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Donnybrooke Grand Prix

Brainerd, 22 Sep 1968

ResultsLapsTime/Speed Winnings
1 George Wintersteen Eagle Mk 5 [502] - Chevrolet V8
#12
70 1h 55m 51.0s
$4550
2 Bobby Brown Lola T140 [SL140/3] - Chevrolet V8
#3
70
$2500
3 Jerry Hansen Lola T140 [SL140/8] - Chevrolet V8
#44 (see note 1)
69
$2900
4 Lou Sell Eagle Mk 5 [501] - Chevrolet V8
#15
68
$2500
5 Stew McMillen Eisert 65 - Chevrolet V8
#5
68
$1700
6 Bud Morley McLaren M1B/FA [30-05] - Chevrolet V8
#14
68
$1200
7 Kurt Reinold McKee Mk 8 - Chevrolet V8
#57
66
$700
8 Chuck Dietrich (FB) 1.6-litre McLaren M4B [200-27B] - Ford twin cam
#31 (see note 2)
66
$1950
9 Fred Opert (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21A [4] - Ford twin cam
#73 (see note 3)
66
$900
10 Howard Brown (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam
#76 (see note 4)
64
$600
11 Charlie Adams (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21C [12?] - Ford twin cam
#64 (see note 5)
62
$400
12 Jerry Rosbach Lola T140 - Chevrolet V8
#8
61
$100
13 Jon Reski (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand
#49
59
$300
14 Harry Hester (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam BRM
#32 [Hogan Motors]
56
$100
15 Dave Ogilvy (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 35 - Ford twin cam
#91
55
$50
16 Bill Blackmore (FB) 1.6-litre Automark - Porsche
#75
54
$50
17 Bruce Klussmann (FB) 1.6-litre Crosslé
#27
53
$50
18 Brett Lunger Caldwell D8B ['001'] - Chevrolet V8
#11 (see note 6)
52
$350
19 Tom Tufts (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B14 [FB-68-8] - Ford twin cam
#60 (see note 7)
52
$50
20 WP Fred Stevenson (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C [41C-FL-44] - Ford twin cam
#93
34
$50
21 Ted A. Clark (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT15 - Ford twin cam Cosworth Mk 13
#56 (see note 8)
40
 
22 Dan Murphy (FB) 1.6-litre Winkelmann WDB1 - Ford twin cam
#19
38
 
23 Ron "Slim" Routliffe (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 51 - Ford
#34
29 retired - unknown  
24 Tom Countryman (FB) 1.6-litre Autodynamics 'D-3' - Porsche 356
#10
26 no oil pressure  
25 Jack Eiteljorg Eisert 68 - Chevrolet V8
#7
26 retired - unknown  
26 Wayne T Mitchell (FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT21B - Ford
#84
25 retired - unknown  
27 Joe Grimaldi (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B14 [FB-68-13?] - Ford twin cam
#72 (see note 9)
16 retired - unknown  
28 Jerry Entin LeGrand Mk 7A [002] - Chevrolet V8
#21 (see note 10)
14 no oil pressure  
29 Dick Smothers (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B14 [FB-68-14?] - Ford twin cam
#9 (see note 11)
12 bearings  
30 Brian O'Neil Lola T140 [SL140/13] - Chevrolet V8
#1
4 no oil pressure  
DNS Randy Scheffer (FC) 1.1-litre Beach T-11 [104] - Alfa Romeo
#6
Did not start
DNS Jim Mulhall (FA) 5-litre Halibrand Shrike - Chevrolet V8
#71
Did not start
DNS Dale Lang (FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT21B [31] - Ford
#81
Did not start
DNS Sam Posey LeGrand Mk 7 - Chevrolet V8
#83 (see note 12)
Did not start

All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.

