SCCA Continental Championship for Formula B/C Race
Brainerd, 10 Aug 1969
|1||Mike Eyerly||Brabham BT18 - Ford twin cam
#7 Eyerly Volkswagen (see note 1)
|35||1h 01m 23.2s
|2||Earl Jones||Titan Mk3 - Ford twin cam
#75 Earl Jones (see note 2)
|35||1h 02m 06.2s
|3||WP Fred Stevenson||Lotus 59 "B" [59-FB-12] - Ford twin cam
#93 Lotus/East Inc (see note 3)
|35||1h 02m 22.2s
|4||Thomas Gelb||Chevron B14 [FB-68-8] - Ford twin cam
#16 Capitol Auto & Tyre, Milwaukee, Wisc
(see note 4)
|5||Nick Craw||Brabham BT29  - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#49 Scorpio Racing, Washington, DC
(see note 5)
|6||Syd Demovsky||Chevron B15b [FB-69-3?] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#11 Syd Demovsky (see note 6)
|7||Fred Opert||Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#73 Fred Opert Racing
|8||Charlie Adams||Brabham BT21C [12?] - Ford twin cam
#64 C.W. Adams Racing, Manhattan Beach, CA
(see note 7)
|9||Warren Flickinger||Chevron - Ford twin cam
#5 Warren A Flickinger (see note 8)
|11||Steve Brownstein||Chevron B15b [FB-69-6?] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#12 Steve Brownstein (see note 9)
|12||Ron "Slim" Routliffe||Lotus 51 - Ford
#34 R. Routlffe, Winnipeg, Manitoba
|27||retired - unknown|
|14||Gerald Crow||Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam
#76 J.C. Racing Ent. Ltd. (see note 10)
|20||oil pressure and distributor|
|15||Robs Lamplough||Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam
|16||Bruce Redding||Brabham BT14 [FL-3-65] - Ford twin cam BRM
#95 Bruce Redding Racing (Gravelle Honda Ford)
(see note 11)
|17||Dick Smothers||Chevron B14 [FB-68-14?] - Ford twin cam
#29 Hogan Motor Leasing Inc. (see note 12)
|18||Dave Ogilvy||Lotus 35 - Ford twin cam
#9 Dave Ogilvy Racing Team
|11||retired - unknown|
|19||Matt Spitzley||Brabham BT21B  - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#36 Spitzford Racing, Aspen, CO
(see note 13)
|20||Bill Gubelmann||Brabham BT23F  - Ford twin cam
#87 Southerly Motors Racing Corp. (entered in BT23-Vegantune)
(see note 14)
|3||retired - unknown|
|UNKP||Gerhard Klose||LeGrand Mk 6 - Ford twin cam
#1 Frank Monise Motors, Pasadena, CA
|UNKP||Oliver Grant||Chevron B14 - Ford twin cam
#21 Oliver Grant Racing (see note 15)
|DNS||Dave Rines||Brabham BT18 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#2 Rines Racing (see note 16)
|Did not start|
|DNS||Douglas Harding||Autodynamics 'D-3' - Porsche 356
#10 Douglas Harding
|Did not start|
|DNS||Dave Robertson||Lotus 61 - Ford twin cam
#61 Dave Robertson, Winnipeg, Manitoba
|Did not start|
|UNKE||Ted Thomas||Brabham - Ford twin cam
#3 Tedar Racing Org (see note 17)
|On entry list|
|UNKE||Harold V Zimdars||Autodynamics D9 - Ford twin cam
#4 Zimdars Racing
|On entry list|
|UNKE||Malcolm Starr||Lotus 59 "B" [59-FB-9] - Ford twin cam
#6 Starr Racing, Clifton, NJ
|On entry list|
|UNKE||Dan Murphy||Winkelmann WDB2  - Ford twin cam
#19 Murphy Racing, Racine, Wisc
|On entry list|
|UNKE||Dennis F. Lokmer||(FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT2 [FJ-1-62] - Ford
#25 Murphy Racing, Racine, Wisc
(see note 18)
|On entry list|
|UNKE||Peter W Nye||Brabham BT18 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#35 Peter Nye Racing, Ann Arbor, Mich
|On entry list|
|UNKE||Larry Hamel||Brabham BT29  - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#49 Scorpio Racing, Washington, DC
(see note 19)
|On entry list|
All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.
