March 722 (Formula B) car-by-car histories
Marketed in the US as the March 72B, March Engineering's 1972 Formula B model appears in March records as the 722, the same as the Formula 2 and Formula Atlantic models. The car sold very well in the US, and also won one round of the Canadian FB series.
The March 722 followed the very orthodox outline of its predecessor, the 1971 Formula B March 71BM, with a bathtub monocoque and outboard suspension all round. Bodywork was entirely revised with a low narrow nose, which required the radiators to be moved to the sides of the car. Detailed specification is the same as the Formula Atlantic model, but with the Ford twin cam engine replacing the Formula Atlantic Cosworth Ford BDA.
Full sales records for the March 722 are not known to have survived, but it would appear that all sales went through the North American dealer, Joe Grimaldi. Sales were brisk, especially in the American northeast, where eight or nine were sold, but only two cars went to Canada, for Ric Forest and Roy Folland. Other existing Canadian customers chose to update their 71BMs to 722 specification. Of the other 722s, four or five went to the US west coast, and the other four to the US Midwest.
As March used the same model number for the 1972 Formula 2, Formula Atlantic and Formula B models, we have tried to ease the research by treating each variant as a distinct group. Although F2 cars were converted to Formula Atlantic in Europe, there is no evidence that any F2 or Formula Atlantic cars moved to the US. To ease the tracking of cars after their first season, and to deal with the relative paucity of information about Formula B cars, this article just deals with the cars built for Formula B. March summary records state that 20 Formula B March 722s were built, as well as 20 Formula 2 March 722s and four Formula Atlantic 722s. As we do not even know for certain which chassis numbers were the F2 cars, we cannot start to determine the chassis numbers of the Formula B cars. So all that can be done on this page is to list the seven FB cars for which chassis numbers are known (722/20, 722/23, 722/27, 722/30, 722/33, 722/38 and 722/43) and then all the unidentified 722s from the 1972 Formula B season.
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, who kept it until January 1996 when it was sold to Keith Lively. Sold to a further owner in June 2001.
Driven by: Paul Keeler, Gerald Lieberg and Jimmy Santos. First race: Lime Rock, 28 May 1972. Total of 23 recorded races.
Roy Folland (Montréal, Quebec) raced a blue March 722 in the early rounds of the British Formula Atlantic series in 1972, before taking the car to Canada and running in the Players Canadian Formula B series. Sold for 1973 to Bruce Jensen (Kitchener, Ontario) and raced in the Players Canadian series. Sold to Edmond Villa (Clark, NJ), and raced in a New England Region SCCA Regional at Lime Rock in April 1974. In January 1976, he advertised a 722 in Competition Press & Autoweek from Port St Lucie, FL. Ed sold it to Folis Jones (Chesapeake, VA), who raced a March in SEDiv events in 1976 and 1977. This would be the March 722 with '77 bodywork advertised by Folis Jones in December 1978 and February 1979. Subsequent history unknown.
Driven by: Roy Folland, Bruce Jensen, Edmond Villa and Folis Jones. First race: Oulton Park (R2), 18 Mar 1972. Total of 25 recorded races.
Allan Lader (Gresham, OR) had a black #2 March 722 for 1972. As his main focus in 1972 was Formula 5000, he only raced the car in two Pro FB races and in the Sep 1972 Lime Rock FA race when it was fitted with a BDA and ran in the Formula A class. It was entered by Pacifico Inc. and also, at Laguna Seca in May 1972, by Pierres Motors Racing. In 1973, Robert Hall (Oakland, CA) raced a black March 722 that was said to be ex-Lader. He raced this car in SCCA National and Regional races over the next three seasons or longer.
Driven by: Allan Lader and Robert Hall. First race: Laguna Seca (R1), 7 May 1972. Total of 15 recorded races.
Larry Dunn (Lake Stevens, WA) advertised a car with this chassis number in December 1986, so it would be the car he raced in WCAR Formula Atlantic races at Seattle, Sears Point, Westwood and Tacoma between 1984 and 1986. The provenance indicates that this was the Bud Rude/Pierre Phillips car, but this is still to be confirmed.
Driven by: Larry Dunn. First race: Seattle (R7), 23 Sep 1984. Total of 2 recorded races.
A green March 722 known to have been invoiced to Joe Grimaldi on 3 May 1972, but his customer for this car is not known.
