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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

4 Howdy Holmes Chevron B27 [27-74-15] - Ford BDA Hart
#8 Fred Opert Racing (see note 3)

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

6 Syd Demovsky March 74B [4] - Ford BDA Greatorex
#33 Greatorex Racing Ltd

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

8 Peter W. Broeker Chevron B27 [27-74-17] - Ford BDA Hart
#21 Stebro (see note 5)

9 Gilles Villeneuve March 74B [3] - Ford BDA Greatorex
#13 Schweppes/Cyma

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 6)

12 Chris O'Brien Rondel M1 [206] - Ford BDA
#12 Rondel March (see note 7)
Oil leak
13 Bill Eagles Brabham BT40 - Ford BDA
#46 Tex Made Racing

R Ron Cohn March 73B [7] - Ford BDA
(see note 8)

R Peter Ferguson Chevron B20 [72-7] - Ford BDA
#3 Samsonite Chevron (see note 9)
29 Black flagged
R James King Chevron B27 [27-74-04] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#22 Doug Shierson Racing (see note 10)
28 Accident: hit hay bale
R Gary Magwood Lola T360 [HU6] - Ford BDA
#27 (see note 11)
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
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 12)

DNS Charles T. Gibson March 73B [71BM-15] - Ford BDA Hart
Did not start
(Accident)
DNS Mauro Lanaro March 71BM [10] - Ford twin cam
#35 (see note 13)
Did not start
(Accident)
DNS Bruce MacInnes March 73B [17] - Ford BDA
(see note 14)
Did not start
(Engine)
UNKE David Loring March 74B [2] - Ford BDA Race Shop
#18
On entry list
DNA Tim Cooper March 73B - Ford BDA
#19 March 732 Merlyn (see note 15)
Did not arrive
DNA Dave Morris March 74B [8] - Ford BDA
#74
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 [3] - 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 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 [27-74-15] (Howdy Holmes): Consigned to Fred Opert in July 1974 for "a Californian SCCA driver", so almost certainly the Fred Opert #8 team car that appears in Formula Atlantic in July 1974 for Howdy Holmes, and 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.
  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 [27-74-17] (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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  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. 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.
  11. Lola T360 [HU6] (Gary Magwood): Lola sales record says sold to Haas for Robertson 19 Jul 1974, colour white, and with a Hart 416B t/c, fulfilling Haas order 36003 from Brian Robertson. Robertson was acting as agent for a sale in Canada and this car was for Gary Magwood, whose name appears on the Haas records under the order number. In February 2006 Gary Magwood advised that his car, run from 1974 to 1976 and owned by Jack Burnett, came from Robertson and was white before being sprayed black. Destroyed by Magwood in an accident at Atlantic Motorsports Park, Halifax 8 Aug 1976.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.

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