Canadian American Prototype Thunder Car Race

Hallett Motor Racing Circuit, 25 Oct 1986

1 Al Lamb Frissbee GR2 - Chevrolet V8
#13 Texas American Race Teams
2 Bill Tempero (Can-Am) 5.9-litre March 84C [023] - Chevrolet 358 ci V8
#15 Stanley Steemer

3 Gary Robinson (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 832 - BMW M12/7
#4 [Alf Gebhardt Racing]

4 David Locke (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Cicale-March 77B - Hart 420R
#12 (see note 1)

5 Lou Sell (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 832 [17] - BMW M12/7 Mader

6 Horst Kroll Frissbee-Lola KR3 [Lola T330 HU2] - Chevrolet V8
#37 (see note 2)

7 Bill Scott McKee Mk 18A ['1'] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 3)

8 Buddy Lazier March 85C [08] - Chevrolet V8
#19 (see note 4)

9 Mike Engstrand Frissbee-Lola KR5 [Lola T300 HU15] - Chevrolet V8
#36 Horst Kroll Racing (see note 5)

10 Ray Reimer Lola T333CS [T332 HU46] - Chevrolet V8
#46 (see note 6)

11 Jim Gradel March 847 [01] - Chevrolet V8

12 Mauro Lanaro (Can-Am 2l) 1.7-litre March 74B/77B [10] - Ford BDD
#7 (see note 7)

13 Seann Burgess (Can-Am 2l) 2.6-litre March RX10-B [73B-17] - Mazda 13B twin rotor
#17 (see note 8)

14 Cliff Dawson (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 832 [2] - Hart 420R

15 Gerald Nelson Longhorn LR03 - Chevrolet V8
#57 (see note 9)

16 Fred Parkhill Lola T332 [HU39] - Chevrolet V8
#89 (see note 10)

17 Bruce Langson Langson 02 - Chevrolet V8
18 Gene Forsthofel Penske PC9B [005] - Chevrolet V8

19 Robert Goulet Lola T333CS - Chevrolet V8
20 Ken Higaki (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre MCS 4 (March 822) - Toyota 2T-G
21 Anatoly Arutunoff Phoenix 85 - Chevrolet V8
22 Randy Zimmer (Can-Am) 5.9-litre March 83C - Chevrolet 358 ci V8
23 Dennis Ehrie Longhorn - Chevrolet V8

All cars are 5-litre Can-Am unless noted.

Heat 1 Laps Time Speed
1Al Lamb
2Gary Robinson
3Bill Tempero
4David Locke
5Buddy Lazier
6Jim Gradel
7Ray Reimer
8Bill Scott
9Mike Engstrand
10Horst Kroll
11Lou Sell
12Seann Burgess
13Gerald Nelson
14Mauro Lanaro
15Bruce Langson
16Robert Goulet
17Ken Higaki
18Gene Forsthofel
19Cliff Dawson
20Fred Parkhill
21Anatoly Arutunoff
22Randy Zimmer
23Dennis Ehrie
Heat 2 Laps Time Speed
1Al Lamb
2Bill Tempero
3Lou Sell
4Horst Kroll
5Gary Robinson
6David Locke
7Mauro Lanaro
8Bill Scott
9Mike Engstrand
10Seann Burgess
11Cliff Dawson
12Ray Reimer
13Buddy Lazier
14Jim Gradel
15Fred Parkhill
16Gerald Nelson
17Gene Forsthofel
Robert Gouletdid not start
Anatoly Arutunoffdid not start
Ken Higakidid not start
Randy Zimmerdid not start
Dennis Ehriedid not start
Bruce Langsondid not start
1 Al Lamb (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee GR2 - Chevrolet V8 1m 11.7s
2 Lou Sell (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 832 [17] - BMW M12/7 Mader 1m 11.9s
3 Bruce Langson (Can-Am) 5-litre Langson 02 - Chevrolet V8 1m 14.7s
4 Bill Tempero (Can-Am) 5.9-litre March 84C [023] - Chevrolet 358 ci V8 1m 15s
5 Gary Robinson (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 832 - BMW M12/7 1m 17s
6 David Locke (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Cicale-March 77B - Hart 420R 1m 17.9s
7 Mauro Lanaro (Can-Am 2l) 1.7-litre March 74B/77B [10] - Ford BDD 1m 19.5s
8 Ray Reimer (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS [T332 HU46] - Chevrolet V8 1m 19.8s
9 Bill Scott (Can-Am) 5-litre McKee Mk 18A ['1'] - Chevrolet V8 1m 20.9s
10 Mike Engstrand (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee-Lola KR5 [Lola T300 HU15] - Chevrolet V8 1m 23.8s
11 Cliff Dawson (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 832 [2] - Hart 420R 1m 24.2s
12 Anatoly Arutunoff (Can-Am) 5-litre Phoenix 85 - Chevrolet V8 1m 24.6s
13 Gerald Nelson (Can-Am) 5-litre Longhorn LR03 - Chevrolet V8 1m 25.7s
14 Seann Burgess (Can-Am 2l) 2.6-litre March RX10-B [73B-17] - Mazda 13B twin rotor 1m 27.4s
15 Robert Goulet (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS - Chevrolet V8 1m 30.9s
16 Fred Parkhill (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU39] - Chevrolet V8 1m 37.7s
17 Horst Kroll (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee-Lola KR3 [Lola T330 HU2] - Chevrolet V8 1m 44.5s
18 Ken Higaki (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre MCS 4 (March 822) - Toyota 2T-G
19 Randy Zimmer (Can-Am) 5.9-litre March 83C - Chevrolet 358 ci V8
20 Jim Gradel (Can-Am) 5-litre March 847 [01] - Chevrolet V8
21 Buddy Lazier (Can-Am) 5-litre March 85C [08] - Chevrolet V8
22 Gene Forsthofel (Can-Am) 5-litre Penske PC9B [005] - Chevrolet V8
23 Dennis Ehrie (Can-Am) 5-litre Longhorn - Chevrolet V8

