SCCA Continental Championship for Formula B/C Race

Road America, 18 Jul 1970

1 Jacques Couture Lotus 59/69 [59-F2/XB-42] - Ford twin cam
#90 Jim Russell RDS (Canada) Ltd, Montreal, Quebec
(see note 1)
20 48m 40.6s
98.609 mph
2 Mike Eyerly Chevron B17b - Ford twin cam
#74 Fred Opert Racing, Paramus, NJ
(see note 2)
3 Allan Lader Brabham BT29 [35] - Ford twin cam
#75 Fred Opert Racing, Paramus, NJ
4 Steve Brownstein Chevron B15C [FB-69-6?] - Ford twin cam
#3 Steven Brownstein, Hewlett, NY
(see note 3)
5 Syd Demovsky Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#11 Syd Demovsky Racing, Chicago, Ill
(see note 4)
6 Doug Brenner Chevron B15b [FB-69-8?] - Ford twin cam
#26 Fred Opert Racing, Paramus, NJ
(see note 5)
7 Craig Hill Lotus 59 [59-F2/XB-41] - Ford twin cam
#70 Bill Brack Racing Enterprises, Toronto, Ontario
(see note 6)
8 David McConnell Lotus 59/69 [59-F2/XB-40] - Ford twin cam
#80 Jim Russell RDS (Canada) Ltd, Montreal, Quebec
(see note 7)
9 Nick Craw Brabham BT29 [5] - Ford twin cam
#71 Fred Opert Racing, Paramus, NJ
(see note 8)
10 Sandy Shepard Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#59 Sandy Shepard, Denton, Texas
(see note 9)
11 Matt Spitzley Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#36 Spitzford Racing, Detroit, Mich
(see note 10)
12 Dave Dours Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam Hart
#99 Manitowoc Crane and Shovel Sales Corp., Cleveland,
(see note 11)
13 Chet Freeman Brabham BT29 [42] - Ford twin cam
#40 Chet Freeman, Columbus, Ohio
(see note 12)
14 Mike Hall Brabham BT29 [33] - Ford twin cam
#27 Michael F. Hall (see note 13)
15 Randy Fraser Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#54 Team IRI, Piedmont, Quebec, Canada
(see note 14)
16 John Angus Brabham BT29 [1] - Ford twin cam
#16 John Angus, Hartland, WI (see note 15)
17 Ken Huband Brabham BT29 [34] - Ford twin cam
#15 Huband Motor Racing, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
(see note 16)
18 Carl Liebich Brabham BT29 [18] - Ford twin cam
#78 Liebrau Racing, Two Rivers, Wis.
(see note 17)
19 Bruce Klussmann Crosslé 12F [C12F/67/36] - Alfa Romeo GTA
#87 Crossle Cars America, Bradford, Pa.
20 Robert S. Lamson Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#85 Robert S. Lamson, Fort Collins, CO
(see note 18)
21 Dale Lang Brabham BT29 [12] - Ford twin cam
#38 Dale W. Lang, Wilton, Conn.
(see note 19)
22 Evan Noyes Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#72 Fred Opert Racing, Paramus, NJ
(see note 20)
23 John Marshall Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam
#37 Team Suzy, Sandusky, Ohio (see note 21)
24 Dexter Farley Brabham BT29 [30] - Ford twin cam
#55 Lykos Racing Corp, Neuberg, MD
(see note 22)
18 (ran as #4 in qualifying)
25 Dennis F. Lokmer (FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT2 [FJ-1-62] - Ford
#62 James Jauquet, DePere, Wis.
(see note 23)
17 (ran as #2 in qualifying)
26 Jim Lloyd Lotus 61 - Ford twin cam
#47 David F. Causey
27 John F. Sirmons Lotus 59C [59-FB-15] - Ford twin cam BRM
#20 John F. Sirmons, Weston, Conn.
