) 1.6-litre Lola T240 [HU4] - Ford twin cam
17 Wayne Ricciardi (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam
18 Dick Doherty (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam
19 Joe Grimaldi * (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam
20 Bob Newton (FB) 1.6-litre March 71BM [3] - Ford twin cam
21 Brownlee Cote (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT18/21 - Ford twin cam
22 Charles "Chuck" Hansen (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
23 Paul Dalton * (FB) 1.6-litre Royale RP5 [1] - Ford twin cam
24 Dick Drexler * (FB) 1.6-litre McLaren M4B - Ford twin cam
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 71BM [1] (Reg Scullion): Gordie Dewar was appointed March importer into Canada for 1971 and his first purchase, chassis 71BM/1, went to Delta Racing Developments for Ian Coristine to race in the Players FB series. Coristine finished the season fifth in the red #50 March but crashed in practice for the final race, at Circuit Ste-Croix in October. The car went to Reg Scullion for 1972 and he started the season racing in Nationals in Texas before returning to Canada for the Players season. Run by Ecurie Canada and Tom Greatorex, Scullion ended the Canadian season in ninth place but then returned to the US to finish second in the SCCA Run-Offs. He retained the car for 1973 as a Scullion-Donolo Racing entry. Subsequent history unknown.
  2. 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.
  3. Chevron B18 [18.71.1] (John Powell): A new car built for Brian Redman after he wrecked the development B18 while testing in South Africa. Fitted with a 1.8-litre Cosworth FVC engine and raced by Redman in two races in South Africa in January 1971. This car returned to Bolton and became the works entry in F2 for Chris Craft during the 1971 F2 season. It was then sold to Canadian John Powell and rebuilt to Formula B specification. Powell raced it in the Brands Hatch Boxing Day meeting at the end of 1971 and then loaned it to Brian Robertson to race in the two Bogotá FB races in February and March 1972. Raced by Powell (Ottawa, Ontario) in the Canadian FB series in 1972, Sold to Paul Wheatley (Montréal, Quebec) and raced in the Canadian series in 1973. Appeared on a couple of early-1974 entry lists but not seen again.
  4. Brabham BT29 (Charles "Chuck" Hansen): Charles 'Chuck' Hansen (Tenafly, NJ) raced a yellow #75 Brabham BT29 in Northeast Division Formula B in 1972. Nothing more known.
  5. Brabham BT29 [38] (Jon Milledge): 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.
  6. Brabham BT29 [43] (Roger Seacrist): Cliff Phillips (Palos Park, IL) acquired a red Brabham BT29 for 1970 but his first known appearance wasn't until Road America 18 Jul 1970 where he recorded 41st fastest time. The car appeared on several more entry lists later in the season but Phillips started to advertise the car from early September onwards. Still being advertised in July 1971. The car is then unknown until mid-1972 when it has been identified (with chassis number and AM number) as the car driven by Roger Seacrist (Chicago, IL). Retained by Seacrist for 1973 but then unknown until acquired by Gary Dausch some time before Apr 1987. To Dave Vegher and raced once at Palm Springs then to Tony Podell (Rolling Hills, CA), then Randall Smith (Petaluna, CA) and retained 2012.
  7. Brabham BT38B (Bill Middleton): Sold new to Bill Middleton (Newport Beach, CA) and raced in the 1972 SCCA Formula B series. Also raced in SCCA Nationals and at the Run-Offs. Retained for 1973 and run in Nationals, winning at Holtville in March. Retained again for the early 1974 Nationals and then said to have been seized by the sheriff at the Phoenix National for unpaid alimony. Next seen in May 1975 when Pete Halsmer (Huntington Beach, CA) raced "the ex-Middleton Brabham BT-38" in Formula B. Raced by Halsmer for three seasons, during which time it was extensively modified by Halsmer. Halsmer won the Laguna Seca June Sprints in the BT38 in 1977. Subsequent history unknown.
  8. McLaren M4B (Dick Drexler): Dick Drexler (Pewaukee, WI) had a red/grey McLaren M4A which he entered in local SCCA Formula B events from 1969 to 1972, usually as #5 or #51. A one-time Regional Executive of the SCCA Milwaukee Region, Richard W Drexler was president of Milwaukee-based oil refiner Lubricant, Inc. Records of him actually starting a race are rare but he was a regular entry at his local Road America and Blackhawk Farms circuits or even as far afield as Brainerd. He returned in 1973 and 1974 with the car now fitted with a 1-litre engine for Formula C, qualifying for the Run-Offs in 1973. He scored his last FC points in 1975. Drexler died in April 2003 and nothing more is known of the history of the McLaren.
  9. 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.
  10. Chevron B15b (Bill O'Connor): Bill O'Connor (Chicago, IL/Highland Pk, IL) raced a blue/orange/yellow Chevron B15b in SCCA Formula B in the fall of 1972. He scored 13 points in Central Division FB and also entered several Pro races in the fall, but faield to start any, the closets being when he retired on the pace lap at Road America. O'Connor then acquired a Brabham BT38 for 1973 so the Chevron may have been traded back to Fred Opert. Nothing more known.
  11. March 722 [71BM-10] (Ian Coristine): One of two red March 71BMs acquired by Wilson Southam for Canadian FB and believed to be the car raced by Southam. Southam's operation was bought by Ecurie Canada and its mechanic Tom Greatorex for 1972 and this is the car believed to have been updated to side-radiator 722 specification and rented by Ian Coristine that season. Coristine stayed with the team for 1972 but the car was put back to 71BM specification. Then to Mauro Lanaro for 1974 and retained for a total of four seasons in Canadian FB and F/Atlantic. Coristine recalls that this car destroyed in a transporter fire on its was to a race at Debert.
  12. March 722 (William Kautz): William Kautz (Geneva, IL) had a March 722 during 1972 and 1973 but did not start any of the races that he is known to have entered. The car was entered as #60 once in 1972 and as #6 in 1973. Its colour was given as yellow in 1973 and the entrant throughout was Kautz Farm Racing. Kautz advertised the car in May 1976, still with a "big valve Hart" engine.
  13. Brabham BT29 (Bob Criss): In 1972, Stephen M. Cole (Orange, CA) entered a Brabham BT29 in Pro Formula B races for Bob Criss (originally from Terre Haute, IN, but by 1972 of Newport Beach, CA). The car was blue and wore #64 when raced by Criss. Cole himself also raced in Nationals and is thought to have been racing the same car at Riverside in May 1972. Criss signed with Mary & Tom Page's Page Racing for Indy racing in 1973 but was killed in a testing session in April 1973. Criss was Robert Dale Criss, born 1938, and should not be confused with the Bob Criss from Bethel Park, PA, who drove an Austin-Healey Sprite in SCCA racing as a member of Steel Cities Region at about this time. Nothing more is known of the Brabham.

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.