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Players (Canadian) Formula B Series Race

Westwood, 27 May 1973

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Allan Lader Brabham BT40 - Ford twin cam
#75 Al Lader Racing (see note 1)
56
100.78 mph
2 Craig Hill Brabham BT40 - Ford twin cam
#2 Fother Hill Ltd; Castrol GTX
(see note 2)
56
3 Jon Milledge GRD B73 [074-FB] - Ford twin cam
#92 M & S Racing, Santa Clara, Cal.
55
4 John Holloway March 722 Falconer - Ford twin cam
#74 Al Lader Racing (see note 3)
55
5 John Powell Brabham BT38 [14] - Ford twin cam
#30 ("Rondel-Brabham") Fleet Truck Bodies Inc., Montreal
(see note 4)
55
6 Gary Gove Lotus 69 [71/69.2.FB] - Ford twin cam
#52 Pete Lovely Volkswagen, Tacoma
(see note 5)
54
7 Archie Snider Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#91 M & S Racing, Santa Clara, Cal.
(see note 6)
54
8 Bruce Jensen March 722 [23] - Ford twin cam
#41 Jenmac Racing (see note 7)
53
9 Ron Shantz Lotus 69 [71/69.5.FB] - Ford twin cam Hart
#15 Auto-Race Developments (Ronald B. Shantz)
53
10 Roy Folland March 73B - Ford twin cam Greatorex
#6 Roman Brio (see note 8)
53
11 Scott MacKenzie Brabham BT35 [18] - Ford twin cam Hart
#94 Astro Sports, Ottawa (see note 9)
52
12 Ted Coconis Lotus 69B - Ford twin cam
#83 Graphics Int. Racing, Scarborough
(see note 10)
52
13 Paul Wheatley Chevron B18 [18.71.1] - Ford twin cam Hart
#26 Pennzoil (see note 11)
52
14 Peter Ferguson Chevron B20 [72-7] - Ford twin cam
#18 ("B20B") Ferguson/Wilson Racing Team-Esso
(see note 12)
51
15 Max Nerrière Lotus 59 [59-F2/XB-41] - Ford twin cam Hart
#42 ("59F") - (see note 13)
51
16 Cam McKenzie Brabham BT35 - Ford twin cam
#34 Pierre's Motors, Portland (see note 14)
50
17 Bob Newton March 71BM [3] - Ford twin cam
#98 Bay-Newton Racing Team, La Selva Beach, Cal. (Robert E. Newt
(see note 15)
49
18 Gilles Léger Brabham BT40 - Ford twin cam Hart
#72 Gilles-Leger Racing Team, Lachute
(see note 16)
48
19 Ken Huband March 71BM - Ford twin cam Greatorex
#9 Tangent Travel Ltd (see note 17)
47
20 Wayne Ricciardi March 722 - Ford twin cam
#24 The Race Shop (see note 18)
43
21 Gary Magwood March 73B - Ford twin cam
#27 Gary Magwood Racing (see note 19)
42
22 Hugh "Wink" Bancroft March 722 Falconer - Ford twin cam
#12 Bancroft Motors, Anaheim, Cal.
