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Players (Canadian) Formula Atlantic Series Race

Mont-Tremblant, 11 Jul 1976

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Gilles Villeneuve March 76B [10 or 15?] - Ford BDA Morris
#69 Ecurie Canada (see note 1)
38 1.00.40.58
2 Tom Klausler Lola T460 [HU6] - Ford BDA Traylor
#63
38 1.00.49.26
3 Elliot Forbes-Robinson Tui BH2 [2] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#70
38 1.01.02.43
4 Bertil Roos Ralt RT1 [30] - Ford BDA Hart
#2 Brian Robertson
38
5 Bobby Rahal March 76B [4?] - Ford BDA McCoy
#9 (see note 2)
38
6 Price Cobb March 76B [13] - Ford BDA Race Shop
#8 Doug Shierson Racing (see note 3)
38
7 Tom Pumpelly March 76B - Ford BDA Cosworth
38
8 Héctor Rebaque Lola T460 [HU1] - Ford BDA Traylor
38
9 James King March 76B - Ford BDA Race Shop
#47 Doug Shierson Racing (see note 4)
38
10 Howdy Holmes Chevron B34 [34.76.26] - Ford BDA BSR
#24 Bill Scott Racing
38
11 Bobby Brown March 76B [18] - Ford BDA Hart
#79 Carroll Smith (see note 5)
38
12 Tim Coconis Lola T460 [HU17] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#83
37
13 Bruce Jensen Chevron B29 [29-75-14] - Ford BDA Hart
#41
37
14 Tim Cooper March 76B [75B?] - Ford BDA CRW
#17 Wilbur Bunce Racing (see note 6)
37
15 Chip Mead Ralt RT1 [11] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#31
37
16 Marcel Talbot Chevron B29 - Ford BDA Morris
#10 Tamaco Industries (see note 7)
37
17 Frank Del Vecchio March 73B - Ford twin cam Cosworth
#39 (see note 8)
37
18 Rick Bell Chevron B34 [34.76.18] - Ford BDA Hart
#78 Bell Racing
37
19 Carl Liebich Chevron B29 [29-75-03] - Ford BDA Hart
#54
37
20 Craig Hill Lola T460 [HU12] - Ford BDA Hart
#25 Quick-Trans/Gabriel
36 Electrics
21 Bill Brack Chevron B34 [34.76.14] - Ford BDA Hart
#1
35 Gearbox
22 William Kneeland Chevron B29 - Ford BDA Hart
#14 (see note 9)
33
23 Marty Loft March 76B - Ford BDA Race Shop
#4 Doug Shierson Racing
30
24 Hugh "Wink" Bancroft Chevron B34 [34.76.16] - Ford BDA Hart
Fred Opert Racing (see note 10)
29 Suspension damage
25 Syd Demovsky Chevron B29 [29-75-23] - Ford BDA Smith
#80 B&B Racing
28 Engine
26 Tom Gloy Lola T460 [HU4] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#37 Pierre's Motors
26 Collision with Bancroft
27 Vince Muzzin March 75B - Ford BDA
#99 (see note 11)
25 Accident
28 Lloyd Callaway Chevron B34 - Ford BDA Hart
#52 Callaway Racing
24 Accident
29 Robert J. Nelkin Chevron B34 - Ford BDA Hart
#67 Nelkin Racing Org.
21
30 Dave Walker March 722 - Ford BDA Nicholson
#11 Rick Shea (see note 12)
20 Puncture
31 Seb Barone March 76B - Ford BDA Cosworth
#28 Isola Racing (see note 13)
16 Not running
32 Len Campbell March 73B [733] - Ford BDA
#20
16 Not running
33 Tom Outcault March 76B [6?] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#31 (see note 14)
13 Not running
34 Richard Melville Lola T460 [HU7] - Ford BDA CRW
#30 Wilbur Bunce Racing
11 Not running
35 Gilles Léger Chevron B34 [34.76.15] - Ford BDA Hart
#72 Gilles Leger Racing
9 Not running
36 Joe Shepherd March 75B - Ford BDA Cosworth
(see note 15)
9 Not running
37 Richard Spenard Lola T460 [HU16] - Ford BDA Hart
#22 Planter's Peanuts
6 Not running
38 Juan Cochesa Chevron B34 [34.76.19] - Ford BDA Hart
Fred Opert Racing
6 Not running
39 Kevin Cogan Chevron B34 [34.76.20] - Ford BDA Hart
#3 Cogan Racing
5 Not running
40 Herman Gugliotta March 76B - Ford BDA Cosworth
#33 Isola Racing (see note 16)
0 Not running
DNQH Joe Colantonio Lola T360 [HU10] - Ford BDA
#18 Colantino Racing (see note 17)
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Lynn Bentson Modus M3 [041-FA] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#77 Lynn Bentson Racing
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Victor Larose Lola T360 - Ford BDA Cosworth
#71
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Gary Magwood Lola T360 [HU6] - Ford BDA
#27 (see note 18)
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Peter W. Broeker Stebro
#21
Did not qualify from heats
DNQH Howard Kelly Brabham BT40 - Ford BDA Hart
#13
Did not qualify from heats
DNS Michael Landrum Lola T460 [HU9] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#36 Pierre's Motors
Did not start
DNS Bill Scott Chevron B34 [34.76.10] - Ford BDA BSR
#44 Bill Scott Racing
Did not start
DNS Hugh Cree Chevron B29 [29-75-08] - Ford BDA Hart
#16
Did not start
DNS Tom Christ Chevron B27 [27-74-18] - Ford BDA
#53 (see note 19)
Did not start
DNQ Cliff Hansen March 76B [2] - Ford BDA Race Shop
#6 Doug Shierson Racing (see note 20)
Did not qualify
DNQ Mauro Lanaro March 712M [71BM-2?] - Ford BDA
#35 (see note 21)
Did not qualify
DNQ Ron Rogers March 74B [6] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#73 (see note 22)
Did not qualify

