American Road Race of Champions (Formula B class)

Daytona, 26 Nov 1967

1 Chuck Dietrich McLaren M4B [200-10B] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#10 (see note 1)
2 Gus Hutchison Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam BRM
3 Bob McQueen LeGrand Mk 3B - Ford twin cam
4 Joe Grimaldi Brabham BT21A - Ford twin cam
#07 (see note 2)
5 Harry Hester LeGrand Mk 3B - Ford twin cam
6 David Webster Brabham BT21A [7] - Ford twin cam
#13 (see note 3)
7 Bob Mercer Beach T-11 [101]
8 George Wintersteen Brabham BT21A - Ford twin cam
#12 (see note 4)
11 did not finish
9 John Hood Brabham BT18 - Ford twin cam
#8 (see note 5)
9 did not finish
10 Harold Krech Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam BRM
1 did not finish
DNQ James L Beaudoin Autodynamics 'D-3' - Porsche 356
Did not qualify
  Fred Ashplant Brabham BT21A - Ford twin cam
#6 (see note 6)
On entry list

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

1 Chuck Dietrich (FB) 1.6-litre McLaren M4B [200-10B] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
2 Harold Krech (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam BRM
3 Gus Hutchison (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam BRM
4 David Webster (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21A [7] - Ford twin cam
6 Bob McQueen (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand Mk 3B - Ford twin cam
7 John Hood (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT18 - Ford twin cam
8 Harry Hester (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand Mk 3B - Ford twin cam
9 George Wintersteen (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21A - Ford twin cam
10 Bob Mercer (FB) 1.6-litre Beach T-11 [101]
11 Joe Grimaldi (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21A - Ford twin cam

Notes on the cars:

  1. McLaren M4B [200-10B] (Chuck Dietrich): New to Robert Amey in June 1967 to be driven by Chuck Dietrich (Sandusky, OH) in Formula B, winning the FB class in six Central Division SCCA Nationals and also finishing firth in the Pro race at Mont-Tremblant. Dietrich bought a pair of new M4Bs for 1968 and his 1967 car was sold to Henry H. Hester (La Jolla, CA). Hester ran it in SCCA Nationals through 1968 and then sold it to Dow J. Byers II (San Diego, CA) who used it through 1969 and into early 1970. Probably the car of Clifton Wells (Lynwood, CA) at Ontario in July 1971 and Riverside in April 1972. Believed to have gone to Chuck Hayes at some point but history then unknown until owned by Ed Donnelly (Los Angeles, CA) in 1987. Then via Jim Miller and Rob Merrel (both now deceased) to Jim Brown (San Diego, CA) in 1991 who commissioned a complete restoration including a new tub built by Marc Bahner. In 2004, Brown sold the car to Brian Andrews (San Francisco, CA) who raced it in CSRG events in 2005 and 2006. Sold by Andrews via Fantasy Junction (Emeryville, CA) to Bill Hodder (Nagambie, Victoria, Australia) in 2011.
  2. Brabham BT21A (Joe Grimaldi): Fred Opert was the main dealer for Brabham on the east coast of the US and imported around seven Formula B BT21As for 1967. Opert himself raced a 'BT21' at War Bonnet in June 1967 but it is not clear whether that was a FB car or a FC. For now, it is assumed to be the first appearance of the Opert team's in-house Formula B BT21A. Joe Grimaldi (Midland Park, NJ) worked for Opert at this time and raced a Brabham BT21A in Formula B events in 1967, scoring 18 pts in NEDiv. In January 1968, Fred Opert advertised the blue-and-yellow "ex-Joe Grimaldi" Brabham BT21A noting that it had only raced eight times and was the car that Peter Gethin drove at the St Jovite Pro FB race where he took pole position. Grimaldi also appeared in Pro Formula events in 1967 but in a Formula C Brabham BT21. It is assumed that Grimaldi was driving Opert's in-house car. Subsequent history unknown.
  3. Brabham BT21A [7] (David Webster): New to Dave Webster (Newport Beach, CA) for Formula B in 1967, finishing second in SPDiv division. To Joe Alves (Sherman Oaks, CA), who raced it from the start of 1968 to mid-1969, finishing fourth in SoPac FB in 1968 and fifth in 1969. Then to John Coolick (Wilmington, CA) who raced it in local Formula B, generally at Riverside, from 1970 to 1975. Advertised by Coolick with a big valve twin cam engine in October 1975. Subsequently to Eric Stromwall 1977, then Todd Bishop 1979, and then John Dixon 1989. Bought by Tim Kuchel (Adelaide, Australia) in early 2006, then sold to Frank Arronis (Sydney, Australia) in 2020.
  4. Brabham BT21A (George Wintersteen): Raced by George Wintersteen in NEDiv Formula B in 1967, first appearing at the Steel Cities SCCA National on 5 August, where he finished second to Chuck Dietrich's McLaren M4A after an epic battle. Also finished second at Watkins Glen in August and at Mid-Ohio in September before winning the last two Nationals at Marlboro and Bryar to clinch the NEDiv title. One of the favourites for the Run-Offs but finished down in eighth. Wintersteen sold the car for 1968 and its next owner has not been identified.
  5. Brabham BT18 (John Hood): Dr John Hood Jr (Orlando, FL) raced a blue Brabham BT18 in Southeast Division SCCA Nationals in 1967, winning at Fernandina Beach, Savannah International Raceway, Courtland, Montgomery, Osceola Field and Palm Beach, as well as the Paul Whiteman Trophy Races at Daytona, an SCCA Regional. He qualified for the Runoffs but retired. Hood's results in 1968 are largely unknown, but he was mentioned in press previews of the races at Fernandina Beach in April and Daytona in August, when he was said to be driving a Brabham in 'Class B'. It is therefore reasonable to assume he kept the BT18 for the whole of that season. Hood acquired a Formula A Lola T140 for 1969, probably the ex-John Gunn car. The subsequent history of the Brabham is unknown.
  6. Brabham BT21A (Fred Ashplant): Raced by Fred Ashplant (Franklin Lakes, NJ) and first seen at Lime Rock in early July where Racing Magazine called it "his new Brabham FB". Won the SCCA National at Bridgehampton two weeks later and the Pro race at Mont-Tremblant in September. Finished third in the NEDiv FB title. Retained for 1968 but used much less that season. In 1969, Ashplant ordered a Brabham BT29 and sold the BT21A to Pete LoBianco (York, PA). However, the BT21A was in Fred Opert's stock during the summer of 1969 and as the car had last been raced as #47, it seems likely that this was the #47 FB Brabham that Opert raced a couple of times before his BT29 arrived.


Note that the identification of individual cars in these results is based on the material presented elsewhere in this site and may in some cases contradict the organisers' published results.

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