New to Dick Doherty (Hollywood, CA) and raced in Pro FB in 1972, as well as Cal Club SCCA events, entered by Doherty Racing Ent. The car was green and entered as #88. He retained it for 1973, both for Cal Club events at Riverside and some Pro races, appeared again with it in 1974, and also in 1975, when it was fitted with a BDA engine. It was advertised by Doherty and by Wilbur Bunce in September 1975.
For 1976, Bunce updated the car to 75B specification, using the nose from Vittorio Brambilla F1 March 751 damaged at Watkins Glen in October 1975 and repaired and modified by Marc Bahner. Bunce entered it 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. Dykes drove it in a SCCA National in February 1977, when it was entered as #16.
It was then sold to Ted Titmas (Van Nuys, CA) of Titmas Racing, but Titmas had two Formula Atlantic cars in similar specification, one red and one orange, and it is not yet clear which was the old 722.
Driven by: Dick Doherty, Dennis Firestone, Les Hill, Ron Dykes, Rocky Moran and Bob Lazier. First race: Lime Rock (R3), 4 Jul 1972. Total of 22 recorded races.
Harold Millar (Reseda, CA) bought a new March 722 and raced it in Californian SCCA races from 1972 to 1976, and possibly later. It was eventually sold to Robin Henderson (initially with Marc Crocetti) in 1991 and raced in SVRA events in 2001 and 2003. It was sold to Shane Gifford (Attadale, WA, Australia) in December 2010. Raced by Gifford in Australian from 2011 onwards. Raced at Barbagallo Raceway in April 2018.
Driven by: Harold Millar. First race: Riverside, 28 May 1972. Total of 6 recorded races.
Unidentified Formula B March 722s in 1972
At present, we can identify the chassis numbers of only five of Formula B 722s that were raced in 1972, but there were another 14 FB March 722s running during the 1972 season for which a chassis number is not yet known. This gives a total of 19 cars. March probably regarded American Bill Gubelmann's car as a FB order, although it only ever raced in the UK, so that brings the total to 20, matching March's summary records.
Those five 722s for which chassis numbers are known were Paul Keeler's 722/20, Roy Folland's 722/23, Allan Lader's 722/27, Dick Doherty's 722/33 and Harold Millar's 722/43. The 14 cars for which a chassis number is not known were those of Wink Bancroft, Seb Barone, Bob Lazier, Wayne Ricciardi, Chuck Sarich, Jim Sarich, Bill Mairs, Chuck Dietrich, Tom Outcault, William Kautz, Dale Lang, Ric Forest and Ted Thomas, plus the suspected car of Bud Rude/Pierre Phillips.
'the Hugh "Wink" Bancroft car'
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.
Driven by: Hugh "Wink" Bancroft and Rocky Moran. First race: Riverside, 12 Feb 1972. Total of 24 recorded races.
'the Seb Barone car'
Sebastiano 'Seb' Barone (Portland, CT) raced a red-and-white #28 March 722 in Formula B in 1972, entered by J.C. Competition Eng.of Southington, CT. He first appeared at the Bogotá races, but was a non-starter. The car was also used by Bobby Brown, fitted with a Cosworth BDA and running as a Formula A in the Lime Rock Grand Prix in September. Barone finished second in NEDiv FB in 1972. He retained the car for SCCA Nationals in 1973, qualifying for the Runoffs. Subsequent history unknown.
Driven by: Seb Barone and Bobby Brown. First race: Bryar Motorsports Park (R2), 29 May 1972. Total of 11 recorded races.
'the Bob Lazier car'
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.
Driven by: Bob Lazier, Byron Hatten, John Angus and George Seydel. First race: Bogotá, 5 Mar 1972. Total of 24 recorded races.
'the Wayne Ricciardi car'
Wayne Ricciardi (N. Haldon, NJ) raced a #24 March 722 in Pro Formula B in 1972, entered by The Race Shop, the US March importer in which Ricciardi and Joe Grimaldi were partners. Ricciardi retained the car for Pro events in 1973, competing in most Canadian events plus the US GP support race at Watkins Glen. Subsequent history unknown.
Driven by: Wayne Ricciardi. First race: Bogotá, 27 Feb 1972. Total of 12 recorded races.
'the Chuck Sarich car'
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.
Driven by: Chuck Sarich. First race: Bogotá, 27 Feb 1972. Total of 14 recorded races.
'the Jim Sarich car'
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.
Driven by: Jim Sarich. First race: Bogotá, 27 Feb 1972. Total of 11 recorded races.