(see note 24)
28 Larry Wright Chevron B15 [FB-68-13?] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#24 (see note 25)
29 Graham Baker Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#67 Graham Baker Motor Racing, Christchurch, NZ
(see note 26)
18 off course
30 Steve Harris Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#45 Stephen T. Harris, Fort Wayne, Ind.
(see note 27)
16 oil leak
31 Fred Opert Chevron B17b - Ford twin cam
#73 Fred Opert Racing, Paramus, NJ
(see note 28)
15 accident
32 Dan Murphy M/W Rislone Special - Ford twin cam HRE
#19 Murphy/Reisse Racing, Plymouth, Wisc
15 carburetor
33 Charles T. Gibson March 705 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#57 Gibson Racing Company, Poughkeepsie, NY
(see note 29)
14 engine failure
34 Mike Hayman March 705 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#0 W. M. Hayman, Washington, DC
(see note 30)
13 unknown
35 Al Justason Brabham BT23F [1] - Ford twin cam
#32 Al Justason, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
(see note 31)
13 oil pressure
36 George "Skipp" Walther Chevron B15 - Ford twin cam
#53 Fred Opert Racing, Paramus, NJ
(see note 32)
12 battery
37 Quin Calhoun Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam
#83 Quin Calhoun, Chicago, Ill (see note 33)
9 engine failure
38 Brian Robertson Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#5 Fred Opert Racing Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
(see note 34)
7 overheating
39 Skip Adrian Winkelmann WDB2 [4] - Ford twin cam
#8 Skip Adrian, Cortland, Ohio
4 engine failure
40 Skeeter McKitterick Tecno 69 - Ford twin cam
#43 Mason Engineering (ARA Mason Recno), Van Nuys, CA
3 suspension failure
41 Tom Moore EM Mk 1 (Brabham) - Ford twin cam BRM
#28 Tom Moore, Greenfield Park, Quebec, Canada
2 engine failure
42 Randy Lewis Brabham BT29 [38] - Ford twin cam
#7 Randy Lewis, Sunnyvale Calif.
(see note 35)
0 off course
UNKP Bob Welch Brabham BT29 [8] - Ford twin cam
#23 Bob Welch Effort, Alexandria, Va.
(see note 36)
Unknown (practiced)
UNKP Cliff L. Phillips Brabham BT29 [43] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#52 C. L. Phillips, Palos Park, IL
(see note 37)
Unknown (practiced)
UNKP "Tuck" Thomas Brabham BT15/BT29 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#84 Lancer Racing, Ltd., Minneapolis, Minn.
(see note 38)
Unknown (practiced)
  Ken Kloster Brabham BT21B - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#46 Ken Kloster, Toledo, Ohio (see note 39)
On entry list
  Thomas E. Kornell Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam
#49 Ivanhoe Racing, Carson, Calif.
On entry list
  Dennis E. Wilson LeGrand Mk 6 - Ford twin cam
#50 Wilson Motor Co., St Clair, Mo.
