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Seattle Grand Prix

Seattle, 6 Jul 1969

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Tony Adamowicz Eagle Mk 5 [510] - Chevrolet V8
#7
50 1h 06m 03.3s
101.92 mph
2 Sam Posey Eagle Mk 5 [501] - Chevrolet V8
#1
50
3 George Eaton McLaren M10A [300-02] - Chevrolet V8
#98
50
4 George Wintersteen Lola T142 - Chevrolet V8
#12 (see note 1)
50
5 Chuck Dietrich Lola T142 [SL142/21] - Chevrolet V8
#31
50
6 Bud Morley Lola T142 [SL142/28] - Chevrolet V8
#14 (see note 2)
49
7 Jon Ward McLaren M10A - Chevrolet V8
#35
48
8 Rich Galloway Lola T142 - Chevrolet V8
#27 (see note 3)
48
9 Horst Kroll Lola T142 [SL142/38] - Chevrolet V8
#37
48
10 Chuck Trowbridge McKee Mk 12 - Chevrolet V8
#9
46
11 Glenn Brown McLaren M1B/FA [30-05] - Chevrolet V8
#41
44
12 Bobby Brown Eagle Mk 5 [508] - Chevrolet V8
#3
42
13 Harry Swanson Forsgrini - Chevrolet V8
#10
42
14 Lothar Motschenbacher McLaren M10A [300-05] - Chevrolet V8
#11
48 Out of fuel
15 Bill Brack Lotus 42B [2] - Chevrolet V8
#85
32 Not known
16 Sherwood Johnston Lola T142 - Chevrolet V8
#47 (see note 4)
31 Not known
17 John Cannon Eagle Mk 5 [509] - Chevrolet V8
#2
31 Half shaft
18 Fred Corbett Eagle Mk 5 [505] - Chevrolet V8
#77
16 Engine
19 Jerry Hansen McLaren M10A - Chevrolet V8
#44
10 suspension
20 Gary Gove Cooper T53 [F1-1-63] - Chevrolet V8
#6
7 Not known
21 Dick Simon Lola T142 - Chevrolet V8
#66
0 Accident
22 Eppie Wietzes Lola T142 [SL142/29] - Chevrolet V8
#91
0 Accident
23 Kurt Reinold McKee Mk 12 - Chevrolet V8
#4
0 Accident
UNKE Paul Scott Lotus 33 [R11] - Oldsmobile V8
#21
On entry list
UNKE John Gunn Lola T142 - Chevrolet V8
#39 (see note 5)
On entry list
UNKE Mike Hiss Lola T140 - Chevrolet V8
#94
On entry list

All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 John Cannon (F5000) 5-litre Eagle Mk 5 [509] - Chevrolet V8 1.16.1
2 Sam Posey (F5000) 5-litre Eagle Mk 5 [501] - Chevrolet V8 1.16.8
3 Jerry Hansen (F5000) 5-litre McLaren M10A - Chevrolet V8 1.17.3
4 Lothar Motschenbacher (F5000) 5-litre McLaren M10A [300-05] - Chevrolet V8 1.17.6
5 Bobby Brown (F5000) 5-litre Eagle Mk 5 [508] - Chevrolet V8 1.18.0
6 Tony Adamowicz (F5000) 5-litre Eagle Mk 5 [510] - Chevrolet V8 1.18.3
7 George Eaton (F5000) 5-litre McLaren M10A [300-02] - Chevrolet V8 1.18.4
8 Chuck Dietrich (F5000) 5-litre Lola T142 [SL142/21] - Chevrolet V8 1.19.2
9 Jon Ward (F5000) 5-litre McLaren M10A - Chevrolet V8 1.19.4
10 Eppie Wietzes (F5000) 5-litre Lola T142 [SL142/29] - Chevrolet V8 1.19.5
11 George Wintersteen (F5000) 5-litre Lola T142 - Chevrolet V8 1.19.7
12 Horst Kroll (F5000) 5-litre Lola T142 [SL142/38] - Chevrolet V8 1.19.6
13 Rich Galloway (F5000) 5-litre Lola T142 - Chevrolet V8 1.20.9
14 Bud Morley (F5000) 5-litre Lola T142 [SL142/28] - Chevrolet V8 1.20.3
15 Dick Simon (F5000) 5-litre Lola T142 - Chevrolet V8 1.22.0
16 Bill Brack (F5000) 5-litre Lotus 42B [2] - Chevrolet V8 1.21.2
17 Glenn Brown (F5000) 5-litre McLaren M1B/FA [30-05] - Chevrolet V8 1.23.5
18 Chuck Trowbridge (F5000) 5-litre McKee Mk 12 - Chevrolet V8 1.22.5
19 Sherwood Johnston (F5000) 5-litre Lola T142 - Chevrolet V8 1.25.7
20 Fred Corbett (F5000) 5-litre Eagle Mk 5 [505] - Chevrolet V8 1.23.7
21 Gary Gove (F5000) 5-litre Cooper T53 [F1-1-63] - Chevrolet V8 1.38.3
22 Harry Swanson (F5000) 5-litre Forsgrini - Chevrolet V8 1.27.1
23 Kurt Reinold (F5000) 5-litre McKee Mk 12 - Chevrolet V8 No time

Notes on the cars:

