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SCCA Regional (New England Region)

Bryar Motorsports Park, 26 May 1975

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Ronald Swartz (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Royale RP20 [1] - Ford BDA
#38 Formulas Unlimited Racing (see note 1)

2 George Atkins (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham

3 Peter Symonds (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B20 [71-1]
#40 Peter Symonds (see note 2)

4 Alfred Irving (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 712M
#5 Alfred Irving, Hackensack, NJ
(see note 3)

UNKE Rick Wellner (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B [9?] - Ford BDA
Karaba Racing Enterprises (see note 4)
On entry list
UNKE Gerald Lieberg (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 722 [20] - Ford BDA Swindon
#4 Prof. Racing Serv. (see note 5)
On entry list
UNKE Mel Cottrill (F5000) 5-litre Cooper T90? [F1C/3.69?] - Chevrolet V8
#11 Sherwood Motor Sports
On entry list
UNKE Paul Corazzo (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT38
#22 Sherwood Motor Sports (see note 6)
On entry list
UNKE Walter Nelson (FC) 1.1-litre March 703 - Ford BDA
#23 Nelson III Racing Inc (see note 7)
On entry list

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Qualifying
Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. Royale RP20 [1] (Ronald Swartz): Planned for Manfred Schurti to race in F2 in 1973 but not completed. After 1973, it was built up as a F/Atlantic car and raced once by Tony Timmer in the British championship before being sold to Ron Swartz in the US for use in SCCA Formula B. In 1988, it was raced in the ECAR F/Atlantic event supporting the St Petersburg Grand Prix by Shelly Marrs (Sebring, FL) but by 1997 was being raced by Andy Gilberg in US vintage racing. He still had the car in 2012, now fitted with a 2-litre BDG engine.
  2. Chevron B20 [71-1] (Peter Symonds): The prototype Chevron B20 was completed in Formula B specification delivered to Jim Grob (Ft Lauderdale, FL) in time for the 1971 Run-Offs. Grob then raced the orange car at the Bogotá races in early 1972 and then in Southeast Div and Pro FB in 1972. He retained the car for 1973 and 1974, racing it in a total of four Run-Offs, before selling it to Peter Symonds (Rowley, MA) for the 1975 season. Symonds only raced it four times: two SCCA Regionals in 1975 and another two in 1976. Symonds advertised it in 1977. Its next owner was Jack Van Dell who raced it in Regionals in 1985. It was sold to Pierre Haverland (Belgium) in 1988 and then to Nelson Todd (Belfast, Northern Ireland) in 2000. To Laurent Fort (Arles, Provence, France) in 2006, then to Michael Henderson (Donaghadee, County Down, Northern Ireland) in 2007.
  3. March 712M (Alfred Irving): Alfred Irving (Hackensack, NJ) drove a March "712M" in a New England Region SCCA Regional at Bryar Motorsports Park on 26 May 1975. Irving advertised the car in Autoweek in January 1976 as a 1971 March with only nine races from new, a big valve Hart and Hewland FT200. Nothing more known.
  4. March 74B [9?] (Rick Wellner): John Mortensen (New York, NY) and Rick Wellner (New York, NY) shared a blue March 74B in SCCA Nationals and Regionals in 1975. The car was entered by Karaba Racing Enterprises as a March 742B, indicating a 74B that had been updated to 742 specification. This was previously thought to have been the ex-Bobby Brown 74B, but a Fred Opert stock list in November 1975 said that the ex-Brown car had not been raced since June 1974. This car may have been traded to Opert when Mortensen bought a new March 76B for 1976.
  5. 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.
  6. Brabham BT38 (Paul Corazzo): Paul Corazzo (Wethersfield, CT) raced a Brabham BT38 in Formula B in 1975, primarily in SCCA New England Region events. When he entered the car for the Canon Camera Nationals at Lime Rock in September, it was blue/yellow and numbered #22. This is likely to be the car raced by Carmelo Crisafulli (Great Neck, NY) in NEDiv FB in 1976, as RJ Nelkin recalls buying a FB Brabham from Corazzo and selling it straight away to Crisafulli.
  7. 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.

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.

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