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Players (Canadian) Formula Atlantic Series Race

Westwood, 30 May 1976

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Marty Loft March 76B - Ford BDA Race Shop
#4 Hanna Car Way [Doug Shierson Racing]
57 1.24.08.34
73.16
2 Johnny Gerber Chevron B34 [34.76.10] - Ford BDA BSR
#44 Batab [Bill Scott Racing]
57 1.24.35.94
3 Bertil Roos Lola T460 [HU16] - Ford BDA Hart
#2 Gabriel Special [Quick Trans Racing]
57 1.24.51.39
4 Price Cobb March 76B [13] - Ford BDA Race Shop
#8 Doug Shierson Racing (see note 1)
55
5 Tom Gloy Lola T460 [HU4] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#38 Pierres Motors [Pierre Phillips]
55
6 Bobby Brown Chevron B34 [34.76.07] - Ford BDA Morris
#79 Audiovox [Brown Racing]
55
7 James Crawley Chevron B34 [34.76.21] - Ford BDA Hart
Fred Opert Racing
55
8 Marcel Talbot Chevron B29 - Ford BDA Morris
#10 Tamaco [Tamaco Ind. Ltd.] (see note 2)
54 1 lap penalty for pit infringement
9 Tom Klausler Lola T460 [HU6] - Ford BDA Traylor
#63 Traylor Engineering [Klauser]
54
10 Don Breidenbach March 76B - Ford BDA Cosworth
#76 Roots Footwear (see note 3)
53
11 Héctor Rebaque Lola T460 [HU1] - Ford BDA Traylor
#26 Sidran Mundet [Carl Haas]
52
12 Syd Demovsky Chevron B29 [29-75-23] - Ford BDA Smith
#80 B&B Racing [Demovsky]
52
13 Hugh "Wink" Bancroft Chevron B34 [34.76.16] - Ford BDA Hart
#12 Performance Marketing ['Bankcroft' - Fred Opert Racing]
(see note 4)
49
14 Herman Gugliotta March 76B - Ford BDA Cosworth
#33 Isola Racing [Doug Shierson Racing]
(see note 5)
48
15 Tom Weichmann Lola T460 [HU9] - Ford BDA Phillips
Pierre Phillips
47
16 Seb Barone March 76B - Ford BDA Cosworth
#28 Isola Racing [Doug Shierson Racing]
(see note 6)
47
17 Tom Pumpelly March 76B [3?] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#34 National Tire Wholesale (see note 7)
27 Engine
18 Gilles Villeneuve March 76B [10 or 15?] - Ford BDA Morris
#69 Ecurie Canada (see note 8)
24 Oil line
19 Howdy Holmes Chevron B34 [34.76.26] - Ford BDA BSR
#24 Jiffy Mixes [Bill Scott Racing]
23 Not known
20 Bobby Rahal March 76B - Ford BDA McCoy
#9 Swing Orange [Doug Shierson Racing]
22 Not known
21 Bruce Jensen Chevron B29 [29-75-14] - Ford BDA Hart
#41 Jensen Exotic Plants Special
21 Not known
22 Gordon Munroe Brabham BT29 [49] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#88 Munroe
21 Not known
23 Bill Brack Chevron B34 [34.76.14] - Ford BDA Hart
#1 STP Oil Treatment Special [Bill Brack Racing]
10 Electrics
24 Richard Melville Lola T460 [HU7] - Ford BDA CRW
#30 Wilbur Bunce Racing
10 Not known
25 Tim Cooper March 75B - Ford BDA CRW
#17 Wilbur Bunce Racing (see note 9)
7 Not known
26 Cliff Hansen March 76B [2] - Ford BDA Race Shop
#6 Doug Shierson Racing (see note 10)
5 Accident
27 Gordon Smiley Chevron B34 [34.76.20] - Ford BDA Hart
#5 Fred Opert Racing
3 Spun. Collision with Walker
28 Dave Walker March 722 - Ford BDA Nicholson
#11 Krazy Glue/Shea Racing [Rick Shea]
(see note 11)
3 Collision with Smiley
29 Craig Hill Lola T460 [HU12] - Ford BDA Hart
#25 Gabriel International W Special [Quick-Trans Racing]
0 Collision with Cochesa
30 Juan Cochesa Chevron B34 [34.76.19] - Ford BDA Hart
#71 Fred Opert Racing
0 Collision with Hill
DNS Elliot Forbes-Robinson Tui BH2 [2] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#70 Allan McCall
Did not start
(Misfire)
DNQ Kevin Cogan Chevron B29 [29-75-16] - Ford BDA Hart
#3 STP Oil Treatment Special [Bill Brack Racing]
(see note 12)
Did not qualify
T/C Bobby Rahal March 76B [4?] - Ford BDA McCoy
#9 (see note 13)
(Crashed in practice)
UNKE Joe Colantonio Lola T360 [HU10] - Ford BDA
#18 Joe Colantonio (see note 14)
On entry list
UNKE Johnnie Crean March 74B/75B - Ford BDA
#51 Alfa Travel Trailer [TS Motorsport]
(see note 15)
On entry list
