Donnybrooke Grand Prix
Brainerd, 22 Sep 1968
|1||George Wintersteen||Eagle Mk 5  - Chevrolet V8
#12 Wintersteen (see note 1)
|70||1h 55m 51.0s
|2||Bobby Brown||Lola T140 [SL140/3] - Chevrolet V8
#3 Bob Brown
|3||Jerry Hansen||Lola T140 [SL140/8] - Chevrolet V8
#44 Jerry Hansen (see note 2)
|4||Lou Sell||Eagle Mk 5  - Chevrolet V8
#15 Smothers Brothers Racing Team
|5||Stew McMillen||Eisert 65 - Chevrolet V8
#5 Stew McMillan (see note 3)
|6||Bud Morley||McLaren M1B/FA [30-05] - Chevrolet V8
#14 Bud Morley
|7||Kurt Reinold||McKee Mk 8 - Chevrolet V8
#57 Team Nappi
|8||Chuck Dietrich||(FB) 1.6-litre McLaren M4B [200-27B] - Ford twin cam
#31 Amey-Dietrich Racing (see note 4)
|9||Fred Opert||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21A  - Ford twin cam
#73 Fred Opert Racing (see note 5)
|10||Howard Brown||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam
#76 [not on entry list] (see note 6)
|11||Charlie Adams||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21C  - Ford twin cam
#64 C.W. Adams Racing (see note 7)
|12||Jerry Rosbach||Lola T140 - Chevrolet V8
#8 Jerry Rosbach
|13||Jon Reski||(FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand
#49 Jon Reski
|14||Harry Hester||(FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam BRM
#32 Hogan Motor Leasing Inc
|15||Dave Ogilvy||(FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 35 - Ford twin cam
#91 Dave Ogilvy Racing Team
|16||Bill Blackmore||(FB) 1.6-litre Automark - Porsche
#75 Automark Inc.
|17||Bruce Klussmann||(FB) 1.6-litre Crosslé
#27 Crosslé Cars America
|18||Brett Lunger||Caldwell D8B ['001'] - Chevrolet V8
#11 Autodynamics (see note 8)
|19||Tom Tufts||(FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B14 [FB-68-8] - Ford twin cam
#60 Stan Roadge (see note 9)
|20||WP Fred Stevenson||(FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C [41C-FL-44] - Ford twin cam
#93 Lotus/East Inc
|21||Ted A. Clark||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT15 - Ford twin cam Cosworth Mk 13
#56 Team Nappi (see note 10)
|22||Dan Murphy||(FB) 1.6-litre Winkelmann WDB1 - Ford twin cam
#19 Murphy Racing
|23||Ron "Slim" Routliffe||(FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 51 - Ford
#34 Stadium Ford Sales Ltd
|29||retired - unknown|
|24||Tom Countryman||(FB) 1.6-litre Autodynamics 'D-3' - Porsche 356
#10 Tom Countryman
|26||no oil pressure|
|25||Jack Eiteljorg||Eisert 68 - Chevrolet V8
#7 [not on entry list]
|26||retired - unknown|
|26||Wayne T Mitchell||(FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT21B - Ford
#84 [not on entry list]
|25||retired - unknown|
|27||Joe Grimaldi||(FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B14 [FB-68-13?] - Ford twin cam
#72 Fred Opert Racing (see note 11)
|16||retired - unknown|
|28||Jerry Entin||LeGrand Mk 7A  - Chevrolet V8
#21 [not on entry list] (see note 12)
|14||no oil pressure|
|29||Dick Smothers||(FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B14 [FB-68-14?] - Ford twin cam
#9 Dick Smothers (see note 13)
|30||Brian O'Neil||Lola T140 [SL140/13] - Chevrolet V8
#1 American Racing Motor
|4||no oil pressure|
|DNS||Randy Scheffer||(FC) 1.1-litre Beach T-11  - Alfa Romeo
#6 Beach Racing Cars
|Did not start|
|DNS||Jim Mulhall||(FA) 5-litre Halibrand Shrike - Chevrolet V8
#71 Mulhall Racing (see note 14)
|Did not start|
|DNS||Dale Lang||(FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT21B  - Ford
#81 [not on entry list]
|Did not start|
|DNS||Sam Posey||LeGrand Mk 7 - Chevrolet V8
#83 [not on entry list] (see note 15)
|Did not start|
| ||Nick Craw||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam
#4 Scorpio Racing (see note 16)
|On entry list|
| ||Steve Durst||Vulcan - Chevrolet Traco V8
#26 Steven Durst
|On entry list|
| ||Mike Hiss||Lola T140 - Chevrolet V8
#94 Abrasive Alloys Racing Team
|On entry list|
All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.
