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SCCA National (Cal Club Region)

Riverside, 15 Feb 1976

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Cliff Hansen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [2] - Ford BDA Race Shop
#27 Hansen Racing (see note 1)
14 24m 47.791s
111.78 mph
2 Don Breidenbach (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B [4] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#6 Monster Tee Shirts (see note 2)
14 2nd in FB
3 Hugh "Wink" Bancroft (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-05] - Ford BDA Hart
#0 Performance Marketing (see note 3)
14 3rd in FB
4 Tom Sauerbrei (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 742 - Ford BDA
#5 Consolidated Aeronautics (see note 4)
14 4th in FB
5 Dennis Firestone (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 722/75B [722-33] - Ford BDA
#10 KKW Trucking [Wilbur Bunce]
(see note 5)
14 5th in FB
6 Jim van Horn (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-07] - Ford BDA
#76 Professional Polygraph (see note 6)
14 6th in FB
7 Tim Cooper (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B - Ford BDA CRW
#8 Rutledge Oil [Wilbur Bunce] (see note 7)
14
8 Jon Norman (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lotus 69C [71/69.2.FB] - Ford BDA
#58 Bostrom-Bergen Metal (see note 8)
14
9 Frank Monise (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29
#25 Frank Monise Motors (see note 9)
14
10 Larry Wright (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#85 Red Baron Steak House (see note 10)
14
11 Jeffrey Alkana (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B - Ford BDA
#68 Tom Boy (see note 11)
14
12 Warren "Bud" Pauge (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT38 [‘33’] - Ford BDA
#92 PRO Racing (see note 12)
14
13 John David Briggs (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU50] - Chevrolet V8
#7 Briggs/Fodge (see note 13)
13 retired - engine cut out
14 William Henderson III (FSV) 1.6-litre Lola T320 [HU8] VW
#89 Performance Development
13
15 Steve "Gas" Saleen (FSV) 1.6-litre Tui BH3 VW
#83 Nutro Food
13
16 Edward J MacGrotty (FC) 1.1-litre Lotus 41 - Ford BDA Swindon
#38 Mei-Mac Racing
13
17 Ken Schley (FSV) 1.6-litre Tui AM29 VW
#88 Pennzoil Co
13
18 Pete Sharland (FSV) 1.6-litre Lola T252 VW
#91 PS Motorworks
13
19 Don Schoeny (FSV) 1.6-litre Lola VW
#29 Dalton & Friends
12
20 Gordon Strom (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 - Ford BDA
#69 Kay I Strom (see note 14)
12
21 Eric Stromwall (FC) Cooper
#73 Century 21 Import Auto
12
22 Al Stanchfield (F5000) 5-litre Lola T192 - Chevrolet V8
#86 Stanchfield
11 retired - unknown
23 Byron Snow (FC) Lotus
#71 Snow
10
24 Lee Pitman (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T240 - Ford twin cam
#57 Pisato-Golf Racing (see note 15)
9 retired - unknown
25 Chris Price (FC) Chevron [B15 F3-69-9?]
#77 Valkyrie Racing (see note 16)
9
26 Dennis Blackwell (FSV) 1.6-litre Zeitler VW
#82 Blackwell
7
27 Ray Stephens (F5000) 5-litre Lola T300 [HU17] - Chevrolet V8
#1 Fred and Lou's
6 retired - unknown
28 Rick Mears (F5000) 5-litre Berta BA3 - Chevrolet V8
#62 Bill Simpson
1 crashed at first turn
29 Tom Contino (F/Atl) 1.6-litre LeGrand
San Contino
0 retired - unknown
DNS Dick Workman (F5000) Lola
Did not start
DNS Evan Noyes (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU51] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 17)
Did not start
DNS Dick Ferguson (F5000) Lola
Did not start
DNA Ken Hedman (F5000) 5-litre Lance LSR1 - Chevrolet V8
Did not arrive
DNA Bob Earl (F5000) 5-litre Lola T330 [HU3] - Chevrolet V8
(see note 18)
Did not arrive

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Cliff Hansen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [2] - Ford BDA Race Shop 1m 44.439s
2 Rick Mears (F5000) 5-litre Berta BA3 - Chevrolet V8 1m 45.273s
3 Dennis Firestone (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 722/75B [722-33] - Ford BDA
4 John David Briggs (F5000) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU50] - Chevrolet V8
5 Hugh "Wink" Bancroft (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-05] - Ford BDA Hart
6 Don Breidenbach (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B [4] - Ford BDA Nicholson
7 Jon Norman (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lotus 69C [71/69.2.FB] - Ford BDA
8 Tim Cooper (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B - Ford BDA CRW
9 Tom Sauerbrei (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 742 - Ford BDA
10 Jim van Horn (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-07] - Ford BDA
12 Ray Stephens (F5000) 5-litre Lola T300 [HU17] - Chevrolet V8

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 76B [2] (Cliff Hansen): Cliff Hansen (Laguna Beach, CA) campaigned a blue/red #6 March 76B in 1976 as part of the Doug Shierson Racing operation. Hansen retained the car for the start of the 1977 season, until his new 77B arrived, and then kept the 76B as a spare, needing it at St-Félicien and at Trois-Rivières after crashing the 77B. Its history in 1978 is unknown, but it is believed to be the car raced by Tom Contino (Ontario, CA) between 1979 and 1981, then sold by him in October 1981 to Damon Meek (Los Gatos, CA), who raced the car in SCCA Nationals in 1982 and has identified it as "76B-02" and ex-Cliff Hansen. Meek sold it to Lee Follansbee (San Jose, CA) and it would be the 76B raced by him in the Sears Point Pro race in 1984. Sold by Follansbee to Michael Olsen (Santa Clara, CA) who raced it at Sears Point in October 1988. Subsequent history unknown.