(see note 20)
34
R Ron Householder Brabham BT29 [9] - Ford twin cam Hart
#61 Automotive Racing Ent., Portland
(see note 21)
23 Retired
R Richard Paul March 732 [73B-2] - Ford twin cam
#48 Fire Suppression Inc (see note 22)
19 Retired
R Al Justason Brabham BT35 [10] - Ford twin cam
#32 - (see note 23)
16 Retired
R Bill Brack Lotus 59 [ ] - Ford twin cam
#7 Swandowne Lotus, N Brack Racing Ent
15 Retired
R Richard Doran GRD B72 [019-F2] - Ford twin cam
#86 St. Laurent Auto Tech
9 Retired
R Bill Eagles Brabham BT40 [24] - Ford twin cam
#46 Tex-Made Racing, Ville La Salle
(see note 24)
0 Accident
R Mike Fisher March 722 [30] - Ford twin cam
#11 Hanna Industries, Portland (see note 25)
0 Accident
DNS Linda Wilson Chevron B20 [20.72.05] - Ford twin cam Hart
#19 ("B20B") Ferguson/Wilson Racing Team-Samsonite Action Pack
(see note 26)
Did not start
(Ferguson needed parts from her car)
T Allan Lader March 722 Falconer - Ford twin cam
Al Lader Racing (see note 27)
(Only used in practice)
UNKE Hugh Cree Brabham BT35 [19] - Ford twin cam
#16 Bingley Cree (see note 28)
On entry list
UNKE Lorne Progosh Brabham BT38 [12] - Ford twin cam
#21 - (see note 29)
On entry list
UNKE Tom Outcault March 73B - Ford twin cam
#31 Troco Racing, Cranford, NJ (see note 30)
On entry list
UNKE Ian Coristine March 71BM [10?] - Ford twin cam Greatorex
#50 Ecurie Canada (see note 31)
On entry list
UNKE Patricia Smith March 71BM [8?] - Ford twin cam
#51 P.S. Translations (see note 32)
On entry list
UNKE Jeff Parsons Lotus 35 - Ford twin cam
#70 JayPar Racing, Pembroke
On entry list
UNKE Ken Legg Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#81 -
On entry list
UNKE Tim Coconis Lotus 69 [71/69.7.FB] - Ford twin cam Hart
#89 Graphics Int. Racing, Scarborough
(see note 33)
On entry list

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Allan Lader (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 - Ford twin cam 1.04.4
2 Ron Householder (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [9] - Ford twin cam Hart 1.06.0
3 Craig Hill (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 - Ford twin cam 1.06.5

Notes on the cars:

  1. Brabham BT40 (Allan Lader): Al Lader (Gresham, Oregon) raced a #75 Brabham BT40 in the first two races of the 1973 Players Canadian Formula B series, winning both. He then wrecked the car in practice for the third round at Sanair. Lader quickly acquired a new car to replace it.
  2. Brabham BT40 (Craig Hill): Craig Hill (Missassagua, Ontario, Canada) raced a white #2 Brabham BT40 in the Players Canadian Formula B series in 1973, entered by Fother Hill Ltd with sponsorship from Castrol GTX. Retained by Hill for 1974 and fitted with a Cosworth BDA engine for the new Formula Atlantic series, when it ran as #4. Unknown in 1975. It was bought from Opert Racing's Brian Robertson by Howard Kelly (Kingston, Ontario), and raced at the IMSA Formula Atlantic race at Road Atlanta in April 1976, then at a couple of later Players rounds in Canada. Kelly traded it to Jerry Jolly (Denver, CO) for a Lola T322/4 Formula Super Vee. Owners after Jolly are believed to have been George Gettel (Denver, CO) - so it would be the Brabham he raced in 1979 - then Sherry M Fagans in 1981, then Jim Christiansen and then Ron Doyle, who had been Fagans' mechanic at one stage. It was then owned by a man named Forrest Grove (Denver, CO) in 1984, and raced by him with a Mazda engine in ASR in 1985 and 1986. Grove won the MiDiv Regional title in ASR in this car in 1986. After Grove's death, it was acquired from his son by John Streeter (Ford Collins, CO) in 2009.
  3. March 722 Falconer (John Holloway): Ric Forest (Edmonton, Alberta) raced a #56 March 722 in the Players Canadian Formula Atlantic series in 1972. In 1973, the car went to Al Lader, and was entered by him for John Holloway (Gresham, OR) for the first two races of 1973. Subsequent history unknown.
  4. Brabham BT38 [14] (John Powell): Brand new for Motul Rondel Racing at Oulton Park at the end of March 1972, and raced there by Tim Schenken, who finished second. For Schenken again at Thruxton a few days later, then for Derek Bell at Nürburgring at the end of April, by Jean Max at Pau, and by Jean-Pierre Beltoise at Crystal Palace and Rouen. Schenken used the car for the rest of the season, winning at Hockenheim in October. Sold to John Powell (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) for Formula B in 1973. Sold to Bob Schutt (Kirkwood, MO) at Watkins Glen at the end of 1973, and used by him in Mid West Division FB racing. In the early 1980s, Schutt sold the car to Bob Willis (St Louis, MO), who is believed to still own it in 2019.
  5. Lotus 69 [71/69.2.FB] (Gary Gove): 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 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.
