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Players (Canadian) Formula Atlantic Series Race

Gimli, 22 Jun 1975

ResultsLapsTime/Speed Winnings
1 Gilles Villeneuve March 75B - Ford BDA Swindon
#69 Skiroule (see note 1)
75
$5000
2 Bobby Rahal Lola T360 [HU9] - Ford BDA McCoy
#23 Red Roof Inns (see note 2)
75
$3000
3 Price Cobb March 75B - Ford BDA Race Shop
#6 Doug Shierson Racing (see note 3)
75
$2000
4 Bill Brack Chevron B29 [29-75-16] - Ford BDA Hart
#1 (see note 4)
74
$1500
5 Brett Lunger Tui BH2 - Ford BDA Nicholson
#19 Alan McCall Racing
74
$1300
6 Tim Cooper March 75B - Ford BDA Williams
#8 Rutledge Oil (see note 5)
73
$1100
7 John Nicholson Tui BH2 - Ford BDA Nicholson
#18 Alan McCall Racing
72
$1000
8 Bruce Jensen Chevron B29 [29-75-14] - Ford BDA Hart
#41 Jensen Exotic Plants
71
$950
9 Tom Gloy Lola T360 [HU16] - Ford BDA Smith
#13 Hanna Industries (see note 6)
70
$850
10 Juan Cochesa Chevron B29 - Ford BDA Hart
#51 Fred Opert Racing
68
$800
11 Howdy Holmes Lola T360 [HU10] - Ford BDA BSR
#24 Bill Scott Racing (see note 7)
66
$700
12 Craig Hill March 75B [10?] - Ford BDA Hart
#4 Ecurie Canada/Gabriel (see note 8)
66
$600
13 Hugh Cree Chevron B29 [29-75-08] - Ford BDA Hart
#16
65
$500
14 Mikeal Bystrom Jr Brabham BT38B [18] - Ford BDA Hart
#92 Bystrom Formula Racing (see note 9)
63
$400
15 Bobby Dennett Chevron B29 - Ford BDA Hart
#50 Fred Opert Racing
63
$300
16 Dave Walker Lola T360 [HU21] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#30 (see note 10)
60
 
17 Bob Beyea Motul M1 - Ford BDA Hart
#77
47
 
18 Chip Mead March 75B [6?] - Ford BDA Hart
#17 Lambrusco by Zonin (see note 11)
44 Collision with Villeneuve  
19 Héctor Rebaque Chevron B29 - Ford BDA Hart
#5 Fred Opert Racing
37
 
20 Peter Ferguson Chevron B29 [29-75-09?] - Ford BDA Hart
#76 (see note 12)
33 Electrics  
21 Vern Schuppan March 722/73B [40] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#11 Shea Racing (see note 13)
30
 
22 James King March 73B [10] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#22 Raggedy Ann Racing (see note 14)
26 Engine  
23 Vince Muzzin March 75B - Ford BDA Cosworth
#99 Doug Shierson Racing (see note 15)
26
 
24 Elliot Forbes-Robinson Lola T360 [HU11] - Ford BDA BSR
#44 Bill Scott Racing-Penthouse
(see note 16)
24 Nose damaged  
25 Bertil Roos March 75B [5?] - Ford BDA Hart
#40 Ecurie Canada/Schweppes (see note 17)
20 Handling  
26 Seb Barone Chevron B29 [29-75-24] - Ford BDA Hart
#28 Isola Racing
19 Collision  
27 Bobby Brown Chevron B29 [29-75-21] - Ford BDA Whitehurst
#79 B&B Racing
14 Ignition  
28 Mike Hall Lola T360 [HU2] - Ford BDA Smith
#26 United Racing Ltd (see note 18)
13 Gave up, visibility  
29 Jon Woodner March 75B [11] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#01 Doug Shierson Racing (see note 19)
8
 
30 Tom Klausler Lola T360 [HU12] - Ford BDA Whitehurst
#63 (see note 20)
3 Nose damaged  
DNS Robert Joubert Lola T350 [HU1] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#31
Did not start
(No rain tires)
DNQ Bill O'Connor Lola T360 [HU3] - Ford BDA Smith
United Racing Ltd (see note 21)
Did not qualify
DNQ Cliff Hansen GRD B74 - Ford BDA Swindon
#33 Doug Shierson Racing
Did not qualify
DNQ Tom Pumpelly March 75B [74B-3?] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#34 Doug Shierson Racing-NTW (see note 22)
Did not qualify
DNQ Tim Coconis Lotus 69 [71/69.7.FB] - Ford BDA Hart
#83
Did not qualify