Heat 1 Laps Time Speed
1Lou Sell3558m 10.0s109.309 mph
2George Wintersteen35
3Bobby Brown35
4Stew McMillen34
5Jerry Hansen34
6Brett Lunger34
7Bud Morley34
8Kurt Reinold33
9Chuck Dietrich33
Fred Opert33
Dave Ogilvy33
Howard Brown32
Charlie Adams31
Jerry Rosbach31
Tom Tufts31
Bruce Klussmann30
Jon Reski29
Bill Blackmore27
Ted A. Clark27
Ron "Slim" Routliffe26
Tom Countryman26
Jack Eiteljorg26
Wayne T Mitchell25
Harry Hester24
Joe Grimaldi16
Jerry Entin14
Dick Smothers12
WP Fred Stevenson11
Dan Murphy8
Brian O'Neil4
Heat 2 Laps Time Speed
1Jerry Hansen3557m 41.0s109.217 mph
2George Wintersteen35
3Bobby Brown35
7Lou Sell33
Stew McMillen34
Bud Morley34
Kurt Reinold33
Chuck Dietrich33
Fred Opert33
Howard Brown32
Harry Hester32
Charlie Adams31
Jerry Rosbach30
Jon Reski30
Dan Murphy30
Bill Blackmore27
Bruce Klussmann23
WP Fred Stevenson23
Dave Ogilvy22
Tom Tufts21
Brett Lunger18
Ted A. Clark13
Ron "Slim" Routliffe3
Qualifying
1 George Wintersteen (F5000) 5-litre Eagle Mk 5 [502] - Chevrolet V8 1m 38.4s
2 Lou Sell (F5000) 5-litre Eagle Mk 5 [501] - Chevrolet V8 1m 39.0s
3 Bobby Brown (F5000) 5-litre Lola T140 [SL140/3] - Chevrolet V8 1m 40.0s
4 Sam Posey * (F5000) 5-litre LeGrand Mk 7 - Chevrolet V8 1m 40.4s
5 Stew McMillen (F5000) 5-litre Eisert 65 - Chevrolet V8 1m 41.4s
6 Kurt Reinold (F5000) 5-litre McKee Mk 8 - Chevrolet V8 1m 41.5s
7 Jack Eiteljorg (F5000) 5-litre Eisert 68 - Chevrolet V8 1m 43.2s
8 Brett Lunger (F5000) 5-litre Caldwell D8B ['001'] - Chevrolet V8 1m 43.2s
9 Chuck Dietrich (FB) 1.6-litre McLaren M4B [200-27B] - Ford twin cam 1m 43.8s
10 Bud Morley (F5000) 5-litre McLaren M1B/FA [30-05] - Chevrolet V8 1m 44.0s
11 WP Fred Stevenson (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C [41C-FL-44] - Ford twin cam 1m 45.0s
12 Tom Tufts (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B14 [FB-68-8] - Ford twin cam 1m 46.4s
13 Fred Opert (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21A [4] - Ford twin cam 1m 46.4s
14 Joe Grimaldi (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B14 [FB-68-13?] - Ford twin cam 1m 46.6s
15 Dave Ogilvy (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 35 - Ford twin cam 1m 46.8s
16 Jerry Entin (F5000) 5-litre LeGrand Mk 7A [002] - Chevrolet V8 1m 48.4s
17 Charlie Adams (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21C [12?] - Ford twin cam 1m 50.0s
18 Howard Brown (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam 1m 52.0s
19 Harry Hester (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam BRM 1m 52.4s
20 Jerry Rosbach (F5000) 5-litre Lola T140 - Chevrolet V8 1m 53.8s
21 Dan Murphy (FB) 1.6-litre Winkelmann WDB1 - Ford twin cam 1m 54.6s
22 Bruce Klussmann (FB) 1.6-litre Crosslé 1m 55.0s
23 Jon Reski (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand 1m 55.2s
24 Dick Smothers (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B14 [FB-68-14?] - Ford twin cam 1m 57.0s
25 Tom Countryman (FB) 1.6-litre Autodynamics 'D-3' - Porsche 356 1m 59.2s
26 Ted A. Clark (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT15 - Ford twin cam Cosworth Mk 13 2m 06.0s
27 Bill Blackmore (FB) 1.6-litre Automark - Porsche 2m 09.4s
28 Ron "Slim" Routliffe (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 51 - Ford 2m 12.2s
29 Dale Lang * (FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT21B [31] - Ford 2m 35.0s
30 Jerry Hansen (F5000) 5-litre Lola T140 [SL140/8] - Chevrolet V8 no time
31 Jim Mulhall * (FA) 5-litre Halibrand Shrike - Chevrolet V8 no time
32 Randy Scheffer * (FC) 1.1-litre Beach T-11 [104] - Alfa Romeo no time
