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Canadian Road Racing Championship

Westwood, 31 May 1970

ResultsLapsTime/Speed Winnings
1 Eppie Wietzes McLaren M10B - Chevrolet V8
#94
56
95.7 mph
$970
2 Horst Kroll Lola T142 [SL142/38] - Chevrolet V8
#37
55
$615
3 Bill Brack Lotus 70 [04] - Chevrolet V8
#85
55
$492
4 Rex Ramsey Eagle Mk 5 [509] - Chevrolet V8
#2
54
$410
5 Peter W. Broeker (FB) 1.6-litre Stebro-Chevron B17B - Ford twin cam
#21 (see note 1)
54
$533
6 Graham Baker (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#67 (see note 2)
54
$410
7 Randy Fraser (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#54 (see note 3)
53
$287
8 Dave Ogilvy (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 35 - Ford twin cam
#9
53
$246
9 Tony Simms Lola T142 [SL142/29] - Chevrolet V8
#53
50
$123
10 Pierce Isaacs (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT16 [F2-23-65] - Ford twin cam
#55 (see note 4)
50
$164
11 Bob Constabaris (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 61 - Ford twin cam
#14
48
 
12 Barry Fox (FB) 1.6-litre Merlyn Mk 17 - Ford twin cam
#90
47
 
13 Don Merriman (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 59 - Ford twin cam
#22 (see note 5)
41 retired - unknown  
14 Tom Johnston (FB) 1.6-litre Merlyn Mk 11A - Ford twin cam
#82
38 fuel pump  
15 Howard Cazaly (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam
#19
34 ignition  
16 Cam McKenzie (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21 [9] - Ford twin cam
#34 (see note 6)
18 exhaust pipe  
17 Harry Swanson Forsgrini - Chevrolet V8
#10
10 ignition  
18 Craig Hill (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 59 [59-F2/XB-41] - Ford twin cam
#70 (see note 7)
10 accident  
19 Jake Rempel (F5000) 4.7-litre Rempel Mk 1 [Lotus 30 30/L/9] - Ford V8
#13 (see note 8)
9 accident  
20 Ray Smith (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT16
#30 (see note 9)
8 rack and pinion  
21 Nat Adams Chinook Mk 8 ['2'] - Chevrolet V8
#7
6 radiator hose  
22 Gordon Munroe (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21 [35] - Ford twin cam
#38 (see note 10)
2 overheating  
DNS Mike Atkin (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 61 - Ford twin cam
Did not start
DNS Ric Forest (FB) 1.6-litre March 709 - Ford twin cam
Did not start
DNS Allen Karlberg (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [41] - Ford twin cam
#4 (see note 11)
Did not start
DNS Glenn Brown McLaren M1B/FA [30-05] - Chevrolet V8
#47
Did not start
DNS Ron Householder (FB) 1.6-litre Titan Mk3
#63
Did not start
DNS Peter Roberts (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#71 (see note 12)
Did not start
DNSC Lyle Forsgren Forsgrini Mk 14B - Chevrolet V8
#46
Did not start (crashed)

All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.