Notes on the cars:

  1. Cicale-March 77B (David Locke): Rick Koehler (Milwaukee, WI) raced an Excalibur EE2B in Formula Atlantic in 1978, with sponsorship from Brooks Stevens. The car was essentially a March 77B and was described as ex-Shierson and ex-Brack in adverts in late 1978 and 1979. It was leased to Joe Castellano for the Long Beach race in April 1979, and then sat unused until August 1980 when it was sold to David Locke (Cambridge City, IN). Locke fitted the car with 79B bodywork and Bobsy fenders so that it could be used in Can-Am racing, using an 1850cc Hart BDA engine and Hewland FT200 gearbox. In October 1981, Locke ordered a Kevlar Cicale body for the car, and used it in this form in 1982 and 1983, but without success. He acquired a Hart 420R engine from Jim Trueman for 1984 and raced the car in Can-Am and then CAT until 1987. Chris Townsend advises that it was sold to Lee Johnson in Colorado in April 1988, and was still with Johnson in 2012.
  2. Frissbee-Lola KR3 [Lola T330 HU2] (Horst Kroll): See full history: Lola T330 HU2.
  3. McKee Mk 18A ['1'] (Bill Scott): New for Dick DeJarld (Joliet, IL) in 1972, and raced in SCCA Formula A events. Appeared at the Michigan Pro F5000 event in 1973 but did not qualify from the heat. Raced by DeJarld until sold to Ed Midgley (Geneva, IL) for 1976, when it was also raced by Jerry Hansen at Blackhawk Farms. To Robert Goulet (Wauwatsoa, WI) for 1977, and raced in SCCA Formula A. Goulet converted the McKee to sports car bodywork for 1979, appearing at Brainerd in July that year in the ASR class. Raced in Can-Am in 1980 and 1981, then renamed the "Sabre 001" for Can-Am again in 1983, and again in 1985. To Bob McKee and raced by Bill Scott in CAT races in 1986 and 1987. Then restored to its original specification for new owner Tom Simpson (Peoria, IL), and used in vintage racing, appearing at the Chicago Historic Races at Road America in 1988. It ran alongside several other McKee cars in historic races at Road America in the early 1990s, and also ran at HSR Mid-Ohio in August 1993. After a 20-year gap, Simpson ran the Mk 18 again in historic events in 2006.
  4. March 85C [08] (Buddy Lazier): Buddy Lazier's #19 March 85C Can-Am car was identified at Willow Springs in 1987 by Martin Spetz as 85C-08 "ex-Rahal".
  5. Frissbee-Lola KR5 [Lola T300 HU15] (Mike Engstrand): Invoice date 30 Mar 1972 (sold to 'Haas', colour 'Yellow'). Horst Kroll (Canada) US 1972-1974; driven by Bert Kuehne US 1975 (5 races); Kroll US 1976; damaged in crash at Watkins Glen but rebuilt and converted to Can-Am. Kroll Can-Am 1977; rental car thereafter: e.g. Marcel Talbot Can-Am 1978 (1 race: Trois-Rivieres - 04 Sep 1978), Can-Am 1979 (1 entry in "T300": Road Atlanta - 06 May 1979, entry list only); Mike Freberg 1981; Duff Hubbard 1982; John Macaluso 1983; Walter Lechner 1984; Joe DeMarco 1985 and 1986; John Graham 1986. Rebuilt as "Frissbee KR5" for 1986. Mike Engstrand recalls driving Kroll's T300-based Can-Am car at St Louis and Hallet in 1986; used until 1987 - Chuck Haines (St Louis, MO) 1989 - Don Jensen (US) about 1998: used extensively in vintage racing still in Can-Am specification until 2007 - Andrew Kluver (Sydney, Australia) August 2007.
  6. Lola T333CS [T332 HU46] (Ray Reimer): See full history: Lola T332 HU46.
