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Players (Canadian) Formula B Series Race

Westwood, 27 May 1973

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Allan Lader Brabham BT40 - Ford twin cam
#75 Al Lader Racing
56
100.78
2 Craig Hill Brabham BT40 - Ford twin cam
#2 Fother Hill Ltd; Castrol GTX
56
3 Jon Milledge GRD B73 [074-FB] - Ford twin cam
#92 M & S Racing, Santa Clara, Cal.
55
4 John Holloway March 722 - Ford twin cam
#74 Al Lader Racing
55
5 John Powell Brabham BT38 [14] - Ford twin cam
#30 ("Rondel-Brabham") Fleet Truck Bodies Inc., Montreal
(see note 1)
55
6 Gary Gove Lotus 69 [71/69.2.FB] - Ford twin cam
#52 Pete Lovely Volkswagen, Tacoma
(see note 2)
54
7 Archie Snider Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#91 M & S Racing, Santa Clara, Cal.
(see note 3)
54
8 Bruce Jensen March 722 [23] - Ford twin cam
#41 Jenmac Racing
53
9 Ron Shantz Lotus 69 [71/69.5.FB] - Ford twin cam Hart
#15 Auto-Race Developments (Ronald B. Shantz)
53
10 Roy Folland March 73B - Ford twin cam Greatorex
#6 Roman Brio (see note 4)
53
11 Scott MacKenzie Brabham BT35 [18] - Ford twin cam Hart
#94 Astro Sports, Ottawa
52
12 Ted Coconis Lotus 69B - Ford twin cam
#83 Graphics Int. Racing, Scarborough
52
13 Paul Wheatley Chevron B18 [18.71.1] - Ford twin cam Hart
#26 Pennzoil (see note 5)
52
14 Peter Ferguson Chevron B20 [20.72.07] - Ford twin cam
#18 ("B20B") Ferguson/Wilson Racing Team-Esso
(see note 6)
51
15 Max Nerrière Lotus 59 ("69B") [59-F2/XB-41] - Ford twin cam Hart
#42 ("59F") -
51
16 Cam McKenzie Brabham BT35 - Ford twin cam
#34 Pierre's Motors, Portland
50
17 Bob Newton March 71BM [3] - Ford twin cam
#98 Bay-Newton Racing Team, La Selva Beach, Cal. (Robert E. Newt
49
18 Gilles Léger Brabham BT40 - Ford twin cam Hart
#72 Gilles-Leger Racing Team, Lachute
48
19 Ken Huband March 71BM - Ford twin cam Greatorex
#9 Tangent Travel Ltd
47
20 Wayne Ricciardi March 722 - Ford twin cam
#24 The Race Shop
43
21 Gary Magwood March 73B - Ford twin cam
#27 Gary Magwood Racing (see note 7)
42
22 Hugh "Wink" Bancroft March 722 - Ford twin cam
#12 Bancroft Motors, Anaheim, Cal.
34
R Ron Householder Brabham BT29 [9] - Ford twin cam Hart
#61 Automotive Racing Ent., Portland
(see note 8)
23 Retired
R Richard Paul March 732 - Ford twin cam
#48 Fire Suppression Inc (see note 9)
19 Retired
R Al Justason Brabham BT35 [10] - Ford twin cam
#32 -
16 Retired
R Bill Brack Lotus 59 [ ] - Ford twin cam
#7 Swandowne Lotus, N Brack Racing Ent
15 Retired
R Richard Doran GRD B72 [019-F2] - Ford twin cam
#86 St. Laurent Auto Tech
9 Retired
R Bill Eagles Brabham BT40 - Ford twin cam
#46 Tex-Made Racing, Ville La Salle
0 Accident
R Mike Fisher March 722 - Ford twin cam
#11 Hanna Industries, Portland
0 Accident
DNS Linda Wilson Chevron B20 [20.72.05] - Ford twin cam Hart
#19 ("B20B") Ferguson/Wilson Racing Team-Samsonite Action Pack
(see note 10)
Did not start
(Ferguson used car)
T Allan Lader March 722 - Ford twin cam
Al Lader Racing
(Only used in practice)
UNKE Hugh Cree Brabham BT35 [19] - Ford twin cam
#16 Bingley Cree
On entry list
UNKE Lorne Progosh Brabham BT38 - Ford twin cam
#21 -
On entry list
UNKE Tom Outcault March 73B - Ford twin cam
#31 Troco Racing, Cranford, NJ (see note 11)
On entry list
UNKE Ian Coristine March 71BM [10] - Ford twin cam Greatorex
#50 Ecurie Canada (see note 12)
On entry list
UNKE Patricia Smith March 71BM [8?] - Ford twin cam
#51 P.S. Translations (see note 13)
On entry list
UNKE Jeff Parsons Lotus 35 - Ford twin cam
#70 JayPar Racing, Pembroke
On entry list
UNKE Ken Legg Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#81 -
On entry list
UNKE Tim Coconis Lotus 69 [71/69.7.FB] - Ford twin cam Hart
#89 Graphics Int. Racing, Scarborough
On entry list

