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Lake Afton Grand Prix (Wichita Region SCCA National)

Lake Afton, 15 Aug 1976

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 J Robert Young (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU8] - Ford BDA Smith
#12 (see note 1)
25 29m 10.3s
92.555 mph
2 Dorsey Schroeder (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35 [9] - Ford twin cam
#42 (see note 2)
25 29m 48.0s
3 Barry Findley (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B [743-1] - Ford BDA
#45 (see note 3)
25 3rd in FB
4 Porter Brownlee (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B [10] - Ford BDA
#44 (see note 4)
24 4th in FB
5 Richard Johnson (FC) 1.1-litre Lola T342 - Cosworth BDJ
#13
24 1st in FC
6 Dick Durant (FSV) 1.6-litre Hawke DL5 VW
#81
23 1st in FSV
7 Chuck Grauel (FC) 1.1-litre Chevron B15 - Ford
#5 (see note 5)
23 2nd in FC
8 Fred Lee (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March
#54 (see note 6)
22 5th in FB
9 Gerald E Hudson (FC) Lola T60 [SL60/4]
#79 (see note 7)
21 3rd in FC
10 Keith Thomas (FSV) 1.6-litre Lola VW
#69
20 2nd in FSV
11 Ken Keifer (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Pabst Special
#23
14 6th in FB
R John Saucier (FC) 1.1-litre Tui BH3 - Kawasaki
#61
8 FC
R Bert Biles (FSV) 1.6-litre Royale RP19A VW
#35
5 FSV
DNS Gary Robinson (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 712M [20?]
#4 (see note 8)
Did not start
DNS Frank Dickerson (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham [BT9 F3-6-64]
#18 (see note 9)
Did not start
DNS James Maetzold (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T242
#22 (see note 10)
Did not start