Qualifying
Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. Stebro-Chevron B17B (Peter W. Broeker): Peter Broeker (Pointe-Claire, Montréal, Quebec) raced a Chevron B17b in Canadian Formula B in 1970, often descibing it as a Stebro. It replaced Broeker's earlier B14, so the two cars were often confused. The B17b was raced by Craig Fisher and John Powell (both Toronto, Ontario) in 1971, entered by Penguin Racing Enterprise. The later history of the car is not known. Although it has been suggested that this was the car Broeker raced in 1974, when he returned to Formula Atlantic, that car appears to have been his older B14 updated.
  2. Brabham BT29 (Graham Baker): Graham Baker moved from New Zealand to the US for a season of Formula B in 1970. He bought a new green Brabham BT29 from Chip Gompf and Wayne Mitchell, one of three new BT29s they had in stock. He was entered by Charlie Hayes Racing Equipment as #82 for his first race, at Edmonton in May, but was then self-entered as #82 for the next eight races as #67 before ending the season as part of the Bonphil Racing Industries team. Hayes sold the car for Baker at the end of the season to a non-racer in Laguna Hills who appears to have retained it, unused, for three years. In late 1973/early 1974, CSCC racer Jeff Alkana learnt from engine specialist Steve Jennings about the car and he bought it with Frank Monise (Pasadena, CA), who needed a new BT29 having wrecked his earlier BT29-41. Monise raced the car for several more seasons with Ford twin cam and BDA engines before selling it around 1976 to Tito D'Oporto and Gary Green and replacing it with a March.
  3. Brabham BT29 (Randy Fraser): Randy Fraser (Piedmont, Quebec/Rhode Island) raced a blue-and-silver #54 Brabham BT29 in 1970 as part of Team IRI and with sponsorship from Multimetals. He appeared in both the Canadian and US Pro series but focused on the US series after the first few races. He moved to a new March 71BM for 1971 but the Brabham remained unsold. It appeared in his advert in CP&A in November 1971 when it was described as a rolling chassis in parts. Subsequent history unknown.
  4. Brabham BT16 [F2-23-65] (Pierce Isaacs): The F1 Register show this car as being entered by Bob Anderson's DW Racing Enterprises for Anderson at Brands Hatch in August 1965 and at Oulton Park three weeks later but it may have been part of the Lythgoe operation. Lythgoe then enters this car for John Taylor and then Mike Beckwith in F2 in 1966. According to a profile of Rob Leeson in CT&T Feb 1969, this car was bought late in 1965 by Lythgoe, was used in libre with a 1.4-litre version of a SCA in 1966, went to David Bridges for 1967 and then to Leeson for 1968. The chassis number is derived from comparing that history with F1R F2 records. Its exact racing history in 1966 libre is hard to determine due to fluctuating descriptions but it seems to have been Rollinson's libre car from August until the end of the year with a F3 car travelling as backup. A profile of Rollinson in Autosport 6 Jun 1969 p19 gives more detail on the car and on other Lythgoe entries. MN reports that David Bridges borrowed the BT16-SCB for Brian Redman to race in early 1967 F2 rounds. Leeson took the BT16 back to his native Canada where he won the 1968 championship. He sold it to Pierce Isaacs for 1970 and 1971. Later for sale with Simon Gardner (Burnaby, BC) in 1979. In 2006, the BT16 was owned by Bob Micheletti.
  5. Lotus 59 (Don Merriman): Donald G. Merriman (Willowdale, Ontario, Canada) raced a Lotus 59 (or 59C) in Formula B in 1969, appearing in both SCCA and Canadian races. He was second at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières in September, and picked up several other good placings. He returned with the car in 1970, but his last known appearance was at Westwood at the end of May. According to Tom Johnston's book "British Racing Cars in Canada" (2011), this car was "sold in 1971 to Tom Meecham who fitted a Lotus 69 body and converted the car to Formula Ford". Johnston adds that it was at the time "owned by John Lindsey an Ontario collector".
  6. Brabham BT21 [9] (Cam McKenzie): New to Brian Classick for F3 in 1967. To Peter Hanson for 1968. To Cam McKenzie (Squamish, British Columbia, Canada) in Formula B specification for 1969, and retained by him for 1970 and 1971.
  7. Lotus 59 [59-F2/XB-41] (Craig Hill): New to Craig Hill (Mississauga, Ontario) and run in the Canadian Road Racing Championship and the SCCA Continental Championship for Formula B, entered by Bill Brack Racing Enterprises. Hill ran in a team with Brack's Formula 5000 Lotus 70, with both cars in marching Castrol GTX livery. Unlike the two JRDS cars, which were entered as Lotus 69Bs, Hill's car first raced in Lotus 59 bodywork and was generally billed through the season as the "Castrol GTX Lotus 59". For 1971, the car was sold to Max Nerrière (Toronto, Ontario), who raced it in the Players Canadian Formula B series. Retained by Nerrière for 1972 and for 1973. Subsequent history unknown.
