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SCCA Continental Championship for Formula B/C Race

Riverside, 20 Apr 1969

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Jon Milledge Brabham BT21 - Ford twin cam Racesales
#91 (see note 1)
40 60m 53.7s
102.48 mph
2 Mike Eyerly Brabham BT18 - Ford twin cam
#7 (see note 2)
40 61m 26.7s
3 Allan Lader Brabham - Ford twin cam
#38
40 61m 46.7s
4 Dan Davis Lotus - Ford twin cam
#51
39
5 John F. Sirmons Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam BRM
#29
38
6 Dale Sebring LeGrand Mk 6B - Ford twin cam
#34
38
7 Charlie Adams Brabham BT21C [12?] - Ford twin cam
#64 (see note 3)
38
8 Dave Dours Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam BRM
#31 (see note 4)
38
9 Joe Alves Brabham BT21A - Ford twin cam
#66 (see note 5)
38
10 Gerhard Klose LeGrand - Ford twin cam
#1
38
11 Sandy Shepard Lotus 41C [41C-FL-38] - Ford twin cam
#59
38
12 Larry Albedi Bourgeault
#5
37
13 Tito D'Oporto (FC) 1-litre LeGrand Mk 5 - Ford
#14
37
14 Harvey Snow (FC) 1.1-litre Titan Mk3
#18 (see note 6)
36
15 Dow "Jack" Byers II McLaren M4B [200-10B] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#47 (see note 7)
36
16 Stan Huddleston McLaren - Ford twin cam
36
17 Ron Attig McLaren - Ford twin cam
#42
35 SCCA Regional in conjunction with Pro race
18 Bob McQueen LeGrand - Ford twin cam
#52
32
19 Gerry Bruihl Brabham BT18 [F2-48-66] - Ford twin cam
(see note 8)
29
20 Earl Jones Titan Mk3 - Ford twin cam
(see note 9)
28
21 Greg Gosar (FC) Titan
#49
27
22 Stefan Rzesnowiecky Winkelmann - Ford twin cam
#17
35 retired - unknown
23 Rudolfo Junco Winkelmann WDB1 - Ford twin cam
35 retired - unknown
24 Ray France Brabham BT21A - Ford twin cam
#2 (see note 10)
21 retired - unknown
25 Skeeter McKitterick Lotus - Ford twin cam
16 retired - unknown
26 Stan Schooley Winkelmann WDB2 [2] - Ford twin cam
#35
15 retired - unknown
27 Robert J. Schmidt Lotus - Ford twin cam
#4
13 retired - unknown
28 Dino Dioguardi Lotus
#44
9 retired - unknown
29 Gordon Strom Lotus - Ford twin cam
8 retired - unknown
30 Jeff Shannon Brabham - Ford twin cam
#37
6 retired - unknown
31 Steve Griswold Brabham BT16 - Ford twin cam
#26
3 retired - unknown
32 Tom Bailey Lotus 22 - Ford twin cam
2 retired - unknown
33 Steven Stewart Lotus - Ford twin cam
#41
1 retired - unknown
34 Bob James Lotus - Ford twin cam
0 retired - unknown
35 Ed Leslie Titan Mk3 - Ford twin cam Lucas
#81 (see note 11)
0 retired - unknown
UNKP Fred Opert Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#23 (see note 12)
Unknown (practiced)
UNKP Frank Monise Lotus 22 - Ford twin cam
#25
Unknown (practiced)

