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SCCA Continental Championship for Formula B/C Race

Seattle, 23 May 1971

ResultsLapsTime/Speed Winnings
1 Allan Lader Brabham BT29 [46] - Ford twin cam
(see note 1)
36 50m 25.89s
96.34 mph
$1500
2 Mike Hiss Lola T240 - Ford twin cam
Charlie Hayes (see note 2)
36 -21.8s
$1000
3 Rudolfo Junco Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
Fred Opert Racing (see note 3)
36 -34.92s
$750
4 Nick Craw Brabham BT35 [9] - Ford twin cam
[Fred Opert Racing] (see note 4)
36 -53.25s
$500
5 Bill Gubelmann March 71BM [2] - Ford twin cam
(see note 5)
35 -26.02s
$400
6 Jacques Couture Lotus 69 [71/69.1.FB] - Ford twin cam Hart
(see note 6)
35 -34.87s
$300
7 Max Mizejewski March 71BM [3] - Ford twin cam
(see note 7)
35 -53.19s
$250
8 Larry Wright Brabham BT29 [44] - Ford twin cam
(see note 8)
35 -1m 8.77s
$200
9 George "Skipp" Walther Lola T240 - Ford twin cam
(see note 9)
35 -1m 14.16s
$200
10 William Monson Lotus 69 [71/69.2.FB] - Ford twin cam Hart
(see note 10)
34 -9.68s
$150
11 Jiro Yoneyama Brabham BT29 [5] - Ford twin cam Hart
Fred Opert Racing (see note 11)
34 -14.64s
$150
12 Barry Fox Brabham BT29 [49] - Ford twin cam
34 -51.08s
$100
13 Gary Gove Brabham BT21C [2?] - Ford twin cam
(see note 12)
34 -1m 14.13s
$100
14 Peter Darr Chevron B15/B17 - Ford twin cam
(see note 13)
33
$75
15 Thomas E. Kornell Brabham BT29 [48] - Ford twin cam
(see note 14)
31
$75
16 Jon Woodner Brand X Huffaker - Ford twin cam
24
$50
17 Ron Householder Brabham BT29 [9] - Ford twin cam
(see note 15)
21
$50
18 John Angus Brabham BT29 [1] - Ford twin cam
(see note 16)
18
$50
19 Randy Hancock Brabham BT29 [BT23G-2?] - Ford twin cam
(see note 17)
7
$50
20 Gus Hutchison Tecno ["2/3-006"] - Ford twin cam
6
$50
21 Syd Demovsky Lola T240 [HU4] - Ford twin cam
(see note 18)
5
 