  2. March 75B [4] (Don Breidenbach): Don Breidenbach (Oakland, CA) had a new March 75B which he first raced at Holtville Aerodrome 23 Mar 1975. It was blue and ran as #61 entered by D. L. B. Industries. Last known race was in February 1976, after which Breidenbach's new 76B arrived and the 75B went to Jeffrey Alkana (Azusa, CA), replacing his earlier 74B. Alkana is reported to have won the regional championship in 1977 with this car but it seems more likely that he won the 1976 Cal Club Formula B title. Sold to Alan Holly (North Hollywood, CA) for 1977, repainted red and again used in Cal Club SCCA events. Sold by Holly to studio exec Steve Brimmer who raced it in 1978 and then kept it, unused, for some time. History then unknown until owned by Walter Hagstrom in 1988. It then sat unused for ten years from 1990 until sold by Roger Downer (Petaluma, CA) to Ken Stone in 2000. Retained by Stone in 2004. By 2008, the car was with Mark Rincon (Redding, CA), who ran it in Ramada Inns livery. Later bought from Rincon by Steve Cook (Napa, California).
  3. Chevron B27 [27-74-05] (Hugh "Wink" Bancroft): An Fred Opert team car, used by Hugh "Wink" Bancroft (Costa Mesa, CA) in the US series in 1974. The car was owned by Bancroft, who according to Formula and Sports Car retained it unraced in 1975, and then wheeled it out again for a few SCCA South Pacific Division races in early 1976. Advertised in May 1976, and then by Fred Opert in November 1976. The car now owned in 2009 by Bud Morrison had an SCCA log book showing it was owned by Ken Valan (Wilmington, DE) in August 1978, so it is assumed that this was the "B29" that Valan raced from the start of the 1977 season. The logbook then shows that it went to Frank Shober (Chatham, NJ) and was raced by him from early 1979 to 1985. In October 1988, it was bought from Bruce McQuiston at the Bertil Roos Racing School (Blakeslee PA) by Monte C. Shalett (New Orleans, LA), who sold it via Grand Prix Classics (La Jolla, CA) to Paul Wesselink (Dana Point, CA/Huntington Beach, CA) in June 1997. From Wesselink to Emmet "Bud" Morrison (Tempe, AZ) in May 2005.
  4. March 742 (Tom Sauerbrei): Patrick Depailler raced a March 74B at Trois-Rivières in September 1974. Autosport described it as the car tested earlier in England by Jim Crawford, but now set to full Formula 2 specification. Canadian Motorsport Bulletin described it as the ex-Coulon 'slave' March 732, but photographs show it with the same rear wing and oil tank used on the works F2 March 742s. A photograph also shows that it was raced by Lang in the US GP support race at Watkins Glen in October. The car then went to Formula Ford graduate Tom Sauerbrei (Fresno, CA), who had an excellent season in the "742" in SCCA Regionals and Nationals in 1975, winning the regional title. After that season, it was rebuilt to 75B specification and leased to Johnnie Crean (San Juan Capistrano, CA), the 27-year-old son of former racer John C Crean, who raced it in two IMSA Formula Atlantic races in California in May 1976, and later in SCCA Nationals and Regionals. Subsequent history unknown.
