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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 Gove Lotus [69] Northwest 30 pts
2. Mike Fisher March [722] Oregon 24 pts
3. Larry Walters Brabham [BT29] Northwest 21 pts
4. Jon Milledge Brabham [BT29] San Francisco 18 pts
5. Ron Southern Brabham [BT40] San Francisco 15 pts
6. Robert Hall March [722] San Francisco 15 pts
7. Ernie Haze Brabham [BT29] San Francisco 9 pts
8. Courtney Rood Brabham [BT29] San Francisco 6 pts
9. Archie Snider Brabham [BT29] San Francisco 4 pts
10. Steve Jizmagian March [722] San Francisco 2 pts
11. Ken Thomson Lotus Oregon 2 pts
12. Ron Householder Brabham Northwest 1 pt
13. Gordon Strom Brabham SF 1 pt

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

Northern Pacific Division sources

Most of our knowledge of NorPac racing comes from the SCCA's Sports Car magazine and from Competition Press & Autoweek. We are very keen to acquire or borrow 1960s, 1970s and 1980s copies of the three main SCCA regional publications:

  • 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.