UNKE Ric Forest Chevron B34 [34.76.21] - Ford BDA Hart
#52 Fred Opert Racing
On entry list
UNKE Carl Liebich Chevron B29 [29-75-03] - Ford BDA Hart
#54 Librau Racing
On entry list
UNKE Jon Norman Lotus 69 [71/69.2.FB] - Ford BDA
#58 Norman Racing (see note 16)
On entry list
UNKE John Storr Brabham BT29 - Ford BDA Cosworth
#68 John Storr (see note 17)
On entry list
UNKE Lynn Bentson Modus M3 [041-FA] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#77 State of Nevada
On entry list
UNKE Dan Marvin Lola T360 [HU4] - Ford BDA
#85 Griswold Co. (see note 18)
On entry list
UNKE Peter Moodie March 75B [722-33?] - Ford BDA
#87 Bunce Racing
On entry list
UNKE Vince Muzzin March 75B - Ford BDA
#99 Golden Eagle [Doug Shierson Racing]
(see note 19)
On entry list

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

Qualifying
1 Gilles Villeneuve (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [10 or 15?] - Ford BDA Morris 1.02.51
2 Tom Klausler (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [HU6] - Ford BDA Traylor 1.02.54
3 Tom Gloy (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [HU4] - Ford BDA Nicholson 1.02.87
4 Bertil Roos (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [HU16] - Ford BDA Hart 1.02.93
5 Marty Loft (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B - Ford BDA Race Shop 1.03.09
6 Bobby Rahal (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B - Ford BDA McCoy 1.03.15
7 Howdy Holmes (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.26] - Ford BDA BSR 1.03.27
8 Cliff Hansen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [2] - Ford BDA Race Shop 1.03.45
9 Johnny Gerber (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.10] - Ford BDA BSR 1.03.45
10 Tom Weichmann (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [HU9] - Ford BDA Phillips 1.03.45
11 Don Breidenbach (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B - Ford BDA Cosworth 1.03.46
12 Bill Brack (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.14] - Ford BDA Hart 1.03.60
13 Héctor Rebaque (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [HU1] - Ford BDA Traylor 1.03.90
14 Bobby Brown (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.07] - Ford BDA Morris 1.04.02
15 Hugh "Wink" Bancroft (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.16] - Ford BDA Hart 1.04.07
16 Craig Hill (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [HU12] - Ford BDA Hart 1.04.21
17 James Crawley (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.21] - Ford BDA Hart 1.04.24
18 Gordon Smiley (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.20] - Ford BDA Hart 1.04.26
19 Tom Pumpelly (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [3?] - Ford BDA Cosworth 1.04.29
20 Price Cobb (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [13] - Ford BDA Race Shop 1.04.36
21 Tim Cooper (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B - Ford BDA CRW 1.04.37
22 Elliot Forbes-Robinson * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Tui BH2 [2] - Ford BDA Nicholson 1.04.40
23 Richard Melville (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [HU7] - Ford BDA CRW 1.04.42
24 Seb Barone (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B - Ford BDA Cosworth 1.04.46
25 Juan Cochesa (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.19] - Ford BDA Hart 1.04.47
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 76B [13] (Price Cobb): An orange March 76B invoiced to Shierson in March 1976.
  2. Chevron B29 (Marcel Talbot): Marcel Talbot (Granby, Quebec), raced a second-hand Chevron B29 in the 1976 CASC and IMSA Formula Atlantic championships. The car was black and raced as #10, with Tamaco Industries sponsorship. After Mont-Tremblant in July, he upgraded to a new Chevron B34. Nothing more known.
