WCAR Formula Atlantic Championship Round

Seattle, 8 Jul 1984

1 Dan Marvin Ralt RT4/83 - Ford BDD Hasselgren
#1 H.C. Boerner Co [Jon Norman Racing]
30 40m 33.18s
99.869 mph
2 Ron McKay Ralt RT4/83 [82-306] - Ford BDD
#5 American Earth Stations [Pierre Phillips]
3 Chris Bender Ralt RT4/83 - Ford BDD
#7 Bender Warehouse Co
4 Jimmy Santos Ralt RT4/82 [81-249?] - Ford BDD
#21 Santos Racing
5 Riley Hopkins Ralt RT4/81 [270] - Ford BDD
#91 Pierre Phillips Racing [Archie Snider]
6 John Herne March 77B [76B-13] - Ford BDD
#17 Putney Station/Pennzoil (see note 1)
7 Tom Blackaller Ralt RT4/83 [81-213] - Ford BDD
#11 Gold Star/Rick Shea Racing
8 Mike Buckenham March 80A [10] - Ford BDD
#36 Stuttgart West
9 Steve Cameron Ralt RT4/81 - Ford BDD
#2 Hopkins Screen Printing/Rick Shea Racing
10 John Della Penna Ralt RT4/83 - Ford BDD
#64 Pacific Motor Sports
11 J C Myers March 79B - Ford BDD
#19 Barstow Liquid Gas
12 Phil Simon March 81A [8] - Ford BDD
#74 Formula America
13 Ron Householder March 77B - Ford BDD
#16 Automotive Racing Enterprises
14 Harold Kaesbauer March 78B [7] - Ford BDD
#44 BC HK Racing
15 Steve Boley Argo JM11 [065-FA] - Ford BDD
#40 Northwest Systems
16 Jim Blackwell Argo JM9 [056-FA] - Ford BDD
#14 USAG Tool (see note 2)
17 David Roland Ralt RT4/81 - Ford BDD
#9 Hollywood Sport Cars
18 Jim Burnett Argo "JM8" [044-FA] - Ford BDD
#33 Olkscar (see note 3)
19 Ross Bentley Johnston JM6c - Ford BDD
#86 Johnston Engineering
20 Patrick Murphie Lola T360 [HU14] - Ford BDD
#20 PM Testing Lab Inc (see note 4)
DNS Fred Whitehead Ralt RT4/82 [81-205] - Ford BDD
#61 MDB Systems
Did not start

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

Heat 1 Laps Time Speed
1Dan Marvin15
2Steve Cameron15
3Ron McKay15
4Jimmy Santos15
5Chris Bender15
6Riley Hopkins15
7J C Myers15
19Ross Bentley8
20Patrick Murphie6
Heat 2 Laps Time Speed
1Dan Marvin15
2Ron McKay15
3Chris Bender15
4Jimmy Santos15
5Riley Hopkins15
6John Herne15
7Tom Blackaller15
8John Della Penna15
12J C Myers15
1 Ron McKay (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/83 [82-306] - Ford BDD 1.19.41
2 Jimmy Santos (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/82 [81-249?] - Ford BDD 1.19.90
3 Dan Marvin (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/83 - Ford BDD Hasselgren 1.20.03
4 Riley Hopkins (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 [270] - Ford BDD 1.20.04
5 John Della Penna (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/83 - Ford BDD 1.20.36
6 Chris Bender (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/83 - Ford BDD 1.20.95
7 Steve Cameron (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 - Ford BDD 1.21.19
8 Tom Blackaller (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/83 [81-213] - Ford BDD 1.21.81
9 J C Myers (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 79B - Ford BDD 1.22.36
10 John Herne (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [76B-13] - Ford BDD 1.22.45
11 Jim Blackwell (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Argo JM9 [056-FA] - Ford BDD 1.22.75
12 David Roland (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/81 - Ford BDD 1.23.50
13 Mike Buckenham (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A [10] - Ford BDD 1.23.58
14 Ron Householder (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B - Ford BDD 1.23.71
15 Phil Simon (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 81A [8] - Ford BDD 1.24.34
16 Ross Bentley (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Johnston JM6c - Ford BDD 1.26.86
17 Harold Kaesbauer (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [7] - Ford BDD 1.26.86
18 Steve Boley (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Argo JM11 [065-FA] - Ford BDD 1.27.76
19 Patrick Murphie (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU14] - Ford BDD 1.34.73
20 Jim Burnett (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Argo "JM8" [044-FA] - Ford BDD no time

