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SCCA Continental Championship for Formula B/C Race

Mid-Ohio, 27 Sep 1970

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Mike Eyerly Chevron B17b - Ford twin cam
#74 Bonphil/Opert Racing
35 55m 55.8s
90.112 mph
2 Allan Lader Brabham BT29 [35] - Ford twin cam
#75 Bonphil/Opert Racing
35
3 Skip Barber Tecno - Ford twin cam
35
4 Jacques Couture Lotus 59 ("69B") [59-F2/XB-42?] - Ford twin cam
#84 Jim Russell RDS (Canada) Ltd
35
5 Matt Spitzley Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#36 Spitzford Racing (see note 1)
35
6 Skip Adrian Winkelmann WDB2 [4] - Ford twin cam Hart
#8 Skip Adrian
35
7 Nick Craw Brabham BT29 [5] - Ford twin cam
#71 Fred Opert Racing (see note 2)
35
8 Mike Hall Brabham BT29 [33] - Ford twin cam
#27 Michael F. Hall (see note 3)
35
9 Syd Demovsky Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#11 Syd Demovsky Racing (see note 4)
35
10 David McConnell Lotus 59 ("69B") - Ford twin cam
#86 Jim Russell RDS (Canada) Ltd
35
11 Bruce Jensen Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam
#41 Jen-Mac Racing (see note 5)
34
12 Graham Baker Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
(see note 6)
34
13 Jim Bandy Lotus - Ford twin cam
34
14 Roger Barr Crosslé 18F [18F.71.02] - Ford twin cam
#66 Roger E. Barr
34
15 John Girdler Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#28 John G. Girdler (see note 7)
33
16 Bill Gubelmann March 705 [3] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
(see note 8)
33
17 Bruce Klussmann Crosslé 12F [C12F/67/36] - Alfa Romeo GTA
#37 Crossle Cars America
33
18 Chuck Sarich Winkelmann - Ford twin cam
#58 Quicksilver Racing Ent.
32
19 John Dellagnese Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#99 John Dellagnese III (see note 9)
31
20 Thomas C. Jones Brabham BT16 - Ford twin cam
#96 Tom Jones Racing Ent.
31
21 Woody Harris Genie Mk 13 - Ford twin cam
#69 Grand Prix Racing
31
22 John R Babchek Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam
#20 John R. Babchek (see note 10)
30
23 William Woodbury Lotus "69" [59-FB-9] - Ford twin cam
#87 William J. Woodbury Jr.
29
24 John Marshall Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam
#57 Team Suzy (see note 11)
22
R John F. Sirmons Lotus 59C - Ford twin cam
#30 John F. Sirmons
30 water leak
R Randy Lewis Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
(see note 12)
30 ventilation problems
R Fred Opert Chevron B17b - Ford twin cam
#73 Fred Opert Racing (see note 13)
16 accident
R Dick Leppla Brabham BT18 - Ford twin cam
#90 Manitowoc Crane & Shovel Sales Corp.
16 broken motor mount
R Evan Noyes Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#72 Fred Opert Racing (see note 14)
15 accident
R Doug Brenner Chevron B15b [FB-69-8?] - Ford twin cam
#26 Bonphil Racing Industries, Inc.
(see note 15)
4 overheating
R Jim Trueman Chevron B14 - Ford twin cam
#18 James R. Trueman (see note 16)
1 blown head gasket
R Dale Lang Brabham BT29 [12] - Ford twin cam
#92 Dale W. Lang (see note 17)
1 distributor
UNKE Brian Robertson Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#5 Fred Opert Racing (see note 18)
On entry list
UNKE Ronald Stanwicks March 705 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#13 Ronald L. Stanwicks
On entry list
UNKE Jack Cowell Winkelmann WDB2 [8] - Ford twin cam
#38 Collins Racing Corp.
On entry list
UNKE Dexter Farley Brabham BT29 [30] - Ford twin cam
#40 Lykos Racing Corp (see note 19)
On entry list
UNKE Bill Rasinen Lotus 18 - Ford twin cam
#44 Bill Rasinen
On entry list
UNKE Thomas E. Kornell Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam
#52 Ivanhoe Racing
On entry list
UNKE Randy Fraser Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#54 Multimetals/Randy Fraser (see note 20)
On entry list
UNKE Ken Goodman Bobsy - Ford twin cam
#63 James R. Trueman
On entry list
UNKE Craig Hill Lotus 59B [59-F2/XB-41] - Ford twin cam
#70 Bill Brack Racing Ent.
On entry list
UNKE William Prout Jr March 705 [2] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#80 P.H.W. Racing
On entry list
UNKE Peter W Nye Brabham BT18 - Ford twin cam HRE
#85 Peter Nye Racing
On entry list