  3. March 76B (Don Breidenbach): Don Breidenbach (Oakland, CA) ran a #76 March 76B during 1976 with support from Roots Footwear. Nothing more is currently known of this car.
  4. Chevron B34 [34.76.16] (Hugh "Wink" Bancroft): New to Hugh "Wink" Bancroft (Newport Beach, CA/Costa Mesa, CA) and run for him by Fred Opert Racing in North American Formula Atlantic in 1976. His car was entered by Performance Marketing, and this apparently disguises a move to Shierson Racing in time for the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières in early September. Bancroft wrecked the B34 in practice at Trois-Rivières, and replaced it with a March 76B.
  5. March 76B (Herman Gugliotta): Herman Gugliotta (Dilliner, PA) drove a #33 March 76B in 1976, entered by Isola Racing but run by Doug Shierson Racing. As a white car, March records suggest this would have been 76B-9, 76B-11 or 76B-12. Gugliotta retained the car for SCCA racing, winning the 1979 NE Div title, before selling it to Lyle Heck (Reading, PA) who still owned it in 1982.
  6. March 76B (Seb Barone): Seb Barone (Portland, CT or Dilliner, PA) drove a white #28 March 76B in 1976, entered by Isola Racing but run by Doug Shierson Racing. As a white car, March records suggest this would have been 76B-9, 76B-11 or 76B-12. Barone crashed the car at Trois-Rivières in September and it was not seen again.
  7. March 76B [3?] (Tom Pumpelly): Tom Pumpelly (McLean, VA) raced a yellow #34 March 76B, entered by National Tire Wholesale. The only yellow 76B shown in March records was chassis 76B-3. Pumpelly raced the car until it was damaged in a collision with Bancroft at Mosport Park in August, after which it was acquired by Ecurie Canada whose regular driver Gilles Villeneuve had damaged both his cars. It is therefore believed to be the car driven by Villeneuve to win at Trois-Rivières and Road Atlanta in September but this is by no means certain. Then bought by John Lane who rented it back to Pumpelly for the SCCA Run-Offs at Road Atlanta, where Pumpelly crashed it again. Sold to John Norman (Oakland, CA) who raced it as part of a two-car team with Dan Marvin in 1977 and 1978. Norman then sold the car but later bought it back and restored it to Villeneuve's livery.
  8. March 76B [10 or 15?] (Gilles Villeneuve): Ecurie Canada ran a pair of green #69 March 76Bs in 1976 for Gilles Villeneuve (Lasalle, Quebec) with support from Skiroulle. Skiroule's signature green colour suggests they were the two cars listed in March records as being "leaf green", 76B-10 and 76B-15. Villeneuve had several crashes during 1976 and probably raced both cars, but exactly how they were used is not known. Two 76Bs were sold to Jim Morgan who raced them in early 1977 SCCA races alongside Bobby Rahal (Glen Ellyn, IL) and then entered them for Rahal in the 1977 Pro series with sponsorship from Red Roof Inns. Rahal also had a 77B but this was crashed at the opening race. One 76B then went to Ron Levanduski (Elmira, NY) and the other to Bob Earl.
  9. 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.
  10. March 76B [2] (Cliff Hansen): Cliff Hansen (Laguna Beach, CA) campaigned a blue/red #6 March 76B in 1976 as part of the Doug Shierson Racing operation. Hansen retained the car as a spare in 1977 (he had a 77B but crashed it). It was later bought from Tom Contino (Ontario, CA) by Damon Meek, who has indentified the car as 76B-02. Meek sold it to Lee Follansbee and it would be the 76B raced by him in the Sears Point Pro race in 1984.
  11. March 722 (Dave Walker): Rick Shea's Shea Racing ran a March "72-75" in the Players Canadian Formula Atlantic series in 1976. The car was black, and ran as #11. It was driven by Dave Walker at the start of the season, but later by Bob Beyea, Shea himself, and by Damien Magee at Trois-Rivières in September. The car was then sold to Frank Monise (Pasadena, CA), so is presumably the blue-and-white #25 March "75B" that he raced in southern Californian SCCA Nationals in 1977 and 1978. Subsequent history unknown.
