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SCCA National (New England Region)

Bryar Motorsport Park, 1 Sep 1974

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Ken Duclos Brabham BT40 [17] - Ford twin cam
#34 Kay-Dee Auto. Engin. (see note 1)

2 Eric Kerman Brabham BT38B - Ford twin cam
#81 Eric Kerman, Hempstead, NY (see note 2)
2nd in FB
3 Roger Barr Crosslé 14F - Ford twin cam
#61 Roger Barr, Glastonbury, CT
3rd in FB
4 Carl Whitney (FC) Brabham BT29 [46]
(see note 3)

5 Gerald Lieberg March 722 [20] - Ford twin cam
#4 Fast Company, Marblehead, MA
(see note 4)
4th in FB
6 Dirk Wrightson (FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford BDA Swindon
#21 Wrightson Racing Enterprises, Foxboro, MA
(see note 5)

7 Phil Raeder (FC) 1.1-litre PRD (Lotus 59) [59-FB-15] - Renault Gordini
#45 Terri Novotny, Feura Bush, NY
(see note 6)

8 Reeves Calloway (FSV) 1.6-litre Lola VW
#5 Fast Company, Marblehead, MA

9 John Stowe Lotus
5th in FB
10 Donald Wirth (FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT38 - Ford BDA Hart
#55 Donald Wirth, Laurel, NY (see note 7)

11 Larry Snover (FC) 1-litre Brabham BT21B - Ford Cosworth SCA
#8 Larry Snover, Hingham, MA (see note 8)

12 John Laux (FC) Macon

13 Harry Reynolds (FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT29 [25] - Cosworth SCC
#2 Possum Racing, Pottsdown, PA

14 Domenic Billera (FSV) 1.6-litre Lola T252 VW
#48 Billera Competition, Philipsburg, NJ

15 Paul Corazzo (FC) 1-litre Titan - Ford Lucas
#22 Sherwood Motor Sport, Kensington, CT

16 Warren Ogden March 73B [4] - Ford twin cam
(see note 9)
6th in FB
R Norman Marx (F5000) 5-litre Lola T300 [HU5-2] - Chevrolet V8

R Tom deLoughry (FC) 1-litre Brabham BT21B - Ford
(see note 10)

R Lyle Heck Brabham BT29 [10] - Ford twin cam
#65 Possum Racing, Greenwich, CT
(see note 11)

R Bill Hooper (FC) Brabham

R Ron Ignatowski (FC) Brabham BT15
#9 Ronald Ignatowski, Milford, CT

R Bobby Reen (FSV) 1.6-litre Caldwell D13 VW

DNA Tony Nawrocki (F5000) 4.7-litre Chinook - Ford Shelby Cobra 289 ci V8
#12 SuperCar Sport, Elma, NY
Did not arrive
  Joseph Freeman Brabham BT35 - Ford twin cam
#6 Yankee Whaler Racing, Boston, MA
(see note 12)
On entry list
  Walter Nelson (FC) 1.1-litre March 703 - Ford BDA
#23 - (see note 13)
On entry list
  Diana Black Brabham BT29 [30] - Ford twin cam
#29 Diana Black, Kew Gardens, NY
(see note 14)
On entry list
  Mike Rand Rondel M1 [201] - Ford twin cam
#37 Possum Racing, Greenwich, CT
(see note 15)
On entry list
  Jack Cowell Winkelmann WDB2 [8] - Ford twin cam
#83 Competition Research, Nyack, NY
On entry list
  Gene Stanton (F5000) 5-litre CrosslĂ© 15F [C15F/68/40] - Chevrolet V8
#93 Stanton Automotive, Phila., PA
On entry list