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

Qualifying
1 Bill Brack (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-16] - Ford BDA Hart 0.54.836
2 Tom Klausler (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU12] - Ford BDA Whitehurst 0.55.156
3 Bertil Roos (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B [5?] - Ford BDA Hart 0.55.164
4 Héctor Rebaque (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 - Ford BDA Hart 0.55.188
5 Elliot Forbes-Robinson (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU11] - Ford BDA BSR 0.55.130
6 Bobby Rahal (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU9] - Ford BDA McCoy 0.55.352
7 Brett Lunger (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Tui BH2 - Ford BDA Nicholson 0.55.373
8 Bobby Brown (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-21] - Ford BDA Whitehurst 0.55.510
9 Howdy Holmes (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU10] - Ford BDA BSR 0.55.613
10 James King (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B [10] - Ford BDA Nicholson 0.55.686
11 Craig Hill (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B [10?] - Ford BDA Hart 0.55.774
12 Bobby Dennett (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 - Ford BDA Hart 0.55.813
13 Vince Muzzin (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B - Ford BDA Cosworth 0.55.820
14 Dave Walker (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU21] - Ford BDA Nicholson 0.55.826
15 Chip Mead (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B [6?] - Ford BDA Hart 0.55.947
16 Peter Ferguson (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-09?] - Ford BDA Hart 0.55.982
17 Juan Cochesa (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 - Ford BDA Hart 0.56.025
18 Jon Woodner (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B [11] - Ford BDA Cosworth 0.56.028
19 Gilles Villeneuve (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B - Ford BDA Swindon 0.56.038
20 Tom Gloy (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU16] - Ford BDA Smith 0.56.128
21 Hugh Cree (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-08] - Ford BDA Hart 0.56.147
22 John Nicholson (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Tui BH2 - Ford BDA Nicholson 0.56.189
23 Mike Hall (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU2] - Ford BDA Smith 0.56.237
24 Bob Beyea (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Motul M1 - Ford BDA Hart 0.56.338
25 Bruce Jensen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-14] - Ford BDA Hart 0.56.449
26 Seb Barone (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-24] - Ford BDA Hart 0.56.591
27 Vern Schuppan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 722/73B [40] - Ford BDA Nicholson 0.56.659
28 Robert Joubert * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T350 [HU1] - Ford BDA Nicholson 0.56.749
29 Tim Cooper (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B - Ford BDA Williams 0.56.778
30 Price Cobb (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B - Ford BDA Race Shop 0.56.829
31 Mikeal Bystrom Jr (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT38B [18] - Ford BDA Hart
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 75B (Gilles Villeneuve): Gilles Villeneuve (Lasalle, Montréal, Quebec) ran a March 75B in the Players Canadian Formula Atlantic series in 1975, with some support from Ecurie Canada. He was sponsored by Skiroule Snowmobiles, the Quebec company founded by Rejean Houle and sold to the Coleman Company of Wichita, Kansas in 1972. Skiroule used a signature shade of green, and Villeneuve's 75B was repainted in this colour. Villeneuve won the Gimli race in this car. His 75B was advertised in March 1976 by Doug Shierson, who had presumably taken it in part exchange on Villeneuve's new 76B. Subsequent history unknown.
  2. Lola T360 [HU9] (Bobby Rahal): New via North American agent Carl Haas to Bobby Rahal (Glen Ellyn, IL), and raced in 1975 in the Canadian Players Formula Atlantic series and in SCCA Central Division FB. To George Herscher (Charleston, WV) January 1976, replacing a Lola T240, and raced in SCCA Northeast Division and Southeast Division FB. Returned to Carl Haas in May 1977 and sold on to Paul Kelleher (Little Lake, Michigan) in October 1977. To Art Filip (Chicago, IL) in March 1979 and raced in SCCA Central Division, then to Dennis Tobin May 1989, Carl Haas again February 1990, almost immediately to Carl Thompson, and retained until sold to Bobby Rahal February 2000. Retained by Rahal until sold late 2012 via Grand Prix Classics (La Jolla, CA) to Steve Miller (Cape Town, South Africa).
  3. March 75B (Price Cobb): Price Cobb (Dallas, TX), a 20-year-old Formula Ford graduate, raced a brown #6 March 75B for Doug Shierson Racing in Formula Atlantic in 1975, although there is some suspicion that he started the season in a 74B. The colour of the car implies that he had chassis 75B/3. He stayed with Doug Shierson Racing for 1976, racing a 76B, and it is likely that his 75B remained with Shierson to be sold.
