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SCCA Formula B Race

Road America, 29 Aug 1970

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Mike Eyerly Chevron B17b - Ford twin cam
#74 Fred Opert Racing, Upper Saddle River, NJ
20 49m 30.6s
96.950 mph
2 Allan Lader Brabham BT29 [35] - Ford twin cam
#75 Fred Opert Racing, Upper Saddle River, NJ
20
3 Matt Spitzley Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#36 Spitzford Racing, Grosse Point, Mich.
(see note 1)
20
4 Randy Lewis Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#7 Randy Lewis, St Paul, Minn. (see note 2)
20
5 Fred Opert Chevron B17b - Ford twin cam
#73 Fred Opert Racing, Upper Saddle River, NJ
(see note 3)
20
6 Mike Hall Brabham BT29 [33] - Ford twin cam
#27 Michael F. Hall, Chicago, Ill
(see note 4)
20
7 Peter W Nye Brabham BT18 - Ford twin cam HRE
#35 Peter Nye, Ypsilanti, Mich.
20
8 Woody Harris Genie Mk 13 - Ford twin cam
#66 Grand Prix Racing, Campbell, Calif.
20
9 Evan Noyes Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#72 Fred Opert Racing, Upper Saddle River, NJ
(see note 5)
20
10 Randy Fraser Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
(see note 6)
20
11 Dan Murphy M/W Rislone Special - Ford twin cam HRE
#19 Murphy/Weisse Racing, Plymouth, Wis.
19
12 Skeeter McKitterick Tecno 69 - Ford twin cam
#43 John Mason Engineering, Van Nuys, Calif.
19
13 Skip Adrian Winkelmann WDB2 [4] - Ford twin cam
#8 Skip Adrian, Cortland, Ohio
19
14 Bruce Jensen Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam
#41 Jen-Mac Racing, Scarboro, Ontario, Canada
(see note 7)
19
15 Jim Grob Chevron B15b [FB-69-4?] - Ford twin cam
#77 Jim Grob Racing, Pompano Beach, Fla
(see note 8)
19
16 Oliver Grant Chevron B15b - Ford twin cam
#18 Oliver D. Grant, Norfolk, VA
(see note 9)
18
17 Bob Schutt Brabham BT18 - Ford twin cam
#25 Bob Schutt, Kirkwood, Mo
18
18 Warren Flickinger Winkelmann WDB2 [5] - Ford twin cam
17
19 Dennis F. Lokmer (FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT2 [FJ-1-62] - Ford
#26 Jacquet Racing Team, DePere, Wisc.
(see note 10)
17
20 Larry Wright Chevron B15 [FB-68-13?] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
(see note 11)
12
21 Jon Woodner Brabham BT21 - Ford twin cam
#0 Michael Brodie, East Hampton, New York
(see note 12)
17 out of fuel
22 Quin Calhoun Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam
#83 Quin Calhoun, Chicago, Ill (see note 13)
14 unknown
23 Charles T. Gibson March 705 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#55 Gibson Racing Corp., Denver, Colo
12 unknown
24 John R Babchek Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam
#2 Babcheck Racing Team, Romulus, Michigan
(see note 14)
12 unknown
25 Bill Gubelmann March 705 [3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#47 Southerly Motors Racing Corp., Oyster Bay, NY
(see note 15)
7 unknown
26 Graham Baker Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#67 Bonphil Racing Industries Inc.
(see note 16)
5 suspension failure
27 Carl Liebich Brabham BT29 [18] - Ford twin cam
#78 Liebrau Racing, Two Rivers, Wis.
(see note 17)
5 unknown
28 Jim Bandy Lotus
#42 Bill Johnson Co-op Racing Team
4 unknown
UNKE Steve Brownstein Chevron B15C [FB-69-6?] - Ford twin cam
#3 Steven Brownstein, Hewlet, NY
(see note 18)
On entry list
UNKE Dick Drexler McLaren M4B - Ford twin cam
#5 Dick Drexler, Pewaukee, Wisc
(see note 19)
On entry list
UNKE Ken Huband Brabham BT29 [34] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#15 Huband Motor Racing, Ottawa, Ontario
(see note 20)
On entry list
UNKE Harvey Woodward Titan - Ford twin cam HRE
#16 Harvey D. Woodward & Co, Shawnee Mission, Kansas
On entry list
UNKE Dale Lang Brabham BT29 [12] - Ford twin cam Hart
#37 Dale W. Lang, Wilton, Conn.