  5. March 722/75B [722-33] (Dennis Firestone): New to Dick Doherty (Hollywood, CA) and raced in Pro FB in 1972, as well as Cal Club SCCA events. Retained for Cal Club events in 1973, 1974 and 1975. Rebuilt by Wilbur Bunce to 75B specification for 1976, and run by him in Californian SCCA races for Dennis Firestone to drive, and later in Pro Formula Atlantic races in California for Ron Dykes, Rocky Moran, and Bob Lazier. It was red, and wore #10, #70 and #87 during the season. Sold to Ted Titmas (Van Nuys, CA) in early 1977, and run by him as a hire car in 1977, but Titmas had two cars in 1977, one red and one orange, and it is unclear which was which. Subsequent history unknown.
  6. Chevron B27 [27-74-07] (Jim van Horn): Chevron build record says sold via Fred Opert to George Sabin. Used by Alan Lader as well in 1974. Sold to Bobby Fisher (Lafayette, CA) for 1975 and used in some early-season Nationals and one Pro race. To Jim Van Horn (Orange, CA) for 1976 and run in west coast Pro and SCCA racing. Then a strong candidate for the car of Californian Mike Morris in SCCA races in 1977 though this may have been the ex Hayes car from 1975-76. Either this or the Hayes car likely to be the B27 for sale by Crosslé Cars Pacific in 1982. In February 2007, Emmet "Bud" Morrison (Tempe, AZ) bought what he believes to be B27-74-07 from Neil Johnson via Fantasy Junction (Emeryville, CA).
  7. March 75B (Tim Cooper): Tim Cooper (Kansas City, MO) raced a yellow #8 March 75B for Doug Shierson Racing in 1975 with backing from Rutledge Oil. Joe Grimaldi recalls that Cooper hired a new 75B from the team for 1975, and that the car then returned to Shierson. Chip Mead drove Cooper's car at Halifax, with Mead's bodywork transplanted onto it. Cooper moved to Wilbur Bunce Racing in California for 1976, taking the 75B with him, and the car was updated to "75B/76B" specification during the season.
  8. Lotus 69C [71/69.2.FB] (Jon Norman): New to William Monson (Kent, WA) in February 1971 with pale yellow bodywork according to the Lotus built record. Raced by Monson in the SCCA Continental Championship and SCCA Nationals in 1971 but after only a few races he suffered a major accident at Laguna Seca in June 1971 when he clipped the bridge and was in hospital with significant injuries. He returned to racing but crashed again in an SCCA Regional at Portland in August, seriously damaging the car. This time he retired from racing and sold the wrecked Lotus to Gary Gove (Tacoma, WA). Gove's racing partner Pete Lovely was then in the process of fitting a F1 DFV engine to his 1970 F2 Lotus 69 and Gove was able to use the F2 rear end to repair Monson's car. The result was a very quick car and in 1972 Gove raced it in ICSCC and NW Regional events plus at least one National and the Westwood round of the Canadian FB series. In 1973, Gove won the NorPac title in the Lotus and then sold it to Jon Norman (Oakland, CA) who won the 1975 NorPac FB title and was second in 1976. Norman also took the car to the SCCA Runoffs in 1975, finishing a remarkable fourth, and raced it in several Pro Formula Atlantic races. Norman raced it at least once in SCCA events in 1977 before replacing it with a much newer March 76B. Subsequent history unknown.
  9. Brabham BT29 (Frank Monise): Graham Baker moved from New Zealand to the US for a season of Formula B in 1970. He bought a new green Brabham BT29 from Chip Gompf and Wayne Mitchell, one of three new BT29s they had in stock. He was entered by Charlie Hayes Racing Equipment as #82 for his first race, at Edmonton in May, but was then self-entered as #82 for the next eight races as #67 before ending the season as part of the Bonphil Racing Industries team. Hayes sold the car for Baker at the end of the season to a non-racer in Laguna Hills who appears to have retained it, unused, for three years. In late 1973/early 1974, CSCC racer Jeff Alkana learnt from engine specialist Steve Jennings about the car and he bought it with Frank Monise (Pasadena, CA), who needed a new BT29 having wrecked his earlier BT29-41. Monise raced the car for several more seasons with Ford twin cam and BDA engines before selling it around 1976 to Tito D'Oporto and Gary Green and replacing it with a March.