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Mike Eyerly (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B17b - Ford twin cam 1m 33.6s (92.31 mph)

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 [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.
  3. 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.
  4. Brabham BT29 (Syd Demovsky): Syd Demovsky (Chicago, IL) raced a yellow #11 Brabham BT29 in Pro events in 1970. At the end of the year the car was sold via Joe Grimaldi (Race Shop) to Peter Nye (Ann Arbor, MI) who fitted it with a HRE twin cam and raced it in Pro events and in some SCCA events through 1971. At the end of that season he sold it less engine to Jim Lloyd (Indianapolis, IN) who converted it to Formula C and won the CenDiv FB title in 1972 and 1973. Lloyd retained the car and later restored it to Formula B specification for vintage racing. He advertised it in fully-restored condition in February 1991.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Brabham BT29 (John Girdler): 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Brabham BT29 (John Dellagnese): John Dellagnese III (Akron, OH) appeared with a Formula B Brabham late in the 1970 season. He won a Mahoning Valley Region SCCA Regional at Nelson Ledges on 30 Aug 1970 and then appeared in the Mid-Ohio Pro race four weeks later where the entry list revealed his car to be a red/gold Brabham BT29 entered as #99. The car was not sighted again until July 1971 when Dellagnese advertised it. When contacted in 2012, Dellagnese remembered winning several club races at Nelson Ledges and a race at Watkins Glen but could not recall who he sold the car to.
  10. 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.
  11. Brabham BT21C (John Marshall): John Marshall (Sandusky, OH) drove a red Brabham BT21C in Formula B in 1970, entered by Suzy Dietrich's 'Team Suzy'. He finished sixth in Central Division with 21 points. Marshall had raced a Lola Mk 5A in Formula C the two previous years and took over John Bisignano's F5000 McLaren M10A for 1971. Nothing more known.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Chevron B15b [FB-69-8?] (Doug Brenner): A new Chevron B15B was prepared for Reine Wisell to race - and win - at Sebring 28 Dec 1969, probably chassis 15B.69.7. Doug Brenner bought this car for 1970 and raced in the Pro series and then sold it to Byron Hatten (Altadena, CA) for 1971. Hatten continued to race it into 1972 but crashed heavily at Riverside in Feb 1972, the first event of the season, badly damaging the Chevron. Brenner recalls that the car was later rebuilt as a Formula C before being converted back to FB in the mid-1990s.
  16. Chevron B14 (Jim Trueman): In Sep 1970, a young Jim Trueman (Amlin, OH) raced a blue and silver Chevron in the Mid-Ohio 'Pro' Formula B race. Trueman would later found the Red Roof Inn motel chain and use his ensuing wealth to form the Truesports racing team and win the Indy 500 in 1986. After the 1970 season, he sold the Chevron to one-time F1 driver Tom Jones (Euclid, OH) who understood it to be a B14 and entered it as such. He raced it in 1971 and 1972 and then traded it to Ed Zink for the remains of the McLaren M22 that Zink's nephew Harry Ingle had crashed at Road America. The later history of the Chevron is unknown.
  17. 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.
  18. Brabham BT29 (Brian Robertson): Brian Robertson (Brockville, Ontario) bought a Brabham BT29 late in 1969, debuting it at Sebring in December. He raced it extensively in 1970, taking in the Quebec and national Canadian series as well as rounds of the SCCA Pro series. He was entered by Fred Opert Racing Canada, a business in which he was a partner with Opert. Robertson upgraded to a BT35 for 1971 and his BT29 is likely to have been sold via the Opert operation. It does not appear in Opert's early 1971 advert so one possibility is that it was BT29/23, the car Evan Noyes took to the Tasman series.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.

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

Some information added by the Mansfield News Journal, 24 Sep 1970, p28, which describes Ron Stanwicks' March as a March 705 and Bill Rasinen's Lotus as a Lotus 18.