|1||Lou Sell||35||58m 10.0s||109.309 mph|
|Ted A. Clark||27|
|Ron "Slim" Routliffe||26|
|Wayne T Mitchell||25|
|WP Fred Stevenson||11|
|1||Jerry Hansen||35||57m 41.0s||109.217 mph|
|WP Fred Stevenson||23|
|Ted A. Clark||13|
|Ron "Slim" Routliffe||3|
|1||George Wintersteen||(F5000) 5-litre Eagle Mk 5  - Chevrolet V8||1m 38.4s|
|2||Lou Sell||(F5000) 5-litre Eagle Mk 5  - Chevrolet V8||1m 39.0s|
|3||Bobby Brown||(F5000) 5-litre Lola T140 [SL140/3] - Chevrolet V8||1m 40.0s|
|4||Sam Posey *||(F5000) 5-litre LeGrand Mk 7 - Chevrolet V8||1m 40.4s|
|5||Stew McMillen||(F5000) 5-litre Eisert 65 - Chevrolet V8||1m 41.4s|
|6||Kurt Reinold||(F5000) 5-litre McKee Mk 8 - Chevrolet V8||1m 41.5s|
|7||Jack Eiteljorg||(F5000) 5-litre Eisert 68 - Chevrolet V8||1m 43.2s|
|8||Brett Lunger||(F5000) 5-litre Caldwell D8B ['001'] - Chevrolet V8||1m 43.2s|
|9||Chuck Dietrich||(FB) 1.6-litre McLaren M4B [200-27B] - Ford twin cam||1m 43.8s|
|10||Bud Morley||(F5000) 5-litre McLaren M1B/FA [30-05] - Chevrolet V8||1m 44.0s|
|11||WP Fred Stevenson||(FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C [41C-FL-44] - Ford twin cam||1m 45.0s|
|12||Tom Tufts||(FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B14 [FB-68-8] - Ford twin cam||1m 46.4s|
|13||Fred Opert||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21A  - Ford twin cam||1m 46.4s|
|14||Joe Grimaldi||(FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B14 [FB-68-13?] - Ford twin cam||1m 46.6s|
|15||Dave Ogilvy||(FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 35 - Ford twin cam||1m 46.8s|
|16||Jerry Entin||(F5000) 5-litre LeGrand Mk 7A  - Chevrolet V8||1m 48.4s|
|17||Charlie Adams||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21C  - Ford twin cam||1m 50.0s|
|18||Howard Brown||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam||1m 52.0s|
|19||Harry Hester||(FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam BRM||1m 52.4s|
|20||Jerry Rosbach||(F5000) 5-litre Lola T140 - Chevrolet V8||1m 53.8s|
|21||Dan Murphy||(FB) 1.6-litre Winkelmann WDB1 - Ford twin cam||1m 54.6s|
|22||Bruce Klussmann||(FB) 1.6-litre Crosslé||1m 55.0s|
|23||Jon Reski||(FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand||1m 55.2s|
|24||Dick Smothers||(FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B14 [FB-68-14?] - Ford twin cam||1m 57.0s|
|25||Tom Countryman||(FB) 1.6-litre Autodynamics 'D-3' - Porsche 356||1m 59.2s|
|26||Ted A. Clark||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT15 - Ford twin cam Cosworth Mk 13||2m 06.0s|
|27||Bill Blackmore||(FB) 1.6-litre Automark - Porsche||2m 09.4s|
|28||Ron "Slim" Routliffe||(FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 51 - Ford||2m 12.2s|
|29||Dale Lang *||(FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT21B  - Ford||2m 35.0s|
|30||Jerry Hansen||(F5000) 5-litre Lola T140 [SL140/8] - Chevrolet V8||no time|
|31||Jim Mulhall *||(FA) 5-litre Halibrand Shrike - Chevrolet V8||no time|
|32||Randy Scheffer *||(FC) 1.1-litre Beach T-11  - Alfa Romeo||no time|
|33||Wayne T Mitchell||(FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT21B - Ford||no time|
|34||Brian O'Neil||(F5000) 5-litre Lola T140 [SL140/13] - Chevrolet V8||no time|
|* Did not start|
Notes on the cars:
- Eagle Mk 5  (George Wintersteen): See full history: Eagle 'Mk 5' 502.
