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Molson Championship Race

Mont-Tremblant, 2 Aug 1970

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Jacques Couture Lotus 59/69 [59-F2/XB-42] - Ford twin cam
#84 (or #18) Jim Russell RDS (see note 1)
20 35m 08.2s
2 Peter W. Broeker Stebro-Chevron B17B - Ford twin cam
#21 (see note 2)
20 35m 11.0s
3 Brian Robertson Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#5 B. Robertson (see note 3)
20 35m 15.4s
4 David McConnell Lotus 59/69 [59-F2/XB-40] - Ford twin cam
#86 (or #8) Jim Russell RDS (see note 4)
20 35m 58.2s
5 Bruce Jensen Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam
#41 (see note 5)
20 36m 10.0s
6 Peter Roberts Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#1 P. Roberts (see note 6)
20 36m 12.0s
7 Eligio Siconolfi Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam
#2 Downtown Datsun
19
8 Tom Moore EM Mk 1 (Brabham) - Ford twin cam BRM
#28
19
9 David Loring (FF) 1.6-litre Caldwell D9 - Ford
#112
19
10 Wayne Kelly (FF) 1.6-litre Titan - Ford
#81 Kelly Racing Cars
19
11 Maurice Beauregard (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus 61M - Ford
#61 M. Beauregard
19
12 Wilson Southam (FF) 1.6-litre Merlyn Mk 11A - Ford
#58 W. Southam
19
13 William Pickthorne Brabham BT16 [F2-1-65] - Ford twin cam
#141 (or #41) B. Pickthorne (see note 7)
19
14 Ian Coristine (FF) 1.6-litre Merlyn Mk 17 - Ford
#4 (or #50) Royal Bank Racing
19
15 Roy Folland (FF) 1.6-litre Titan Mk6 - Ford
#12 Macdonald Tobacco ("Alexis Mk15")
18
16 Jean-Pierre St Jacques (FF) 1.6-litre Magnum Mk1 - Ford
#77
18
17 Hugh Cree (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus 61M - Ford
#16
18
18 Derek Tennant Merlyn
#25 Holiday Ford
18
19 Louise Roberge (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus 61M - Ford
#90 Louise Roberge
17
20 Bill Johnston (FF) 1.6-litre Merlyn - Ford
#73
17
21 Jacques Leber (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus 61M - Ford
#72 J. Leber
17
22 C Bourland (FV) 1.2-litre unknown
#6 C. Boulard
16
23 Serge Fournier (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus 61 - Ford
#10
16
24 Robert Bergeron (FV) 1.2-litre unknown
#27
15
25 P Newgard (FV) 1.2-litre Kelly
#151
15
26 Reg Scullion (FF) 1.6-litre Magnum Mk1 - Ford
#76
14
R Gerd Schwarakopf (FV) 1.2-litre McNamara
#313
11
R Bob Campbell (FV) 1.2-litre unknown
#179
8
R Tom Kreglewski (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus 61 - Ford
#93 T. Kreglewski
7
R Ken Huband Brabham BT29 [34] - Ford twin cam
#15 J. Huband [sic] (see note 8)
7
R Ian P Motley (FF) 1.6-litre Merlyn Mk 17A - Ford
#51 Royal Bank
4
R Norm Joy (FF) 1.6-litre Merlyn Mk 11 - Ford
#71 N. Joy
2
  Bill Eagles Chevron B9/B15 - Ford twin cam
#46 Western Auto ("Chevron 915")
(see note 9)
On entry list