(see note 21)
On entry list
UNKE Dexter Farley Brabham BT29 [30] - Ford twin cam
#44 Lykos Racing Corp, Newberg, Md.
(see note 22)
On entry list
UNKE George "Skipp" Walther Chevron B15b - Ford twin cam
#53 George Walther, Jr. (see note 23)
On entry list
UNKE Nick Craw Brabham BT29 [5] - Ford twin cam
#71 Fred Opert Racing, Upper Saddle River, NJ
(see note 24)
On entry list
UNKE John Spreck Hawke - Ford
#76 B & S Racing, White Bear Lake, Minn.
On entry list

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Qualifying
Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. Brabham BT29 (Matt Spitzley): Matt Spitzley (then from Aspen, CO), had a Brabham BT29 for 1970 entered by his Spitzford Racing team (Detroit, Michigan). For 1971 the car was sold to Mike Rand (Riverside, CT/Greenwich, CT) who raced it in NEDiv FB, finishing third overall. It then went to Peter Regna in New Jersey for 1972, after which Regna recalls selling it to Ken Duclos. Duclos, however, does not remember buying it.
  2. Brabham BT29 (Randy Lewis): John Ranson Lewis III, who raced as Randy Lewis (Sunnyvale, CA), had a blue Brabham BT29 for 1970 which was entered as #7. He raced the car through the full Pro season, finishing fourth at Sears Point in June and at Road America in August, end ending the season in eighth place in the championship. He did not compete in SCCA Nationals. Lewis did not continue in FB in 1971 and his car's last known appearance was at Sebring at the end of October 1970.
  3. Chevron B17b (Fred Opert): Fred Opert ran a team five-car team in 1970 which included a Chevron B17B for himself and a sister car for Mike Eyerly. Opert's personal car was sold to Tom Outcault (Cranford, NJ) for 1971 who used it in NEDiv events and also in the Pro race at Road America in Aug 1971. Last seen when advertised by Outcault in Nov 1971.
  4. Brabham BT29 [33] (Mike Hall): This Brabham BT29, believed to be chassis BT29-33, was bought new by Michael F. Hall (Chicago, IL) and used in SCCA racing where Hall won the 1970 CenDiv FB title. He also raced it in the Pro series in the latter half of the season. Hall retained the red-and-yellow BT29 for the first half of 1971 but replaced it with a new BT35 in August and sold the BT29 to Phil Geraldi (Valley Stream, NY), who had previously raced a LeGrand in NEDiv FB. Geraldi raced it for the rest of 1971 and in 1972 then sold it to Charles J. Derbes III (Metairie, LA) in the spring of 1973. Derbes won the SWDiv Formula B title in this car in 1974 and attended the Run-Offs, finishing 12th. He was second in the Division in 1975 and tied with Warren Pauge for the 1976 title. Chaz Derbes has retained the BT29 ever since, still owning it in 2012.
  5. Brabham BT29 (Evan Noyes): Evan L. Noyes Jr . (Cedarville, MI) entered a yellow Brabham BT29 for Sebring 28 Dec 1969 but did not arrive, implying his car was not quite ready on time. His first known race is at Green Valley Raceway on 22 Feb 1970, a SWDiv National and he ran the canary yellow BT29 in both the 1970 Pro season, where he was a member of the Fred Opert Racing team, and in Nationals where he finished second in CenDiv to Michael Hall. He finished second to Skip Barber's Tecno at the Run-Offs. This is not the same car that Noyes then took to the Tasman series in January 1971 as his well-used US car was on Fred Opert's stock list on 1 May 1971 with a comment that it had not raced since the Run-Offs.