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Allan Lader (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 - Ford twin cam 1.04.4
2 Ron Householder (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [9] - Ford twin cam Hart 1.06.0
3 Craig Hill (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 - Ford twin cam 1.06.5

Notes on the cars:

  1. Brabham BT38 [14] (John Powell): Brand new for Motul Rondel Racing at Oulton Park at the end of March 1972, and raced there by Tim Schenken, who finished second. For Schenken again at Thruxton a few days later, then for Derek Bell at Nürburgring at the end of April, by Jean Max at Pau, and by Jean-Pierre Beltoise at Crystal Palace and Rouen. Schenken used the car for the rest of the season, winning at Hockenheim in October. Sold to John Powell (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) for Formula B in 1973. Sold to Bob Schutt (Kirkwood, MO) at Watkins Glen at the end of 1973, and used by him in Mid West Division FB racing. According to Chris Townsend, this may be BT38 of Mike Orgel (St Louis, MO) in Mid West Division FB 1978-80. Subsequent history unknown.
  2. Lotus 69 [71/69.2.FB] (Gary Gove): William Monson (Kent, WA) bought a new Lotus 69 for 1971 but after only a few races suffered a major accident at Laguna Seca in June 1971 when he clipped the bridge and was in hospital with significant injuries. He retired from racing and sold the wrecked Lotus to Gary Gove (Tacoma, WA). Gove's racing partner Pete Lovely was then in the process of fitting a F1 DFV engine to his 1970 F2 Lotus 69 and Gove was able to use the F2 rear end to repair Monson's car. The result was a very quick car and in 1972 Gove raced it in ICSCC and NW Regional events plus at least one National and the Westwood round of the Canadian FB series. In 1973, Gove won the NorPac title in the Lotus and then sold it to Jon Norman (Oakland, CA) who won the 1975 NorPac FB title and was second in 1976. Norman also took the car to the Run-Ofrfs in 1975, finishing a remarkable fourth, and raced it in several Pro Formula Atlantic races. Norman raced it at least once in SCCA events in 1977 before replacing it with a much newer March 76B.
  3. Brabham BT29 (Archie Snider): Jim Gutfreund (Des Moines, Iowa) bought a new Brabham BT29 for 1970 and ran it in Midwest Div Formula B, winning two races and leading the division until his BRM-built Ford twin-cam blew. He sold the car to Archie Snider for 1971 and Snider continued with the BRM engine until joining forces with Jon Milledge who crewed the car for Snider in Regionals while racing it in Nationals and in Pro events. They continued with the car through 1972 and into 1973, before Snider replaced it with a GRD. It then went to Larry Wright to replace his earlier BT29 that he'd wrecked in June 1973. Wright kept the car until 1974 after which he retired and sold the car to "an unknown guy who lived in the Sierra Madre area of So Cal, near Pasadena".
  4. March 73B (Roy Folland): Roy Folland (Montréal, Quebec) had a purple #6 March 73B for 1973 but crashed at Trois-Rivières in Sept and after being repaired, the 73B was sold to Ecurie Canada for guest driver Eppie Wietzes to race at the Watkins Glen Pro FB race five weeks later. Then sold to Tim Cooper (Kansas City, MO) who raced the "ex-Ecurie Canada" 73B at a Willow Springs Regional in December 1973. Raced extensively in SCCA racing early in 1974 and then in the Pro F/Atlantic series, prepared by Charlie Williams Racing. Probably then the "75B" that Cooper raced as part of Doug Shierson Racing in 1975; maybe the 75B/76B that Wilbur Bunce ran for him in 1976, and possibly the self-entered 77B he had in early 1977. Might then be the ex-Cooper March "75B" later entered by Ted Titmus in 1978 and 1979. The latter years of this history become increasingly uncertain and we're very keen to talk to Tim Cooper to clarify.
  5. Chevron B18 [18.71.1] (Paul Wheatley): A new car built for Brian Redman after he wrecked the development B18 while testing in South Africa. Fitted with a 1.8-litre Cosworth FVC engine and raced by Redman in two races in South Africa in January 1971. This car returned to Bolton and became the works entry in F2 for Chris Craft during the 1971 F2 season. It was then sold to Canadian John Powell and rebuilt to Formula B specification. Powell raced it in the Brands Hatch Boxing Day meeting at the end of 1971 and then loaned it to Brian Robertson to race in the two Bogotá FB races in February and March 1972. Raced by Powell (Ottawa, Ontario) in the Canadian FB series in 1972, Sold to Paul Wheatley (Montréal, Quebec) and raced in the Canadian series in 1973. Appeared on a couple of early-1974 entry lists but not seen again.