  7. March 74B/77B [10] (Mauro Lanaro): The early history of this car is unknown, but it may be the car raced by Gilles Léger (Lachute, Quebec) from Mosport Park in July 1974 onwards. By 1980 it was owned by Bob Roy ( Montréal, Quebec, Canada) and was being used in Can-Am. The car later went to Mauro Lanaro (Montréal, Quebec), and was raced by him in Can-Am then CAT races from 1984 to 1987. At some point, Lanaro found the monocoque had bent due to the Can-Am car's downforce, and replaced the tub with that of 74B/12. The tub and associated parts from 74B/10 remained with Lanaro until he sold his remaining stock to David Clubine (Brantford, Ontario) in 2018.
  8. March RX10-B [73B-17] (Seann Burgess): New to Bruce MacInnes (Sharon, CT) and raced as part of a two-car team with Ron Cohn. Raced in the Players Canadian FB series and in the SCCA Pro FB races at Road America and Watkins Glen. Retained for 1974, and raced in the Players Canadian series again, and in the US GP support race at Watkins Glen in October. Sold to Joe Ostrowski (Trenton, NJ), and raced in NEDiv SCCA Nationals in 1975 and 1976. Presumably the March he raced in NEDiv in 1977 and 1978. Retained by Ostrowski until early 1982 when it was bought by Seann Burgess (Caledon, Ontario). Burgess won the CASC Ontario Formula Atlantic championship and the BARC Drivers Championship in 1982 as well as appearing in 'pro' events. After two more seasons of Atlantic, he converted the car to Can-Am specification at the end of 1985 and then fitted a McLaren M1B body and a Mazda 13B rotary engine for 1986. This "March RX10-B" was raced through the 1986 season. Burgess kept the Can-Am body after the car was retired from racing and sold the March to Richard Smith (Barrie, Ontario) who raced it in 1989 and 1990, still with the Mazda engine, and fitting 1975 bodywork for 1990. He sold it to Chuck Sieber (McLean, VA) who imported it back to the US in January 1991. He raced it in Solo events in 1991, and maybe in one or two more seasons until selling it back to Seann Burgess. Burgess initially restored it to MacInnes' 1973 livery, but at the request of the Villeneuve Museum traded his 73B bodywork to Marchives for a set of 1975 bodywork, and rebuilt the car to resemble Gilles Villeneuve's Skiroule March 75B. By May 2010, it was on display in the Musée Gilles Villeneuve (Berthierville, Quebec).
  9. Longhorn LR03 (Gerald Nelson): Although Gerald Nelson's 1986/87 Can-Am car is listed as a Williams in some entry lists, it was identified at Willow Springs in 1987 as an ex-Unser Longhorn LR03.
  10. Lola T332 [HU39] (Fred Parkhill): See full history: Lola T332 HU39.


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.

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

Aggregate positions for the CAT Gold Cup Challenge at Hallet were not published in On Track but can be derived from the finishing positions in each heat. It is assumed here that CAT awarded points for each heat on a 20-16-14-12-11-10 basis and then aggregated those points for the overall results. This is consistent with the only two overall positions mentioned in the report: Kroll's sixth overall and Lanaro's fourth in class. The points table given in On Track's season review (22 Dec 1986 pp80-81) shows that Lamb had picked up an extra 21 points for the CAT race (20 for the win, 1 for pole), Tempero 16 (for second), Sell 12 (for a derived fifth) and Lanaro 4 (derived 12th) which further validates the likely points system. Kroll, however, appears to have picked up 15pts for his 6th place, hinting at a typo in On Track.