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

Heat 1 Laps Time Speed
1Robert J. Nelkin
2Michael Landrum
3Len Campbell
4Gilles Léger
5Lloyd Callaway
6William Kneeland
7Joe Shepherd
8Joe Colantonio
9Lynn Bentson
10Victor Larose
11Gary Magwood
12Peter W. Broeker
13Howard Kelly
Cliff HansenDNQ
Mauro LanaroDNQ
Ron RogersDNQ
Hugh CreeDNS
Tom ChristDNS
Qualifying
1 Gilles Villeneuve (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [10 or 15?] - Ford BDA Morris 1.33.443
2 Tom Klausler (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [HU6] - Ford BDA Traylor 1.33.963
3 Bobby Rahal (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [4?] - Ford BDA McCoy 1.34.018
4 Bertil Roos (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [30] - Ford BDA Hart 1.34.357
5 Bill Brack (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.14] - Ford BDA Hart 1.34.686
6 Price Cobb (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [13] - Ford BDA Race Shop 1.34.956
7 Dave Walker (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford BDA Nicholson 1.35.298
8 Elliot Forbes-Robinson (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Tui BH2 [2] - Ford BDA Nicholson 1.35.422
9 James King (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B - Ford BDA Race Shop 1.35.849
10 Héctor Rebaque (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [HU1] - Ford BDA Traylor 1.35.965
11 Tom Pumpelly (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B - Ford BDA Cosworth 1.36.070
12 Marty Loft (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B - Ford BDA Race Shop 1.36.076
13 Hugh "Wink" Bancroft (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.16] - Ford BDA Hart 1.36.215
14 Richard Melville (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [HU7] - Ford BDA CRW 1.36.567
15 Bobby Brown (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [18] - Ford BDA Hart 1.36.610
16 Frank Del Vecchio (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B - Ford twin cam Cosworth 1.36.759
17 Craig Hill (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [HU12] - Ford BDA Hart 1.36.768
18 Bruce Jensen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-14] - Ford BDA Hart 1.36.826
19 Chip Mead (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [11] - Ford BDA Nicholson 1.36.904
20 Bill Scott * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.10] - Ford BDA BSR 1.37.070
21 Seb Barone (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B - Ford BDA Cosworth 1.37.095
22 Richard Spenard (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [HU16] - Ford BDA Hart 1.37.205
23 Juan Cochesa (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.19] - Ford BDA Hart 1.37.255
24 Kevin Cogan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.20] - Ford BDA Hart 1.37.268
25 Howdy Holmes (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.26] - Ford BDA BSR 1.37.327
26 Tom Gloy (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [HU4] - Ford BDA Nicholson 1.37.391
27 Tim Coconis (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [HU17] - Ford BDA Cosworth 1.37.633
28 Marcel Talbot (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 - Ford BDA Morris 1.37.687
29 Carl Liebich (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-03] - Ford BDA Hart 1.37.992
30 Vince Muzzin (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B - Ford BDA 1.38.087
31 Syd Demovsky (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-23] - Ford BDA Smith 1.38.147
32 Tom Outcault (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [6?] - Ford BDA Cosworth 1.38.158
33 Tim Cooper (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [75B?] - Ford BDA CRW 1.38.216
34 Rick Bell (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.18] - Ford BDA Hart 1.38.593
35 Herman Gugliotta (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B - Ford BDA Cosworth 1.38.686
