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.
The Formula B March 722s continued in use for an unusually long time, as it was possible to update them with newer bodywork and suspension. A significant number were updated for 1973 and 1974 with Falconer bodywork, after which March 75B or 76B bodywork became a popular update, 722s still running regularly in this form in the main Pro series through to the end of 1976.
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 six FB cars for which chassis numbers are known (722/20, 722/23, 722/27, 722/30, 722/33 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 (Palo Alto, CA), 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, Jimmy Santos, Rick Lempe and John Hafkenschiel. First race: Lime Rock, 15 Apr 1972. Total of 33 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, and in SCCA Regionals at Summit Point in 1978 and 1979. This would be the March 722 with '77 bodywork advertised by 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 35 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 in 1974, 1975 and 1976. Subsequent history unknown. In 2015, a March 722 "originally owned by Dale Coyne" and described as "#27 of 48 manufactured in 1972" was advertised in the US. This would indicate that Dale Coyne's unidentified Formula B March in 1977 was the ex-Robert Hall 722. Coyne had advertised a 722 with twin cam engine in December 1976, noting that it had updated bodywork and a F2 nose. The car in 2015 had been "completely restored by Marc Bahner including construction of a new monocoque and delivered to the current owner in 2000. Since then it had been prepared by Louie Shefchik's J&L Fabricating. In 2018, Bob Birrell (Driffield, East Yorkshire) bought "the ex-Dale Coyne" March 722-27 from Grand Prix Classics in the US, and brought it back to England for HSCC Historic Formula Atlantic. Bob Juggins drove the car for Birrell at Anglesey and at Brands Hatch in 2019.
Driven by: Allan Lader, Robert Hall and Dale Coyne. First race: Laguna Seca (R1), 7 May 1972. Total of 16 recorded races.
New to racing car importer Pierre Phillips (Portland, OR). It is believed to have been intended for customer Bud Rude (Auburn, WA), but no record has yet been found of Rude driving the car. Used by Phillips to win the Formula B class at the Oregon Region's Rose Cup Races SCCA National on 11 June 1972. 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 recalls that he sold it to Larry Dunn (Lake Stevens, WA) in 1984, but the SCCA log book still with the car in 2021 dates this transaction to May 1982. Dunn raced the car in WCAR Formula Atlantic races at Seattle, Sears Point, Westwood and Tacoma between 1984 and 1986, and advertised it in December 1986 with chassis number 722-30. Sold to Steve Marks in May 1987, then to Kevin Shipley in September 1997. In 2007, Tim Greenshields in Colorado sold the car to Scott Monroe in Texas. From him it went to John Slade (Texas) in 2012, then to a customer of Don Blenderman (Houston, TX) in 2016. In May 2021, the car was for sale by Blenderman.
Driven by: Pierre Phillips, Mike Fisher, Bob Tracy, Squire Tomasie and Larry Dunn. First race: Portland International Speedway, 11 Jun 1972. Total of 17 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 an 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 23 recorded races.
Owned by Walt Pawluczkowycz (Evergreen, CO) in 2021. He had originally owned the car in the 1980s, but cannot recall who he bought it from. He sold it to Tom Rine, and it was raced in the late 1990s and 2000s by New Zealander Paul Morgan. Pawluczkowycz bought it back from Ken Petrie, and had it until 2021 when he advertised it. The car has a San Francisco Region SCCA number stamped on the rollhoop that dates from late 1976 or very early 1977.
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 six 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 20 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 21, one more than in March's summary records.
Those six 722s for which chassis numbers are known were Paul Keeler's 722/20, Roy Folland's 722/23, Allan Lader's 722/27, Pierre Phillips' 722/30, 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, Ted Thomas and Russ Mayberry. Note that 722/38 was previously thought to be an identified car, but a recent advert for this car shows that its chassis plate matches its tub number, which almost certainly means that it has been given a replacement chassis plate in the mistaken belief that March chassis numbers matched tub numbers.
