MidWest Division SCCA Formula B 1971

Somewhat out of the blue, Formula B exploded in the Midwest Division in 1971 with the the number of point scorers doubling from seven to 14 and the number of points scored more than tripling from 52 in 1970 to 174 in 1971. There had also been an almost complete turnover in competitors, only two of the 1970 drivers still in Formula B in 1971.

Leading this new charge were Bob Lazier in a brand new March 71BM and Gordon Smiley with a new Merlyn Mk 20. Other new cars of note were the Chevron B18 of Warren Flickinger and the LeGrand Mk 14 of Gene Forsthofel but Bob Criss, who would die just a couple of years later testing an Indy car, also had a March.

Final standings

1. Bob Lazier March [71BM] Colorado 33 pts
2. Gordon Smiley Merlyn [Mk 21] Kansas City 27 pts
3. Bob Schutt Brabham [BT18?] St Louis 17 pts
4. Gene Forsthofel LeGrand [MK 14] Kansas City 17 pts
5. Warren Flickinger Chevron [B18] Colorado 16 pts
6. Ken Keifer Lotus Kansas City 13 pts
7. Keith Saunders Winkelmann Colorado 11 pts
8. James King Royale S. Illinois 10 pts
9. Van D. Durrett Brabham [BT18] NEOkla 9 pts
10. Jim Pyle Titan Oklahoma 9 pts
11. Bob Criss March Colorado 4 pts
12. Jim Ellingson Brabham Colorado 3 pts
13. Jerry Wilson Brabham Kansas 3 pts
14. Howard Erlanger Merlyn St Louis 2 pts

* Indicates total includes points earned out of home divisions.

1971 Schedule

18 Apr 1971Stuttgart AirportGrand Prairie Grand Prix (Arkansas Region)
02 May 1971Mid-America RacewaySouthern Illinois Region
13 Jun 1971Mid-America RacewayFalstaff Classic (Nebraska Region & St Louis Region)
04 Jul 1971Ponca CityOklahoma Region
25 Jul 1971Olathe AirfieldKansas City Region
08 Aug 1971Hutchinson Naval Air StationHutchinson Grand Prix (Wichita Region)
22 Aug 1971Lake AftonWichita Region
19 Sep 1971Mid-America RacewayGrand Prix de St Louis (St Louis Region)
03 Oct 1971Continental DivideColorado Region
10 Oct 1971Fort SumnerRio Grande Region

Midwest Division sources

Race results for Midwest Division Nationals from 1970 to 1978 have been kindly provided by veteran MiDiv historian Rocky Entriken. We also have some background information from Competition Press up to about 1973, when its interest in such events waned considerably, but we know little of the goings-on away from these events and are are keen to acquire or borrow 1960s, 1970s and 1980s copies of SCCA regional publications from this Division. The key ones are:

  • Checkpoint (Kansas City Region)
  • Course Record (Arkansas Region)
  • The Echo (Southern Illinois Region)
  • Exhaust Notes (Nebraska) - full archive available at nrsccahistory.com.
  • Gasket Gazette (Oklahoma Region)
  • Neokla Observer (NE Oklahoma Region), renamed Sports Car Observer in 1980
  • The Offside Undo (Kansas Region)
  • Redline (Colorado Region)
  • Steerin’ Column (Mid-South Region)
  • Wheelspin (St. Louis Region)
  • Witches Wail (Wichita Region)

We are also keen to get scans of entry lists from SCCA Nationals for this division.