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SCCA Continental Championship for Formula B/C Race

Road Atlanta, 8 Jul 1972

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Gordon Smiley Merlyn Mk 21 [320/FB/71] - Ford twin cam
30 43m 50.7s
103.455 mph
2 Chuck Sarich March 722 - Ford twin cam
Quicksilver (see note 1)
30 44m 06.6s
3 James King March 71BM [4?] - Ford twin cam
#22 (see note 2)
30
4 Jim Sarich March 722 - Ford twin cam
#67 Quicksilver (see note 3)
29 Not running
5 Tom Outcault March 722 - Ford twin cam
#3 Troco (see note 4)
29
6 Frank Marrs Chevron B15b [FB-69-5?] - Ford twin cam
#99 (see note 5)
29
7 Carl Liebich Chevron B18C - Ford twin cam
#79 Fred Opert Racing (see note 6)
29
8 Nick Cook Brabham BT35 [6] - Ford twin cam
Fred Opert Racing (see note 7)
28
9 Steve Mandy Chevron B15b - Ford twin cam
#51 (see note 8)
27
10 Dick Doherty March 722 [33] - Ford twin cam
#88 Doherty Racing (see note 9)
27
11 Frank Del Vecchio March 712M [71BM-2?] - Ford twin cam
#39 Analube (see note 10)
27
12 Jim Grob Chevron B20 [71-1] - Ford twin cam
#77 Grob Racing (see note 11)
25 Not running
13 Tom Fraser Lola T242 [HU16] - Ford twin cam Hart
#60 t.edwards (see note 12)
24
14 Peter W Nye March 712M - Ford twin cam
#8 (see note 13)
20
15 Bob Lazier March 722 - Ford twin cam
#6 (see note 14)
19 Electrical
16 Syd Demovsky Lola T240 [HU4] - Ford twin cam
#11 Demovsky Racing (see note 15)
12 Engine
17 Hiroshi Shimizu Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#12
9 Not running
18 Mike Rand March 722 [71BM-15] - Ford twin cam
#37 Analube (see note 16)
8 Not running
19 Hugh "Wink" Bancroft March 722 - Ford twin cam
#82 Bancroft Motorsport (see note 17)
8 Not running
20 Joe Shepherd Lola T240 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
(see note 18)
7 Not running
21 David McConnell GRD B72 [019-F2] - Ford twin cam
#86 DWM Racing
1 Body work damaged
22 Bill Middleton Lola T240 - Ford twin cam
#31 (see note 19)
0 Not running
DNS Paul Keeler March 722 [20] - Ford twin cam
Analube (see note 20)
Did not start
UNKE Dave Ober Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#42 (see note 21)
On entry list
UNKE Mario Pistritto March 705 - Ford twin cam
#55 (see note 22)
On entry list
UNKE Nick Craw Brabham BT38B - Ford twin cam Hart
#71 (see note 23)
On entry list
UNKE Bobby Brown Chevron B20 [72-3] - Ford twin cam
#72 (see note 24)
On entry list
UNKE Aubrey O'Connor Chevron B18 - Ford twin cam
#78 (see note 25)
On entry list

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Gordon Smiley (FB) 1.6-litre Merlyn Mk 21 [320/FB/71] - Ford twin cam 1.26.744
2 Bob Lazier (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam
3 James King (FB) 1.6-litre March 71BM [4?] - Ford twin cam
4 Chuck Sarich (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam
5 Bill Middleton (FB) 1.6-litre Lola T240 - Ford twin cam
6 Jim Grob (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B20 [71-1] - Ford twin cam
7 Jim Sarich (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam
8 Syd Demovsky (FB) 1.6-litre Lola T240 [HU4] - Ford twin cam
9 David McConnell (FB) 1.6-litre GRD B72 [019-F2] - Ford twin cam
10 Mike Rand (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 [71BM-15] - Ford twin cam
11 Paul Keeler * (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 [20] - Ford twin cam
12 Tom Outcault (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam
13 Hugh "Wink" Bancroft (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam
14 Frank Marrs (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B15b [FB-69-5?] - Ford twin cam
15 Tom Fraser (FB) 1.6-litre Lola T242 [HU16] - Ford twin cam Hart
16 Hiroshi Shimizu (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
17 Nick Cook (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35 [6] - Ford twin cam
18 Joe Shepherd (FB) 1.6-litre Lola T240 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
19 Frank Del Vecchio (FB) 1.6-litre March 712M [71BM-2?] - Ford twin cam
20 Steve Mandy (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B15b - Ford twin cam
21 Dick Doherty (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 [33] - Ford twin cam
22 Carl Liebich (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B18C - Ford twin cam
23 Peter W Nye (FB) 1.6-litre March 712M - Ford twin cam
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 722 (Chuck Sarich): Chuck Sarich (McLean, VA) raced a midnight blue/white #57 March 722 in SCCA Nationals and Pro Formula B in 1972, entered by Quicksilver Racing Enterprises, Inc of Rockville, Maryland. Chuck finished second in the Southeast Division FB championship and qualified for the Runoffs, which he won. Sarich and his team moved into Formula 5000 for 1973, and the subsequent history of his March 722 is unknown. However, an advert by Steve Jizmagian in 1976 strongly suggested he had acquired the ex-Chuck Sarich car.