  12. Chevron B29 [29-75-16] (Kevin Cogan): 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.
  13. March 76B [4?] (Bobby Rahal): Doug Shierson Racing ran an orange #9 March 76B in 1976 for Bobby Rahal (Glen Ellyn, IL). There were four orange March 76Bs according to March records but only one was built as part of the first batch of cars, 76B-4, strongly suggesting this was Rahal's car. The subsequent history of this car is not known until it was advertised in 1985 as "ex-Villeneuve".
  14. Lola T360 [HU10] (Joe Colantonio): 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.
  15. March 74B/75B (Johnnie Crean): Patrick Depailler raced a March 74B at Trois-Rivières in September 1974. Autosport described it as the car tested earlier in England by Jim Crawford, but now set to full Formula 2 specification. Canadian Motorsport Bulletin described it as the ex-Coulon 'slave' March 732. It went to Formula Ford graduate Tom Sauerbrei (Fresno, CA), who had an excellent season in the "742" in SCCA Regionals and Nationals in 1975, winning the regional title. The car was then rebuilt to 75B specification and leased to Johnnie Crean (San Juan Capistrano, CA), the 27-year-old son of former racer John C Crean, who raced it in two IMSA Formula Atlantic races in California in May 1976, and later in SCCA Nationals and Regionals. Subsequent history unknown.
  16. Lotus 69 [71/69.2.FB] (Jon Norman): William Monson (Kent, WA) bought a new Lotus 69 for 1971 but after only a few races suffered a major accident at Laguna Seca in June 1971 when he clipped the bridge and was in hospital with significant injuries. He retired from racing and sold the wrecked Lotus to Gary Gove (Tacoma, WA). Gove's racing partner Pete Lovely was then in the process of fitting a F1 DFV engine to his 1970 F2 Lotus 69 and Gove was able to use the F2 rear end to repair Monson's car. The result was a very quick car and in 1972 Gove raced it in ICSCC and NW Regional events plus at least one National and the Westwood round of the Canadian FB series. In 1973, Gove won the NorPac title in the Lotus and then sold it to Jon Norman (Oakland, CA) who won the 1975 NorPac FB title and was second in 1976. Norman also took the car to the Run-Ofrfs in 1975, finishing a remarkable fourth, and raced it in several Pro Formula Atlantic races. Norman raced it at least once in SCCA events in 1977 before replacing it with a much newer March 76B.
  17. Brabham BT29 (John Storr): Larry Walters (Tacoma, WA) raced a Brabham in NorPac FB in 1973, finishing third in the Division with 21 pts He returned in 1974, winning the FB class at Portland in June in a BT29 but those were the only points he scored that season. The pre-1973 history of this BT29 is currently unknown but it is believed that the car came into the country through Portland dealer Pierre Phillips - so possibly the car raced in 1970 by Jack J. Quinlin. In 1975, Walters sold the car to John Storr (Victoria, BC) and it was fitted with a BDA engine for the Canadian Formula Atlantic series and the ICSCC series. Storr advertised the car, less engine, in September 1978. It was sold to Bill Mol (Vashon, WA) and fitted with a Mazda engine and Culver sports car body for B Sports Racing in 1980. Subsequent history unknown but possibly the BSR Brabham raced by Gary Heath (Port Orchard, WA; later Bremerton, WA) from 1981 to 1983.
  18. Lola T360 [HU4] (Dan Marvin): Sold to North American agent Carl Haas, where it is almost certainly the car acquired by preparer Dan Fodge. Said to have been run by Fodge for Kenny Briggs, but Briggs did not appear in Pro Formula Atlantic and there is no mention of him in the SCCA's Finish Line or The Wheel magazines covering SCCA racing in California. Then said to have gone to Jon Norman (Oakland, CA) for 1975, but Norman raced an older Lotus in 1975, winning Northern Pacific Division, and no Lola was mentioned at the time. Its first known usage is 1976, when Norman ran it for Dan Marvin (El Sobrante, CA) in Pro Formula Atlantic and in SCCA FB. Sold at the end of 1976 to Cal Huartson (Bellingham, WA), who used in in Regional Formula B in 1977. This is presumably the T360 used by Bruce Yeo (Burnaby, BC, Canada) in ICSCC in 1978, then by Bruce Shaughnessy (Maple Ridge, BC/Coquitlam, BC) in 1979 and is presumably the same Lola Shaughnessy raced in 1981 and, in the Formula Libre class, in 1982 and 1983. Subsequent history unresolved.
  19. 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.

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.