Bogotá Formula B race
Bogotá, 27 Feb 1972
|1||Bert Hawthorne||Brabham BT38 - Ford twin cam
#70 (see note 1)
|60||1h 26m 55.97s
|2||WP Fred Stevenson||Lotus 69 [71/69.6.FB] - Ford twin cam
|60||1h 27m 11.39s
|3||Bobby Brown||Chevron B20B [72-3] - Ford twin cam
#72 (see note 2)
|60||1h 27m 15.16s
|4||Freddy van Beuren||Chevron B18 - Ford twin cam Hart
#74 (see note 3)
|60||1h 27m 33.18s
|5||Brian Robertson||Chevron B18 [18.71.1] - Ford twin cam Hart
#75 (Entered as "B28b") (see note 4)
|60||1h 27m 58.24s
|6||Chuck Sarich||March 722 - Ford twin cam
#57 (see note 5)
|60||1h 28m 33.27s
|7||Jim Grob||Chevron B20 [71-1] - Ford twin cam
#77 (see note 6)
|60||1h 28m 42.35s
|8||Wayne Ricciardi||March 722 - Ford twin cam
#24 (see note 7)
|59||1h 27m 39.46s
|9||Raúl Pérez Gama||Brabham BT35  - Ford twin cam
#66 (see note 8)
|58||1h 27m 23.18s
|10||Thomas E. Kornell||Brabham BT29  - Ford twin cam
#46 (see note 9)
|58||1h 28m 01.79s
|11||Syd Demovsky||Lola T240 [HU4] - Ford twin cam
#11 (see note 10)
|58||1h 29m 26.75s
|12||Gordon Smiley||Merlyn Mk 21 [320/FB/71] - Ford twin cam
|57||1h 23m 04.42s
|13||Jim Sarich||March 722 - Ford twin cam
#67 (see note 11)
|55||1h 28m 35.42s
|40||1h 27m 39.84s
|15||Bob Hebert||Lotus 69 [71/69.4.FB] - Ford twin cam
#19 (see note 12)
|16||Jim Harrell||Lola T240 - Ford twin cam
#69 (see note 13)
|17||Doug Brenner||Brabham BT29  - Ford twin cam Hart
#26 (see note 14)
|18||Ron Dykes||Brabham BT29  - Ford twin cam
#16 (see note 15)
|19||Gus Hutchison||March 722 [71BM/10?] - Ford twin cam
#51 (see note 16)
|20||Rudolfo Junco||Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#80 (Shown as "B18" in some results)
(see note 17)
|21||Joe Grimaldi||March 71BM [11?] - Ford twin cam
#21 (see note 18)
|DNS||Ron Dykes||Winkelmann - Ford twin cam
||Did not start
(engine would not fit in!)
|DNS||Keith Saunders||Winkelmann - Ford twin cam
#3 Rocky Mountain Winkelmann
|Did not start|
|DNS||Ron Grable||Winkelmann WDB4 - Ford twin cam
#4 Rocky Mountain Winkelmann
|Did not start|
|DNS||Bob Lazier||March 722 - Ford twin cam
#6 (see note 19)
|Did not start|
|DNS||Seb Barone||March 722 - Ford twin cam
#28 (see note 20)
|Did not start|
#73 (Entered as Chevron B18b)
|Did not start
(gave up car to Craw)
|T/C||Nick Craw||Brabham BT35  - Ford twin cam
#71 (see note 21)
|(Crashed in practice)|
All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.