'the Bill Mairs car'
Olney "Bill" Mairs (originally from New York but resident in Malibu, CA at this time) raced an orange #12 March 722 in three Pro races during the 1972 season. In 1973, he raced the car in SCCA Nationals and Regionals in California in the early part of the year, but later that season he raced in SCCA Nationals at Pocono and Bryar. Subsequent history unknown.
Driven by: Olney "Bill" Mairs. First race: Laguna Seca (R1), 7 May 1972. Total of 9 recorded races.
'the Chuck Dietrich car'
Chuck Dietrich (Sandusky, OH) raced a blue-and-white #30 or #31 March 722 in CenDiv and NEDiv Formula B and some Pro races in 1972. Photographs suggest this was the car raced by Freddy van Beuren in the Formula B race at Caracas in February 1973. Subsequent history unknown.
Driven by: Chuck Dietrich and Freddy van Beuren. First race: Nelson Ledges, 20 May 1972. Total of 7 recorded races.
'the Dale Lang car'
Dale W. Lang (Woodstock, VT/Wilton, CT) raced a blue-and-white #21 March 722 in Pro FB and SCCA Nationals in 1972, entered by Joe Grimaldi's Race Shop, of Midland Park, NJ. It seems very likely that this was the car that Grimaldi himself raced in three Pro races in 1972, and it is therefore likely that this is the car Grimaldi hired to John Angus for the 1972 SCCA Runoffs. Lang raced the car again at the Road America and Watkins Glen Pro FB races in 1973. In between these two, Grimaldi drove a 722 at Trois-Rivières, entered as #81, the same number used by Lang at Road America the previous weekend, adding extra weight to the belief that they were sharing this car. Grimaldi had also raced Lang's 71BM in 1971 and would race his March 74B in 1974. Subsequent history unknown.
Driven by: Joe Grimaldi, Dale Lang and John Angus. First race: Bryar Motorsports Park (R2), 29 May 1972. Total of 11 recorded races.
'the Tom Outcault car'
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.
Driven by: Tom Outcault. First race: Bryar Motorsports Park (R2), 29 May 1972. Total of 11 recorded races.
'the Bud Rude/Pierre Phillips car'
On 11 June 1972, racing car importer Pierre Phillips (Portland, OR) won the Formula B class at the Oregon Region's Rose Cup Races SCCA National in a #33 March. This car is believed to have been a new March 722 bought by Phillips for customer Bud Rude (Auburn, WA), but no record has yet been found of Rude driving the car. It is then said to have gone to Mike Fisher (Portland, OR), who raced a black-and-white March 722 in the Westwood Players series round in May 1973 and in SCCA Nationals in the Pacific northwest that season. In 1974, the car was sold to Bob Tracy (Hillsboro, OR) who continued to race it in SCCA National and Regionals in Oregon. In 1975, Tracy used the car in ICSCC events, still with its Hart twin cam engine, and retained it for the early part of 1976 before replacing it with a BDA-engined March 74B. According to Chris Townsend's research, the car went to Steve Plumb in 1977, then to Jack Scher, then to Squire Tomasie (Bellevue, WA) in 1978. Tomasie entered a black #44 March 722 for two SCCA races at Portland in 1979. In 1981, Mike Gilbert bought the car from Tomasie with his sponsor Tyman 'Ty' Fikse of Fikse Engineering (father of Jim Fikse). After racing it four times, and winning two, Gilbert bought out Fikse's share and sold the car to Jim Burnett, who sold it to Allan Karlberg in 1982. Karlberg sold it to Larry Dunn in 1984.
Driven by: Pierre Phillips, Mike Fisher and Bob Tracy. First race: Portland International Speedway, 11 Jun 1972. Total of 12 recorded races.
'the William Kautz car'
William Kautz (Geneva, IL) had a March 722 during 1972 and 1973 but did not start any of the races that he is known to have entered. This unfortumatelt sequence started with a Midwestern Council race at Blackhawk Farms on 11 June, and continued through SCCA Nationals and SCCA Pro races that season. The car was entered as #60 at least twice in 1972 and as #6 in 1973. Its colour was given as yellow in 1973 and the entrant throughout was Kautz Farm Racing. Kautz advertised the car in May 1976, still with a "big valve Hart" engine and a Falconer body. He sold it to Ed Midgley who advertised it in August 1978. Subsequent history unknown.
Driven by: William Kautz. First appearance: Blackhawk Farms, 11 Jun 1972.
'the Ric Forest car'
Ric Forest (Edmonton, Alberta) raced a #56 March 722 in the Players Canadian Formula Atlantic series in 1972. In 1973, the car went to Al Lader, and was entered by him for John Holloway (Gresham, OR) for the first two races of 1973. Subsequent history unknown.