|1||Mike Eyerly||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT18 - Ford twin cam||1m 43.2s|
|2||Dick Smothers||(FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B14 [FB-68-14?] - Ford twin cam||1m 43.4s|
|3||Steve Brownstein||(FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B15b [FB-69-6?] - Ford twin cam Vegantune||1m 43.7s|
|4||Robs Lamplough||(FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam||1m 44.0s|
|5||Bill Gubelmann||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23F  - Ford twin cam||1m 44.4s|
|6||Charlie Adams||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21C [12?] - Ford twin cam||1m 44.6s|
|7||Bruce Redding||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT14 [FL-3-65] - Ford twin cam BRM||1m 45.1s|
|8||Earl Jones||(FB) 1.6-litre Titan Mk3 - Ford twin cam||1m 45.3s|
|9||WP Fred Stevenson||(FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 59 "B" [59-FB-12] - Ford twin cam||1m 45.7s|
|10||Matt Spitzley||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21B  - Ford twin cam Vegantune||1m 45.8s|
|11||Thomas Gelb||(FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B14 [FB-68-8] - Ford twin cam||1m 46.6s|
|12||Fred Opert||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam Vegantune||1m 47.0s|
|13||Dave Ogilvy||(FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 35 - Ford twin cam||1m 47.2s|
|14||Syd Demovsky||(FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B15b [FB-69-3?] - Ford twin cam Vegantune||1m 47.5s|
|15||Jon Reski||(FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand||1m 51.1s|
|16||Nick Craw||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29  - Ford twin cam Vegantune||1m 52.1s|
|17||Gerald Crow||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam||1m 53.1s|
|18||Warren Flickinger||(FB) 1.6-litre Chevron - Ford twin cam||1m 55.1s|
|19||Dave Rines *||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT18 - Ford twin cam Vegantune||2m 00.0s|
|20||John Spreck||(FB) 1.6-litre Merlyn||2m 00.4s|
|21||Dave Robertson *||(FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 61 - Ford twin cam||2m 01.3s|
|22||Ron "Slim" Routliffe||(FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 51 - Ford||2m 03.8s|
|23||Douglas Harding *||(FB) 1.6-litre Autodynamics 'D-3' - Porsche 356||2m 14.2s|
|24||Gerhard Klose *||(FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand Mk 6 - Ford twin cam||no time|
|25||Walter Galle *||(FB) 1.6-litre Lotus||no time|
|26||Oliver Grant *||(FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B14 - Ford twin cam||no time|
|* Did not start|
Notes on the cars:
- 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.
- 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.
- Lotus 59 "B" [59-FB-12] (WP Fred Stevenson): Bought by Duchess Auto in 1969 for Fred Stevenson (Salisbury, CT) to race in US Formula B and entered by Stevenon's Lotus/East Inc operation. Sold at the end of the main season to his customer Bob Hebert (Monterey, MA) and driven by him at Sebring at the end of 1969 (according to Stevenson's recollection but not in reports) and then through the 1970 season. Hebert and Stevenson had new 69s for 1971 and the 59B may have returned to Stevenson and even been raced by him in some SCCA Nationals in 1971. Advertised by Lotus East in June 1972 where it was said to have been Stevenson's Bogotá car.
- Chevron B14 [FB-68-8] (Thomas Gelb): 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.
- Brabham BT29  (Nick Craw): Nick Craw (Washington,DC) bought one of the first Brabham BT29s from local Brabham dealer Fred Opert, a car identified by Ted Walker of the Brabham Register as chassis BT29-5. Craw raced in SCCA events from August 1969 onwards, finishing second in the SEDiv FB championship by a single point, and in two Pro races. He continued with a BT29 in 1970 in Pro racing as part of Fred Opert Racing and to the best of his and Opert's recollection, used the same car. He bought a Brabham BT35 for 1971 but before this arrived in the US, he raced the BT29 once more, winning a National at Summit Point in April 1971. The car appeared in Fred Opert's stock list on 1 May, and on the reverse of one of this list, as sent by Opert's secretary Jeannie to Brabham historian Denis Lupton in 1971, a handwritten comment gives Craw's car as "BT29-5". It was then sold to Gary Gove (Tacoma, WA) who raced it in SCCA Regional and ICSCC events in 1971 and 1972, It was reportedly crashed in 1972 and its later history is presently unresolved.
