Players (Canadian) Formula Atlantic Series Race
Westwood, 26 May 1974
|1||Allan Lader||Chevron B27 [27-74-07] - Ford BDA Hart
#75 George Sabin (see note 1)
|56||$2500 [plus $1000 trade]|
|2||Bobby Brown||March 74B  - Ford BDA Smith
#79 B&B Racing Enterprises (see note 2)
|3||Gilles Villeneuve||March 74B  - Ford BDA Greatorex
#13 Ecurie Canada (see note 3)
|4||David Loring||Merlyn Mk 21 [320.FB.71] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#18 Charlie Williams Racing
|5||Hugh "Wink" Bancroft||Chevron B27 [27-74-05] - Ford BDA Hart
#6 Fred Opert Racing (see note 4)
|6||Allen Karlberg||Brabham BT29 - Ford BDA
#17 (see note 5)
|7||Syd Demovsky||March 74B  - Ford BDA Greatorex
#33 Greatorex Racing Ltd (see note 6)
|8||Al Justason||Rondel M1 - Ford BDA
|9||Tim Cooper||March 73B - Ford BDA
#19 Charlie Williams Racing (see note 7)
|10||James King||Chevron B27 [27-74-04] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#22 Douglas Shierson Racing (see note 8)
|11||Joe Grimaldi||March 74B  - Ford BDA Race Shop
#27 Race Shop (see note 9)
|12||Peter Ferguson||Chevron B20 [72-7] - Ford twin cam
#3 (see note 10)
|13||Peter W. Broeker||Chevron B17b - Ford twin cam
#21 Stebro Racing
|14||Dave Morris||March 74B  - Ford BDA
#74 The Motor Racing Co. of Canada Ltd
(see note 11)
|R||Craig Hill||Brabham BT40 - Ford BDA Hart
#4 Fother-Hill Ltd
|23||Broken wing - spun|| |
|R||Bertil Roos||Chevron B27 [27-74-08] - Ford BDA Hart
#5 Fred Opert Racing (see note 12)
|R||Chris O'Brien||Rondel M1  - Ford BDA
#12 (see note 13)
|R||Dennis Kreuger||March 71BM - Ford twin cam
|10||Collision with Morris|| |
|R||Len Campbell||March 73B  - Ford BDA
#20 Team Campbell Racing
|R||Bruce Jensen||March 74B  - Ford BDA Hart
#41 Bruce Jensen Racing (see note 14)
|R||Bill Brack||Lotus 59 [ ] - Ford BDA Hart
|R||Chip Mead||Chevron B27 [27-74-03] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#23 Doug Shierson Racing (see note 15)
|UNK||Seb Barone||Rondel M1 - Ford BDA
|UNK||Mauro Lanaro||March 71BM  - Ford twin cam
(see note 16)
|DNQ||Richard Doran||GRD B72 [019-F2] - Ford twin cam
|Did not qualify|
|DNQ||Norm Joy||March 71BM - Ford twin cam
||Did not qualify|
|DNQ||Ron Householder||Brabham BT40  - Ford twin cam
#61 (see note 17)
|Did not qualify|
|DNQ||Bill Eagles||Brabham BT40 - Ford twin cam
#46 Tex Made Racing
|Did not qualify|
|UNKE||Charles "Chuck" Hansen||March 722 - Ford twin cam
#75 (see note 18)
|On entry list|
|On entry list|
|UNKE||Richard Paul||March 74B [73B-2] - Ford BDA
#48 (car not identified) (see note 19)
|On entry list|
All cars are 1.6-litre F/Atl unless noted.
|1||Hugh "Wink" Bancroft||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-05] - Ford BDA Hart||1.18.470|
|2||Allan Lader||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-07] - Ford BDA Hart||1.18.500|
|3||Bobby Brown||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B  - Ford BDA Smith||1.18.611|
|4||Bertil Roos||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-08] - Ford BDA Hart||1.18.657|
|24||Peter Ferguson||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B20 [72-7] - Ford twin cam||1.25.110|
Notes on the cars:
- Chevron B27 [27-74-07] (Allan Lader): Chevron build record says sold via Fred Opert to George Sabin. Used by Alan Lader as well in 1974. Sold to Bobby Fisher (Lafayette, CA) for 1975 and used in some early-season Nationals and one Pro race. To Jim Van Horn (Orange, CA) for 1976 and run in west coast Pro and SCCA racing. Then a strong candidate for the car of Californian Mike Morris in SCCA races in 1977 though this may have been the ex Hayes car from 1975-76. Either this or the Hayes car likely to be the B27 for sale by Crosslé Cars Pacific in 1982. In February 2007, Bud Morrison bought what he believes to be B27-74-07 from Neil Johnson via Fantasy Junction (Emeryville, CA).
