Molson Championship Race

Mont-Tremblant, 28 Jun 1970

1 Jacques Couture Lotus 59/69 [59-F2/XB-42] - Ford twin cam
#18 (see note 1)
20 35m 32.2s
2 David McConnell Lotus 59/69 [59-F2/XB-40] - Ford twin cam
#8 (see note 2)
20 37m 07.2s
3 Peter Roberts Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#1 (see note 3)
4 Gary Magwood (FF) 1.6-litre Hawke - Ford
5 Ian P Motley (FF) 1.6-litre Merlyn Mk 17 - Ford
6 Tom Kreglewski (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus 61 - Ford
7 Ian Coristine (FF) 1.6-litre Merlyn Mk 17 - Ford
8 David Loring (FF) 1.6-litre Caldwell D9 - Ford
9 Peter Morgan Hawke
10 Hugh Cree (FF) 1.6-litre Merlyn - Ford
11 Terrance Douglas (FF) 1.6-litre Winkelmann - Ford
12 Maurice Beauregard (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus 61M - Ford
13 Jacques Leber (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus 61M - Ford
14 Barry Summervail Crosslé - Ford twin cam
15 William Pickthorne Brabham BT16 [F2-1-65] - Ford twin cam
#41 (see note 4)
16 Ed Dow (FF) 1.6-litre Hawke - Ford
17 John Essery (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus 61 - Ford
18 Réal Desrosiers unknown
19 Louise Roberge (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus 61M - Ford
R Norm Joy (FF) 1.6-litre Merlyn Mk 11 - Ford
R Wilson Southam (FF) 1.6-litre Merlyn Mk 11A - Ford
R Philippe Loth (FF) 1.6-litre Dulon - Ford
R Pierre Lambert Lotus 59 - Ford twin cam
#19 (see note 5)
R Wayne Kelly (FF) 1.6-litre Titan - Ford
R Brian Robertson Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#5 (see note 6)
R Eligio Siconolfi Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam
R Jim Eckert (FF) 1.6-litre Chinook - Ford
R Roy Folland (FF) 1.6-litre Alexis Mk15 - Ford
R Hans Krusemer H.K. Mk III
R Peter Findlay (FF) 1.6-litre Merlyn Mk 11A - Ford

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 Winkelmann 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.
  5. Lotus 59 (Pierre Lambert): Pierre Lambert (St-Bruno, Quebec, Canada) acquired a new Lotus 59 for the 1970 season, which was delivered to Montréal's Dorval airport via BOAC cargo. The car had the original Lotus 59 "twin-nostril" bodywork, suggesting it was one of the late-1969 cars. Lambert raced it in Molson Championship races at Mont-Tremblant and Trois-Rivières during 1970, but crashed heavily at Mont-Tremblant in late September, and the car was described as "a total loss". Lambert reappeared in 1971 with an unidentified Formula Ford Lotus, which might have been the 59 rebuilt. Nothing more known.
  6. 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.


Note that 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' published 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.

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