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SCCA Continental Championship for Formula B/C Race

Riverside, 24 Sep 1972

ResultsLapsTime/Speed Winnings
1 David McConnell GRD B72 [019-F2] - Ford twin cam
#86 DWM Racing
30 0.42.55.56
106.508 mph
$1250
2 Mike Hansen Brabham BT35 [31] - Ford twin cam
#33 Marx-Hansen
30
$475
3 Bob Lazier March 722 [16b] - Ford twin cam
30
$250
4 Bill Middleton Brabham BT38B - Ford twin cam
#31 (see note 1)
30
$100
5 Gordon Strom Brabham BT35 [32] - Ford twin cam
#11 (see note 2)
30
$75
6 Bob Criss Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam CRW
#64 (see note 3)
30
$75
7 Terry Allard Brabham BT35 - Ford twin cam
#7 Racing Services
30
$75
8 Syd Demovsky Lola T240 [HU4] - Ford twin cam
#69 Demovsky Racing (see note 4)
30
$75
9 Frank Fitch Brabham BT35 [39?] - Ford twin cam
#18 Pacifico (see note 5)
29
$75
10 Ted Titmas Lola T240 [HU15] - Ford twin cam
#4 Autohaus
29
$75
11 Larry Wright Brabham BT29 [44] - Ford twin cam
#83 (see note 6)
29
 
12 Dick Doherty March 722 - Ford twin cam
#88 Doherty Racing
29
 
13 Phil Palm Brabham BT29 [45] - Ford twin cam
#26 (see note 7)
29
 
14 Bob Newton March 71BM [3] - Ford twin cam
#98
28
 
15 Steve Lilves Zoom Racer - Ford twin cam
#5 Lilves Racing
27
 
16 Hugh "Wink" Bancroft March 722 - Ford twin cam
#82 Bancroft Motorsport
16 Ignition  
17 Jim Paul Winkelmann WDB4 - Ford twin cam
#13
16 Spun  
18 Bruce Eglinton Mana 08 - Ford twin cam
#9 Kaneko Racing
15 Gear linkage  
19 Charlie Powell Lola T240 [HU6] - Ford twin cam
#99 (see note 8)
11 Unknown  
20 Bruce Powers LeGrand Mk 14 - Ford twin cam
#40
8 Throttle linkage  
21 John Angus Brabham BT29 [1] - Ford twin cam
#16 (see note 9)
7 Exhaust  
22 Jon Milledge Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#91 (see note 10)
1 Accident  
DNS John Pennington (FC) 1-litre Tecno 68/F3 [T00 248?] - Ford Novamotor
#3
Did not start
(did not attempt to qualify)
DNS Brian Stack Lotus 35B - Ford twin cam
#6
Did not start
DNS Lee Pitman Lola T240 - Ford twin cam
#57 (see note 11)
Did not start
(did not attempt to qualify)
DNS Mike Eyerly Brabham BT29 [38] - Ford twin cam
#80 (see note 12)
Did not start
(did not attempt to qualify)

