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Thompson Grand Prix

Thompson Raceway, 18 Aug 1968

ResultsLapsTime/Speed Winnings
1 Lou Sell Eagle Mk 5 [501] - Chevrolet V8
#15
65 1h 11m 14.2s
87.6 mph
$2100
2 Bobby Brown Lola T140 [SL140/3] - Chevrolet V8
#3
65 1h 11m 26s
$1500
3 Brian O'Neil Lola T140 [SL140/13] - Chevrolet V8
#1
64 1h 11m 26s
$1100
4 George Wintersteen Eagle Mk 5 [502] - Chevrolet V8
#12
64 1h 12m 05s
$900
5 Henry Candler Lola T140 - Chevrolet V8
#40
64 1h 12m 20s
$700
6 Peter Rehl (FB) 1.6-litre Cooper T88 [FC-1-68?] - Ford twin cam
#71 (see note 1)
62 1h 11m 29s
$900
7 Bill Brack (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam
#85
62 1h 12m 15s
$750
8 Jacques Couture (FB) 1.6-litre Crosslé 12F [C12F/67/34] - Ford twin cam
#10
61 1h 12m 57s
$600
9 John F. Sirmons (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 22 - Ford twin cam
#29
60 1h 11m 47s
$450
10 Roger Barr (FB) 1.6-litre Crosslé 12F [C12F/67/32] - Ford twin cam
#61
60 1h 11m 55s
$300
11 Charlie Adams (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21C [12?] - Ford twin cam
#64 (see note 2)
58 1h 11m 21s
$100
12 John Gunn Lola T140 - Chevrolet V8
#99
58 1h 11m 22s
$100
13 Gregg Brumm (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam BRM
#32
58 1h 11m 41s
$100
14 Steve Durst Vulcan - Chevrolet V8
#6
54 1h 11m 27s
$100
15 Ted A. Clark (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT15 - Ford twin cam Cosworth Mk 13
#56 (see note 3)
52 1h 11m 28s
$50
16 WP Fred Stevenson (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C [41-FL-44] - Ford twin cam
#93
49 1h 11m 26s
$50
17 Martin Sellers (FB) 1.6-litre McLaren M4B [200-26B?] - Ford twin cam
#30 (see note 4)
34 1h 11m 30s
$50
18 Kurt Reinold McKee Mk 8 - Chevrolet V8
#57
48 accident $50
19 Mike Hiss (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21A - Ford twin cam
#94 (see note 5)
44 broken throttle cable $50
20 Chuck Dietrich (FB) 1.6-litre McLaren M4B [200-27B] - Ford twin cam
#31 (see note 6)
32 clutch shaft $50
21 Fred Opert (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21A [4] - Ford twin cam
#73 (see note 7)
27 retired - unknown  
22 Richard Negley (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam
#74
26 retired - unknown  
23 Steven Woods Lotus 24 [941] - Ford Shelby V8
#39
24 accident  
24 Bob Betts LeGrand Mk 7 - Chevrolet V8
#8
18 retired - unknown  
25 Jerry Hansen Lola T140 [SL140/8] - Chevrolet V8
#44
17 burned piston  
26 Fred Ashplant (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21A - Ford twin cam
#47 (see note 8)
15 retired - unknown  
27 Brian Follon (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand Mk 3B - Ford twin cam
#25
11 retired - unknown  
28 Brian Robertson (FB) 1.6-litre McLaren M4B - Ford twin cam
#35 (see note 9)
8 retired - unknown  
29 Bill Gubelmann (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23F [1] - Ford twin cam
#87 (see note 10)
7 retired - unknown  
30 Carson Baird (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT16 - Ford twin cam
#81 (see note 11)
6 retired - unknown  
DNS Jack Eiteljorg Eisert 68 - Chevrolet V8
#7
Did not start
DNS Al Pease (F1) 2.7-litre Eagle 'T1F' [101] - Climax FPF 4
#69
Did not start