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Jon Milledge (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21 - Ford twin cam Racesales 1m 29.03s
2 Ed Leslie (FB) 1.6-litre Titan Mk3 - Ford twin cam Lucas 1m 29.70s
3 Ray France (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21A - Ford twin cam 1m 31.42s
4 Mike Eyerly (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT18 - Ford twin cam 1m 31.48s
5 Allan Lader (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham - Ford twin cam 1m 31.54s
6 Steve Griswold (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT16 - Ford twin cam 1m 31.98s
7 Rudolfo Junco (FB) 1.6-litre Winkelmann WDB1 - Ford twin cam 1m 32.39s
8 Dan Davis (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus - Ford twin cam 1m 32.57s
9 Gerry Bruihl (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT18 [F2-48-66] - Ford twin cam 1m 33.07s
10 Ron Attig (FB) 1.6-litre McLaren - Ford twin cam 1m 33.31s
11 Joe Alves (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21A - Ford twin cam 1m 33.37s
12 Charlie Adams (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21C [12?] - Ford twin cam 1m 33.39s
13 Jeff Shannon (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham - Ford twin cam 1m 33.78s
14 Dale Sebring (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand Mk 6B - Ford twin cam 1m 33.91s
15 Fred Opert * (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam Vegantune 1m 34.45s
16 Dave Dours (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam BRM 1m 34.74s
17 John F. Sirmons (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam BRM 1m 35.11s
18 Gerhard Klose (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand - Ford twin cam 1m 35.16s
19 Bob McQueen (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand - Ford twin cam 1m 35.19s
20 Stefan Rzesnowiecky (FB) 1.6-litre Winkelmann - Ford twin cam 1m 35.48s
21 Stan Schooley (FB) 1.6-litre Winkelmann WDB2 [2] - Ford twin cam 1m 35.77s
22 Frank Monise * (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 22 - Ford twin cam 1m 35.80s
23 Sandy Shepard (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C [41C-FL-38] - Ford twin cam 1m 35.87s
24 Dow "Jack" Byers II (FB) 1.6-litre McLaren M4B [200-10B] - Ford twin cam Vegantune 1m 35.93s
25 Dino Dioguardi (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 1m 36.58s
26 Steven Stewart (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus - Ford twin cam 1m 37.92s
27 Tito D'Oporto (FC) 1-litre LeGrand Mk 5 - Ford 1m 38.15s
28 Robert J. Schmidt (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus - Ford twin cam 1m 39.30s
29 Harvey Snow (FC) 1.1-litre Titan Mk3 1m 40.63s
30 Gordon Strom (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus - Ford twin cam 1m 41.56s
31 Larry Albedi (FB) 1.6-litre Bourgeault 1m 41.63s
32 Greg Gosar (FC) Titan 1m 43.69s
33 Stan Huddleston (FB) 1.6-litre McLaren - Ford twin cam 1m 47.82s
34 Bob James (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus - Ford twin cam 1m 48.48s
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Brabham BT21 (Jon Milledge): Jon Milledge (Mountain View, CA) visited England to buy a Brabham for 1968. Having found that factory prices were outside his budget, he was persuaded by Frank Williams to buy a BT21 development car from MRD which Williams then had modified by Arch Motors and built up to full BT21C specification. He focused on the FRA 'Pro' series in 1968, winning at Vaca Valley and Santa Ana, and also won two NorPac Nationals, beating eventual champion Mike Eyerley. He continued his battle with Eyerley in the Pro series in 1969, beating him at Riverside and finishing second at Laguna Seca and Sears Point. The BT21/21C was sold to Mike Hansen (Belmont, CA) for 1970 who used it to win the NorPac FB title.
  2. Brabham BT18 (Mike Eyerly): Bill Gubelmann (Oyster Bay, NY) ran a Brabham BT18 with 1.1-litre Cosworth SCC engine in Formula C in 1967, winning seven Nationals and setting lap records right down the east coast. He advertised the car in Autoweek on 18 November 1967 as a late 1966 BT18 chassis with 140bhp Cosworth SCC engine, and it then went to Fred Opert, presumably traded on Gubelmann's new BT23F. From Opert it was sold to Mike Eyerly (Salem, OR) and raced in the Pacific northwest, winning several Regional SCCA events. He kept the orange BT18 when he moved into the SCCA national Formula B series in 1969 and completely dominated the series, winning six of the first nine races and finishing second in another two. Advertised in October 1969. Subsequent history unknown.
  3. 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.
  4. Lotus 41C (Dave Dours): Dave Dours appeared in 1969 in a Lotus variously referred to as a Lotus-BRM and a Lotus 41, implying it was one of the 41Cs.