- Lola T140 [SL140/8] (Jerry Hansen): New to Jerry Hansen for the 1968 US series, then to John Mahler (Bettendorf, IA) for the 1969 series. Subsequent history unknown but believed to be the car acquired by Wayne "Bing" Sherer (Buffalo, NY) in 1972 and raced in SCCA Nationals. To Phil "Butch" Hollenbeck for 1973, then to Art Cross (Auburn, NY) who ran it in to Florida for several years. Via Owen Starr, Lou Pavesi and Rick McLean to Mark Rincon (Redding, CA) and Hal Williams by 1994, for historic racing. Later sold to Richard Cross, then via Rincon to John Bryant (Adelaide, Australia) at the Monterey Historics in August 2007 and imported into Australia. Crashed at Philip Island March 2008, but rebuilt and raced in the 2011/12 Tasman Revival series. More information about Lola T140 SL140/8
- Eisert 65 (Stew McMillen): New for Skip Hudson to drive at the 1965 Indy 500 as J Frank Harrison's #96 Harrison Special. The new car got on track on 13 May, at which point the older 1964 car was renumbered from 96 to 93. Hudson was a successful sports car racer, but was unable to pass his rookie test when an engine blew, so Al Unser took over the drive but he made no attempt to qualify the car. Unser then drove the car through the 1965 USAC season, but only once finished inside the top 10. The 1965 car was retained for the opening races of the 1966 season, driven by Unser at Phoenix and by Billy Foster at Trenton. It then became the team's #93 entry, and was only seen again at Fuji, where Jerry Grant finished tenth. Greg Weld failed to qualify the car for the 1967 Indy 500, after which it was sold to Don Wilcox, who raced it at Pikes Peak and made an unsuccessfiul attempt to qualify at Indianapolis Raceway Park in July. The old car was ideal for the SCCA's new Formula A, so was sold to Stew McMillen (Libertyville, IL) who raced it in SCCA Nationals, winning twice, and in Pro races. At the end of 1968 he took it out to New Zealand, racing it at Baypark Raceway in December, before it was leased to Dennis Marwood for the 1969/70 season. It returned to the US later in 1970 and was acquired by Bill Tempero (Fort Collins, CO), who fitted it with wedge-style bodywork and raced it in Pro races and SCCA Nationals in 1971, then in Midwest Division Formula A in 1972. It was later converted for street use by brothers Wayne and Steve Huntley in Nebraska and was also used as a show car by Fred Bosselman in the late 1970s or early 1980s, probably at his Bosselman Truck Plaza in Grand Island, Nebraska. In the early 1990s it was acquired by Bill Wiswedel (Holland, MI) who has restored it to 1965 colours but still with the later, squarer bodywork.