  1. Lola T142 (George Wintersteen): George Wintersteen (Villanova, PA) raced a white #12 Lola T142 through the 1969 US series. Entered by his own team, Wintersteen Racing Inc, Wintersteen was highly competitive, finishing second behind Sam Posey's Eagle at Laguna Seca in May, and second again behind Posey's McLaren M10A at Lime Rock in September. He also had two third place finishes, two fourths and a fifth. The car met its end at St Jovite in September when Wintersteen triggered a huge first-lap accident. Coming out of the second turn, a downhill right-hander, Wintersteen came off the track and hammered into the earth bank on the outside of the track, careered across the track, collecting two other cars on the way, and hit the opposite bank, the Lola bursting into flames. Wintersteen was able to get out of the car very quickly, and a marshall had the fire under control in less than 30 seconds, but it is highly unlikely that the car would have been repairable.
  2. Lola T142 [SL142/28] (Bud Morley): Invoice date 5 Mar 1969 (Sold to Haas). New to Bud Morley (Denver, CO) and raced through the 1969 US series, when it was red and entered as #14 . He advertised the car in November 1969 and again in August 1970. Sold in April 1971 to Dan Harper (Eureka, CA) who raced it at the Laguna Seca Pro race 2 May 1971 despite only having had a chance to drive it briefly at Vacaville earlier in the week. He intended to race in SCCA Nationals for the remainder of 1971 but a broken bulkhead required a lengthy rebuild and he did not score any points at SCCA level that season. He had planned to follow all the west coast Pro races in 1972, and appeared on the entry list for race at Laguna Seca on 7 May 1972 but there is no record of his participation. He also raced the car at the Laguna Seca June Sprints in 1973. Harper advertised the car in August 1974, describing it as "Best T-142 in the country; rebuilt throughout, new fabroids, etc; fresh Al Bartz engine; have full history of car; never bent". He recalled to Mike Matune in 2021 that he sold it in April 1975 to Don Korntved (Weaverville, CA) and his son Chris, who ran it in Redwood Sports Car Club (RSCC) events from 1975 to 1977. They ran the car in the RSCC's Lord Ellis Hillclimb at Blue Lake, the Keno Hill Climb near Klamath Falls, Oregon and the Virginia City Hill Climb in Nevada. Chris Korntved also won RSCC Autocross events at Samoa Field, a former airstrip in Eureka, northern California, July 1976, September 1976 and July 1977, and competed at Chico, CA, Redding, CA, and Medford, OR. He advertised the T142 at the end of 1977 and traded it to Jerry Dulski (Plymouth, MN) for Dulski's A Sedan Camaro. Dulski ran the car in Midwest SCCA Formula A until an accident at Brainerd International Raceway in Minnesota, when his wing collapsed in the high speed Turn 1 and he left the track, hitting a telephone pole. The car continued airborne through a number of trees before coming to a stop upside down still in the trees. Dulski was very lucky to walk away unharmed, but the Lola was a complete loss. Dulski salvaged the Hewland gearbox and used it in his next car, a Lotus 70, and the Chevy engine was later used in a Trans-Am Camaro in historic racing. A part from a few suspension parts that were sold, nothing else remained of the Lola.
  3. Lola T142 (Rich Galloway): Rich Galloway (Golden, CO) raced a yellow #27 Lola T142 through the 1969 US series. It was generally entered as a T142 but was entered as a T140 at R4 Sears Point. Galloway was involved in the first lap accident triggered by George Wintersteen at St Jovite in early September and the Lola hit the Armco on the outside of the track head on before being hit by two other cars and coming to a rest against the bank on the opposite side. Galloway was able to exit the car quickly, but it appeared to be heavily damaged. Subsequent history unknown.
  4. Lola T142 (Sherwood Johnston): Sherwood Johnston (Scottsdale, AZ) first seen at a SCCA Regional at Tucson Airport on 11 May 1969 and then raced in the US Pro series (#47 from Continental Divide on 8 June, up to Sebring on 28 December). Then sold to Ed Luke (Phoenix, AZ), a cattle rancher and property developer, for SCCA events. Luke crashed the car heavily at Phoenix International Raceway in 1970, when he had to go off line to avoid an emergency vehicle on the track, spun on the "marbles" and collided heavily with a telegraph pole, suffering serious leg injuries and burns that ended his racing career. None of Luke's race results have been found, suggesting his accident was early in 1970, quite possible the Arizona Region SCCA National on 1 Mar 1970. He sold the damaged car to Ron Elliot (Scottsdale, AZ) who raced it at Riverside Feb 1972. Subsequently to Ernie Rollston (Mesa, AZ) in 1974 - Steve Bolen (Scottsdale, AZ) - Bill Neibauer (Red Lodge, Montana) June 1976. Sold by Neibauer to Donald McGreevy (Mill Valley, CA) Dec 1987 This car has frame tag 40 but no chassis plate. Completely restored by Don McGreevy by December 2013.
  5. Lola T142 (John Gunn): New to John Gunn (Miami, FL), and raced in the US series in 1969. The car was yellow and entered as #39. Gunn's last known race in the car was a SCCA National at Virginia International Raceway in September 1969, and he advertised the car in November. A local newspaper reported that month that Tampa car importer Dave Heinz had bought the car, but Randy Blessing also had a T142 in Florida in 1970, and his recollection is that his was the ex-Gunn car. As they raced against each other, and as John Hood raced the ex-Gunn T140 at the same time, this is an unresolved puzzle.

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.

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.