  6. Brabham BT29 (Archie Snider): 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".
  7. March 722 [23] (Bruce Jensen): Roy Folland (Montréal, Quebec) raced a blue March 722 in the early rounds of the British Formula Atlantic series in 1972, before taking the car to Canada and running in the Players Canadian Formula B series. Sold for 1973 to Bruce Jensen (Kitchener, Ontario) and raced in the Players Canadian series. Sold to Edmond Villa (Clark, NJ), and raced in a New England Region SCCA Regional at Lime Rock in April 1974. In January 1976, he advertised a 722 in Competition Press & Autoweek from Port St Lucie, FL. Ed sold it to Folis Jones (Chesapeake, VA), who raced a March in SEDiv events in 1976 and 1977. This would be the March 722 with '77 bodywork advertised by Folis Jones in December 1978 and February 1979. Subsequent history unknown.
  8. March 73B (Roy Folland): Roy Folland (Montréal, Quebec) had a purple #6 March 73B for 1973 but crashed at Trois-Rivières in Sept and after being repaired, the 73B was sold to Ecurie Canada for guest driver Eppie Wietzes to race at the Watkins Glen Pro FB race five weeks later. Then sold to Tim Cooper (Kansas City, MO) who raced the "ex-Ecurie Canada" 73B at a Willow Springs Regional in December 1973. Raced extensively in SCCA racing early in 1974 and then in the Pro F/Atlantic series, prepared by Charlie Williams Racing. Cooper hired a new 75B and ran as part of Doug Shierson Racing in 1975, but retained the 73B and may have used it in SCCA races. He then went to Wilbur Bunce's team for 1976, and the 73B was rebuilt by Bunce to 75B/76B specification. Cooper then bought a new March 77B for 1977. The subsequent history of the 73B/75B is unknown, but it could be the "75B" acquired by Max Sebba in mid-1977.
  9. Brabham BT35 [18] (Scott MacKenzie): New to Roy Folland (Montréal, Quebec) and raced in the Canadian Formula B series in 1971, prepared by mechanic Andy Aitken. Some reports suggest Folland raced an older BT29 towards the end of that season, but an article in the Montreal Gazette in late August only mentions a BT35. An annotation to the entry list for the Canadian GP support race in September identified this car as chassis BT35/18. To Bill Eagles (Lasalle, Montréal, Quebec, Canada) for the 1972 Canadian FB series, entered by Tex-Made Racing Team. Then to Scott MacKenzie for 1973, entered and supported by Bryant Cougle of Astro Sports, but crashed heavily at Edmonton in June. The chassis was too badly damaged to be repairable, and MacKenzie suffered neck injuries that brought his season to an end. The car was then used as a source of spares for the team's replacement BT35, before being sold. It was acquired by Doug DeFresne (Portland, OR) in 1979, when it still had Astro Sports bodywork with it. It was acquired by Bob Slusher (Portland, Oregon) in September 2005.
  10. Lotus 69B (Ted Coconis): Ted Coconis (Weston, CT) bought a 1971 Formula B Lotus 69, chassis 71/69.7.FB and raced it in SCCA Pro and SCCA Nationals in 1971 and 1972, but at some point he acquired this second Lotus 69. In 1973, he and son Tim raced a pair of Lotus 69s, sponsored by Ted's company Graphics International Racing, but exactly how the second care was used during this time is unclear. The main car was typically entered as #88, with white numbers on a black background, so it only required a few pieces of black tape to change this into #83, #68 or #89, as required. Both cars are thought to have looked the same, but until a picture is found of them alongside each other, this cannot be confirmed. The Coconises were not seen in 1974, and when Tim returned in 1975, he used his father's original car. The subsequent history of the second car used in 1973 remains a mystery.
  11. Chevron B18 [18.71.1] (Paul Wheatley): A new car built for Brian Redman after he wrecked the development B18 while testing in South Africa. Fitted with a 1.8-litre Cosworth FVC engine and raced by Redman in two races in South Africa in January 1971. This car returned to Bolton and became the works entry in F2 for Chris Craft during the 1971 F2 season. It was then sold to Canadian John Powell and rebuilt to Formula B specification. Powell raced it in the Brands Hatch Boxing Day meeting at the end of 1971 and then loaned it to Brian Robertson to race in the two Bogotá FB races in February and March 1972. Raced by Powell (Ottawa, Ontario) in the Canadian FB series in 1972, Sold to Paul Wheatley (Montréal, Quebec) and raced in the Canadian series in 1973. Wheatley appeared on a couple of early-1974 entry lists but the car was not seen again until he advertised it in April 1975.
