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SCCA Continental Championship for Formula B/C Race

Edmonton, 1 Aug 1971

ResultsLapsTime/Speed Winnings
1 Bert Hawthorne Tui Mk1 ['AM1'] - Ford twin cam Hart
#70 [Fred Opert Racing]
30 47m 10.3s
93.689 mph
$1500
2 Allan Lader Brabham BT35 [39] - Ford twin cam
#75 ("new") Pacifico Inc (see note 1)
30 47m 10.5s
$1000
3 Chuck Sarich Lola T240 - Ford twin cam
#57 Quicksilver Racing Ent. Inc.
(see note 2)
29 47m 13.6s
$750
4 Jim Sarich Lola T240 - Ford twin cam
#67 (see note 3)
29 47m 37.1s
$500
5 Raúl Pérez Gama Brabham BT35 [32] - Ford twin cam
#66 Fred Opert Racing (see note 4)
29 47m 37.8s
$400
6 Ron Householder Brabham BT29 [9] - Ford twin cam
#6 Automotive Racing Enterprises
(see note 5)
28 47m 13.1s
$300
7 Peter W Nye Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam HRE
#35 Peter W. Nye (see note 6)
28 47m 36.4s
$250
8 Charlie Adams Brabham BT21C [12?] - Ford twin cam
#64 (see note 7)
28 47m 38.3s
$200
9 Thomas E. Kornell Brabham BT29 [48] - Ford twin cam
#46 Racing Services (see note 8)
28 47m 52.3s
$200
10 Warren Flickinger Chevron B18 [18.A.71.4?] - Ford twin cam Hart
#42 Warren A. Flickinger Ltd
28 47m 52.6s
$150
11 Dale Lang March 71BM [11?] - Ford twin cam
#21 Dale W. Lang
27 47m 33.9s
$150
12 Syd Demovsky Lola T240 [HU4] - Ford twin cam
#11 Syd Demovsky Racing (see note 9)
24 47m 19.9s
$100
R Ron Dykes March 71BM - Ford twin cam
#98 CRW Racing
26 off course $100
R Dick Doherty Brabham BT29 [41] - Ford twin cam
#88 Doherty Racing Enterprises (see note 10)
6 fuel system $75
R Rudolfo Junco Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#80 Fred Opert Racing (see note 11)
2
 
R Pierre Phillips Brabham BT21 - Ford twin cam
#3
2 engine $75
R Bill Gubelmann March 712M [71BM-2?] - Ford twin cam
#47 Southerly Motors Racing Corp.
(see note 12)
0 off course $50
R Jon Woodner Excar - Ford twin cam
#7 Huffaker Engineering
0 off course $50
R Bill Middleton Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam
#31 (see note 13)
0 off course $50
DSQ Nick Craw Brabham BT35 [9] - Ford twin cam
#71 [Fred Opert Racing] (see note 14)

 
DSQ Freddy van Beuren Chevron B18 - Ford twin cam Hart
#74 Fred Opert Racing

 
DSQ Bob Lazier March 71BM [4?] - Ford twin cam
Robert T. Lazier

 
DSQ Jiro Yoneyama Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam Hart
#76 Fred Opert Racing (see note 15)

 
UNKE Mike Eyerly Brabham BT29 [38] - Ford twin cam
Bunny Ribbs Plbg. & Htg. (see note 16)
On entry list
UNKE Steve Cole Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam CRW
#4 CRW Racing (see note 17)
On entry list
(("Brabham"))
UNKE Rocky Moran Lola T240 - Ford twin cam
#10 Rocky Moran (see note 18)
On entry list
UNKE George "Skipp" Walther Lola T240 - Ford twin cam
#23 Skipp Walther (see note 19)
On entry list

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Bert Hawthorne (FB) 1.6-litre Tui Mk1 ['AM1'] - Ford twin cam Hart 1.32.4
2 Nick Craw (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35 [9] - Ford twin cam 1.32.5
3 Allan Lader (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35 [39] - Ford twin cam 1.33.0
4 Bill Gubelmann (FB) 1.6-litre March 712M [71BM-2?] - Ford twin cam 1.33.3
5 Ron Dykes (FB) 1.6-litre March 71BM - Ford twin cam 1.33.4
6 Freddy van Beuren (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B18 - Ford twin cam Hart 1.33.6
7 Rudolfo Junco (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam 1.34.2
8 Bob Lazier (FB) 1.6-litre March 71BM [4?] - Ford twin cam 1.34.3
9 Chuck Sarich (FB) 1.6-litre Lola T240 - Ford twin cam 1.34.5
10 Jon Woodner (FB) 1.6-litre Excar - Ford twin cam 1.34.9
11 Peter W Nye (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam HRE 1.36.2
12 Raúl Pérez Gama (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35 [32] - Ford twin cam 1.36.3
13 Bill Middleton (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam 1.36.5
14 Pierre Phillips (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21 - Ford twin cam 1.36.6
15 Jiro Yoneyama (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam Hart 1.36.7
16 Thomas E. Kornell (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [48] - Ford twin cam 1.36.8
17 Syd Demovsky (FB) 1.6-litre Lola T240 [HU4] - Ford twin cam 1.36.9
18 Ron Householder (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [9] - Ford twin cam 1.37.8
19 Charlie Adams (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21C [12?] - Ford twin cam 1.37.8
20 Jim Sarich (FB) 1.6-litre Lola T240 - Ford twin cam 1.37.9
21 Dale Lang (FB) 1.6-litre March 71BM [11?] - Ford twin cam 1.39.9
22 Warren Flickinger (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B18 [18.A.71.4?] - Ford twin cam Hart 1.40.4
23 Dick Doherty (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [41] - Ford twin cam 1.45.3

