SCCA Formula B Race
Road America, 29 Aug 1970
|1||Mike Eyerly||Chevron B17b - Ford twin cam
#74 Fred Opert Racing, Upper Saddle River, NJ
(see note 1)
|2||Allan Lader||Brabham BT29  - Ford twin cam
#75 Fred Opert Racing, Upper Saddle River, NJ
|3||Matt Spitzley||Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#36 Spitzford Racing, Grosse Point, Mich.
(see note 2)
|4||Randy Lewis||Brabham BT29  - Ford twin cam
#7 Randy Lewis, St Paul, Minn. (see note 3)
|5||Fred Opert||Chevron B17b - Ford twin cam
#73 Fred Opert Racing, Upper Saddle River, NJ
(see note 4)
|6||Mike Hall||Brabham BT29  - Ford twin cam
#27 Michael F. Hall, Chicago, Ill
(see note 5)
|7||Peter W Nye||Brabham BT18 - Ford twin cam HRE
#35 Peter Nye, Ypsilanti, Mich.
|8||Woody Harris||Genie Mk 13 - Ford twin cam
#66 Grand Prix Racing, Campbell, Calif.
|9||Evan Noyes||Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#72 Fred Opert Racing, Upper Saddle River, NJ
(see note 6)
|10||Randy Fraser||Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
(see note 7)
|11||Dan Murphy||M/W Rislone Special - Ford twin cam HRE
#19 Murphy/Weisse Racing, Plymouth, Wis.
|12||Skeeter McKitterick||Tecno 69 - Ford twin cam
#43 John Mason Engineering, Van Nuys, Calif.
|13||Skip Adrian||Winkelmann WDB2  - Ford twin cam
#8 Skip Adrian, Cortland, Ohio
|14||Bruce Jensen||Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam
#41 Jen-Mac Racing, Scarboro, Ontario, Canada
(see note 8)
|15||Jim Grob||Chevron B15b [FB-69-4?] - Ford twin cam
#77 Jim Grob Racing, Pompano Beach, Fla
(see note 9)
|16||Oliver Grant||Chevron B15b - Ford twin cam
#18 Oliver D. Grant, Norfolk, VA
(see note 10)
|17||Bob Schutt||Brabham BT18 - Ford twin cam
#25 Bob Schutt, Kirkwood, Mo
|18||Warren Flickinger||Winkelmann WDB2  - Ford twin cam
|19||Dennis F. Lokmer||(FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT2 [FJ-1-62] - Ford
#26 Jacquet Racing Team, DePere, Wisc.
(see note 11)
|20||Larry Wright||Chevron B15 [FB-68-13?] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
(see note 12)
|21||Jon Woodner||Brabham BT21 - Ford twin cam
#0 Michael Brodie, East Hampton, New York
(see note 13)
|17||out of fuel|
|22||Quin Calhoun||Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam
#83 Quin Calhoun, Chicago, Ill (see note 14)
|23||Charles T. Gibson||March 705 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#55 Gibson Racing Corp., Denver, Colo
(see note 15)
|24||John R Babchek||Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam
#2 Babcheck Racing Team, Romulus, Michigan
(see note 16)
|25||Bill Gubelmann||March 705  - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#47 Southerly Motors Racing Corp., Oyster Bay, NY
(see note 17)
|26||Graham Baker||Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#67 Bonphil Racing Industries Inc.
(see note 18)
|27||Carl Liebich||Brabham BT29  - Ford twin cam
#78 Liebrau Racing, Two Rivers, Wis.
(see note 19)
#42 Bill Johnson Co-op Racing Team
| ||Steve Brownstein||Chevron B15C [FB-69-6?] - Ford twin cam
#3 Steven Brownstein, Hewlet, NY
(see note 20)
|On entry list|
| ||Dick Drexler||McLaren M4B - Ford twin cam
#5 Dick Drexler, Pewaukee, Wisc
(see note 21)
|On entry list|
| ||Ken Huband||Brabham BT29  - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#15 Huband Motor Racing, Ottawa, Ontario
(see note 22)
|On entry list|
| ||Harvey Woodward||Titan - Ford twin cam HRE
#16 Harvey D. Woodward & Co, Shawnee Mission, Kansas
|On entry list|
| ||Dale Lang||Brabham BT29  - Ford twin cam Hart
#37 Dale W. Lang, Wilton, Conn.