33 Wayne T Mitchell (FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT21B - Ford no time
34 Brian O'Neil (F5000) 5-litre Lola T140 [SL140/13] - Chevrolet V8 no time
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Lola T140 [SL140/8] (Jerry Hansen): New to Jerry Hansen for the 1968 US series, then to John Mahler (Bettendorf, IA) for the 1969 series. Subsequent history unknown but believed to be the car acquired by Wayne "Bing" Sherer (Buffalo, NY) in 1972 and raced in SCCA Nationals. To Phil "Butch" Hollenbeck for 1973, then to Art Cross (Auburn, NY) who ran it in to Florida for several years. Via Owen Starr, Lou Pavesi and Rick McLean to Mark Rincon (Redding, CA) and Hal Williams by 1994, for historic racing. Later sold to Richard Cross, then via Rincon to John Bryant (Adelaide, Australia) at the Monterey Historics in August 2007 and imported into Australia. Crashed at Philip Island March 2008, but rebuilt and raced in the 2011/12 Tasman Revival series. More information about Lola T140 SL140/8
  2. McLaren M4B [200-27B] (Chuck Dietrich): For Chuck Dietrich (Sandusky, OH) in Formula B in 1968, replacing the similar 200-10B that he had raced in 1967. Subsequent history unknown until bought from Joe Zuniga (St. Paul, Minnesota) by James Harayda (Bloomington, Minnesota) in April 1978 as a FB car. Harayda raced it in FB in 1978 then converted it to FC for 1979. Traded to Scott Livingston (St Louis, MO) in 1980 then on to Jon Rhodes (Webster Grove, MO) 1981 who converted it to CSR with an Alfa engine and qualified for the Run-Offs in 1982. Sold to Scott Holman (Frederick, MD) July 1983 and continued in CSR until 1989 when sold to Henry Alexander and Wes McNay. Rebuilt with a new Marc Bahner tub which was modelled on Jim Brown's 1967 monocoque. Restored to Formula B specification and sold to Harry Mathews (Arvada, CO) March 1996 for his Mathews Collection of McLarens. Sold to Shigeru Motohashi (Japan) 2004 and raced in the Japanese Interclub Historic Car event at Tsukuba in 2009.
  3. Brabham BT21A [4] (Fred Opert): Sold new to Lou Sell (Fullerton, CA) and first seen in the Pro Formula B race at War Bonnet in late June where Sell qualified on pole and finished second. Then raced in SCCA Regionals and occasional Nationals in California, and in the pro races at Mont-Tremblant and Lake Tahoe at the end of the season. Sold to Sell's backer Dick Smothers (Woodland Hills, CA) for 1968, although Sell also raced it in one SoPac National early that year. To Fred Opert late 1968 in part-exchange for a new Chevron and from him on to Ken Duclos (Boxboro, MA) for 1969. Duclos believes he returned it to Opert at the end of 1969 when he acquired his new BT29 and it next turns up in 1971 with John Sorbello (Lafayette, MA) who widened the cockpit section into a two-seater and added a Chevron B16 body. However, it is possible that the dates of this are wrong and that Bob Isnor (Newton, MA) raced it as a FB before it went to Sorbello. Later to John Kauffman who thought he had bought a Chevron and then to Joe Maria (White Plains, NY) in the early 1990s. It was restored by David Irwin to BT21A spec and was still with Maria in 2007. To Bob Lima (Meadowbrook, PA) by October 2009 and later repainted in Sell's colours.
  4. Brabham BT21C (Howard Brown): From May 1968 to September 1969, Howard Brown (Paoli, PA or Malvern, PA) raced in Pro Formula B and in NEDiv in a Brabham, identified by the Sep 1968 Lime Rock entry list as a BT21C. Brown ran as #76 in 1968 and #69 in 1969 but the colour and identity of the Brabham are not yet known.
