Southern Pacific SCCA Formula B 1976
Cliff Hansen used the early 1976 SCCA Nationals as a warm-up for the Pro series, and won at Riverside in February, at Greater Southwest Raceway two weeks later, and at Holtville in March. He came back to win a National in Arizona in September to secure the title. Jeff Alkana swapped his ex-Don Breidenbach March 74B for the ex-Breidenbach 75B and won outright at Phoenix in May, taking second in the title race. Dennis Firestone won at Sears Point in April and the high-profile Laguna Seca June Sprints in Wilbur Bunce's updated March 722/75B to enhance his reputation.
The others in the leading group of five were Dick Hayes who won at Riverside in May, and Ron Dykes who won at Sears Point in August. Breidenbach and Wink Bancroft focused on the Pro series, so were rarely seen. Relatively little new machinery arrived in Southern California in 1976, and rebodied March 722s and venerable Brabham BT29s were still popular.
|1.||Cliff Hansen||March [76B]||Cal Club||36 pts|
|2.||Jeffrey Alkana||March [74B & 75B]||Cal Club||34 pts|
|3.||Dennis Firestone||March [722/75B]||Cal Club||32 pts|
|4.||Dick Hayes||Chevron [B27]||Cal Club||31 pts|
|5.||Ron Dykes||Brabham [BT40]||Cal Club||24 pts|
|6.||Don Breidenbach||March [75B]||Cal Club||6 pts|
|7.||Frank Monise||Brabham [BT29]||Cal Club||5 pts|
|8.||Jim van Horn||Chevron [B27]||Cal Club||5 pts|
|9.||Les Hill||March [722/75B]||San Diego||4 pts|
|10.||Hugh "Wink" Bancroft||Chevron [B27]||Cal Club||4 pts|
|11.||Mike Fazzi||Brabham [BT29]||Cal Club||3 pts|
|12.||John Angus||March ||Cal Club||3 pts|
|13.||Mark Munroe||Brabham [BT40]||Cal Club||1 pt|
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.