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Colorado Grand Prix

Continental Divide, 14 May 1967

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Gus Hutchison (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam BRM
#53
36 1h 14m 30.3s
78.11 mph
2 Karl Knapp (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand
#1
35 1h 15m 05.0s
3 Bob McQueen (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand Mk 3B - Ford twin cam
#2
35 1h 15m 12s
4 Harold Krech (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam BRM
#51
35 1h 16m 21s
5 Barry Blackmore (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 22 - Ford twin cam
#47
34 1h 14m 49s
6 Harry McIntosh (FA) 1.5-litre Brabham BT7 [F1-2-63] - Climax FWMV V8
#41
34 1h 15m 15s
7 Stuart Wright (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand Mk 3B - Ford twin cam
#62
33 1h 16m 27s
8 Hugh Johnson (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 27/32 - Ford twin cam
#72
35 1h 15m 08s
9 Jim Mulhall (FC) 1.1-litre Lola Mk3 - Ford
#18
32 1h 15m 09s
10 Charlie Adams (FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT6 - Ford
#27 (see note 1)
32 1h 15m 59s
11 John Evans (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 18 - Ford twin cam
#34
31 1h 16m 30s
12 Larry Huff (FC) 1.1-litre Elva - Ford
#37
31 1h 16m 33s
13 Nick Reynolds (FC) 1.1-litre Bourgeault '66' - Cosworth SCC
#19
29 1h 16m 30s
14 Marion Whittington (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 27 [27-JM-34] - Ford twin cam
#24
29 1h 16m 43s
15 Joe Alves (FC) Lotus 20
#66
27 1h 16m 40s
16 Dave Rines (FC) 1-litre Cooper - BMC
#13
24 1h 15m 15s
17 Ed Marshall (FA) 2.5-litre Lotus 35 [35-F-18?] - Climax FPF 4
#97 (see note 2)
30 engine failure
18 Steve Harris (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham - Ford twin cam
#6
23 retired
19 Jack Eiteljorg (FA) 2.7-litre Brabham BT11 [F1-6-64] - Climax FPF 4
#7
18 lost rear wheel
20 Ron Holmes (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand Mk 3B - Ford twin cam
#26 BRE
17 retired
21 Colin Wilson (FC) Lotus
#67
16 retired
22 Harry Hester (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand Mk 3B - Ford twin cam
#5
15 retired
23 Bub Ehrlich Grizzly Torque Mk 3 (Ausper T3) [T306] - Ford Fairlane
#12 (see note 3)
13 retired
24 Bob Parker (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 27/32
#8
12 retired
25 Bob Erwin (FC) Lotus 18
#74
7 retired
26 Jack Keith (FC) Lotus 18
#10
3 retired
27 Chuck Trowbridge Lotus 24 [941] - Ford V8
#9
1 retired
28 Paul Wigton (FA) Cooper - Chevrolet
#77
0 blown engine
DNS Eugene Willbanks (FC) 1.1-litre Lotus 20 - Ford
#14
Did not start
DNS Greg Hodges (FC) 1.1-litre Lotus 27 [27-JM-33] - Ford
#42
Did not start
DNS George Graves (FB) 1.6-litre Elva 300 - Ford twin cam
#91
Did not start
DNQ Ron Hunter (FB) 1.6-litre Thoroughbred Special
#3
Did not qualify
DNQ Roy Grange (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand Mk 3B - Ford twin cam
#25 BRE
Did not qualify
DNQ Kenneth Hazelet (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand
#96
Did not qualify
UNKE Steve Griswold (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand Mk 3B - Alfa Romeo
#11
On entry list
UNKE Bill Gubelmann (FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT18 - Cosworth SCC
#37 [Fred Opert Racing] (see note 4)
On entry list
UNKE Jim Ellingson (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 22 - Alfa Romeo
#71
On entry list
UNKE Fred Opert (F?) Brabham
#73 [Fred Opert Racing]
On entry list
UNKE Joe Grimaldi (F?) Brabham
#76 [Fred Opert Racing]
On entry list

