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Molson Championship Race

Trois-Rivières, 6 Sep 1970

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Jacques Couture Lotus 59/69 [59-F2/XB-42] - Ford twin cam
#84 (see note 1)
40 42m 37.6s
2 Brian Robertson Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#5 (see note 2)
40 43m 02.9s
3 David McConnell Lotus 59/69 [59-F2/XB-40] - Ford twin cam
#86 (see note 3)
40 43m 16.3s
4 Eligio Siconolfi Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam
#2
40 43m 38.5s
5 Ian Coristine (FF) 1.6-litre Merlyn Mk 17 - Ford
#14
38
6 Roy Folland (FF) 1.6-litre Titan Mk6 - Ford
#112
37
7 Peter Roberts Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#1 (see note 4)
37
8 Maurice Beauregard (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus 61M - Ford
#161
37
9 Stuart Ramsey (FF) 1.6-litre Magnum Mk1 - Ford
#78
36
10 Wilson Southam (FF) 1.6-litre Merlyn Mk 11A - Ford
#58
36
11 Peter Findlay (FF) 1.6-litre Merlyn Mk 11A - Ford
#19
36
12 Danny Buttitt (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus 61M - Ford
#125
36
13 Jean-Pierre St Jacques (FF) 1.6-litre Magnum Mk1 - Ford
#77
35
14 Jacques Leber (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus 61M - Ford
#72
35
15 Serge Fournier (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus 61M - Ford
#10
35
16 Louise Roberge (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus 61M - Ford
#90
34
17 Hans Krusemer H.K. Mk III
#717
33
18 Mike Gibson (FF) 1.6-litre Chinook - Ford
#52
32
19 Jim Eckert (FF) 1.6-litre Chinook Mk 9 - Ford
#60 J Eckers
31
20 Pierre Lambert Lotus 59 - Ford twin cam
#119 (see note 5)
29
R Peter W. Broeker Stebro-Chevron B17B - Ford twin cam
#21 (see note 6)
33
R Kris Harrison McLaren M4A - Ford twin cam
#55 (see note 7)
27
R Bill Eagles Chevron B15b [B14] - Ford twin cam
#46 (see note 8)
18
R Peter Morgan (FF) 1.6-litre Hawke - Ford
#67
18
R Brian McDonald (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus 51 - Ford
#68
14
R Barry Summervail Crosslé - Ford twin cam
#96
10
R Reg Scullion (FF) 1.6-litre Magnum Mk1 - Ford
#76
10
R Tom Kreglewski (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus 61 - Ford
#93
10
R Ian P Motley (FF) 1.6-litre Merlyn Mk 17A - Ford
#51
4
DNS Ed Dow (FF) 1.6-litre Hawke - Ford
#200
Did not start

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Jacques Couture (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 59/69 [59-F2/XB-42] - Ford twin cam
2 Ian Coristine (FF) 1.6-litre Merlyn Mk 17 - Ford
3 Brian McDonald (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus 51 - Ford
4 David McConnell (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 59/69 [59-F2/XB-40] - Ford twin cam
5 Danny Buttitt (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus 61M - Ford
6 Peter Roberts (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
7 Brian Robertson (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
8 Kris Harrison (FB) 1.6-litre McLaren M4A - Ford twin cam
9 Ian P Motley (FF) 1.6-litre Merlyn Mk 17A - Ford
10 Jim Eckert (FF) 1.6-litre Chinook Mk 9 - Ford
11 Ed Dow * (FF) 1.6-litre Hawke - Ford
12 Maurice Beauregard (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus 61M - Ford
13 Jean-Pierre St Jacques (FF) 1.6-litre Magnum Mk1 - Ford
14 Reg Scullion (FF) 1.6-litre Magnum Mk1 - Ford
15 Eligio Siconolfi (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam
16 Peter Findlay (FF) 1.6-litre Merlyn Mk 11A - Ford
17 Serge Fournier (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus 61M - Ford
18 Barry Summervail (FB) 1.6-litre Crosslé - Ford twin cam
19 Jacques Leber (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus 61M - Ford
20 Louise Roberge (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus 61M - Ford
21 Peter Morgan (FF) 1.6-litre Hawke - Ford
22 Hans Krusemer (FB) 1.6-litre H.K. Mk III
23 Peter W. Broeker (FB) 1.6-litre Stebro-Chevron B17B - Ford twin cam
24 Stuart Ramsey (FF) 1.6-litre Magnum Mk1 - Ford
26 Bill Eagles (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B15b [B14] - Ford twin cam no time
27 Wilson Southam (FF) 1.6-litre Merlyn Mk 11A - Ford no time
28 Tom Kreglewski (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus 61 - Ford no time
29 Pierre Lambert (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 59 - Ford twin cam no time
 
* Did not start

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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  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. 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.
  7. 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
  8. Chevron B15b [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.

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.