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 MiddletonLola [T240]Cal Club45 pts 
2. Larry WrightBrabham [BT29]Cal Club21 pts 
3. John AngusBrabham [BT29]Cal Club17 pts 
4. Dick DohertyBrabham [BT29]Cal Club14 pts 
5. Ted TitmasLola [T240]Cal Club13 pts 
6. Bruce PowersLeGrand [MK 14]Cal Club10 pts 
7. Bruce EglintonMana [08]Cal Club9 pts 
8. Richard PaulLeGrand [Mk 14B]Cal Club6 pts 
9. Frank MoniseLotus [41C]Cal Club6 pts 
10. Jack BrabbanBrabham [BT28/29]San Diego6 pts 
11. Gary GoddardLeGrandCal Club4 pts 
12. Hugh "Wink" BancroftMarch [722]Cal Club4 pts 
13. Thomas E. KornellBrabham [BT29]Cal Club4 pts 
14. Tony RobertsonLotus [18]Utah4 pts 
15. Phil PalmBrabham [BT29]Cal Club4 pts 
16. Gordon StromLola [T240]Cal Club3 pts 
17. Warren "Bud" PaugeBrabham [BT21]Cal Club3 pts 
18. Steve ColeBrabham [BT29]Cal Club3 pts 
19. Edward J MacGrottyLotus [41]Cal Club1 pt   
20. Alex YerkesLolaCal Club1 pt   

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

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.