Driven by: Ric Forest, Allan Lader and John Holloway. First race: Edmonton (R2), 25 Jun 1972. Total of 10 recorded races.
'the Ted Thomas car'
Ted Thomas (Bethel Park, PA) raced a red, white and blue March 722 from 1972 to 1974, mainly in little-reported SCCA Steel Cities Region events at Nelson Ledges. Dr Thomas had previously raced a Brabham BT21C with the region, and had been regional Formula B champion in 1971. He was also entered by Tebar Racing in the March at Watkins Glen and at Road America in August 1972, but does not appear to have arrived for either event. He is also on the entry list for the Watkins Glen Pro FB races in October 1973 and October 1974, but did not arrive for either. Nothing more known.
Driven by: Ted Thomas. First race: Nelson Ledges, 27 Aug 1972. Total of 5 recorded races.
Formula B March 722s in 1973
Of the five 722s for which chassis numbers are known for the 1972 season: Paul Keeler's 722/20 is unknown in 1973, but was with Gerald Lieberg by 1974; Roy Folland's 722/23 went to Bruce Jensen for 1973; Allan Lader's 722/27 went to Robert Hall; Dick Doherty's 722/33 was retained; and Harold Millar's 722/43 was also retained.
Of the 14 unidentified cars, the cars of Wink Bancroft, Seb Barone, Wayne Ricciardi, Bill Mairs, William Kautz, Dale Lang and Ted Thomas were all retained for 1973. Another two or three are known to have changed hands: Bob Lazier's went to Byron Hatten; and Ric Forest's went to Al Lader; and the suspected Bud Rude/Pierre Phillips car went to Mike Fisher. So, of the 14 unidentified cars, the ones that go missing at the end of 1972 are Chuck and Jim Sarich's pair of 722s from Maryland, and the cars of Chuck Dietrich and Tom Outcault from Ohio.
The new March 722 drivers in 1973 include two on the east coast, Chuck Hansen's yellow #74 Falconer-bodied car in New Jersey, and Ted Roman's car in either New York or Atlanta; plus three on the west coast: Jim Hall's orange Swanson Motor Racing 722 in southern Californian; Steve Jizmagian's blue or black car in California; and Bunny Ribbs' black-and-white car in northern California, which first appeared later in the season so could have been raced by someone else earlier in 1973. The number of disappeared cars is a good fit for the number of mysteries appearing, as there may be some car sharing here that we have not yet identified, but the apparant move of these cars west from Maryland or Ohio to California is interesting. One of these 1973 mysteries is likely to be 722/20, raced by Paul Keeler out of Connecticut in 1972 and then seen again with Gerald Lieberg in Connecticut in 1974. The cars of either Ted Roman in Pleasantville, New York, or maybe Charles Hansen in Tenafly, New Jersey could fit into that gap.
'the Jim Hall car'
Ken Swanson's Swanson Motor Racing ran an orange #90 March 722 in southern Californian Formula B from early 1973 to mid-1975. The usual drivers were Jim Hall (Costa Mesa, CA) and Russ Mayberry, a Scottish born TV director who had made his reputation on Ironside and would move onto many other TV cop dramas such as Kojak, The Rockford Files and Magnum, PI. Hall qualified for the Run-Offs in 1974, finishing 10th at Road Atlanta. For 1976, Mayberry bought Bud Turner's A Sedan Camaro, and the 722 was sold to Mark Bahner. Bahner raced it at Riverside in February 1977, but its subsequent history is unknown.
Driven by: Jim Hall, Russ Mayberry and Marc Bahner. First race: Riverside, 13 Feb 1973. Total of 33 recorded races.
'the Chuck Hansen car'
Charles Hansen (Tenafly, NJ) raced a yellow #75 March 722 with Falconer bodywork at a few SCCA Northeast Division Nationals and in the Pro races at Sanair and Trois-Rivières in 1973. He ended the season with 13 points in NEDiv. He entered a FB March at the start of 1974, but by the time he finally raced it, at Sanair in July, it appears to have been a new 74B. Whether he retained the 722 for the early part of the season is unclear. Subsequent history unknown.
Driven by: Charles "Chuck" Hansen. First race: Thompson Raceway, 28 May 1973. Total of 4 recorded races.