  6. Brabham BT29 (Randy Fraser): Randy Fraser (Piedmont, Quebec/Rhode Island) raced a blue-and-silver #54 Brabham BT29 in 1970 as part of Team IRI and with sponsorship from Multimetals. He appeared in both the Canadian and US Pro series but focused on the US series after the first few races. He moved to a new March 71BM for 1971 but the Brabham remained unsold. It appeared in his advert in CP&A in November 1971 when it was described as a rolling chassis in parts. This may well be the car bought by fellow Quebecois Derek Johnson which Canadian Motorsport Bulletin noted had been unraced during 1971. If so, it was raced once by Ian Coristine at the start of 1972 and by Derek Johnson for the rest of the season.
  7. Brabham BT21C (Bruce Jensen): Bruce Jensen (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada) raced a yellow #41 Brabham BT21C in Canadian and US Formula B events during 1970. He bought the car from Brabham dealer Fred Opert and it was yellow with a black stripe. It came with a Vegantune but that blew up and was replaced by a BRM twin cam. Jensen bought a Chevron B17 for 1971 and the Brabham is believed to have gone back to Fred Opert in that trade.
  8. 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.
  9. Chevron B15b (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.
  10. 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.
  11. Chevron B15 [FB-68-13?] (Larry Wright): 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 BT21 (Jon Woodner): 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.
  13. Brabham BT21C (Quin Calhoun): Quin Calhoun (Chicago, IL) raced a yellow Brabham BT21C in Pro Formula B in 1970 (as #83) and in SCCA Central Division FB in 1971 (as #8), where he finished tenth with 10 points. In July 1971, he acquired a new Lola T240, and the Brabham may have gone to Carl Haas in trade. It is likely to have stayed in Central Division.
  14. Brabham BT21C (John R Babchek): John R. Babchek (Romulus, MI) upgraded from his old Cooper T76 to a white-and-blue Brabham BT21C in either late 1969 or early 1970. The BT21C is likely to have been second hand but it has not yet been indentified.
  15. March 705 [3] (Bill Gubelmann): New for Bill Gubelmann (Oyster Bay, NY) and used in the later races of the 1970 SCCA Formula B championship. Unknown in 1971 but reappeared at a SCCA Regional at Thompson Raceway in June 1972 driven by Gerald Lieberg (Milford, CT). Lieberg advertised the car in Competition Press & Autoweek 16 Dec 1972 as "ex-Gubelmann" but not mentioning whether it was a 705 or 71BM. As Gubelmann's 71BM had gone to Frank Del Vecchio for 1972, this must have been his 705.
  16. Brabham BT29 (Graham Baker): Graham Baker moved from New Zealand to the US for a season of Formula B in 1970. He bought a new green Brabham BT29 from Chip Gompf and Wayne Mitchell, one of three new BT29s they had in stock. He was entered by Charlie Hayes Racing Equipment as #82 for his first race, at Edmonton in May, but was then self-entered as #82 for the next eight races as #67 before ending the season as part of the Bonphil Racing Industries team. Hayes sold the car for Baker at the end of the season to a non-racer in Laguna Hills who appears to have retained it, unused, for three years. In late 1973/early 1974, CSCC racer Jeff Alkana learnt from engine specialist Steve Jennings about the car and he bought it with Frank Monise, who needed a new BT29 having wrecked his earlier BT29-41. Monise raced the car for several more seasons with Ford twin cam and BDA engines before selling it around 1976 to Tito D'Oporto and Gary Green and replacing it with a March.
  17. Brabham BT29 [18] (Carl Liebich): Carl Liebich (Two Rivers, WI) raced a yellow-and-blue #78 Liebrau Racing Brabham BT29 in 1970 in CenDiv events, finishing seventh in the final points table. He also appeared in two Pro events at Road America, his local track. He bought a Chevron B18 for 1971 and his BT29 was traded back to Fred Opert. Liebich recalls that he bought the car new from Gus Hutchison (Dallas, TX) but does not know who had it after he sold it to Opert. It appears on Opert's stock list on 1 May 1971 with a comment that it had only raced eight times. On the reverse of one of these newsletters, as sent by Opert's secretary Jeannie to Brabham historian Denis Lupton in 1971, a handwritten comment gives Liebich's car as "BT29-18". Subsequent history unknown.
