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Molson Formula Championship

Mont-Tremblant, 16 May 1971

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Jacques Couture Lotus 69 [71/69.1.FB] - Ford twin cam Hart
#84 Jim Russell Racing Team (see note 1)
20 34m 51.1s
2 David McConnell Lotus 69 [71/69.3.FB] - Ford twin cam Hart
#86 Jim Russell Racing Team
20 34m 51.6s
3 Bruce Jensen Chevron B17b [17B.70.04?] - Ford twin cam
#41 (see note 2)
20 35m 14.3s
4 Ian Coristine March 71BM [1] - Ford twin cam Hart
#50 Delta Racing Developments (see note 3)
20 35m 28.0s
5 Al Justason Brabham BT23F [1] - Ford twin cam
#32 (see note 4)
20 36m 20.0s
6 John Powell Chevron B17b - Ford twin cam
#30 Penguin Racing Enterprise (see note 5)
19
7 Bill Eagles Chevron B15 [B14] - Ford twin cam
#46 Tex Made Racing Team (see note 6)
19
8 Louise Roberge (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus - Ford Kent
#90
18
9 Louis Germain (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus 61M - Ford
#91
18
10 Gilles Villeneuve (FF) 1.6-litre Titan - Ford
#47
18
R J. Pace Crosslé
#11
14
R Eligio Siconolfi Lotus 59/69 [59-F2/XB-42] - Ford twin cam
#2 (see note 7)
13
R Serge Fournier (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus - Ford Kent
#10
9
R Robert Bergeron (FF) 1.6-litre Magnum - Ford Kent
#27
8
R C Ward (FF) 1.6-litre Merlyn - Ford
#22
7
R Brian Robertson Brabham BT35 [10] - Ford twin cam Hart
#75 (see note 8)
1
UNKP Tom Moore Brabham EM-2 - Ford twin cam
#23
Unknown (practiced)
UNKP W Schultz (FV) 1.2-litre unknown
#18
Unknown (practiced)
UNKG Ken Huband Brabham BT29 [34] - Ford twin cam
#15 (see note 9)
On grid list
UNKG Randy Fraser March 71BM - Ford twin cam Hart
#54 (see note 10)
On grid list
UNKG Roy Folland Brabham BT35 [18] - Ford twin cam
#5 (see note 11)
On grid list
UNKG Andrew Melville Titan - Ford twin cam
#67
On grid list
UNKG C Boulard (FV) 1.2-litre unknown
#6
On grid list

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Jacques Couture (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 69 [71/69.1.FB] - Ford twin cam Hart 1m 41.2s
2 David McConnell (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 69 [71/69.3.FB] - Ford twin cam Hart 1m 43.0s
3 Bruce Jensen (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B17b [17B.70.04?] - Ford twin cam 1m 44.2s
4 Ian Coristine (FB) 1.6-litre March 71BM [1] - Ford twin cam Hart 1m 45.1s
5 Al Justason (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23F [1] - Ford twin cam 1m 47.4s
6 John Powell (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B17b - Ford twin cam 1m 54.3s
7 Gilles Villeneuve (FF) 1.6-litre Titan - Ford 1m 57.2s
8 Tom Moore * (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham EM-2 - Ford twin cam 1m 57.5s
9 Louis Germain (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus 61M - Ford 1m 57.6s
10 Serge Fournier (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus - Ford Kent 1m 59.1s
11 Louise Roberge (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus - Ford Kent 1m 59.5s
12 Robert Bergeron (FF) 1.6-litre Magnum - Ford Kent 2m 00.4s
13 W Schultz * (FV) 1.2-litre unknown 2m 08.8s
14 Eligio Siconolfi (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 59/69 [59-F2/XB-42] - Ford twin cam no time
15 Ken Huband * (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [34] - Ford twin cam no time
16 Brian Robertson (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35 [10] - Ford twin cam Hart no time
17 Bill Eagles (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B15 [B14] - Ford twin cam no time
18 Randy Fraser * (FB) 1.6-litre March 71BM - Ford twin cam Hart no time
19 Roy Folland * (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35 [18] - Ford twin cam no time
20 Andrew Melville * (FB) 1.6-litre Titan - Ford twin cam no time
21 C Boulard * (FV) 1.2-litre unknown no time
 
* Did not start

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. Chevron B17b [17B.70.04?] (Bruce Jensen): Bruce Jensen (Kitchener, Ontario) raced a Chevron B17b in Canadian Formula B in 1971, entered by Jen-Mac Racing. His car was white, and was entered as #41. Jensen retained the car for 1972, again running as #41. Leighton Irwin recalls that in 1972, the car was modified with a sports car nose designed by Terry Welch and larger rear wing. This created too much downforce, and not realising that stiffer springs were needed, his team struggled with the car on faster circuits. Subsequent history unknown.
  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. 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. 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. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.