'the Steve Jizmagian car'
Steve Jizmagian (San Francisco, CA) raced a March 722 in west coast SCCA Nationals and Regionals in 1973. He retained the car for 1974, using the car mainly in Nationals and qualifying for the Runoffs. He retained the 722 for a third season in 1975, still with its Ford twin cam engine despite the formula's move to BDA engines, and again qualified for the Runoffs. The car was entered throughout these three seasons by Jizmagian as #4, but it colour was variously reported as blue and as black in 1973, then as red in 1974 and 1975. He advertised the car in August 1976 as "March 72B, Quicksilver, three times ARRC", suggesting it was Chuck Sarich's car in 1972, as Jizmagian had only qualified for the Runoffs in 1974 and 1975, and Chuck was the only one of the Sarich brothers to qualify in 1972. Subsequent history unknown.
Driven by: Steve Jizmagian. First race: Willow Springs, 15 Apr 1973. Total of 25 recorded races.
'the Ted Roman car'
Ted Roman (Pleasantville, NY) raced a #63 March 722 in SCCA Formula B in 1973. When he appeared at the Pocono SCCA National, he was said to be from Northeast Pennsylvania Region, but the end-of-season points tables placed him in Southeast Division with Atlanta Region. When he raced in Formula Super Vee in 1972, his home town had been recorded as Pleasantville, NY. Nothing more known.
Driven by: Ted Roman. First race: Summit Point, 10 Jun 1973. Total of 3 recorded races.
'the Bunny Ribbs car'
William T. 'Bunny' Ribbs (San Jose, CA) entered a black/white #87 March 722 for Mike Eyerly at Road America SCCA Pro FB race in August 1973, then for Jon Milledge at Trois-Rivières a week later. Both drivers had driven Ribbs' previous Brabham BT29. Ribbs retained the car for 1974, when it was raced by Philip Ribbs and Bill Cooper in SCCA events in California. By the end of 1974, the car was noted to be wearing Falconer bodywork. Subsequent history unknown.
Driven by: Mike Eyerly, Jon Milledge, Philip Ribbs and Bill Cooper. First race: Road America, 25 Aug 1973. Total of 10 recorded races.
Formula B March 722s in 1974
Of the five 722s for which chassis numbers were known during the 1972 season: the ex-Paul Keeler 722/20 went to Gerald Lieberg by 1974; Bruce Jensen's ex-Roy Folland 722/23 went to Ed Villa for 1974; Robert Hall retained his ex-Al Lader's 722/27; Dick Doherty again retained 722/33; and Harold Millar retained 722/43.
Of the 14 unidentified cars, four had already vanished after 1972 (those of Chuck and Jim Sarich, Chuck Dietrich and Tom Outcault), leaving 10 that can be tracked through 1973. Of these 10, the cars of Wink Bancroft, William Kautz, Byron Hatten and Ted Thomas were all retained for a further season, Mike Fisher's went to to Bob Tracy, and Al Lader's ex-Ric Forest car is believed to have been retained. The four cars from this group that disappeared at the end of 1973 were those of Seb Barone, Wayne Ricciardi and Dale Lang, all in Northeast Division, and Bill Mairs who flitted between New York and Malibu.
To these we can add the five mystery cars from 1973: Jim Hall's, Steve Jizmagian's and Bunny Ribbs' were all retained; Chuck Hansen's was sold at some point in early 1974; and Ted Roman's disappeared.
That gives a total of between four and six 722s that cannot be traced into 1974. The cars of Rich Bradley and Tom Crowther, both based in California and both Falconer-bodied, will explain two of those. A third may be the car of James Modrall in New England, although a suspicion remains that he had an older car. A fourth may be the car of Max Sebba in Florida. Cliff Phillips' car may be a fifth, altough it is only known in 1974 from entry lists. Tom Cooney's in Indianapolis might be a sixth, although he has not been spotted actually racing his car until April 1975.
'the Rich Bradley car'
Rich Bradley (Sunnyvale, CA) had a March for Formula B in 1974 and 1975. It was described as a 722 at a SCCA race at Sears Point in April 1974 and again at the Edmonton F/Atlantic race in 1975. Bradley advertised the car in Formula in Oct 1975 as a March 722 with Falconer body. The advert was repeated in April 1976, noting a new Falconer body, F1 brakes and a Lamar wing. Subsequent history unknown.
Driven by: Rich Bradley. First race: Riverside, 10 Feb 1974. Total of 3 recorded races.
'the James Modrall car'
James R Modrall (Westport, CT) drove a Formula B March in a New England Region SCCA Regional at Lime Rock in April 1974, finishing second, and was then entered in a March 722 in the Players Canadian Formula Atlantic race at Mosport in July. His entrant at Mosport was Falk Racing Inc, and this is presumably the Erv Falk (Westport, CT) who was his entrant when he drove a Brabham BT29 in 1973. Nothing more known.