- March 74B  (Bobby Brown): New to Bobby Brown (Hicksville, NY) and raced in the British Formula Atlantic series at the start of the year, then moving to North America in May for the Canadian Players series. In June, Brown acquired a new Chevron B27, and the March was traded to Fred Opert as part of the deal. Advertised by Opert in June 1975, and shown as "in stock" in November 1975, with a comment that it had not raced since June 1974. Next seen in late 1978 and again in late 1979, when raced by Peter Moodie (Kingston, Jamaica) in a series of Jamaica National Championship races. Subsequent history unknown
- March 74B  (Gilles Villeneuve): New to Ecurie Canada, and raced by Gilles Villeneuve in the Players Canadian Formula Atlantic series with Schweppes sponsorship. Wrecked at Mosport Park in July, but repaired and raced by David Loring at Sanair and St Johns later that month. Raced by Villeneuve again at Halifax, Trois-Rivières and Watkins Glen. Subsequent history unknown.
- Chevron B27 [27-74-05] (Hugh "Wink" Bancroft): An Fred Opert team car, used by Hugh "Wink" Bancroft (Costa Mesa, CA) in the US series in 1974. Possibly also used by Roos and James Crawley in SCCA Formula B before the Canadian season started. The car was owned by Bancroft, who according to Formula and Sports Car retained it unraced in 1975, and then wheeled it out again for a few SCCA So Pac division races in early 1976. Advertised in May 1976. Possibly the Mike Morris car in 1977. The car now owned by Bud Morrison has a SCCA log book showing it was owned by Ken Valan in 1978, then Frank Shober (Chatham, NJ) from 1979 to 1985. In October 1988, it was bought from Bruce McQuiston at the Bertil Roos Racing School (Blakeslee PA) by Monte C. Shalett (New Orleans, LA), who sold it via Grand Prix Classics (La Jolla, CA) to Paul Wesselink (Dana Point, CA/Huntington Beach, CA) in June 1997. From Wesselink to Bud Morrison in May 2005.
- Brabham BT29 (Allen Karlberg): This car is first known when acquired in 1973 by Skip Jones, who remembers buying it in San Francisco and that Ribbs had previously been involved. Jones raced the car in Regional events in 1973, winning the 1973 ICSCC Formula B championship, and then sold it to Allen Karlberg (Seattle, WA) who fitted a BDA for the 1974 season and raced it in SCCA Formula A and in Canadian Formula Atlantic. Jones believes that the car was sold and campaigned in eastern Canada with Kimberly Clark livery by Monique Proulx. Proulx drove Karlberg's March 712M in a Pro Atlantic race supporting the US GP at Watkins later that year so may have driven the older BT29 in local events.
- March 74B  (Syd Demovsky): A dark blue 74B sold by March to US agent Joe Grimaldi, so probably the dark blue 74B raced by Syd Demovsky (Chicago, IL) in the 1974 Players Canadian Formula Atlantic series, and run for him by Tom Greatorex Racing. Subsequent history unknown.
- March 73B (Tim Cooper): 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.
- Chevron B27 [27-74-04] (James King): Chevron build record says sold via Fred Opert to Doug Shierson Racing. According to Chevron the car used by James King at Mallory Park before being shipped to the USA. (King and Mead owned their own cars in the Shierson team.) Badly damaged by King at Mosport in July 1974 and rebuilt around a new tub. Formula Mar 75 p29 reports, 'King is trying to sell the B27 he drove in 1974 under Shierson's management'. (King still has the plate for this car.) Sold to Lloyd Callaway (Chicago, IL) and used in 1975 early 1976 SCCA and some pro races. Callaway advises that the car was sold to Fred Opert in early 1976 in p/x for a new Chevron B34. History then unknown. Many years later, in 1999, Sandy Dells Racing (San Diego, CA) sold two B27 tubs to Jim Sparks (San Diego, CA). Dells restored one of these to running condition for Sparks, then sold the other tub and parts on Sparks' behalf to Mike Winebrenner (Louisville, KY) in 2004. Winebrenner was able to identify his monocoque by its SCCA Chicago Region stamping as Lloyd Calloway's car, but the 74-04 chassis plate is on Sparks' car. Winebrenner's parts were sold in early 2009 to Bud Morrison, who already owned 74-05 and 74-07. It would appear that Sparks' car is built on the original tub, and Morrison's is the replacement tub.
