Northern Pacific SCCA Formula B 1973

Gary Gove inherited the Lotus 69 that Bill Monson used to drive, and picked up ennough points in Oregon and Northwest Regional Nationals to take the title. His closest competitor was Mike Fisher, in the ex-Bud Rude March 722.

Jon Milledge picked up his 18 points for two wins in Southern Division Nationals in February and April driving Archie Snyder's Brabham BT29, and Ernie Haze also raided Riverside for his nine points, winning the February National. Snider had a new GRD B73 for Milledge to use in Pro races, but drove the Brabham in Nationals. The only mystery car was the Lotus of Ken Thomson (or Ken Thompson, or Ken Thomsen, depending on what you read).

Final standings

1. Gary GoveLotus [69]Northwest30 pts 
2. Mike FisherMarch [722]Oregon24 pts 
3. Larry WaltersBrabham [BT29]Northwest21 pts 
4. Jon MilledgeBrabham [BT29]San Francisco18 pts 
5. Ron SouthernBrabham [BT40]San Francisco15 pts 
6. Robert HallMarch [722]San Francisco15 pts 
7. Ernie HazeBrabham [BT29]San Francisco9 pts 
8. Courtney R RoodBrabham [BT29]San Francisco6 pts 
9. Archie SniderBrabham [BT29]San Francisco4 pts 
10. Steve JizmagianMarch [722]San Francisco2 pts 
11. Ken ThompsonLotusOregon2 pts 
12. Ron HouseholderBrabham [BT29]Northwest1 pt   
13. Gordon StromBrabham [BT35]San Francisco1 pt   

NB In 1973, SCCA tables did not show where points were earned out of home divisions.

Northern Pacific Division SCCA Nationals in 1973

10 Jun 1973Portland International RacewaysOregon Region
23 Jun 1973Laguna SecaSan Francisco Region
08 Jul 1973SeattleNorthwest Region
22 Jul 1973Portland International RacewaysOregon Region
12 Aug 1973SeattleNorthwest Region
16 Sep 1973Sears PointSan Francisco 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.