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Players (Canadian) Formula Atlantic Series Race

Mosport Park, 2 Jul 1974

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Bill Brack Lotus 59 [ ] - Ford BDA Hart
#1 Bill Brack Racing Enterprises
41
103.287
2 Bertil Roos Chevron B27 [27-74-08] - Ford BDA Hart
#5 Fred Opert Racing (see note 1)
41 30" penalty for passing under yellow
3 Tom Klausler Lola T360 [HU2] - Ford BDA Smith
#63 Traylor Engineering
41
4 Hugh "Wink" Bancroft Chevron B27 [27-74-05] - Ford BDA Hart
#6 Bancroft Motorsport/Fred Opert Racing
(see note 2)
40
5 Charles T. Gibson March 73B [71BM-15] - Ford BDA Hart
39
6 Chip Mead Chevron B27 [27-74-03] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#23 Douglas Shierson Racing/Fastrack
(see note 3)
39
7 Syd Demovsky March 74B [4] - Ford BDA Greatorex
#33 Tom Greatorex Racing
39
8 Al Justason Rondel M1 - Ford BDA
#32 Al Justason Racing
39
9 Mikeal Bystrom Jr Brabham BT38B [18] - Ford BDA Smith
Bystrom Formula Racing (see note 4)
38
10 Hugh Cree Brabham BT35 [19] - Ford twin cam
#16 Bingley Cree/Proto Tools
37
11 Joe Shepherd Chevron B20 [72-4?] - Ford BDA Hart
#57 Xanadu Racing (see note 5)
37
12 Bruce Jensen March 74B [6] - Ford BDA
#41 Bruce Jensen Racing ('March 742')
36
13 Peter W. Broeker Chevron B27 [27-74-17] - Ford BDA Hart
#21 Stebro Racing (see note 6)
36
14 Frank Del Vecchio March 73B - Ford twin cam
#39 (see note 7)
36
R Gilles Villeneuve March 74B [3] - Ford BDA
#13 Ecurie Canada/Schweppes Special
32 Accident
R Seb Barone Rondel M1 - Ford BDA
32 Collision with Bystrom
R Ric Forest March 73B [10] - Ford BDA Greatorex
#66 Ric Forest Racing ('March 733')
(see note 8)

R Peter Ferguson Chevron B20 [72-7] - Ford BDA
#3 Samsonite Racing Team (see note 9)
Damaged nose
R Tim Cooper March 73B - Ford BDA
#19 Charlie Williams Racing (see note 10)

R Bill Eagles Brabham BT40 - Ford BDA
#46 Tex-Made Racing

R Reg Scullion Brabham BT38B [13] - Ford twin cam Greatorex

R David Loring March 74B [2] - Ford BDA Race Shop
#18 Charlie Williams Racing/The Race Shop
9 Flywheel
R Mike Hall Brabham BT40
#28 Mike Hall Racing (see note 11)
7 Accident
R Richard Paul March 74B - Ford BDA
(see note 12)
7 Accident
R Dave Morris March 74B [8] - Ford BDA
#74 The Motor Racing Co of Canada Ltd/Weldangrind
2 Accident
R Bobby Brown Chevron B27 [27-74-18] - Ford BDA
#79 B&B Racing Enterprises ('March 74B')
(see note 13)
0 Accident
R Bill O'Connor Lola T360 [HU3] - Ford BDA Smith
#62 Bill O'Connor Racing/Traylor Engineering
0 Accident
R Chris O'Brien Rondel M1 [206] - Ford BDA
#12 International Fund for Animal Welfare
(see note 14)
0 Accident
DNS James King Chevron B27 [27-74-04] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#22 Douglas Shierson Racing/Fastrack
(see note 15)
Did not start
(Accident)
DNS Craig Hill Brabham BT40 - Ford BDA
#4 Fother-Hill Ltd (CTV Sports Special)
Did not start
(Driveshaft)
DNS Luke de Sadeleer March 73B - Ford BDA
Jackie Burnett (see note 16)
Did not start
(Engine)
DNQ Gilles Léger March 74B - Ford BDA
#72 G.L. Auto Engineering ('March 712')
Did not qualify
DNQ Mauro Lanaro March 71BM [10] - Ford twin cam
#35 Mauro Lanaro ('March 742') (see note 17)
Did not qualify
DNQ Len Campbell March 73B [733] - Ford twin cam
#20 Team Campbell Racing ('March 733')
Did not qualify
DNQ Norm Joy March 71BM - Ford twin cam
#49 T.G. Yachts
Did not qualify
DNQ Fred Beyer Brabham BT35 [10] - Ford twin cam
#11 Equipe Ugly
Did not qualify
UNKE James R Mondrall March 722
#15 Falk Racing Inc.
On entry list
UNKE Paul Wheatley Chevron B18 [18.71.1] - Ford twin cam Hart
#26 Armstrong-Gimli Racing School/Pennzoil
(see note 18)
On entry list
UNKE Joe Grimaldi March 732
#27 The Race Shop
On entry list
UNKE Roger Seacrist Rondel M1 - Ford BDA Nicholson
#29 Roger Seagrist [sic] Racing
On entry list
UNKE George MacDonald unknown
#30 M&M Racing (M&M Special)
On entry list
UNKE Charles "Chuck" Hansen March 742 [722?]
#55 Charles Hansen/Sunshine (see note 19)
On entry list
UNKE Ron Cohn March 73B [7] - Ford BDA
#56 D.R.C. Formula Racing Inc (see note 20)
On entry list
UNKE Bruce MacInnes March 73B [17] - Ford BDA
#69 D.R.C. Formula Racing Inc (see note 21)
On entry list
UNKE Allan Lader Chevron B27 [27-74-07] - Ford BDA Hart
#75 (see note 22)
On entry list
UNKE Richard Doran GRD B72 [019-F2] - Ford twin cam
#86 R.D. Racing
On entry list
UNKE Scott McKenzie Brabham BT36
#96 Astro Sport
On entry list

