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SCCA Continental Championship for Formula B/C Race

Road Atlanta, 8 Jul 1972

ResultsLapsTime/Speed Winnings
1 Gordon Smiley Merlyn Mk 21 [320.FB.71] - Ford twin cam
30 0.43.50.7
103.455 mph
$1300
2 Chuck Sarich March 722 - Ford twin cam
Quicksilver
30 0.44.06.6
$425
3 James King March 71BM [4?] - Ford twin cam
#22 (see note 1)
30
$250
4 Jim Sarich March 722 - Ford twin cam
#67 Quicksilver
29 Not running $100
5 Tom Outcault March 722 - Ford twin cam
#3 Troco
29
$75
6 Frank Marrs Chevron B15b [FB-69-5?] - Ford twin cam
#99 (see note 2)
29
$75
7 Carl Liebich Chevron B18C - Ford twin cam
#79 Fred Opert Racing (see note 3)
29
$75
8 Nick Cook Brabham BT35 [6] - Ford twin cam
Fred Opert Racing (see note 4)
28
$75
9 Steve Mandy Chevron B15b - Ford twin cam
#51 (see note 5)
27
$50
10 Dick Doherty March 722 - Ford twin cam
#88 Doherty Racing
27
$50
11 Frank Del Vecchio March 712M [71BM-2?] - Ford twin cam
#39 Analube (see note 6)
27
 
12 Jim Grob Chevron B20 [71-1] - Ford twin cam
#77 Grob Racing (see note 7)
25 Not running  
13 Tom Fraser Lola T242 [HU16] - Ford twin cam Hart
#60 t.edwards (see note 8)
24
 
14 Peter W Nye March 712M - Ford twin cam
#8 (see note 9)
20
 
15 Bob Lazier March 722 - Ford twin cam
#6
19 Electrical  
16 Syd Demovsky Lola T240 [HU4] - Ford twin cam
#11 Demovsky Racing (see note 10)
12 Engine  
17 Hiroshi Shimizu Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#12
9 Not running  
18 Mike Rand March 722 [71BM-15] - Ford twin cam
#37 Analube (see note 11)
8 Not running  
19 Hugh "Wink" Bancroft March 722 - Ford twin cam
#82 Bancroft Motorsport
8 Not running  
20 Joe Shepherd Lola T240 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
(see note 12)
7 Not running  
21 David McConnell GRD B72 [019-F2] - Ford twin cam
#86 DWM Racing
1 Body work damaged  
22 Bill Middleton Lola T240 - Ford twin cam
#31 (see note 13)
0 Not running  
DNS Paul Keeler March 722 [20] - Ford twin cam
Analube
Did not start
UNKE Dave Ober Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#42 (see note 14)
On entry list
UNKE Mario Pistritto March 705 - Ford twin cam
#55 (see note 15)
On entry list
UNKE Nick Craw Brabham BT38B - Ford twin cam Hart
#71 (see note 16)
On entry list
UNKE Bobby Brown Chevron B20 [72-3] - Ford twin cam
#72 (see note 17)
On entry list
UNKE Aubrey O'Connor Chevron B18 - Ford twin cam
#78 (see note 18)
On entry list