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Qualifying
Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. Brabham BT40 [17] (Ken Duclos): New to Ken Duclos (Boxboro, MA) and raced in Formula B in 1973, winning the Northeast Division title, and the National title by winning the SCCA Runoffs at Road Atlanta in November. Retained for 1974, and again won both the Northeast title and the National title, and towards the end of that season was fitted with a Cosworth BDA for Formula Atlantic. Again retained for 1975, now with the BDA in Formula B, and Duclos won a third successive NEDiv title in the car, but this time retired at the Runoffs. In 1975, the car wore Falconer bodywork. Sold to Peter Gates (Claymont, DE) for 1976, fitted with a 1.1-litre Cosworth BDJ for Formula C, and finished third in the NEDiv FC title. To Jon Sley (Claymont, Delaware) for FC again in 1977, finishing fifth in NEDiv. The car was next seen when advertised by Gates in 1992 as restored with a new tub. After that, it was next mentioned by Michael Rand in February 2018 as having been recently purchased. By April 2015, Rand had sold it to Bob Burnside (Dexter, MI).
  2. Brabham BT38B (Eric Kerman): Eric Kerman (Hempstead, NY/Glen Cove, NY), the reigning national SCCA C Sports Racing champion, moved into Formula B in 1974, finishing third in Northeast Division in a Brabham BT38 that he had bought from Fred Opert. He leased a nearly-new March 74B for the Runoffs. Kerman recalls selling the Brabham to Giovanni Distasio (Edgewater, NJ) who raced it in NEDiv FB in 1975. Distasio then bought a March 75B from Doug Shierson, and the Brabham went in trade into Shierson stock. It was bought from Shierson by James Hollowell (Sterling Hts, Mich) and raced by him in SCCA Formula B over the next few seasons. Advertised by Hollowell in September 1978 as a "FB/C rolling chassis", and he recalls selling it to somebody in the Chicago area. Subsequent history unknown.
  3. Brabham BT29 [46] (Carl Whitney): Allan Lader had raced as part of the Fred Opert team during the latter half of 1970 but in 1971 he returned to running his own car with Pacifico Inc backing. He again raced a Brabham BT29, his third, and continued his run of excellent results by winning the opening two rounds of the Pro series from pole. At the third round, at Mexico City, he crashed heavily and the BT29 was wrecked. Lader quickly bought a new Brabham BT35 and the wrecked BT29 frame went via Opert to Carl Whitney and some components from it were salvaged to be used on the Formula C BT29 that he built up for the 1972 season. The remains of the wreck were sold (with another wreck) to Ken Duclos to help keep his FB BT29 running. Marty Handshy (Ridgefield, CT) then bought both sets of remains from Duclos. It is unclear how this car was identified as BT29-46 but a reproduction plate was created at the time of the restoration when the frame was reconstructed by Lime Rock Motors in 1999. He retained the car until some time between 2004 and 2007 when it was sold to Shelby Mershon (Springfield OH).
  4. March 722 [20] (Gerald Lieberg): Paul Keeler (Greenwich, CT) raced a #38 white-and-green March 722 in NEDiv SCCA Nationals and some Pro FB races in 1972. He was sponsored by Analube, and entered by Gracie Racing Enterprise Ltd of Greenwich, CT. Is is not yet clear what happened to the car in 1973, but in 1974 it was raced by Gerald Lieberg (Milford, CT) at a few SCCA races, and at the Watkins Glen Pro race. He continued to race the car in New England in 1975, 1976 and 1977. For 1978, it was bought from Lieberg by Jimmy Santos (Sunnyvale, CA), and rebuilt by Newman-Dreager to 76B specification. He raced it until 1982, and then sold it in April 1983 to Richard Lempe (aka Rick Sutherland). Lempe sold it in December 1984 to John Hafkenschiel (Palo Alto, CA), who kept it until January 1996 when it was sold to Keith Lively. Sold to a further owner in June 2001.
  5. Brabham BT29 (Dirk Wrightson): Dirk Wrightson (Foxboro, Mass) raced a Brabham BT29 in Formula C from 1974 to 1976, fitted with a 1.1-litre Swidon BDA engine.
