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Continental 49'er

Sears Point, 22 Jun 1969

ResultsLapsTime/Speed Winnings
1 John Cannon Eagle Mk 5 [509] - Chevrolet V8
#2
49 1.21.30.67
91
$3335
2 Bobby Brown Eagle Mk 5 [508] - Chevrolet V8
#3
49
$1500
3 George Wintersteen Lola T142 - Chevrolet V8
#12 (see note 1)
49
$1000
4 Mike Hiss Lola T140 - Chevrolet V8
#94
48
$900
5 Jon Ward McLaren M10A - Chevrolet V8
#35
47
$800
6 John Gunn Lola T142 - Chevrolet V8
#39
46
$700
7 George Eaton McLaren M10A [300-02] - Chevrolet V8
#98
46
$600
8 Rich Galloway Lola T142 - Chevrolet V8
#27 (see note 2)
46
$500
9 John Mahler Lola T140 [SL140/8] - Chevrolet V8
#99 (see note 3)
45
$400
10 Chuck Trowbridge McKee Mk 12 - Chevrolet V8
#9
45
$300
11 Jack Eiteljorg Lola T140 - Chevrolet V8
#17
45
$200
12 Rex Ramsey LeGrand Mk 7 [002] - Chevrolet V8
#37 (see note 4)
42
$100
13 Chuck Dietrich Lola T142 [SL142/21] - Chevrolet V8
#31
40
$100
14 Fred Corbett Eagle Mk 5 [505] - Chevrolet V8
#77
39
$75
15 Nick Dioguardi (F5000) 4.7-litre WRE Shadow - Ford Shelby Cobra 289ci V8
#65
35
$75
16 Tony Adamowicz Eagle Mk 5 [510] - Chevrolet V8
#7
30 Accident $50
17 Dick Simon Lola T142 - Chevrolet V8
#66
16 Engine $50
18 Sam Posey Eagle Mk 5 [501] - Chevrolet V8
#1
4 Accident $300
19 Bud Morley Lola T142 - Chevrolet V8
#14 (see note 5)
0 Accident $50
20 Pete Lovely (F1) 3-litre Lotus 49B [R11] - Cosworth DFV V8
#15
0 Accident $50
DNS Lothar Motschenbacher McLaren M10A [300-05] - Chevrolet V8
#11
Did not start
DNS Jerry Hansen McLaren M10A - Chevrolet V8
#44
Did not start
DNS Richard Negley Lola T142 - Chevrolet V8
#74 (see note 6)
Did not start
DNA Sherwood Johnston Lola T142 - Chevrolet V8
#47 (see note 7)
Did not arrive

All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Sam Posey (F5000) 5-litre Eagle Mk 5 [501] - Chevrolet V8 1.36.79
2 John Cannon (F5000) 5-litre Eagle Mk 5 [509] - Chevrolet V8 1.37.70
3 Chuck Dietrich (F5000) 5-litre Lola T142 [SL142/21] - Chevrolet V8 1.38.16
4 George Wintersteen (F5000) 5-litre Lola T142 - Chevrolet V8 1.38.74
5 Bobby Brown (F5000) 5-litre Eagle Mk 5 [508] - Chevrolet V8 1.38.76
6 Tony Adamowicz (F5000) 5-litre Eagle Mk 5 [510] - Chevrolet V8 1.39.03
7 Pete Lovely (F1) 3-litre Lotus 49B [R11] - Cosworth DFV V8 1.39.15
8 Bud Morley (F5000) 5-litre Lola T142 - Chevrolet V8 1.40.36
9 Dick Simon (F5000) 5-litre Lola T142 - Chevrolet V8 1.40.80
10 Mike Hiss (F5000) 5-litre Lola T140 - Chevrolet V8 1.41.48
11 John Gunn (F5000) 5-litre Lola T142 - Chevrolet V8 1.42.69
12 John Mahler (F5000) 5-litre Lola T140 [SL140/8] - Chevrolet V8 1.42.83
13 Rex Ramsey (F5000) 5-litre LeGrand Mk 7 [002] - Chevrolet V8 1.44.47
14 Jack Eiteljorg (F5000) 5-litre Lola T140 - Chevrolet V8 1.45.80
15 Chuck Trowbridge (F5000) 5-litre McKee Mk 12 - Chevrolet V8 1.47.09
16 Jon Ward (F5000) 5-litre McLaren M10A - Chevrolet V8 1.47.69
17 Fred Corbett (F5000) 5-litre Eagle Mk 5 [505] - Chevrolet V8 1.50.28
18 Nick Dioguardi (F5000) 4.7-litre WRE Shadow - Ford Shelby Cobra 289ci V8 1.55.20
19 George Eaton (F5000) 5-litre McLaren M10A [300-02] - Chevrolet V8 1.58.35
20 Rich Galloway (F5000) 5-litre Lola T142 - Chevrolet V8 2.01.19

Notes on the cars:

