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Players (Canadian) Formula Atlantic Series Race

Halifax, 18 Aug 1974

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Bill Brack Chevron B27 [27-74-08] - Ford BDA Hart
#1 STP Lotus (see note 1)

2 Bobby Brown Chevron B27 [27-74-18] - Ford BDA Smith
#79 B&B Racing Enterprises (see note 2)

3 Tom Klausler Lola T360 [HU2] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#63 (see note 3)

4 Howdy Holmes Chevron B27 [27-74-15] - Ford BDA Hart
#8 Fred Opert Racing (see note 4)

5 Bruce Jensen March 74B [6] - Ford BDA Hart
#41 Jenmac Racing (see note 5)

6 Syd Demovsky March 74B (side rads) [4] - Ford BDA Greatorex
#33 Greatorex Racing Ltd (see note 6)

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

8 Peter W. Broeker Chevron B27 [27-74-17] - Ford BDA Hart
#21 Stebro (see note 8)

9 Gilles Villeneuve March 74B (side rads) [13] - Ford BDA Greatorex
#13 Schweppes/Cyma (see note 9)

10 Al Justason Rondel M1 - Ford BDA
#32

11 Hugh "Wink" Bancroft Chevron B27 [27-74-05] - Ford BDA Hart
#6 Fred Opert Racing (see note 10)

12 Chris O'Brien Rondel M1 [206] - Ford BDA
#12 Rondel March (see note 11)
Oil leak
13 Bill Eagles Brabham BT40 - Ford BDA
#46 Tex Made Racing

R Ron Cohn March 73B [7] - Ford BDA
(see note 12)

R Peter Ferguson Chevron B20 [72-7] - Ford BDA
#3 Samsonite Chevron (see note 13)
29 Black flagged
R James King Chevron B27 [27-74-04] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#22 Doug Shierson Racing (see note 14)
28 Accident: hit hay bale
R Gary Magwood Lola T360 [HU6] - Ford BDA
#27 (see note 15)
27 Accident: hit hay bale
R Craig Hill Brabham BT40 - Ford BDA
#4 CTV/Castrol/Goodyear
0 Engine
R Bill O'Connor Lola T360 [HU3] - Ford BDA Smith
#62 (see note 16)
0 Fuel pump
UNK Fred Beyer Brabham BT35 [10] - Ford twin cam

UNK David Fram Brabham BT40 [13] - Ford BDA
#10 Parkwood [Fred Opert Racing?]
(see note 17)

DNS Mauro Lanaro March 71BM [10?] - Ford twin cam
#35 (see note 18)
Did not start
(Accident)
DNS Bruce MacInnes March 73B [17] - Ford BDA
(see note 19)
Did not start
(Engine)
DNSC Charles T. Gibson March 73B [71BM-15] - Ford BDA Hart
(see note 20)
Did not start (crashed)
UNKE David Loring March 74B [2] - Ford BDA Race Shop
#18 (see note 21)
On entry list
DNA Tim Cooper March 73B - Ford BDA
#19 March 732 Merlyn (see note 22)
Did not arrive
DNA Dave Morris March 74B [8] - Ford BDA
#74 (see note 23)
Did not arrive

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

Qualifying
1 Bill Brack (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-08] - Ford BDA Hart 1.07.600
2 James King (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-04] - Ford BDA Nicholson 1.07.757
3 Howdy Holmes (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-15] - Ford BDA Hart 1.08.416
4 Tom Klausler (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU2] - Ford BDA Cosworth 1.08.473
5 Hugh "Wink" Bancroft (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-05] - Ford BDA Hart 1.08.482
6 Gilles Villeneuve (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B (side rads) [13] - Ford BDA Greatorex 1.08.787
7 Chip Mead (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-03] - Ford BDA Nicholson 1.08.897
9 Bobby Brown (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-18] - Ford BDA Smith 1.09.783
10 Bruce Jensen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B [6] - Ford BDA Hart 1.10.320
14 Peter Ferguson (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B20 [72-7] - Ford BDA
15 Peter W. Broeker (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-17] - Ford BDA Hart
24 Gary Magwood (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU6] - Ford BDA No time

Notes on the cars:

  1. Chevron B27 [27-74-08] (Bill Brack): 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 "ex-Roos" B27 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 in November 1975 by George Walsh of Intercontinental Marketing in Philadelphia, PA, 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. 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.
  4. Chevron B27 [27-74-15] (Howdy Holmes): Consigned to Fred Opert in July 1974 for "a Californian SCCA driver", but very likely to be the Fred Opert #8 team car that appears in Formula Atlantic in July 1974 for Howdy Holmes (Ann Arbor, MI), which was described as 'brand new'. Used by Tom Pryce at Trois Rivieres on 1 Sep, and badly damaged. Presumably rebuilt for Holmes at Watkins Glen on 4 Oct. Advertised by Opert in April 1975 as "ex-Holmes" and "4 races from new". Very probably the car sold to Dan Neuman (St Paul, Minnesota) early 1975, and advertised by Neuman as "ex-Pryce" in 1976. Subsequent history unknown.
  5. March 74B [6] (Bruce Jensen): New to Bruce Jensen (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada), and raced by him in the Players Canadian Formula Atlantic series. Sold for 1975 to Jean Beaulieu (Quebec City, Quebec, Canada) appeared very briefly at the start of the 1975 series, but he failed to start the opening race after a number of problems that culminated with a rod through the side of the engine. 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.
  6. March 74B (side rads) [4] (Syd Demovsky): A dark blue 74B sold by March to US agent Joe Grimaldi, so probably the dark blue "rent-a-March" 74B run by Tom Greatorex for Syd Demovsky (Chicago, IL) in the 1974 Players Canadian Formula Atlantic series. By Edmonton, the second race of the season, the car had been converted to works F2 configuration with side radiators. Subsequent history unknown.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. March 74B (side rads) [13] (Gilles Villeneuve): A yellow March 74B sold to US agent Joe Grimaldi in "semi kit" form. This appears to have been the car raced by Ecurie Canada driver Gilles Villeneuve from Gimli onwards, where the car was in the latest F2 specification, which involved moving the main radiator to the left side of the engine, a new extended nose, and a rear wing 18 inches further back. Villeneuve wrecked it at Mosport Park in July, but a new car was built out of the wreck and was raced by David Loring at Sanair and St Johns later that month. Villeneuve returned to the car to race it at Halifax, Trois-Rivières and Watkins Glen. Subsequent history unknown.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Lola T360 [HU6] (Gary Magwood): New via North American agent Carl Haas and Canadian agent Brian Robertson to Jack Burnett for Gary Magwood (Toronto, Ontario) to race in the Canadian John Player Formula Atlantic series in 1974. Also raced by Magwood at the US GP Formula Atlantic support race at Watkins Glen in October 1974, but then not seen until Magwood returned to Formula Atlantic in July 1976. Comprehensively destroyed in Magwood's accident at Halifax in August 1976.
  16. 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.
  17. Brabham BT40 [13] (David Fram): New for Brian Robertson (Brockville, Ontario) and raced by him in the Malaysian Grand Prix at Batu Tiga in April 1973, but wrecked the following weekend during practice at the Singapore Grand Prix. The car was rebuilt and raced a few times in Canada as part of Fred Opert's team, including by David Fram at Halifax in October 1974, and by Bob Beyea at Trois-Rivières two weeks later. Then sold to Mike Rand (Greenwich, CT) in time for the 1974 SCCS Runoffs, after which Rand raced it in Northeast Division SCCA Formula B in 1975. For 1976, Rand converted the car to Formula C. He bought a Modus for 1977, and the Brabham was sold to Larry Snover (Langsdale, PA) who raced it in FC and then in FB again. He sold it after the 1979 season to someone who planned to add sportscar bodywork for Can-Am. However, this never happened, and the car was offered for sale in June 2018, still in Snover's livery.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. March 74B [2] (David Loring): 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.
  22. 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. Cooper raced a 75B as part of Doug Shierson Racing in 1975, probably a new car. He then went to Wilbur Bunce's team for 1976, and it is possible that the 75B/76B that Bunce built up for him could have been based on the old 73B. The self-entered 77B he had in early 1977 may have been this car again. Might it could have been 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.
  23. March 74B [8] (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.

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 22 Aug 1974 p8, Championship points summary sheet [OMH], CMB [OMH], Chevron build records and March 74B build records