All cars are 3-litre FA unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Gus Hutchison (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam BRM 2m 02.9s
2 Karl Knapp (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand 2m 04.5s
3 Jack Eiteljorg (FA) 2.7-litre Brabham BT11 [F1-6-64] - Climax FPF 4 2m 17.9s*
4 Ed Marshall (FA) 2.5-litre Lotus 35 [35-F-18?] - Climax FPF 4 2m 05.1s
5 Barry Blackmore (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 22 - Ford twin cam 2m 07.2s
6 Bob McQueen (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand Mk 3B - Ford twin cam 2m 09.4s
7 Harry Hester (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand Mk 3B - Ford twin cam 2m 10.5s
8 Harold Krech (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam BRM 2m 13.5s
9 Harry McIntosh (FA) 1.5-litre Brabham BT7 [F1-2-63] - Climax FWMV V8 2m 13.9s
10 Bub Ehrlich (FA) 3-litre Grizzly Torque Mk 3 (Ausper T3) [T306] - Ford Fairlane 2m 14.8s
11 John Evans (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 18 - Ford twin cam 2m 15.0s
12 Steve Harris (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham - Ford twin cam 2m 16.7s
13 Hugh Johnson (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 27/32 - Ford twin cam 2m 16.8s
14 Chuck Trowbridge (FA) 3-litre Lotus 24 [941] - Ford V8 2m 17.4s
15 Charlie Adams (FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT6 - Ford 2m 17.5s
16 Jim Mulhall (FC) 1.1-litre Lola Mk3 - Ford 2m 18.4s
17 Joe Alves (FC) Lotus 20 2m 18.7s
18 Paul Wigton (FA) Cooper - Chevrolet 2m 19.2s
19 Marion Whittington (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 27 [27-JM-34] - Ford twin cam 2m 20.6s
20 Nick Reynolds (FC) 1.1-litre Bourgeault '66' - Cosworth SCC 2m 22.2s
21 Stuart Wright (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand Mk 3B - Ford twin cam 2m 22.3s
22 Jack Keith (FC) Lotus 18 2m 25.2s
23 Bob Erwin (FC) Lotus 18 2m 25.3s
24 Larry Huff (FC) 1.1-litre Elva - Ford 2m 27.0s
25 Greg Hodges * (FC) 1.1-litre Lotus 27 [27-JM-33] - Ford 2m 28.5s
26 Ron Holmes (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand Mk 3B - Ford twin cam 2m 28.5s
27 Bob Parker (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 27/32 2m 30.1s
28 Eugene Willbanks * (FC) 1.1-litre Lotus 20 - Ford 2m 30.4s
29 Colin Wilson (FC) Lotus 2m 34.2s
30 George Graves * (FB) 1.6-litre Elva 300 - Ford twin cam 2m 39.3s
31 Dave Rines (FC) 1-litre Cooper - BMC 2m 39.6s
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Brabham BT6 (Charlie Adams): Charlie Adams (Hermosa Beach, CA) bought a 1963 Formula Junior Brabham from Ian Raby (Brighton) in August 1965, and had it updated to 1965 rear magnesium uprights and driveshafts, and shipped to the US. In correspondence that Adams has retained, Raby described the car as a "practically brand new" Brabham FJ, having been "completely rebuilt, with a new chassis". Adams campaigned the car in Formula B and in Formula C from late 1965 through to early 1968 when he replaced it with a new BT21C. When he advertised the BT6 in March 1968, it had a Hewland Mk 5 gearbox and a Ford twin cam engine prepared by Frank Monise. Subsequent history unknown.
  2. Lotus 35 [35-F-18?] (Ed Marshall): Very probably the Lotus 35 sold new via Lotus Southwest to Wayne Jones (Burbank,CA) and fitted with a 2.5-litre Coventry Climax FPF engine for the SCCA's new Formula A in 1965. First raced in a SCCA Regional at Santa Barbara in October 1965 and raced again by Jones in 1966. Sold to Ed Marshall (Kentfield, CA) and raced again in FA. For 1968, this car moved to Vernon Shields (Los Angeles, CA) and was fitted with a 4.7-litre Ford V8 engine to fit the increased capacity limit of Formula A. Also driven for Shields by Bob West (Hollywood, CA). Subsequent history unknown but owned by John Dimmer in 2009.
  3. Grizzly Torque Mk 3 (Ausper T3) [T306] (Bub Ehrlich): The Grizzly Torque Formula A car started life in 1962 as a Formula Junior Ausper T3, initially raced by Roy Pike in UK events. It was sold to William Webb (Arizona) and used in west coast FJ events until it was wrecked and rebuilt for the new 3-litre Formula A. Irv Dickson fitted a de-stroked 221 ci Ford Fairlane V8 engine running on Weber carbs and a Colotti transmission but despite driver Bub Ehrlich winning the Northern Division Formula A title in 1966, Irv recalls that the Ford engine was not a success and it would have been better to keep it as a 1100cc car. Later owners are reported as Rich Nelson and Mike Blackle, after which it was acquired by Brad Balles (Dallas, TX). Rumours persist that it is being rebuilt to its Formula A specification.
  4. Brabham BT18 (Bill Gubelmann): Bill Gubelmann (Oyster Bay, NY) ran a Brabham BT18 with 1.1-litre Cosworth SCC engine in Formula C in 1967, winning seven Nationals and setting lap records right down the east coast. He advertised the car in Autoweek on 18 November 1967 as a late 1966 BT18 chassis with 140bhp Cosworth SCC engine, and it then went to Fred Opert, presumably traded on Gubelmann's new BT23F. From Opert it was sold to Mike Eyerly (Salem, OR) and raced in the Pacific northwest, winning several Regional SCCA events. He kept the orange BT18 when he moved into the SCCA national Formula B series in 1969 and completely dominated the series, winning six of the first nine races and finishing second in another two. Advertised in October 1969. 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.

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.

All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome. Please email Allen (allen@oldracingcars.com) if you can help in any way with our research.

Individual sources for this event

3rd Annual Colorado Grand Prix Official Results sheet provided by Gus Hutchison.