(see note 23)
|On entry list|
| ||Dexter Farley||Brabham BT29  - Ford twin cam
#44 Lykos Racing Corp, Newberg, Md.
(see note 24)
|On entry list|
| ||George "Skipp" Walther||Chevron B15b - Ford twin cam
#53 George Walther, Jr. (see note 25)
|On entry list|
| ||Nick Craw||Brabham BT29  - Ford twin cam
#71 Fred Opert Racing, Upper Saddle River, NJ
(see note 26)
|On entry list|
| ||John Spreck||Hawke - Ford
#76 B & S Racing, White Bear Lake, Minn.
|On entry list|
All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.
|Qualifying information not available|
Notes on the cars:
- Chevron B17b (Mike Eyerly): Mike Eyerly (Salem, OR) raced a Chevron B17b for Fred Opert Racing in 1970, winning the first six races of the Continental Formula B Championship. Despite competition from Alan Lader, he won a total of eight rounds of the series and easily retained his title. The car was then sold to Phil Cole, who raced it in an Arizona Region SCCA Regional at Phoenix in December 1970, but then nothing was seen of it until Chuck McCain (Tuscon, AZ) raced it in the Formula B class at an Arizona Sports Racing Association race in October 1973, instead of his usual Brabham. McCain advertised the car in March 1974, but evidently never sold it, as it was ultimately bought from his family by Lee Chapman in 2013. It was fully restored and raced by new owner Jim Victor (Davenport, Iowa) at Road America in 2015, originally in white bodywork, but later restored very precisely to Eyerly's livery . A week after racing the Chevron at Road America in July 2018, Victor sadly died following an accident while driving another car at the same track.
- Brabham BT29 (Matt Spitzley): Matt Spitzley (then from Aspen, CO), had a Brabham BT29 for 1970 entered by his Spitzford Racing team (Detroit, Michigan). For 1971 the car was sold to Mike Rand (Riverside, CT/Greenwich, CT) who raced it in NEDiv FB, finishing third overall. It then went to Peter Regna in New Jersey for 1972, after which Regna recalls selling it to Ken Duclos. Duclos, however, does not remember buying it.
- Brabham BT29  (Randy Lewis): John Ranson Lewis III, who raced as Randy Lewis (Sunnyvale, CA), had a blue Brabham BT29 for 1970 which was entered as #7. He raced the car through the full Pro season, finishing fourth at Sears Point in June and at Road America in August, end ending the season in eighth place in the championship. He did not compete in SCCA Nationals. The car was sold to Bunny Ribbs (San Jose, CA) for Mike Eyerly to drive in FB in 1971 (#63) and 1972 (#80). Jon Milledge also drove Ribbs car at Brainerd in Sep 1972. Ribbs, father of future Trans-Am star Willy T. Ribbs, advertised the car at the end of 1972. This is presumably the blue #80 Brabham BT29 raced by Lee Midgley at Road America in August 1973 and driven by Archie Snider at Trois-Rivières a week later. Subsequent history unknown.
- Chevron B17b (Fred Opert): Fred Opert ran a team five-car team in 1970 which included a Chevron B17b for himself and a sister car for Mike Eyerly. Opert's personal car was sold to Tom Outcault (Cranford, NJ) for 1971 who used it in NEDiv events and also in the Pro race at Road America in Aug 1971. Outcault sold it via Fred Opert to Carmelo Crisafuli (Great Neck, Long Island, NY), and it was registered by the SCCA at Watkins Glen in September 1972. He raced it in SCCA Regionals including two New York Region rounds of the North Atlantic Road Racing Championship in 1974. RJ Nelkin (Roslyn, NY) bought the car for 1975, and raced it in SCCA and EMRA events that season. It was sold in 1976 via Fred Opert to Roy Aber (Penn Hills, PA) who recalls racing the car until 1981. He sold it to JC Gongaware (Youngwood, PA), and did not hear of it again. The car was next seen about 1986 when Lee Chapman (New Milford, CT) of Auto Restorations had the car, having bought it from Jim Wisheart in Pennsylvania. It went from Chapman to Fred Gunther (Trumbull, CT), then to Peter McLaughlin (Hannover, NH), and then to Travis Engen (Weston, CT) in 1994 or 1995.