  12. Chevron B20 [72-7] (Peter Ferguson): Sold via Fred Opert to Ferguson/Wilson Racing Team for 1973, when it was described as brand new. Raced by Peter Ferguson (Toronto, Ontario) in the Canadian FB series, but then "wiped out" in practice at Trois-Rivières in September. Ferguson then took over the team's second B20, and it is likely that was the car he drove in 1974. According to documentation later submitted to CAMS, his original car was owned by Players from 1974 to 1978, then was in storage from 1978 to 1984. It was owned by Alex Polsinello from 1984, then George McLean in 1991, then Russell Sewell in 2010. It was bought by Martin Bullock (Western Australia) in 2011.
  13. Lotus 59 [59-F2/XB-41] (Max Nerrière): New to Craig Hill (Mississauga, Ontario) and run in the Canadian Road Racing Championship and the SCCA Continental Championship for Formula B, entered by Bill Brack Racing Enterprises. Hill ran in a team with Brack's Formula 5000 Lotus 70, with both cars in marching Castrol GTX livery. Unlike the two JRDS cars, which were entered as Lotus 69Bs, Hill's car first raced in Lotus 59 bodywork and was generally billed through the season as the "Castrol GTX Lotus 59". For 1971, the car was sold to Max Nerrière (Toronto, Ontario), who raced it in the Players Canadian Formula B series. Retained by Nerrière for 1972 and for 1973. Subsequent history unknown.
  14. Brabham BT35 (Cam McKenzie): Pierre Phillips's Pierre's Auto Racing (Portland, OR) rented a Brabham BT35 to Cam McKenzie (Squamish, British Columbia) for the opening round of the Players Canadian Formula B series at Westwood in May 1973. McKenzie reported to the press that the car was a pig, and did not reappear with it. Given the location, the the ex-Allan Lader/Frank Fitch BT35/39 would be the most likely car. Nothing more known.
  15. March 71BM [3] (Bob Newton): New to Chuck Willis's CRW Racing (Anaheim, CA) and leased to Jean de la Bruyere (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) for Max Mizejewski (Woodland Hills, CA) to race in SCCA Formula B in 1971 as "The Edmonton Flyer". De la Bruyere then split from CRW and Ron Dykes (Marina del Rey, CA) then took over the 71Bm for Pro Formula B races and SCCA Nationals for the rest of 1971. Sold to Bob Newton (Cupertino, CA) and run in Pro FB and SCCA Nationals in 1972, 1973 and 1974. It was also raced by Craig Fraser (Santa Cruz, CA) in 1973 and 1974 before Newton's last known appearance in it in late 1974. To Jim Van Horn (Orange, CA) and raced in Cal Club Regionals in late 1975. Van Horn bought a newer Chevron B27 for 1976, but returned to the March for 1977, which was rebuilt to 76B specification by Marc Bahner and fitted with a BDA engine. The car was registered with the SCCA in September 1977, but curiously used the chassis number of a March 722, 722-38. Van Horn raced this car up to 1980. To Bill Hill (Olympia, WA) in 1981, fitted with a Mazda engine and a sports car body and raced the car in SCCA ASR and in Can-Am as the "Marzda" or the "Banana Crate". Crashed in a SCCA Regional (NW Region) at Olympia Airport in September 1986. Hill then bought a Lola T360 and the March chassis stayed in the rafters of his garage for many years. After Hill died, the car was sold to Phil Creighton (Georgia) in mid-2017, and then by him to Kevan McLurg (Brighton, UK) in 2018. Sold to Bruce Balchin (Southampton) in July 2019.
  16. Brabham BT40 (Gilles Léger): Gilles Léger (Lachute, Quebec, Canada) raced a white/blue #72 Brabham BT40 in the 1973 Players Canadian Formula B series, entered by Giles Léger Racing Team. Léger bought a new March 74B for 1974, and the Brabham was next seen at Trois-Rivières in September 1974 when it was entered by Fred Opert Racing for Chris Gleason (Johnstown, PA) to drive. It was now in Formula Atlantic specification. Gleason also drove it at Watkins Glen in October 1974. Subsequent history unknown.
