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SCCA Continental Championship for Formula B/C Race

Lime Rock, 1 Sep 1969

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Bill Gubelmann Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#17 (entered as #47) (see note 1)
50 47m 03.2s
97.48 mph
2 Jacques Couture Lotus 59 - Ford twin cam
#18 (see note 2)
50 47m 37.4s
3 Skip Barber Tecno 69/FB - Ford twin cam
#54
49
4 Steve Brownstein Chevron B15b [FB-69-6?] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#12 S. Brownstein, Newlett Park, N. Y.
(see note 3)
49
5 Ken Duclos Brabham BT21A [4] - Ford twin cam
#34 (see note 4)
48
6 Matt Spitzley Brabham BT21B [24] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#36 M. Spitzley, Detroit, Michigan
(see note 5)
48
7 R. C. (Bob) Welch Brabham BT29 [8] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#23 (see note 6)
48
8 Joe Grimaldi Chevron B15b [FB-68-13?] - Ford twin cam
#72 Glen Rock, N. Y. (see note 7)
48
9 Earl Jones Titan Mk3 - Ford twin cam
#75 (see note 8)
48
10 Fred Opert Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#73 Fred Opert Racing (see note 9)
46
11 Jim Grob Chevron B15b [FB-69-4?] - Ford twin cam
#77 (see note 10)
46
12 Al Justason Brabham BT21 ["BT21-9"] - Ford twin cam
#30 (see note 11)
46
13 Malcolm Starr Lotus 59 [59-FB-9] - Ford twin cam
#6 Starr Racing, Clifton, NJ (see note 12)
46
14 Phil Raeder (FC) 1-litre Brabham BT18 [F2-25-66] - Ford Cosworth
#99 P.Raeder, Delmar N. Y. (see note 13)
42
15 Bruce Cargill (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus 61 - Ford
#98 Radio Station WTRY, Troy, NY
39
16 Howard Brown Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam
#88 H. Brown, Paoli, Pa (see note 14)
27
17 Carson Baird Winkelmann WDB2 [4] - Ford twin cam
42 mechanical
18 Dave Dours Brabham BT16 - Ford twin cam
#45 Dick Leppla, Cleveland Height, Ohio
32 stopped on course
19 Mike Eyerly Brabham BT18 - Ford twin cam
#7 (originally entered as #17) (see note 15)
30 oil on course
20 Robs Lamplough Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam
#69
29 accident
21 Craig Hill Lotus 51 - Ford
#70
26 transmission
22 Don L Burris Cooper - Ford twin cam
#8
19 mechanical
23 Steven Woods Lotus 41C [41C-FL-44] - Ford twin cam
#3 Race & Rallee Eng., Farmington, Conn.
18 running at finish
24 Don Merriman Lotus 59 - Ford twin cam
#22 (see note 16)
17 suspension
25 John F. Sirmons Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam BRM
#38
15 stopped on course
26 Bill Scott (FF) 1.6-litre Royale RP2 [RP26] - Ford
#39 Bill Scott, McLean, VA
8 accident
27 Don Flores Brabham BT21 - Ford twin cam
#58 (see note 17)
7 accident
DNSC WP Fred Stevenson Lotus 59 [59-FB-12] - Ford twin cam
#93 (see note 18)
Did not start (crashed)
UNKE Oliver Grant Chevron B14 - Ford twin cam
#21 Oliver Grant Racing, Norfolk, VA
(see note 19)
On entry list
DNA Dave Rines Brabham BT18 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#2 Rines Racing, St Louis, Mo. (see note 20)
Did not arrive
DNA Fred Harris (F?) unknown
#7
Did not arrive
DNA Syd Demovsky Chevron B15b [FB-69-3?] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#11 Syd Demovsky, Elk Grove Vill., Ill.
(see note 21)
Did not arrive
DNA Michael Brodie Brabham BT21 - Ford twin cam
#15 Levi's (see note 22)
Did not arrive
DNA E Eugene "Gene" Mason Tecno 69/FB - Ford twin cam Hart
#28 RPM Racing Promo., Philadelphia., Pa.
