Ron Pohl and Phil Palm bought Doug Brenner's Brabham BT29 and shared it in Regional and National events in 1972.  Copyright Ron Pohl 2012.  Used with permission.

Southern Pacific SCCA Formula B 1972

Bill Middleton won the division comfortably in the Lola T240 that he'd bought late in 1971 season before replacing it with a new Brabham BT38B. Also in T240s were Ted Titmas and Gordon Strom but neither had significant success and Strom replaced his with a Brabham BT35 before the start of the Pro series. Strom then appears in the NorPac FB table in the Brabham.

Larry Wright came closest to Middleton in his BT29, a car he had owned from new but would wreck early the following year. Dick Doherty also scored points in a BT29 but he moved up to a new March 722 for the Pro season and there were four more of the popular BT29 model further down the grids plus a converted BT28.

Bruce Eglinton drove Masahiko Kaneko's Mana 08 at least once and the results suggest he may even have won a National. LeGrand proved they were still a force, at least locally, and two of the constructor's MK 14 design competed in SoPac.

Final standings

1. Bill Middleton Lola [T240] CSCC 45 pts
2. Larry Wright Brabham [BT29] CSCC 21 pts
3. John Angus Brabham [BT29] CSCC 17 pts
4. Dick Doherty Brabham [BT29] CSCC 14 pts
5. Ted Titmas Lola [T240] CSCC 13 pts
6. Bruce Powers LeGrand [MK 14] CSCC 10 pts
7. Bruce Eglinton Mana [08] CSCC 9 pts
8. Richard Paul LeGrand [Mk 14B] CSCC 6 pts
9. Frank Monise Jr. Lotus [41C] CSCC 6 pts
10. Jack Brabban Brabham [BT28/29] San Diego 6 pts
11. Gary Goddard LeGrand CSCC 4 pts
12. Wink Bancroft March [722] CSCC 4 pts
13. Tom Kornell Brabham [BT29] CSCC 4 pts
14. Tony Robertson Lotus Utah 4 pts
15. Phil Palm Brabham [BT29] CSCC 4 pts
16. Gordon Strom Lola [T240] CSCC 3 pts
17. Warren Pauge Brabham [BT21] CSCC 3 pts
18. Steve Cole Brabham [BT29] CSCC 3 pts
19. Ed MacGrotty Lotus [41] CSCC 1 pt
20. Alex Yerkes Lola CSCC 1 pt

NB In 1972, SCCA tables did not show where points were earned out of home divisions. On the original table, Jack Brabban's name appeared as 'Brabham' and Ed MacGrotty's name was given as 'Mcgrotty'

Southern Pacific Division sources

Although Los Angeles was one of the homes of American motor racing, we have few sources of information for southern Californian FB racing in this period. Competition Press & Autoweek had some regional coverage up to 1973 and Formula magazine then took over for a period in the mid-1970s. However, we are keen to acquire or borrow 1960s, 1970s and 1980s copies of SCCA regional publications from this Division. The key ones are:

  • California Sportscar [1960s] (California Sports Car Club)
  • Post Grid [1969-1970] (California Sports Car Club Region)
  • Finish Line [from 1971] (California Sports Car Club Region)
  • Gridlines (San Diego Region)

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