22 Dan Davis Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
(see note 19)
5
 
23 Bob Lazier March 71BM [4?] - Ford twin cam
(see note 20)
4
 
24 Doug Brenner Brabham BT29 [45] - Ford twin cam Hart
(see note 21)
3
 
25 David McConnell Lotus 69 [71/69.3.FB] - Ford twin cam Hart
2
 
26 Rocky Moran Brabham BT21 - Ford twin cam
2
 
27 Bob Wenz Cooper T76 [T71/73 F1-3-64] - Ford twin cam
(see note 22)
0
 

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Allan Lader (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [46] - Ford twin cam 1m 21.42s
2 Bill Gubelmann (FB) 1.6-litre March 71BM [2] - Ford twin cam
3 Mike Hiss (FB) 1.6-litre Lola T240 - Ford twin cam
4 Doug Brenner (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [45] - Ford twin cam Hart
5 Nick Craw (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35 [9] - Ford twin cam
6 William Monson (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 69 [71/69.2.FB] - Ford twin cam Hart
7 Jacques Couture (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 69 [71/69.1.FB] - Ford twin cam Hart
8 Rudolfo Junco (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
9 David McConnell (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 69 [71/69.3.FB] - Ford twin cam Hart
11 Jon Woodner (FB) 1.6-litre Brand X Huffaker - Ford twin cam
12 Bob Lazier (FB) 1.6-litre March 71BM [4?] - Ford twin cam
13 Max Mizejewski (FB) 1.6-litre March 71BM [3] - Ford twin cam
14 Syd Demovsky (FB) 1.6-litre Lola T240 [HU4] - Ford twin cam
15 Larry Wright (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [44] - Ford twin cam
16 Peter Darr (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B15/B17 - Ford twin cam
17 Jiro Yoneyama (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [5] - Ford twin cam Hart
19 George "Skipp" Walther (FB) 1.6-litre Lola T240 - Ford twin cam
20 Bob Wenz (FB) 1.6-litre Cooper T76 [T71/73 F1-3-64] - Ford twin cam
21 John Angus (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [1] - Ford twin cam
22 Gary Gove (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21C [2?] - Ford twin cam
23 Gus Hutchison (FB) 1.6-litre Tecno ["2/3-006"] - Ford twin cam
24 Thomas E. Kornell (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [48] - Ford twin cam
25 Dan Davis (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
26 Barry Fox (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [49] - Ford twin cam
27 Rocky Moran (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21 - Ford twin cam
29 Randy Hancock (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [BT23G-2?] - Ford twin cam
32 Ron Householder (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [9] - Ford twin cam

Notes on the cars:

