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.
|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.
|24 May 1970||Seattle||Northwest Region|
|14 Jun 1970||Portland International Raceways||Oregon Region|
|11 Jul 1970||Sears Point||San Francisco Region|
|26 Jul 1970||Seattle||Northwest Region|
|13 Sep 1970||Portland International Raceways||Oregon Region|
|04 Oct 1970||Stead AFB||Reno & San Francisco Regions|
Northern Pacific Division sources
Most of our knowledge of NorPac racing comes from the SCCA's Sports Car magazine, from Competition Press & Autoweek and from an extensive collection of San Francisco Region's The Wheel newsletter from 1971 onwards. We are very keen to acquire or borrow 1960s, 1970s and 1980s copies of all three of the main SCCA regional publications in this division:
- 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.