Driven by: James R Modrall. First race: Lime Rock, 27 Apr 1974. Only one recorded race.
'the Tom Crowther car'
Tom Crowther (Kentfield, CA, later Novato, CA) raced a March in Formula B/Atlantic from 1974 to 1976 and this is believed to have been the same March 722 throughout. At first the car was entered by "Pollard Racing, a division of Donald Pollard Associates". By the start of 1975, it had Falconer bodywork, but later that season it had acquired 75B bodywork, and was entered as a 75B at the 1975 Run-Offs and at a single Pro appearance in late 1976. Crowther ran the "75B" regularly through 1977, winning the Portland National in September. It was then sold via Pierre Phillips to Nick Lingren and was driven by Sans Thompson at Trois-Rivières in 1978. In February 1979, Pierre Phillips Racing was advertising the "ex-Crowther March" as a rolling chassis. Subsequent history unknown.
Driven by: Tom Crowther and Sans Thompson. First race: Riverside, 27 May 1974. Total of 16 recorded races.
'the Tom Cooney car'
Tom Cooney (Indianapolis, IN) appeared on the entry list for the 1974 Road America June Sprints with a March 722, but it was not until a year later that he appears in the results of a race. He then raced his #69 March 722 in Central Division SCCA Nationals through 1976. He acquired a Chevron for 1977, and the subsequent history of the March is unknown.
Driven by: Tom Cooney. First race: Stuttgart Airport, 20 Apr 1975. Total of 9 recorded races.
'the Cliff Phillips car'
Cliff L. Phillips (Palos Park, IL) entered a March 722 for two races at Road America in 1974, but does not appear to have arrived at either. In January 1976, Phillips advertised this car, saying that it was metallic blue, had a new "banana" wing and 1975 nose, and was a "former Quicksilver championship car". That would appears to indicate that it was the former Chuck Sarich car, However, Steve Jizmagian's red 722 that was described similarly, so Philips' car is more likely to have been the Chuck Sarich car. It is also unclear where Phillips car had been in 1973, as Phillips raced (or more specifically, just entered) a Lola T242 in 1973. Subsequent history unknown.
'the Max Sebba car'
Max Sebba (Sandy Springs, GA) appeared on the entry list for the 1974 US GP Formula B support race at Watkins Glen with a white/red/gold March 722, but did not arrive. He then raced a March of some description in Florida SCCA Nationals and Regionals in 1975 and 1976. He did not score points in Southeast Division Formula B in 1974 or 1975, despite winning his class at the Palm Beach National in August 1975, presumably because there were not enough FB cars present to form a class. He finished third in class in 1976 in a "March", and attended the Runoffs, where his car was given in some reports as a March "722/32", but a photograph of his car at the Runoffs shows that he was driving a Chevron B29. He was third in class again in 1977, again with a "March", but at the Runoffs that year, the SCCA recorded his car as a March 75B. Whether he had a different March at some point during this time remains a puzzle. Although a member of the SCCA's Atlanta Region, Sebba sometimes gave his home town as Jacksonville, Florida, and on one occasion as "Tax Beach, Fl".
Driven by: Max Sebba. First race: Palm Beach International Raceway, 24 Aug 1975. Total of 4 recorded races.
Formula B March 722s in 1975
By 1975, most 722s were approaching the end of their useful lives. Of the five 722s for which chassis numbers were known during the 1972 season: Gerald Lieberg still raced 722/20; Ed Villa still had 722/23; Robert Hall still had 722/27; Dick Doherty still had 722/33; and Harold Millar still had 722/43. Of the 14 unidentified cars, we had already lost track of eight: those of Chuck and Jim Sarich, Chuck Dietrich and Tom Outcault after the 1972 season; and those of Seb Barone, Wayne Ricciardi, Dale Lang, and Bill Mairs after the 1973 season. Of the six we had been able to track into 1974, William Kautz, Byron Hatten and Bob Tracy all retained their cars for 1975, but the cars of Wink Bancroft, Ted Thomas and Al Lader are all unknown after 1974. Of the five mystery cars first seen in 1973, Jim Hall and Steve Jizmagian retained their cars into 1975, but Chuck Hansen's, Ted Roman's and Bunny Ribbs' had all disappeared. Five of the six mystery cars first seen in 1974 were retained all the way through 1975, but there is some uncertainty about Max Sebba acquiring a newer March.