- McLaren M4B [200-27B] (Chuck Dietrich): For Chuck Dietrich (Sandusky, OH) in Formula B in 1968, replacing the similar 200-10B that he had raced in 1967. Subsequent history unknown until bought from Joe Zuniga (St. Paul, Minnesota) by James Harayda (Bloomington, Minnesota) in April 1978 as a FB car. Harayda raced it in FB in 1978 then converted it to FC for 1979. Traded to Scott Livingston (St Louis, MO) in 1980 then on to Jon Rhodes (Webster Grove, MO) 1981 who converted it to CSR with an Alfa engine and qualified for the Run-Offs in 1982. Sold to Scott Holman (Frederick, MD) July 1983 and continued in CSR until 1989 when sold to Henry Alexander and Wes McNay. Rebuilt with a new Marc Bahner tub which was modelled on Jim Brown's 1967 monocoque. Restored to Formula B specification and sold to Harry Mathews (Arvada, CO) March 1996 for his Mathews Collection of McLarens. Sold to Shigeru Motohashi (Japan) 2004 and raced in the Japanese Interclub Historic Car event at Tsukuba in 2009.
- Brabham BT21A  (Fred Opert): Sold new to Lou Sell (Fullerton, CA) and first seen in the Pro Formula B race at War Bonnet in late June where Sell qualified on pole and finished second. Then raced in SCCA Regionals and occasional Nationals in California, and in the pro races at Mont-Tremblant and Lake Tahoe at the end of the season. Sold to Sell's backer Dick Smothers (Woodland Hills, CA) for 1968, although Sell also raced it in one SoPac National early that year. To Fred Opert late 1968 in part-exchange for a new Chevron and from him on to Ken Duclos (Boxboro, MA) for 1969. Duclos believes he returned it to Opert at the end of 1969 when he acquired his new BT29 and it next turns up in 1971 with John Sorbello (Lafayette, MA) who widened the cockpit section into a two-seater and added a Chevron B16 body. However, it is possible that the dates of this are wrong and that Bob Isnor (Newton, MA) raced it as a FB before it went to Sorbello. Later to John Kauffman who thought he had bought a Chevron and then to Joe Maria (White Plains, NY) in the early 1990s. It was restored by David Irwin to BT21A spec and was still with Maria in 2007. To Bob Lima (Meadowbrook, PA) by October 2009 and later repainted in Sell's colours.
- Brabham BT21C (Howard Brown): From May 1968 to September 1969, Howard Brown (Paoli, PA or Malvern, PA) raced in Pro Formula B and in NEDiv in a Brabham, identified by the Sep 1968 Lime Rock entry list as a BT21C. Brown ran as #76 in 1968 and #69 in 1969 but the colour and identity of the Brabham are not yet known.
- Brabham BT21C  (Charlie Adams): New to Charles W. Adams (Springfield, IL, but then living in Manhattan Beach, CA) via Jim Russell, who then had a racing school at Willow Springs. Charlie Adams was a regular in Formula B with this car from mid-1968 to 1971, his car being green, and entered as #64. Adams won the Southern Pacific Division FB title in 1969 but did not score any points in 1970 and his appearances in the Pro series ceased after the Laguna Seca race in June. In 1971, he scored just two points in the SPDiv championship, for fifth place at the Riverside National in July, and only appeared at one Pro race, the Edmonton round in August. Subsequent history unknown, but the BT21C was bought in the US by Australian Gary Simkin who was working there, and returned with him to Australia in March 1983. It was sold to George Goodare (Sydney, NSW), rebuilt and used in historic racing. It was owned by Peter Addison (Sydney, NSW) then sold to Howard Blight (Sydney, NSW) 1989. and then via Rob Bailey (Victoria) 1998 to Nereo Dizane (Sydney, NSW) December 1998. Dizane died in 2004, aged only 53, but his collection of cars has been kept together by his wife Anna Dizane (Wantirna, Victoria).