  2. March 71BM [4?] (James King): 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. This may be the car he raced at Mid-America Raceway in May 1973, before his March 73B was delivered. Subsequent history unknown.
  3. March 722 (Jim Sarich): Jim Sarich (McLean, VA) raced a midnight blue/white #67 or #56 March 722 in SCCA Nationals and Pro Formula B in 1972, entered by Quicksilver Racing Enterprises, Inc of Rockville, Maryland. Jim finished eighth in the Southeast Division FB championship. Sarich and his team moved into Formula 5000 for 1973, and the subsequent history of his March 722 is unknown. However, in January 1976, C.L. Phillips (Palos Park, IL) advertised a March 722 which he said was metallic blue, had a 1975 nose, and was a "former Quicksilver championship car". Steve Jizmagian at that time had a red 722 that was described similarly, so Philips' car is likely to have been the Chuck Sarich car.
  4. March 722 (Tom Outcault): Tom Outcault (Middletown, OH) raced a green-and-yellow #3 March 722 in CenDiv and NEDiv Formula B and some Pro races in 1972, entered by Troco Racing of Cranford, NJ. Outcault upgraded to a March 73B, so the 722 may have been returned to Joe Grimaldi in trade. Subsequent history unknown.
  5. Chevron B15b [FB-69-5?] (Frank Marrs): Just as many other SCCA FB drivers were acquiring Brabham BT29s, Hugh Kleinpeter invested in a Chevron B15b to replace the Beach T11 with which he'd won the SEDiv FB title. He retained his title in 1969 and retained the Chevron for 1970, winning his third successive title. After the 1970 season, the car was sold to Dave Yoder (Plantation, FL) and it was raced by Yoder and by Frank Marrs (Plantation, FL) in local SCCA events and occasional nearby Pro events over the next four seasons. Yoder scored nine points in Southeast Division FB in 1972, and ten points in 1974, qualifying for the Runoffs that year. It was then sold to Bill Anspach, who used it for spares for his Formula C Chevron B17. It was later sold to Barry Geng (Burlington, Iowa), to replace the B17b that Geng had wrecked at Road Atlanta. It ended up with someone who was going to break it up for a 3-wheeler project, but was rescued by Wayne LaFrenz (Iowa), who has owned it since the early 1980s. It arrived complete with a 1100cc HRE-built Ford twin cam engine and Hewland FT200 gearbox.
  6. Chevron B18C (Carl Liebich): Carl Liebich (Plymouth, Wisconsin) raced a yellow Chevron B18 in SCCA Nationals in 1971, entered as #78. In 1972 he ran a yellow Chevron B18C, presumed to be the same car, entered as #79, and used in the Pro Formula B series, in the Players Canadian Formula B series, and in SCCA Nationals. Also raced by Liebich at Caracas in March 1973. Advertised by Opert as ex-Liebich, and blue-and-yellow in February 1973, and sold to Frank Sangiorgio (North Babylon, Long Island, NY) who raced it SCCA and EMRA racing around Bridgehampton from 1973 to 1975 at least. Sangiorgio was EMRA Formula B champion for 1973. He advertised the car in in September 1976. Subsequent history unknown.