- Brabham BT29  (Mike Hall): This Brabham BT29, believed to be chassis BT29-33, was bought new by Michael F. Hall (Chicago, IL) and used in SCCA racing where Hall won the 1970 CenDiv FB title. He also raced it in the Pro series in the latter half of the season. Hall retained the red-and-yellow BT29 for the first half of 1971 but replaced it with a new BT35 in August and sold the BT29 to Phil Geraldi (Valley Stream, NY), who had previously raced a LeGrand in NEDiv FB. Geraldi raced it for the rest of 1971 and in 1972 then sold it to Charles J. Derbes III (Metairie, LA) in the spring of 1973. Derbes won the SWDiv Formula B title in this car in 1974 and attended the Run-Offs, finishing 12th. He was second in the Division in 1975 and tied with Warren Pauge for the 1976 title. Chaz Derbes has retained the BT29 ever since, still owning it in 2012.
- Brabham BT29 (Evan Noyes): Evan L. Noyes Jr . (Cedarville, MI) entered a yellow Brabham BT29 for Sebring 28 Dec 1969 but did not arrive, implying his car was not quite ready on time. His first known race is at Green Valley Raceway on 22 Feb 1970, a SWDiv National and he ran the canary yellow BT29 in both the 1970 Pro season, where he was a member of the Fred Opert Racing team, and in Nationals where he finished second in CenDiv to Michael Hall. He finished second to Skip Barber's Tecno at the Run-Offs. This is not the same car that Noyes then took to the Tasman series in January 1971 as his well-used US car was on Fred Opert's stock list on 1 May 1971 with a comment that it had not raced since the Run-Offs.
- 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.
- Brabham BT21C (Bruce Jensen): Bruce Jensen (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada) raced a yellow #41 Brabham BT21C in Canadian and US Formula B events during 1970. He bought the car from Brabham dealer Fred Opert and it was yellow with a black stripe. It came with a Vegantune but that blew up and was replaced by a BRM twin cam. Jensen bought a Chevron B17 for 1971 and the Brabham is believed to have gone back to Fred Opert in that trade.
- 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.
- Chevron B15b (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.
- Brabham BT2 [FJ-1-62] (Dennis F. Lokmer): Sold to Briggs Cunningham (Bridgeport, CT) and raced by his team of drivers in 1962, but most often by Briggs himself. Sold to team driver Augie Pabst (Milwaukee, WI) for 1963 and raced by him in the last seasons of Formula Junior and in the first season of the SCCA's new Formula C. Then to Tom Gelb (Hartford, WI) for 1966 who was enormously successful in Central Division FC over the next three seasons, winning the Divisional title in 1968 with a maximum 54 points. The car was then sold to Dennis Lokmer (De Pere, WI) who continued its success, qualifying for the Run-Offs in 1969 and 1970. He then sold it to Bill Anspach (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) who won the Florida Region FC title in 1971. It went to Bud Bakels (also Palm Beach Gardens, FL) in 1972 and is then missing until 1985 when it was found, still in Anspach's livery, and bought from Randy Morvant (Vidor, TX) by David Roland (Alexandria, LA). Sold to Wayne Mitchell (Cardiff, CA) in 2006 and bought from him by Robs Lamplough (Hungerford, Berkshire) and returned to the UK in 2011.
- Chevron B15 [FB-68-13?] (Larry Wright): 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.
- Brabham BT21 (Jon Woodner): 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.
- Brabham BT21C (Quin Calhoun): Quin Calhoun (Chicago, IL) raced a yellow Brabham BT21C in Pro Formula B in 1970 (as #83) and in SCCA Central Division FB in 1971 (as #8), where he finished tenth with 10 points. In July 1971, he acquired a new Lola T240, and the Brabham may have gone to Carl Haas in trade. It is likely to have stayed in Central Division.
