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Road Race of Champions (FB and FC classes)

Road Atlanta, 27 Nov 1971

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Bob Lazier March 71BM [4?] - Ford twin cam
20 31m 00.8s
97.66 mph
2 Allan Lader Brabham BT35 [39] - Ford twin cam
(see note 1)
20 31m 14.8s
3 Ron Dykes March 71BM - Ford twin cam
20
4 Mike Hall Brabham BT35 - Ford twin cam
20
5 WP Fred Stevenson Lotus 69 [71/69.6.FB] - Ford twin cam
20
6 Thomas E. Kornell Brabham BT29 [48] - Ford twin cam
(see note 2)
20
7 Quin Calhoun Lola T240 [HU12] - Ford twin cam
(see note 3)
19
8 Harry Reynolds (FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT29 [25] - Cosworth SCC
19 1st in FC
9 Howie Fairbanks (FC) 1-litre Brabham BT29 [7] - Ford Cosworth SCA
(see note 4)
19 2nd in FC (crashed heavily at turn 5)
10 Chuck Grauel (FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT21 [BT9 F3-6-64] - Ford Lucas downdraft
(see note 5)
18 3rd in FC
11 Dick Seelye (FC) 1-litre Brabham BT21 - Ford
(see note 6)
18 4th in FC
12 Mike Gilbert (FC) 1-litre Lotus 41 [F3-16] - Ford Cosworth
18 5th in FC
13 Jim Sechser (FC) 1-litre Brabham BT16 - Ford Cosworth MAE
18 6th in FC
14 Jon David Jones (FC) Cooper T71 [F2-2-64?]
(see note 7)
16
15 Guy McHand (FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT21 - Ford
16 7th in FC
16 Don Flores Brabham BT21 - Ford twin cam
16
17 Bill Shurtleff (FC) Brabham BT15
14
R Ron Southern (FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT21 - Ford
(see note 8)
16
R Jim Grob Chevron B20 [71-1] - Ford twin cam
(see note 9)
12
R Steve Mandy Chevron B15b [FB-69-4?] - Ford twin cam
(see note 10)
11
R Gerry Wilson (FC) Brabham BT15
11
R Ron Cohn (FC) Chevron B17 [17.70.04]
(see note 11)
10
R Bob Hebert Lotus 69B - Ford twin cam
9
R Tom Parsons (FC) Lotus
3
R Fred Roehr (FC) 1.1-litre Titan Mk3 [68306] - Ford
(see note 12)
3
R Charles Irons (FC) unknown
2
R Frank Marrs (FC) Titan Mk4
2
R Steve Louden Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
(see note 13)
0
R Gordon Smiley Merlyn Mk 21 [320.FB.71] - Ford twin cam
0 spin in turn 1
R Bill Middleton Lola T240 - Ford twin cam
(see note 14)
0 spin in turn 1
R Karl Patton Winkelmann WDB1 - Ford twin cam
0
R Mike Hansen Brabham BT35 [31] - Ford twin cam
0 spin in turn 1
R Chuck Dietrich March 71BM - Ford twin cam
0
DNS Gene Forsthofel LeGrand Mk 14 - Ford twin cam
Did not start
DNS Sandy Shepard Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
(see note 15)
Did not start
DNS Rex Twaites (FC) Tecno
Did not start
DNS Fred Ashplant (FC) 1.1-litre March 703 - Ford BDA
Did not start
DNS Ed Brannon (FC) LeGrand Mk 3B
Did not start
DNSC Mike Rand March 71BM [15] - Ford twin cam
Did not start (crashed)

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Qualifying
Qualifying information not available