  7. Brabham BT35 [6] (Nick Cook): New to Nick Cook and used in the British Formula Atlantic series in 1971. Retained for early 1972, but Cook does not appear in the UK after the end of April and this is probably the car taken to the USA to use in the SCCA series in 1972. Used by Rob Turnbull in British hillclimbs in 1973, 1974, 1975 and 1976. Sold to Andrew Fraser in 1975, and shared by him and Tim Painter in Sprints in 1977. Retained by Fraser for 1978 and 1979, and appeared at Wiscombe Park events in 1980 and 1982. Then via David McLaughlin to Keith Norman about 1984 and used by him in HSCC events in the 1980s and 1990s. To Rob Haze (Netherlands) between 1992 and 1995, and then back to Norman again. To John Dunham April 2001, then to Ben Tyler 2003, then Peter Shaw 2004, then Dr John Monson 2007.
  8. Chevron B15b (Steve Mandy): Dr Steve Mandy drove a yellow-and-red #21 Chevron B15b in SCCA Formula B in 1971, 1972, 1973 and 1974. He was a member of Florida Region at this time, but working at a USAF base at Biloxi, Mississippi. Subsequent history unknown.
  9. March 722 [33] (Dick Doherty): New to Dick Doherty (Hollywood, CA) and raced in Pro FB in 1972, as well as Cal Club SCCA events. Retained for Cal Club events in 1973, 1974 and 1975. Rebuilt by Wilbur Bunce to 75B specification for 1976, and run by him in Californian SCCA races for Dennis Firestone to drive, and later in Pro Formula Atlantic races in California for Ron Dykes, Rocky Moran, and Bob Lazier. It was red, and wore #10, #70 and #87 during the season. Sold to Ted Titmas (Van Nuys, CA) in early 1977, and run by him as a hire car in 1977, but Titmas had two cars in 1977, one red and one orange, and it is unclear which was which. Subsequent history unknown.
  10. March 712M [71BM-2?] (Frank Del Vecchio): 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.
  11. Chevron B20 [71-1] (Jim Grob): The prototype Chevron B20 was completed in Formula B specification delivered to Jim Grob (Ft Lauderdale, FL) in time for the 1971 Run-Offs. Grob then raced the orange car at the Bogotá races in early 1972 and then in Southeast Div and Pro FB in 1972. He retained the car for 1973 and 1974, racing it in a total of four Run-Offs, before selling it to Peter Symonds (Rowley, MA) for the 1975 season. Symonds only raced it four times: two SCCA Regionals in 1975 and another two in 1976. Symonds advertised it in 1977. Its next owner was Jack Van Dell who raced it in Regionals in 1985. It was sold to Pierre Haverland (Belgium) in 1988 and then to Nelson Todd (Belfast, Northern Ireland) in 2000. To Laurent Fort (Arles, Provence, France) in 2006, then to Michael Henderson (Donaghadee, County Down, Northern Ireland) in 2007.
  12. Lola T242 [HU16] (Tom Fraser): Shown in Lola records as a red Lola T242 invoiced in May 1972 so probably the red #60 Lola T242 bought by Tom Fraser (Atlanta, GA), sponsored by his 't.edwards' stores. Fraser only raced it once, in the Road Atlanta Pro race in July 1972, but found it difficult to drive and spun in corner one during the race. Fraser had been entered by Bobby Rinzler Racing when he raced a Lola T212 in 1971 and his T242 was advertised by Bobby Rinzler Racing as "new car with race on it" in January 1973. Subsequent history unknown.
  13. March 712M (Peter W Nye): Raced by Geoff Freeman (Yellow Springs, OH) in SCCA events in Central Division in 1971 but this 71BM did not appear in Pro events until bought by Peter Nye (Fostoria, OH) for the 1972 season. It may be the "ex-works 712 FB" advertised by 'Forward March' of Yellow Springs in February 1972. Nye crashed the car early in the season but rebuilt it on a new tub supplied by March and raced through 1972 and 1973 in Pro events and in SCCA. After relocating to Texas, Nye scored points in Southwest Division in 1974 and 1975. In 1974, Nye loaned the car to Galen Lyons (Austin, TX) and he raced it in one or two SCCA Nationals before it was sold to the Northwest US where its new owners planned to rebuild it as a sports car.