Did not arrive
DNA Dick Smothers Chevron B14 [FB-68-14?] - Ford twin cam
#29 Hogan Motor Leasing, St Louis, Mo.
(see note 23)
Did not arrive

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Qualifying
Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. Brabham BT29 (Bill Gubelmann): Bill Gubelmann (Oyster Bay, NY) bought one of the first Brabham BT29s to arrive in the US and debuted it in the Pro race at Lime Rock 1 Sep 1969, winning comfortably. He raced it three more times that season but then decided to join Gene Mason's works-assisted Tecno FB team for 1970. The BT29 was advertised and, based on the identical, orange, yellow and white livery, was sold to John G. Girdler (Southampton, NY) who raced it in a handful of Pro events and probably also in SCCA events during 1970. Girdler upgraded to a new March for 1971 so the Brabham may have been traded to Joe Grimaldi. Subsequent history unknown.
  2. Lotus 59 (Jacques Couture): Jacques Couture (Laval, Montréal, Quebec, Canada) raced a Lotus 59 in Formula B in 1969, appearing in the Quebec Region's Molson Championship events in Canada, and in two SCCA Pro events at Lime Rock. He won four Molson Championship races, finishing second in the championship. In 1970, Couture raced one of the pair of new Lotuses entered by the new Jim Russell Racing Driver School which had just opened at Mont Tremblant, but may have used his 1969 car in one or two races at the start of the year. Subsequent history unknown.
  3. Chevron B15b [FB-69-6?] (Steve Brownstein): Steven Brownstein (Hewlett, NY) had a blue Chevron B15B for Formula B in 1969. He raced in the Pro series but also took 25 pts in Northeast Division FB racing. Brownstein retained the car for 1970, but blew his engine at Brainerd in August and was not seen again. Steve Brownstein cannot remember who he sold his Chevron to, but doubts that it went back to Opert. Subsequent history unknown.
  4. Brabham BT21A [4] (Ken Duclos): Sold new to Lou Sell (Fullerton, CA) and first seen in the Pro Formula B race at War Bonnet in late June where Sell qualified on pole and finished second. Then raced in SCCA Regionals and occasional Nationals in California, and in the pro races at Mont-Tremblant and Lake Tahoe at the end of the season. Sold to Sell's backer Dick Smothers (Woodland Hills, CA) for 1968, although Sell also raced it in one SoPac National early that year. To Fred Opert late 1968 in part-exchange for a new Chevron and from him on to Ken Duclos (Boxboro, MA) for 1969. Duclos believes he returned it to Opert at the end of 1969 when he acquired his new BT29 and it next turns up in 1971 with John Sorbello (Lafayette, MA) who widened the cockpit section into a two-seater and added a Chevron B16 body. However, it is possible that the dates of this are wrong and that Bob Isnor (Newton, MA) raced it as a FB before it went to Sorbello. Later to John Kauffman who thought he had bought a Chevron and then to Joe Maria (White Plains, NY) in the early 1990s. It was restored by David Irwin to BT21A spec and was still with Maria in 2007. To Bob Lima (Meadowbrook, PA) by October 2009 and later repainted in Sell's colours.
  5. Brabham BT21B [24] (Matt Spitzley): Matt Spitzley ran a Brabham in SCCA Nationals and in the 'Pro' FB series in 1969. His car is identified in the July 1969 Seattle entry list as a yellow and red Brabham BT21 but has been identified by Ted Walker as the ex-Guthrie Tasman BT21B [24] (10 Tenths ref 1544290).
