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SCCA Continental Championship for Formula B/C Race

Thompson Raceway, 21 Sep 1969

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Skip Barber Tecno 69/FB - Ford twin cam HRE
#54 RPM Racing Promotions, Inc., Phila, Pa.
50 53m 52.5s
90.21 mph
2 WP Fred Stevenson Lotus 59 "B" [59-FB-12] - Ford twin cam
#93 Lotus/East Inc., Salisbury, Conn.
(see note 1)
50 54m 05.2s
3 Jacques Couture Lotus 59 "B" - Ford twin cam
#18 Jacques Couture Racing Team, LaVal, Quebec, Canada
50
4 Earl Jones Titan Mk3 - Ford twin cam
#75 Earl Jones Racing, Perkin, Ill
(see note 2)
48
5 Steve Brownstein Chevron B15b [FB-69-6?] - Ford twin cam
#22 S. Brownstein, Hewlett, L.I., N.Y.
(see note 3)
48
6 Ken Duclos Brabham BT21A [4] - Ford twin cam
#34 Kay-Dee Automotive Engineering, Boston, Mass,
(see note 4)
48
7 Jim Grob Chevron B15b [FB-69-4?] - Ford twin cam
#77 Jim Grob, Pompano Beach, Fla
(see note 5)
48
8 Malcolm Starr Lotus 59 "B" [59-FB-9] - Ford twin cam
#6 Starr Racing, Clifton, NJ
48
9 E Eugene "Gene" Mason Tecno 69/FB - Ford twin cam Hart
#28 RPM Racing Promotions, Inc, Phila., Pa.
48
10 Steven Woods Lotus 41C [41C-FL-44] - Ford twin cam BRM
#3 Race & Rallee Eng., Farmington, Conn.
45
11 Dick Smothers Chevron B14 [FB-68-14?] - Ford twin cam
#29 Hogan Motor Leasing Inc (see note 6)
42
12 Michael Brodie Brabham BT21 - Ford twin cam
"Mike Blotting" (see note 7)
38
13 John F. Sirmons Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam BRM
#38 John Sirmons, Weston, Conn.
34
14 Dave Rines Brabham BT18 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#2 Rines Racing, St Louis, MO (see note 8)
18 engine failure
15 Bill Gubelmann Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#17 Southerly Motors Racing Corp., Oyster Bay, NY
(see note 9)
16 accident
16 John Schwengerer Brabham BT21A - Ford twin cam
#46 John Schwengerer, Westport, Conn.
9 oil pump failure
17 Phil Cole Lotus 41 - Ford twin cam
5 broken suspension
18 Fred Opert Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#73 Fred Opert Racing, Paramus, NJ
3 overheating
19 Fred Ashplant Tecno 69/FB - Ford twin cam
#57 RPM Racing Promotions, Inc., Phila, Pa.
2 engine failure
UNKE Mike Hayman Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam
#11 ("Brabham") Mike Haymen, Union City, N.J.
(see note 10)
On entry list
UNKE Roger Barr Crosslé 12F [C12F/67/32] - Ford twin cam
#61 Roger E. Barr, Glastonbury, Conn.
On entry list
UNKE Joe Grimaldi Chevron B15b [FB-68-13?] - Ford twin cam
#72 Joe Grimaldi, Glenrock, NJ (see note 11)
On entry list
UNKE Mel Donaldson Crosslé 14F [C14F/68/38] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#83 Malcolm Donaldson
On entry list
UNKE Bob Griffith Brabham BT23 - Ford twin cam
#92 Lee Midgley, Riverside, Calif.
(see note 12)
On entry list
UNKE John Inglehart Crosslé - Ford twin cam
#95 John Inglehart, Greenwich, Conn.
On entry list
UNKE Bruce Cargill (FF) 1.6-litre Lotus 61 - Ford
#98 Radio Station WTRY, Troy, N.Y.
On entry list
DNA Robs Lamplough Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam
#47 Southerly Motors Racing Corp., Oyster Bay, NY
Did not arrive

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Qualifying
Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Brabham BT21A [4] (Ken Duclos): 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.
  5. Chevron B15b [FB-69-4?] (Jim Grob): Jim Grob (Ft Lauderdale, FL but later Pompano Beach, CA) raced a Chevron B15B in Pro racing in 1969 and also scored 24 points in Northeast Division FB, representing Northern New Jersey Region. The car was red and white, implying it was chassis 15B.69.4. He retained the car for 1970 and again for 1971, then mainly focusing his efforts on SCCA Divisional racing, finishing second to Hugh Kleinpeter's sister car in 1970 and then winning the Division in 1971. He changed to a B20 for 1972.
  6. 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).
  7. Brabham BT21 (Michael Brodie): Mike Brodie ran a Brabham in a handful of 'Pro' FB races in 1969. The July 1969 Seattle entry list identifies his car as a red Brabham BT21.
  8. 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.
  9. Brabham BT29 (Bill Gubelmann): Bill Gubelmann (Oyster Bay, NY) bought one of the first Brabham BT29s to arrive in the US and debuted it in the Pro race at Lime Rock 1 Sep 1969, winning comfortably. He raced it three more times that season but then decided to join Gene Mason's works-assisted Tecno FB team for 1970. The BT29 was advertised and, based on the identical, orange, yellow and white livery, was sold to John G. Girdler (Southampton, NY) who raced it in a handful of Pro events and probably also in SCCA events during 1970. Girdler upgraded to a new March for 1971 so the Brabham may have been traded to Joe Grimaldi. Subsequent history unknown.
  10. Brabham BT21C (Mike Hayman): One or the lesser-spotted Brabham BT21Cs in NEDiv was that of Washington's Mike Hayman. Hayman scored just nine points in NEDiv in 1968 and four in 1969, and none of his Pro race entries in the orange-and-blue Brabham resulted in starts. He advertised the car as a BT21C with Vegantune engine in CP&A 30 August 1969.
  11. Chevron B15b [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.
  12. Brabham BT23 (Bob Griffith): Lee Midgley and Bob Griffith owned an Alfa Romeo dealership in Riverside, CA and are best remembered for their exploits racing production-based Alfas in SCCA racing. In 1969, they ventured into Formula B with a Brabham BT23 of some type. It was described as a BT23B when it appeared at Sears Point in June 1969 but as this is a 2.5-litre Climax specification, that seems unlikely. In the entry list for the Sep 1969 Thompson race, it was just described as a BT23. As no ex-F2 BT23s are likely to have reached the US by June 1969, It is more likely to have been a BT23G.

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.

Individual sources for this event

Mike Brodie was given as Mike Blotting in the results but Brodie advises that he raced his normal Brabham BT21.