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 77B [76B-13] (John Herne): Doug Shierson Racing ran an maroon/red #8 March 76B in 1976 for Price Cobb. In early 1977, it was entered by Doug Shierson Racing in SCCA Nationals for Steve "Gas" Saleen (Whitter, CA), but when the Pro series started in May, his entrant was Clayton Racing Team. The car's log book states that it was chassis 76B-13. Run by Clayton Racing for Frank Beetson (San Diego, CA) in 1978, when it was entered as a 77B. Also seen once in mid-1979 with Beetson, and later adbertised by him in February 1980. Its history is then unknown until 1983, when it reappeared in the hands of John Herne (Santa Ana, CA). He retained it for WCAR in 1984, then sold it in early 1985 to John Blizzard (Prescott, AZ), who raced it in WCAR that season. Blizzard remembers selling it to someone in Phoenix, AZ. Subsequent history unknown.
  2. Argo JM9 [056-FA] (Jim Blackwell): New to Tyrrell Arnold to race in the 1981 Irish Atlantic series, then to Jim Blackwell (Seattle, WA) in 1982 and raced in WCAR events in 1984 and 1985, then Marty Knoll (North Vancouver, BC) who raced it in WCAR in 1986 and 1987. Then to Terry Edwards in 1987-88 and from him to Gary Milligan (Richmond, British Columbia) who used it as the basis of the Buick-engined Lotus Europa with which he won the National Autocross Championship in 1994.
  3. Argo "JM8" [044-FA] (Jim Burnett): Believed to be a new car supplied to Mike Nugent for 1980, built on a new monocoque but incorporating parts of Nugent's previous JM5. The monocoque of the new car was wider and longer than on the older car, extending either side of the engine. This car appears in Argo records as "JM8-044-FA" and was described by Nugent as a JM8, but it is not related to the 1981 F3 car that also used that designation. Raced by Nugent in the Irish Formula Atlantic series in 1980 and at one raced at the start of 1981, but Nugent went off on warm up lap. Then sold to Jim Burnett (Bellevue, WA) and raced by him in WCAR events in 1983 and 1984. The car remained with Burnett until his death in May 2012, at which point both Burnett's Argos were acquired by Allen Karlberg (Seattle, WA), who raced the "JM8" in 2013. Sold to Douglas Schumacher (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) in early 2015, and he ran it at Road America later that year, only for it to be damaged when a freak gust of wind blew a golf cart onto it. Raced at Mid-Ohio in 2016 and at again Road America in 2017, then taken to Kirkistown in 2019 where it was tested by original owner Mike Nugent. Bought by Nugent, and in the process or restoration in Northern Ireland during 2020.
  4. Lola T360 [HU14] (Patrick Murphie): Sold via Carl Haas and Pierre Phillips to Allen Karlberg (Seattle, WA). Karlberg raced it in the opening round of the Players Canadian Formula Atlantic series, finishing an impressive fifth, but did not race at the second round as the car was not running well. Sold to Larry Bergman (Los Gatos, CA), who was seen very infrequently with it during 1976 and 1977. The Lola was advertised by Bergman in March 1977, then by Don Breidenbach in April 1977. Then unknown for three seasons until owned by Patrick Murphie (Seattle, WA) from 1980 to 1984, fitted with a 2-litre Lotus 907 engine and raced in SCCA North West region and - somehow! - in the WCAR race at Seattle in 1984. To Michael Bledsoe (Seattle, WA) 1988 and raced in SCCA North West region. To David D. Weldon (Manhattan Beach, CA) November 1990, and stored at first, then restored and raced with VARA from 2001 to 2003, still with the Lotus 907 engine.


Note that 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' published results.

North American Formula Atlantic race results have been compiled by Chris Townsend based on material in On Track and Sports Car, plus 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.

Individual sources for this event

Chris Townsend's sources for these races include Autosport and On Track magazine.