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.
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: Lime Rock, 15 Apr 1972. Total of 12 recorded races.
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. According to this car's SCCA logbook, it was raced by Seydel until 1979. The SCCA Logbook 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. It was next seen in 1992 when it was sold by Marc Bahner, fully restored, to Ken Stone (Redding, CA). It was still with Stone in 2004, and is presumably the "722-16" raced by Mark Powell (Scottsdale, AZ) at Monterey in 2012. Later that year, Powell traded the car to David Alvarado (Orinda, CA) for a Lotus 23B, and Alvarado raced it at Monterey and Sonoma Raceway in 2014.
Driven by: Bob Lazier, Byron Hatten, John Angus and George Seydel. First race: Bogotá, 5 Mar 1972. Total of 24 recorded races.
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 13 recorded races.
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.
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.
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 10 recorded races.
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: 20 May 1972. Total of 11 recorded races.
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 (SCR) 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 was a regular runner in SCR's SCCA Regionals at Nelson Ledges in 1972 and 1973 and was entered for the Columbo Yogurt Formula B Challenge Cup at Watkins Glen Pro FB races in October 1973 but did not arrive. He was again seen in SCR Regionals in 1974, and again entered the Watkins Glen Pro race but did not appear. Subsequent history unknown.
Driven by: Ted Thomas. First race: Nelson Ledges, 20 May 1972. Total of 7 recorded races.
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 Motorsport Park (R2), 29 May 1972. Total of 11 recorded races.
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 Motorsport Park (R2), 29 May 1972. Total of 12 recorded races.
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 unfortunate 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.
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.
A new March 722 bought by Russ Mayberry from Max Mizejewski’s MRE in the spring of 1972, but only given its maiden outing at Willow Springs in November. Mayberry was 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. The car was maintained for him by Jim Hall (Costa Mesa, CA), who was working at Ken Swanson's Swanson Motor Racing, and Hall had regular races in the car as well, Hall typically racing it in the Sunday National after Mayberry drove it in the Saturday Regional. The car was orange and was raced by Mayberry and Hall entered as #90 in southern Californian Formula B up to mid-1975. Hall qualified for the Run-Offs in 1974, finishing 10th at Road Atlanta. Mayberry bought a BDA engine for it for 1975. For 1976, Mayberry bought Bud Turner's A Sedan Camaro, and the 722 was sold to Mark Bahner. Bahner sold it to Kenny Hedman of Hedman Hedders, but got the car back after it was wrecked, rebuilt it and sold it on again. This is presumably the March that Bahner raced in SCCA Formula B in 1977. Subsequent history unknown.
Driven by: Russ Mayberry, Jim Hall and Marc Bahner. First race: Willow Springs, 12 Nov 1972. Total of 37 recorded races.
Formula B March 722s in 1973
Of the six 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; Pierre Phillips' 722/30 went to Mike Fisher, 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, Ted Thomas and Russ Mayberry 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. 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 two on the west coast: 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 sharing of cars here that we have not yet identified, but the apparent movement 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 Greenwich, Connecticut in 1972 and then seen again with Gerald Lieberg in Connecticut in 1974. Only the car of Ted Roman in Pleasantville, New York, could fit into that gap, and as Greenwich is just 15 miles from Pleasantville, that seems very logical.
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. The 722 was then sold to Jim Modrall (Westport, CT), who had been driving Hansen's previous Brabham BT29 for Erv Falk (Westport, CT) in 1973. Modrall raced the March in a New England Region SCCA Regional at Lime Rock in April 1974, finishing second, and was also entered in it by Falk Racing Inc for the Players Canadian Formula Atlantic race at Mosport in July. After Modrall left the team, the car was also used in practice sessions at Lime Rock by Jeff Gay (Norwalk, CT), but he preferred to race his Brabham BT29. Subsequent history unknown.
