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Southern Pacific SCCA Formula B 1974

Peter Halsmer had his first FB ride in Paul Anderson's Brabham BT29 at Holtville in March and finished third, a prelude to a succession of strong results including a class win in the Laguna Seca June Sprints. Halsmer took the title from John Angus, now resident in southern California, who was racing Byron Hatten's March 722 and won outright at Phoenix in September. Jon Milledge won his class three times in Archie Snider's GRD, but ended the season with only 18 points - the reason for that being unknown.

Several of the quicker runners had set their sights wider for 1974. Richard Paul won at Willow Springs in April, but then fitted his March with a BDA for the Pro series. Hugh Bancroft finished second in class at Riverside in February before flying to the UK for British Formula Atlantic.

Final standings

1. Pete HalsmerBrabham [BT29]Cal Club34 pts 
2. John AngusMarch 722Cal Club30 pts 
3. Jon MilledgeGRD B73Cal Club18 pts 
4. Jim HallMarch [722]Cal Club15 pts 
5. Olney "Bill" MairsBrabham [BT40]Cal Club10 pts 
6. Richard PaulMarch [73B]Cal Club9 pts 
7. Warren "Bud" PaugeBrabham [BT21]Cal Club8 pts 
8. Hugh "Wink" BancroftMarch [722]Cal Club6 pts 
9. Frank MoniseBrabham [BT29]Cal Club5 pts 
10. Larry WrightBrabham [BT29]Cal Club5 pts 
11. Bill MiddletonBrabham [BT38B]Cal Club4 pts 
12. Charles R "Chuck" McCainChevron [B17b]Arizona Border4 pts 
13. Ron LampleyBrabham [BT23G]Cal Club3 pts 
14. Jim PaulPalliser [Winkelmann WDB4]Cal Club1 pt   pts 
15. Cliff HansenGRD [B74]Cal Club1 pt   pts 

Southern Pacific Division SCCA Nationals in 1974

10 Feb 1974RiversideCal Club Region
24 Feb 1974Phoenix International RacewayArizona Region
10 Mar 1974Holtville AerodromeCal Club Region
14 Apr 1974Willow SpringsCal Club Region
27 May 1974RiversideCal Club Region
18 Aug 1974Ontario Motor SpeedwayCal Club Region
22 Sep 1974Phoenix International RacewayArizona Region

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.