  1. Brabham BT29 [46] (Allan Lader): Allan Lader had raced as part of the Fred Opert team during the latter half of 1970 but in 1971 he returned to running his own car with Pacifico Inc backing. He again raced a Brabham BT29, his third, and continued his run of excellent results by winning the opening two rounds of the Pro series from pole. At the third round, at Mexico City, he crashed heavily and the BT29 was wrecked. Lader quickly bought a new Brabham BT35 and the wrecked BT29 frame went via Opert to Carl Whitney and some components from it were salvaged to be used on the Formula C BT29 that he built up for the 1972 season. The remains of the wreck were sold (with another wreck) to Ken Duclos to help keep his FB BT29 running. Marty Handshy (Ridgefield, CT) then bought both sets of remains from Duclos. It is unclear how this car was identified as BT29-46 but a reproduction plate was created at the time of the restoration when the frame was reconstructed by Lime Rock Motors in 1999. He retained the car until some time between 2004 and 2007 when it was sold to Shelby Mershon (Springfield OH).
  2. Lola T240 (Mike Hiss): Charlie Hayes entered a new Lola T240 for Mike Hiss at the start of the 1971 US FB season. Hiss crashed the car at Mexico City at the end of June, flipping end over end. Hayes bought a new car to replace it so it is likely that the T240 was destroyed in this accident.
  3. Brabham BT29 (Rudolfo Junco): Rudolfo Junco, a young Mexican driver, bought a new Brabham BT29 late in 1970 to compete in a pair of races being organised in Mexico around November 1970. He raced it again when the Pro series came to the Monterrey track in Mexico in June 1971 but was involved in a huge accident in the warm up session before the race and the Brabham was burnt out, the only salvageable part being the engine.
  4. Brabham BT35 [9] (Nick Craw): New to Nick Craw, and raced initially in the British Formula Atlantic series at the start of 1971 before moving to the North American SCCA series in May. Borrowed by Alan Lader for the 1971 SCCA Runoffs. Raced by Craw at Bogotá in early 1972, then sold to Bob Schutt (Kirkwood, MO) for Midwest Division SCCA FB in 1972 and 1973. Sold to Dorsey Schroeder (Manchester, MO) and raced by him 1974, 1975 and 1976. Then to Mike Mahan in 1976 or 1977 for autocross, and next to Greg Scharnburg in 1980, also for autocross. In October 2001, it was bought from Scharnburg by Mike Winebrenner (Sellersburg, Indiana).
  5. March 71BM [2] (Bill Gubelmann): New for Bill Gubelmann (Oyster Bay, NY) and used in British Formula Atlantic at the start of the season, winning at Oulton Park 21 March, and then in the SCCA Pro Formula B series. The car was often described as a 712M but it seems more likely that he used the same 712BM all season. Also raced with a BDA in the Formula A race at Lime Rock in Sep and in one round of the Canadian series. Sold via Joe Grimaldi's The Race Shop to Frank Del Vecchio (Trumbull, CT) and used in NEDiv FB and in a couple of rounds of the Pro series. Sold back via Joe Grimaldi at the end of 1972; Frank thinks it went to a Canadian, and it is very likely to have been the car driven by Ken Huband, Norm Joy and David Westgate in 1973 and 1974. Sold to Mauro Lanaro (Montréal, Quebec) to replace the 71BM he lost in a transporter fire in 1974. Fitted with a Cosworth BDA engine and raced as the LM Special until at least 1977. Whether it is the LM Special he raced from 1980 to 1983 is unclear. The car remained with Lanaro for many years and was eventually rebuilt to original 71BM specification about 1999. In late 2018, it was part of a package of cars bought from Lanaro by David Clubine (Brantford, ON), and was sold to a collector in Ontario.
  6. 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.
  7. March 71BM [3] (Max Mizejewski): New to Chuck Willis's CRW Racing (Anaheim, CA) and leased to Jean de la Bruyere (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) for Max Mizejewski (Woodland Hills, CA) to race in SCCA Formula B in 1971 as "The Edmonton Flyer". De la Bruyere then split from CRW and Ron Dykes (Marina del Rey, CA) then took over the 71Bm for Pro Formula B races and SCCA Nationals for the rest of 1971. Sold to Bob Newton (Cupertino, CA) and run in Pro FB and SCCA Nationals in 1972, 1973 and 1974. It was also raced by Craig Fraser (Santa Cruz, CA) in 1973 and 1974 before Newton's last known appearance in it in late 1974. To Jim Van Horn (Orange, CA) and raced in Cal Club Regionals in late 1975. Van Horn bought a newer Chevron B27 for 1976, but returned to the March for 1977, which was rebuilt to 76B specification by Marc Bahner and fitted with a BDA engine. The car was registered with the SCCA in September 1977, but curiously used the chassis number of a March 722, 722-38. Van Horn raced this car up to 1980. To Bill Hill (Olympia, WA) in 1981, fitted with a Mazda engine and a sports car body and raced the car in SCCA ASR and in Can-Am as the "Marzda" or the "Banana Crate". Crashed in a SCCA Regional (NW Region) at Olympia Airport in September 1986. Hill then bought a Lola T360 and the March chassis stayed in the rafters of his garage for many years. After Hill died, the car was sold to Phil Creighton (Georgia) in mid-2017, and then by him to Kevan McLurg (Brighton, UK) in 2018. Sold to Bruce Balchin (Southampton) in July 2019.
