Players (Canadian) Formula Atlantic Series Race
Gimli, 16 Jun 1974
|1||Tom Klausler||Lola T360 [HU2] - Ford BDA Smith
|2||Craig Hill||Brabham BT40 - Ford BDA
#4 Fother-Hill Ltd
|3||Hugh "Wink" Bancroft||Chevron B27 [27-74-05] - Ford BDA Hart
#6 Fred Opert Racing (see note 1)
|4||Peter Ferguson||Chevron B20 [72-7] - Ford twin cam Hart
#3 (see note 2)
|5||Bill Eagles||Brabham BT40 - Ford BDA
#46 Tex Made Racing
|6||Bruce Jensen||March 74B  - Ford BDA
#41 Bruce Jensen Racing
|7||Chris O'Brien||Rondel M1  - Ford BDA
(see note 3)
|8||Dave Morris||March 74B  - Ford BDA
#74 The Motor Racing Co. of Canada Ltd
|9||James King||Chevron B27 [27-74-04] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#22 Douglas Shierson Racing (see note 4)
|48||Accident damage|| |
|10||Al Justason||Rondel M1 - Ford BDA
|11||Peter W. Broeker||Chevron B27 [27-74-17] - Ford BDA Hart
Stebro Racing (see note 5)
|12||Hugh Cree||Brabham BT35  - Ford twin cam
|13||Chip Mead||Chevron B27 [27-74-03] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#23 Douglas Shierson Racing (see note 6)
|14||Tim Cooper||March 73B - Ford BDA
#19 Charlie Williams Racing (see note 7)
|15||David Loring||Merlyn Mk 21 [320.FB.71] - Ford BDA Nicholson
Charlie Williams Racing
|R||Bill O'Connor||Lola T360 [HU3] - Ford BDA Smith
|R||Bobby Brown||March 74B  - Ford BDA Smith
#78 B&B Racing Enterprises
|R||Gilles Villeneuve||March 74B  - Ford BDA
|R||Bertil Roos||Chevron B27 [27-74-08] - Ford BDA Hart
#5 Fred Opert Racing (see note 8)
|29||Bodywork damage|| |
|R||Bill Brack||Lotus 59 [ ] - Ford BDA Hart
|1||Collision with Roos|| |
|UNK||Fred Beyer||Brabham BT35  - Ford twin cam
|UNK||Joe Shepherd||Chevron B20 [72-4?] - Ford twin cam
Xanadu Racing (see note 9)
|UNK||Seb Barone||Rondel M1 - Ford BDA
|UNK||Mauro Lanaro||March 71BM  - Ford twin cam
(see note 10)
|DNSP||Ric Forest||March 73B  - Ford BDA Greatorex
(see note 11)
|Did not start (retired on parade lap)|
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||0.54.102|
|2||Bill Brack||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lotus 59 [ ] - Ford BDA Hart||0.54.336|
|3||Bertil Roos||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-08] - Ford BDA Hart||0.55.229|
|4||Bobby Brown||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B  - Ford BDA Smith||0.55.323|
|5||Tom Klausler||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU2] - Ford BDA Smith|
|6||Gilles Villeneuve||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B  - Ford BDA||0.55.454|
|7||Chris O'Brien||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Rondel M1  - Ford BDA||0.55.563|
|8||Peter Ferguson||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B20 [72-7] - Ford twin cam Hart||0.55.661|
|9||James King||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-04] - Ford BDA Nicholson|
|10||Chip Mead||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-03] - Ford BDA Nicholson|
|11||David Loring||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Merlyn Mk 21 [320.FB.71] - Ford BDA Nicholson|
|12||Ric Forest *||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B  - Ford BDA Greatorex||0.56.061|
|13||Bill O'Connor||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU3] - Ford BDA Smith||0.56.161|
|* Did not start|
Notes on the cars:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Chevron B27 [27-74-17] (Peter W. Broeker): Chevron build record says sold to Peter Broeker, June 1974. This car was destroyed in a trailer fire in late 1974 on the way to Trois Rivieres.
- 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 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 [27-74-08] (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.
- Chevron B20 [72-4?] (Joe Shepherd): A Chevron B20 raced by Joe Shepherd (Indianapolis, IN) in SCCA Formula B in 1973. Retained by Shepherd for Formula Atlantic in 1974 and 1975. Advertised by Shepherd in February 1976.
- 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.
- March 73B  (Ric Forest): New to James King (East St Louis, IL) and used in Central Division SCCA Formula B, one round of the Players Canadian series, and the Watkins Glen Pro race in October. Leased to Ric Forest and Fred Phillips in 1974, but King took over the car again for 1975, rebuilt it on a new tub, and raced it in the Players Canadian series. To Porter Brownlee (Little Rock, AR) 1976, and used in Midwest Division Formula B in 1977. 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, Winnipeg Free Press, CMB [RF], Championship points summary sheet [OMH], Chevron build records and March 74B build records