  10. Brabham BT29 (Larry Wright): Jim Gutfreund (Des Moines, Iowa) bought a new Brabham BT29 for 1970 and ran it in Midwest Div Formula B, winning two races and leading the division until his BRM-built Ford twin-cam blew. He sold the car to Archie Snider (Los Gatos, CA) for 1971 and Snider continued with the BRM engine until joining forces with Jon Milledge (Mountain View, CA) who crewed the car for Snider in Regionals while racing it in Nationals and in Pro events. They continued with the car through 1972 and into 1973, before Snider replaced it with a GRD. It then went to Larry Wright (Riverside, CA) to replace his earlier BT29 that he'd wrecked in June 1973. Wright kept the car until 1976 after which he retired and sold the car to "an unknown guy who lived in the Sierra Madre area of So Cal, near Pasadena".
  11. March 74B (Jeffrey Alkana): Don Breidenbach (Oakland, CA) raced a white March 74B in SCCA National and later in Pro races in 1974 but early that season his car was described as a 732 so this 74B may have been a mid or late-season replacement for the older car. Retained for the early 1975 race at Riverside and then sold to Bob Gledhill (Utah). Somehow the deal with Gledhill unwound because Breidenbach advertised the car again at the end of 1975, alongside his newer 75B. Jeff Alkana (Azusa, CA) recalls buying it from Breidenbach and he raced it in SCCA events in early 1976. Alkana then bought Breidenbach's newer 75B and he recalls selling the 74B to Jim Van Horn (Orange, CA). However, Van Horn drove an older March 71BM updated to 76B from 1977 to 1980. Subsequent history unknown.
  12. Brabham BT38 [‘33’] (Warren "Bud" Pauge): A "new chassis" replacing the ASCA team's Brabham BT38 wrecked by Jean-Pierre Jaussaud at Rouen. It was raced by teammate Adam Potocki at Imola, where Potocki failed to qualify, and was then Jaussaud's car for the rest of the season. ASCA entered Jaussaud in the Brazilian F2 Torneio, but he was involved in the startline accident at the second Interlagos race, and the Brabham was badly damaged. According to Chris Townsend's research, this car was acquired by Fred Opert Racing and raced by Héctor Rebaque in the Caracas Formula B race in March 1973, then by Brian Robertson in the JAF Grand Prix in May 1973. It is not clear what else Opert used it for in 1973, but in January 1974, he sold it to John Bernadine (Tulsa, OK) for SCCA Formula B. Then to Warren Pauge (Hacienda Heights, CA) in August 1975, replacing his well-used Brabham BT21. Pauge retained the BT38 for many years, even running it as a Can-Am car once in 1982. After he finally stopped racing it in 1988, he sold it to Marc Bahner, then it went to George Steven in 1992, Tom Stapleton about 2008, and Paul Skilowitz (Stuart, FL) in 2016.
  13. Lola T332 [HU50] (John David Briggs): See full history: Lola T332 HU50.
  14. Chevron B29 (Gordon Strom): Gordon Strom (Santa Cruz, CA/Sunnyvale, CA) ran a Brabham BT35 in west coast SCCA racing from 1972 to 1975 when he moved up to a nearly-new Chevron B29. The car was yellow with red top bodywork and ran as #9. The identity of the Chevron is not known. Strom raced this in 1976 and 1977 until an accident at Laguna Seca in June 1977 in which he suffered massive head injuries. It is likely that the car was destroyed. Strom was hospitalised but his medical insurance "ran out", and a fund was established to help his wife Kay with the overwhelming hospital bills. He died in November 1977 without having regained conciousness.
  15. Lola T240 (Lee Pitman): Lee Pitman (La Hambra Heights, CA) raced an orange #57 Lola T240 in SCCA races at Riverside and Laguna Seca from 1972 to 1978 at least. He was a member of CSCC but rarely scored points at National level. Nothing more known.
  16. Chevron [B15 F3-69-9?] (Chris Price): New to Howden Ganley and raced in European F3 in 1969 using Lucas engines. Hired to Reine Wisell at one race in August after Ganley's entry was turned down. To Steve Matchett for 1970 and used in British F3. Matchett took the car back to the US and it was advertised by Jack Grimm (Orange, CA) in October 1971. Presumably the B15 raced by Doug Turner (Newport Beach, CA) in Formula C from 1972 to 1974, latterly as a B17. Advertised by Turner as a B17 in October 1974. Towards the end of 1975, the car reappeared in Southern Californian FC, raced by Chris Price.
  17. Lola T332 [HU51] (Evan Noyes): See full history: Lola T332 HU51.
  18. Lola T330 [HU3] (Bob Earl): See full history: Lola T330 HU3.

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-2P. Official results from SCCA records at the IMRRC.