Notes on the cars:

  1. Brabham BT35 [39] (Allan Lader): Bought by Allan Lader in 1971 to replace the Brabham BT29 he had wrecked at Mexico City in June. Entered by Pacifico Inc. (Gresham, OR) Based on an annotation in a rae program, this car is believed to be BT35-39 but a F3 car appeared in Germany in 1972 said to have the same chassis number. Presumably the Brabham BT35 entered by Pacifico for Frank Fitch at Riverside 24 Sep 1972 and, by extension, the Brabham raced by Fitch in other west coast events in 1972.
  2. Lola T240 (Chuck Sarich): Chuck Sarich (McLean, VA/Rockville, MD) drove a silver/black/orange #57 Quicksilver Racing Ent Inc Lola T240 in the 1971 US FB Pro series. Nothing more known.
  3. Lola T240 (Jim Sarich): Jim Sarich (McLean, VA/Rockville, MD) drove a silver/black/orange #67 Quicksilver Racing Ent Inc Lola T240 in the 1971 US FB Pro series. Nothing more known.
  4. Brabham BT35 [32] (Raúl Pérez Gama): Raúl Pérez Gama was one of several Mexican customers of Fred Opert racing in the early 1970s. For 1972, he had a brand new orange-and-yellow Brabham BT35 and raced as part of the Fred Opert Racing team in Pro Formula B events with entry number #66. He retained the car for the two Bogotá races in early 1972 after which BT35-32 has been indentified as the car driven in SCCA events by Gordon Strom (Santa Cruz, CA or Sunnyvale, CA) in 1972 and for the following three seasons, retaining the car's original orange and yellow colours throughout. For 1976, Strom acquired a Chevron B29 and the Brabham may have been traded back to Fred Opert.
  5. Brabham BT29 [9] (Ron Householder): This early chassis number would have raced in 1969 but its first owner is still unknown. Working backwards from its modern ownership, it would have been the black-and-yellow BT29 raced by Allan Lader (Gresham, OR), until Lader got a new 1970-spec BT29 in July. The older car was sold to Ron Householder (Portland, OR) and raced by him in SCCA, CASC and ICSCC events in 1971, 1972 and 1973. Householder sold it to Paul Anderson (Huntington Beach, CA) who entered it for Pete Halsmer in SCCA events in 1974. Then to Bill Hill (Olympia, WA) in March 1975. Hill drove this car, mainly in ICSCC events, for many seasons. Retained by Hill until his death. It was sold by his widow to David Irwin (Evergreen, CO) in December 2017.
  6. Brabham BT29 (Peter W Nye): 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Brabham BT29 [48] (Thomas E. Kornell): Sold new to Tom Kornell (Seal Beach, CA) and raced in SCCA Divisional and Pro Formula B in 1971 and 1972. Kornell added a sports car nose and a more substantial rollhoop amongst other changes. He ordered a Brabham BT41 for 1973 and the BT29 went to Fred Opert as a trade. Subsequent history unknown.
  9. Lola T240 [HU4] (Syd Demovsky): New to Syd Demovsky (Chicago, IL) and his red #11 Demovsky Racing Lola T240 in the 1971 Pro FB series. Retained for 1972 and again did a full season, still red and still using #11. Subsequent history unknown. A car with this chassis number raced by Bob Juggins in 1996/97.
  10. Brabham BT29 [41] (Dick Doherty): Bought new by Allen Karlberg (Seattle, WA) and raced in Formula B in the Pacific Northwest in 1970. Sold to Dick Doherty (Hollywood, CA) for Ron Dykes (Marina del Rey, CA) to race in early 1971 SoPac Div SCCA Nationals, where he was unbeatable in the category, and then by Doherty himself later in 1971 and in early 1972. Believed to have gone to Byron Hatten (Altadena, CA) and raced by him some time between mid-1972 and mid-1973 after which it was bought by Frank Monise Jr (Pasadena, CA). Monise raced it in 193/74 before crashing it heavily at Laguna Seca and wrecking the frame. He bought a second BT29 and eventually sold the remains of BT29-41 to Barry Blackmore (San Marino, CA) who had it rebuilt with a new frame fabricated by Wayne Mitchell and stamped 'W12191'. This rebuilt, rechassised car was sold to Australia and was with Mitch Evans (Auckland, NZ) by 2009.
  11. Brabham BT29 (Rudolfo Junco): After Rudolfo Junco's wrecked his usual Brabham BT29 in an accident in the warm up session at the FB race at Monterrey, Mexico, in June 1971, he was allocated another BT29 as part of the Fred Opert Racing operation. This #80 car was advertised by Opert later with mention that it was the car driven by Bill Brack at Mosport Park 19 Sep 1971. It was then sold and may be the #80 car owned by Bunny Ribbs and entered by his Bunny Ribbs Plumbing & Heating for Mike Eyerly and Jon Milledge in 1972. If so, it is chassis BT29-38.