On entry list
  Dick Drexler McLaren M4B - Ford twin cam
#58 Dick Drexler, Pewaukee, Wisc
(see note 40)
On entry list
  Woody Harris Genie Mk 13 - Ford twin cam
#69 Grand Prix Racing, Campbell, CA
On entry list

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

1 Mike Eyerly (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B17b - Ford twin cam 2m 26.0s
2 Jacques Couture (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 59/69 [59-F2/XB-42] - Ford twin cam 2m 26.2s
3 George "Skipp" Walther (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B15 - Ford twin cam 2m 27.0s
4 Allan Lader (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [35] - Ford twin cam 2m 27.8s
5 Sandy Shepard (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam 2m 28.3s
6 Brian Robertson (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam Vegantune 2m 28.5s
7 Steve Brownstein (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B15C [FB-69-6?] - Ford twin cam 2m 28.7s
8 Skeeter McKitterick (FB) 1.6-litre Tecno 69 - Ford twin cam 2m 29.2s
9 Doug Brenner (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B15b [FB-69-8?] - Ford twin cam 2m 29.5s
10 Syd Demovsky (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam 2m 29.6s
11 Nick Craw (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [5] - Ford twin cam 2m 30.0s
12 Randy Lewis (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [38] - Ford twin cam 2m 30.1s
13 Graham Baker (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam 2m 30.1s
14 John Marshall (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam 2m 30.2s
15 Steve Harris (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam 2m 30.8s
16 Matt Spitzley (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam 2m 31.0s
17 Dan Murphy (FB) 1.6-litre M/W Rislone Special - Ford twin cam HRE 2m 31.4s
18 Evan Noyes (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam 2m 31.6s
19 Quin Calhoun (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam 2m 31.7s
20 David McConnell (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 59/69 [59-F2/XB-40] - Ford twin cam 2m 31.9s
21 Craig Hill (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 59 [59-F2/XB-41] - Ford twin cam 2m 32.4s
22 Chet Freeman (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [42] - Ford twin cam 2m 33.0s
23 Dave Dours (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam Hart 2m 33.3s
24 Fred Opert (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B17b - Ford twin cam 2m 33.4s
25 Mike Hall (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [33] - Ford twin cam 2m 33.9s
26 "Tuck" Thomas * (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT15/BT29 - Ford twin cam Vegantune 2m 34.8s
27 Charles T. Gibson (FB) 1.6-litre March 705 - Ford twin cam Vegantune 2m 35.0s
28 Mike Hayman (FB) 1.6-litre March 705 - Ford twin cam Vegantune 2m 35.4s
29 John F. Sirmons (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 59C [59-FB-15] - Ford twin cam BRM 2m 35.5s
30 Dale Lang (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [12] - Ford twin cam 2m 35.8s
31 Dexter Farley (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [30] - Ford twin cam 2m 36.5s
32 Bruce Klussmann (FB) 1.6-litre Crosslé 12F [C12F/67/36] - Alfa Romeo GTA 2m 38.0s
33 Skip Adrian (FB) 1.6-litre Winkelmann WDB2 [4] - Ford twin cam 2m 39.0s
34 Robert S. Lamson (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam 2m 39.7s
35 Randy Fraser (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam 2m 42.1s
36 Ken Huband (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [34] - Ford twin cam 2m 42.6s
37 Tom Moore (FB) 1.6-litre EM Mk 1 (Brabham) - Ford twin cam BRM 2m 42.6s
38 Bob Welch * (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [8] - Ford twin cam 2m 43.2s
39 Al Justason (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23F [1] - Ford twin cam 2m 43.5s
40 Jim Lloyd (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 61 - Ford twin cam 2m 46.9s
41 Cliff L. Phillips * (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [43] - Ford twin cam Vegantune 2m 49.1s
42 Dennis F. Lokmer (FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT2 [FJ-1-62] - Ford 2m 49.8s
43 John Angus (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [1] - Ford twin cam 2m 57.9s
44 Larry Wright (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B15 [FB-68-13?] - Ford twin cam Vegantune no time
45 Carl Liebich (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [18] - 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. The car was acquired from Siconolfi by Mauro Lanaro (Montréal, Quebec) who took some time restoring it, and then raced it in regional events in Canada in 1973. Lanaro recalled to Joe Griffin in 2021 that "after a bad accident at Mosport, I sold what was left it to Peter Draggfy". Peter Dragffy is known to have had several Lotus 59/69s in the 1980s.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Brabham BT29 (Syd Demovsky): Syd Demovsky (Chicago, IL) raced a yellow #11 Brabham BT29 in Pro events in 1970. At the end of the year the car was sold via Joe Grimaldi (Race Shop) to Peter Nye (Ann Arbor, MI) who fitted it with a HRE twin cam and raced it in Pro events and in some SCCA events through 1971. At the end of that season he sold it less engine to Jim Lloyd (Indianapolis, IN) who converted it to Formula C and won the CenDiv FC title in 1972 and 1973. Lloyd retained the car and later restored it to Formula B specification for vintage racing. He advertised it in fully-restored condition in February 1991.
