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Road Race of Champions (FB class)

Daytona, 26 Nov 1967

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Chuck Dietrich McLaren M4B [200-10B] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#10 (see note 1)
26
2 Gus Hutchison Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam BRM
#42
26
3 Bob McQueen LeGrand Mk 3B - Ford twin cam
#9
26
4 Joe Grimaldi Brabham BT21A - Ford twin cam
#7 (see note 2)
25
5 Harry Hester LeGrand Mk 3B - Ford twin cam
#14
25
6 David Webster Brabham BT21A - Ford twin cam
#13 (see note 3)
24
7 Bob Mercer Beach T-11 [101]
#51
24
8 George Wintersteen Brabham BT21A - Ford twin cam
#12 (see note 4)
11 did not finish
9 John Hood Brabham BT18 - Ford twin cam
#8
9 did not finish
10 Harold Krech Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam BRM
#41
1 did not finish
DNQ James L Beaudoin Autodynamics
#11
Did not qualify
UNKE Fred Ashplant Brabham BT21A - Ford twin cam
#6 (see note 5)
On entry list

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Chuck Dietrich (FB) 1.6-litre McLaren M4B [200-10B] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
2 Harold Krech (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam BRM
3 Gus Hutchison (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam BRM
4 David Webster (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21A - Ford twin cam
6 Bob McQueen (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand Mk 3B - Ford twin cam
7 John Hood (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT18 - Ford twin cam
8 Harry Hester (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand Mk 3B - Ford twin cam
9 George Wintersteen (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21A - Ford twin cam
10 Bob Mercer (FB) 1.6-litre Beach T-11 [101]
11 Joe Grimaldi (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21A - Ford twin cam

Notes on the cars:

  1. McLaren M4B [200-10B] (Chuck Dietrich): New to Robert Amey in June 1967 to be driven by Chuck Dietrich (Sandusky, OH) in Formula B, winning the FB class in six Central Division SCCA Nationals and also finishing firth in the Pro race at Mont-Tremblant. Dietrich bought a pair of new M4Bs for 1968 and his 1967 car was sold to Henry H. Hester (La Jolla, CA). Hester ran it in SCCA Nationals through 1968 and then sold it to Dow J. Byers II (San Diego, CA) who used it through 1969 and into early 1970. Probably the car of Clifton Wells (Lynwood, CA) at Riverside in April 1972. Believed to have gone to Chuck Hayes at some point but history then unknown until owned by Ed Donnelly (Los Angeles, CA) in 1987. Then via Jim Miller and Rob Merrel (both now deceased) to Jim Brown (San Diego, CA) in 1991 who commissioned a complete restoration including a new tub built by Marc Bahner. In 2004, Brown sold the car to Brian Andrews (San Francisco, CA) who raced it in CSRG events in 2005 and 2006. Sold by Andrews via Fantasy Junction (Emeryville, CA) to Bill Hodder (Nagambie, Victoria, Australia) in 2011.
  2. Brabham BT21A (Joe Grimaldi): Fred Opert was the main dealer for Brabham on the east coast of the US and imported around seven Formula B BT21As for 1967. Opert himself raced a 'BT21' at War Bonnet in June 1967 but it is not clear whether that was a FB car or a FC. For now, it is assumed to be the first appearance of the Opert team's in-house Formula B BT21A. Joe Grimaldi (Midland Park, NJ) worked for Opert at this time and raced a Brabham BT21A in Formula B events in 1967, scoring 18 pts in NEDiv. In January 1968, Fred Opert advertised the blue-and-yellow "ex-Joe Grimaldi" Brabham BT21A noting that it had only raced eight times and was the car that Peter Gethin drove at the St Jovite Pro FB race where he took pole position. Grimaldi also appeared in Pro Formula events in 1967 but in a Formula C Brabham BT21. It is assumed that Grimaldi was driving Opert's in-house car. Subsequent history unknown.
  3. Brabham BT21A (David Webster): Dave Webster (Newport Beach, CA) started the 1967 season with a Formula C Lotus 31 but in mid-August took delivery of a new Brabham BT21A. From then on he reeled off a series of race victories, including outright wins in the SCCA Nationals at West Jordan (Midvale Airport) and War Bonnet and a class win in the National at Newport. As the Midvale race was the only National remaining on his home SPDiv schedule when he took delivery and only two Nationals outside his SPDiv could be counted, he could not get more than those 27 points and ended second in the division behind Karl Knapp. Webster sold the car for 1968, acquiring a works-supported LeGrand Mk 6, and the next owner of the BT21A is not known. It is likely to have been the BT21A of either Ray France or Joe Alves in 1968.
  4. Brabham BT21A (George Wintersteen): Raced by George Wintersteen in NEDiv Formula B in 1967, first appearing at the Steel Cities SCCA National on 5 August, where he finished second to Chuck Dietrich's McLaren M4A after an epic battle. Also finished second at Watkins Glen in August and at Mid-Ohio in September before winning the last two Nationals at Marlboro and Bryar to clinch the NEDiv title. One of the favourites for the Run-Offs but finished down in eighth. Wintersteen sold the car for 1968 and its next owner has not been identified.
  5. Brabham BT21A (Fred Ashplant): Raced by Fred Ashplant (Franklin Lakes, NJ) and first seen at Lime Rock in early July where Racing Magazine called it "his new Brabham FB". Won the SCCA National at Bridgehampton two weeks later and the Pro race at Mont-Tremblant in September. Finished third in the NEDiv FB title. Retained for 1968 but used much less that season. In 1969, Ashplant ordered a Brabham BT29 and sold the BT21A to Pete LoBianco (York, PA). However, the BT21A was in Fred Opert's stock during the summer of 1969 and as the car had last been raced as #47, it seems likely that this was the #47 FB Brabham that Opert raced a couple of times before his BT29 arrived.

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.

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