SCCA Formula A 1966
At the Runoffs, the Formula A cars competed in the same race as the Formula Bs and this did not reflect well on the 'top' class. The 1600cc Ford twin-cam powered Brabhams and LeGrands were far quicker and the leading Formula A runner, Harry McIntosh's newly-acquired 1500cc ex-Formula 1 Brabham-Climax V8 finished two laps down in eighth. The only US-built contender was Bub Ehrlich's Grizzly Torque Spl in fourth spot. Further back - embarrassingly so - were Ed Mackey's seven-year-old Cooper, John Timanus in a Lotus 18 of similar vintage and Dee Singleton in an Oldsmobile-powered Lotus 24. Timanus would become chief of rules enforcement for Cal Club, then Chief Technical Inspector, then Technical Administrator for the SCCA in 1969, and combined that job wiith the role of Assistant Director of Pro Racing from early 1975.
Also present was North East Division Champion Fred Opert in a Brabham of unknown specification and vintage, having won the Division in a Lotus 32. Both he and North East colleague Bill Watkins in his regular Lotus 22 were disqualified.
National or Pro Formula SCCA races in 1966
24 Apr 1966 > Stardust Formula race at Stardust International
15 May 1966 > Colorado Grand Prix at Continental Divide
17 Jul 1966 > Grand Primo de Juarez at Juárez
27 Nov 1966 > American Road Race of Champions (F/SCCA class) at Riverside
Formula A runners at the American Road Race of Champions
|8.||(1)||Harry McIntosh||Brabham [BT7] - Climax V8|
|11.||(2)||Ed Mackey||Cooper [T51] - Alfa Romeo|
|14.||(3)||John Timanus||Lotus 18|
|18.||(4)||Bub Ehrlich||Grizzly Torque - Ford|
|R||(5)||Dee Singleton||Lotus  - Oldsmobile|
|DSQ||Fred Opert||Brabham [BT18] - Cosworth SCC|
|DSQ||Bill Watkins||Lotus 22|