  6. PRD (Lotus 59) [59-FB-15] (Phil Raeder): In 1970, John F. Sirmons (Weston, CT) and Vincent Dileo (Greenwich, CT) shared a Lotus 59C, Sirmons driving it in rounds of the SCCA Continental Championship, and Dileo competing in SCCA Nationals and in Area 1 Regional Championship races. This is almost certainly the car used by Ian Ashley to win a libre race at Brands Hatch in November 1969, as the car was said to be for an American customer, and Sirmons' car was later said to be a former Ashley car. Dileo won two Area 1 races at Thompson Raceway in July and August, but Sirmons had little success in Pro events. Sirmons and Dileo acquired a Lola T240 for 1971, and the Lotus is likely to have gone to Lola agent Carl Haas in trade. The car is unknown in 1971, but may have remained in stock with Carl Haas, because at some point in 1972 it was acquired from Haas by Phil Raeder (Delmar, NY), his Formula C Lotus 35 being traded in the other direction. Raeder fitted a Renault Alpine Gordini engine and ran the car in Formula C, qualifying for the Runoffs in 1973 where he finished in an impressive fourth place. He was entered during this time by Terri Novotny. Raeder then updated the car with Lotus 69 bodywork and other modifications and ran it as the PRD in 1974 and 1975, still with its Gordini engine. The car was later acquired by Chuck Sieber (McLean, VA), who used it in Solo II events from 1981 to 1989. He had bought the car less engine, and used a 1760 Ford twin cam, followed by an 1840cc BDA. Sieber sold the car to Ian Giles (Didcot, Oxfordshire) at the end of 1990. Its history over the next six years is unknown, but by 1996 it had been acquired by Peter Studer in Switzerland, and he restored it to F2 specification, using the Gold Leaf Team Lotus livery that was used in Formula 3. The car was still owned by Studer when he died in May 2018.
  7. Brabham BT38 (Donald Wirth): For 1974, Donald Wirth (Laurel, NY) bought a Brabham BT38 from Fred Opert Racing in 1974 fitted with a new 1100cc Hart BDA engine for Northeast Division Formula C. The car had previously been used in F3 in Europe, so would have been a BT38C. It was sold to Wally Binger (W. Hempstead, NY) for 1975, and raced again in NEDiv FC but after Binger's first daughter was born in September 1977 he sold the car back to Wirth. Wirth crashed the car at Bridgehampton in 1978 or 1979, and the engine bay was badly damaged. The car was sold to someone in the New England area, but was still unrepaired when last seen.
  8. Brabham BT21B (Larry Snover): Laurence R. Snover (Hingham, Mass) acquired a Brabham BT21B for Formula C in 1972. After a first outing in a Drivers School at Lime Rock in September 1972, he next raced it a couple of SCCA Nationals about a year later, when the car had a Cosworth SCA engine. Snover had previously raced with Pennsylvania Hillclimb Association. He then raced the car regularly in SCCA Nationals in 1974, 1975 and 1976, during which time he moved to Lansdale, PA. He then bought a newer Brabham BT40 for 1977, and the subsequent history of the BT21B is unknown.
  9. March 73B [4] (Warren Ogden): New to Warren Ogden III (North Andover, MA) and raced in SCCA Nationals in 1973 and 1974. He competed in six events in 1973, but failed to start his first race at VIR in April after a crash in practice. He then retired from his next three Nationals due to engine problems and his only finishes were a Thompson Regional in August and the Bryar National in September. He then loaned the car to Skip Barber for the Pro Colombo Yogurt Formula B race at Watkins Glen in October, where he finished third. The car was rebuilt and updated for the 1974 season by Bob Fletcher's Fast Co. in Marblehead, MA, with a fuel-injected Hart engine, F2 wing, Konis, and F5000 front brakes. It was run in 1974 by Fletcher with help from Norm Marx and Chris Wallach. Ogden's season again started badly with engine failure in practice at Palm Beach in February. During the engine rebuild, the car was repainted from its original red to blue. The engine again failed at the Bridgehampton National in May, but he then won his first race in the car at a Thompson Regional in July. He was classified as a finisher in his four remaining races that season, scoring his first National point for sixth place at Bryar in September. Fletcher alerted Bobby Reen (Springfield, MA) when the car was for sale in January 1975, and Reen acquired the car. He ran it in four SCCA Nationals in 1975, and a few Regionals, winning all of the Regionals. He sold the car "to a guy in New Jersey or Maryland" in early 1976. Subsequent history unknown.
  10. Brabham BT21B (Tom deLoughry): Thomas J. deLoughry (Cold Spring Harbor, NY) acquired a Brabham BT21B for Formula C in 1969. He retained this car through moves to North Haledon, NJ, in 1970 and Brooklyn, NY in 1972. Despite using a March 703 with 1.1-litre BDA engine in 1972, he returned to the 1-litre BT21B in 1973, and renewed his licence again in 1978, by which time he was living in Lithia, Florida, and raced the BT21B at Charlotte, Lime Rock, Roebling Road, and PBIR that season. Deloughry was 53 by this time. The subsequent history of the Brabham is unknown.