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Qualifying
Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. Lola T360 [HU8] (J Robert Young): New via North American agent Carl Haas to Robert Young (Snowmass Resort, CO) to replace Young's earlier Lola T242, but apparently not raced until 1975, having sat in stock in late 1974. Young used the car mainly in SCCA Midwest Division Formula B, winning the Division in 1975, 1976 and 1977. It was retained by Young until just after he won the Lake Afton GP in August 1978, then sold to Ron Clawson (Canon City, CO) who raced it at La Junta in early September. The car's SCCA Logbook shows further ownership changes were to Jerry King 4 Sep 1982, Kenny Dahlmann 3 Oct 1988, Keith Young Jan 1990, Steve Torrance 18 Apr 1990, Randy Johnson (Dallas, TX) 28 Mar 1992 and then Cecil Boyd, by which time the car had been fitted with a replacement Marc Bahner monocoque. For a time this car was claimed to be the ex-Bobby Rahal car, a confusion that has now been resolved. Sold to Russell Sewell (Australia) 2008 and then to Leigh Turner (Western Australia) 2009. History then unknown until a car with this chassis number raced in the Formula Atlantic class of the HSCC Formula 2 series by Nick Pink in 2017 and 2018.
  2. Brabham BT35 [9] (Dorsey Schroeder): New to Nick Craw, and raced initially in the British Formula Atlantic series at the start of 1971 before moving to the North American SCCA series in May. Borrowed by Alan Lader for the 1971 SCCA Runoffs. Raced by Craw at Bogotá in early 1972, then sold to Bob Schutt (Kirkwood, MO) for Midwest Division SCCA FB in 1972 and 1973. Sold to Dorsey Schroeder (Manchester, MO) and raced by him 1974, 1975 and 1976. Then to Mike Mahan in 1976 or 1977 for autocross, and next to Greg Scharnburg in 1980, also for autocross. In October 2001, it was bought from Scharnburg by Mike Winebrenner (Sellersburg, Indiana).
  3. March 74B [743-1] (Barry Findley): Built up as a 743 for Tom Outcault (Cranford, NJ) to race in NEDiv SCCA Formula B and at the Pro FB race at Road America in August. Rebuilt to 75B specification for 1975 and raced in the Pro series and in CenDiv FB (after Outcault moved to Middletown, OH). Advertised by Joe Grimaldi's The Race Shop (Adrian, MI) as a 74B in February 1976. Sold to Barry Findley (Little Rock, AR) for 1976, and run in MidWest Div FB and then in Southwest Div in 1977 after Findley moved to Texas. Possibly the only FB car to race in four different Divisions in four years. Sold in 1977 to James Allan 'Al' Michelet (New Orleans, Louisiana) and raced in SCCA in 1977 and 1978 - and, possibly, in 1979. Barry Findley's son Brian recalls that Michelet wrote off the car at Texas World Speedway. However, Michelet continued to score points in Southwest Division Formula Atlantic in 1979, 1980 and 1981 in a March, and it is unclear when the 743/74B was wrecked and when he bought his newer March 80A. Michelet died in 2011.
  4. March 73B [10] (Porter Brownlee): New to James King (East St Louis, IL) and used in Central Division SCCA Formula B, one round of the Players Canadian series, and the Watkins Glen Pro race in October. Raced briefly in SCCA Nationals in early 1974 before his new Chevron B27 arrived from England, then leased to Ric Forest and Fred Phillips for the 1974 Players Canadian series. King took over the car again for 1975, rebuilt it on a new tub, fitted a March 742 nose and side radiators, and raced it in the Players Canadian series. It then went to Porter Brownlee (Little Rock, AR) who raced it in Midwest Division Formula B in 1976 and 1977. After blowing the engine, he sold it to Mike Winn (Little Rock, AR) who raced it for one season before selling it to Chuck Blair (North Little Rock, AR), who had previously maintained it for Brownlee. Blair ran it a couple of times before selling it, scoring two points in Midwest Division Formula Atlantic in 1980. Subsequent history unknown.
  5. Chevron B15 (Chuck Grauel): In 1972, Steve Hughes (Wichita, KS) finished fourth in Midwest Division Formula C, in a Chevron. He was a regular runner in FC in 1973, but regularly retired or failed to start, finally scoring points at Fort Sumner in September 1973, where he won the FC class, giving him enough points to qualify for the Runoffs. He attended the Runoffs, where Formula magazine's reporter described the car as a Chevron B15, suggesting a F3 car still with its original 1-litre engine. Chuck Grauel, who raced against Hughes, described the car as a B15B, so it could have been an ex-Formula B car converted to smaller engine, but he also said it was "ex-Gethin". Hughes appeared in Midwest Division's FC table again in 1974, with four points. Grauel (Kansas City, KS) later acquired the car, and won the Division FC title with it in 1976. Once during that season, the car was described as a B9, which would make more sense of the "ex-Gethin" history, as Gethin drove several B9s not no B15s. Grauel advertised it in December 1976, when it had Lucas downdraft engines and a Hewland Mk8 gearbox. Subsequent history unknown.