Two new mystery 722s appears in 1975, the car of Doug Turner at the start of the southern Californian season, and the car entered in the Pro series by Rick Shea for Vern Schuppan to drive. Shea told Chris Townsend that the car had come from the Canadian series, and its SCCA number indicates that it had not raced in SCCA events prior to 1975. The only North American 722 that had not appeared in SCCA races by the end of 1974 was the Ric Forest/Al Lader car, which had not been seen since 1973.
'the Doug Turner car'
Doug Turner (Newport Beach, southern California) raced a Formula B March 722 in SCCA Nationals at Riverside and Phoenix in early 1975. The car was variously described as a 722, 722/732 and 742. He was entered on one occasion by Carrier Comfort, and John Blizzard's photograph shows that it ran as #28. Turner more usually competed in Formula C, having raced a Chevron B15/B17 for several years. In March 1976, Turner advertised a damaged Formula Atlantic March consisting of a 722 tub with 75B suspension, and a Jennings BDD engine. The advert said that the car was damaged at the left front as the result of a testing accident. Nothing more known.
Driven by: Doug Turner. First race: Riverside, 17 Feb 1975. Total of 3 recorded races.
'the Rick Shea Racing car'
Vern Schuppan raced in the Players Canadian Formula Atlantic series in 1975 in a March 722 prepared by Rick Shea's Shea Racing. The car was yellow-and-white, in 73B (or 74B) bodywork, and ran as #11 with support from Rapid Movements. Later in the season, the car was raced by Shea himself at Brainerd in September. At the start of the 1976 season, Shea ran the car for Dave Walker. It was now described as a March "72-75" and was black, but still entered as #11. After Walker drove it in the first four races, it was later raced by Bob Beyea, Shea himself, and by Damien Magee at Trois-Rivières in September. The car was then sold to Frank Monise (Pasadena, CA), so is presumably the blue-and-white #25 March "75B" that he raced in southern Californian SCCA Nationals in 1977 and 1978. Advertised by Monise in September 1978 as a March "72 updated to 76" with "fresh CRW BDD". Subsequent history unknown.
Driven by: Vern Schuppan, Rick Shea, Dave Walker, Bob Beyea, Damien Magee and Frank Monise. First race: Gimli (R3), 22 Jun 1975. Total of 17 recorded races.
Formula B March 722s in 1976
Just when the March 722s should have all been used up, Wilbur Bunce updated Dick Doherty's 722/33 to 75B specification and ran it for a number of of highly-regarded southern Californian drivers.
Formula B March 722s in 1977
'the Don Wenstrand car'
Don Wenstrand (Denair, northern California) raced a Formula B March 722 in SCCA Regionals at Sears Point and Laguna Seca in 1977 and 1978. It was entered as #23 at its first race, and #22 thereafter. Nothing more known.
Driven by: Don Wenstrand. First race: Sears Point, 3 Apr 1977. Total of 10 recorded races.
'the Bob Shelton car'
Bob Shelton (San Jose, CA) raced a March 722 with 75B bodywork in San Francisco Region SCCA Formula B in 1977. It was entered as #74. Nothing more known.
Driven by: Bob Shelton. First race: Laguna Seca, 26 Jun 1977. Total of 4 recorded races.
Remaining March 722 FB issues
In addition to the above, unknown March 722s were driven by Bob Lazier and James Biebl.
As usual with these Formula B/Formula Atlantic models, much of the groundwork was done by Chris Townsend. Thanks to Duncan Rabagliati for information from his archive, to the International Motor Racing Research Centre at Watkins Glen for information from the SCCA Archives, and to Simon Hadfield for technical information about these cars. Thanks also to Wilbur Bunce for explaining the car he ran in 1976, to contributors Bryan Miller and James Howe, and to former owners Bill Hill, Mike Gilbert and Jimmy Santos.
