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Players (Canadian) Formula Atlantic Series Race

Halifax, 7 Aug 1975

ResultsLapsTime/Speed Winnings
1 Bill Brack Chevron B29 [29-75-16] - Ford BDA Hart
#1 STP (see note 1)
65 1.11.45.826
$5000
2 Tom Klausler Lola T360 [HU12] - Ford BDA Whitehurst
#63 Traylor (see note 2)
65
$3000
3 Howdy Holmes Lola T360 [HU10] - Ford BDA BSR
#24 Bill Scott Racing (see note 3)
65
$2000
4 Dave Walker Lola T360 [HU21] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#30 Quaker State (see note 4)
64
$1500
5 John Nicholson Tui BH2 - Ford BDA Nicholson
#18 Alan McCall Racing
64
$1300
6 Bruce Jensen Chevron B29 [29-75-14] - Ford BDA Hart
#41 Jensen Exotic Plants
64
$1100
7 Chip Mead March 75B [6?] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#17 Lambrusco by Zonin (see note 5)
64
$1000
8 Peter Ferguson Chevron B29 [29-75-09?] - Ford BDA Hart
#76 Samsonite (see note 6)
63
$950
9 Bobby Dennett Chevron B29 - Ford BDA Hart
#50 Fred Opert Racing
63
$850
10 Tom Bagley Chevron B27 [27-74-02] - Ford BDA Hart
#52 Kent Oil (see note 7)
63
$800
11 Seb Barone Chevron B29 [29-75-24] - Ford BDA Hart
#28
63
$700
12 Craig Hill March 75B [10?] - Ford BDA Hart
#4 Ecurie Canada/Gabriel (see note 8)
63
$600
13 Guy Tunmer March 75B [12?] - Ford BDA Cosworth
Shierson Racing (see note 9)
62
$500
14 Gilles Villeneuve March 75B - Ford BDA Swindon
#69 Skiroule (see note 10)
61
$400
15 Juan Cochesa Chevron B29 - Ford BDA Hart
#51 Fred Opert Racing
61
$300
16 Hugh Cree Chevron B29 [29-75-08] - Ford BDA Hart
#16
60
 
17 Victor Larose Lotus 59/69 - Ford BDA Hart
#68
59
 
18 Damien Magee Tui BH2 - Ford BDA Nicholson
#19 Alan McCall Racing
44 Oil line  
19 Héctor Rebaque Chevron B29 - Ford BDA Hart
#5 Fred Opert Racing
37 Not known  
20 Frank Del Vecchio March 73B - Ford twin cam Hart
#39 Analube (see note 11)
37 Not known  
21 Syd Demovsky Chevron B29 [29-75-23] - Ford BDA Whitehurst
#80 B&B Racing
34 Spin  
22 Bobby Rahal Lola T360 [HU9] - Ford BDA McCoy
#23 Red Roof Inns (see note 12)
33 Oil line  
23 Elliot Forbes-Robinson Lola T360 [HU11] - Ford BDA BSR
#44 Bill Scott Racing-Penthouse
(see note 13)
27 Wing  
24 Bertil Roos March 75B [5?] - Ford BDA Hart
#40 Ecurie Canada-Schweppes/Castrol
(see note 14)
26 Throttle cable  
25 Bob Beyea Motul M1 - Ford BDA Hart
#77
19 Gear linkage  
26 Peter W. Broeker March 74B - Ford BDA Greatorex
#21 Stebro (see note 15)
6 Engine  
27 Cliff Hansen March 75B - Ford BDA Giese
#33 (see note 16)
2 Spin  