All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Lou Sell (F5000) 5-litre Eagle Mk 5 [501] - Chevrolet V8 1m 02.4s
2 Jerry Hansen (F5000) 5-litre Lola T140 [SL140/8] - Chevrolet V8 1m 02.6s
3 George Wintersteen (F5000) 5-litre Eagle Mk 5 [502] - Chevrolet V8 1m 02.8s
4 Bobby Brown (F5000) 5-litre Lola T140 [SL140/3] - Chevrolet V8 1m 03.2s
5 Henry Candler (F5000) 5-litre Lola T140 - Chevrolet V8 1m 04.0s
6 Brian O'Neil (F5000) 5-litre Lola T140 [SL140/13] - Chevrolet V8 1m 04.2s
7 Kurt Reinold (F5000) 5-litre McKee Mk 8 - Chevrolet V8 1m 04.2s
8 John Gunn (F5000) 5-litre Lola T140 - Chevrolet V8 1m 04.9s
9 Mike Hiss (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21A - Ford twin cam 1m 02.5s
10 Bill Gubelmann (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23F [1] - Ford twin cam 1m 06.2s
11 Chuck Dietrich (FB) 1.6-litre McLaren M4B [200-27B] - Ford twin cam 1m 05.8s
12 Carson Baird (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT16 - Ford twin cam 1m 06.8s
13 Steve Durst (F5000) 5-litre Vulcan - Chevrolet V8 1m 06.6s
14 WP Fred Stevenson (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C [41-FL-44] - Ford twin cam 1m 07.0s
15 Fred Ashplant (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21A - Ford twin cam 1m 06.6s
16 Peter Rehl (FB) 1.6-litre Cooper T88 [FC-1-68?] - Ford twin cam 1m 07.8s
17 Bill Brack (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam 1m 07.2s
18 Jacques Couture (FB) 1.6-litre Crosslé 12F [C12F/67/34] - Ford twin cam 1m 08.1s
19 Bob Betts (F5000) 5-litre LeGrand Mk 7 - Chevrolet V8 1m 08.8s
20 Roger Barr (FB) 1.6-litre Crosslé 12F [C12F/67/32] - Ford twin cam 1m 08.1s
21 Brian Robertson (FB) 1.6-litre McLaren M4B - Ford twin cam no time
22 Fred Opert (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21A [4] - Ford twin cam 1m 08.2s
23 Martin Sellers (FB) 1.6-litre McLaren M4B [200-26B?] - Ford twin cam no time
24 Steven Woods (F5000) 5-litre Lotus 24 [941] - Ford Shelby V8 1m 08.6s
25 Gregg Brumm (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam BRM no time
26 Richard Negley (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam no time
27 Jack Eiteljorg * (F5000) 5-litre Eisert 68 - Chevrolet V8 no time
28 John F. Sirmons (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 22 - Ford twin cam 1m 09.8s
29 Al Pease * (F1) 2.7-litre Eagle 'T1F' [101] - Climax FPF 4 no time
30 Brian Follon (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand Mk 3B - Ford twin cam no time
31 Ted A. Clark (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT15 - Ford twin cam Cosworth Mk 13 no time
32 Charlie Adams (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21C [12?] - Ford twin cam no time
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Cooper T88 [FC-1-68?] (Peter Rehl): One of the very last Coopers built was a Formula C car for faithful US customer Peter Rehl (Easton, CT). This T88 was equipped with a 1-litre BRM engine according to Cooper records and Rehl scored 51 points in NEDiv Formula C, finishing narrowly second to Bull Rutan's Brabham. However, the car also raced as a Formula B car with a standard Ford twin cam and Rahel managed to finish fourth in FB as well, qualifying for the Run-Offs and finishing third at Riverside as a FB. Rehl bought a new Formula A Cooper T90 for 1969 but the fate of the T88 is unknown.
  2. Brabham BT21C [12?] (Charlie Adams): Charles W Adams (Manhattan Beach, CA), known as Charlie Adams, was a regular in Formula B from 1965 to 1971. He had a BT18 in 1967 but from 1968 to 1971, his car is often referred to as a BT21C. It was green, and ran as #64. It is assumed he had the same car through this period, starting at Elkhart Lake July 1968 but quite possibly earlier. Adams won the Southern Pacific Division FB title in 1969 but did not score any points in 1970 and his appearances in the pro series ceased after the Laguna Seca race in June. In 1971, he scored just two points in the SPDiv championship and only appeared at one Pro race, the Edmonton round in August. Subsequent history unknown.
  3. Brabham BT15 (Ted A. Clark): Ted Clark (DeKalb, IL) raced a Brabham BT15 in Formula B in 1968, equipped with a Cosworth Mk 13 engine and running as #56 and typically entered by Team Nappi of Rockford, Illinois. Clark advertised the car in April 1969, saying that it had a Hewland 5-speed gearbox and 7" and 9" wheels. Nothing more known.
  4. McLaren M4B [200-26B?] (Martin Sellers): Sold to Martin Sellers (Columbus, OH) for Formula B in 1968. The sale was arranged by Chuck Dietrich (Sandusky, OH) who had run a M4A in 1967 and was now buying a new car for himself as well. Dietrich and Sellers ran together as a team in 1968. Retained by Sellers for 1969 but he had engine troubles through that season and after that only raced the car rarely. In the 1990s, he brought the car out again for historic racing and ran at Sears Point with the SCCA in 1997. More recently a member of the CSRG. Chassis 200-26 is a very rare 1960s racing car that has only had one owner from new.
  5. Brabham BT21A (Mike Hiss): To Mike Hiss (Laurel, MD) to replace the earlier Brabham that he "demolished" in practice for the Bridgehampton National in July 1967. He raced the BT21A for the last two Pro races, finished third at Lake Tahoe. Retained for 1968, finishing third at Palm Beach in February and then winning at Marlboro in March. Second in Bridgehampton National and won a Regional at Marlboro but less successful in the Pro series. Last seen when crashed at Lime Rock in September 1968 following a suspension failure. Hiss had by that time moved up to Formula A with a Lola T140 and it is not known whether the Brabham was rebuilt.