Driven by: Charles "Chuck" Hansen and James R Modrall. First race: Thompson Speedway, 27 May 1973. Total of 5 recorded races.
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.
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.
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 six 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; Mike Fisher's 722/30 went to Bob Tracy; 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, Ted Thomas and Russ Mayberry were all retained for a further season, 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 four mystery cars from 1973: Steve Jizmagian's and Bunny Ribbs' were all retained, and Chuck Hansen's went to Erv Falk and James Modrall; so only Ted Roman's disappeared at the end of 1973, but that car looks likely to be 722/20 on its way from Paul Keeler to Gerald Lieberg.
That leaves four or five 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 and Tom Cooney's in Indianapolis is a third. Cliff Phillips' car in Illinois is a fourth, but only appeared quite late in the season. The car of Max Sebba in Florida appeared so late in 1974 that it should probably be regarded as a 1975 mystery.
Rich Bradley (Sunnyvale, CA) had a March for Formula B in 1974 and 1975. It was described as a 722 at an 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.
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, Nick Lingren and Sans Thompson. First race: Riverside, 27 May 1974. Total of 20 recorded races.
Thomas A. Cooney (Indianapolis, IN) raced a March 722 in Central Division SCCA Nationals in 1974. He had a delayed start to the season after the car was damaged in a fire in his garage in May, but debuted at Road America in June, the car having "arisen from the ashes of his garage" according to the Indianapolis Region newsletter. He scored a single point that season for his result in the Detroit National at Grattan Raceway. Cooney retained the car for 1975, rising to 11th place in the Divisional standings with 11 points, and kept it again for 1976, but the now ageing car only scored a single point. He acquired a newer Chevron B27 for 1977, and the subsequent history of the March is unknown.
Driven by: Tom Cooney. First race: Road America, 16 Jun 1974. Total of 15 recorded races.
Cliff L. Phillips (Palos Park, IL) had a March 722 for SCCA Nationals in 1974 but he racely appeared, entering for two races at Road America in 1974, apparantly without appearing at either, and was then a non-starter at Mid-Ohio on 1 September. 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 Jim Sarich car. It is also unclear where Phillips car had been in 1973, as Phillips raced a Lola T242 in 1973. Subsequent history unknown.
Driven by: Cliff L. Phillips. First appearance: Mid-Ohio, 1 Sep 1974.
Max R 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 there is no record of his participation. His SCCA Drivers Licence application for 1975 also lists an appearance in a Road Atlanta National in a FB Chevron and the Trois-Rivières Formula Atlantic race in a "March 722/32". He then raced a Formula B March of unknown type in Southeast Division SCCA Nationals and Regionals in 1975, 1976, 1977 and 1978. Corey Jordan, who crewed for Sebba, recalls that he had a 722 with Lotus (twin cam) engine in 1976 and then a March 75B with Cosworth (BDA) in 1977. Sebba finished third in Southeast Division FB in 1976 thanks to placing second in class at Road Atlanta in July and a class win at one of the Savannah Nationals. He attended the SCCA Runoffs where he raced a borrowed Chevron B29. A member of the SCCA's Atlanta Region, Sebba gave his home town as Sandy Springs, GA in 1974 and 1975, Jacksonville, Florida in 1976, Jacksonville Beach, FL in 1977 and 1978, then Decatur, GA in 1979. He returned in 1977, but now with a March described in results as either a 75B or a 76B. The subsequent history of the "722/32" is unknown.
Driven by: Max Sebba. First race: Palm Beach International Raceway, 24 Aug 1975. Total of 6 recorded races.
