Players (Canadian) Formula B Series Race
Sanair, 17 Jun 1973
|1||Roy Folland||March 73B - Ford twin cam Greatorex
#6 Roman Brio (see note 1)
|2||John Powell||Brabham BT38  - Ford twin cam
Fleet Truck Bodies Inc (see note 2)
|3||Reg Scullion||March 71BM  - Ford twin cam
(see note 3)
|4||Charles T. Gibson||March 71BM  - Ford twin cam
Gibson Racing Co. (see note 4)
|5||Ron Shantz||Lotus 69 [71/69.5.FB] - Ford twin cam Hart
|6||Frank Del Vecchio||March 73B - Ford twin cam
(see note 5)
|7||Seb Barone||March 722 - Ford twin cam
|8||Peter Ferguson||Chevron B20 [20.72.07] - Ford twin cam
Ferguson/Wilson Racing Team (see note 6)
|9||Richard Doran||GRD B72 [019-F2] - Ford twin cam
St. Laurent Auto Tech
|10||Max Nerrière||Lotus 59 ("69B") [59-F2/XB-41] - Ford twin cam
|11||Ted Coconis||Lotus 69B - Ford twin cam
|12||Hugh Cree||Brabham BT35  - Ford twin cam
|13||Bruce Jensen||March 722  - Ford twin cam
|14||Craig Hill||Brabham BT40 - Ford twin cam
|15||Linda Wilson||Chevron B20 [20.72.05] - Ford twin cam
Ferguson/Wilson Racing Team (see note 7)
|16||Mike Rand||March 732  - Ford twin cam
(see note 8)
|17||Patricia Smith||March 71BM [8?] - Ford twin cam
#57 PS Translations (see note 9)
|18||Paul Wheatley||Chevron B18 [18.71.1] - Ford twin cam Hart
(see note 10)
|R||Bill Brack||Lotus 59 [ ] - Ford twin cam
Bill Brack Racing Enterprises
|R||Al Justason||Brabham BT35  - Ford twin cam Hart
|R||Allan Lader||Brabham BT40 - Ford twin cam
Al Lader Racing
|R||Gilles Léger||Brabham BT40 - Ford twin cam
Giles Léger Racing Team
|R||Alfred J. Zeller||Mallock U2 Mk 12 - Ford twin cam
Zeller Racing Developments
|R||Gary Magwood||March 73B - Ford twin cam
Banshee Racing (see note 11)
|R||Ron Cohn||March 73B  - Ford twin cam
DRC Formula Racing Inc (see note 12)
|R||Ian Coristine||March 71BM [10?] - Ford twin cam Greatorex
Ecurie Canada (see note 13)
|R||Jeff Parsons||Lotus 35 - Ford twin cam
#70 Jaypar Racing
|R||Tom Outcault||March 73B - Ford twin cam
#31 Troco Racing (see note 14)
|R||Charles "Chuck" Hansen||March 722 - Ford twin cam
(see note 15)
|DNS||Bill Eagles||Brabham BT40 - Ford twin cam
||Did not start
(Loaned car to Lader)
|DNQ||Peter Overing||Brabham BT38B  - Ford twin cam
||Did not qualify|
|T/C||Allan Lader||Brabham BT40 - Ford twin cam
Al Lader Racing
|(Crashed in practice)|
|DNA||Scott MacKenzie||Brabham BT35 - Ford twin cam
||Did not arrive|
All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.
|1||Craig Hill||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 - Ford twin cam||1.02.5|
|2||Bill Brack||(FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 59 [ ] - Ford twin cam||1.02.8|
|5||Ian Coristine||(FB) 1.6-litre March 71BM [10?] - Ford twin cam Greatorex|
|8||Allan Lader||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 - Ford twin cam|
Notes on the cars:
- 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.
- Brabham BT38  (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.
- March 71BM  (Reg Scullion): Gordie Dewar was appointed March importer into Canada for 1971 and his first purchase, chassis 71BM/1, went to Delta Racing Developments for Ian Coristine (Montréal, Quebec) to race in the Players FB series. Coristine finished the season fifth in the red #50 March but crashed in practice for the final race, at Circuit Ste-Croix in October. The car went to Reg Scullion (Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Montréal, Quebec) for 1972 and he started the season racing in Nationals in Texas before returning to Canada for the Players season. Run by Ecurie Canada and Tom Greatorex, Scullion ended the Canadian season in ninth place but then returned to the US to finish second in the SCCA Run-Offs. He retained the car for 1973 as a Scullion-Donolo Racing entry, and it was raced by partner Louis "Lou" Donolo once or twice. Subsequent history unknown.
- March 71BM  (Charles T. Gibson): New to US dealer Joe Grimaldi and supplied in red bodywork.
- March 73B (Frank Del Vecchio): New to Frank Del Vecchio (Trumbull, CT) and raced in SCCA Formula B and in rounds of the Players (Canadian) Formula B series in 1973, 1974, 1975 and 1976. When the series move to accept the BDA engine, Frank continued with a fuel-injected Ford twin cam engine. He recalls that he sold the car to Jack Deaso and to Peter Neumar. Neumahr (White Plains, NY) ran it in SCCA Nationals and at the Runoffs in 1977. Subsequent history unknown.
- 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.
- 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 former Miss Canada pageant finalist Linda Wilson in Canadian Formula B. Not seen in 1974, when "former male model" 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.
- March 732  (Mike Rand): New to Mike Rand (Riverside, CT/Greenwich, CT/Amherst, Mass) and raced in SCCA Nationals, but also taking in Pro races at Sanair and Watkins Glen. To Fred Opert in part-exchange for a Rondel and sold to E. Jay Erickson (Stevens Point, WI), appearing at Watkins Glen in October 1974. Fitted with a BDA for 1975 and raced in Canadian Formula Atlantic. Advertised by Erickson in 1976 and sold to Bill Nees (Kansas City, MO) who retained it until 1989. Then to Brian Haupt (Kansas City, MO) and used by him in SCCA C Sports Racing.
- March 71BM [8?] (Patricia Smith): A March 71BM acquired 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- March 73B  (Ron Cohn): A new green March 73B entered by DRC Formula Racing Inc for Ron Cohn (Modena, NY) in Canadian and US Formula B 1973, running as #56. Retained for 1974, running in the Canadian F/Atl series and in the F/Atl race at Watkins Glen in October. To Eric Kerman (Hempstead, NY/Glen Cove, NY) for 1975 and updated with new orange bodywork, entered as #81 or #87, and running as a 75B. Raced in SCCA Nationals from 1975 to 1979. Later to Oran Bushey up to 1982.
- March 71BM [10?] (Ian Coristine): Wilson Southam's operation was bought by Ecurie Canada and its mechanic Tom Greatorex for 1972 and one of the 71BMs was updated to side-radiator 722 specification and rented by Ian Coristine that season. Coristine stayed with the team for 1973 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 was destroyed in a transporter fire on its way to a race at Debert.
- 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.
- March 722 (Charles "Chuck" Hansen): Charles Hansen (Tenafly, NJ) appears on the Westwood entry list at the beginning of 1974 with a March 722 twin cam and on the July Mosport Park entry list with a March 742. When the car finally appears, at Sanair two weeks later, it is described as a March 74B but it would be safe to assume this was an earlier car kitted to the latest specificiation. Hansen crashed at Sanair, after which George Follmer runs this car at Trois-Rivières (CMB noting that it was the Hansen car).
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.