  12. March 712M [71BM-2?] (Bill Gubelmann): New for Bill Gubelmann (Oyster Bay, NY) and used in British Formula Atlantic at the start of the season, winning at Oulton Park 21 March, and then in the SCCA Pro series. The car was often described as a 712M but it seems more likely that he used the same 712BM all season. Also raced with a BDA in the Formula A race at Lime Rock in Sep and in one round of the Canadian series. Sold via Joe Grimaldi's The Race Shop to Frank Del Vecchio (Trumbull, CT) and used in NEDiv FB and in a couple of rounds of the Pro series. Sold back via Joe Grimaldi at the end of 1972; Frank thinks it went to a Canadian.
  13. Brabham BT21C (Bill Middleton): Bill Middleton (Temple City, CA, an eastern suburb of Los Angeles) raced a black Brabham BT21C in Formula B in 1971. He acquired a new Lola T240 in late August 1971. Nothing more known
  14. Brabham BT35 [9] (Nick Craw): Chassis number given for Nick Craw's car in Autosport report of Arco Trophy race at Castle Combe, April 12, 1971, where the car debuts. Report says car is being taken over to North America, so presumably the BT35 used by Craw in races there in 1971, entered by Fred Opert.
  15. Brabham BT29 (Jiro Yoneyama): One of Fred Opert's customers for 1971 was Japanese driver Jiro Yoneyama, who raced a Brabham BT29 in US Formula B as part of Opert's team. His car was white and ran as #76. The Road America entry list noted it was usinga Hart engine. Not seen after Road America in August 1971.
  16. Brabham BT29 [38] (Mike Eyerly): The early history of this car is unknown but it is believed to be the blue-and-red Brabham BT29 entered by Bunny Ribbs (San Jose, CA) for Mike Eyerly in FB in 1971 (#63) and 1972 (#80). Jon Milledge also drove Ribbs car at Brainerd in Sep 1972. Ribbs, father of future Trans-Am star Willy T. Ribbs, advertised the car at the end of 1972. The next owner is unknown but the car was quickly on to Skip Jones who remembers buying it in San Francisco and that Ribbs had previously been involved. Jones raced the car in Regional events in 1973, winning the 1973 ICSCC Formula B championship, and then sold it to Allen Karlberg (Seattle, WA) who fitted a BDA for the 1974 season and raced it in SCCA Formula A and in Canadian Formula Atlantic. Jones believes that the car was sold and campaigned in eastern Canada with Kimberly Clark livery by Monique Proulx. Proulx drove Karlberg's March 712M in a Pro Atlantic race supporting the US GP at Watkins later that year so may have driven the older BT29 in local events.
  17. Brabham BT29 (Steve Cole): In 1972, Stephen M. Cole (Orange, CA) entered a Brabham BT29 in Pro Formula B races for Bob Criss (originally from Terre Haute, IN, but by 1972 of Newport Beach, CA). The car was blue and wore #64 when raced by Criss. Cole himself also raced in Nationals and is thought to have been racing the same car at Riverside in May 1972. Criss signed with Mary & Tom Page's Page Racing for Indy racing in 1973 but was killed in a testing session in April 1973. Criss was Robert Dale Criss, born 1938, and should not be confused with the Bob Criss from Bethel Park, PA, who drove an Austin-Healey Sprite in SCCA racing as a member of Steel Cities Region at about this time. Nothing more is known of the Brabham.
  18. Lola T240 (Rocky Moran): Rocky Moran (Arcadia, CA) raced a black #10 Lola T240 in the 1971 US FB Pro series. At the end of the season, Rocky recalls that he sold it to someone in Boulder, Colorado. This must be Bill Bachman (Boulder, CO/Nederland, CO) who raced a Transcendental Racing Lola in MWDiv Formula B in 1972. Bachman raced the Lola in a Wichita Region SCCA National at Hutchinson in June 1972, finishing second overall and winning the two-car FB class. He ended the season on 16 points and qualified for the Runoffs, Although he was a non-starter at Road Atlanta, his car was identified in the programme as a Lola T240. He retained the car for 1973, scoring four points in MWDiv by early June but he did not add to his score so it is possible this car went to fellow Boulder resident Carl McIntyre who scored 15 points in MWDiv FB that season. Subsequent history unknown.
  19. Lola T240 (George "Skipp" Walther): Skipp Walther (Dayton, OH) raced a royal blue or blue/silver #24 Lola T240 in the 1971 US FB Pro series. His last appearance was at Road America in August where he retired for unknown reasons. He did not appear in the CenDiv or NEDiv FB points table, implying he limited his appearances to the Pro series. Nothing more known.

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.