- Chevron B15b [FB-69-3?] (Syd Demovsky): Chicago's Syd Demovsky bought a Chevron B15B for 1969, racing in Pro events and also in SCCA FB events, finishing fifth in CenDiv. The car was red and blue and raced as #11, Demovsky's usual number. After a couple of races of 1970, Demovsky replaced the Chevron with a Brabham BT29.
- 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.
- Chevron (Warren Flickinger): Warren A. Flickinger II (Golden, CO) raced a Chevron in Formula B in 1969. The car was usually entered as #5, was described as yellow/coral and had Vegantune and later HRE engines. The identity of the car remains a mystery but it is most likely to have been an ex-F3 B9 as all the B14s and B15s can be identified at this point and the B7 appears to have run in FC during the time, not FB. He raced this car until a Regional race at Texas International Speedway in July 1970 when he "flipped his car a number of times". He then acquired a Winkelmann WDB2. Flickinger, later of Denver, CO, went on to race a Chevron B18 in FB in 1971 and then a F5000 Lola T300 for two seasons. Nothing more is known of his 1969/70 Chevron and it is quite possible that it was destroyed in the accident.
- Chevron B15b [FB-69-6?] (Steve Brownstein): Steven Brownstein (Hewlett, NY) had a blue Chevron B15B for 1969, the colour and late arrival suggesting that it was chassis 15B.69.6, a car originally intended for Steve Matchett. He raced in the Pro series but also took 25 pts in NEDiv FB racing. Brownstein retained the car for 1970.
- Brabham BT21C (Gerald Crow): Gerald Crow (Denver, CO) appeared in the 1969 US FB season in a Brabham, identified by the Brainerd entry list as a BT21C-Ford. The car was described at Seattle in July as green/yellow. Fred Opert Racing mentioned his debut in this car at Wentzville (Mid-America Raceway) at the end of March 1969 and said that it was a BT21C with Vegantune engine. Nothing more known.
- Brabham BT14 [FL-3-65] (Bruce Redding): This BT14 was bought new by John Mitchell and raced in northern English libre racing in 1965 and 1966. It was sold late 1967 to Steve Pfeiffer (San Francisco, CA) and equipped with a BRM Phase 4 twin-cam for 1968 Formula B racing, now described as a BT21. It was sold to Bruce Redding (Monterey, CA) for 1969 but crashed early in the season and extensively rebuilt. Redding thereafter entered it in 1969 and 1970 as a Ford Special, Gravelle Special or even as a Honda Special. It was later sold to Steve Jizmagian (San Francisco, CA) in early 1971 and crashed again, then to Tom Gouldstone (Santa Rosa, CA/Napa, CA) in November 1972 and crashed again - each time at Laguna Seca - and then to Dick McGovern in 1978. It was retained by McGovern until 1994 when sold to George Goodare (Sydney, Australia) and restored. Later to Brian Wilson in September 2000 then to John Gale in November 2001. Sold to Richard Longes late 2008 and raced in 2009 Tasman Revival races.
- 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).
- Brabham BT21B  (Matt Spitzley): Matt Spitzley ran a Brabham in SCCA Nationals and in the 'Pro' FB series in 1969. His car is identified in the July 1969 Seattle entry list as a yellow and red Brabham BT21 but has been identified by Ted Walker as the ex-Guthrie Tasman BT21B  (10 Tenths ref 1544290).
- Brabham BT23F  (Bill Gubelmann): Sold to Bill Gubelmann (Oyster Bay, NY) and fitted with a Vegantune Ford twin cam engine for SCCA 'Pro' and NEDiv Formula B. Raced through 1968 and retained for a couple of races in 1969 as Gubelmann's BT29 was late arriving. Sold to Al Justason (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) who used it in both the Canadian and US Pro series in 1970 and again in the Canadian FB series in 1971. Sold to Michael Houselander who appeared at two Canadian national events in 1972, Later sold to ‘Dino Delousis’ who fitted a turbocharged 2-litre Ford Pinto engine for libre events but found the car to be undrivable and stored it from about 1974 to 2004 when sold to Dave Darrow (Mississauga, Ontario) and fully restored. Retained until 2007 when sold via race-cars.com to Murray Bryden (Melbourne, Australia). Sold to David Kloster (Kinglake, Victoria) September 2011.
