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Players (Canadian) Formula Atlantic Series Race

Halifax, 8 Aug 1976

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Gilles Villeneuve March 76B [10 or 15?] - Ford BDA Morris
#69 Ecurie Canada (see note 1)
65 1h 10m 21.4s
2 Bill Brack Chevron B34 [34.76.14] - Ford BDA Hart
#1
65
3 Howdy Holmes Chevron B34 [34.76.26] - Ford BDA BSR
Bill Scott Racing
64
4 Richard Spenard Ralt RT1 [34] - Ford BDA Hart
#93 Planter's Peanuts
64
5 Héctor Rebaque Lola T460 [HU1] - Ford BDA Traylor
Carl Haas (see note 2)
64
6 Price Cobb March 76B [13] - Ford BDA Race Shop
#8 Doug Shierson Racing (see note 3)
64
7 Bertil Roos Ralt RT1 [30] - Ford BDA Hart
#2 Brian Robertson
63 Spun and stalled
8 Bruce Jensen Chevron B29 [29-75-14] - Ford BDA Hart
#41 (see note 4)
63
9 Craig Hill Lola T460 - Ford BDA Hart
#25 Quick-Trans/Gabriel (see note 5)
63
10 Juan Cochesa Chevron B34 - Ford BDA Hart
Fred Opert Racing
63
11 Hugh "Wink" Bancroft Chevron B34 [34.76.16] - Ford BDA Hart
Fred Opert Racing (see note 6)
63
12 Marcel Talbot Chevron B34 [34.76.32?] - Ford BDA Hart
#10 Tamaco
63
13 Tom Klausler Lola T460 [HU6] - Ford BDA Traylor
#63 (see note 7)
63
14 Lloyd Callaway Chevron B34 - Ford BDA Hart
#52 Callaway Racing
63
15 Chip Mead Ralt RT1 [11] - Ford BDA Willis
#31 Cavanaugh Racing
62
16 Lynn Bentson Modus M3 [041-FA] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#77
61
17 Robert J. Nelkin Chevron B34 - Ford BDA Hart
#67 Bob Nelkin Racing
60
18 Bobby Brown March 76B [18] - Ford BDA Hart
#79 Audiovox-Carroll Smith (see note 8)
52 Accident
19 Tim Cooper March 73B/76B - Ford BDA CRW
#17 Wilbur Bunce Racing (see note 9)
52 Driver fatigue
20 Rick Bell Chevron B34 [34.76.18] - Ford BDA Hart
#78 Bell Racing
44 Mechanical
21 Kevin Cogan Chevron B34 [34-76-20] - Ford BDA Swindon
#3 Cogan Racing
43 Driver fatigue
22 Tom Gloy Tui BH2 [3] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#70
29 Handling
23 Bob Beyea March 722/75B - Ford BDA Nicholson
#11 Krazy Glue-Rick Shea (see note 10)
19 Fuel leak
24 Bobby Rahal March 76B [4?] - Ford BDA McCoy
#9 (see note 11)
17 Ignition
25 Seb Barone March 76B - Ford BDA Cosworth
#28 Isola Racing (see note 12)
16 Oil leak
26 Marty Loft March 76B - Ford BDA Race Shop
#4 Doug Shierson Racing (see note 13)
4 Master switch
DNS Tim Coconis Lola T460 [HU17] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#83 (see note 14)
Did not start
DNSC Gary Magwood Lola T360 [HU6] - Ford BDA
#27 (see note 15)
Did not start (crashed)