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Qualifying
Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. Lotus 59/69 [59-F2/XB-42] (Jacques Couture): New to Jacques Couture (Laval, Montréal, Quebec) and raced in the SCCA Continental Championship for Formula B series and the Quebec Region Molson Championship during 1970. The car was entered by Jim Russell RDS (Canada) Ltd, and generally wore #86. Sold to Eligio Siconolfi (Montréal, Quebec) for 1971 and raced in the Players Canadian Formula B series and the Quebec Region Molson series. The car was acquired from Siconolfi by Mauro Lanaro (Montréal, Quebec) who took some time restoring it, and then raced it in regional events in Canada in 1973. Lanaro recalled to Joe Griffin in 2021 that "after a bad accident at Mosport, I sold what was left it to Peter Draggfy". Peter Dragffy is known to have had several Lotus 59/69s in the 1980s.
  2. Stebro-Chevron B17B (Peter W. Broeker): Peter Broeker (Pointe-Claire, Montréal, Quebec) raced a Chevron B17b in Canadian Formula B in 1970, often descibing it as a Stebro. It replaced Broeker's earlier B14, so the two cars were often confused. The B17b was raced by Craig Fisher and John Powell (both Toronto, Ontario) in 1971, entered by Penguin Racing Enterprise. The later history of the car is not known. Although it has been suggested that this was the car Broeker raced in 1974, when he returned to Formula Atlantic, that car appears to have been his older B14 updated.
  3. Brabham BT29 (Brian Robertson): Brian Robertson (Brockville, Ontario) bought a Brabham BT29 late in 1969, debuting it at Sebring in December. He raced it extensively in 1970, taking in the Quebec and national Canadian series as well as rounds of the SCCA Pro series. He was entered by Fred Opert Racing Canada, a business in which he was a partner with Opert. Robertson upgraded to a BT35 for 1971 and his BT29 is likely to have been sold via the Opert operation. It does not appear in Opert's early 1971 advert so one possibility is that it was BT29/23, the car Evan Noyes took to the Tasman series.
  4. Lotus 59/69 [59-F2/XB-40] (David McConnell): New to David McConnell (Montréal, Quebec, Canada) and raced in the SCCA Continental Championship for Formula B series and the Quebec Region Molson Championship during 1970. The car was entered by Jim Russell RDS (Canada) Ltd, and generally wore #86. McConnell then took the car out to New Zealand for the start of the 1971 Tasman Cup, where the car was described as a Lotus 69. After a run of poor results in New Zealand, he fitted an 1800cc Cosworth FVC engine for the Australian rounds, but failed to qualify for the Warwick Farm race. Local Lotus agent Leo Geoghegan tried the car in practice at that event. After one more race, McConnell abandoned the series. The subsequent history of the Lotus 59/69 is unknown.
  5. Brabham BT21C (Bruce Jensen): Bruce Jensen (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada) raced a yellow #41 Brabham BT21C in Canadian and US Formula B events during 1970. He bought the car from Brabham dealer Fred Opert and it was yellow with a black stripe. It came with a Vegantune but that blew up and was replaced by a BRM twin cam. Jensen bought a Chevron B17 for 1971 and the Brabham is believed to have gone back to Fred Opert in that trade.
  6. Brabham BT29 (Peter Roberts): Peter Roberts (Granby, Quebec) raced a Brabham BT29 in 1970, appearing as #71 in the main Canadian series and as #1 in the Molson (Quebec Region) Championship. His best results came in the Molson series with two third places at Mont-Tremblant. Roberts had earlier raced a BT29 that he had borrowed from "an Ontario racer" but whether this 1970 car was the same one is unknown. Robert did not continue in Formula B after 1970 and after sitting around unused for 18 months, the BT29 was sold to Derek Johnson (Montreal, Quebec) who was making a comeback after injury. The Montreal Gazette quoted Johnson's chief crew Bob Beale saying that nobody had driven it for a year, and Roberts' mechanic John Lo Bosco confirmed that Roberts' BT29 went to Johnson. Johnson bought the car the Friday before the opening race at Sanair and it was rented by Ian Coristine for that race after his new March 722 could not be readied in time. Raced by Johnson for the rest of the 1972 season. Subsequent history unknown.
  7. Brabham BT16 [F2-1-65] (William Pickthorne): Driven by Alan Rees for Roy Winkelmann Racing in 1965. Presumably Rees raced the same car all season. Bought in 1966 from Winkelman by Bob Fuller (Connecticut), fitted with a Cosworth Mk 12 and raced in FB in 1967. To Steve Brownstein (New York) for 1968 and raced again in FB with the Mk 12. Then traded to Fred Opert for a new Chevron. To Bruce Jensen and raced in Canadian FB in 1969 and then to Bill Pickthorne (Ottawa, Ontario) who raced it in 1970 and at the beginning of 1971. It was then stored for 18 years until bought by Murray Wivell (Brantford, Ontario) in October 1989. Restored and used in US vintage racing for ten seasons, initially with the Ford twin cam engine and then with a Cosworth SCA for the last two seasons. Sold to Ivan Scotti (Zurich, Switzerland) November 2004. This is presumably the ex-Alan Rees BT16 run at the 2013 Solitude Revival by Bruno Weibel of Schaffner Racing.
  8. Brabham BT29 [34] (Ken Huband): Ken Huband (Ottawa, Ontario) ran a red/black #15 Brabham BT29 in Canadian and US Formula B in 1970, first appearing at Mont-Tremblant 24 May 1970. He retained the car in 1971 and in 1972. Huband advertised the BT29 in CP&A 21 Oct 1972 as "Brabham BT29/34", implying it was chassis 34. Several BT29 owners had mentioned the chassis numbers of the cars in adverts, presumably to emphasise the newer cars. Peter Nye arranged the sale of the car to Bill Wolfe, a dentist in Austin, Texas, but Wolfe later pulled out of a deal with Nye to assemble the car for him. Subsequent history unknown.
  9. Chevron B9/B15 (Bill Eagles): Bill Eagles (Lasalle, Quebec) raced a Chevron "B9/B15B" in Molson events in 1970 and in the Players FB series in 1971. This may have been the ex-Wayne Kelly B9 but could also have been Peter Broeker's "B9/B14/B15" that he raced in 1969 and then retured to briefly in 1974. Nothing more known.

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.