  17. March 71BM (Ken Huband): Ken Huband (Ottawa, Ontario) raced a #9/#8 red-and-white March 71BM in Canadian Formula B in 1973, with support from Tangent Travel Ltd. When Huband advertised the March, together with his older Brabham BT29, in CMB in September 1973, he said it had five races from new. Sold to Norm Joy (Montréal, Quebec) for 1974, with support from T.G.Yachts of Canada Ltd, but he failed to qualify at the opening race, and then skipped the second round. Then to David Westgate (Sainte-Thérèse, Quebec) for the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières. Subsequent history unknown.
  18. March 722 (Wayne Ricciardi): Wayne Ricciardi (N. Haldon, NJ) raced a #24 March 722 in Pro Formula B in 1972, entered by The Race Shop, the US March importer in which Ricciardi and Joe Grimaldi were partners. Ricciardi retained the car for Pro events in 1973, competing in most Canadian events plus the US GP support race at Watkins Glen. Subsequent history unknown.
  19. March 73B (Gary Magwood): New to Gary Magwood (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), and raced in the Players Canadian series. Magwood was increasingly absorbed with his racing school at Mosport Park, and the March 73B was raced once by Luke de Sadeleer in 1974 before Magwood had his first race of the year in it at Sanair in July. After qualifying third, he hit the pit wall during the race, and wiped out the left side of the car. Magwood acquired a new Lola T360, but the March was eventually repaired and was advertised by Magwood in June 1977. Subsequent history unknown.
  20. March 722 Falconer (Hugh "Wink" Bancroft): Hugh "Wink" Bancroft (Newport Beach, CA) raced a blue-and-white #82 March 722 in Formula B in 1972, under his own Bancroft Motorsport banner. He retained the car for 1973, when it ran as #12 and was fitted with Falconer bodywork. Later that season, the car was rented to Rocky Moran for a few races. Bancroft appeared in a few SCCA races at Riverside in the car during 1974, when it was still wearing Falconer bodywork. Subsequent history unresolved, but Richard Paul recalls buying this car for the 1975 season, when BDA engines were allowed in Pro races but not in SCCA races, fitting 732 bodywork and using it as a spare car.
  21. Brabham BT29 [9] (Ron Householder): This early chassis number would have raced in 1969 but its first owner is still unknown. Working backwards from its modern ownership, it would have been the black-and-yellow BT29 raced by Allan Lader (Gresham, OR), until Lader got a new 1970-spec BT29 in July. The older car was sold to Ron Householder (Portland, OR) and raced by him in SCCA, CASC and ICSCC events in 1971, 1972 and 1973. Householder sold it to Paul Anderson (Huntington Beach, CA) who entered it for Pete Halsmer in SCCA events in 1974. Then to Bill Hill (Olympia, WA) in March 1975. Hill drove this car, mainly in ICSCC events, until April 1980 at least, and Hill advertised the car "for rent" in mid-1980. Retained by Hill until his death. It was sold by his widow to David Irwin (Evergreen, CO) in December 2017.
  22. March 732 [73B-2] (Richard Paul): New to Richard Paul (North Hollywood, CA), and first raced it at the Phoenix SCCA National in February 1973 where it was entered as #48, sponsored by Fire Suppression Inc. Paul crashed heavily at Trois-Rivières in September. Paul retained the car for 1974, when it was usually described as a 74B, but wrapped it around a lamppost in practice for the St Johns Formula Atlantic race in July 1974. The car was rebuilt but may have used an older 722 monocoque. Paul entered it as a 742 in races in early 1975. Subsequent history unknown.
  23. Brabham BT35 [10] (Al Justason): New to Brian Robertson (Brockville, Ontario, Canada) and raced by him in the Canadian Formula B series in 1971, entered by Fred Opert Racing. To Al Justason (Toronto, Ontario) for Canadian FB in 1972 and 1973. To Fred Beyer (Ottawa, Ontario) for the Players (Canadian) Formula Atlantic series in 1974 and 1975.