  11. Brabham BT29 [10] (Lyle Heck): Bill Bowman (Palm Beach, FL) moved from sedan racing to FB for 1969 and bought one of the first Brabham BT29s to arrive in the US. The 43-year-old veteran first raced it at Daytona on 2 Aug 1969 and competed in 10 races in SEDiv but suffered significant reliability problems with the Vegantune engine and only finished third in the Division. He raced the blue-and-orange #79 car at the Run-Offs and also appeared at the Sebring Pro race in December. Bowman then injured his lower back and was unable to continue racing the car. He sold it in the summer of 1970 to Jack Dartigalongue (Jacksonville, FL) who raced it in SCCA Regional and National events for several seasons. In 1973, he sold it to Lyle Heck (Reading, PA) who raced it until October 1975 when it went to Denny Anderson who discarded the chassis and used the corners to build a CSR racer, the Firand. Anderson later sold the Firand in 2000 to Frank Stark (Mechanicburg, PA) who sold it to Bruce Domeck (Louisville, KY) in 2002. Domeck acquired a repaired original BT29 frame with the intention of restoring it as a BT29 but sold the package to David Irwin and Eric Stange (Evergreen, CO) instead. Irwin was restoring the car in 2010 when he was able to trace the original frame which Anderson had thrown away. He purchased this frame and then cut it into pieces so it could not be used to build a separate car. Irwin bought out Stange's share in the car in 2011, and in 2013 sold the complete car to Larry Wilson in Florida.
  12. Brabham BT35 (Joseph Freeman): New to Jim Gutfruend (Des Moines, Iowa), and raced by him in 1971 and 1972. To Joe Freeman (Boston, MA) for 1973, and raced by him for three seasons, finishing fourth in North East Division in 1974 and qualifying for the Runoffs. He planned to sell the car at the end of 1975, but in a final practice session at Lime Rock in October 1975 he hit a stalled B Production Camaro and had to be cut out of the wreck. The salvageable parts were sold to his fellow racers.
  13. March 703 (Walter Nelson): Walter L. Nelson (Great Neck, NY) scored four points in NEDiv Formula C in 1971 in a March, and later in the season, his March 703 was raced at the Runoffs by Fred Ashplant, who had raced his own 703 earlier in the year. Nelson advertised a "March 703 Formula C with strong downdraft" in October 1972, and later a "March 703 FC with 1100 BDA" in January 1976. How many times Nelson raced the car during that time is unknown. He may also have loaned it to other drivers, for example his Long Island neighbour Victor Gagliano (Floral Park, NY) who raced a 703 in NEDiv FC in 1972. Subsquent history unknown.
  14. Brabham BT29 [30] (Diana Black): After crashing his FC car at Lime Rock in August 1969, Dexter Farley (Waldorf, MD) part-exchanged the wrecked Brabham for a new Brabham BT29 from east coast dealer Joe Grimaldi, who had recently parted from Fred Opert. Farley drove the car in Pro events in 1970 as well as competing in NEDiv FB races. He retained it for 1971 when Tom Reddy raced it a couple of times and advertised it as "ser no 30" in October 1971. He also had it in the early part of 1972 before moving to Washington state and quitting racing. The next period of the car's life is unknown but it has been identified as the BT29 bought around 1974 from Bill Wonder by engine preparer Ted Wenz and raced in 1975. Wonder had been running it for a woman driver, which must mean Diana Black (Kew Gardens, NY) who raced a Brabham BT29 in NEDiv FB in 1973 and 1974. Wenz later sold it to Texas but it re-emerged in the 1980s and was recently owned by Peter McLaughlin.
  15. Rondel M1 [201] (Mike Rand): The prototype Rondel was used for testing in late 1972, before the first production cars were built. It was taken to Hockenheim 8 April 1973 as team spare, and to Pau as a spare for Tim Schenken, but not raced. Its history is then unknown until 1974, and it appears it has been acquired by Fred Opert to use as a set of spares. After Mike Rand crashed his car, wrecking the monocoque, 201 was supplied to Ron Ignatowski (Milford, CT), who rebuilt Rand's car on 201's tub with a BRM 1-litre engine and used it in SCCA Formula C. In 1980 it was sold to Randy Zimmer (Buffalo, NY) as the basis for his Can-Am car. He raced it with a Volkswagen engine in 1982 and then with a Mazda rotary engine from 1983 to 1986. Zimmer then entered it for Jim Del Russo in the 1987 CAT championship, and raced it a few more times himself in 1989, 1990 and 1994. Then retained for many years until Zimmer sold it to Seann Burgess (Markdale, Ontario) in 2019.

Sources

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' original results.

All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome. Please email Allen (allen@oldracingcars.com) if you can help in any way with our research.

Individual sources for this event

Pit Talk, Competition Press & Autoweek 28 Sep 1974 p18. This race was scheduled for Thompson Raceway, but CP&A's report came from Loudon, i.e. Bryar Motorsports Park.