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. 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.
  3. Lola T240 [HU12] (Quin Calhoun): Identified as the #8 Lola T240 raced by Quin Calhoun (Chicago, IL) in CenDiv FB events in 1971, scoring 16 points in FB that season. Retained and raced again in CenDiv in 1972 but only scored 1 point. To Carmon Solomone (Woodridge, IL) for 1973 and raced in Pro and CenDiv events over the next two seasons. Subsequent history unknown. Said to have been bought by an unknown owner c1991 and owned for 20 years before being advertised c2011. Mentioned by Kim Baker of vintageracecarsales.com as traded to him around July 2013. A car with this number advertised by Greg Jacobs of Ignite Performance in January 2014.
  4. Brabham BT29 [7] (Howie Fairbanks): This car was still unraced when Howie Fairbanks (St Paul, MN) bought it in 1970 "still on its shipping pallet from a shop in Philadelphia". He fitted a SCA engine and ran the car in Formula C in 1971, taking seven wins and second place at the Run-Offs. His partner Jim Blomquist drove it in 1972 and took third at the Run-Offs. Fairbanks then sold it to Art Jaworski who continued to run it in FC and, later, in its successor Formula Continental into the mid-1980s. The car was then sold for vintage racing and was owned by Richard Balsley in 2011.
  5. Brabham BT21 [BT9 F3-6-64] (Chuck Grauel): Identified by the Formula 1 Register as the car raced by Patrick Dal Bo in 1964 and by Jean Sage briefly at the end of 1965. Then sold back to England via Stephen Conlan and owned by David Wragg (Leeds) in early 1966 then to Malcolm Smith (Clitheroe, Lancashire) later that year. Sold by Smith via Fred Opert to the US, where dealer Pierre Phillips imported it into Portland, OR. He sold it to Win Casey, also of Portland, who raced it in ICSCC and SCCA FC in 1967 with a MAE engine. Then to another Portland driver, Neil Hansen, for NorPac FC in 1968 when it was described as a BT14. It was later owned by Chuck Grauel (Kansas City, KS) and raced in MWDiv Formula C in 1970 and 1971, then via midget racer Frank Dickerson (Wichita, KS), John Stokes and others to Jerry Strickfaden (Los Alamos, NM) 1987, during which time it was regarded as a BT15. Researched by Jerry Strickfaden and identified as a BT9. To Wayne Mitchell 1988. To Robs Lamplough (Hungerford, Berkshire) 2011.
  6. Brabham BT21 (Dick Seelye): Dick Seelye (Milwaukee, WI) ran a red #95 Brabham BT21 in Central Division Formula C in 1970 and 1971. He qualified for the Run-Offs both seasons. Nothing more known.
  7. Cooper T71 [F2-2-64?] (Jon David Jones): New to Normand Racing Team for Tony Hegbourne to race in F2 in 1964. Then to Frank Lythgoe for 1965 and entered for Alan Rollinson in a few F2 races at the start of 1965 until their new Brabham BT16 was ready. Then fitted with a 1600cc Ford twin cam engine and raced by David Bridges in several libre races in June 1965 before being sold to Robin Darlington who raced it in libre in September and October 1965. To Robs Lamplough who advertised it in February 1966 and, to the best of his recollection, sold it to Robert Winkelmann in California. According to the history given by restorer Joe Cavaglieri to later owner David Woodhouse, the car went to the US via Fred Opert and was owned by Lyman Morton (brother of John Morton), Charlie Eddy and Charles Underwood in California before being acquired by Cavaglieri (Sherman Oaks, CA), who sold it to Woodhouse (London), the Director of Design at Lincoln Motor Company, in late 2005/early 2006.
  8. Brabham BT21 (Ron Southern): Ron Southern (San Rafael, CA/San Jose, CA) raced a green-and-gold #24 Brabham in Formula C from 1970 to 1972. It was identified as a BT18 in 1970 but as a BT21B by the end of 1971. Southern bought a BT40 for 1973 and the BT18 was sold to Gayle Cox for 1973, who entered it as a BT18/21. Then to Dick Moody by 1976, who called it a BT21. Nothing more known.
  9. Chevron B20 [71-1] (Jim Grob): The prototype Chevron B20 was completed in Formula B specification delivered to Jim Grob (Ft Lauderdale, FL) in time for the 1971 Run-Offs. Grob then raced the orange car at the Bogotá races in early 1972 and then in Southeast Div and Pro FB in 1972. He retained the car for 1973 and 1974, racing it in a total of four Run-Offs, before selling it to Peter Symonds (Rowley, MA) for the 1975 season. Symonds only raced it four times: two SCCA Regionals in 1975 and another two in 1976. Symonds advertised it in 1977. Its next owner was Jack Van Dell who raced it in Regionals in 1985. It was sold to Pierre Haverland (Belgium) in 1988 and then to Nelson Todd (Belfast, Northern Ireland) in 2000. To Laurent Fort (Arles, Provence, France) in 2006, then to Michael Henderson (Donaghadee, County Down, Northern Ireland) in 2007.
  10. Chevron B15b [FB-69-4?] (Steve Mandy): 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.
  11. Chevron B17 [17.70.04] (Ron Cohn): New to New Zealander Bert Hawthorne and raced in British F3 using Holbay engines. Hawthorne wrecked the car in late May, and after trying a couple of other cars, settled on the new Tui F3 car. The Chevron was repaired at the factory and sold via Fred Opert to Ron Cohn (Modena, NY) to be used in SCCA Formula C in 1971. It was later sold to Bill Anspach (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) and won the FC class at the 1974 Run-Offs. Later to Sandy Brandt and still racing in FC in 1977. To Ric Capone, and advertised by him in October 1978. Subsequent history unknown.
  12. Titan Mk3 [68306] (Fred Roehr): New to Charles Sawyer-Hoare and raced in British F3 in 1968 up to Brands Hatch in August 1968. Then to Fred Roehr (Portland, OR) and raced in Formula C in the US from 1969 to 1971. According to a June 2010 feature on Curtis Jacobson's BritishRaceCar.com, the car then went to Don Starr who fitted a Kawasaki motorcycle engine, presumably still for Formula C. Several owners later it was acquired by Bob Erickson and Don Snyder who are believed to have converted it to Formula B specification with a Ford twin cam engine. In the mid-1990s it passed to Brad and Dean Baker of Ontario who raced it in historic events. In February 2004 it was acquired by Bill Bovenizer (Ajax, Ontario, Canada) who continued to use it in vintage racing, still with a Lotus-Ford twin cam engine.
  13. Brabham BT29 (Steve Louden): Larry Harley (Dallas, TX) bought a Brabham BT29 for the 1970 season, using it in the Southwest Division FB title race - where he finished just a single point behind winner Roy Maze - and in a couple of Pro events. After finishing ninth in the Run-Offs, the car passed to Steve Louden (also Dallas) who raced it in 1971 and 1972, winning the SWDiv title in 1971 and tying in 1972.
  14. 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.
  15. Brabham BT29 (Sandy Shepard): Sandy Shepard (Denton, TX) raced a new black #59 Brabham BT29 from the start of the 1970 season. With support from his father's KDNT Radio Station, Shepard competed in every round, finishing second in his 'home' race at Dallas. Sandy's recollection is that he sold the car after a single local race in 1971 to Fred Opert who had it lined up for a Mexican customer.

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.

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Individual sources for this event

Competition Press & Autoweek 18 Dec 1971 p12. Formula B and Formula C were run together in 1971.