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Molson Formula Championship

Mont-Tremblant, 15 Aug 1971

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 David McConnell Lotus 69 [71/69.3.FB] - Ford twin cam Hart
#86 Jim Russell Racing Team
20 34m 16.8s
2 Jacques Couture Lotus 69 [71/69.1.FB] - Ford twin cam Hart
#84 Jim Russell Racing Team (see note 1)
20 34m 23.6s
3 Brian Robertson Brabham BT35 [10] - Ford twin cam Hart
#5 Fred Opert Racing (see note 2)
20 34m 42.9s
4 Ian Coristine March 71BM [1] - Ford twin cam Hart
#50 Delta Racing Developments (see note 3)
20 35m 12.4s
5 Barry Fox Brabham BT29 [49] - Ford twin cam
#22 Astro-Shield
20 35m 47.4s
6 Randy Fraser March 71BM - Ford twin cam Greatorex
#54 Tartan Fraser (see note 4)
20 1" penalty jump start, 4th on road
7 John Powell Chevron B17b - Ford twin cam
#30 (see note 5)
20 35m 58.5s
8 Eligio Siconolfi Lotus 59/69 [59-F2/XB-42] - Ford twin cam
#121 (see note 6)
19
9 Ian P Motley (FF) 1.6-litre Merlyn - Ford
#51
18
10 David Westgate (FF) 1.6-litre Hawke - Ford
#63
18
11 Bill Alsup (FF) 1.6-litre Caldwell - Ford Kent
#37
18
12 Gilles Villeneuve (FF) 1.6-litre Titan - Ford
#47
18
13 Andrew Melville Titan - Ford twin cam
#67
18
R Maurice Beauregard (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus - Ford Kent
#88
18
R Reg Scullion (FF) 1.6-litre Magnum Mk2 - Ford Kent
#95
10
R Pierre Lambert (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus - Ford Kent
#19
9
R C Ward (FF) 1.6-litre Merlyn - Ford
#22
7
R K Stein (FF) 1.6-litre Titan - Ford
#12
10
R William Pickthorne Brabham BT16 [F2-1-65] - Ford twin cam
#141 (see note 7)
10
R Louise Roberge (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus - Ford Kent
#90
10
R George Brocklehurst March 71BM - Ford twin cam Hart
#93 (see note 8)
5
R R Gould (FF) 1.6-litre unknown - Ford
#81
10
R S Edgrin (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus - Ford Kent
#82
2
R Jean-Pierre St Jacques (FF) 1.6-litre Magnum - Ford Kent
#77
0 Accident
R E Samson (F?) unknown
#80
0
R Don Homer (FF) 1.6-litre Merlyn Mk 11A - Ford
#74
0
R Robert Bergeron (FF) 1.6-litre Magnum - Ford Kent
#27
0
R Tom Moore Brabham BT35 - Ford twin cam
#23 Astro Shield (see note 9)
0 Accident
R Roy Folland Brabham BT35 [18] - Ford twin cam
#20 (see note 10)
0