- March 705 (Charles T. Gibson): Charles T. Gibson raced a black #57 March 705 in Formula B in 1970, entered by Gibson Racing Company of Poughkeepsie, NY. Later in the season, the team was said to be based in Denver, CO, but this appears to have been a short-lived change. Gibson entered the car at Road America in July 1971. He bought a second-hand 71BM in February 1973, so it is possible he kept the 705 longer than 1971. History then unknown until 1983, when, according to later owner Ben Auto in Japan, it was owned by Ed Forbes on Long Island, New York, who intended to use it for autocross. It was then sold to "Thomas Gaffney of Classic Advantage" in 1992, and fully restored. Exactly what happened next is unclear, but by 2019, the 705 was owned by Ben Auto (Yamada, Japan) and was being raced in historic events in Japan.
- Brabham BT21C (John R Babchek): John R. Babchek (Romulus, MI) upgraded from his old Cooper T76 to a white-and-blue Brabham BT21C in either late 1969 or early 1970. The BT21C is likely to have been second hand but it has not yet been identified. He advertised the car, together with his old T76, in April 1974 noting that it had not been raced since August 1971.
- March 705  (Bill Gubelmann): New for Bill Gubelmann (Oyster Bay, NY) and used in the later races of the 1970 SCCA Formula B championship. Unknown in 1971 but reappeared in 1972 with Gerald Lieberg (Milford, CT), who drove it in the North Atlantic Road Racing Championship Regional series in NEDiv. Lieberg advertised the car in Competition Press & Autoweek in December 1972 and January 1973 as "ex-Gubelmann".
- Brabham BT29 (Graham Baker): Graham Baker moved from New Zealand to the US for a season of Formula B in 1970. He bought a new green Brabham BT29 from Chip Gompf and Wayne Mitchell, one of three new BT29s they had in stock. He was entered by Charlie Hayes Racing Equipment as #82 for his first race, at Edmonton in May, but was then self-entered as #82 for the next eight races as #67 before ending the season as part of the Bonphil Racing Industries team. Hayes sold the car for Baker at the end of the season to a non-racer in Laguna Hills who appears to have retained it, unused, for three years. In late 1973/early 1974, CSCC racer Jeff Alkana learnt from engine specialist Steve Jennings about the car and he bought it with Frank Monise (Pasadena, CA), who needed a new BT29 having wrecked his earlier BT29-41. Monise raced the car for several more seasons with Ford twin cam and BDA engines before selling it around 1976 to Tito D'Oporto and Gary Green and replacing it with a March.
- Brabham BT29  (Carl Liebich): Carl Liebich (Two Rivers, WI) raced a yellow-and-blue #78 Liebrau Racing Brabham BT29 in 1970 in CenDiv events, finishing seventh in the final points table. He also appeared in two Pro events at Road America, his local track. He bought a Chevron B18 for 1971 and his BT29 was traded back to Fred Opert. Liebich recalls that he bought the car new from Gus Hutchison (Dallas, TX) but does not know who had it after he sold it to Opert. It appears on Opert's stock list on 1 May 1971 with a comment that it had only raced eight times. On the reverse of one of these newsletters, as sent by Opert's secretary Jeannie to Brabham historian Denis Lupton in 1971, a handwritten comment gives Liebich's car as "BT29-18". Subsequent history unknown.
- Chevron B15C [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.
- McLaren M4B (Dick Drexler): Dick Drexler (Pewaukee, WI) had a red/grey McLaren M4A which he entered in local SCCA Formula B events from 1969 to 1972, usually as #5 or #51. A one-time Regional Executive of the SCCA Milwaukee Region, Richard W Drexler was president of Milwaukee-based oil refiner Lubricant, Inc. Records of him actually starting a race are rare but he was a regular entry at his local Road America and Blackhawk Farms circuits or even as far afield as Brainerd. He returned in 1973 and 1974 with the car now fitted with a 1-litre engine for Formula C, qualifying for the Run-Offs in 1973. He scored his last FC points in 1975. Acquired in 1987 by Dave Hammers (Sea Cliff, NY), restored, and put on display.