  24. Brabham BT40 [24] (Bill Eagles): New to Bill Eagles (Lasalle, Montréal, Quebec, Canada), and raced in the Players Canadian Formula B series in 1973, entered by Tex-Made Racing, Ville La Salle. Also driven by Allan Lader at Sanair in June. Retained by Eagles for 1974, again entered at #46, and fitted with a Cosworth BDA engine after the opening round. Eagles did not continue in Formula Atlantic after 1974, but in 1975 his car appeared at a race at Bushy Park, Barbados. It was still in Eagles' green/yellow #46 livery but it is not clear who was driving it that day. It was later owned and raced by David Kerr in Jamaica, and then sold by him to Richard Knox (Trinidad). Some time later, Knox sold both his Brabhams to UK dealer Bobby Howlings. The movements of the car are then unknown, but by 2005 it was in Tommy Reid's collection, still with Knox's name on the side.
  25. March 722 [30] (Mike Fisher): New to racing car importer Pierre Phillips (Portland, OR). It is believed to have been intended for customer Bud Rude (Auburn, WA), but no record has yet been found of Rude driving the car. Used by Phillips to win the Formula B class at the Oregon Region's Rose Cup Races SCCA National on 11 June 1972. It is then said to have gone to Mike Fisher (Portland, OR), who raced a black-and-white March 722 in the Westwood Players series round in May 1973 and in SCCA Nationals in the Pacific northwest that season. Sold to Bob Tracy (Hillsboro, OR) who continued to race it in SCCA National and Regionals in Oregon in 1974, then in ICSCC events in 1975. Then via Steve Plumb and Jack Scher to Squire Tomasie (Bellevue, WA) in 1978, then to Mike Gilbert and Ty Fikse in 1981. Then via Jim Burnett and Allan Karlberg to Larry Dunn (Lake Stevens, WA) who raced the car in WCAR Formula Atlantic between 1984 and 1986, and advertised it in December 1986 with chassis number 722-30. Sold to Steve Marks in May 1987, then to Kevin Shipley in September 1997. In 2007, Tim Greenshields in Colorado sold the car to Scott Monroe in Texas. From him it went to John Slade (Texas) in 2012, then to a customer of Don Blenderman (Houston, TX) in 2016. In May 2021, the car was for sale by Blenderman.
  26. Chevron B20 [20.72.05] (Linda Wilson): Sold via Fred Opert and entered for Brian Robertson (Brockville, Ontario, Canada) in Formula B in 1972. To Ferguson/Wilson Racing Team for 1973 and raced by former Miss Canada pageant finalist Linda Wilson in Canadian Formula B. Due to be driven by Ric Forest at Trois-Rivières in September but teammate Peter Ferguson "wiped out" the sister car on the Saturday so took over Wilson's car for the race. Only one of the B20s was seen in 1974, driven by Ferguson, and it seems likely it was the ex-Wilson car. Advertised by Fred Opert in June 1975, suggesting it had returned to Opert in part exchange for Ferguson's new Chevron B29. Advertised again by Opert in early November 1975. Subsequent history unknown until bought as a rolling chassis by Ed Swart from somebody on the east coast who had been trying to restore it. It was black at that stage, and Ed repainted it to orange, the Dutch racing colours, and fitted a BDA engine as he completed the restoration. Raced by Swart from 1989 to February 1993, winning VARA's historic Formula Atlantic West coast title in 1992. Swart then acquired a Chevron B45, and the B20 was sold to Richard Morrison in Tennessee in February 1996.
  27. March 722 Falconer (Allan Lader): Ric Forest (Edmonton, Alberta) raced a #56 March 722 in the Players Canadian Formula Atlantic series in 1972. In 1973, the car went to Al Lader, and was entered by him for John Holloway (Gresham, OR) for the first two races of 1973. Subsequent history unknown.
  28. Brabham BT35 [19] (Hugh Cree): New to Maurice McCaig (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), and raced in the Canadian Formula B series in 1971 and 1972. To Hugh Cree (Georgetown, Ontario) for Canadian FB in 1973, and then for Canadian Formula Atlantic in 1974. Advertised by Cree in November 1974, when it had a 1972 big valve Hart. History then unknown until it was advertised in Victory Lane August 1990 by Bill Schley (Hartland, WI), who described it as a "very original car in excellent condition" with a Hart BDA and FT200. Oddly, in the same edition of Victory Lane, Bob Hildreth and Ken Petrie from a Denver, Colorado number advertised a BT35 with the same "# 35-19" serial number, which was "original unrestored" and "in storage for 12 years".