  6. Brabham BT29 [8] (R. C. (Bob) Welch): R. C. 'Bob' Welch (Alexandria, VA) ordered one of the earliest Brabham BT29s but his car did not arrive late August 1969, giving him time for a short test before the Lime Rock Pro race where he finished seventh. He then set about qualifying for the Run-Offs with just four weeks of the season left and on successive weekends won Nationals at Marlboro, VIR, IRP, and Pocono. Welch retained the car for 1970 when he scored 42 points in NEDiv but was again beaten to the title, this time by Ken Duclos in yet another BT29. The car was sold for 1971 and is believed to be the BT29 in which David Pearl (Atlanta, GA) was killed at Daytona that August. The ex-Welch car is known to have been involved in a major accident and its remains were used by Carl Whitney (Forge Village, MA) in 1972 when he constructed a BT29 out of two wrecked cars. By 2005, this car was with John Stowe.
  7. Chevron B15b [FB-68-13?] (Joe Grimaldi): Joe Grimaldi acquired one of four late 1968 Chevrons to arrive in the US. At least three of these were described by Chevron as B14s, including Grimaldi's. He debuted the car at Mosport Park in Aug 1968 and raced it twice more in Pro events. Grimaldi reappeared in August 1969 with what was reported to be a Chevron B15B which he raced three more times. Larry Wright then acquired a Chevron from Grimaldi for the 1970 season which was described to him as a B15 but when Wright advertised the car in 1971, he called it a "late-1968 Chevron FB" which identifies it as a B14. Wright traded the Chevron to Charlie Hayes in May 1971 for a new Brabham BT29.
  8. Titan Mk3 (Earl Jones): Earl Jones (Perkin, IL or Hermosa Beach, CA) raced a yellow-and-blue Titan in Formula B through 1969. He raced as #81 or #75. Nothing more known.
  9. Brabham BT29 (Fred Opert): Fred Opert (Paramus, NJ) raced his own yellow/orange/blue #73 Brabham BT29 as soon as one was available, debuting at Brainerd in August 1969. He presumably drove the same car for the rest of that season, and for the opening race of the 1970 season. Opert then moved to a Chevron B17b, and the subsequent history of the BT29 is unknown. One possibility is it was one of the cars made available as a hire car by Fred Opert Racing in 1970, but there are no obviously candidates, so it is more likely that the car was sold.
  10. Chevron B15b [FB-69-4?] (Jim Grob): Jim Grob (Ft Lauderdale, FL but later Pompano Beach, CA) raced a Chevron B15b in Pro racing in 1969 and also scored 24 points in Northeast Division FB, representing Northern New Jersey Region. He retained the car for 1970 and again for 1971, then mainly focusing his efforts on SCCA Divisional racing in Southeast Division. He finished second to Hugh Kleinpeter's sister car in 1970 but then won the Division in 1971. He changed to a new Chevron B20 for 1972.
  11. Brabham BT21 ["BT21-9"] (Al Justason): According to a biography of Bill Stone, his 1968 Formula 3 Brabham started out as a crashed BT18 frame bought from Frank Williams. Stone built this car up and entered it as a BT18/21B in European F3 events in the latter half of 1968. Early in 1969, Stone appeared with a Brabham powered by a Ford twin cam engine and said to be a BT21B when he raced it at Silverstone in April. At the Madrid GP, Autosport described it as a BT18 with a 1800cc Ford twin cam engine. It was called a BT21A when Del Bennett drove it at Silverstone in May. This car was then sold to Al Justason (Toronto, Ontario) for Formula B racing in 1969. Photographs of the car in Justason's ownership show that it had BT18 upper bodywork and it is likely that this "BT21" was actually Stone's BT18-based car from 1968. Justason sold the car to dealer Joe Grimaldi as a rolling chassis and its subsequent history is unknown.
  12. Lotus 59 [59-FB-9] (Malcolm Starr): Malcolm Starr (Union City, NJ) bought a new F2-spec Lotus 59 from Lotus East (Millerton, NY) for 1969 and raced it in Pro Formula B events that season. Malcolm recalls selling to to "a fellow named Woodbury from Virginia" which would be the William J. Woodbury Jr (Springfield, Virginia) who raced a Lotus "69" at Mid-Ohio in September 1970, and at least one SCCA National in early 1971. Subsequent history unknown.
