Pacific Coast SCCA Formula B 1965
In its final year before being split into the Southern Pacific and Northern Pacific Divisions, the Pacific Coast Division hosted a highly competitive Formula B field. Unfortunately, they rarely met, the large distances tending to keep the top drivers to events in their region.
Al Brizard from northern California, in his "six-year-old" ex-works/ex-Steve McQueen Cooper-Alfa, led the points table and also won the inaugural Pacific Coast Regional Championship Runoffs at Vaca Valley in November. Earl Jones from southern California driving the ex-Hap Sharp Brabham BT2 equalled him on points and won the Cal Club's Riverside National on 25-26 Sep from Mike Fisher's ex-Pierre Philips Lotus 27, but totalled the Brabham at the Juarez Grand Prix in November. Fisher usually stuck to Regional events in Oregon, enjoying his duels with Pete Lovely's ex-F1 Cooper-Ferrari.
But not all the top FB drivers on the West Coast were competing in SCCA Nationals. The Formula Racing Association also had a short series of 'pro' races at Santa Barbara and Hanford in addition to a SCCA-backed race in Mexico and a large number of Regional Races. Competing in these were LeGrand development driver Bruce Eglinton (South Pasadena, CA) who won at Hanford in September; Karl Knapp (Pasadena, CA) winning the Grand Primo de Juarez in a LeGrand; Charlie Adams (Hermosa Beach, CA), third at Juarez in a Brabham; and Ron Herrera (Los Angeles, CA), second to Brizard in the Pacific Coast Regional Championship at Vacaville. Herrera had previously won the Formula Junior class in the 1963 Pacific Coast Championship at Del Mar in his ex-Dave Morgan Lotus 22 and also finished second in the 1964 Runoffs in FJ. Another Pro race was held at Laguna Seca on 9 May, won by Jones from Lothar Motschenbacher.
|1=||Alson Brizard||Cooper-Alfa||SF||27 pts|
|1=||Earl Jones||Brabham [BT2]||CSCC||27 pts|
|3.||Lothar Motschenbacher||Lotus 22||CSCC||24 pts|
|4.||Boyd Groberg||Lotus||Utah||15 pts|
|5.||Mike Fisher||Lotus 27||Ore||9 pts|
|6.||Larry Albedi||BMC Mk III||SF||6 pts|
|7.||Bill Watkins||Elva-Alfa||CSCC||6 pts|
|20 Mar 1965||Tucson Airfield||Arizona Border Region|
|18 Apr 1965||Riverside||Cal Club Region|
|25 Apr 1965||Phoenix International Raceway||Arizona Region|
|12 Jun 1965||Stockton||San Francisco Region|
|26 Jun 1965||Seattle||Northwest Region|
|10 Jul 1965||Midvale Airport||Utah Region|
|24 Jul 1965||Willow Springs||Cal Club Region|
|07 Aug 1965||Candlestick Park||San Francisco Region|
|21 Aug 1965||Oregon International Raceway||Oregon Region|
|11 Sep 1965||Vacaville||San Francisco Region|
|25 Sep 1965||Riverside||Cal Club Region|
This would be the Pacific Coast Division's last season as it would be split into Northern and Southern Divisons for 1966. The two most powerful Californian clubs, Cal Club in Los Angeles and SFR in San Francisco had pushed hard for a split the previous season when they realised that they would only be allowed 12 Nationals (the new name for Divisionals) per season and argued that would not be enough big meetings for them to break even. Also the distances between the three main centres (LA, SF and Oregon) were too great. The split was resisted in late 1964 by the Divisional Board but was forced through the following year.
Also in late 1965 Cal Club withdrew their approval for the FRA's Pro events, effectively banning SCCA drivers from competing in them. They had done the same to ICSCC events in April 1963 but the ICSCC had proved able to survive.