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Players (Canadian) Formula Atlantic Series Race

Sanair, 14 Jul 1974

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Bill Brack Lotus 59 [ ] - Ford BDA Hart
#1 STP Oil Treatment
79 1.07.15.6
2 Bertil Roos Chevron B27 [27-74-08] - Ford BDA Hart
#5 Fred Opert Racing (see note 1)
79
3 Tom Klausler Lola T360 [HU2] - Ford BDA Smith
#63 Traylor Engineering
79
4 Charles T. Gibson March 73B [71BM-15] - Ford BDA Hart
#58
78
5 Bobby Brown Chevron B27 [27-74-18] - Ford BDA Smith
#79 B&B Racing Enterprises (see note 2)

6 Hugh "Wink" Bancroft Chevron B27 [27-74-05] - Ford BDA Hart
#6 Fred Opert Racig (see note 3)

7 Chip Mead Chevron B27 [27-74-03] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#23 Douglas Shierson Racing (see note 4)

8 James King Chevron B27 [27-74-04] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#22 Douglas Shierson Racing (see note 5)

9 David Loring March 74B [3] - Ford BDA Greatorex
#13 Ecurie Canada
Driveshaft
10 Reg Scullion Brabham BT38B [13] - Ford twin cam Greatorex
#88

11 Al Justason Rondel M1 - Ford BDA
#32

12 Mike Hall Brabham BT40 - Ford BDA
#28 (see note 6)

13 Seb Barone March 74B [2] - Ford BDA Race Shop
#24 Race Shop

14 Mauro Lanaro March 71BM [10] - Ford twin cam
#35 (see note 7)

15 Gilles Léger March 74B - Ford BDA
#72

R Bruce Jensen March 74B [6] - Ford BDA Hart
#41 Bruce Jensen Racing
44 Driveshaft
R Craig Hill Brabham BT40 - Ford BDA
#4
22 Ignition
R Bill O'Connor Lola T360 [HU3] - Ford BDA Smith
#62 Traylor Engineering
11 Engine
R Gary Magwood March 73B - Ford BDA Hart
#27 Racequip (see note 8)
9 Accident
R Peter Ferguson Chevron B20 [72-7] - Ford BDA
#3 (see note 9)
Collision with Cree
R Hugh Cree Brabham BT35 [19] - Ford BDA
#16
Puncture
R Fred Beyer Brabham BT35 [10] - Ford twin cam
#11
Accident
R Frank Del Vecchio March 73B - Ford twin cam
#39 (see note 10)

R Ric Forest March 73B [10] - Ford BDA Greatorex
#66 Kleen-flo (see note 11)
Oil leak
R Charles "Chuck" Hansen March 74B [722?] - Ford BDA
#55 Ecurie Canada (see note 12)
Accident
R Richard Paul March 74B - Ford BDA
#48 (see note 13)
Camshaft timing belt
UNK Syd Demovsky March 74B [4] - Ford BDA Greatorex
#33 Greatorex Racing Ltd

UNK Peter W. Broeker Chevron B27 [27-74-17] - Ford BDA Hart
#21 (see note 14)

UNK Joe Shepherd Chevron B20 [72-4?] - Ford BDA Hart
Xanadu Racing (see note 15)

UNK Roger Seacrist Rondel M1 - Ford BDA Nicholson
#29

UNK Ron Cohn March 73B [7] - Ford BDA
#56 ("74B") (see note 16)

DNQ Bill Eagles Brabham BT40 - Ford BDA
#46 Tex Made Racing
Did not qualify
DNQ Scott McKenzie unknown
Did not qualify
DNQ Ron Rogers unknown
Did not qualify
DNQ unknown unknown
Did not qualify
DNQ unknown unknown
Did not qualify
T Bobby Brown March 74B [9] - Ford BDA
#78
(Only used in practice)
DNA Chris O'Brien Rondel M1 [206] - Ford BDA
(see note 17)
Did not arrive

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

Qualifying
1 Bruce Jensen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B [6] - Ford BDA Hart 0.49.035
2 Bertil Roos (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-08] - Ford BDA Hart 0.49.216
3 Gary Magwood (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B - Ford BDA Hart 0.49.594
4 Bill Brack (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lotus 59 [ ] - Ford BDA Hart 0.49.603
5 Bill O'Connor (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU3] - Ford BDA Smith 0.49.681
6 Tom Klausler (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU2] - Ford BDA Smith 0.49.854
7 Charles T. Gibson (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B [71BM-15] - Ford BDA Hart 0.50.067
8 Seb Barone (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B [2] - Ford BDA Race Shop 0.50.111
9 David Loring (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B [3] - Ford BDA Greatorex 0.50.156
10 Ric Forest (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B [10] - Ford BDA Greatorex 0.50.182
11 Bobby Brown (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-18] - Ford BDA Smith
12 Craig Hill (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 - Ford BDA
13 Hugh "Wink" Bancroft (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-05] - Ford BDA Hart
16 Peter W. Broeker (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-17] - Ford BDA Hart
17 Syd Demovsky (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B [4] - Ford BDA Greatorex
18 Al Justason (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Rondel M1 - Ford BDA
19 Chip Mead (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-03] - Ford BDA Nicholson
20 Richard Paul (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B - Ford BDA
21 Ron Cohn (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B [7] - Ford BDA
22 James King (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-04] - Ford BDA Nicholson
23 Peter Ferguson (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B20 [72-7] - Ford BDA
24 Gilles Léger (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B - Ford BDA
25 Hugh Cree (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35 [19] - Ford BDA
26 Charles "Chuck" Hansen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B [722?] - Ford BDA
27 Roger Seacrist (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Rondel M1 - Ford BDA Nicholson
28 Reg Scullion (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT38B [13] - Ford twin cam Greatorex 0.51.600
29 Mike Hall (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 - Ford BDA
30 Fred Beyer (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35 [10] - Ford twin cam
31 Mauro Lanaro (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 71BM [10] - Ford twin cam
32 Frank Del Vecchio (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B - Ford twin cam

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 [27-74-18] (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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  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 (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.
  11. 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.
  12. March 74B [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).
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.

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

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