Northern Pacific SCCA Formula B 1972

Mike Hansen was champion for the third time in his Brabham BT35. Also in BT35s were Frank Fitch in the Pacifico car and Gordon Strom. Mike Fisher's Brabham is unknown so far but was good enough for Fisher to win the FB class at the Seattle National in July. Archie Snider had the little-used ex-James Gutfreund Brabham BT29 that he shared with Jon Milledge. Also in the popular BT29 were Dewey Harless, Larry Walters and Ron Householder.

The main opponents to the Brabham fleet were local dealer Pierre Philips who scored nine points for his win at the Portland Rose Cup in June in a March and Gary Gove who had the ex-William Monson Lotus 69, reconstructed after Monson attacked the bridge at Laguna Seca in 1971.

Final standings

1. Mike HansenBrabham [BT35]San Francisco28 pts 
2. Frank FitchBrabham [BT35]Oregon18 pts 
3. Mike FisherBrabhamOregon15 pts 
4. Gary GoveLotus [69]Northwest13 pts 
5. Archie SniderBrabham [BT29]San Francisco12 pts 
6. Pierre PhillipsMarch [722]Oregon9 pts 
7. Dewey HarlessBrabham [BT29]Oregon7 pts 
8. Gordon StromBrabham [BT35]San Francisco6 pts 
9. Jon MilledgeBrabham [BT29]San Francisco6 pts 
10. Larry WaltersBrabham [BT29]Northwest4 pts 
11. Bob WenzCooper [T76?]San Francisco3 pts 
12. Steve JizmagianBrabham [BT14]San Francisco2 pts 
13. Steve LilvesZoomSan Francisco2 pts 
14. Ron HouseholderBrabham [BT29]Oregon2 pts 
15. Richard "Bud" RudeLolaOregon2 pts 
16. Byron SnowLotus [32?]San Francisco1 pt   
17. Robert HallLotus [41D]San Francisco1 pt   
18. Robert RickardLotusSan Francisco1 pt   

NB In 1972, SCCA tables did not show where points were earned out of home divisions.

Northern Pacific Division SCCA Nationals in 1972

11 Jun 1972Portland International RacewaysOregon Region
25 Jun 1972Laguna SecaSan Francisco Region
13 Aug 1972SeattleNorthwest Region
27 Aug 1972Laguna SecaSan Francisco Region
17 Sep 1972Portland International RacewaysOregon Region
24 Sep 1972SeattleNorthwest Region

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.