  5. Brabham BT21C [12?] (Charlie Adams): Charles W Adams (Manhattan Beach, CA), known as Charlie Adams, was a regular in Formula B from 1965 to 1971. He had a BT18 in 1967 but from 1968 to 1971, his car is often referred to as a BT21C. It was green, and ran as #64. It is assumed he had the same car through this period, starting at Elkhart Lake July 1968 but quite possibly earlier. Adams won the Southern Pacific Division FB title in 1969 but did not score any points in 1970 and his appearances in the pro series ceased after the Laguna Seca race in June. In 1971, he scored just two points in the SPDiv championship and only appeared at one Pro race, the Edmonton round in August. Subsequent history unknown.
  6. Caldwell D8B ['001'] (Brett Lunger): Entered by Autodynamics Corp. for Brett Lunger, and first seen in a SCCA National at Lime Rock on 6 July 1968, where Lunger crashed. Later appeared in the Us Pro series driven by Lunger (at Mosport Park 25 Aug 1968, Donnybrook 22 Sep 1968 and Laguna Seca 12 Oct 1968) and by Sam Posey (at Lime Rock 2 Sep 1968). The car was 'retired' after 1968 season. Subsequent history unknown.
  7. Chevron B14 [FB-68-8] (Tom Tufts): Bought new by Tom Tufts (Milwaukee, WI) and raced in Formula B in 1968, starting at Road America on 27 July 1968, at the Buckeye Sprints at Mid-Ohio two weeks later and then at Donnybrooke (Brainerd) on 22 September 1968. Identified from an invoice as chassis FB-68-8. Sold to Tom Gelb (Mequon, WI) for 1969, replacing an ancient Brabham BT2, and raced in Pro and CenDiv FB until crashed at Mosport Park in August 1969. The car was repaired and sold in 1970 but its subsequent history is unknown. However, it may well be the car raced by fellow Central Division racer Jim Trueman (Amlin, OH) late in 1970.
  8. Brabham BT15 (Ted A. Clark): Ted Clark (DeKalb, IL) raced a Brabham BT15 in Formula B in 1968, equipped with a Cosworth Mk 13 engine and running as #56 and typically entered by Team Nappi of Rockford, Illinois. Clark advertised the car in April 1969, saying that it had a Hewland 5-speed gearbox and 7" and 9" wheels. Nothing more known.
  9. Chevron B14 [FB-68-13?] (Joe Grimaldi): Joe Grimaldi acquired one of four late 1968 Chevrons to arrive in the US. At least three of these were described by Chevron as B14s, including Grimaldi's. He debuted the car at Mosport Park in Aug 1968 and raced it twice more in Pro events. Grimaldi reappeared in August 1969 with what was reported to be a Chevron B15B which he raced three more times. Larry Wright then acquired a Chevron from Grimaldi for the 1970 season which was described to him as a B15 but when Wright advertised the car in 1971, he called it a "late-1968 Chevron FB" which identifies it as a B14. Wright traded the Chevron to Charlie Hayes in May 1971 for a new Brabham BT29.
  10. LeGrand Mk 7A [002] (Jerry Entin): After the prototype was burnt out, Jerry Entin did a deal with LeGrand to race a second car in return for a loan of engine and gearbox. The car was built up with a stock Chevrolet Camaro engine, fitted with 48mm Weber carbs by Al Bartz, and a ZF gearbox acquired by Entin from Carroll Shelby. The car used Formula B brakes, and Formula B rear hubs. It was then taken to Road America for the Badger "200" on 27 July 1968, but the the timing gear broke before the race, and Entin did not start. Entin won a National at Riverside in August and two Regionals later in the year. Dick Guldstrand took over the car for the Laguna Seca 'Pro' race in October and it was then driven by Rex Ramsey at the ARRC, and at the Monaco International Trophy in New Zealand at the end of December. Ramsey continued to drive the car in 1969, winning three SCCA Nationals but was well off the pace in Pro races. The car was last seen at Sears Point in June 1969. Subsequent history unknown.