  1. Lola T142 (George Wintersteen): George Wintersteen (Villanova, PA) raced a white #12 Lola T142 through the 1969 US series. Entered by his own team, Wintersteen Racing Inc, Wintersteen was highly competitive, finishing second behind Sam Posey's Eagle at Laguna Seca in May, and second again behind Posey's McLaren M10A at Lime Rock in September. He also had two third place finishes, two fourths and a fifth. The car met its end at St Jovite in September when Wintersteen triggered a huge first-lap accident. Coming out of the second turn, a downhill right-hander, Wintersteen came off the track and hammered into the earth bank on the outside of the track, careered across the track, collecting two other cars on the way, and hit the opposite bank, the Lola bursting into flames. Wintersteen was able to get out of the car very quickly, and a marshall had the fire under control in less than 30 seconds, but it is highly unlikely that the car would have been repairable.
  2. Lola T142 (Rich Galloway): Rich Galloway (Golden, CO) raced a yellow #27 Lola T142 through the 1969 US series. It was generally entered as a T142 but was entered as a T140 at R4 Sears Point. Galloway was involved in the first lap accident triggered by George Wintersteen at St Jovite in early September and the Lola hit the Armco on the outside of the track head on before being hit by two other cars and coming to a rest against the bank on the opposite side. Galloway was able to exit the car quickly, but it appeared to be heavily damaged. Subsequent history unknown.
  3. Lola T140 [SL140/8] (John Mahler): New to Jerry Hansen for the 1968 US series, then to John Mahler (Bettendorf, IA) for the 1969 series. Subsequent history unknown but believed to be the car acquired by Wayne "Bing" Sherer (Buffalo, NY) in 1972 and raced in SCCA Nationals. To Phil "Butch" Hollenbeck for 1973, then to Art Cross (Auburn, NY) who ran it in to Florida for several years. Via Owen Starr, Lou Pavesi and Rick McLean to Mark Rincon (Redding, CA) and Hal Williams by 1994, for historic racing. Later sold to Richard Cross, then via Rincon to John Bryant (Adelaide, Australia) at the Monterey Historics in August 2007 and imported into Australia. Crashed at Philip Island March 2008, but rebuilt and raced in the 2011/12 Tasman Revival series. More information about Lola T140 SL140/8
  4. LeGrand Mk 7 [002] (Rex Ramsey): After the prototype was burnt out, Jerry Entin did a deal with LeGrand to race a second car in return for a loan of engine and gearbox. The car was built up with a stock Chevrolet Camaro engine, fitted with 48mm Weber carbs by Al Bartz, and a ZF gearbox acquired by Entin from Carroll Shelby. The car used Formula B brakes, and Formula B rear hubs. It was then taken to Road America for the Badger "200" on 27 July 1968, but the the timing gear broke before the race, and Entin did not start. Entin won a National at Riverside in August and two Regionals later in the year. Dick Guldstrand took over the car for the Laguna Seca 'Pro' race in October and it was then driven by Rex Ramsey at the ARRC, and at the Monaco International Trophy in New Zealand at the end of December. Ramsey continued to drive the car in 1969, winning three SCCA Nationals but was well off the pace in Pro races. The car was last seen at Sears Point in June 1969. Subsequent history unknown.
  5. Lola T142 (Bud Morley): Bud Morley (Denver, CO) raced a red #14 Lola T142 through the 1969 US series. He advertised the car in November 1969 and again in August 1970. Subsequent history unknown.
  6. Lola T142 (Richard Negley): Richard Negley (San Antonio, TX) bought a Lola T142 for the 1969 US series, replacing the Lotus 41C he had raced in FB in 1968. Raced at Continental Divide 8 Jun 1969, Sears Point (DNS) 22 Jun 1969, Road America 20 July 1969, Mosport Park 23 Aug 1969 and Mont-Tremblant 7 September 1969. He raced as #74 early in the season but as #79 after Andrea de Adamich took over #74 for his Surtees TS5. Negley advertised the Lola in Competition Press & Autoweek in November 1969. Subsequent history unknown but this is a leading option for John Saucier's SL142/30 in 1970, Saucier's home in MidWest, OK, being a mere 500 miles from San Antonio, TX.
  7. Lola T142 (Sherwood Johnston): Sherwood Johnston (Scottsdale, AZ) first seen at a SCCA Regional at Tucson Airport on 11 May 1969 and then raced in the US Pro series (#47 from Continental Divide on 8 June, up to Sebring on 28 December). Then sold to Ed Luke (Phoenix, AZ), a cattle rancher and property developer, for SCCA events. Luke crashed the car heavily at Phoenix International Raceway in 1970, when he had to go off line to avoid an emergency vehicle on the track, spun on the "marbles" and collided heavily with a telegraph pole, suffering serious leg injuries and burns that ended his racing career. None of Luke's race results have been found, suggesting his accident was early in 1970, quite possible the Arizona Region SCCA National on 1 Mar 1970. He sold the damaged car to Ron Elliot (Scottsdale, AZ) who raced it at Riverside Feb 1972. Subsequently to Ernie Rollston (Mesa, AZ) in 1974 - Steve Bolen (Scottsdale, AZ) - Bill Neibauer (Red Lodge, Montana) June 1976. Sold by Neibauer to Donald McGreevy (Mill Valley, CA) Dec 1987. This car has frame tag 40 but no chassis plate. Completely restored by Don McGreevy by December 2013.

Sources

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' original results.

1968 US information has been taken from SCCA results sheets with additional information from Autoweek race reports and from some entry lists. Thanks to David McKinney and Wolfgang Klopfer for providing these. Identifying the classes and model of some entries has proved very difficult so all new information would be welcomed.

1969-1971 US information has been collated by Chris Townsend using Autoweek reports. All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome.

1972-1976 US information was originally collated by Wolfgang Klopfer, converted to database format by Dawn Harrison and checked by Jim Thurman and Don Capps. Wolfgang's main sources are Autoweek and individual SCCA results bulletins but Autosport, Autocourse and Road Racing Annual have also been consulted.

US SCCA Runoffs, Nationals and Regionals results were collated by Wolfgang Klopfer from Autoweek reports. These reports were usually very brief so the information on the majority of races is limited just to the identity of the FA class winner.

Some race programs have also been used for entry lists and other information. My thanks to Richard Coe for the generous contributions from his collection.

All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome. Please email Allen if you can add anything.