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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 (see note 2)
79
4 Charles T. Gibson March 73B [71BM-15] - Ford BDA Hart
#58 (see note 3)
78
5 Bobby Brown Chevron B27 [27-74-18] - Ford BDA Smith
#79 B&B Racing Enterprises (see note 4)

6 Hugh "Wink" Bancroft Chevron B27 [27-74-05] - Ford BDA Hart
#6 Fred Opert Racig (see note 5)

7 Chip Mead Chevron B27 [27-74-03] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#23 Douglas Shierson Racing (see note 6)

8 James King Chevron B27 [27-74-04] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#22 Douglas Shierson Racing (see note 7)

9 David Loring March 74B [3] - Ford BDA Greatorex
#13 Ecurie Canada (see note 8)
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 9)

13 Seb Barone March 74B [2] - Ford BDA Race Shop
#24 Race Shop (see note 10)

14 Mauro Lanaro March 71BM [10?] - Ford twin cam
#35 (see note 11)

15 Gilles Léger March 74B - Ford BDA
#72 (see note 12)

R Bruce Jensen March 74B [6] - Ford BDA Hart
#41 Bruce Jensen Racing (see note 13)
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 (see note 14)
11 Engine
R Gary Magwood March 73B - Ford BDA Hart
#27 Racequip (see note 15)
9 Accident
R Peter Ferguson Chevron B20 [72-7] - Ford BDA
#3 (see note 16)
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 17)

R Ric Forest March 73B [10] - Ford BDA Greatorex
#66 Kleen-flo (see note 18)
Oil leak
R Charles "Chuck" Hansen March 74B [13] - Ford BDA
#55 Ecurie Canada (see note 19)
Accident
R Richard Paul March 74B [73B-2] - Ford BDA
#48 (see note 20)
Camshaft timing belt
UNK Syd Demovsky March 74B [4] - Ford BDA Greatorex
#33 Greatorex Racing Ltd (see note 21)

UNK Peter W. Broeker Chevron B27 [27-74-17] - Ford BDA Hart
#21 (see note 22)

UNK Joe Shepherd Chevron B20 [72-4?] - Ford BDA Hart
Xanadu Racing (see note 23)

UNK Roger Seacrist Rondel M1 - Ford BDA Nicholson
#29

UNK Ron Cohn March 73B [7] - Ford BDA
#56 ("74B") (see note 24)

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 (see note 25)
(Only used in practice)
DNA Chris O'Brien Rondel M1 [206] - Ford BDA
(see note 26)
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 [73B-2] - 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 [13] - 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. Lola T360 [HU2] (Tom Klausler): Sold via North American agent Carl Haas to Tom Klausler (Palatine, IL) and run for him by Traylor Engineering in the Canadian Formula Atlantic series in 1974. Klausler won two rounds, and the Pro races at Road America, Trois-Rivières and Waterford Hills. Sold to Mike Hall (Twin Lakes, WI) for 1975, and raced in the Players series. The later history of this car is still not known exactly, but over the next 13 years it acquired sports car bodywork and a Mazda engine. Doug Moe (Bremerton, WA) owned it, and it may have been the BSR class "Mazron" that he raced in ICSCC events in 1977 (as the "Mk 1"), 1978, 1979, 1980 and 1981, by which time it was the "Mazron Mk V". It was raced by Bill Hill in the CAT championship in 1987, after which it was reportedly stored. Early in 2003, Moe sold the the car to Allan T. Chou (Westfield, NJ), and in 2009 it was being restored.
  3. March 73B [71BM-15] (Charles T. Gibson): New to US dealer Joe Grimaldi and supplied in red bodywork. New to Mike Rand (Greenwich, CT) in time for the SCCA Runoffs, where he crashed in practice. Raced in Pro FB and SCCA Nationals in 1972. Sold to Charlie Gibson (Poughkeepsie, NY) for 1973, and again raced in Pro FB and in SCCA Nationals. Retained again for 1974, when it was run in the Canadian series in 73B specification. Also raced more rarely in 1975, before Gibson advertised it in early 1976. According to current owner Simon Perkins, it was sold for 1976 to "Eric Schneider who only did a few events and then neglected the car when he went off to college". In 1989, Charlie Gibson reacquired the car and resold it to Chris Smith, who had it refurbished by Derek Matthews at Ark Racing in 1989/1990. After racing it occasionally, Smith sold it to Perkins (North Newington, Oxfordshire) who did a few US Vintage races in 2002 and 2003 before bringing the car back to the UK in 2004. He has since raced it in HSCC and European F2 races.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 (Wilmington, DE) 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. March 74B [3] (David Loring): 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.
  9. 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.
  10. March 74B [2] (Seb Barone): 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.
  11. March 71BM [10?] (Mauro Lanaro): The talented but cash-strapped Ian Coristine (Montréal, Quebec) had run his own March 71BM in 1971, but for 1972 rented an updated car from Ecurie Canada. The 71BM, probably Wilson Southam's old car, was updated to side-radiator 722 specification by team mechanic Tom Greatorex. Coristine stayed with the team for 1973 but the car was put back to 71BM specification. The team almost ran out of money mid-summer, but were rescued by a sponsorship deal with Schweppes. The 71BM was then sold to Mauro Lanaro (Montréal, Quebec) and used in Canadian Formula Atlantic in 1974. Coristine recalls that this car was destroyed in a transporter fire on its way to a race at Debert, but the exact date of this has yet to be determined. Lanaro then bought another 71BM to replace it.
  12. March 74B (Gilles Léger): Gilles Léger (Lachute, Quebec) raced a March 74B in the second half of the 1974 season, first appearing at Mosport Park in early July. To Reg Scullion (Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Montreal, Quebec) in time for the Trois-Rivières race in September. Also raced by Scullion at Watkins Glen in October, when it was described as being red/white/blue, and at a couple of races in 1975. Subsequent history unknown.
  13. March 74B [6] (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.
  14. Lola T360 [HU3] (Bill O'Connor): Sold via North American agent Carl Haas to Bill O'Connor (Highland Park, IL) and run for him by Traylor Engineering in the Canadian Formula Atlantic series in 1974. O'Connor won the US GP support race in this car in October 1974. Retained for 1975. Subsequent history unknown.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. March 74B [13] (Charles "Chuck" Hansen): A yellow March 74B sold to US agent Joe Grimaldi in "semi kit" form. First raced as a Race Shop entry for Dale Lang at Road America in late August, then for George Follmer at Trois-Rivières when it was described as a second Schweppes March 74B originally meant for Hans Stuck. Raced by Bertil Roos at Watkins Glen in October, then hired to Eric Kerman for the SCCA Runoffs. Run by Cavanaugh Racing for Tom Pumpelly at the opening races of 1975, but he failed to start either race. Then to Doug Shierson Racing and raced by Price Cobb in four races later that season. Subsequent history unknown.
  20. 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. Paul 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.
  21. March 74B [4] (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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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 (Huntingdon, NY) and raced until 1982. Subsequent history unknown.
  25. March 74B [9] (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
  26. 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 (allen@oldracingcars.com) if you can help in any way with our research.

Individual sources for this event

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