  14. March 722 (Bob Lazier): Bob Lazier (Vail, CO) raced a black #6 March 722 in the Pro Formula B series in 1972, winning at Bryar Motorsports Park in May. The car was sold to Byron Hatten (Altadena, CA) for 1973, and he entered it for John Angus (formerly of Hartland, WI, but living in Marina Del Rey, CA at this time) for 1974. According to a later advert, this was the "76B" driven by Hatten at the IMSA Formula Atlantic race at Ontario in 1976, and it was then sold to George Seydel (Pasadena, CA), who raced a Formula B March in SCCA Regionals at Riverside in 1978. The SCCA Logbook for this car records its "Manufacturers Identification No." as 722-16, but this was the chassis number reported in Europe to be Xavier Perrot's F2 car, so this identity remains unconfirmed.
  15. 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.
  16. March 722 [71BM-15] (Mike Rand): New to US dealer Joe Grimaldi and supplied in red bodywork. New to Mike Rand (Greenwich, CT) in time for the SCCA Runoffs, where he crashed in practice. Raced in Pro FB and SCCA Nationals in 1972. Sold to Charlie Gibson (Poughkeepsie, NY) for 1973, and again raced in Pro FB and in SCCA Nationals. Retained again for 1974, when it was run in the Canadian series in 73B specification. Also raced more rarely in 1975, before Gibson advertised it in early 1976. According to current owner Simon Perkins, it was sold for 1976 to "Eric Schneider who only did a few events and then neglected the car when he went off to college". In 1989, Charlie Gibson reacquired the car and resold it to Chris Smith, who had it refurbished by Derek Matthews at Ark Racing in 1989/1990. After racing it occasionally, Smith sold it to Perkins (North Newington, Oxfordshire) who did a few US Vintage races in 2002 and 2003 before bringing the car back to the UK in 2004. He has since raced it in HSCC and European F2 races.
  17. March 722 (Hugh "Wink" Bancroft): Hugh "Wink" Bancroft (Newport Beach, CA) raced a blue-and-white #82 March 722 in Formula B in 1972, under his own Bancroft Motorsport banner. He retained the car for 1973, when it ran as #12 and was fitted with Falconer bodywork. Later that season, the car was rented to Rocky Moran for a few races. Bancroft appeared in a few SCCA races at Riverside in the car during 1974, when it was still wearing Falconer bodywork. Subsequent history unresolved, but Richard Paul recalls buying this car for the 1975 season, when BDA engines were allowed in Pro races but not in SCCA races, fitting 732 bodywork and using it as a spare car.
  18. Lola T240 (Joe Shepherd): Joe Shepherd (Indianapolis, IN) raced a black #51 Lola T240 in CenDiv FB and in the Road Atlanta and Road America Pro FB races in 1972. Just after Christmas 1972, George Herscher (Charleston, WV) bought a black Lola T240 in Indianapolis and raced it as #51, so this must be the same car. Herscher raced it Virginia International Raceway at in 1973 and 1974. He was on the entry list for the 8 April 1973 event, but was not in the results. He then raced at VIR in October 1973 and April 1974, and scored points in CenDiv FB in 1974. George's son John Herscher remembers picking it up in Indianapolis, and as Joe Shepherd lived in Indianapolis and had a Lola T240, and both Shepherd and Herscher entered their cars as #51, it is very likely to be the same car. John recalls that it was traded to Carl Haas for a new Lola T340 Formula Ford. Subsequent history unknown.
  19. Lola T240 (Bill Middleton): Bill Middleton (Newport Beach, CA) bought a yellow #31 Lola T240 late in the 1971 Southern Pacific FB season to replace an elderly Brabham BT21C. He won enough points in this car to clinch second place in the division. Retained for 1972 and used in both Pro and SPDiv events, winning the division by a considerable margin. Last seen in late July 1972, after which Middleton acquired a Brabham BT38B. Advertised by Fred Opert in February 1973, implying it had gone to Opert in part-exchange when Middleton bought the Brabham. Subsequent history unknown.