  5. Chevron B15b [FB-69-8?] (Doug Brenner): A new Chevron B15B was prepared for Reine Wisell to race - and win - at Sebring 28 Dec 1969. Doug Brenner bought this car for 1970 and raced in the Pro series and then sold it to Byron Hatten (Altadena, CA) for 1971. Hatten continued to race it into 1972 but crashed heavily at Riverside in Feb 1972, the first event of the season, badly damaging the Chevron. Art Brisbane (Covina, CA) bought the damaged car, and also bought the ex-Syd Demovsky damaged B15b frame from Wayne Mitchell. Frank Monise cut the two frames in half and "beautifully attached the good parts together". Brisbane used the rebuilt car in Cal Club Formula C from 1974 until 1978 at least. Subsequent history unknown.
  6. Lotus 59 [59-F2/XB-41] (Craig Hill): New to Craig Hill (Mississauga, Ontario) and run in the Canadian Road Racing Championship and the SCCA Continental Championship for Formula B, entered by Bill Brack Racing Enterprises. Hill ran in a team with Brack's Formula 5000 Lotus 70, with both cars in marching Castrol GTX livery. Unlike the two JRDS cars, which were entered as Lotus 69Bs, Hill's car first raced in Lotus 59 bodywork and was generally billed through the season as the "Castrol GTX Lotus 59". For 1971, the car was sold to Max Nerrière (Toronto, Ontario), who raced it in the Players Canadian Formula B series. Retained by Nerrière for 1972 and for 1973. Subsequent history unknown.
  7. 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.
  8. Brabham BT29 [5] (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.
  9. Brabham BT29 (Sandy Shepard): Sandy Shepard (Denton, TX) raced a new black #59 Brabham BT29 from the start of the 1970 season. With support from his father's KDNT Radio Station, Shepard competed in every round, finishing second in his 'home' race at Dallas. He also raced the car in the Polar Prix SCCA National in February 1971 before it to Fred Opert who had it lined up for a Mexican customer.
  10. 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.
  11. Brabham BT29 (Dave Dours): In June 1970, Dick Leppla (Cleveland, Ohio) advertised a Brabham BT29 with new Hart engine. Nothing is known of Leppla's racing career in the car but in the Pro race at Road America in July, NEOhio Region's Dave Dours (Hudson, Ohio), a veteran of Formula B, appeared with a #99 Brabham BT29 supported by Leppa's company Manitowoc Crane and Shovel Sales Corp of Cleveland. Leppla's adverts continued and the car may have been sold soon after. It may not be a coincidence that also using #99 that season was John Dellagnese, also a Ohio resident, who raced a red and gold BT29 at Nelson Ledges at the end of August and at Mid-Ohio four weeks later. John cannot recall who he bought his car from.
  12. Brabham BT29 [42] (Chet Freeman): Chester T 'Chet' Freeman (Columbus, OH) had been one of the first BT29 owners in August 1969 and had won the CenDiv FB title but his car had been sold to Fred Opert by November. In June 1970, he took delivery of a second BT29, blue again like his first car, but too late this time to retain his title. He appeared in only one Pro race, the Road America race on 18 Jul 1970. The Brabham was sold to Chuck Dietrich for 1971 and Dietrich easily won the 1971 CenDiv FB title in this car. Then unknown until the 1990s when it was being raced by an "R Cooke" in the US north west. This car with Asa Candler (Naples, FL) by about 1994 and raced in historics until sold to Chris Rose (San Francisco, CA) in 2007. Rose crashed the car in 2008 and part of the frame was replaced. History then unclear until advertised by Fantasy Junction in 2014.
  13. Brabham BT29 [33] (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.
  14. 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.
  15. Brabham BT29 [1] (John Angus): John Angus bought the first BT29, ordering the car as early as late summer of 1968 but taking delivery in August 1969. He ran it in Regionals in late 1969 before participating in the Pro series in 1970. He swapped from a Vegantune to a Racing Services engine for 1971 and continued in Nationals. Angus continued with the car in 1972, when Ron Dykes also drove it in the Bogotá races and again in 1973, when the car continued to be competitive at National level. To Marc Bahner (Santa Ana, CA) for 1974, and rebodied by him with March bodywork. Raced by Bahner in local SCCA events in 1974 and 1975. Bahner retained the car for many years, advertising it in December 1996 as "absolutely new - needing paint and assembly".