- Brabham BT29  (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.
- Brabham BT29  (Dale Lang): Dale Lang (Wilton, CT) drove a crimson Brabham BT29 during the latter half of the 1970 season but the early chassis number suggest that the car have seen service before Lang's first observed race at Road America 18 Jul 1970. Fred Harris also drove Lang's car on at least one occasion. The car passed to east coast wheeler dealer Joe Grimaldi (Glenrock, NJ), presumably in trade for the new March 712M that Lang bought, and then on to Charlie J. Derbes III (Metairie, LA) who raced BT29-12 in two Nationals, at Summit Point 18 Apr 1971 and at Savannah 16-17 May 1971, but crashed heavily at the latter race. Charlie has retained the car but it remains unrebuilt to 2012.
- Brabham BT29  (Dexter Farley): After crashing his FC car at Lime Rock in August 1969, Dexter Farley (Waldorf, MD) part-exchanged the wrecked Brabham for a new Brabham BT29 from east coast dealer Joe Grimaldi, who had recently parted from Fred Opert. Farley drove the car in Pro events in 1970 as well as competing in NEDiv FB races. He retained it for 1971 when Tom Reddy raced it a couple of times and advertised it as "ser no 30" in October 1971. He also had it in the early part of 1972 before moving to Washington state and quitting racing. The next period of the car's life is unknown but it has been identified as the BT29 bought around 1974 from Bill Wonder by engine preparer Ted Wenz and raced in 1975. Wonder had been running it for a woman driver, which must mean Diana Black (Kew Gardens, NY) who raced a Brabham BT29 in NEDiv FB in 1973 and 1974. Wenz later sold it to Texas but it re-emerged in the 1980s and was recently owned by Peter McLaughlin (Hannover, NH).
- Chevron B15b (George "Skipp" Walther): Skipp Walther, more formally George Walther III of Dayton, Ohio, appeared just once in Formula B in 1970 in a #53 blue/silver Chevron B15b entered for him at Road America 18 Jul 1970 by Fred Opert. He went very well in this race, qualifing third and running second. Walther advertised the car in November 1970 with a comment that it had only raced once in 1970, which would appear to rule out it being Jon Hall's, and would also rule out it having been raced by Jim Trueman later in 1970. Walther raced a new Lola T240 in 1972 and the history of his B15B is unknown. Walther was killed in a hydroplane accident at Miami Marine Stadium in June 1974.
- Brabham BT29  (Nick Craw): Nick Craw (Washington,DC) bought one of the first Brabham BT29s from local Brabham dealer Fred Opert, a car identified by Ted Walker of the Brabham Register as chassis BT29-5. Craw raced in SCCA events from August 1969 onwards, finishing second in the SEDiv FB championship by a single point, and in two Pro races. He continued with a BT29 in 1970 in Pro racing as part of Fred Opert Racing and to the best of his and Opert's recollection, used the same car. He bought a Brabham BT35 for 1971 but before this arrived in the US, he raced the BT29 once more, winning a National at Summit Point in April 1971. The car appeared in Fred Opert's stock list on 1 May, and on the reverse of one of this list, as sent by Opert's secretary Jeannie to Brabham historian Denis Lupton in 1971, a handwritten comment gives Craw's car as "BT29-5". A column by Craw in June 1972 said the car was sold to Jiro Yoneyama, a Japanese driver who raced a Brabham BT29 in US Formula B as part of Fred Opert's team. His car was white and ran as #76. The Road America entry list noted it was using a Hart engine. He was not seen after Road America in August 1971, and the BT29 was then sold to Gary Gove (Tacoma, WA) who raced it in SCCA Regional and ICSCC events in 1971 and 1972, It was reportedly crashed in 1972 and its later history is presently unresolved.
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.
Individual sources for this event
The Autoweek report for this non-championship SCCA race, which supported the Can-Am event, does not show car types but in many cases they can be safely deduced from other 1970 FB events.