  11. Chevron B14 [FB-68-14?] (Dick Smothers): Bought late in 1968 by Dick Smothers of Smothers Bros Racing (Fullerton, CA) and first raced in the Donnybrooke Grand Prix at Brainerd 22 September 1968 . Chevron records appear to identify this car as chassis FB-68-14. Smothers had a blue #29 Chevron FB for 1969 and this is very probably the same car, even though it was sometimes referred to as a B15B. Loaned to Joe Alves (Sherman Oaks, CA) for 1970 but not raced after blowing the engine in practice at Sears Point in June 1970. Alves eventually sold the car some time between 1975 and 1978 but it is then unknown until owned by a D Hullinger around 1992 who started a restoration. It passed to Gabe Lakatosh (Los Angeles, CA) in 1998 who completed the restoration and raced it infrequently. Then sold to Jeff Giannini (Puyallup, WA) in 2003 who has raced it continuously since then. It had a full restoration in 2008 and is maintained by J&L Fabrication (also in Puyallup, WA).
  12. LeGrand Mk 7 (Sam Posey): Pete Botsford (Boulder, Col) US 1968: driven by Ron Holmes (DNS at R3 Elkhart Lake 27 Jul 1968), Bob Betts (only at R4 Thompson 18 August 1968), Sam Posey (R5 Mosport Park 25 Aug 1968 and DNS at R7 Brainerd 22 Sep 1968), Peter Revson (DNS at R6 Lime Rock 2 Sep 1968) and Barry Blackmore (DNS at Ken Miles Memorial Race R8 Laguna Seca 12 Oct 1968). Despite Holmes' appearance at Elkhart Lake, the LeGrand was said by Autoweek to be "brand new" when it appeared for Posey at Mosport. Peter Revson was available for the Lime Rock race but hated the car and quickly disappeared when a ball joint failure curtailed practice. Blackmore then drove the car at Laguna Seca and and, in his words, destroyed it in practice. The car was stripped at Red's shop and the carcass towed back to base but Botsford had lost interest in it and the car was not repaired.

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.

1968 US information has been taken from SCCA results sheets with additional information from Autoweek race reports and from some entry lists. Thanks to David McKinney and Wolfgang Klopfer for providing these. Identifying the classes and model of some entries has proved very difficult so all new information would be welcomed.

1969-1971 US information has been collated by Chris Townsend using Autoweek reports. All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome.

1972-1976 US information was originally collated by Wolfgang Klopfer, converted to database format by Dawn Harrison and checked by Jim Thurman and Don Capps. Wolfgang's main sources are Autoweek and individual SCCA results bulletins but Autosport, Autocourse and Road Racing Annual have also been consulted.

US SCCA Runoffs, Nationals and Regionals results were collated by Wolfgang Klopfer from Autoweek reports. These reports were usually very brief so the information on the majority of races is limited just to the identity of the FA class winner.

Some race programs have also been used for entry lists and other information. My thanks to Richard Coe for the generous contributions from his collection.

All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome. Please email Allen if you can add anything.