  20. March 722 [20] (Paul Keeler): Paul Keeler (Greenwich, CT) raced a #38 white-and-green March 722 in NEDiv SCCA Nationals and some Pro FB races in 1972. He was sponsored by Analube, and entered by Gracie Racing Enterprise Ltd of Greenwich, CT. Is is not yet clear what happened to the car in 1973, but in 1974 it was raced by Gerald Lieberg (Milford, CT) at a few SCCA races, and at the Watkins Glen Pro race. He continued to race the car in New England in 1975, 1976 and 1977. For 1978, it was bought from Lieberg by Jimmy Santos (Sunnyvale, CA), and rebuilt by Newman-Dreager to 76B specification. He raced it until 1982, and then sold it in April 1983 to Richard Lempe (aka Rick Sutherland). Lempe sold it in December 1984 to John Hafkenschiel (Palo Alto, CA), who kept it until January 1996 when it was sold to Keith Lively. Sold to a further owner in June 2001.
  21. Brabham BT29 (Dave Ober): Dave Ober (Suncook, NH) raced a Formula B Brabham BT29 in Northeast Division SCCA Nationals in 1971, ending the season with four points. He advertised the car in October that year, noting a HRE engine, but continued to race it in 1972, including the Pro FB race at Bryar that May. The car was red with yellow wings and raced as #45 in 1971 and #42 in 1972. Artwork of the car shows it wearing #21. Ober also raced a FB Brabham at a Regional in October 1970 but it is not known whether that was the same car. Nothing more known but the car's colour and the date Ober first had it are consistent with it being the former car of William Marsh (Muncie, IN).
  22. March 705 (Mario Pistritto): Ronald Stanwicks (Newington, CT) acquired a brand new March 705 but within a day or so of taking delivery, he was taken unwell with a heart condition, and he decided not to race again. The unused March was sold over the winter to Seb Barone (Portland, CT) who used it in SCCA Northeast Division Formula B in 1971, scoring four points. Sold at the end of 1971 to Mario Pistritto (Hartford, CT), who raced a red #55 March 705 in Northeast Division SCCA Formula B in 1972 and 1973. In July 1974 he advertised the car in the New England Region 'Pit Talk' newsletter as a "F/B March" with new engine and fuel injection. Nothing more is known of this car. Pistritto died in Syracuse, Sicily, in 2012.
  23. Brabham BT38B (Nick Craw): Nick Craw (Washington, DC) raced a yellow-and-blue #71 Brabham BT38 in the 1972 SCCA Pro Formula B series but is only known to have started two races. The car was entered by Fred Opert Racing, and is likely to have been a brand new BT38B. In February 1973, the "ex-Craw" car was advertised by Opert as "4 races from new". Photographs from the FB event at Autodromo de San Carlo, Caracas in March 1973 suggest that this was the car raced by Andrea de Adamich to win that event. Subsequent history unknown.
  24. Chevron B20 [72-3] (Bobby Brown): Sold via Fred Opert to Bobby Brown (Hicksville, NY) for SCCA Formula B, and finished third and first in the two Bogotá races early in 1972. Brown then used it in the SCCA Continental Championship for Formula B, winning the round at Lime Rock in July from pole position. The car is unknown through the 1973 season, and was next seen when entered by Freeman Racing Enterprises, the Chevron agent, for Price Cobb (Dallas, TX) in the Pro Formula Atlantic races in 1974. It was advertised by Cobb in early 1975, then advertised by Richard Jackson (Dallas, TX) in August 1975 as "ex-Brown" but still wearing the #2 that Cobb had used in 1974 and with updated bodywork, and advert that was repeated in February 1976. It was advertised by Cobb from Dallas again in December 1976, when it was available with new body and and with or without a BDA for $4500 or $3000, and again in April and June 1977. Next seen when sold by a dealer, Paul Lindell (Houston, TX), to James Sawyer in January 1978. Offered for sale on race-cars.com in February 2003, when it still had the same nose seen in the 1975 adverts, and was still in Texas. From Sawyer to Jeff McKay (Tacoma, WA) then on to Walt Pawluczkowycz (Evergreen, CO). Sold by Pawluczkowycz to Steve Marschman (Idaho Falls, Idaho) in May 2004.
  25. Chevron B18 (Aubrey O'Connor): Aubrey O'Connor (Memphis, TN) raced a Chevron B18 as part of the Fred Opert team in Formula B in 1972, entered as either #78 or #88. O’Connor also raced a Triumph Spitfire in SCCA F Production in 1971 and 1972, and then moved to USAC stock car racing with a Pontiac in 1973. He was born in Craighead County, Arkansas on 30 December 1938 and died in Memphis, TN in November 2011. Nothing more is known of the Chevron.

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.