  6. Chevron B20 [20.72.07] (Peter Ferguson): Sold via Fred Opert to Ferguson/Wilson Racing Team for 1973, when it was described as brand new. Raced by Peter Ferguson (Toronto, Ontario) in the Canadian FB series. Retained by Ferguson for Formula Atlantic in 1974. According to documentation later submitted to CAMS, the car was owned by Players from 1974 to 1978, then was in storage from 1978 to 1984. It was owned by Alex Polsinello from 1984, then George McLean in 1991, then Russell Sewell in 2010. It ws bought by Martin Bullock (Western Australia) in 2011.
  7. March 73B (Gary Magwood): New to Gary Magwood (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), and raced in the Players Canadian series. Magwood was increasingly absorbed with his racing school at Mosport Park, and the March 73B was raced once by Luke de Sadeleer in 1974 before Magwood had his first race of the year in it at Sanair in July. After qualifying third, he hit the pit wall during the race, and wiped out the left side of the car. Magwood acquired a new Lola T360, but the March was eventually repaired and was advertised by Magwood in June 1977. Subsequent history unknown.
  8. Brabham BT29 [9] (Ron Householder): This early chassis number would have raced in 1969 but its first owner is still unknown. Working backwards from its modern ownership, it would have been the black-and-yellow BT29 raced by Allan Lader (Gresham, OR), until Lader got a new 1970-spec BT29 in July. The older car was sold to Ron Householder (Portland, OR) and raced by him in SCCA, CASC and ICSCC events in 1971, 1972 and 1973. Householder sold it to Paul Anderson (Huntington Beach, CA) who entered it for Pete Halsmer in SCCA events in 1974. Then to Bill Hill (Olympia, WA) in March 1975. Hill drove this car, mainly in ICSCC events, for many seasons. Retained by Hill until his death. It was sold by his widow to David Irwin (Evergreen, CO) in December 2017.
  9. March 732 (Richard Paul): Richard Paul (North Hollywood, CA) had what was reported to be a new March 732 for Formula B in 1973. That is likely to mean a March 73B, as that was how the 73B was marketed to Formula B drivers. He first raced it at the Phoenix SCCA National in February 1973 and ran as #48, sponsored by Fire Suppression Inc. Paul retained the car for 1974, when it was usually described as a 74B, but wrapped it around a lamppost in practice for the St Johns Formula Atlantic race in July 1974. The car was rebuilt but may have used an older 722 monocoque. Paul entered it as a 742 in races in early 1975. Subsequent history unknown.
  10. Chevron B20 [20.72.05] (Linda Wilson): Sold via Fred Opert and entered for Brian Robertson (Brockville, Ontario, Canada) in Formula B in 1972. To Ferguson/Wilson Racing Team for 1973 and raced by Linda Wilson in Canadian Formula B. Not seen in 1974, when Peter Ferguson raced the team's other car in Formula Atlantic. Advertised by Fred Opert in June 1975, suggesting it had returned to Opert in part exchange for Ferguson's new Chevron B29. Subsequent history unknown but reported to have been the orange B20 racing in US vintage racing by Ed Swart from 1989 to 1993.
  11. March 73B (Tom Outcault): New to Tom Outcault (Cranford, NJ, later Middletown, OH) and entered for him by Troco Racing (Cranford, NJ, later Carlisle, OH) in the Players Canadian Formula B series and in SCCA Nationals. Collided with Allan Lader's damaged car at Mosport in August 1973. Outcault acquired a March 743 tub and rebuilt his car on that, so the history of the 73B effectively ends at that point.
  12. March 71BM [10] (Ian Coristine): One of two red March 71BMs acquired by Wilson Southam for Canadian FB and believed to be the car raced by Southam. Southam's operation was bought by Ecurie Canada and its mechanic Tom Greatorex for 1972 and this is the car believed to have been updated to side-radiator 722 specification and rented by Ian Coristine that season. Coristine stayed with the team for 1972 but the car was put back to 71BM specification. Then to Mauro Lanaro for 1974 and retained for a total of four seasons in Canadian FB and F/Atlantic. Coristine recalls that this car destroyed in a transporter fire on its was to a race at Debert.
  13. March 71BM [8?] (Patricia Smith): Wilson Southam acquired two red March 71BMs for Canadian Formula B in 1971, one for Randy Fraser and one for himself. Fraser's was the first to appear, running as the #54 Tartan Fraser entry and is believed to have been 71BM-8. Probably the car driven by Gilles Léger (Lachute, Quebec) in 1972 and updated to 722 specification. Then believed to be the orange/dark green 71BM driven by Patricia Smith (Montréal, Quebec) in 1973 entered as #51 by P.S. Translations. Subsequent history unknown.

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.

The 1971-1973 Canadian Formula B race results have been compiled by Chris Townsend based on material in Canadian Motorsport Bulletin, results sheets where available and from information drawn from Canadian newspapers.

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