  6. March (Fred Lee): Fred Lee (Tulsa, OK) is recorded as winnning the Formula B class in a March at SCCA Regional held at Hutchinson's Sunflower Aerodrome in Oklahoma on 3 May 1975, but only very minimal details of the event are available. He was then listed as a non-starter at the Ponca City Grand Prix in Oklahoma in July 1975 with a #54 Formula B March, but surviving Midwest Division records make no further mention of him in 1975. In 1976, he raced the #54 March in two SCCA Nationals at Hutchinson, the Hutchinson Grand Prix and the Prix des Plaines, and then at Lake Afton in Kansas in August. Lee was a member of NeOkla (Northeast Oklahoma) Region. Nothing more known.
  7. Lola T60 [SL60/4] (Gerald E Hudson): New to Eric Offenstadt, originally planned as a F2 car with BRM engine. Its first race was in F3 specification later in 1965, but it was raced in F2 with BRM power in 1966. Bought by Robs Lamplough (London) in 1967 and sold on to Brian Cullen for Irish 1600cc class racing in 1968 and 1969. Then sold to the US, where it was advertised by Sport Car Service (Vandalla, Ohio) in May 1970. Likely to be the T60 advertised by R.H. Kulaas (Fairborn, Ohio) five months later. Bought by Gerry Hudson (Galva, Kansas) in 1970 and raced in SCCA Formula B and then Formula C over the next few years. Retained by Hudson until 2014 when it was sold to Rob Shanahan (San Diego, CA), who fully rebuilt the car. It made its historic racing debut at the 2018 Goodwood Revival, raced by Ben Mitchell. Ben raced it again at the Goodwood Revival in 2019.
  8. March 712M [20?] (Gary Robinson): Bruce Cambern (Dearborn, Michigan) bought an "ex-Pace" March 712M from Fred Opert, but the deal was brokered by Doug Shierson (Adrian, Michigan). Pace had raced several 712Ms as part of Williams' F2 team but this was the only one to move to the US, and a later advert for 712M-20 suggests it was that one. The F2 FVA engine was kept by Opert, and Cambern acquired a tired Vegantune twin cam. He raced the car in Central Division Formula B in 1973, when he scored eight points in SCCA Nationals, and may have had it earlier that that. Cambern recalls that the car was sold to a 'Gary' from Oklahoma, which is very likely to be Gary Robinson (Broken Arrow, Oklahoma) who raced a "March 712" in Southwest Division Formula Atlantic in 1976, 1977 and 1978. Robinson later acqured a March 75B, but exactly when he moved over to the newer car is unclear. Then unknown for ten years. In September 1989, Michael Duncan (Los Altos, CA) advertised a March 712, giving its chassis number as #20 and saying it had three owners from new, suggesting he had acquired it directly from Robinson. It then had a "fresh" Bahner tub and 77B bodywork, but the 1971 bodywork was with it. In 1990 or 1991, so possibly in response to these adverts, Simon Hadfield and Tony Thompson bought a March 712M from the US that still had its original HSCC logbooks. They sold it unrestored to Alain Filhol in France. Subsequent history unknown.
  9. Brabham [BT9 F3-6-64] (Frank Dickerson): Identified by the Formula 1 Register as the car raced by Patrick Dal Bo in 1964 and by Jean Sage briefly at the end of 1965. Then sold back to England via Stephen Conlan and owned by David Wragg (Leeds) in early 1966 then to Malcolm Smith (Clitheroe, Lancashire) later that year. Sold by Smith via Fred Opert to the US, where dealer Pierre Phillips imported it into Portland, OR. He sold it to Win Casey, also of Portland, who raced it in ICSCC and SCCA FC in 1967 with a MAE engine. Then to another Portland driver, Neil Hansen, for NorPac FC in 1968 when it was described as a BT14. It was later owned by Chuck Grauel (Kansas City, KS) and raced in MWDiv Formula C in 1970 and 1971, then via midget racer Frank Dickerson (Wichita, KS), John Stokes and others to Jerry Strickfaden (Los Alamos, NM) 1987, during which time it was regarded as a BT15. Researched by Jerry Strickfaden and identified as a BT9. To Wayne Mitchell 1988. To Robs Lamplough (Hungerford, Berkshire) 2011.
  10. Lola T242 (James Maetzold): J Robert Young (Snowmass Resort, CO/Glenwood Springs, CO) won MWDiv in 1974 in his Wagnon-Coulter Lola, identified at the Runoffs to be a T242. This could be the T240 raced by Carl McIntyre from nearby Boulder, CO, the previous year. Young moved up to a new Lola T360 for 1975, and advertised the T242 in April 1975. Later in 1975, it was bought from Bob and Don Preston by James Maetzold (Valley Centre, KS), who raced it in 1976 in SCCA Regionals and then SCCA Nationals. He upgraded to a Lola T360 for 1977 but still had the Lola T242 when he advertised it in October 1978. Maetzold recalls that he sold the T242 to someone in Michigan. Subsequent 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.

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

SCCA Sanction 76-N-51S. Official results provided by Rocky Entriken and from SCCA records at the IMRRC.