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Northern Pacific SCCA Formula B 1970

Although there were plenty of cars, neither of the west coast divisions had the level of equipment found in the North East and Central Divisions. Mike Hansen won the division in his ex-Jon Milledge Brabham BT21C from Pete Darr who had swapped his aged ex-F2 Lotus 44 for a Chevron B15-17.

Nobody else scored more than nine points and this group was led by Russ Harness in Ron Brown's Brabham BT18 and Robert Hall in a Lotus 41C. Bruce Kearsley, who finished eighth, may be the same Bruce Kearsley who ran a Brabham in FB in the North East Div two years earlier. More familiar names further down the table include LeGrand regular and later Can-Am driver Wes McNay; Chuck Billington, who would go on to win six national championships in the smaller sports car classes; and Gave Gove, another future regular in Can-Am. An unexpected name on the list is Cam McKenzie of Squamisit, BC in Canada who had somehow qualified for points in his usual ex-F3 Brabham BT21.

Further back but still going strong were the Bourgeaults. Dave Cristofferson was sharing Larry Albedi's original model, Buford Motley was driving John Kuenzli's sister car and Chuck Billington was driving Al Brizard's newer car.

Final standings

1. Mike Hansen Brabham (BT21C) S.F. 30 pts *
2. Pete Darr Chevron (B15-17) Ore 24 pts
3. Russ Harness Brabham (BT18) Ore. 9 pts
4. Robert Hall Lotus (41C) S.F. 9 pts
5. Wes McNay LeGrand S.F. 8 pts
6. Charles Billington Bourgeault S.F. 7 pts
7. Phil Hold Titan S.F. 6 pts
8. Bruce Kearsley Brabham N.W. 6 pts
9. Gary Gove Brabham (BT21C) N.W. 6 pts
10. Al Karlberg Brabham (BT29) N.W. 4 pts
11. Skip Adrian Winkelmann (WDB2) S.F. 4 pts *
12. Cam McKenzie Brabham (BT21) N.W. 3 pts
13. Dave Cristofferson Bourgeault S.F. 2 pts
14. Buford Motley Bourgeault S.F. 2 pts

* Indicates total includes points earned out of home divisions.

1970 Schedule

24 May 1970SeattleNorthwest Region
14 Jun 1970Portland International SpeedwayOregon Region
11 Jul 1970Sears PointSan Francisco Region
26 Jul 1970SeattleNorthwest Region
13 Sep 1970Portland International SpeedwayOregon Region
04 Oct 1970Stead AFBReno & San Francisco Regions

Northern Pacific Division sources

Most of our knowledge of NorPac racing comes from the SCCA's Sports Car magazine and from Competition Press & Autoweek. We are very keen to acquire or borrow 1960s, 1970s and 1980s copies of the three main SCCA regional publications:

  • The Wheel (San Francisco Region)
  • Northwest Sports Car News (Northwest Region)
  • Loud Pedal (Oregon Region)

We are also keen to get scans of entry lists from SCCA Nationals, notably the Laguna Seca Sprints and the Rose Cup Races.