  8. Brabham BT29 [44] (Larry Wright): This late BT29 remained unused in 1970 and was sold by Charlie Hayes to Larry Wright (Riverside, CA) in Dec 1970, taking Wright's Chevron B15 in part exchange. Wright raced the orange-and-yellow #83 Brabham in Pro events and in SCCA National and Regional events on the west coast. In June 1973, he wrecked the car in practice for a National at Laguna Seca and replaced it with the ex-Archie Snider BT29. The damaged chassis went to Marc Bahner in 1974 who eventually repaired it and sold it to Lou Pavesi in 1980. It later passed to Steve Pike in Australia in 1993 and then to Jim McConville in 1998.
  9. Lola T240 (George "Skipp" Walther): Skipp Walther (Dayton, OH) raced a royal blue or blue/silver #24 Lola T240 in the 1971 US FB Pro series. His last appearance was at Road America in August where he retired for unknown reasons. He did not appear in the CenDiv or NEDiv FB points table, implying he limited his appearances to the Pro series. Nothing more known.
  10. Lotus 69 [71/69.2.FB] (William Monson): New to William Monson (Kent, WA) in February 1971 with pale yellow bodywork according to the Lotus built record. Raced by Monson in the SCCA Continental Championship and SCCA Nationals in 1971 but after only a few races he suffered a major accident at Laguna Seca in June 1971 when he clipped the bridge and was in hospital with significant injuries. He retired from racing and sold the wrecked Lotus to Gary Gove (Tacoma, WA). Gove's racing partner Pete Lovely was then in the process of fitting a F1 DFV engine to his 1970 F2 Lotus 69 and Gove was able to use the F2 rear end to repair Monson's car. The result was a very quick car and in 1972 Gove raced it in ICSCC and NW Regional events plus at least one National and the Westwood round of the Canadian FB series. In 1973, Gove won the NorPac title in the Lotus and then sold it to Jon Norman (Oakland, CA) who won the 1975 NorPac FB title and was second in 1976. Norman also took the car to the SCCA Runoffs in 1975, finishing a remarkable fourth, and raced it in several Pro Formula Atlantic races. Norman raced it at least once in SCCA events in 1977 before replacing it with a much newer March 76B. Subsequent history unknown.
  11. Brabham BT29 [5] (Jiro Yoneyama): 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.
  12. Brabham BT21C [2?] (Gary Gove): Nick Reynolds (Sausalito, CA), a musician with folk group "The Kingston Trio", bought a new Brabham BT21C for 1968 which he used in SCCA Nationals, finishing second in NorPac Division and fifth at the ARRC. He sold the car to Dr William T Monson (Kent, WA) for 1969, and Monson went one better, taking the red BT21C to the SCCA Northern Pacific Division title and placing well in the 'Pro' series when it visited his home town. It was then sold to Gary Gove (Tacoma, WA) who raced it locally in 1970 and 1971. Gary cannot recall who he sold it to but recalls that it was an early car, either BT21C/2 or BT21C/3.
  13. Chevron B15/B17 (Peter Darr): Peter Darr (Government Camp, OR) raced a green or blue/green Chevron in Formula B from June 1970 to June 1971. The only clue to its identity is from Darr's advertisement for the car in November 1970, where he called it a "B15-17 Chevron F2 chassis", adding that it was a "works convt. F2". It was fitted with a Hewland FT200 gearbox and 10" and 14" wheels. The only F2 car that this could possibly be is the first B10, thought to have been used as a Formula A car in 1969 in Illinois. Nothing more known.
  14. Brabham BT29 [48] (Thomas E. Kornell): Sold new to Tom Kornell (Seal Beach, CA) and raced in SCCA Divisional and Pro Formula B in 1971 and 1972. Kornell added a sports car nose and a more substantial rollhoop amongst other changes. He ordered a Brabham BT41 for 1973 and the BT29 went to Fred Opert as a trade. Subsequent history unknown.