  4. Chevron B29 [29-75-16] (Bill Brack): Sold via US agent Fred Opert to multiple Canadian champion Bill Brack (Toronto, Ontario) and raced through 1975 in STP colours. Won at Halifax in August and at Brainerd in September. Sold to Brad Abbott (Messapequa, NY) for 1976 and only raced twice, both times in SCCA events, scoring a win and a third place according to his later advert. As he did not score points in NEDiv FB in 1976, these were presumably regional events. Abbott then bought a new March 77B and the Chevron was sold to John Galson who raced it in SCCA events in 1977 and 1978.
  5. March 75B (Tim Cooper): Tim Cooper (Kansas City, MO) raced a yellow #8 March 75B for Doug Shierson Racing in 1975 with backing from Rutledge Oil. Photographs show that this car had all the features of a 75B, so is unlikely to have been his older 73B updated, although this remains a possibility. Cooper moved to Wilbur Bunce Racing for 1976, and the "75B/76B" that Bunce built up for him is likely to have been based on this 75B (but could have been based on Cooper's older 73B). Cooper raced this car in the Players Canadian and IMSA championship in 1976. He appeared at a few races in early 1977 in a March "77B", thought to be this same car further updated. Subsequent history unknown.
  6. Lola T360 [HU16] (Tom Gloy): Sold via Carl Haas and Pierre Phillips to Tom Gloy (Lafayette, CA), and raced in SCCA Nationals at the start of the 1975, then in the Players Canadian Formula Atlantic series, sponsored by Hanna Industries. Rented by James Heath for a SCCA National at Willow Springs in October 1975. Sold to Phil Threshie (Alamo, CA), and raced in a SCCA National at Sears Point in April, then in three Californian rounds of the 1976 IMSA series. Advertised by Threshie in November 1976. Subsequent history unknown.
  7. Lola T360 [HU10] (Howdy Holmes): New via North American agent Carl Haas to Bill Scott Racing, and run for Howdy Holmes (Ann Arbor, MI) in the 1975 Canadian Players Formula Atlantic series. Also raced by Harry MacDonald at the SCCA Pro race at Brainerd in September 1975. To Joe Colantonio (Glenolden, PA) in 1976, and raced in the Players series. Subsequent history unresolved, but the car was with Mike Brodie in 2009. Acquired from Brodie by Daniel Glanz (Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire) of Legends Automotive In 2010, and offered for sale with a history that said it had had only two owners from new, and had last been raced by Bill Brodie in 1996. Raced by Glanz in the Formula Atlantic classes of HSCC F2 and Derek Bell Trophy races from 2011 to 2015.
  8. March 75B [10?] (Craig Hill): A white March 75B invoiced by March to Ecurie Canada. Based on the colour, the white #4 car of Craig Hill in the Player Canadian Formula Atlantic series in 1975, sponsored by Gabriel Special. Subsequent history unknown.
  9. 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.
  10. Lola T360 [HU21] (Dave Walker): New to South African Robert Joubert to join his converted Lola T350 in a two-car Formula Atlantic team in the 1975 Canadian Players series. The T360 was driven by his teammate Dave Walker, and was brand new at Edmonton. Joubert did not appear at Trois-Rivières at the end of August, and the entry numbers used suggest Walker drove Joubert's T350. The subsequent history of the T360 HU21 is unknown, but it may have been David Westgate's car at Trois-Rivières in 1975, then that of Victor Larose in 1976. In 1983, Peter Dragffy (Montréal, Quebec) raced HU21 in two WCAR races. It was later bought from the Dragffys by John Arnold in 1989, and was inherited by his son Michael Arnold in 2015.
  11. March 75B [6?] (Chip Mead): Chip Mead (Dayton, OH) raced a red #17 March 75B as part of the Doug Shierson Racing team in 1975 with backing from Zonin wines. H. T. Mead Jr, who was 25 years old and worked for his father's investment company, had previously raced for Doug Shierson Racing in 1974 in a Chevron B27.
  12. Chevron B29 [29-75-09?] (Peter Ferguson): New to Peter Ferguson (Toronto, Ontario), to be used in the Canadian Players Formula Atlantic series, entered by Ferguson Canada Racing as #76 with Samsonite sponsorship. The Samsonite deal was not renwed, so Ferguson did not race the car in 1976. He returned for the opening race of the 1977 season, at Mosport Park with Gingerbread Displays livery and finished a highly impressive sixth, but did not reappear. The car was sold to Colin Hine, then to Paul Swinwood, for whom Nigel Mortimer sold it to Dr Warren Eads (Rolling Valley Hills, CA). It next passed to collector Art Valdez (Torrance, CA), and remained in Valdez' collection for many years, until sold to a UK consortium in 2017. Sold to new owner early 2018. Sold to further owner (Kent) late 2018.