- March 74B  (Joe Grimaldi): New to US March agent Joe Grimaldi, and raced by him and by hire drivers in the 1974 Players Canadian Formula Atlantic series, including David Loring at Mosport in July, Seb Barone at Sanair, and Dale Lang at Watkins Glen in October. Subsequent history unknown.
- Chevron B20 [72-7] (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.
- March 74B  (Dave Morris): New to Dave Morris (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) and raced by him in the Players Canadian Formula Atlantic series until a major accident at Mosport Park in July. Morris rebuilt the car with a new monocoque from March, and advertised it as an unraced 75B in October 1975. Subsequent history unknown.
- Chevron B27 [27-74-08] (Bertil Roos): New to Fred Opert Racing and raced by US-domiciled Swede Bertil Roos in North American Formula Atlantic, and later in the season by a number of guest drivers, including Richard Melville, Bill Brack and Héctor Rebaque. This is then believed to be the car used by Jim Crawley (Frenchtown, NJ) in a number of SCCA Nationals in 1975, allowing him to qualify for the FB Run-Offs. At the same time, Crawley raced a newer B29 in the British series, The B27 was advertised by George Walsh of Intercontinental Marketing, Crawley's sponsor at the Run-Offs, describing it as ex-Roos, ex-Crawley and noting track records at Bridgehampton and Palm Beach. Subsequent history unknown.
- Rondel M1  (Chris O'Brien): Henri Pescarolo's main car in F2 in 1973; used also by Schenken at Pau, Kinnekulle Ring and Rouen. Sold via Fred Opert to Chris O'Brien for Canadian Formula Atlantic in 1974 then probably back via Fred Opert and eventually sold to Randy Zimmer as a source of spares for his Can Am car. Still with Zimmer in 2010.
- March 74B  (Bruce Jensen): New to Bruce Jensen (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada), and raced by him in the Players Canadian Formula Atlantic series. There was press talk of this car going to Bob Beaulieu, but he never appeared in it, and in April 1975 it appeared in Fred Opert's stock list. It was sold to a driver from Quebec City, who reportedly ran at the opening race of the 1975 season but broke his engine and was not seen again. He sold the car to Ron Rogers (Trenton, Ontario), who raced it mostly in club events in 1976 and 1977 before selling it to Jim Close. Rogers ran the car for Close until close took it back to California. Sold to its current owner in the early 1990s, and retained.
- Chevron B27 [27-74-03] (Chip Mead): New to Doug Shierson Racing via Fred Opert for Chip Mead (Dayton, OH) to race in Formula Atlantic, initially in the opening races of the British series, then in North America. The car was blue and ran in North America as #23. Sold to Keith Feldott (LaGrange, IL) and raced in SCCA Central Division FB in 1975, 1976 and 1977. Subsequent history unknown.
- March 71BM  (Mauro Lanaro): 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.
- Brabham BT40  (Ron Householder): Sold new via Fred Opert to Al Lader (Gresham, OR) and used in the Canadian Formula B championship. Lader crashed in practice at Sanair in June, and it is unclear whether BT40-37 was the car Lader used all season, repaired as required, or whether it was a new car supplied after the Sanair accident. Lader won four races that season and would have won the championship if it had been open to non-Canadians. Sold to Ron Householder for 1974, and raced in the Canadian series, which was now to Formula Atlantic rules. Fitted with a BDA for 1975 and raced in Formula Atlantic, and also in Formula A in SCCA racing. Householder continued to race this car in SCCA and ICSCC racing for the rest of the 1970s. It was then stored in an aircraft hanger until 2012, when it was acquired by Collin Jackson (Langley, British Columbia, Canada), who had been a teenage crew member for Householder in the 1970s. The car was restored over the next three years by Jackson and Andy Pearson of Specialty Engineering, and it was raced by Jackson in vintage racing in 2015.
- 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).
- March 74B [73B-2] (Richard Paul): New to Richard Paul (North Hollywood, CA), and first raced it at the Phoenix SCCA National in February 1973 where it was entered as #48, sponsored by Fire Suppression Inc. Pual crashed heavily at Trois-Rivières in September. 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.
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.
North American Formula Atlantic race results have been compiled by Chris Townsend based on material in Formula and On Track, information drawn from Canadian newspapers and results sheets where available.
All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome. Please email Allen if you can add anything.
Individual sources for this event
Vancouver Sun 27 May 1974, Chevron build records, March 74B build records, Loring's crew chief [J.Johnson], Championship points summary sheet [OMH] and CMB [OMH]