|1||Bert Hawthorne||30||43m 34.34s|
|2||WP Fred Stevenson||30||43m 37.67s|
|3||Freddy van Beuren||30||43m 37.70s|
|4||Gordon Smiley||30||43m 29.40s|
|5||Bobby Brown||30||43m 53.72s|
|6||Brian Robertson||30||43m 54.15s|
|7||Jim Grob||30||44m 05.80s|
|8||Jim Sarich||30||44m 06.22s|
|9||Chuck Sarich||30||44m 06.85s|
|10||Wayne Ricciardi||30||44m 14.58s|
|11||Bob Hebert||30||44m 15.18s|
|12||Raúl Pérez Gama||29||43m 36.66s|
|13||Thomas E. Kornell||29||43m 43.72s|
|14||Doug Brenner||28||41m 29.14s|
|15||Nick Craw||28||44m 11.06s|
|16||Syd Demovsky||28||45m 07.73s|
|17||Ron Dykes||17||30m 04.12s|
|18||Gus Hutchison||16||23m 17.06s|
|19||Rudolfo Junco||16||25m 14.54s|
|20||Joe Grimaldi||14||21m 06.12s|
|21||Jim Harrell||5||7m 23.24s|
|1||Bobby Brown||30||43m 21.34s|
|2||Bert Hawthorne||30||43m 21.63s|
|3||WP Fred Stevenson||30||43m 34.12s|
|4||Freddy van Beuren||30||43m 55.48s|
|5||Brian Robertson||30||44m 04.09s|
|6||Syd Demovsky||30||44m 19.02s|
|7||Chuck Sarich||30||44m 26.42s|
|8||Jim Grob||30||44m 36.55s|
|9||Jim Harrell||29||43m 22.21s|
|10||Wayne Ricciardi||29||43m 24.86s|
|11||Thomas E. Kornell||29||44m 18.07s|
|12||Raúl Pérez Gama||29||44m 46.52s|
|13||Gordon Smiley||27||39m 25.02s|
|14||Jim Sarich||25||44m 29.20s|
|15||Nick Craw||12||43m 28.79s|
|Bob Hebert||5||7m 27.14s|
|Qualifying information not available|
Notes on the cars:
- Brabham BT38 (Bert Hawthorne): Bert Hawthorne (New York, NY) raced a Brabham BT38B in the two Bogotá Formula B races in February and March 1972, winning the first race but crashing in the second. Hawthorne then headed to Europe, where he was due to drive to Allan McCall's Tui team in European F2. Unfortunately, he was killed in practice for the second race of the season. The subsequent history of the BT38B is unknown.
- Chevron B20B [72-3] (Bobby Brown): Sold via Fred Opert to Bobby Brown (Hicksville, NY) for SCCA Formula B, and finished third and first in the two Bogotá races early in 1972. Brown then used it in the SCCA Continental Championship for Formula B, winning the round at Lime Rock in July from pole position. The car was advertised by Fred Opert in October 1972, noting that it had F2 fuel tanks and ventilated discs, differeing from the ex-Brian Robertson car that was also in stock. It is then unknown through the 1973 season, and was next seen when entered by Freeman Racing Enterprises, the Chevron agent, for Price Cobb (Dallas, TX) in the Pro Formula Atlantic races in 1974. It was advertised by Cobb in early 1975, then advertised by Richard Jackson (Dallas, TX) in August 1975 as "ex-Brown" but still wearing the #2 that Cobb had used in 1974 and with updated bodywork, and advert that was repeated in February 1976. It was advertised by Cobb from Dallas again in December 1976, when it was available with new body and and with or without a BDA for $4500 or $3000, and again in April and June 1977. Next seen when sold by a dealer, Paul Lindell (Houston, TX), to James Sawyer in January 1978. Offered for sale on race-cars.com in February 2003, when it still had the same nose seen in the 1975 adverts, and was still in Texas. From Sawyer to Jeff McKay (Tacoma, WA) then on to Walt Pawluczkowycz (Evergreen, CO). Sold by Pawluczkowycz to Steve Marschman (Idaho Falls, Idaho) in May 2004.
- Chevron B18 (Freddy van Beuren): Freddy van Beuren (Estad de Mexico, Mexico) raced a orange/yellow Chevron B18 as part of the Fred Opert team in Formula B in 1971. The car was advertised by Opert in October 1971 but was not sold and is likely to be the car that van Beuren raced in Bogotá in February and March 1972. Van Beuren then took over as chief instructor at the Opert Racing School at Bridgehampton, and the next time he and the B18 were seen was at Brainerd in September 1972. The B18 was then taken over by Bill Brack for two late-season races, and was advertised by Opert in February 1973. It is probably the Opert-entered car raced by Bobby Dennett at Caracas in March 1973. Subsequent history unknown, but thought to be the car sold to Dean Lundgreen.
- Chevron B18 [18.71.1] (Brian Robertson): 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.
- March 722 (Chuck Sarich): Chuck Sarich (McLean, VA) raced a midnight blue/white #57 March 722 in SCCA Nationals and Pro Formula B in 1972, entered by Quicksilver Racing Enterprises, Inc of Rockville, Maryland. Chuck finished second in the Southeast Division FB championship and qualified for the Runoffs, which he won. Sarich and his team moved into Formula 5000 for 1973, and the subsequent history of his March 722 is unknown. However, an advert by Steve Jizmagian in 1976 strongly suggested he had acquired the ex-Chuck Sarich car.
- Chevron B20 [71-1] (Jim Grob): 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.
- 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.