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Qualifying
1 David McConnell (FB) 1.6-litre GRD B72 [019-F2] - Ford twin cam 1m 23.31s
2 Jon Milledge (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam 1m 23.45s
3 Mike Hansen (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35 [31] - Ford twin cam 1m 24.52s
4 Bill Middleton (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT38B - Ford twin cam 1m 24.97s
5 Hugh "Wink" Bancroft (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam 1m 25.87s
6 Syd Demovsky (FB) 1.6-litre Lola T240 [HU4] - Ford twin cam 1m 26.44s
7 Bruce Eglinton (FB) 1.6-litre Mana 08 - Ford twin cam 1m 26.79s
8 Gordon Strom (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35 [32] - Ford twin cam 1m 26.84s
9 Bob Criss (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam CRW 1m 27.05s
10 Frank Fitch (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35 [39?] - Ford twin cam 1m 27.42s
11 Phil Palm (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [45] - Ford twin cam 1m 27.93s
12 Ted Titmas (FB) 1.6-litre Lola T240 [HU15] - Ford twin cam 1m 28.50s
13 Charlie Powell (FB) 1.6-litre Lola T240 [HU6] - Ford twin cam 1m 28.60s
14 Terry Allard (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35 - Ford twin cam 1m 28.62s
15 Larry Wright (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [44] - Ford twin cam 1m 28.66s
16 John Angus (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [1] - Ford twin cam 1m 28.72s
17 Dick Doherty (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam 1m 29.32s
18 Bruce Powers (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand Mk 14 - Ford twin cam 1m 30.84s
19 Jim Paul (FB) 1.6-litre Winkelmann WDB4 - Ford twin cam 1m 32.19s
20 Steve Lilves (FB) 1.6-litre Zoom Racer - Ford twin cam 1m 33.11s
21 Bob Newton (FB) 1.6-litre March 71BM [3] - Ford twin cam 1m 33.45s
22 Brian Stack * (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 35B - Ford twin cam 1m 37.44s
- Bob Lazier (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 [16b] - Ford twin cam no time
- Lee Pitman * (FB) 1.6-litre Lola T240 - Ford twin cam no time
- Mike Eyerly * (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [38] - Ford twin cam no time
- John Pennington * (FC) 1-litre Tecno 68/F3 [T00 248?] - Ford Novamotor no time
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  2. Brabham BT35 [32] (Gordon Strom): 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Brabham BT35 [39?] (Frank Fitch): 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.
  6. Brabham BT29 [44] (Larry Wright): This late BT29 remained unused in 1970 and was sold by Charlie Hayes to Larry Wright (Riverside, CA) in Dec 1970, taking Wright's Chevron B15 in part exchange. Wright raced the orange-and-yellow #83 Brabham in Pro events and in SCCA National and Regional events on the west coast. In June 1973, he wrecked the car in practice for a National at Laguna Seca and replaced it with the ex-Archie Snider BT29. The damaged chassis went to Marc Bahner in 1974 who eventually repaired it and sold it to Lou Pavesi in 1980. It later passed to Steve Pike in Australia in 1993 and then to Jim McConville in 1998.
  7. Brabham BT29 [45] (Phil Palm): This is one of a pair of late BT29s acquired by California dealer Charlie Hayes which remained unraced during 1970. It was sold it March 1971 to Doug Brenner (Pasadena, CA) and raced in Pro events and in SCCA Nationals that season. Brenner raced the yellow Brabham in the two Bogotá races in early 1972 and then sold it to Phil Palm and Ron Pohl 1972 who retained Brenner's entry number of #26 and raced the car in 1972. They sold it to Bill Summers who raced it in mainly Regional races at Elkhart Lake, Brainerd, and Blackhawk Farms. The next owner was Bob Mijolevic and around this time the car was fitted with a Mazda engine and used in autocross. Mijolevic last raced the car in 1982 but after that the history is largely unknown until it was bought by Cy Moreland (Trainer, PA) who in turn sold it to Dave Burch (Los Altos, CA). Rebuilt in the mid-1990s using a replacement Marc Bahner chassis. Sold in late 2011 to Wayne Wilson (Sydney, Australia)
  8. Lola T240 [HU6] (Charlie Powell): First owner unknown but identified as the Lola T240 raced by Charlie Powell (Riverside, CA), also sometimes called Chuck Powell, in Formula B from 1972 to 1974. His only known races in the car are at his home town track but he may have ventured further afield. He crashed the car in a SCCA National in Feb 1973, when he flipped sideways and landed upside down on the barrier, but was back by early 1974. His last known appearance with it was a SCCA Regional at the end of March 1974. Eventually sold by Powell to James Jaqua (Hemet, CA) in July 1987 and fitted with a Cosworth BDP. To Jim Larkin (Colorado Springs, CO) in 1989 and retained to 2014. Sold to Alex Penrith (Ojai, CA) 2014.
  9. 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.
  10. Brabham BT29 (Jon Milledge): Jim Gutfreund (Des Moines, Iowa) bought a new Brabham BT29 for 1970 and ran it in Midwest Div Formula B, winning two races and leading the division until his BRM-built Ford twin-cam blew. He sold the car to Archie Snider for 1971 and Snider continued with the BRM engine until joining forces with Jon Milledge who crewed the car for Snider in Regionals while racing it in Nationals and in Pro events. They continued with the car through 1972 and into 1973, before Snider replaced it with a GRD. It then went to Larry Wright to replace his earlier BT29 that he'd wrecked in June 1973. Wright kept the car until 1974 after which he retired and sold the car to "an unknown guy who lived in the Sierra Madre area of So Cal, near Pasadena".
  11. Lola T240 (Lee Pitman): Lee Pitman (La Hambra Heights, CA) raced an orange #57 in SCCA races at Riverside and Laguna Seca from 1972 to 1978 at least. He raced for CSCC but rarely scored points at National level. Nothing more known.
  12. 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.