Formula B March 722s in 1975
By 1975, most 722s were approaching the end of their useful lives. Of the six 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; Bob Tracy still had 722/30; 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 Russ Mayberry all retained their cars for 1975, but the cars of Wink Bancroft, Ted Thomas and Al Lader are all unknown after 1974. Of the four mystery cars first seen in 1973, Steve Jizmagian retained his car into 1975, but James Modrall's ex-Chuck Hansen car, Ted Roman's, and Bunny Ribbs' had all disappeared after 1974. All four of the five mystery cars first seen in 1974 (Rich Bradley, Tom Crowther, Tom Cooney and Cliff Phillips) were retained all the way through 1975.
Three new mystery 722s appear in 1975: Max Sebba's 722/32 which had first been mentioned in October 1974, 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.
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 February 1976, Max Mizejewski drove Turner's March in a Regional at Riverside, and then 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 and Max Mizejewski. First race: Riverside, 17 Feb 1975. Total of 4 recorded races.
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". It was traded by Monise to Pierre Phillips in part-exchange on one of Rahal's Ralts in 1979.
Driven by: Vern Schuppan, Rick Shea, Dave Walker, Bob Beyea, Damien Magee and Frank Monise. First race: Gimli (R3), 22 Jun 1975. Total of 18 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 highly-regarded southern Californian drivers.
Formula B March 722s from 1977 onwards
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.
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.
In January 1980, Jim Buick (Berthoud, CO) registered a Formula Atlantic March 722/76B with SCCA's Colorado Region. He first raced it at La Junta in May 1980, but sold it in August 1980 to Bill Murray, who then raced it at La Junta in October. Roy Jo Peltz, better known as a sprint car racer, bought the March in September 1982 and raced it at Pueblo and La Junta in 1982 and 1983. Then to Steve Hartgraves (Sunnyvale, CA) who raced it in Solo I and in west coast WCAR Formula Atlantic races in 1984. It was advertised by Steve's father Roger Hartgraves (Sunnyvale CA) in March 1985, but unfortunately Steve cannot remember where it came from or where it went. This car was acquired soon after by John Hammill (Albuquerque, NM), and has remained with him since then.
Driven by: Jim Buick, Bill Murray, Roy Jo Peltz and Steve Hartgraves. First race: La Junta Municipal Airport, 11 May 1980. Total of 5 recorded races.
Remaining March 722 FB issues
In 1988, Jesus Villarreal (San Lorenzo, CA) raced a Falconer-bodied March 722 in the B Modified class of San Francisco Region Solo II events. He won his class in two events at Pleasanton in May 1988, where his car was photographed in The Wheel (July 1988 p31). He won his class 11 times in 14 events in 1988, easily winning the San Francisco Region Solo II B Modified title. In the National Autocross/Solo II Runoffs at Salina on 16 September 1988 (TW Nov 1988 p27-30,31), Villareal was second behind Jim McKamey (Portage, IN) in a Tecno Taurus T5, followed by Bob Anderson (Florissant, MO) in a Brabham BT21, Greg Scharnberg (Urbandale, IA) in a Brabham BT35, and Scott Wink (Evansville, IN) in a Brabham BT38. Mike Bernstein shared Villarreal's car to finish seventh, and Karen Starnes also used the March 722 to take third place in B Modified Ladies. The Wheel noted that the 722 now had a Hasselgren engine. Bernstein had used an Alexis Mk 15 with a 1592cc Fiat twin cam earlier in the year (TW Jan 1989 p25).
In addition to the above, unknown March 722s were driven by Bob Lazier, Ed Midgley, James Biebl, Bruce Trenery and James Barton.
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, James Howe, Gary Jarlson and Don Blenderman, and to former owners Bill Hill, Mike Gilbert, Jimmy Santos, Jeff Gay and Steve Hartgraves.
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. Once a database of race results has been built, it is possible to draft a list of who used this particular model. We still have nothing on individual identities at this point.
The constructors' production records are sometimes available, but for cars that went from Britain 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 often did not 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 give 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 adverts, such as the engine used, and the exact specification. On a few occasions, these adverts 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. Some logbooks even have the car's chassis number recorded. 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 which 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 picture 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 correctly interpret 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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