  29. Brabham BT38 [12] (Lorne Progosh): New to Barry Fox (Edmonton, Alberta) and raced in the Canadian Formula B series. To Lorne Progosh (Ottawa, Ontario) for 1973, but crashed during practice at Edmonton when the throttle stuck open. The car was badly damaged and Progosh was unable to continue. He towed it back to Ottawa and sold it to Ron Rogers (Trenton, Ontario), who repaired it with his racing partner Vince Murray and fitted an ex-Craig Hill Ford twin cam. Rogers raced it in mainly club events in 1973 and 1974, and appeared in at least one Players event in 1975, only for the engine to break during practice. In 1975 or 1976, he sold it to Steve Van Vlaenderen (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and maintained it for him for a season or two. Van Vlaenderen advertised the car in February 1977. What must surely be the same car was advertised by Stew McNair (Winnipeg) in April 1980, then with a "tired Hart 416B" engine, and it is likely that this was the car raced by Martin Handforth (Kanata, Ontario) in Quebec events in 1981. Subsequent history unknown.
  30. March 73B (Tom Outcault): New to Tom Outcault (Cranford, NJ, later Middletown, OH) and entered for him by Troco Racing (Cranford, NJ, later Carlisle, OH) in the Players Canadian Formula B series and in SCCA Nationals. At Mosport in August 1973, Outcault went off at corner 3 and collided heavily with Al Lader's abandoned Brabham BT40. The March was "written off" and Outcault was hospitalised with ankle injuries. Outcault acquired a March 743 tub and rebuilt his car on that, so the history of the 73B effectively ends at that point.
  31. March 71BM [10?] (Ian Coristine): The talented but cash-strapped Ian Coristine (Montréal, Quebec) had run his own March 71BM in 1971, but for 1972 rented an updated car from Ecurie Canada. The 71BM, probably Wilson Southam's old car, was updated to side-radiator 722 specification by team mechanic Tom Greatorex. Coristine stayed with the team for 1973 but the car was put back to 71BM specification. The team almost ran out of money mid-summer, but were rescued by a sponsorship deal with Schweppes. The 71BM was then sold to Mauro Lanaro (Montréal, Quebec) and used in Canadian Formula Atlantic in 1974. Coristine recalls that this car was destroyed in a transporter fire on its way to a race at Debert, but the exact date of this has yet to be determined. Lanaro then bought another 71BM to replace it.
  32. March 71BM [8?] (Patricia Smith): Wilson Southam acquired two red March 71BMs for Canadian Formula B in 1971, one for Randy Fraser and one for himself. Fraser's was the first to appear, running as the #54 Tartan Fraser entry and is most likely to have been 71BM-8. In early 1972, the car was sold to Gilles Léger (Lachute, Quebec) and updated to 722 specification by Tom Greatorex, who also prepared the car for Léger. Then to Patricia Smith (Montréal, Quebec) in 1973 entered as #51 by P.S. Translations. Subsequent history unknown.
  33. Lotus 69 [71/69.7.FB] (Tim Coconis): New to "Lotus East/Hogan" in April 1971 with white bodywork according to the Lotus built record. Lotus East boss Fred Stevenson recalls that this car was sold to Ted Coconis (Weston, CT), a very successful graphic designer. Coconis raced the car in Formula B in Northeast Division in 1971 and 1972. The car was driven by Ted's son Tim Coconis (Palo Alto, CA) in the Canadian FB series 1973, when father and son raced as a team with two Lotus 69s. Tim returned with it in 1975, both in SCCA Nationals and in the Players Formula Atlantic series, but it was completely wrecked in an accident at the SCCA National at Watkins Glen in August 1975, injuring Tim Coconis. Tim disassembled the car, discarding the wrecked chassis and selling the engine and gearbox, and stored what was left until the 1980s, when it was bought by a new owner based near Albuquerque, New Mexico. A new chassis was fabricated by Peter Denty, and a new Hewland FT200 acquired, but restoration did not progress far. In August 2001, it was advertised on race-cars.com, and was sold in May 2003. 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.

The 1971-1973 Canadian Formula B race results have been compiled by Chris Townsend based on material in Canadian Motorsport Bulletin, results sheets where available and from information drawn from Canadian newspapers.

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.