All cars are 1.6-litre F/Atl unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Gilles Villeneuve (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [10 or 15?] - Ford BDA Morris 1.01.800
2 Bill Brack (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.14] - Ford BDA Hart 1.02.026
3 Bobby Rahal (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [4?] - Ford BDA McCoy 1.03.225
4 Tom Klausler (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [HU6] - Ford BDA Traylor 1.03.294
5 Bertil Roos (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [30] - Ford BDA Hart 1.03.710
6 Tom Gloy (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Tui BH2 [3] - Ford BDA Nicholson 1.03.727
7 Howdy Holmes (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.26] - Ford BDA BSR 1.03.750
8 Bobby Brown (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [18] - Ford BDA Hart 1.03.964
9 Héctor Rebaque (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [HU1] - Ford BDA Traylor 1.03.977
10 Chip Mead (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [11] - Ford BDA Willis 1.04.434
11 Richard Spenard (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [34] - Ford BDA Hart 1.04.439
12 Seb Barone (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B - Ford BDA Cosworth 1.04.563
13 Juan Cochesa (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 - Ford BDA Hart 1.04.621
14 Craig Hill (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 - Ford BDA Hart 1.04.693
15 Bruce Jensen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-14] - Ford BDA Hart 1.04.916
16 Hugh "Wink" Bancroft (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.16] - Ford BDA Hart 1.05.223
17 Price Cobb (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [13] - Ford BDA Race Shop 1.05.238
18 Marty Loft (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B - Ford BDA Race Shop 1.05.336
19 Lloyd Callaway (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 - Ford BDA Hart 1.05.652
20 Marcel Talbot (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.32?] - Ford BDA Hart 1.05.739
21 Robert J. Nelkin (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 - Ford BDA Hart 1.05.943
22 Kevin Cogan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34-76-20] - Ford BDA Swindon 1.06.040
23 Tim Coconis * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [HU17] - Ford BDA Cosworth 1.06.189
24 Tim Cooper (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B/76B - Ford BDA CRW 1.06.204
25 Lynn Bentson (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Modus M3 [041-FA] - Ford BDA Cosworth 1.06.226
26 Rick Bell (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.18] - Ford BDA Hart 1.06.791
27 Bob Beyea (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 722/75B - Ford BDA Nicholson 1.06.918
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 76B [10 or 15?] (Gilles Villeneuve): Ecurie Canada ran a pair of green #69 March 76Bs in 1976 for Gilles Villeneuve (Lasalle, Quebec) with support from Skiroulle. Skiroule's signature green colour suggests they were the two cars listed in March records as being "leaf green", 76B-10 and 76B-15. Villeneuve had several crashes during 1976 and probably raced both cars, but exactly how they were used is not known. Two 76Bs were sold to Jim Morgan who raced them in early 1977 SCCA races alongside Bobby Rahal (Glen Ellyn, IL) and then entered them for Rahal in the 1977 Pro series with sponsorship from Red Roof Inns. Rahal also had a 77B but this was crashed at the opening race. One 76B then went to Ron Levanduski (Elmira, NY) and the other to Bob Earl.
  2. Lola T460 [HU1] (Héctor Rebaque): New to Carl Haas Racing for Héctor Rebaque to race in Canadian and IMSA Formula Atlantic races. Unknown after the 1976 season, but Norm Allen (Hanover Park, IL) advertised an "ex-Rebaque" Lola T460 in November 1978. Eleven years later, Michael Duncan (Los Altos, CA) advertised the "ex-Rebaque" T460.
  3. March 76B [13] (Price Cobb): An orange March 76B invoiced to Shierson in March 1976.
  4. Chevron B29 [29-75-14] (Bruce Jensen): New to Bruce Jensen (Kitchener, Ontario) and used in the Canadian Players Formula Atlantic series in 1975, sponsored by Jensen Exotic Plants. Retained by Jensen for 1976, and retained again for 1977. Leighton Irwin, who crewed for Jensen at this time, recalls that it was sold in early 1978, he thinks to Michigan. Subsequent history unknown, but believed to be the car later converted to A Sports Racing by Lou Infante Motoracing and raced by Jerry Molnar (Lathrup Village, MI) in Can-Am in 1982. To Frank Jellinek (N. Hampton, NH), and used by him at two Can-Am races in 1983. Later sold to a "Dave", and Roger Sieling reports that it was stolen from him some time in the mid-1980s near Cleveland Ohio along with his tow truck, trailer, and an Austin-Healey Sprite. The car was never recovered.
  5. Lola T460 (Craig Hill): Entered by Brian Robertson's Quick-Trans Racing for Craig Hill (London/Missassagua, Ontario) in the Canadian Formula Atlantic series in 1976, sponsored by Gabriel International Warranty. Collided with Marcel Talbot in practice at Trois-Rivières in September 1976 and not seen again.
  6. Chevron B34 [34.76.16] (Hugh "Wink" Bancroft): New to Hugh "Wink" Bancroft (Newport Beach, CA/Costa Mesa, CA) and run for him by Fred Opert Racing in North American Formula Atlantic in 1976. His car was entered by Performance Marketing, and this apparently disguises a move to Shierson Racing in time for the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières in early September. Bancroft wrecked the B34 in practice at Trois-Rivières, and replaced it with a March 76B.
