Lake Garnett Grand Prix (Kansas City Region SCCA National)

Lake Garnett, 27 Jul 1969

1 Harvey Woodward Lotus 51 - Ford
16 1st in FB
2 Steve Louden (FF) 1.6-litre Merlyn - Ford
16 "30.21"
3 Edward Miller (FF) 1.6-litre Merlyn - Ford
4 Jim Pyle (FF) 1.6-litre Merlyn - Ford
5 John Saucier (FF) 1.6-litre Titan - Ford Kent
6 Bob Nichols (FF) 1.6-litre Merlyn - Ford
7 Eldon "Bud" Howard (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus 51 - Ford
8 Roy Woods (FF) 1.6-litre Royale RP2 - Ford Kent
9 Fred Roehr (FC) 1.1-litre Titan Mk3 [68306] - Ford
#78 (see note 1)
16 1st in FC
10 Tom King (FC) Lola
15 2nd in FC
11 David Phillips (FC) Alexis
12 Bill Custer (FF) 1.6-litre Royale RP2 - Ford Kent
13 Harvey Simon Caldwell - Ford twin cam
15 2nd in FB
14 Tom McEntire Co-op Special
14 3rd in FB
15 Gene Forsthofel Lotus 51 - Ford
9 4th in FB
R Mark Waco (FF) 1.6-litre Merlyn - Ford
R Gerald Crow Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam
#76 (see note 2)
R Benny McCoin (FC) 1.1-litre Crosslé 6F [C6/F65/22] - NSU
R John D Witt (FC) Lotus
R Evan Noyes Brabham BT18 - Ford twin cam
#75 (see note 3)
R Jerry Hodges (F5000) 5-litre Hodges Special - Chevrolet V8
#9 (see note 4)
R Larry Huff (FC) 1.1-litre Coopernaught - Ford
R Doug Champlin Titan Mk3 - Ford twin cam
#49 (see note 5)

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. Titan Mk3 [68306] (Fred Roehr): New to Charles Sawyer-Hoare and raced in British F3 in 1968 up to Brands Hatch in August 1968. Then to Fred Roehr (Portland, OR) and raced in Formula C in the US from 1969 to 1971. According to a June 2010 feature on Curtis Jacobson's BritishRaceCar.com, the car then went to Don Starr who fitted a Kawasaki motorcycle engine, presumably still for Formula C. Several owners later it was acquired by Bob Erickson and Don Snyder who are believed to have converted it to Formula B specification with a Ford twin cam engine. In the mid-1990s it passed to Brad and Dean Baker (Bowmanville, Ontario) who raced it in historic events. In February 2004 it was acquired by Bill Bovenizer (Ajax, Ontario, Canada) who continued to use it in vintage racing, still with a Lotus-Ford twin cam engine.
  2. Brabham BT21C (Gerald Crow): Gerald Crow (Denver, CO) appeared in the 1969 US FB season in a Brabham, identified by the Brainerd entry list as a BT21C-Ford. The car was described at Seattle in July as green/yellow. Fred Opert Racing mentioned his debut in this car at Wentzville (Mid-America Raceway) at the end of March 1969 and said that it was a BT21C with Vegantune engine. Nothing more known.
  3. Brabham BT18 (Evan Noyes): Evan Noyes Jr drove a #75 Brabham BT18 in Central Division and Midwest Division SCCA Nationals in 1969. His home town was given as Indianapolis, IN during 1969, then Carmel, IN in early 1970, then Cedarville, Michigan later in 1970. His car was usually just called a Brabham, but the results sheet for the National at Blackhawk Farms in July identified it as a BT18, and several press releases also said it was a BT18. Noyes ran a Brabham BT29 as part of Fred Opert Racing in 1970, so the BT18 may have been traded to Opert. Subsequent history unknown.
  4. Hodges Special (Jerry Hodges): Jerry Hodges (Overland, MO) raced a Hodges Special in Midwest Division Formula A in 1970. He retired from the Lake Garnett Grand Prix, a Kansas City Region SCCA National, in July 1969, and from the Indianapolis Region SCCA National at Indianapolis Raceway Park in early October, but then won his class in an SCCA National at War Bonnet a week later. The nine points from this win were enough to give him a three-way tie for the championship, with Frank Egger's Lotus 38 and Jack Eiteljorg's Eisert. Hodges attended the Road Race of Champions at Daytona in November with the car, but again retired. Hodges recalls that he later had a towing accident with the car, after which he salvaged what he could and the remainder of the car went to the scrapyard.
  5. Titan Mk3 (Doug Champlin): Son of a wealthy oil family, Doug Champlin (Enid, OK) raced a gold-and-blue #49 Titan-Ford in Formula B in 1969 but it only appeared very rarely. Champlin then decided to buy a F1 Brabham BT26 and entered it for Gus Hutchison in Formula A late 1969 and through 1970. Later a noted firearms manufacturer and aircraft collector, Champlin died in May 2013. Nothing more is known of his Titan.


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 sheet [S216]