How these histories have been constructed
As I'm often asked how we do what we do, it's worth an exploration of the process used for the March 722 FB cars, as it has been one of the most time-consuming. The starting point with these histories was to build a database of the relevant races, in this case the Formula B championship run by the SCCA in 1972, and also the Players Canadian series. That was augmented by reports of Formula B class races at SCCA Nationals and SCCA Regionals, primarily from Competition Press & Autoweek, but also from the SCCA regional publications that OldRacingCars.com has collected, the most useful being The Wheel from San Francisco Region, Post Grid and Finish Line from Cal Club Region, Pit Talk from New England Region, and Piston Patter from Chicago Region. The SCCA Archive at the International Motor Racing Research Centre (IMRRC) at Watkins Glen contains some race results for this period, as well as a large set of SCCA regional publications. For Midwest Division, Rocky Entriken has kindly provided results sheets for the vast majority of races. In other divisions, newspapers were often a useful source for the bigger SCCA Nationals, and regional newspapers might cover the exploits of local drivers even down in SCCA Regionals, but by the mid-1970s such coverage was becoming rare. Also, both the International Conference of Sports Car Clubs (ICSCC) in the Pacific Northwest and the Midwestern Council of Sports Car Clubs (MCSCC) centred on Illinois have very helpfully made their race results available on their websites.
Race results will usually give us the model of car being used by each driver, so a picture then emerges of each model of car. Once a database of race results has been built, it is possible to draft a list of who used this particular model of car. We still have nothing on individual identities at this point.
The constructors' production records are sometimes available, but for cars that went to the US, these records typically only give the name of the agent: Joe Grimaldi for early-1970s March and then Doug Shierson, Carl Haas for Lola, or Fred Opert for Brabham and Chevron. This will tell us how many cars went to the US, and will even tell us their chassis numbers, but will not tell us who had each car. The colours of the cars can be a useful clue, as amateur racers did not often change the colour in which the car was delivered.
The next step is to add details of second hand cars using race reports that might give such clues. For example, Canadian Motorsport Bulletin mentioned things such as Norm Joy driving the ex-Ken Huband car. These reports would also given information about cars' owners, so we can determine that Joe Grimaldi had a hire car which was used by several drivers during the season. Gossip columns in SCCA Regional magazines might mention that two drivers are sharing a car, one in Regionals and one in Nationals. Each of these pieces of information helps us refine our histories of each car, and may take us through several years of its life.
Entry lists, which were published for the Pro events and for some of the major SCCA Nationals, such as the June Sprints at Road America, the Glen Nationals at Watkins Glen, the Rose Cup in Portland, and the Olympia Sprints at Laguna Seca, are another useful source of information as they give entry numbers, which we may not know from race reports, will typically give the model of the car - or at least what the owner was claiming it to be - but can also give colours, engine types, drivers' home towns, and entrants. Please contact Allen if you have any entry lists from relevant races.
Classified advertisements are then a great source of information, as a driver who has driven a "March 732" all season may reveal in an end-of-season advert that it is actually a 1971 car with 1973 bodywork. Useful clues can emerge from this, such as the engine used, and the exact specification. On a few occasions, these advert might even mention a chassis number or a previous owner, but such nuggets are rare.
In the case of the March 722s, we have also had the generous help of the IMRRC, who have the SCCA's archive of driver registrations. These registrations include detail of what type of car each driver used in the previous season, and what he expected to drive in the coming season, and give an insight into the careers of drivers who were too far down the grid at SCCA National and Regional level to feature in results.
Photographs of the cars are very helpful, and this has been an invaluable aid building the histories of Indy cars, but the volume of photographs available for SCCA events in the 1970s is much, much smaller, so these have not been a major element in the construction of these histories. If you have photographs from these races that you'd be willing to share with us, we would be very happy to hear from you. Please contact Allen.
Where it is feasible, we will try to contact original owners and drivers, but finding them is not easy, and memories of events from 40 or 50 years ago are not necessarily sharp. If you were involved at the time and have any information that will help us, please contact Allen.
Present day owners of these cars often have information that can help. They may have the car's SCCA Logbook, which is a gold mine of information, or may have letters, invoices or other documentation that can tell us where a car has been. In the absence of a logbook, the number that the SCCA stamped onto the rollhoop may still be present, and this allows us to see what SCCA Region first saw the car. That may be the owner's local club, in a pre-season inspection, or it may be the organiser of the first race the car attended. The car's tub number may also be a big clue. If we are lucky, the car may have its original chassis plate, and that can finally connect the history we have built to an actual chassis number, but it must be added that most chassis plates seen on cars in historic racing are reproductions. Although not directly relevant to the case of the March 722, some later cars may have the gearbox number or even the fuel tank number recorded in factory records. If you own one of these cars, please contact Allen.
Slowly but surely, all this data allows us to form a pictures of the individual life of each car. Sometimes we make assumptions that prove to be incorrect, or might rely on incorrect information, or fail to corerectly inteprete what we have, so we might have to unpick things and try again, but generally these histories will move forward. We try to make it clear what we know, what we don't know, and what gaps we need to fill. If you can help in any way, please contact Allen.
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