  13. March 722/73B [40] (Vern Schuppan): New to Australian Vern Schuppan to drive in the British Formula Atlantic championship. Fitted with a BRM Ford twin cam engine, and first seen in practice at Mallory Park in late March, but Schuppan left before the race to catch a flight to the Singapore GP. Schuppan finished second in Singapore, and third in the Malaysian GP a week later. Then returned to the British series, now with a BDA, and won four rounds. In 1973, Schuppan used this car in one F2 race using a Cosworth BDG, then won the Singapore GP with a twin cam fitted, then competed in the JAF Grand Prix at Fuji with the BDG, and back to the 'twink' for Macau. For 1974, he hired the car out to Nigel Clarkson for British Atlantic, but had it back in time to win the Macau GP in November. Its adventures continued in 1975 when Schuppan took it out to the Canadian Formula Atlantic series, after which it became a fixture at Macau up to 1981, being raced by Alan Jones, Derek Daly and Roberto Moreno.
  14. March 73B [10] (James King): 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, fitted a March 742 nose and side radiators, 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.
  15. March 75B (Vince Muzzin): Vince Muzzin (Northville, Michigan) drove a red #99 March 75B for Doug Shierson Racing in Formula Atlantic in 1975. Muzzin's main focus in 1975 was Formula Ford, but he retained the 75B for another season of Atlantic in 1976, but without any success. Subsequent history unknown.
  16. Lola T360 [HU11] (Elliot Forbes-Robinson): New via North American agent Carl Haas to Bill Scott Racing, and run for Elliot Forbes-Robinson (La Crescenta, CA) in the 1975 Canadian Players Formula Atlantic series with Penthouse sponsorship. Forbes-Robinson won two rounds of the Canadian series in this car. Sold to John Weakley (Nashville, IN) for 1976, who ran as part of the Bill Scott Racing team, but he ran out of finance the car was sold to Ivan Roland (Asheville NC) in 1979. Used by Roland's son Russ Roland in SCCA events until 1982, when it was advertised. It was later sold to someone in update New York, so may be the Walter Nelson car.
  17. March 75B [5?] (Bertil Roos): A yellow March 75B invoiced by March to Ecurie Canada. Based on the colour, the yellow #22 car raced by Bertil Roos in the opening round of the British Formula Atlantic in mid-April, and then the #40 car raced by him in the Player Canadian Formula Atlantic series from late-May onwards, sponsored by Schweppes and Castrol. Subsequent history unknown.
  18. Lola T360 [HU2] (Mike Hall): 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.
  19. March 75B [11] (Jon Woodner): A black March 75B sold to Doug Shierson Racing for Jon Woodner in the Canadian series. Raced by Woodner, Marty Loft and Richard Melville in the 1975 Canadian Formula Atlantic as a Shierson entry, and then used by guest driver Vittorio Brambilla to win the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières at the end of August. Loaned to Bobby Rahal for the SCCA Runoffs at Road Atlanta in early November, which Rahal also won. Subsequent history unknown, but reported to be the car owned by Steve Bonney in 1978. A car with this chassis number in the UK in 2019.
  20. Lola T360 [HU12] (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 1975, replacing the earlier car he drove in 1974. Subsequent history unknown.
  21. 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.
  22. March 75B [74B-3?] (Tom Pumpelly): New to Ecurie Canada, and raced by Gilles Villeneuve (Berthierville, Quebec, Canada) in the Players Canadian Formula Atlantic series with Schweppes sponsorship. Villeneuve was the newly-crowned world snowmobile champion, but had also raced with success in Formula Ford. For the first two races of the season, this car had standard 74B bodywork and a front radiator, but by Gimli on 16 June, he had a new car in the latest specification, and the older 74B was inherited by Chuck Hansen, whose name was on the side of it at Gimli and who then raced at Sanair as an Ecurie Canada entry in mid-July. It then appears to passed into the possession of March importer Joe Grimaldi, and was raced as a Race Shop entry by Dale Lang at Road America in late August. It was then updated to the latest F2 specification for George Follmer to drive as an Ecurie Canada entry 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 by Grimaldi to Eric Kerman for the SCCA Runoffs. Sold by Grimaldi to Tom Pumpelly and run for him by Cavanaugh Racing at the opening two races of 1975, but he failed to start either race. Then thought to have gone with Pumpelly to Doug Shierson Racing but exactly how it was used later that season remains unclear. As he advertised the car in January 1976 as a "74-75B", "ex-Follmer/Roos", the strong impression is that the 75B provided for him by Doug Shierson was actually his 74B updated to the latest specification. 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.