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Gordon Smiley (FB) 1.6-litre Merlyn Mk 21 [320.FB.71] - Ford twin cam 1.26.744
2 Bob Lazier (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam
3 James King (FB) 1.6-litre March 71BM [4?] - Ford twin cam
4 Chuck Sarich (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam
5 Bill Middleton (FB) 1.6-litre Lola T240 - Ford twin cam
6 Jim Grob (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B20 [71-1] - Ford twin cam
7 Jim Sarich (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam
8 Syd Demovsky (FB) 1.6-litre Lola T240 [HU4] - Ford twin cam
9 David McConnell (FB) 1.6-litre GRD B72 [019-F2] - Ford twin cam
10 Mike Rand (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 [71BM-15] - Ford twin cam
11 Paul Keeler * (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 [20] - Ford twin cam
12 Tom Outcault (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam
13 Hugh "Wink" Bancroft (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam
14 Frank Marrs (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B15b [FB-69-5?] - Ford twin cam
15 Tom Fraser (FB) 1.6-litre Lola T242 [HU16] - Ford twin cam Hart
16 Hiroshi Shimizu (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
17 Nick Cook (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35 [6] - Ford twin cam
18 Joe Shepherd (FB) 1.6-litre Lola T240 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
19 Frank Del Vecchio (FB) 1.6-litre March 712M [71BM-2?] - Ford twin cam
20 Steve Mandy (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B15b - Ford twin cam
21 Dick Doherty (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam
22 Carl Liebich (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B18C - Ford twin cam
23 Peter W Nye (FB) 1.6-litre March 712M - Ford twin cam
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 71BM [4?] (James King): Robert Lazier (Vail, C)) raced a black March 71BM in the SCCA Pro Formula B series and in SCCA Nationals in 1971. The car was sold to James King ( East St Louis, IL) for 1972, when it was repainted green and yellow and entered as #22 in Pro FB and in Nationals. King qualified the car for the 1972 Runoffs, but retired. Subsequent history unknown.
  2. Chevron B15b [FB-69-5?] (Frank Marrs): Just as many other SCCA FB drivers were acquiring Brabham BT29s, Hugh Kleinpeter invested in a Chevron B15B to replace the Beach T11 with which he'd won the SEDiv FB title. He retained his title in 1969 and retained the Chevron for 1970, winning his third successive title. Kleinpeter did not continue in FB in 1971, preferring a Chevron B21 for BSR racing. The chassis number of Kleinpeter's B15B is not known but the fact that it was yellow suggests it was chassis 15B.69.5. It is probably the car driven in SCCA racing by Steve Mandy (Biloxi, Miss) at the 1971 Run-Offs and again in 1972.
  3. Chevron B18C (Carl Liebich): Carl Liebich (Plymouth, Wisconsin) raced a yellow Chevron B18 in SCCA Nationals in 1971, entered as #78. In 1972 he ran a yellow Chevron B18C, presumed to be the same car, entered as #79, and used in the Pro Formula B series, in the Players Canadian Formula B series, and in SCCA Nationals. Also raced by Liebich at Caracas in March 1973. Advertised by Opert as ex-Liebich, and blue-and-yellow in February 1973. Subsequent history unknown.
  4. Brabham BT35 [6] (Nick Cook): Chassis number given for Nick Cook's car in Autosport report of Arco Trophy race at Castle Combe, April 12, 1971, where the car debuts [AS 15 Apr 1971 p20]. Chassis number observed by Adam Ferrington on Cook's car at Oulton Park, 18 Mar 1972. Does not appear in the UK after the end of April and probably the car taken by Cook to the USA to use in the SCCA series. Used by Rob Turnbull in hillclimbs in 1974 and then sold to Andrew Fraser in 1975.
  5. Chevron B15b (Steve Mandy): Dr Steve Mandy drove a yellow-and-red #21 Chevron B15b in SCCA Formula B in 1971, 1972, 1973 and 1974. He was a member of Florida Region at this time, but working at a USAF base at Biloxi, Mississippi. Subsequent history unknown.
  6. March 712M [71BM-2?] (Frank Del Vecchio): 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 Formula B 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.
  7. Chevron B20 [71-1] (Jim Grob): The prototype Chevron B20 was completed in Formula B specification delivered to Jim Grob (Ft Lauderdale, FL) in time for the 1971 Run-Offs. Grob then raced the orange car at the Bogotá races in early 1972 and then in Southeast Div and Pro FB in 1972. He retained the car for 1973 and 1974, racing it in a total of four Run-Offs, before selling it to Peter Symonds (Rowley, MA) for the 1975 season. Symonds only raced it four times: two SCCA Regionals in 1975 and another two in 1976. Symonds advertised it in 1977. Its next owner was Jack Van Dell who raced it in Regionals in 1985. It was sold to Pierre Haverland (Belgium) in 1988 and then to Nelson Todd (Belfast, Northern Ireland) in 2000. To Laurent Fort (Arles, Provence, France) in 2006, then to Michael Henderson (Donaghadee, County Down, Northern Ireland) in 2007.