  18. Chevron B15C [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.
  19. McLaren M4B (Dick Drexler): Dick Drexler (Pewaukee, WI) had a red/grey McLaren M4A which he entered in local SCCA Formula B events from 1969 to 1972, usually as #5 or #51. A one-time Regional Executive of the SCCA Milwaukee Region, Richard W Drexler was president of Milwaukee-based oil refiner Lubricant, Inc. Records of him actually starting a race are rare but he was a regular entry at his local Road America and Blackhawk Farms circuits or even as far afield as Brainerd. He returned in 1973 and 1974 with the car now fitted with a 1-litre engine for Formula C, qualifying for the Run-Offs in 1973. He scored his last FC points in 1975. Acquired in 1987 by Dave Hammers (Sea Cliff, NY), restored, and put on display.
  20. Brabham BT29 [34] (Ken Huband): Ken Huband (Ottawa, Ontario) ran a red/black #15 Brabham BT29 in Canadian and US Formula B in 1970, first appearing at Mont-Tremblant 24 May 1970. He retained the car in 1971 and in 1972. Huband advertised the BT29 in CP&A 21 Oct 1972 as "Brabham BT29/34", implying it was chassis 34. Several BT29 owners had mentioned the chassis numbers of the cars in adverts, presumably to emphasise the newer cars. Peter Nye arranged the sale of the car to Bill Wolfe, a dentist in Austin, Texas, but Wolfe later pulled out of a deal with Nye to assemble the car for him. Subsequent history unknown.
  21. Brabham BT29 [12] (Dale Lang): Dale Lang (Wilton, CT) drove a crimson Brabham BT29 during the latter half of the 1970 season but the early chassis number suggest that the car have seen service before Lang's first observed race at Road America 18 Jul 1970. Fred Harris also drove Lang's car on at least one occasion. The car passed to east coast wheeler dealer Joe Grimaldi (Glenrock, NJ), presumably in trade for the new March 712M that Lang bought, and then on to Charlie J. Derbes III (Metairie, LA) who raced BT29-12 in two Nationals, at Summit Point 18 Apr 1971 and at Savannah 16-17 May 1971, but crashed heavily at the latter race. Charlie has retained the car but it remains unrebuilt to 2012.
  22. Brabham BT29 [30] (Dexter Farley): After crashing his FC car at Lime Rock in August 1969, Dexter Farley (Waldorf, MD) part-exchanged the wrecked Brabham for a new Brabham BT29 from east coast dealer Joe Grimaldi, who had recently parted from Fred Opert. Farley drove the car in Pro events in 1970 as well as competing in NEDiv FB races. He retained it for 1971 when Tom Reddy raced it a couple of times and advertised it as "ser no 30" in October 1971. He also had it in the early part of 1972 before moving to Washington state and quitting racing. The next period of the car's life is unknown but it has been identified as the BT29 bought around 1974 from Bill Wonder by engine preparer Ted Wenz and raced in 1975. Wonder had been running it for a woman driver. Wenz later sold it to Texas but it re-emerged in the 1980s and was recently owned by Peter McLaughlin.
  23. Chevron B15b (George "Skipp" Walther): Skipp Walther, more formally George Walther III of Dayton, Ohio, appeared just once in 1970 in a Chevron B15B entered for him at Road America 18 Jul 1970 by Fred Opert. The car was then advertised in Nov 1970 with a comment that it had only raced once in 1970. Its identity is unknown as all the known B15Bs had already raced at least once in 1970 before July. Walther raced a new Lola T240 in 1972 and the history of his B15B is unknown.
  24. Brabham BT29 [5] (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.

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

The Autoweek report for this non-championship SCCA race, which supported the Can-Am event, does not show car types but in many cases they can be safely deduced from other 1970 FB events.