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Spring Nationals (Northern New Jersey Region SCCA National)

Bridgehampton, 16 May 1976

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Joe Sposato (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-20] - Ford BDA
#28 Sposato Motoracing Co. (see note 1)
15 23m 52.6s
2 Rick Bell (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.18] - Ford BDA Hart
#78 R.M. Bell-Bell Racing
15
3 Eric Kerman (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B [73B-7] - Ford BDA
#81 EDK Enterprises (see note 2)
15
4 John Mortensen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [7] - Ford BDA Swindon
#89 Karaba Racing, Inc. [Stimola]
(see note 3)
15
5 Robert J. Nelkin (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-02?] - Ford BDA
#77 Nelkin Racing Organization
15
6 Mike Rand (FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT40 [13] - Cosworth BDJ
#37 Cheese Shops of Amherst, Inc.
(see note 4)
15
7 Paul Tavilla (FC) 1.1-litre Lola T340 - Cosworth BDJ
#9 Paul Tavilla
15
8 Dirk Wrightson (FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford BDA Swindon
#21 Wrightson Racing Enterprises
(see note 5)
15
9 Diana Black (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B
#73 Diana Black (see note 6)
14
10 Ed Givler (FSV) 1.6-litre Edge VW
#74 E.D. Givler
14
11 Ken Duclos (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.01] - Ford BDA
#34 Trojan Tools-Kaydee Automotive
13
12 Carl Whitney (FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT29 [46] - Ford BDA Whitney
#33 Carl Whitney (see note 7)
13
13 Carmelo Crisafulli (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT38 [17]
#76 Carmelo Crisafulli
12
14 Ken Vose (FSV) 1.6-litre Lola T250 VW
#36 Bowman Racing
11
15 Bob Weschler (F?) Brabham BT21
#99 Atlas Construction
0 accident
DNS Joe Ostrowski (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B [17] - Ford BDA
#16 Joe Ostrowski (see note 8)
Did not start

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Ken Duclos (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.01] - Ford BDA 1m 32.4s
2 Eric Kerman (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B [73B-7] - Ford BDA 1m 34.8s
3 Joe Sposato (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-20] - Ford BDA 1m 35.0s
4 Robert J. Nelkin (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-02?] - Ford BDA 1m 35.6s
5 Rick Bell (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.18] - Ford BDA Hart 1m 35.9s
6 John Mortensen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [7] - Ford BDA Swindon 1m 36.6s

Notes on the cars:

  1. Chevron B29 [29-75-20] (Joe Sposato): New to Joe Sposato (Ridgefield, CT) and used in SCCA Northeast Division Formula B in 1975, entered by Spoasto Motoracing (Waccabuc, NY). Also used in one Players Canadian Formula Atlantic race at Mosport. Retained for 1976, again in NEDiv SCCA Nationals and for two IMSA Formula Atlantic Championship races. To John Higgins (Elizabeth, NJ) for 1977, and raced in NEDiv SCCA events. Presumably the Chevron he raced in 1978. Chris Townsend advises that the car then went to Mike Cronin, and was retained by him until it was sold to Mike Malley (Greenville, NC) in April 2001. Malley crashed the car at Summit Point in 2003, breaking his back, and the car was then rebuilt using "a new tub by Chevron" and sold to Dick Ward (Australia) in 2007 or 2008. Ward raced it in events at Waneroo Park from 2009 to 2014, before selling it to Gwyn Pollard in the UK in 2015. Pollard had the car extensively rebuilt by Vin Malkie, then fitted a Gathercole BDG and raced the car in HSCC racing from 2016 to 2019, prepared by Gerry Wainwright Motorsport.
  2. March 75B [73B-7] (Eric Kerman): New to Ron Cohn (Modena, NY), and run as a two-car team with Bruce MacInnes in 1973, entered by DRC Formula Racing Inc in Players Canadian and SCCA Formula B races, running as #56. Retained for 1974, running in the Players Canadian Formula Atlantic series and in the US GP support race at Watkins Glen in October. To Eric Kerman (Hempstead, NY/Glen Cove, NY) for 1975 and updated with new orange bodywork, entered as #81 or #87, and running as a 75B. Raced by Kerman in SCCA Nationals from 1975 to 1979. Later to Oran Bushey (Huntingdon, NY) and raced until 1982. Subsequent history unknown.
  3. March 76B [7] (John Mortensen): John Mortensen (New York, NY/Weston, CT) raced a March 76B in SCCA events in 1976 and the livery - Midnight blue with red stripe on each side - exactly matches that given in March records for 76B-7.
  4. Brabham BT40 [13] (Mike Rand): New for Brian Robertson (Brockville, Ontario) and raced by him in the Malaysian Grand Prix at Batu Tiga in April 1973, but wrecked the following weekend during practice at the Singapore Grand Prix. The car was rebuilt and raced a few times in Canada as part of Fred Opert's team, including by David Fram at Halifax in October 1974, and by Bob Beyea at Trois-Rivières two weeks later. Then sold to Mike Rand (Greenwich, CT) in time for the 1974 SCCS Runoffs, replacing a crashed Rondel M1, after which Rand raced the BT40 in Northeast Division SCCA Formula B in 1975. For 1976, Rand converted the car to Formula C. He bought a Modus for 1977, and the Brabham was sold to Larry Snover (Langsdale, PA) who raced it in FC and then in FB again. He sold it after the 1979 season to someone who planned to add sportscar bodywork for Can-Am. However, this never happened, and the car was offered for sale by Rick Parent (Asheville, NC) in June 2018, still in Snover's livery, noting that "the car has been sitting since 1980".
  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. March 73B (Diana Black): Jas Patterson (Roslyn Heights, NY) raced a March 73B at the US Grand Prix Formula B support race in October 1974. The entry list shows that it was red and entered as #3 by Renoir International Racing. Photographic evidence shows that this was the March 73B raced by Diana Black (New York, NY) in minor Formula B races at Lime Rock and Bridgehampton in 1975 and 1976. Her home town was given in entry lists as Kew Gardens, NY or Briarwood, NY, both neighborhoods in the New York City borough of Queens. Later in 1976, she moved to the former Bobby Brown Chevron B34, and the March was sold to David Laemmle (Wiscasset, ME) who continued to race it in SCCA Regionals that year. Laemmle recalls that he sold it to someone from New York state. Subsequent history unknown.
  7. 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).
  8. March 73B [17] (Joe Ostrowski): New to Bruce MacInnes (Sharon, CT) and raced as part of a two-car team with Ron Cohn. Raced in the Players Canadian FB series and in the SCCA Pro FB races at Road America and Watkins Glen. Retained for 1974, and raced in the Players Canadian series again, and in the US GP support race at Watkins Glen in October. Sold to Joe Ostrowski (Trenton, NJ), and raced in NEDiv SCCA Nationals in 1975 and 1976. Presumably the March he raced in NEDiv in 1977 and 1978. Retained by Ostrowski until early 1982 when it was bought by Seann Burgess (Caledon, Ontario). Burgess won the CASC Ontario Formula Atlantic championship and the BARC Drivers Championship in 1982 as well as appearing in 'pro' events. After two more seasons of Atlantic, he converted the car to Can-Am specification at the end of 1985 and then fitted a McLaren M1B body and a Mazda 13B rotary engine for 1986. This "March RX10-B" was raced through the 1986 season. Burgess kept the Can-Am body after the car was retired from racing and sold the March to Richard Smith (Barrie, Ontario) who raced it in 1989 and 1990, still with the Mazda engine, and fitting 1975 bodywork for 1990. He sold it to Chuck Sieber (McLean, VA) who imported it back to the US in January 1991. He raced it in Solo events in 1991, and maybe in one or two more seasons until selling it back to Seann Burgess. Burgess initially restored it to MacInnes' 1973 livery, but at the request of the Villeneuve Museum traded his 73B bodywork to Marchives for a set of 1975 bodywork, and rebuilt the car to resemble Gilles Villeneuve's Skiroule March 75B. By May 2010, it was on display in the Musée Gilles Villeneuve (Berthierville, Quebec).

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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Individual sources for this event

SCCA Sanction 76-N-23S. Official results from SCCA records at the IMRRC.