  8. Lola T242 [HU16] (Tom Fraser): Shown in Lola records as a red Lola T242 invoiced in May 1972 so probably the red #60 Lola T242 bought by Tom Fraser (Atlanta, GA), sponsored by his 't.edwards' stores and raced by him in the Road Atlanta Pro race in July 1972. This may also be the red #60 Lola T242 entered by Cliff Phillips (Palos Park, IL) at Road America in late August but a share between drivers in Atlanta and Illinois seems unlikely. Fraser had been entered by Bobby Rinzler Racing when he raced a Lola T212 in 1971 so this T242 is likely to be the car advertised by Bobby Rinzler Racing as "new car with race on it" in January 1973. Subsequent history unknown.
  9. March 712M (Peter W Nye): Raced by Geoff Freeman (Yellow Springs, OH) in SCCA events in Central Division in 1971 but this 71BM did not appear in Pro events until bought by Peter Nye for the 1972 season. Nye crashed the car early in the season but rebuilt it on a new tub supplied by March and raced through 1972 and 1973 in Pro events and in SCCA. In 1974, Nye loaned the car to Galen Lyons and he raced it in one or two SCCA Nationals before it was sold to the Northwest US where its new owners planned to rebuild it as a sports car.
  10. 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.
  11. March 722 [71BM-15] (Mike Rand): New to US dealer Joe Grimaldi and supplied in red bodywork.
  12. Lola T240 (Joe Shepherd): Joe Shepherd (Indianapolis, IN) raced a black #51 Lola T240 in CenDiv FB and in the Road Atlanta and Road America Pro FB races in 1972. Nothing more known.
  13. Lola T240 (Bill Middleton): Bill Middleton (Newport Beach, CA) bought a yellow #31 Lola T240 late in the 1971 Southern Pacific FB season to replace an elderly Brabham BT21C. He won enough points in this car to clinch second place in the division. Retained for 1972 and used in both Pro and SPDiv events, winning the division by a considerable margin. Last seen in late July 1972, after which Middleton acquired a Brabham BT38B. Subsequent history unknown.
  14. Brabham BT29 (Dave Ober): Dave Ober (Suncook, NH) raced a Formula B Brabham BT29 in Northeast Division SCCA Nationals in 1971, ending the season with four points. He advertised the car in October that year, noting a HRE engine, but continued to race it in 1972, including the Pro FB race at Bryar that May. The car was red with yellow wings and raced as #45 in 1971 and #42 in 1972. Artwork of the car shows it wearing #21. Ober also raced a FB Brabham at a Regional in October 1970 but it is not known whether that was the same car. Nothing more known but the car's colour and the date Ober first had it are consistent with it being the former car of William Marsh (Muncie, IN).
  15. March 705 (Mario Pistritto): Mario Pistritto (Hartford, CT) raced a red #55 March 705 in Northeast Division SCCA Formula B in 1972 and 1973. In July 1974 he advertised the car in the New England Region 'Pit Talk' newsletter as a "F/B March" with new engine and fuel injection.
  16. Brabham BT38B (Nick Craw): Nick Craw (Washington, DC) raced a #71 Brabham BT38 in the 1972 SCCA Pro Formula B series but is only known to have started two races. The car was described as blue/yellow or yellow and was entered by Fred Opert Racing. It is likely that this was a brand new BT38B. In February 1973, the "ex-Craw" car was advertised by Opert as "4 races from new". Nothing more known.
  17. Chevron B20 [72-3] (Bobby Brown): Sold via Fred Opert to Bobby Brown (Hicksville, NY) for SCCA Formula B. Third and first in the two Bogotá races early in 1972, then raced in the JAP GP at Fuji in May. Also won the Pro FB race at Lime Rock in July. Unknown in late 1972 and early 1973. To Freeman Racing and entered for Chip Mead (Dayton, OH) to race at Mosport Park in July 1973. Next seen when entered by Freeman Racing Enterprises for Price Cobb (Dallas, TX) in the Pro Formula Atlantic races in 1974. Advertised by Cobb in early 1975, then advertised by Richard Jackson (Dallas, TX) in August 1975 as "ex-Brown", and in February 1976. Next seen when sold by a dealer, Paul Lindell (Houston, TX), to James Sawyer in January 1978. From Sawyer to Jeff McKay (Tacoma, WA) then on to Walt Pawluczkowycz (Evergreen, CO). Sold by Pawluczkowycz to Steve Marschman (Idaho Falls, Idaho) in May 2004.
  18. Chevron B18 (Aubrey O'Connor): Raced by Aubrey O'Connor (Memphis, TN) as part of the Fred Opert team in Formula B in 1972, entered as either #78 or #88. Subsequent history unknown.

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.