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Bahamas Grand Prix (PRRO event)

Waterford Hills, 22 Sep 1974

ResultsLapsTime/Speed Winnings
1 Tom Klausler Lola T360 [HU2] - Ford BDA Traylor
#63
40
74.1
$2000
2 Vince Muzzin Chevron B27 [B25 73-14] - Ford BDA
#21 Doug Shierson Racing (see note 1)

 
3 Chip Mead Chevron B27 [27-74-03] - Ford BDA
#23 Doug Shierson Racing (see note 2)

 
4 Don Breidenbach March 74B - Ford BDA
(see note 3)

 
5 Bruce Jensen March 74B [6] - Ford BDA

 
6 James King Chevron B27 [27-74-04] - Ford BDA
#22 Doug Shierson Racing (see note 4)

 
7 Tim Cooper March 73B - Ford BDA
Charlie Williams Racing (see note 5)

 
8 Joe Grimaldi March 74B [2] - Ford BDA

 

All cars are 1.6-litre F/Atl unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Tom Klausler (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU2] - Ford BDA Traylor
2 James King (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-04] - Ford BDA
3 Vince Muzzin (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [B25 73-14] - Ford BDA
4 Chip Mead (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-03] - Ford BDA

Notes on the cars:

  1. Chevron B27 [B25 73-14] (Vince Muzzin): Sold to Geoffrey Freeman (Yellow Springs, OH) of Freeman Racing Enterprises for SCCA Formula B. The first known appearance of the car was for Chip Mead at Trois Rivieres in September 1973 Mead where the car was described in the press as 'brand new'. (The car appears on the entry list for the previous FB race, at Elkhart Lake 26 Aug 73, but it is not known yet if it appeared.) Probably retained by Mead in 1974 and used by the Shierson team - who ran Mead in his own B27 - as a spare car. Mead's team-mate James King recalls that the third Shierson car, run only at Waterford Hills for Vince Muzzin, was a B25, though described by the press as a B27 'mule'. Given that the only other American B25 (chassis 73-15) is then in the hands of Paul Henry, this is the only candidate for Richard Guider's Can-Am 'B25' in 1979. A restored B25 rolling chassis with dark red bodywork was offered for sale by Kent Bain's Vintage Racing Services (Stratford, CT) between 2003 and 2007. In March 2007, it was advertised on race-cars.com. Subsequent history unknown.
  2. Chevron B27 [27-74-03] (Chip Mead): New to Doug Shierson Racing via Fred Opert for Chip Mead (Dayton, OH) to race in Formula Atlantic, initially in the opening races of the British series, then in North America. The car was blue and ran in North America as #23. Sold to Keith Feldott (LaGrange, IL) and raced in SCCA Central Division FB in 1975, 1976 and 1977. Subsequent history unknown.
  3. March 74B (Don Breidenbach): Don Breidenbach (Oakland, CA) raced a white March 74B in SCCA National and later in Pro races in 1974 but early that season his car was described as a 732 so this 74B may have been a mid or late-season replacement for the older car. Retained for the early 1975 race at Riverside and then sold to Bob Gledhill (Utah). Somehow the deal with Gledhill unwound because Breidenbach advertised the car again at the end of 1975, alongisde his newer 75B. Jeff Alkana (Azusa, CA) recalls buying it from Breidenbach and he raced it in SCCA events in early 1976. Alkana then bought Breidenbach's newer 75B and he recalls selling the 74B to Jim van Horn (Orange, CA). Van Horn raced such a March in SCCA events in late 1976 and 1977 but then disappears from FB in 1978. When he returns in 1979 he has a March again, but it could be a different one. Subsequent history unknown.
  4. Chevron B27 [27-74-04] (James King): Chevron build record says sold via Fred Opert to Doug Shierson Racing. According to Chevron the car used by James King at Mallory Park before being shipped to the USA. (King and Mead owned their own cars in the Shierson team.) Badly damaged by King at Mosport in July 1974 and rebuilt around a new tub. Formula Mar 75 p29 reports, 'King is trying to sell the B27 he drove in 1974 under Shierson's management'. (King still has the plate for this car.) Sold to Lloyd Callaway (Chicago, IL) and used in 1975 early 1976 SCCA and some pro races. Callaway advises that the car was sold to Fred Opert in early 1976 in p/x for a new Chevron B34. History then unknown. Many years later, in 1999, Sandy Dells Racing (San Diego, CA) sold two B27 tubs to Jim Sparks (San Diego, CA). Dells restored one of these to running condition for Sparks, then sold the other tub and parts on Sparks' behalf to Mike Winebrenner (Louisville, KY) in 2004. Winebrenner was able to identify his monocoque by its SCCA Chicago Region stamping as Lloyd Calloway's car, but the 74-04 chassis plate is on Sparks' car. Winebrenner's parts were sold in early 2009 to Bud Morrison, who already owned 74-05 and 74-07. It would appear that Sparks' car is built on the original tub, and Morrison's is the replacement tub.
  5. March 73B (Tim Cooper): Roy Folland (Montréal, Quebec) had a purple #6 March 73B for 1973 but crashed at Trois-Rivières in Sept and after being repaired, the 73B was sold to Ecurie Canada for guest driver Eppie Wietzes to race at the Watkins Glen Pro FB race five weeks later. Then sold to Tim Cooper (Kansas City, MO) who raced the "ex-Ecurie Canada" 73B at a Willow Springs Regional in December 1973. Raced extensively in SCCA racing early in 1974 and then in the Pro F/Atlantic series, prepared by Charlie Williams Racing. Probably then the "75B" that Cooper raced as part of Doug Shierson Racing in 1975; maybe the 75B/76B that Wilbur Bunce ran for him in 1976, and possibly the self-entered 77B he had in early 1977. Might then be the ex-Cooper March "75B" later entered by Ted Titmus in 1978 and 1979. The latter years of this history become increasingly uncertain and we're very keen to talk to Tim Cooper to clarify.

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.

North American Formula Atlantic race results have been compiled by Chris Townsend based on material in Formula and On Track, information drawn from Canadian newspapers and results sheets where available.

All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome. Please email Allen if you can add anything.

Individual sources for this event

Autoweek 5 Oct 1974 [JBM], Chevron build records and March 74B build records