  13. Brabham BT18 [F2-25-66] (Phil Raeder): New to "Rollo" Feilding and used in European F3 in 1966. To Peter Gaydon for 1967, and raced in British F3. To Charles Carling for 1968, and again used expensively in British F3. Sold via Len Selby to Fred Opert and shipped to the US for Formula C. Sold to Philip K. Raeder Jr (Delmar, NY) for 1969 and used in Regional Formula C. To Ron Cohn (Modena, NY) for 1970, and again used in local Formula C events. To Walter Hagstrom (Jackson Height, NY) and continued to be used in FC. Hagstrom advertised the car in November 1971 but his recollection is that he used it for several seasons.
  14. Brabham BT21C (Howard Brown): From May 1968 to September 1969, Howard Brown (Paoli, PA or Malvern, PA) raced in Pro Formula B and in NEDiv in a Brabham, identified by the Sep 1968 Lime Rock entry list as a BT21C. Brown ran as #76 in 1968 and #69 in 1969 but the colour and identity of the Brabham are not yet known.
  15. Brabham BT18 (Mike Eyerly): Bill Gubelmann (Oyster Bay, NY) ran a Brabham BT18 with 1.1-litre Cosworth SCC engine in Formula C in 1967, winning seven Nationals and setting lap records right down the east coast. He advertised the car in Autoweek on 18 November 1967 as a late 1966 BT18 chassis with 140bhp Cosworth SCC engine, and it then went to Fred Opert, presumably traded on Gubelmann's new BT23F. From Opert it was sold to Mike Eyerly (Salem, OR) and raced in the Pacific northwest, winning several Regional SCCA events. He kept the orange BT18 when he moved into the SCCA national Formula B series in 1969 and completely dominated the series, winning six of the first nine races and finishing second in another two. Advertised in October 1969. Subsequent history unknown.
  16. Lotus 59 (Don Merriman): Donald G. Merriman (Willowdale, Ontario, Canada) raced a Lotus 59 (or 59C) in Formula B in 1969, appearing in both SCCA and Canadian races. He was second at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières in September, and picked up several other good placings. He returned with the car in 1970, but his last known appearance was at Westwood at the end of May. According to Tom Johnston's book "British Racing Cars in Canada" (2011), this car was "sold in 1971 to Tom Meecham who fitted a Lotus 69 body and converted the car to Formula Ford". Johnston adds that it was at the time "owned by John Lindsey an Ontario collector".
  17. Brabham BT21 (Don Flores): Don Flores (Schenectady, NY) raced a Brabham in Formula B from 1969 to 1971. By 1971, it was reported to be a BT21, and it is assumed he had the same car throughout. It appears that Flores relocated to the southeast during 1971, and he scored six points in SEDiv Formula B that season, as a member of the short-lived Gator Region, based in in Jacksonville, Florida. From 1972 to 1974, he is recorded appearing in Florida Region events at Palm Beach International Raceway, so it is likely that it is his Brabham that was registered with Florida Region with logbook number '11-067' in early 1972. That car was acquired by Wayne Mitchell (San Diego, CA) from Tony Cox (Chicago, IL) about 1990, and although it had lost its chassis plate, it had Arch Motors number AM222DC, indicating a 1967 car, and was stamped with the Florida Region number '11-067'. Mitchell sold this car to Robs Lamplough in 2011.
  18. Lotus 59 [59-FB-12] (WP Fred Stevenson): Bought by Pete and Bill Pulver's Dutchess Auto in 1969 for Fred Stevenson (Salisbury, CT) to race in US Formula B and entered by Stevenson's Lotus/East Inc racing operation. The car was sold at the end of the main season to customer Bob Hebert (Monterey, MA) and driven by him at Sebring at the end of 1969 (according to Stevenson's recollection but not in reports) and then through the 1970 season. Hebert and Stevenson had new 69s for 1971 and the 59B may have returned to Stevenson and even been raced by him in some SCCA Nationals in 1971. Advertised by Lotus East in June 1972 where it was said to have been Stevenson's Bogotá car.