All cars are 1.6-litre F/Atl unless noted.

Qualifying
Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Brabham BT38B [18] (Mikeal Bystrom Jr): Thomas M. Shelton (Plantation, FL/Fort Launderdale, FL) raced a red-and-white Brabham BT38B in South-East Division FB in 1972. The car arrived late in the season and was described as immaculate and new at the Palm Beach National in September. Tom recalls that the engine broke at the Road America Pro race in August 1973, and he diverted to Chicago on his way home and traded the car to Carl Haas. Haas sold it to Mikeal Bystrom Jr (Minneapolis, MN), who had previously raced a Brabham BT18 in FC, and still recalls the chassis number of the BT38B as being BT38B-18. He broke the Hart twin cam at his first race and fitted a BDA instead, racing it in US Pro races in 1974 and then in the Canadian series in 1975. He sold it to Steve Fossett (Chicago, IL), then a commodities trader in Chicago, but later more famous for his balloning exploits. Fossett raced it in SCCA Formula Atlantic in 1977.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. March 73B [10] (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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Brabham BT40 (Mike Hall): Mike Hall (Twin Lakes, WI) raced a brand new Brabham BT40 at the SCCA Run-Offs, known then as American Road Race of Champions, at Road Atlanta 25 Nov 1972, the first BT40 to race. Hall then raced this car in Formula B and Formula Atlantic in 1973 and 1974. He replaced it with a Lola T360 for 1975 and the Brabham was then raced by John Elder (Rosemount, Minnesota) in SCCA Nationals in 1975. Hall had modified his car with a wide nose and a higher and fuller tail, and Elder's car showed the same modifications.
  12. March 74B (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.
  13. Chevron B27 [27-74-18] (Bobby Brown): Chevron build record says sold to Bobby Brown of B&B Racing Enterprises, June 1974. The car was badly damaged in an accident at Trois Rivieres in 1974. Brown says that the remains were returned to Chevron in p/x for two B29s in 1975. However, advertised by Brown in May and June 1975 as 'not raced since complete rebuild at Chevron' which suggests that the car came back to him. Sold later in 1975 to Thomas Christ (Racine, WI), and raced by him in Pro Formula Atlantic and SCCA Nationals in 1976 and 1977. Then unknown until owned by Daniel Sauriol (Appleton, WI) in 1984. Sold to Cliff Ebben (Appleton, WI) at the end of the 1984 season, then sold by him to Comprep (i.e. Dennis Eade of ComPrep (Competition Preparation) in Zenda, WI) for ComPrep customer Alan Lewis (Indianapolis, IN). Run by ComPrep for Eade. Sold to Alan Azar (O'Fallon, IL) in 1999. With dealer Chuck Haines of Can-Am Cars Ltd (St. Louis, MO) in 2018.
  14. Rondel M1 [206] (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.
  15. 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.
  16. March 73B (Luke de Sadeleer): 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.
  17. March 71BM [10] (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.
  18. 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.
  19. March 742 [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).
  20. March 73B [7] (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.
  21. March 73B [17] (Bruce MacInnes): Originally raced by Bruce MacInnes (Sharon, CT) as part of a two-car team with Ron Cohn. After 1973, it was sold to Joe Ostrowski (Trenton, NJ) and used in SCCA club events until early 1982 when it was bought by Seann Burgess (Caledon, Ontario). Burgess won the CASC Ontario Formula Atlantic championship and the BARC Drivers Championship in 1982 as well as appearing in 'pro' events. After two more seasons of Atlantic, he converted the car to Can-Am specification at the end of 1985 and then fitted a McLaren M1B body and a Mazda 13B rotary engine for 1986. This "March RX10-B" was raced through the 1986 season. Burgess kept the March after it was retired from racing and is in the process of restoring it. By the beginning of 2012, he reckoned it was 90% complete.
  22. 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).

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.

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

Globe & Mail, Autosport, Championship points summary sheet [OMH], CMB [OMH], Chevron build records and March 74B build records