  16. 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.
  17. Brabham BT29 [18] (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.
  18. Brabham BT29 (Robert S. Lamson): Robert S. Lamson (Fort Collins, CO) raced a #85 Brabham BT29 twice in Pro FB in 1970, at Dallas on 5 July 1970 and at Road America two weeks later and although he was entered at Mont Tremblant it looks like the Canadian organisers had copied the whole Road America entry list into their program. He does not appear in any Divisional FB points table. In March 1971, Bob Lamson advertised a late 1970 Brabham BT29 from Scot's Ltd in Fort Collins. The car was fitted with a Vegantune engine and had just two races on it, Lamson saying that he did not have the time to enjoy it. When contacted on his yacht in Hawaii in 2012, Bob was unable to remember who he had sold it to, but kindly offered to keep digging.
  19. Brabham BT29 [12] (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.
  20. 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.
  21. Brabham BT21C (John Marshall): John Marshall (Sandusky, OH) drove a red Brabham BT21C in Formula B in 1970, entered by Suzy Dietrich's 'Team Suzy'. He finished sixth in Central Division with 21 points. Marshall had raced a Lola Mk 5A in Formula C the two previous years and took over John Bisignano's F5000 McLaren M10A for 1971. Nothing more known.
  22. Brabham BT29 [30] (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).
  23. 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.
  24. Lotus 59C [59-FB-15] (John F. Sirmons): In 1970, John F. Sirmons (Weston, CT) and Vincent Dileo (Greenwich, CT) shared a Lotus 59C, Sirmons driving it in rounds of the SCCA Continental Championship, and Dileo competing in SCCA Nationals and in Area 1 Regional Championship races. This is almost certainly the car used by Ian Ashley to win a libre race at Brands Hatch in November 1969, as the car was said to be for an American customer, and Sirmons' car was later said to be a former Ashley car. Dileo won two Area 1 races at Thompson Raceway in July and August, but Sirmons had little success in Pro events. Sirmons and Dileo acquired a Lola T240 for 1971, and the Lotus is likely to have gone to Lola agent Carl Haas in trade. The car is unknown in 1971, but may have remained in stock with Carl Haas, because at some point in 1972 it was acquired from Haas by Phil Raeder (Delmar, NY), his Formula C Lotus 35 being traded in the other direction. Raeder fitted a Renault Alpine Gordini engine and ran the car in Formula C, qualifying for the Runoffs in 1973 where he finished in an impressive fourth place. He was entered during this time by Terri Novotny. Raeder then updated the car with Lotus 69 bodywork and other modifications and ran it as the PRD in 1974 and 1975, still with its Gordini engine. Pearce Raeder recals that the car was then sold to Walter Nelson (No. Haledon, NY/Great Neck, NY). Nelson raced a Lotus in Northeast Division Formula C in 1976, 1977 and 1978. Photographs show that it had Lotus 69 bodywork but Lotus 59 front suspension mounts, consistent with it being the ex-Raeder car. The car was later acquired by Chuck Sieber (McLean, VA), who used it in Solo II events from 1981 to 1989. He had bought the car less engine, and used a 1760 Ford twin cam, followed by an 1840cc BDA. Sieber sold the car to Ian Giles (Didcot, Oxfordshire) at the end of 1990. Its history over the next six years is unknown, but by 1996 it had been acquired by Peter Studer in Switzerland, and he restored it to F2 specification, using the Gold Leaf Team Lotus livery that was used in Formula 3. The car was still owned by Studer when he died in May 2018.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. Brabham BT29 (Steve Harris): Stephen T. Harris (Fort Wayne, Indiana) raced a #45 Brabham BT29 (of unknown colour) in Central Division in 1970, scoring 18 pts for eighth place in the highly competitive division. He also raced in the Pro race at Road America in July, qualifying up in 15th out of 43 runners. Like many other Road America entrants, he also appears on the Mont Tremblant entry list but it seems the Canadian organisers had copied much of the Road America entry list. He bought a BT35 for 1971 so the BT29 is likely to have been traded back to Fred Opert. Nothing more is known of his BT29.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. March 705 (Mike Hayman): Mike Hayman (Washington, DC) raced an orange-and-blue #0 March 705 in SCCA Formula B in 1970 and 1971. Surely then the orange-and-blue or orange-and-black #0 March entered by Bob-Kat Racing (Washington, DC) for Frank Simpson to drive in the Pro FB race at Watkins Glen in August 1972, and then for Tim Simpson at Road America two weeks later and also at Bridgehampton in October. It was entered at #0 at first, Hayman's regular number, and later as #10. It was called a March 705 when Frank drove it, but then a 702 at Road America, and simply as a March at Bridgehampton. Subsequent history unknown.
