SCCA National (Washington Region)

Summit Point, 12 Apr 1970

1 Bob Welch Brabham BT29 [8] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#23 (see note 1)
25 30m 24.9s
2 Bob Hebert Lotus 59 [59-FB-12] - Ford twin cam
#19 (see note 2)
2nd in FB
3 Bob Esseks (F5000) 5-litre McLaren M10A [300-09] - Chevrolet V8
#63 (see note 3)
1st in FA
4 Pete Sherman (F5000) 5-litre Lola T142 - Chevrolet V8
2nd in FA
5 Mike Rand (FC) 1-litre Brabham BT21B [15] - Ford Cosworth SCA
1st in FC
6 Russell Freed (FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT21B - Ford
#6 (see note 4)
2nd in FC
7 Barton Brownstein (FC) 1-litre Brabham BT15 - Ford Cosworth MAE
#17 (see note 5)
3rd in FC
8 Harry Reynolds (FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT29 [25] - Cosworth SCC
4th in FC
9 Lee Sacks (FC) 1.1-litre Cooper T75 - Renault Gordini
#1 (see note 6)
5th in FC
R Gene Mason Tecno - Ford twin cam

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  2. Lotus 59 [59-FB-12] (Bob Hebert): Bought by Pete and Bill Pulver's Dutchess Auto in 1969 for Fred Stevenson (Salisbury, CT) to race in US Formula B and entered by Stevenson's Lotus/East Inc racing operation. The car was sold at the end of the main season to customer Bob Hebert (Monterey, MA) and driven by him at Sebring at the end of 1969 (according to Stevenson's recollection but not in reports) and then through the 1970 season. Hebert and Stevenson had new 69s for 1971 and the 59B may have returned to Stevenson and even been raced by him in some SCCA Nationals in 1971. To Ralph Manaker (Syracuse, NY) for 1972, and raced in NEDiv Regional Formula B that year, entered by BME Racing. By this time it was wearing Lotus 69 bodywork, with the original bodywork remaining with Manaker until the 1990s. The Lotus then went to Leland Gerey, who put it on pole position for a race at Pocono as late as 1980. Then to Kurt Hoffman, and sold for him by Jerry Bensinger via Frans Van den Heuvel (Holland) to Paul Schouwenburg (Belgium). Then back from Schouwenburg to Bensinger in 1989, and offered by sale in 1990. By 1992/93, the car had been sold to a Japanese dealer but when a planned auction in Japan was cancelled, the car remained in a warehouse in California for some time. In 1995, it was sold by Mark Leonard to Tim Gaffney, and he restored the car to Fred Stevenson's #93 livery, but on its newer Lotus 69 bodywork. The car was then sold by Gaffney to Japan.
  3. McLaren M10A [300-09] (Bob Esseks): See full history: McLaren M10A 300-09.
  4. Brabham BT21B (Russell Freed): Russell Freed (McKees Rock, PA) raced a Brabham in SCCA Formula C from 1970 to 1975. In 1972, he had moved to Coraopolis, PA and was entered by Bonnie Freed. He qualified for the Runoffs in 1970, where his car was identified on the entry list as a Brabham BT21B.
  5. Brabham BT15 (Barton Brownstein): Bart Brownstein (New York, NY) ran a Brabham in FC in 1968. He advertised it in CP&A 16 Nov 1968 as a Brabham BT15 with MAE engine. Nothing more known.
  6. Cooper T75 (Lee Sacks): Lee Sacks (Owings Hills, MD) bought an ex-F2 Cooper from a dealer in Annapolis, MD, fitted a 1100cc Renault Gordini engine and raced it in Formula C in 1968, 1969 and 1970. Photographs appear to show a 1965 Cooper T75 but the car's movements in 1966 and 1967 are as yet unknown. Lee moved into IMSA Formula 100 in 1971, and does not remember who he sold the Cooper to.


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.

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.

Individual sources for this event

Straightpipe May 1970 pages 6D, 7 contained full results; also Competition Press & Autoweek 2 May 1970 p7. [WG2022]