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 1.02.939
2 Dave Walker (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU21] - Ford BDA Nicholson 1.03.248
3 Howdy Holmes (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU10] - Ford BDA BSR 1.03.343
4 Tom Klausler (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU12] - Ford BDA Whitehurst 1.03.379
5 Bobby Rahal (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU9] - Ford BDA McCoy 1.03.456
6 Tom Bagley (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-02] - Ford BDA Hart 1.03.589
7 Gilles Villeneuve (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B - Ford BDA Swindon 1.03.635
8 Bertil Roos (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B [5?] - Ford BDA Hart 1.03.676
9 Elliot Forbes-Robinson (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU11] - Ford BDA BSR 1.03.768
10 Bruce Jensen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-14] - Ford BDA Hart 1.03.945
11 Bobby Dennett (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 - Ford BDA Hart 1.04.168
12 John Nicholson (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Tui BH2 - Ford BDA Nicholson 1.04.243
13 Héctor Rebaque (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 - Ford BDA Hart 1.04.236
14 Peter Ferguson (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-09?] - Ford BDA Hart 1.04.379
15 Damien Magee (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Tui BH2 - Ford BDA Nicholson 1.04.591
16 Frank Del Vecchio (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B - Ford twin cam Hart 1.04.653
17 Chip Mead (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B [6?] - Ford BDA Nicholson 1.04.678
18 Craig Hill (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B [10?] - Ford BDA Hart 1.05.104
19 Seb Barone (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-24] - Ford BDA Hart 1.05.198
20 Guy Tunmer (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B [12?] - Ford BDA Cosworth 1.05.511
21 Juan Cochesa (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 - Ford BDA Hart 1.06.177
22 Syd Demovsky (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-23] - Ford BDA Whitehurst 1.06.434
23 Bob Beyea (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Motul M1 - Ford BDA Hart 1.06.526
24 Cliff Hansen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B - Ford BDA Giese 1.06.716
25 Hugh Cree (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-08] - Ford BDA Hart 1.06.778
26 Victor Larose (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lotus 59/69 - Ford BDA Hart 1.07.767
27 Peter W. Broeker (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B - Ford BDA Greatorex 1.08.494

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Chevron B27 [27-74-02] (Tom Bagley): Chevron build record says sold via Fred Opert to Freeman Racing (Yellow Springs, OH). However, either never delivered or bought back by Opert in 1974 and used by Jean-Pierre Jaussaud at Trois Rivieres and Richard Melville at Watkins Glen. Advertised by Opert in April 1975 as "ex-Jaussaud", "only two races". Retained by the Opert team for 1975, and used twice by Tom Bagley at Halifax and Trois Rivieres, where his car is described as "ex Jaussaud". Believed to be Michael Landrum's B27 at Road Atlanta in April 1976 in the IMSA series. Then advertised by Pierre Phillips Autoweek 31 July 76 p28 'ex Bagley'. Subsequently to Frank Scott (Racine, WI) for sale AW 9 Oct 1976 p27 B27 'ex Jaussaud, 8 races from new' and 31 Mar 1978 p39. Sold to Richard Ellingson and used in Mid West SCCA until 1980. Then to an autocrosser and subsequently to Paul Berg (Chippewa Falls, WI), who won the MCSCC F/Atlantic series in 1982 with the car. Owned by Bob Dupré (Glenview IL) 1985 and said to have been written off at Road America that year.
  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. March 75B [12?] (Guy Tunmer): Doug Shierson Racing had a yellow #9 entry in the early part of the season for Syd Demovsky and Ian Grob, but this car was sold to Cliff Hansen, and renumbered #33. At the next race after Hansen's purchase, DSR had another car entered as #9, firstly for South African Guy Tunmer at Halifax, then for Quebecois Marcel Talbot at Trois-Rivières, and then for Bob Beyea at Brainerd. It is possible that this was the blue ex-Jon Batchelor 75B/7, which returned to DSR after Batchelor's deal with Cavanaugh Racing fell through. A colour photograph of this car would be immensely helpful.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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).
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. March 74B (Peter W. Broeker): Peter Broeker raced a March 74B at several rounds of the Players Canadian Formula Atlantic series in 1975. Photographs show that the car had a 742 nose, so side radiators. He also made a couple of entries in 1976, and may have been using the same March. Subsequent history unknown.
  16. March 75B (Cliff Hansen): Syd Demovsky (Chicago, IL) started 1975 in a Doug Shierson Racing March 75B but left the team after two races. This is probably the #9 car hired by DSR to Ian Grob for Mont-Tremblant 06 Jul 1975 but he failed to qualify, after which it was sold to Cliff Hansen (Laguna Beach, CA) who drove it at that race instead of his usual GRD. Retained by Hansen in 1976 as a show car, and then advertised in September 1976. Sold to Mike Downs (El Segundo, CA) early October 1976 when the invoice identified it as 75B-8. To R. J. (Joe) Ordoqui (Boeing, CA) for SCCA racing in 1978. Used by two further owners in west coast SCCA racing in the early 1980s.

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.