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Canadian American Prototype Thunder Car Race

Hallett Motor Racing Circuit, 7 Jun 1987

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Al Lamb Frissbee GR2 - Chevrolet V8
36 49m 13.48s
78.980 mph
2 Mike Snow (Can-Am) March 85C [11] - Pontiac
(see note 1)
36 49m 18.58s
3 Horst Kroll Frissbee-Lola KR3 [Lola T330 HU2] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 2)
36
4 Bill Tempero March 85C [51] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 3)
36
5 Ted Boody (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 832 - BMW M12/7
34
6 Randy Zimmer (Can-Am) 5.9-litre March 83C - Chevrolet 358 ci V8
34
7 Buddy Lazier March 85C [08] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 4)
33 Engine
8 Jim Del Russo (Can-Am 2l) 2.6-litre Rondel M1 [201] - Mazda 13B twin rotor
(see note 5)
33
9 Jim Slack Frissbee-Lola KR5 [Lola T300 HU15] - Chevrolet V8
33
10 Bruce Langson Langson 02 - Chevrolet V8
33
11 Cliff Dawson (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 832 [2] - Hart 420R
31
12 Bill Hill (Can-Am 2l) 2.6-litre Lola T360 - Mazda 13B twin rotor
#73 (see note 6)
31
13 Wayne Rutherford March 85C - Chevrolet V8
29
14 Mauro Lanaro (Can-Am 2l) 1.7-litre March 74B/77B [10] - Ford BDD
(see note 7)
23 Engine
15 Jim Gradel March 847 [01] - Chevrolet V8
18 Gearbox
16 Jay Braffett Lola T300 [HU17] - Chevrolet V8
17 Engine
17 John Macaluso Frissbee-Lola [HU11] - Chevrolet V8
11 Gearbox
18 David Locke (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Cicale-March 77B - Hart 420R
(see note 8)
10 Accident
19 Fred Parkhill Lola T333CS [T332 HU39] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 9)
2 Throttle cable
DNS Bill Scott McKee Mk 18A ['1'] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 10)
Did not start
DNS Gene Forsthofel (unknown) unknown [prob Penske PC9B/005]
Did not start

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

Qualifying
1 Al Lamb (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee GR2 - Chevrolet V8 1m 12.1s
2 Buddy Lazier (Can-Am) 5-litre March 85C [08] - Chevrolet V8 1m 14.11s
3 Horst Kroll (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee-Lola KR3 [Lola T330 HU2] - Chevrolet V8 1m 14.53s
4 Randy Zimmer (Can-Am) 5.9-litre March 83C - Chevrolet 358 ci V8 1m 15.21s
5 David Locke (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Cicale-March 77B - Hart 420R 1m 17.59s
6 Ted Boody (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 832 - BMW M12/7 1m 19.54s
7 Bruce Langson (Can-Am) 5-litre Langson 02 - Chevrolet V8
8 John Macaluso (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee-Lola [HU11] - Chevrolet V8
9 Jim Del Russo (Can-Am 2l) 2.6-litre Rondel M1 [201] - Mazda 13B twin rotor 1m 21.41s
10 Jay Braffett (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T300 [HU17] - Chevrolet V8 1m 22.77s
11 Bill Tempero (Can-Am) 5-litre March 85C [51] - Chevrolet V8 1m 15.6s
12 Bill Hill (Can-Am 2l) 2.6-litre Lola T360 - Mazda 13B twin rotor
13 Mauro Lanaro (Can-Am 2l) 1.7-litre March 74B/77B [10] - Ford BDD 1m 24.96s
14 Cliff Dawson (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March 832 [2] - Hart 420R 1m 24.09s
15 Mike Snow (Can-Am) March 85C [11] - Pontiac
16 Fred Parkhill (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T333CS [T332 HU39] - Chevrolet V8
17 Jim Slack (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee-Lola KR5 [Lola T300 HU15] - Chevrolet V8 1m 47.99s
18 Jim Gradel (Can-Am) 5-litre March 847 [01] - Chevrolet V8
19 Wayne Rutherford (Can-Am) 5-litre March 85C - Chevrolet V8

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 85C [11] (Mike Snow): Mike Snow's #26 March 85C-Pontiac Can-Am car was identified at Willow Springs in 1987 by Martin Spetz as 85C-11 "ex-Rahal runner Indy '85".
  2. Frissbee-Lola KR3 [Lola T330 HU2] (Horst Kroll): See full history: Lola T330 HU2.
  3. March 85C [51] (Bill Tempero): Bill Tempero's #2 March 85C Can-Am car was identified at Willow Springs in 1987 by Martin Spetz as 85C-51 "ex-Rahal".
  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. Rondel M1 [201] (Jim Del Russo): The prototype Rondel was used for testing in late 1972, before the first production cars were built. It was taken to Hockenheim 8 April 1973 as team spare, and to Pau as a spare for Tim Schenken, but not raced. Its history is then unknown until 1974, and it appears it has been acquired by Fred Opert to use as a set of spares. After Mike Rand crashed his car, wrecking the monocoque, 201 was supplied to Ron Ignatowski (Milford, CT), who rebuilt Rand's car on 201's tub with a BRM 1-litre engine and used it in SCCA Formula C. In 1980 it was sold to Randy Zimmer (Buffalo, NY) as the basis for his Can-Am car. He raced it with a Volkswagen engine in 1982 and then with a Mazda rotary engine from 1983 to 1986. Zimmer then entered it for Jim Del Russo in the 1987 CAT championship, and raced it a few more times himself in 1989, 1990 and 1994. Then retained for many years until Zimmer sold it to Seann Burgess (Markdale, Ontario) in 2019.
  6. Lola T360 (Bill Hill): Doug Moe (Bremerton, WA) owned a Lola T360 in the 1980s, which had been fitted with sports car bodywork and a Mazda engine. Exactly when Moe started racing the Lola is unclear, as he had a series of BSR class "Mazron" sports racing cars that he used in ICSCC events from 1977 (the "Mk 1"), 1978, 1979, 1980 and 1981 (the "Mazron Mk V"). The T360-based car was raced by Bill Hill in the CAT championship in 1987, after which it was reportedly stored. Early in 2003, Moe sold the the car to Allan T. Chou (Westfield, NJ), and in 2009 it was being restored. Bought from Chou in 2012 by Guilbert Twiss (Pittsfield, MA).
  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. 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 the end of 1980 when it was sold to David Locke (Cambridge City, IN). Locke fitted the car with Cicale Can-Am bodywork and an 1850cc Hart BDA engine and used it in Can-Am races in 1981 and 1982. He returned in 1984, now reportedly using a full F2 Hart 420R engine, and raced it 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.
  9. Lola T333CS [T332 HU39] (Fred Parkhill): See full history: Lola T332 HU39.
  10. 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.

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.

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