  6. McLaren M4B [200-27B] (Chuck Dietrich): For Chuck Dietrich (Sandusky, OH) in Formula B in 1968, replacing the similar 200-10B that he had raced in 1967. Subsequent history unknown but, based on the geography, quite possibly the car of Dick Drexler (Pewaukee, WI) in Formula B from 1969 to 1975. Then unknown until bought from Joe Zuniga (St. Paul, Minnesota) by James Harayda (Bloomington, Minnesota) in April 1978 as a FB car. Harayda raced it in FB in 1978 then converted it to FC for 1979. Traded to Scott Livingston (St Louis, MO) in 1980 then on to Jon Rhodes (Webster Grove, MO) 1981 who converted it to CSR with an Alfa engine and qualified for the Run-Offs in 1982. Sold to Scott Holman (Frederick, MD) July 1983 and continued in CSR until 1989 when sold to Henry Alexander and Wes McNay. Rebuilt with a new Marc Bahner tub which was modelled on Jim Brown's 1967 monocoque. Restored to Formula B specification and sold to Harry Mathews (Arvada, CO) March 1996 for his Mathews Collection of McLarens. Sold to Shigeru Motohashi (Japan) 2004 and raced in the Japanese Interclub Historic Car event at Tsukuba in 2009.
  7. Brabham BT21A [4] (Fred Opert): 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.
  8. Brabham BT21A (Fred Ashplant): Raced by Fred Ashplant (Franklin Lakes, NJ) and first seen at Lime Rock in early July where Racing Magazine called it "his new Brabham FB". Won the SCCA National at Bridgehampton two weeks later and the Pro race at Mont-Tremblant in September. Finished third in the NEDiv FB title. Retained for 1968 but used much less that season. In 1969, Ashplant ordered a Brabham BT29 and sold the BT21A to Pete LoBianco (York, PA). However, the BT21A was in Fred Opert's stock during the summer of 1969 and as the car had last been raced as #47, it seems likely that this was the #47 FB Brabham that Opert raced a couple of times before his BT29 arrived.
  9. McLaren M4B (Brian Robertson): Brian Robertson (Brockville, Ontario) bought a McLaren M4A for 1968 and raced it in both the US SCCA Pro series and in local Canadian races, generally as #35 and with support from Indusmat Inc. He reappeared with the car in July and August 1969 before replacing it with a new Brabham BT29. To Kris Harrison (Montréal, Quebec) for a handful of events in September 1970 at Trois-Rivières and Mont-Tremblant. Harrison would later found Ecurie Canada, the team that launched Gilles Villeneuve's career. Subsequent history of the McLaren unknown
  10. Brabham BT23F [1] (Bill Gubelmann): Sold to Bill Gubelmann (Oyster Bay, NY) and fitted with a Vegantune Ford twin cam engine for SCCA 'Pro' and NEDiv Formula B. Raced through 1968 and retained for a couple of races in 1969 as Gubelmann's BT29 was late arriving. Sold to Al Justason (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) who used it in both the Canadian and US Pro series in 1970 and again in the Canadian FB series in 1971. Sold to Michael Houselander who appeared at two Canadian national events in 1972, Later sold to ‘Dino Delousis’ who fitted a turbocharged 2-litre Ford Pinto engine for libre events but found the car to be undrivable and stored it from about 1974 to 2004 when sold to Dave Darrow (Mississauga, Ontario) and fully restored. Retained until 2007 when sold via race-cars.com to Murray Bryden (Melbourne, Australia). Sold to David Kloster (Kinglake, Victoria) September 2011.
  11. Brabham BT16 (Carson Baird): Carson Baird (Birmingham, AL or Beltsville, MD) drove a Brabham in Formula B in 1968, racing in three Pro events and also scoring 15 pts in NEDiv Nationals. His car was identified at Mosport Park 25 Aug 1968 as a BT18 but when he traded the car to Fred Opert for a new Chevron, Opert described it as a 1965 F2/FB, indicating a BT16. He entered a Chevron for the Run-Offs but did not start and evidently gave up on the car as he was in a Brabham again at the start of the 1969 season. He upgraded to a Winkelmann WDB2 mid-season. Nothing more is known about 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.

1968 US information has been taken from SCCA results sheets with additional information from Autoweek race reports and from some entry lists. Thanks to David McKinney and Wolfgang Klopfer for providing these. Identifying the classes and model of some entries has proved very difficult so all new information would be welcomed.

1969-1971 US information has been collated by Chris Townsend using Autoweek reports. All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome.

1972-1976 US information was originally collated by Wolfgang Klopfer, converted to database format by Dawn Harrison and checked by Jim Thurman and Don Capps. Wolfgang's main sources are Autoweek and individual SCCA results bulletins but Autosport, Autocourse and Road Racing Annual have also been consulted.

US SCCA Runoffs, Nationals and Regionals results were collated by Wolfgang Klopfer from Autoweek reports. These reports were usually very brief so the information on the majority of races is limited just to the identity of the FA class winner.

Some race programs have also been used for entry lists and other information. My thanks to Richard Coe for the generous contributions from his collection.

All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome. Please email Allen if you can add anything.