36 Robert J. Nelkin (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 - Ford BDA Hart 1st in qualifying race
37 Michael Landrum * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [HU9] - Ford BDA Cosworth 2nd in qualifying race
38 Len Campbell (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B [733] - Ford BDA 3rd in qualifying race
39 Gilles Léger (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.15] - Ford BDA Hart 4th in qualifying race
40 Lloyd Callaway (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 - Ford BDA Hart 5th in qualifying race
41 William Kneeland (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 - Ford BDA Hart 6th in qualifying race
42 Joe Shepherd (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B - Ford BDA Cosworth 7th in qualifying race
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  2. 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".
  3. March 76B [13] (Price Cobb): An orange March 76B invoiced to Shierson in March 1976.
  4. March 76B (James King): 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.
  5. March 76B [18] (Bobby Brown): New to Bobby Brown (Hicksville, NY) to replace a Chevron B34 and raced in Pro events and in SCCA NEDiv FB in 1976, winning the 1976 Run-Offs. Brown won an early-season SCCA National at Charlotte in April 1977 before moving into Can-Am with a March 77S. The 76B was advertised in November 1977.
  6. March 76B [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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Chevron B29 (William Kneeland): Bill Kneeland (Franklin, NH) raced a #14 Chevron B29 in 1976 with support from Real Estatement Marketing, taking in several Pro races as well as a program of SCCA racing. He upgraded to a new Chevron B39 during 1977.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. March 76B [6?] (Tom Outcault): Tom Outcault (Middletown, OH or Cranford, NJ) raced a blue #31 March 76B in 1976, entered by Tom Outcault Racing. The colour suggest that this was 76B-6, the only blue car in March records for which an owner is not known. Outcault retained the car for SCCA racing in 1977.
  15. March 75B (Joe Shepherd): Joe Shepherd (Indianapolis, IN) raced a #7 or #97 March 75B in SCCA National, Players Canadian and IMSA series races in 1976. He advertised the car in October 1976, noting that it had only raced three times in 1976. Nothing more known.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Chevron B27 [27-74-18] (Tom Christ): 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.
  20. 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.
  21. March 712M [71BM-2?] (Mauro Lanaro): New for Bill Gubelmann (Oyster Bay, NY) and used in British Formula Atlantic at the start of the season, winning at Oulton Park 21 March, and then in the SCCA Pro Formula B series. The car was often described as a 712M but it seems more likely that he used the same 712BM all season. Also raced with a BDA in the Formula A race at Lime Rock in Sep and in one round of the Canadian series. Sold via Joe Grimaldi's The Race Shop to Frank Del Vecchio (Trumbull, CT) and used in NEDiv FB and in a couple of rounds of the Pro series. Sold back via Joe Grimaldi at the end of 1972; Frank thinks it went to a Canadian, and it is very likely to have been the car driven by Ken Huband, Norm Joy and David Westgate in 1973 and 1974. Sold to Mauro Lanaro (Montréal, Quebec) to replace the 71BM he lost in a transporter fire in 1974. Fitted with a Cosworth BDA engine and raced as the LM Special until at least 1977. Whether it is the LM Special he raced from 1980 to 1983 is unclear. The car remained with Lanaro for many years and was eventually rebuilt to original 71BM specification about 1999. In late 2018, it was part of a package of cars bought from Lanaro by David Clubine (Brantford, ON), and was sold to a collector in Ontario.
  22. March 74B [6] (Ron Rogers): 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.

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.