- Chevron B14 (Oliver Grant): Oliver E. Grant (Norfolk, VA) raced a yellow #21 Chevron in SCCA FB events in 1969, describing it as a B14 at Mont-Tremblant in September. He retained the car for a few races in 1970 when it wore #18 but was described as a B15B. It is possible that Grant had acquired Joe Grimaldi's B14 and traded it back to Grimaldi for a newer B15B for 1970. Grant died in 2007 and the subsequent history of the Chevron remains unknown.
- Brabham BT18 (Dave Rines): R. David Rines (St Louis, MO) raced a "F2 Brabham" in Formula B in 1969. Rines raced this car consistently in the 1969 Pro series until engine failure at Thompson in September, after which he entered his Brabham-Climax at Sebring. Rines' advert for the car in October 1969 described it as a BT18 with Vegantune engine. Rines had previously driven a Brabham BT7-Climax in Formula A and we're very keen to locate him to ask about this car.
- Brabham (Ted Thomas): Dr Ted Thomas (Bethel Park, PA) raced a Brabham in Formula B from 1968 to 1971 but we can't be sure how many different cars he had over this period. Having been a novice at Blue Ridge Mountain Sports Car Club in 1967, he entered Northeast Division Formula B in 1968 and it's possible the Brabham was new for that season, indicating it was a BT21C, but he could have started with an older Brabham and upgraded to a second-hand BT21C in 1969 or 1970. He appeared only once in a Pro race, at Road America in July 1969, but entered a number of SCCA Nationals where his car was described in 1971 as being white and as being a BT21C. He was entered in 1969 by Tedar Racing Org of Bethel Park and in 1971 by TEBAR Racing of Bethel Park. In March 1970, the BT21C was advertised by Tebar Racing with Vegantune engine, noting that it had only raced four times, and a month later a photograph from the VIR National shows Thomas racing a red Brabham BT21C. Thomas was the Steel Cities Region Formula B champion in 1971, after which he upgraded to a new March 722. Nothing more is known of the Brabham.
- Brabham BT2 [FJ-1-62] (Dennis F. Lokmer): Sold to Briggs Cunningham (Bridgeport, CT) and raced by his team of drivers in 1962, but most often by Briggs himself. Sold to team driver Augie Pabst (Milwaukee, WI) for 1963 and raced by him in the last seasons of Formula Junior and in the first season of the SCCA's new Formula C. Then to Tom Gelb (Hartford, WI) for 1966 who was enormously successful in Central Division FC over the next three seasons, winning the Divisional title in 1968 with a maximum 54 points. The car was then sold to Dennis Lokmer (De Pere, WI) who continued its success, qualifying for the Run-Offs in 1969 and 1970. He then sold it to Bill Anspach (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) who won the Florida Region FC title in 1971. It went to Bud Bakels (also Palm Beach Gardens, FL) in 1972 and is then missing until 1985 when it was found, still in Anspach's livery, and bought from Randy Morvant (Vidor, TX) by David Roland (Alexandria, LA). Sold to Wayne Mitchell (Cardiff, CA) in 2006 and bought from him by Robs Lamplough (Hungerford, Berkshire) and returned to the UK in 2011.
- Brabham BT29  (Larry Hamel): Nick Craw (Washington,DC) bought one of the first Brabham BT29s from local Brabham dealer Fred Opert, a car identified by Ted Walker of the Brabham Register as chassis BT29-5. Craw raced in SCCA events from August 1969 onwards, finishing second in the SEDiv FB championship by a single point, and in two Pro races. He continued with a BT29 in 1970 in Pro racing as part of Fred Opert Racing and to the best of his and Opert's recollection, used the same car. He bought a Brabham BT35 for 1971 but before this arrived in the US, he raced the BT29 once more, winning a National at Summit Point in April 1971. The car appeared in Fred Opert's stock list on 1 May, and on the reverse of one of this list, as sent by Opert's secretary Jeannie to Brabham historian Denis Lupton in 1971, a handwritten comment gives Craw's car as "BT29-5". It was then sold to Gary Gove (Tacoma, WA) who raced it in SCCA Regional and ICSCC events in 1971 and 1972, It was reportedly crashed in 1972 and its later history is presently unresolved.
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.