  8. Rempel Mk 1 [Lotus 30 30/L/9] (Jake Rempel): The Rempel F5000 was based on the ex-Ian Raby Lotus 30 (chassis 30/L/9) that had been sold to Canada for Bob McLean but was not raced after McLean's fatal accident in the Comstock Racing Ford GT40 at Sebring in March 1966. The car remained on display at Johnston Motors in Vancouver until McLean's widow sold it to Jake Rempel who raced it in 1969 until it was damaged in an accident. For 1970, Rempel constructed a new single-seater chassis and used the Ford engine, ZF gearbox, and Forsgrini body to construct the Rempel F5000. Rempel raced the car in Canadian Formula A in 1970, winning the FA class in a SCCA National at Westwood and winning the ICSCC race at Westwood in July. At the end of the season, Rempel sold the car to Bob Evans in Edmonton. However, the only time Evans was seen at the top level of Canadian motor racing in 1971 was in a Formula B Brabham BT29. The subsequent history of the Rempel is unknown, but in 2016 it was owned by Bill Peters in Wisconsin.
  9. Brabham BT16 (Ray Smith): Ray Smith bought a F3 MAE-engined Brabham BT16 (or possibly BT15) from Fenwick Motors in East Lothian, Scotland. He took the car back to Canada and ran it in FC and FB in 1969 and 1970. The identity of the car is not yet known. Last seen when advertised by Smith (as a BT18) in February 1971.
  10. Brabham BT21 [35] (Gordon Munroe): Jean-Pierre Cassegrain had a Brabham BT21 for the 1967 F3 season but crashed heavily during the European F3 Challenge meeting at Hockenheim in October 1967. Autosport (22 Mar 1968 p5) said that he had a new BT21B for 1968 but when it appeared, it was described as an updated BT21. In September 1969, the car was sold via Frank Williams to Gordon Munroe (Victoria, BC) and used in Formula B events in Canada.
  11. Brabham BT29 [41] (Allen Karlberg): Bought new by Allen Karlberg (Seattle, WA) and raced in Formula B in the Pacific Northwest in 1970. Sold to Dick Doherty (Hollywood, CA) for Ron Dykes (Marina del Rey, CA) to race in early 1971 SoPac Div SCCA Nationals, where he was unbeatable in the category, and then by Doherty himself later in 1971 and in early 1972. Believed to have gone to Byron Hatten (Altadena, CA) and raced by him some time between mid-1972 and mid-1973 after which it was bought by Frank Monise Jr (Pasadena, CA). Monise raced it in 193/74 before crashing it heavily at Laguna Seca and wrecking the frame. He bought a second BT29 and eventually sold the remains of BT29-41 to Barry Blackmore (San Marino, CA) who had it rebuilt with a new frame fabricated by Wayne Mitchell and stamped 'W12191'. This rebuilt, rechassised car was sold to Australia and was with Mitch Evans (Auckland, NZ) by 2009.
  12. Brabham BT29 (Peter Roberts): Peter Roberts (Granby, Quebec) raced a Brabham BT29 in 1970, appearing as #71 in the main Canadian series and as #1 in the Molson (Quebec Region) Championship. His best results came in the Molson series with two third places at Mont-Tremblant. Roberts had earlier raced a BT29 that he had borrowed from "an Ontario racer" but whether this 1970 car was the same one is unknown. Robert did not continue in Formula B after 1970 and after sitting around unused for 18 months, the BT29 was sold to Derek Johnson (Montreal, Quebec) who was making a comeback after injury. The Montreal Gazette quoted Johnson's chief crew Bob Beale saying that nobody had driven it for a year, and Roberts' mechanic John Lo Bosco confirmed that Roberts' BT29 went to Johnson. Johnson bought the car the Friday before the opening race at Sanair and it was rented by Ian Coristine for that race after his new March 722 could not be readied in time. Raced by Johnson for the rest of the 1972 season. Subsequent history unknown.

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.

Results for this series have proved very difficult to complete, due in part to the poor coverage in Canadian magazines such as Track & Traffic. Wolfgang Klopfer has provided Autoweek reports, Don Markle uncovered much material in the CMHF Archives, Jim Ibey found what he could from Track & Traffic and Tom Johnston has provided scans of entry lists and reports from a variety of sources. Also Michael Gee has been busy transcribing motor sports news articles at Vancouver's main library.

Complete results have been found only for R2 St Jovite 25 May 1969 (Autoweek), R2 Westwood 31 May 1970 (Autoweek), R3 Edmonton 14 Jun 1970 (Autoweek and also the official results) and R4 Rockcliffe 1 Jul 1970 (Autoweek and also the official results). The R5 Harewood 16 Aug 1970 results are derived from the Wheelspin report in the 27 May 1970 edition.

Full results are still needed for some races and further help would be greatly appreciated.

Please email Allen if you can add anything.