SCCA National (Chicago Region)

Meadowdale Raceway, 18 May 1969

1 Jim Clarke (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus - Ford Kent
34 30m 33.0s
66.776 mph
2 Pete Helferich (FF) 1.6-litre Merlyn Mk 11 - Ford

3 Frank Bonner (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus 51C - Ford Kent

4 John Mahler (F5000) 5-litre Lola T140 [SL140/8] - Chevrolet V8
#99 (see note 1)
33 1st in FA class
5 Richard Moxley (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus 51 - Ford

6 Jeffrey Lance (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus 51 - Ford

7 Peter Quenet (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus 51A - Ford

8 John Marshall (FC) 1.1-litre Lola T55 [BRJ63] - Cosworth
32 1st in FC
9 Gene Forsthofel Lotus 51 - Ford
32 1st in FB
10 Wes Wilson (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus 51 - Ford

11 Benny McCoin (FC) 1.1-litre Crosslé 6F [C6/F65/22] - NSU

12 John Spreck (FF) 1.6-litre Merlyn Mk 11 - Ford Kent

13 Bill Menz (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus 51 - Ford

14 Doug Turner (FC) Cooper

R Jon Jenkins (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus 51 - Ford
R Carmon Solomone (FC) 1.1-litre Lotus 20 - Ford
R "Bud" Jackson Cyclone - Alfa Romeo
R Jerry Hansen (F5000) 5-litre McLaren M10A - Chevrolet V8
R Reg Howell (FF) 1.6-litre unknown - Ford Kent

DNS Martin Sellers McLaren M4B [200-26B?] - Ford twin cam
#30 (see note 2)
Did not start
DNS Thomas Gelb Chevron B14 [FB-68-8] - Ford twin cam
#66 (see note 3)
Did not start
DNS Bob Sundmacher (FF) 1.6-litre Merlyn Mk 11 - Ford
Did not start
DNS Gib Kugel Crosslé 12F - Ford twin cam
Did not start
DNSC Tom Tufts Ausca
Did not start (crashed)

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. Lola T140 [SL140/8] (John Mahler): New to Jerry Hansen for the 1968 US series, then to John Mahler (Bettendorf, IA) for the 1969 series. Subsequent history unknown but believed to be the car acquired by Wayne "Bing" Sherer (Buffalo, NY) in 1972 and raced in SCCA Nationals. To Phil "Butch" Hollenbeck for 1973, then to Art Cross (Auburn, NY) who ran it in to Florida for several years. Via Owen Starr, Lou Pavesi and Rick McLean to Mark Rincon (Redding, CA) and Hal Williams by 1994, for historic racing. Later sold to Richard Cross, then via Rincon to John Bryant (Adelaide, Australia) at the Monterey Historics in August 2007 and imported into Australia. Crashed at Philip Island March 2008, but rebuilt and raced in the 2011/12 Tasman Revival series. More information about Lola T140 SL140/8
  2. McLaren M4B [200-26B?] (Martin Sellers): Sold to Martin Sellers (Columbus, OH) for Formula B in 1968. The sale was arranged by Chuck Dietrich (Sandusky, OH) who had run a M4A in 1967 and was now buying a new car for himself as well. Dietrich and Sellers ran together as a team in 1968. Retained by Sellers for 1969 but he had engine troubles through that season and after that only raced the car rarely. In the 1990s, he brought the car out again for historic racing and ran at Sears Point with the SCCA in 1997. More recently a member of the CSRG. Chassis 200-26 is a very rare 1960s racing car that has only had one owner from new.
  3. Chevron B14 [FB-68-8] (Thomas Gelb): Bought new by Tom Tufts (Milwaukee, WI) and raced in Formula B in 1968, starting at Road America on 27 July 1968, at the Buckeye Sprints at Mid-Ohio two weeks later and then at Donnybrooke (Brainerd) on 22 September 1968. Identified from an invoice as chassis FB-68-8. Sold to Tom Gelb (Mequon, WI) for 1969, replacing an ancient Brabham BT2, and raced in Pro and CenDiv FB until crashed at Mosport Park in August 1969. The car was repaired and sold in 1970 but its subsequent history is unknown. However, it may well be the car raced by fellow Central Division racer Jim Trueman (Amlin, OH) in 1970.


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.

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Individual sources for this event

CP&A? Full results? [S040]