  15. Brabham BT29 [9] (Ron Householder): This early chassis number would have raced in 1969 but its first owner is still unknown. Working backwards from its modern ownership, it would have been the black-and-yellow BT29 raced by Allan Lader (Gresham, OR), until Lader got a new 1970-spec BT29 in July. The older car was sold to Ron Householder (Portland, OR) and raced by him in SCCA, CASC and ICSCC events in 1971, 1972 and 1973. Householder sold it to Paul Anderson (Huntington Beach, CA) who entered it for Pete Halsmer in SCCA events in 1974. Then to Bill Hill (Olympia, WA) in March 1975. Hill drove this car, mainly in ICSCC events, until April 1980 at least, and Hill advertised the car "for rent" in mid-1980. Retained by Hill until his death. It was sold by his widow to David Irwin (Evergreen, CO) in December 2017.
  16. 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".
  17. Brabham BT29 [BT23G-2?] (Randy Hancock): Randy Hancock (Campbell, CA) appeared in the Seattle Pro race in May 1971 in a car reported to be a Brabham BT29. This is his only known race appearance but a Randy Hancock and a L.J. (Lowell) Hancock (Campbell, CA) advertised a Brabham BT23G or a Brabham BT23 in The Wheel in 1973. This suggests that Randy Hancock's car at Seattle in 1971 was actually a BT23G.
  18. Lola T240 [HU4] (Syd Demovsky): New to Syd Demovsky (Chicago, IL) and his red #11 Demovsky Racing Lola T240 in the 1971 Pro FB series. Retained for 1972 and again did a full season, still red and still using #11. In June 1973 it was sold together with HU5 by Charlie Hayes to Eric Steele of Formula Cars Inc (Mansfield, Ohio). It is believed that the two cars were intended for the Mid-Ohio Racing School. Subsequent history unknown. A car with this chassis number raced by Bob Juggins in 1996/97.
  19. Brabham BT29 (Dan Davis): Larry Maatz (San Francisco, CA) bought a new Brabham BT29 in mid-1970 and drove the car in amateur events but asked Dan Davis to drive it for him in Pro events. Due to business pressures, Davis only raced it in one Pro event, at Seattle in May 1971. Maatz advertised the car in June 1972 saying that it was "little raced and as new".
  20. March 71BM [4?] (Bob Lazier): Robert Lazier (Vail, CO) raced a black March 71BM in the SCCA Pro Formula B series and in SCCA Nationals in 1971. The car was sold to James King ( East St Louis, IL) for 1972, when it was repainted green and yellow and entered as #22 in Pro FB and in Nationals. King qualified the car for the 1972 Runoffs, but retired. Subsequent history unknown.
  21. Brabham BT29 [45] (Doug Brenner): This is one of a pair of late BT29s acquired by California dealer Charlie Hayes which remained unraced during 1970. It was sold it March 1971 to Doug Brenner (Pasadena, CA) and raced in Pro events and in SCCA Nationals that season. Brenner raced the yellow Brabham in the two Bogotá races in early 1972 and then sold it to Phil Palm and Ron Pohl 1972 who retained Brenner's entry number of #26 and raced the car in 1972. They sold it to Bill Summers (Middleton, WI) who raced it in SCCA Regional and Midwest Council races at Elkhart Lake, Brainerd, and Blackhawk Farms, and advertised it in October 1978 with a CRW engine. The next owner was Bob Mijolevic (Pardeeville, WI) who used it in Midwest Council events in 1980, later fitting a Mazda engine for use in autocross. Mijolevic last raced the car in September 1982 but after that the history is largely unknown until it was bought by Cy Moreland (Trainer, PA) who in turn sold it to Dave Burch (Los Altos, CA). Rebuilt in the mid-1990s using a replacement Marc Bahner chassis. Sold in late 2011 to Wayne Wilson (Sydney, NSW, Australia).
  22. Cooper T76 [T71/73 F1-3-64] (Bob Wenz): Although given a F1 chassis number, F1-3-64, this car is now seen as more cross between the F1 Cooper T73 and the F2 Cooper T71. Built up by Bob Gerard's team and fitted with a 1.5-litre Ford twin cam engine with the intention of using it in minor F1 races and in Formule Libre, especially at Gerard's local Mallory Park. Raced for Gerard by John Taylor in libre with great success in 1964, in the early-season English non-championship F1 races and at the British GP, but then replaced with an ex-works F1 Cooper T60. Used by Alan Rollinson and Taylor later in the season and then converted to F2 specification for a couple of races in September. Reappeared in F1 spec again in 1965 for John Rhodes, as a F2 for Taylor, as a 1650cc libre car for Taylor, and then even as a F3 car for Bob's son Julian Gerard. Then not used until late 1966 when Chris Lambert raced it as a F2 and then it became Julian Gerard's regular libre car in 1967. Finally sold at the end of 1967 to Bob Wenz (Los Gatos, CA) who raced it in SCCA Formula B for several years. Then to Bob Korst and "laid up" for 20 or so years until sold to Alan Baillie (Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire) who brought it back to England and restored it to 1.5-litre F1 specification with a Ford twin cam. Raced from 1997 onwards by Baillie in historic racing, generally in HGPCA Grand Prix Cars events. Sold to car dealer Chris Drake (London) for 2018, and raced in HGPCA events.

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.