Northern Pacific SCCA Formula B 1974

After not taking any of the top three places in 1973, San Francisco Region swept the board in 1974. Champion Bill Cooper started his points haul with second place at Holtville in February in Bunny Ribbs' March 722, then reverted to his Brabham BT35 for a good run of results including first in class at Portland in August, and second in class at the Laguna Seca June Sprints. Don Breidenbach had traded his ancient Lotus 44 for a new March, but focused on the Pro series.

Breidenbach apart, there were few other new cars in Northern Pacific, most runners relying on 1972 Marchs or older Brabhams. Pat Walter's rare 1973 Elden Mk 15 and Archie Snider's 1973 GRD B73 provided the variety.

Final standings

1. Bill Cooper Brabham [BT35] San Francisco 33 pts
2. Don Breidenbach March [74B] San Francisco 22 pts
3. Pat Walter Elden [Mk15] San Francisco 18 pts
4. Steve Jizmagian March [722] San Francisco 17 pts
5. Robert Hall March [722] San Francisco 15 pts
6. Larry Walters Brabham [BT29] Northwest 9 pts
7. Bob Tracy March [722] Oregon 8 pts
8. Gordon Strom Brabham [BT35] San Francisco 6 pts
9. Walt Mass [Maas?] Winkelmann San Francisco 4 pts
10. Tom Foster Brabham [BT38] San Francisco 4 pts
11. Ron Southern Brabham [BT40] San Francisco 4 pts
12. Archie Snider GRD [B73] San Francisco 3 pts
13. Courtney Rood Brabham [BT29] San Francisco 2 pts
14. Tom Crowther March [722] San Francisco 2 pts

Northern Pacific Division SCCA Nationals in 1974

21 Apr 1974Sears PointSan Francisco Region
16 Jun 1974Portland International SpeedwayOregon Region
30 Jun 1974Laguna SecaSan Francisco Region
28 Jul 1974SeattleNorthwest Region
11 Aug 1974SeattleNorthwest Region
25 Aug 1974Portland International SpeedwayOregon Region
08 Sep 1974Sears PointSan Francisco Region

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.