- Brabham BT35  (Raúl Pérez Gama): Raúl Pérez Gama was one of several Mexican customers of Fred Opert racing in the early 1970s. For 1971, he had a brand new orange-and-yellow Brabham BT35 and raced as part of the Fred Opert Racing team in Pro Formula B events with entry number #66. He retained the car for the two Bogotá races in early 1972 after which BT35-32 has been identified as the car driven in SCCA events by Gordon Strom (Santa Cruz, CA or Sunnyvale, CA) in 1972 and for the following three seasons, retaining the car's original orange and yellow colours throughout. For 1976, Strom acquired a Chevron B29 and the Brabham may have been traded back to Fred Opert.
- Brabham BT29  (Thomas E. Kornell): Sold new to Tom Kornell (Seal Beach, CA) and raced in SCCA Divisional and Pro Formula B in 1971 and 1972. Kornell added a sports car nose and a more substantial rollhoop amongst other changes. He ordered a Brabham BT41 for 1973 and the BT29 went to Fred Opert as a trade. Subsequent history unknown.
- Lola T240 [HU4] (Syd Demovsky): New to Syd Demovsky (Chicago, IL) and his red #11 Demovsky Racing Lola T240 in the 1971 Pro FB series. Retained for 1972 and again did a full season, still red and still using #11. In June 1973 it was sold together with HU5 by Charlie Hayes to Eric Steele of Formula Cars Inc (Mansfield, Ohio). It is believed that the two cars were intended for the Mid-Ohio Racing School. Subsequent history unknown. A car with this chassis number raced by Bob Juggins in 1996/97.
- March 722 (Jim Sarich): Jim Sarich (McLean, VA) raced a midnight blue/white #67 or #56 March 722 in SCCA Nationals and Pro Formula B in 1972, entered by Quicksilver Racing Enterprises, Inc of Rockville, Maryland. Jim finished eighth in the Southeast Division FB championship. Sarich and his team moved into Formula 5000 for 1973, and the subsequent history of his March 722 is unknown. However, in January 1976, C.L. Phillips (Palos Park, IL) advertised a March 722 which he said was metallic blue, had a 1975 nose, and was a "former Quicksilver championship car". Steve Jizmagian at that time had a red 722 that was described similarly, so Philips' car is likely to have been the Chuck Sarich car.
- Lotus 69 [71/69.4.FB] (Bob Hebert): New to "J Silver" in March 1971 with red bodywork according to the Lotus built record. This would have been John Silver, owner of the Barrington House restauarant in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, who sponsored Bob Hebert (Monterey, MA). Raced by Hebert in Northeast Division SCCA Nationals in 1971 and 1972. Although no results have yet been found for Hebert in 1973, he scored two points in the NEDiv points table that season. Sold to George Liebman Jr (New York, NY), who raced it in New England Region NARRC Formula B at Lime Rock in April 1973, and then at a New York Region SCCA Regional at Bridgehampton in October 1973, having earlier been entered in such a car for the Pro FB race that supported the Grand Prix at Watkins Glen. The car was entered by Liebman as #77. Subsequent history unknown, but Jeff Hailand (Clayton, MO) ran a Formula B Lotus 69 in historic racing between 2014 and 2018 that was registered with the Lotus Formula Ford Register as chassis "71/69/4FB".
- Lola T240 (Jim Harrell): Jim Harrell (Tecumseh, Michigan) bought an ex-Sarich Lola T240 from Carl Haas after winning the Formula Ford title at the 1971 Runoffs. After having real problems with it in the Bogotá races in February and March 1972, he returned it to Haas in exchange for a new T242. Nothing more is known of the T240.
- Brabham BT29  (Doug Brenner): This is one of a pair of late BT29s acquired by California dealer Charlie Hayes which remained unraced during 1970. It was sold it March 1971 to Doug Brenner (Pasadena, CA) and raced in Pro events and in SCCA Nationals that season. Brenner raced the yellow Brabham in the two Bogotá races in early 1972 and then sold it to Phil Palm and Ron Pohl 1972 who retained Brenner's entry number of #26 and raced the car in 1972. They sold it to Bill Summers (Middleton, WI) who raced it in SCCA Regional and Midwest Council races at Elkhart Lake, Brainerd, and Blackhawk Farms, and advertised it in October 1978 with a CRW engine. The next owner was Bob Mijolevic (Pardeeville, WI) who used it in Midwest Council events in 1980, later fitting a Mazda engine for use in autocross. Mijolevic last raced the car in September 1982 but after that the history is largely unknown until it was bought by Cy Moreland (Trainer, PA) who in turn sold it to Dave Burch (Los Altos, CA). Rebuilt in the mid-1990s using a replacement Marc Bahner chassis. Sold in late 2011 to Wayne Wilson (Sydney, NSW, Australia).
