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Molson Championship Race

Mont-Tremblant, 20 Sep 1970

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Jacques Couture Lotus 59/69 [59-F2/XB-42] - Ford twin cam
#84 (see note 1)
25 44m 58.2s
2 Eligio Siconolfi Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam
#2
25 45m 03.8s
3 David McConnell Lotus 59/69 [59-F2/XB-40] - Ford twin cam
#86 (see note 2)
25 45m 10.5s
4 Peter W. Broeker Chevron B17b - Ford twin cam
#21 (see note 3)
25 46m 00.4s
5 Al Justason Brabham BT23F [1] - Ford twin cam
#32 (see note 4)
25 46m 19.6s
6 Peter Roberts Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#1 (see note 5)
25 46m 30.0s
7 Gary Magwood (FF) 1.6-litre Hawke - Ford
#57
24
8 David Loring (FF) 1.6-litre Caldwell D9 - Ford
#47
24
9 Wilson Southam (FF) 1.6-litre Merlyn Mk 11A - Ford
#58
24
10 Ian Coristine (FF) 1.6-litre Merlyn Mk 17 - Ford
#4
24
11 Tom Moore EM Mk 1 (Brabham) - Ford twin cam BRM
#23
24
12 Maurice Beauregard (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus 61M - Ford
#61
23
13 Jean-Pierre St Jacques (FF) 1.6-litre Magnum Mk1 - Ford
#77
23
14 John Essery (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus 61 - Ford
#27
23
15 Ian P Motley (FF) 1.6-litre Merlyn - Ford
#51
23
16 T Douglas (FF) 1.6-litre Winkelmann - Ford
#7
23
17 William Pickthorne Brabham BT16 [F2-1-65] - Ford twin cam
#41 (see note 6)
23
18 Jacques Leber (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus 61M - Ford
#72
23
19 W McCaig (FF) 1.6-litre Hawke - Ford
#153
23
20 Serge Fournier (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus 61 - Ford
#10
22
21 Roy Folland (FF) 1.6-litre Titan Mk6 - Ford
#12
21
22 Ken Huband Brabham BT29 [34] - Ford twin cam
#15 (see note 7)
21
23 Stuart Ramsey (FF) 1.6-litre Magnum Mk1 - Ford
#78
16
R Peter Findlay (FF) 1.6-litre Merlyn Mk 11A - Ford
#19
23
R Louise Roberge (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus 61M - Ford
#90
19
R Randy Fraser Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#54 (see note 8)
19
R H Murphy (FF) 1.6-litre Hawke - Ford
#212
15
R Peter Morgan Hawke
#67
12
R Bill Eagles Chevron B15 [B14] - Ford twin cam
#46 (see note 9)
11
R Brian Robertson Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#5 (see note 10)
10
R Kris Harrison McLaren M4A - Ford twin cam
#55 (see note 11)
8
R Barry Summervail Crosslé - Ford twin cam
#96
3
R Wayne Kelly (FF) 1.6-litre Titan - Ford
#81
3
R Derek Tennant (FF) 1.6-litre Merlyn - Ford
#25
3
R Reg Scullion (FF) 1.6-litre Magnum Mk1 - Ford
#76
1
R Mike Gibson (FF) 1.6-litre Chinook - Ford
#52
0
DNSC Pierre Lambert Lotus 59 - Ford twin cam
#19 (see note 12)
Did not start (crashed)

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. Subsequent history unknown.
  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. 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.
  4. Brabham BT23F [1] (Al Justason): Sold to Bill Gubelmann (Oyster Bay, NY) and fitted with a Vegantune Ford twin cam engine for SCCA 'Pro' and NEDiv Formula B. Raced through 1968 and retained for a couple of races in 1969 as Gubelmann's BT29 was late arriving. Sold to Al Justason (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) who used it in both the Canadian and US Pro series in 1970 and again in the Canadian FB series in 1971. Sold to Michael Houselander who appeared at two Canadian national events in 1972, Later sold to ‘Dino Delousis’ who fitted a turbocharged 2-litre Ford Pinto engine for libre events but found the car to be undrivable and stored it from about 1974 to 2004 when sold to Dave Darrow (Mississauga, Ontario) and fully restored. Retained until 2007 when sold via race-cars.com to Murray Bryden (Melbourne, Australia). Sold to David Kloster (Kinglake, Victoria) September 2011.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Brabham BT29 (Randy Fraser): Randy Fraser (Piedmont, Quebec/Rhode Island) raced a blue-and-silver #54 Brabham BT29 in 1970 as part of Team IRI and with sponsorship from Multimetals. He appeared in both the Canadian and US Pro series but focused on the US series after the first few races. He moved to a new March 71BM for 1971 but the Brabham remained unsold. It appeared in his advert in CP&A in November 1971 when it was described as a rolling chassis in parts. Subsequent history unknown.
  9. Chevron B15 [B14] (Bill Eagles): Canadian veteran Peter W. Broeker (Pt. Claire, Quebec) bought a Chevron B14 for 1968 and surviving Chevron records imply that it was chassis number FB-68-10. Used in SCCA pro events and also in Canadian Eastern Zone Formula Championship and Championnat de Formule du Québec races in 1968. Retained for 1969 and raced in the Canadian Road Racing Championship and the Molson Championship, often entered as a Stebro-Chevron. Presumably the car raced by Bill Eagles (Lasalle, Quebec) in Molson events in 1970 and in the Players FB series in 1971. If Eagles did own it, then it must have returned to Broeker as after Broeker's death in late 1980 the B14 was bought from his estate by Gerry Jones. As Broeker had got it back, this is likely to be the "B9/15/17" that Broeker used briefly in 1974. Jones sold it to Roger Fountain who moved to England in 1988, and sold the car to Chris Ball who had it restored for HSCC racing in the UK.
  10. 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.
  11. McLaren M4A (Kris Harrison): Brian Robertson (Brockville, Ontario) bought a McLaren M4A for 1968 and raced it in both the US SCCA Pro series and in local Canadian races, generally as #35 and with support from Indusmat Inc. He reappeared with the car in July and August 1969 before replacing it with a new Brabham BT29. To Kris Harrison (Montréal, Quebec) for a handful of events in September 1970 at Trois-Rivières and Mont-Tremblant. Harrison would later found Ecurie Canada, the team that launched Gilles Villeneuve's career. Subsequent history of the McLaren unknown
  12. 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.

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.