  19. Chevron B14 (Oliver Grant): Oliver E. Grant (Norfolk, VA) raced a yellow #21 Chevron in SCCA FB events in 1969, describing it as a B14 at Mont-Tremblant in September. He retained the car for a few races in 1970 when it wore #18 but was described as a B15B. It is possible that Grant had acquired Joe Grimaldi's B14 and traded it back to Grimaldi for a newer B15B for 1970. Grant died in 2007 and the subsequent history of the Chevron remains unknown.
  20. Brabham BT18 (Dave Rines): R. David Rines (St Louis, MO) raced a "F2 Brabham" in Formula B in 1969. Rines raced this car consistently in the 1969 Pro series until engine failure at Thompson in September, after which he entered his Brabham-Climax at Sebring. Rines' advert for the car in October 1969 described it as a BT18 with Vegantune engine. Rines had previously driven a Brabham BT7-Climax in Formula A and we're very keen to locate him to ask about this car.
  21. Chevron B15b [FB-69-3?] (Syd Demovsky): Syd Demovsky (Chicago, IL) bought a Chevron B15B for 1969, racing in Pro events and also in SCCA FB events, finishing fifth in CenDiv. The car was red and blue and raced as #11, Demovsky's usual number. Demovsky, a dentist, retained the car for 1970 but at the opening race of the season at Riverside, he went off during practice and crashed through a fence. He was taken to hospital with "pulmonary contusions and bruises". Although he was reported to be driving a Chevron again in the second round, at Edmonton in May, it seems likely that reports were referring to the Chevron that he entered for the race, rather than the car he actually arrived in. From the third race of the season onwards, Demovsky raced a Brabham BT29. The car was advertised by Ron Hunter (Denver, CO), one of Demovsky's crew, in September 1970, and was sold to Wayne Mitchell (San Diego, CA), who used it to build up a new car for Terrance Peterson around a new Chevron B17 chassis. The original B15 frame was also repaired and sold to Frank Monise. Frank recalls that it was combined with the frame that Byron Hatten had damaged to create a car for Art Brisbane.
  22. Brabham BT21 (Michael Brodie): Mike Brodie (Mill Valley, CA) ran a red Brabham BT21 in a handful of 'Pro' FB races in 1969. He had acquired the car directly from Brabham, and recalls that it was a BT21, not a BT21A or BT21C. It replaced a Lotus 35 that he had raced in 1968. Later that season, he took the car to the east coast, where it was raced by Jon Woodner at Road America and Lime Rock. Mike cannot recall who he sold it to. Subsequent history unknown.
  23. Chevron B14 [FB-68-14?] (Dick Smothers): Bought late in 1968 by Dick Smothers of Smothers Bros Racing (Fullerton, CA) and first raced in the Donnybrooke Grand Prix at Brainerd 22 September 1968 . Chevron records appear to identify this car as chassis FB-68-14. Smothers had a blue #29 Chevron FB for 1969 and this is very probably the same car, even though it was sometimes referred to as a B15B. Loaned to Joe Alves (Sherman Oaks, CA) for 1970 but not raced after blowing the engine in practice at Sears Point in June 1970. Alves eventually sold the car some time between 1975 and 1978 but it is then unknown until owned by a D Hullinger around 1992 who started a restoration. It passed to Gabe Lakatosh (Los Angeles, CA) in 1998 who completed the restoration and raced it infrequently. Then sold to Jeff Giannini (Puyallup, WA) in 2003 who has raced it continuously since then. It had a full restoration in 2008 and is maintained by J&L Fabrication (also in Puyallup, WA).

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.

1970 US FB results were compiled from Autoweek reports by Jim Thurman; 1971 results were transcribed from Autoweek by Allen Brown and 1972 results were compiled by Chris Townsend from an SCCA results publication.

The US Formula B series did not continue in 1973 but a race was organised in Caracas in March 1973 that fits here probably better than anywhere else, as do the occasional SCCA F/Atlantic and FB races in 1974 and 1975.

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.