  31. 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 few 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.
  32. Chevron B15 (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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. Brabham BT29 [38] (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.
  36. Brabham BT29 [8] (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.
  37. Brabham BT29 [43] (Cliff L. Phillips): Cliff Phillips (Palos Park, IL) acquired a red Brabham BT29 for 1970 but his first known appearance wasn't until Road America 18 Jul 1970 where he recorded 41st fastest time. The car appeared on several more entry lists later in the season but Phillips started to advertise the car from early September onwards. Still being advertised in July 1971. The car is then unknown until mid-1972 when it has been identified (with chassis number and AM number) as the car driven by Roger Seacrist (Chicago, IL). Retained by Seacrist for 1973 but then unknown until acquired by Gary Dausch (Indianapolis, IN) some time before Apr 1987. To Dave Vegher and raced once at Palm Springs then to Tony Podell (Rolling Hills, CA), then Randall Smith (Petaluna, CA) and retained 2012.
  38. Brabham BT15/BT29 ("Tuck" Thomas): Mike Hiss left the east coast Abrasive Alloys team at the end of 1969 and moved to the west coast, joining Charlie Hayes' team. He raced an updated five-year-old Brabham BT15 at the opening round of the 1970 Pro FB series and finished a remarkable second. The car was advertised by Hayes in May 1970 and again in July 1970 as a "BT15/29". Sold to David E. Thomas III (Edina, MN) Thomas, an executive at his father's Lancer Stores and better known later in his career as Tuck Thomas. Entered by Lancer Racing, of Minneapolis, as a #84 Brabham BT21/29 at the Road America's Pro FB race in July 1970 but did not start. His name was also on the entry list for Mont-Tremblant two weeks later but this seems down to the Canadian organisers copying liberally from the Road America entry list. Thomas does not appear on the 1970 CenDiv FB points table but he did register in 1971 with five points. However, the entry list for Mid-Ohio 5 Jul 1971, the second National of the 1971 CenDiv season, shows him in a BT18, not a BT21/29. Advertised in October 1971 as the ex-Hayes team BT15/29 with Vegantune engine. Subsequent history unknown.
  39. Brabham BT21B (Ken Kloster): Ken Kloster (Toledo, OH) raced a Brabham BT21B in Formula B in 1970, starting with third place in a National at Green Valley in February. He advertised the car in Sep 1970 as a BT21B with all-steel Vegantune engine and also mentioning wins at MIS and at the Donnybrooke National. Subsequent history unknown.
  40. 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 with the car now fitted with a 997cc HRE engine for Formula C, qualifying for the Run-Offs that year. He then bought a 1066cc Cosworth SCA engine (bored out for SCC pistons) from Al Essig, who had used it in a Brabham BT15. Drexler is believed to have used that engine in the McLaren in 1974, 1975 and 1976. The car was acquired in 1987 by Dave Hammers (Sea Cliff, NY), restored, and put on display.


Note that 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' published 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.