- Caldwell D8B ['001'] (Brett Lunger): Entered by Autodynamics Corp. for Brett Lunger, and first seen in an SCCA National at Lime Rock on 6 July 1968, where Lunger crashed. Later appeared in the Us Pro series driven by Lunger (at Mosport Park 25 Aug 1968, Donnybrook 22 Sep 1968 and Laguna Seca 12 Oct 1968) and by Sam Posey (at Lime Rock 2 Sep 1968). Delano Trott, who was Chief Engineer at Autodynamics at the time the D8 was built, commented in 2019 that one of the team's mechanics, Fred Whittier, "ended up owning the car". He used it as a supermodified at Bryar Motorsports Park and destroyed it in an accident. Trott added "as I recall, he had a head-on with a tow truck running the wrong direction!".
- Chevron B14 [FB-68-8] (Tom Tufts): Bought new by Tom Tufts (Milwaukee, WI) and raced in Formula B in 1968, starting at Road America on 27 July 1968, at the Buckeye Sprints at Mid-Ohio two weeks later and then at Donnybrooke (Brainerd) on 22 September 1968. Identified from an invoice as chassis FB-68-8. Sold to Tom Gelb (Mequon, WI) for 1969, replacing an ancient Brabham BT2, and raced in Pro and CenDiv FB until crashed at Mosport Park in August 1969. The car was repaired and sold in 1970 but its subsequent history is unknown. However, it may well be the car raced by fellow Central Division racer Jim Trueman (Amlin, OH) in 1970.
- Brabham BT15 (Ted A. Clark): Ted Clark (DeKalb, IL) raced a Brabham BT15 in Formula B in 1968, equipped with a Cosworth Mk 13 engine and running as #56 and typically entered by Team Nappi of Rockford, Illinois. Clark advertised the car in April 1969, saying that it had a Hewland 5-speed gearbox and 7" and 9" wheels. Nothing more known.
- Chevron B14 [FB-68-13?] (Joe Grimaldi): Joe Grimaldi acquired one of four late 1968 Chevrons to arrive in the US. At least three of these were described by Chevron as B14s, including Grimaldi's. He debuted the car at Mosport Park in Aug 1968 and raced it twice more in Pro events. Grimaldi reappeared in August 1969 with what was reported to be a Chevron B15B which he raced three more times. Larry Wright then acquired a Chevron from Grimaldi for the 1970 season which was described to him as a B15 but when Wright advertised the car in 1971, he called it a "late-1968 Chevron FB" which identifies it as a B14. Wright traded the Chevron to Charlie Hayes in May 1971 for a new Brabham BT29.
- LeGrand Mk 7A  (Jerry Entin): A new car replacing the original works Mk 7 sold to Don Richardson, and shaken down by Bruce Eglinton at Whitman stadium June 1968 where he crashed and was badly burnt. The car was rebuilt and loaned to Jerry Entin, fitted with his Chevrolet engine and ZF gearbox, and taken to Road America for the Badger "200" on 27 July 1968, but the timing gear broke before the race, and Entin did not start. Entin won a National at Riverside in August and two Regionals later in the year. Dick Guldstrand took over the car for the Laguna Seca 'Pro' race in October and it was then driven by Rex Ramsey at the ARRC, and at the Monaco International Trophy in New Zealand at the end of December. Ramsey continued to drive the car in 1969, winning three SCCA Nationals but was well off the pace in Pro races. It was then shared by Chuck Elliott and Bruce Eglinton in SCCA Regionals and Nationals respectively in 1970 and 1971. Then sold to Mal Patterson (San Jose, CA), who entered it for the Pro race at Laguna Seca 7 May 1972, but does not appear to have raced it very often. It was then sold to Ken Owen (Union City, CA) and used in local SCCA racing in 1975 and 1976. Then sold to Skip Pack (Hollister, CA) and Dennis McLaughlin , who autocrossed the car in the late 1970s and early 1980s before they sold it to Butch Gilbert in October 2009. Sold to John F Boxhorn (Mukwonago, Wisconsin) in October 2010, and restored during 2011 and 2012. Sold to David Zavetsky (Wellesboro, PA) in 2019. See full history: LeGrand Mk 7 002.
