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Southern Pacific SCCA Formula B 1975

Don Breidenbach relocated from San Francisco Region to Cal Club and dominated the SouPac season, winning outright at Holtville in March in his new March 75B, and then at Phoenix in April, Riverside in July, and Sears Point in September. Tom Sauerbrei had the ex-Patrick Depailler March 74B/742 and beat Breidenbach at Portland in August but was unlucky to retire after leading the Rose Cup Races in June. He narrowly beat the ageing Brabham BT29 of Frank Monise to second place in the title race, with Pete Halsmer fourth in the ex-Bill Middleton Brabham BT38.

The only other new car in the Division was Dick Hayes' ex-Howdy Holmes 1974 Chevron B27, with much of the grids still made up of March 722s and Brabham BT29s.

Final standings

1. Don Breidenbach March 74B [and 75B] CSCC 54 pts
2. Tom Sauerbrei March [74B/742] CSCC 28 pts
3. Frank Monise Jr. Brabham [BT29] CSCC 26 pts
4. J. Peter Halsmer Brabham [BT38] CSCC 21 pts
5. Doug Turner March [722?] CSCC 12 pts
6. Jim Hall March [722] CSCC 10 pts
7. Marc Bahner Brabham [BT29] CSCC 10 pts
8. Warren Pauge Brabham [BT21 or BT38] CSCC 9 pts
9. Jeffrey Alkana Brabham [BT29] CSCC 9 pts
10. Dick Hayes Chevron [B27] CSCC 7 pts
11. Larry Wright Brabham [BT29] CSCC 6 pts
12. Mark Monroe "DT40" [Brabham BT40] CSCC 4 pts
13. Russ Mayberry March [722] CSCC 2 pts
14. Jack Brabban Brabham [BT28/BT29] CSCC 1 pt
15. Ron Lampley Brabham [BT23G] CSCC 1 pt

In the absence of results documentation, the schedule of Regionals should be taken with a pinch of salt. Arizona Region may have rescheduled their Regional at Phoenix a couple of times, rather than having had three events in seven weeks. On the other hand, San Diego Region's series of races at Holtville in the cooler months probably did all take place.

South Pacific Division SCCA Nationals in 1975

16 Feb 1975RiversideCal Club Region
23 Mar 1975Holtville AerodromeSan Diego Region
13 Apr 1975Willow SpringsCal Club Region
27 Apr 1975Phoenix International RacewayArizona Region
25 May 1975RiversideCal Club Region
06 Jul 1975Ontario Motor SpeedwayCal Club Region
14 Sep 1975Phoenix International RacewayArizona Region

South Pacific Division SCCA Regionals in 1975

26 Jan 1975Holtville AerodromeSan Diego Region
09 Feb 1975Willow SpringsCal Club Region
16 Feb 1975RiversideCal Club Region
02 Mar 1975Phoenix International RacewayArizona Region
30 Mar 1975RiversideCal Club Region
06 Apr 1975Phoenix International RacewayArizona Region
27 Apr 1975Phoenix International RacewayArizona Region
24 May 1975RiversideCal Club Region
13 Jul 1975Ontario Motor SpeedwayCal Club Region
31 Aug 1975RiversideCal Club Region
14 Sep 1975Phoenix International RacewayArizona Region
21 Sep 1975RiversideCal Club Region
05 Oct 1975Willow SpringsCal Club Region
19 Oct 1975Holtville AerodromeSan Diego Region
02 Nov 1975Holtville AerodromeSan Diego Region
09 Nov 1975RiversideCal Club Region
30 Nov 1975Holtville AerodromeSan Diego Region
07 Dec 1975Willow SpringsCal Club Region
14 Dec 1975Holtville AerodromeSan Diego 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.