  5. Brabham BT21A (Joe Alves): Joe Alves (Sherman Oaks, CA) raced a #66 Brabham from the start of 1968 to mid-1969, finishing fourth in SoPac FB in 1968 and fifth in 1969 and it is assumed that he had the same car throughout. It was identified as a BT21A by Bob Schilling in his report on the Riverside Regionals in early 1968 (Post Grid Vol 6 No 2). This is likely to be the car previously driven in the same SCCA Region by Dave Webster.
  6. Titan Mk3 (Harvey Snow): Harvey Snow (San Jose, CA) raced a white Team CIRT Titan in Formula C in west coast SCCA and Pro events during 1969, qualifying for the Run-Offs. Retained for 1970 and again qualified for the Run-Offs. Subsequent history unknown.
  7. McLaren M4B [200-10B] (Dow "Jack" Byers II): New to Robert Amey in June 1967 to be driven by Chuck Dietrich (Sandusky, OH) in Formula B, winning the FB class in six Central Division SCCA Nationals and also finishing firth in the Pro race at Mont-Tremblant. Dietrich bought a pair of new M4Bs for 1968 and his 1967 car was sold to Henry H. Hester (La Jolla, CA). Hester ran it in SCCA Nationals through 1968 and then sold it to Dow J. Byers II (San Diego, CA) who used it through 1969 and into early 1970. Probably the car of Clifton Wells (Lynwood, CA) at Riverside in April 1972. Believed to have gone to Chuck Hayes at some point but history then unknown until owned by Ed Donnelly (Los Angeles, CA) in 1987. Then via Jim Miller and Rob Merrel (both now deceased) to Jim Brown (San Diego, CA) in 1991 who commissioned a complete restoration including a new tub built by Marc Bahner. In 2004, Brown sold the car to Brian Andrews (San Francisco, CA) who raced it in CSRG events in 2005 and 2006. Sold by Andrews via Fantasy Junction (Emeryville, CA) to Bill Hodder (Nagambie, Victoria, Australia) in 2011.
  8. Brabham BT18 [F2-48-66] (Gerry Bruihl): The early history of this car is unknown but its chassis number, recorded in paperwork still owned by Ron Brown, suggests it would have been built very late in 1966, probably after the end of the regular SCCA season. Its first known race was at Mont-Tremblant 17 Sep 1967 where it was driven by well-known west coast racing car dealer Pierre Phillips (Portland, OR). In the summer of 1968, Ron Brown (Portland, OR) bought a Brabham BT18 from Phillips and is sure this would have been his Mont-Tremblant car. Brown shared the drive with Gerry Bruihl (Sausalito, CA) in 1968 and 1969 and ran the car from Bruihl's Competition Motors, a sports car repair shop in NW Portland. In 1970, Brown shared the drive with Russ Harness (also Portland, OR) but then sold the Brabham to John Ransom (also Portland, OR) who Ron believes sold it to someone in Vancouver.
  9. Titan Mk3 (Earl Jones): Earl Jones (Perkin, IL or Hermosa Beach, CA) raced a yellow-and-blue Titan in Formula B through 1969. He raced as #81 or #75. Nothing more known.
  10. Brabham BT21A (Ray France): Ray France (Redondo Beach, CA) raced a silver Brabham BT21 during 1968 and 1969, entered as #2 by Centaur Racing Associates. The car was later revealed by an advert in Oct 1969 to be a BT21A. This may have become the basis of the blue-and-gold #29 "Centaur Brabham" raced by France in 1970.
  11. Titan Mk3 (Ed Leslie): Ed Leslie (Monterey, CA) raced a yellow Team CIRT Titan in Formula B in the opening races of the 1969 season. He was entered as #81 on three occasions and #84 on the other. Finished third at Laguna Seca in May and second at Continental Divide in June. Not seen again after retiring from the Sears Point race in June with a blown head gasket. Earl Jones then appeared at #81 on the entry list at the next two races and it is possible that he took over Leslie's car. However, both had appeared together at the opening race of the season so there must have been two distinct FB cars. For 1970, Butch Owsley (Aptos, CA) bought the ex-Ed Leslie FB Titan to use in the SCCA Pro series and in the FRA series. Subsequent history unknown.
  12. Brabham BT21C (Fred Opert): Bob Welch (Alexandria, VA) raced a black #23 Brabham BT21C in 1968, racing in Washington DC Region Regionals, scoring 15 pts in NEDiv FB and also appearing at the Lime Rock Pro FB race in Sep 1968. The car was described as "brand new" at the Marlboro Regional on 26 May 1968. He advertised the car in CP&A 28 Dec 1968. As Welch ordered a Brabham BT29 for 1969, this is likely to be the #23 car entered by Fred Opert for himself to drive early in 1969 as the BT29s were late. 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.

1970 US FB results were compiled from Autoweek reports by Jim Thurman; 1971 results were transcribed from Autoweek by Allen Brown and 1972 results were compiled by Chris Townsend from an SCCA results publication.

The US Formula B series did not continue in 1973 but a race was organised in Caracas in March 1973 that fits here probably better than anywhere else, as do the occasional SCCA F/Atlantic and FB races in 1974 and 1975.

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