Vulcan Formula A car-by-car histories
The Vulcan Formula A was designed and built by Kent Carliss of Philadelphia and was financed by Steve Durst, who drove it with considerable sucess at SCCA Divisional level.
Kent Carliss and his partner Albert Schall had been active in SCCA racing for some years, constructing their own Carliss & Schall Special for C Modified racing in 1965, and then running a Plymouth Barracuda in Trans-Am racing over the next two seasons. Schall shared the driving of the Plymouth with 27-year-old Steve Durst, and for 1968, Durest agreed to finance the construction of a car for the forthcoming 5000cc Formula A class. The car was of semi-monocoque construction and used a 5-litre Chevrolet engine. It proved very effective in Northeast Division, where there were rarely more than a few Formula A cars entered. At Road America in July, Durst qualified 10th, behind the two McKees, but on a par with the LeGrand and Eisert entries. Although Steve Durst and George Alderman both recall that just two cars were built, a third seems to be evident in 1970.
The photographs used here were provided by Jeff Savage and were taken by his father at Lime Rock in September 1968.
If anyone has seen articles or even brief news reports on the Vulcan, or can help in any other way, please email Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org. My thanks to Wolfgang Klopfer for his help constructing these histories.
'the Steve Durst car'
New for Steve Durst (Elkins Park, PA) for the 1968 SCCA Formula A season. First appeared at the Cumberland SCCA National entered as the "Scimitar". Raced in six races of the 1968 Pro series, with a best finish of fifth at Elkhart Lake in July. Durst won NEDiv Formula A in 1969 with 45 points, implying five straight wins, and qualified for the ARRC at Riverside in November but retired. Retained for 1969 and again used in both SCCA Nationals (wins at Virginia International Raceway 27 April, Thompson 8 June and Portland 12 October) and also in the Pro series. Again qualified for the ARRC in November but crashed.
Sold to Tom Wood (Xenia, Ohio): fitted with Plymouth V8, painted red and used in two Pro Formula A races in 1970 and 1971. It has been suggested that Wood used the car in SCCA Nationals, but Wood did not score points in FA in either Central or Northeast Divisions in 1970 or 1971. His only known appearances in 1970 are in two Pro races in September: at Lime Rock (alongside Stockton's car), and at Mid-Ohio. Wood reappeared with the car (now with a Chev engine) at the Elkhart Lake Pro race in July 1971, where he retired. Last seen when advertised by Wood in September 1971. Subsequent history unknown.
Driven by: Steve Durst and Tom Wood. First race: War Bonnet (US R2), 16 Jun 1968. Total of 22 recorded races.
'the George Alderman car'
George Alderman (Newark, DE) US 1968: only single Pro race at R6 Lime Rock (#24) 2 Sep 1968. To George Garrett (Philadelphia, PA) SCCA Nationals 1969 (only two known races: won at Marlboro 13 April 1969 and retired at Virginia International Raceway (#10) 27 April 1969). Subsequent history unknown.
Driven by: George Alderman and George Garrett. First race: Lime Rock (US R6), 2 Sep 1968. Total of 3 recorded races.
'the Bill Seeley car'
Bill Seeley (Yellow Springs, OH) US 1970 (one race only: R7 Elkhart Lake 18 Jul 1970), SCCA Nationals 1970 (two known races: wins at Mid Ohio 26 Jul and 13 Sep). During this time in late 1970, three drivers appeared in Vulcans, Seeley, Tom Wood and Dick Stockton, so either a third Vulcan had been built, or two of the drivers were sharing a car. As Seeley lived just 14 miles from Wood, but over 400 miles from the other Vulcan in Pennsylvania, it most likely that this was Wood's car.
Driven by: Bill Seeley. First race: Road America (US R7), 18 Jul 1970. Total of 3 recorded races.
'the Dick Stockton car'
Dick Stockton (Willow Grove, PA): only two known races: won a SCCA National at Bryar Raceway 6 Sep 1970 and retired at R10 Lime Rock the next day (7 Sep 1970).
The paintwork of the car, as shown in the top picture on the right, suggests that it was the ex-Alderman car.
Advertised from Stockton Automotive Service Feb 1972 and presumably the car entered by Stockton for Jerry Truitt (#60) at Watkins Glen 18 Jun 1972. Subsequent history unknown.
Driven by: Dick Stockton and Jerry Truitt. First race: Bryar Motorsports Park, 6 Sep 1970. Total of 3 recorded races.
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