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Qualifying
Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. Lotus 69 [71/69.1.FB] (Jacques Couture): New to Jacques Couture in March 1971 with green/yellow bodywork according to the Lotus built record. Raced by Couture in the Players Formula B Championship and the Molson Formula Championship in Canada in 1971, winning rounds of both, and in the Seattle round of the SCCA Continental Championship. Unknown in 1972, but advertised by Fred Opert in February 1973. Thought to be the car driven by Opert customer Julio César Hidalgo in the FB race at Autodromo de San Carlo, Caracas in March 1973. Subsequent history unknown.
  2. Brabham BT35 [10] (Brian Robertson): New to Brian Robertson (Brockville, Ontario, Canada) and raced by him in the Canadian Formula B series in 1971, entered by Fred Opert Racing. To Al Justason (Toronto, Ontario) for Canadian FB in 1972 and 1973. To Fred Beyer (Ottawa, Ontario) for the Players (Canadian) Formula Atlantic series in 1974 and 1975.
  3. March 71BM [1] (Ian Coristine): Gordie Dewar was appointed March importer into Canada for 1971 and his first purchase, chassis 71BM-1, went to Delta Racing Developments for Ian Coristine (Montréal, Quebec) to race in the Players FB series. Coristine finished the season fifth in the red #50 March but crashed in practice for the final race, at Circuit Ste-Croix in October. The car went to Reg Scullion (Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Montréal, Quebec) for 1972 and it was entered for him by Kris Harrison's Ecurie Canada, and prepared by Andy Roe and Tom Greatorex. Ecurie Canada had also bought Wilson Southam's engine manufacturing business, acquiring Greatorex with it, and were preparing the engines in Scullion's car. Scullion started the season racing in Nationals in Texas before returning to Canada for the Players season. He ended the Canadian season in ninth place but then returned to the US to finish second in the SCCA Run-Offs. He retained the car for 1973 as a Scullion-Donolo Racing entry, and it was raced by partner Louis "Lou" Donolo (Montréal, Quebec) once or twice. Subsequent history unknown.
  4. March 71BM (Randy Fraser): Wilson Southam acquired two red March 71BMs for Canadian Formula B in 1971, one for Randy Fraser and one for himself. Fraser's was the first to appear, running as the #54 Tartan Fraser entry and is most likely to have been 71BM-8. In early 1972, the car was sold to Gilles Léger (Lachute, Quebec) and updated to 722 specification by Tom Greatorex, who also prepared the car for Léger. Then to Patricia Smith (Montréal, Quebec) in 1973 entered as #51 by P.S. Translations. Subsequent history unknown.
  5. Chevron B17b (John Powell): 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.
  6. Lotus 59/69 [59-F2/XB-42] (Eligio Siconolfi): 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.
  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. March 71BM (George Brocklehurst): George Brocklehurst (Montréal, Quebec, Canada) bought a March 71BM but preferred to race it only in minor events, leaving it to Derek Johnson (Montréal, Quebec) in the bigger events. Brocklehurst's car ran as a #93 Todco Racing Team entry. Although it was silver, it seems likely to have been the blue 71BM-5 shown in March records as having gone to a customer of Canadian March importer Gordie Dewar. The car was written off in Johnson's accident in the rain at Trois-Rivières in August when he wrapped it round a telephone pole. [CT]
  9. Brabham BT35 (Tom Moore): A Brabham "BT35" was raced by Tom Moore (Greenfield Park, Quebec) at three events in July and August 1971. He was sponsored by Astro Shield, a new brand of car polish. It is not clear whether this car was actually a BT35 of was the latest development of the EM Brabham that he had raced in 1969 and 1970. For the first two races of 1971, Moore was entered in the "Brabham EM-2", having driven a Brabham-based EM Mk 1 previously. Reports of Moore's races only called the car a Brabham, and his lap times, at Mont-Tremblant on 1 August for example, were well of the pace that would be expected of a new car. Nothing more known.
  10. Brabham BT35 [18] (Roy Folland): New to Roy Folland (Montréal, Quebec) and raced in the Canadian Formula B series in 1971, prepared by mechanic Andy Aitken. Some reports suggest Folland raced an older BT29 towards the end of that season, but an article in the Montreal Gazette in late August only mentions a BT35. An annotation to the entry list for the Canadian GP support race in September identified this car as chassis BT35/18. To Bill Eagles (Lasalle, Montréal, Quebec, Canada) for the 1972 Canadian FB series, entered by Tex-Made Racing Team. Then to Scott MacKenzie for 1973, entered and supported by Bryant Cougle of Astro Sports, but crashed heavily at Edmonton in June. The chassis was too badly damaged to be repairable, and MacKenzie suffered neck injuries that brought his season to an end. The car was then used as a source of spares for the team's replacement BT35, before being sold. It was acquired by Doug DeFresne (Portland, OR) in 1979, when it still had Astro Sports bodywork with it. It was acquired by Bob Slusher (Portland, Oregon) in September 2005.

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.