  7. Lola T460 [HU6] (Tom Klausler): New to Tom Klausler (Palatine, IL) and raced in IMSA and Canadian Formula Atlantic in 1976, entered by Traylor Engineering. Then to Jerry Hansen (Long Lake, MN) in 1977, who borrowed it when his new Lola T560 was later being delivered. Chris Townsend's research shows that this car was briefly owned by Ed Midgley (Geneva, IL) in 1978, then sold to Niki Karabetsos (Chicago, IL) for 1979, and then to Sebastian Puleo (Chicago, IL) for SCCA drivers school and Regionals from 1982 to 1984. In 2005, it was acquired in Detroit by Derek Harling (Windsor Ontario), and retained by him as a source of spares for his T460 HU11. Harling sold both his T460s around 2017 to Joe Bunton (Fort Collins, CO).
  8. March 76B [18] (Bobby Brown): New to Bobby Brown (Hicksville, NY) to replace a Chevron B34 and raced in Pro events and in SCCA NEDiv FB in 1976, winning the 1976 Run-Offs. Brown won an early-season SCCA National at Charlotte in April 1977 before moving into Can-Am with a March 77S. The 76B was advertised in Road Racers Magazine in November 1977, so Brown must have kept it through the 1977 season.
  9. March 73B/76B (Tim Cooper): Roy Folland (Montréal, Quebec) had a purple #6 March 73B for 1973 but crashed at Trois-Rivières in Sept and after being repaired, the 73B was sold to Ecurie Canada for guest driver Eppie Wietzes to race at the Watkins Glen Pro FB race five weeks later. Then sold to Tim Cooper (Kansas City, MO) who raced the "ex-Ecurie Canada" 73B at a Willow Springs Regional in December 1973. Raced extensively in SCCA racing early in 1974 and then in the Pro F/Atlantic series, prepared by Charlie Williams Racing. Cooper hired a new 75B and ran as part of Doug Shierson Racing in 1975, but retained the 73B and may have used it in SCCA races. He then went to Wilbur Bunce's team for 1976, and the 73B was rebuilt by Bunce to 75B/76B specification. Cooper then bought a new March 77B for 1977. The subsequent history of the 73B/75B is unknown, but it could be the "75B" acquired by Max Sebba in mid-1977.
  10. March 722/75B (Bob Beyea): Vern Schuppan raced in the Players Canadian Formula Atlantic series in 1975 in a March 722 prepared by Rick Shea's Shea Racing. The car was yellow-and-white, in 73B (or 74B) bodywork, and ran as #11 with support from Rapid Movements. Later in the season, the car was raced by Shea himself at Brainerd in September. At the start of the 1976 season, Shea ran the car for Dave Walker. It was now described as a March "72-75" and was black, but still entered as #11. After Walker drove it in the first four races, it was later raced by Bob Beyea, Shea himself, and by Damien Magee at Trois-Rivières in September. The car was then sold to Frank Monise (Pasadena, CA), so is presumably the blue-and-white #25 March "75B" that he raced in southern Californian SCCA Nationals in 1977 and 1978. Advertised by Monise in September 1978 as a March "72 updated to 76" with "fresh CRW BDD". It was traded by Monise to Pierre Phillips in part-exchange on one of Rahal's Ralts in 1979.
  11. March 76B [4?] (Bobby Rahal): Doug Shierson Racing ran an orange #9 March 76B in 1976 for Bobby Rahal (Glen Ellyn, IL). There were four orange March 76Bs according to March records but only one was built as part of the first batch of cars, 76B-4, strongly suggesting this was Rahal's car. The subsequent history of this car is not known until it was advertised in 1985 as "ex-Villeneuve".
  12. March 76B (Seb Barone): Seb Barone (Portland, CT or Dilliner, PA) drove a white #28 March 76B in 1976, entered by Isola Racing but run by Doug Shierson Racing. As a white car, March records suggest this would have been 76B-9, 76B-11 or 76B-12. Barone crashed the car at Trois-Rivières in September and it was not seen again.
  13. March 76B (Marty Loft): Marty Loft (Olympia, WA) hired a March 76B from Doug Shierson Racing for the 1976 Players Canadian Formula Atlantic series. The car was orange and entered as #4 with support from Hanna Car Washes, who had sponsored Loft during his very successful Formula Ford season in 1975. Loft won at Westwood, but crashed in the final series round at Mosport in August. Subsequent history unknown, but this may have been the car that was repainted black for Vittorio Brambilla to drive at Trois-Rivières in September with Sony backing.
  14. Lola T460 [HU17] (Tim Coconis): New to Tim Coconis (Palo Alto, CA) for Canadian and IMSA Formula Atlantic races in 1976. Retained for SCCA Nationals in 1977, 1978 and 1979. Sold to John Keller, who continued to run the car in SCCA events up to the mid-1980s. Bought by Don Harris in 1990, who confirmed the provenance to Chris Townsend. Sold by Harris to Terry Fullerton (UK) in May 2007. Painted during this time in Tim Coconis's 1978 Carmel Plaza livery. In late 2010/early 2011 it went to Jim Blockley, who sold it a year later to Fred Phillips in South Africa. Phillips raced it at East London in 2012. Bought from Phillips by Andre Bezuidenhout in early 2019.
  15. Lola T360 [HU6] (Gary Magwood): New via North American agent Carl Haas and Canadian agent Brian Robertson to Jack Burnett for Gary Magwood (Toronto, Ontario) to race in the Canadian John Player Formula Atlantic series in 1974. Also raced by Magwood at the US GP Formula Atlantic support race at Watkins Glen in October 1974, but then not seen until Magwood returned to Formula Atlantic in July 1976. Comprehensively destroyed in Magwood's accident at Halifax in August 1976.

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' original results.

North American Formula Atlantic race results have been compiled by Chris Townsend based on material in Formula and On Track, information drawn from Canadian newspapers and results sheets where available.

All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome. Please email Allen (allen@oldracingcars.com) if you can help in any way with our research.