- Chevron B14 [FB-68-14?] (Dick Smothers): Bought late in 1968 by Dick Smothers of Smothers Bros Racing (Fullerton, CA) and first raced in the Donnybrooke Grand Prix at Brainerd 22 September 1968 . Chevron records appear to identify this car as chassis FB-68-14. Smothers had a blue #29 Chevron FB for 1969 and this is very probably the same car, even though it was sometimes referred to as a B15B. Loaned to Joe Alves (Sherman Oaks, CA) for 1970 but not raced after blowing the engine in practice at Sears Point in June 1970. Alves eventually sold the car some time between 1975 and 1978 but it is then unknown until owned by a D Hullinger around 1992 who started a restoration. It passed to Gabe Lakatosh (Los Angeles, CA) in 1998 who completed the restoration and raced it infrequently. Then sold to Jeff Giannini (Puyallup, WA) in 2003 who has raced it continuously since then. It had a full restoration in 2008 and is maintained by J&L Fabrication (also in Puyallup, WA).
- Halibrand Shrike (Jim Mulhall): Jim Mulhall (Littleton, CO) entered a Halibrand-Chevy in Formula A in 1968, first appearing at the Road America Badger 200 in July, but failing to start his first two races. Mulhall raced it again in 1969, but it was destroyed in his crash at Continental Divide in June 1969. Mulhall lost control of the car and hit a water-filled oil drum that was acting as a barrier. Mulhall died later of his injuries, and a mechanic was also killed by debris.
- LeGrand Mk 7 (Sam Posey): A new car sold to Pete Botsford (Boulder, CO), after he saw the first car on display at the New York Automobile Show (at the New York Coliseum, 30 March - 7 April 1968). The car was used in the 1968 SCCA Continental Championship, starting at Elkhart Lake 27 Jul 1968, where driver Ron Holmes did not start. It was raced by Bob Betts at Thompson 18 August 1968, but he was well off the pace in practice and retired early. Sam Posey then drove it at Mosport Park and was fastest in qualifying, but withdrew after just two laps. Peter Revson was available for the Lime Rock on 2 September but hated the car and quickly disappeared when a ball joint failure curtailed practice. Posey returned to the cockpit for Brainerd on 22 September 1968), and was fourth in practice, but refused to start the race as the car was too dangerous. Barry Blackmore was then brought in for the Ken Miles Memorial Race at Laguna Seca on 12 October but, in his words, destroyed it in practice. The car was stripped at Red LeGrand's shop and the carcass towed back to base, but Botsford had lost interest in the car and it was not repaired.
- Brabham BT21C (Nick Craw): Nick Craw (Washington, DC) had a Brabham BT21C for FB in 1968, but appeared rarely at National level, his only points in NEDiv FB coming from a third place at Virginia International Raceway on 29 Sep 1968, right at the end of the regular season. He had entered Lime Rock's Pro race four weeks earlier but did not start and may not have been present. He also finished second in two SCCA Regionals at Marlboro in October and November. Craw, now President & CEO of ACCUS, confirms that he traded the BT21C back to Fred Opert for his new BT29s in 1969 so this BT21C must be the car that he raced in early 1969.
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.
1968 US information has been taken from SCCA results sheets with additional information from Autoweek race reports and from some entry lists. Thanks to David McKinney and Wolfgang Klopfer for providing these. Identifying the classes and model of some entries has proved very difficult so all new information would be welcomed.
1969-1971 US information has been collated by Chris Townsend using Autoweek reports. All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome.
1972-1976 US information was originally collated by Wolfgang Klopfer, converted to database format by Dawn Harrison and checked by Jim Thurman and Don Capps. Wolfgang's main sources are Autoweek and individual SCCA results bulletins but Autosport, Autocourse and Road Racing Annual have also been consulted.
US SCCA Runoffs, Nationals and Regionals results were collated by Wolfgang Klopfer from Autoweek reports. These reports were usually very brief so the information on the majority of races is limited just to the identity of the FA class winner.
Some race programs have also been used for entry lists and other information. My thanks to Richard Coe for the generous contributions from his collection.
All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome. Please email Allen if you can add anything.