- Brabham BT29  (Ron Dykes): John Angus bought the first BT29, ordering the car as early as late summer of 1968 but taking delivery in August 1969. He ran it in Regionals in late 1969 before participating in the Pro series in 1970. He swapped from a Vegantune to a Racing Services engine for 1971 and continued in Nationals. Angus continued with the car in 1972, when Ron Dykes also drove it in the Bogotá races and again in 1973, when the car continued to be competitive at National level. To Marc Bahner (Santa Ana, CA) for 1974, and rebodied by him with March bodywork. Raced by Bahner in local SCCA events in 1974 and 1975. Bahner retained the car for many years, advertising it in December 1996 as "absolutely new - needing paint and assembly".
- March 722 [71BM/10?] (Gus Hutchison): Wilson Southam ran a team in Canadian Formula B in 1971. He bought two March 71BMs and raced this one himself. Southam was expected to run the car again in 1972, and it was fully updated to 722 specification by Tom Greatorex, well known in Canada as Kris Harrison's Can-Am mechanic. In February 1972, he loaned the car to Gus Hutchison for the two Formula B races in Bogotá. Southam sold his operation to Ecurie Canada for 1972, and this car is believed to have gone with it. Subsequent history unknown, but believed to be the car driven by Ian Coristine for Ecurie Canada in 1972 and 1973.
- Brabham BT29 (Rudolfo Junco): After Rudolfo Junco's wrecked his usual Brabham BT29 in an accident in the warm up session at the FB race at Monterrey, Mexico, in June 1971, he was allocated another BT29 as part of the Fred Opert Racing operation. This #80 car was advertised by Opert later with mention that it was the car driven by Bill Brack at Mosport Park 19 Sep 1971. In October, Opert's advert called it a 1970 BT29 with 1971 wings and rollbar. This is presumably the car raced by Junco at the two Bogotá Formula B races in February and March 1972. Subsequent history unknown.
- March 71BM [11?] (Joe Grimaldi): March dealer Joe Grimaldi ran a white #21 March 71BM in Pro Formula B events in 1971 and early 1972 for himelf and also for Dale Lang (Wilton, CT). Nothing more known.
- March 722 (Bob Lazier): Bob Lazier (Vail, CO) raced a black #6 March 722 in the Pro Formula B series in 1972, winning at Bryar Motorsports Park in May. The car was sold to Byron Hatten (Altadena, CA) for 1973, and he entered it for John Angus (formerly of Hartland, WI, but living in Marina Del Rey, CA at this time) for 1974. According to a later advert, this was the "76B" driven by Hatten at the IMSA Formula Atlantic race at Ontario in 1976, and it was then sold to George Seydel (Pasadena, CA), who raced a Formula B March in SCCA Regionals at Riverside in 1978. The SCCA Logbook for this car records its "Manufacturers Identification No." as 722-16, but this was the chassis number reported in Europe to be Xavier Perrot's F2 car, so this identity remains unconfirmed.
- March 722 (Seb Barone): Sebastiano 'Seb' Barone (Portland, CT) raced a red-and-white #28 March 722 in Formula B in 1972, entered by J.C. Competition Eng.of Southington, CT. He first appeared at the Bogotá races, but was a non-starter. The car was also used by Bobby Brown, fitted with a Cosworth BDA and running as a Formula A in the Lime Rock Grand Prix in September. Barone finished second in NEDiv FB in 1972. He retained the car for SCCA Nationals in 1973, qualifying for the Runoffs. Subsequent history unknown.
- Brabham BT35  (Nick Craw): 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).
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.
1970 US FB results were compiled from Autoweek reports by Jim Thurman; 1971 results were transcribed from Autoweek by Allen Brown and 1972 results were compiled by Chris Townsend from an SCCA results publication.
The US Formula B series did not continue in 1973 but a race was organised in Caracas in March 1973 that fits here probably better than anywhere else, as do the occasional SCCA F/Atlantic and FB races in 1974 and 1975.
Individual sources for this event
An entry list on Fred Stevenson's website (http://www.fredstevensonlotus.com) lists Bob Brown in a Chevron B20B; Fred Opert, Fred Van Buren and Brian Robertson all in B18Bs, Jim Grob in a B20B and Rodolfo Junco in a Brabham BT29. The results sheet on his site does not give model numbers but matches the marques from the entry list.