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American Road Race of Champions (Formula A class)

Riverside, 24 Nov 1968

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Ron Grable Spectre HR1 - Chevrolet V8
#8
21 31m 06.77s
105.4 mph
2 Jerry Hansen Lola T140 [SL140/8] - Chevrolet V8
#3 (see note 1)
21 31m 12.2s
3 Kurt Reinold McKee Mk 8 - Chevrolet V8
#4
21 31m 26.2s
4 Pierre Phillips Lola T140 [SL140/10] - Chevrolet V8
#9
21 31m 35.9s
5 Bud Morley McLaren M1B/FA [30-05] - Chevrolet V8
#7
21 32m 18.4s
6 Rex Ramsey LeGrand Mk 7 [002] - Chevrolet V8
#10 (see note 2)
20
7 Brian O'Neil Lola T140 [SL140/13] - Chevrolet V8
#1
14
R Steve Durst Vulcan - Chevrolet V8
#6
20 retired
R Stew McMillen Eisert 65 - Chevrolet V8
#5
3 retired
R Nick Dioguardi (F5000) 4.7-litre WRE Shadow - Ford Shelby Cobra 289 ci V8
#66 (see note 3)
2 retired
R Jack Eiteljorg Lola T140 - Chevrolet V8
#77
1 retired
DNS Eugene Willbanks (F5000) Unser-Lotus - Chevrolet
#41
Did not start
DNS Gary Belcher Lola T140 - Chevrolet V8
#65
Did not start
T Rex Ramsey WRE Shadow - Chevrolet V8
#10
(Only used in practice)

All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.

Qualifying
Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. Lola T140 [SL140/8] (Jerry Hansen): New to Jerry Hansen for the 1968 US series, then to John Mahler (Bettendorf, IA) for the 1969 series. Subsequent history unknown but believed to be the car acquired by Wayne "Bing" Sherer (Buffalo, NY) in 1972 and raced in SCCA Nationals. To Phil "Butch" Hollenbeck for 1973, then to Art Cross (Auburn, NY) who ran it in to Florida for several years. Via Owen Starr, Lou Pavesi and Rick McLean to Mark Rincon (Redding, CA) and Hal Williams by 1994, for historic racing. Later sold to Richard Cross, then via Rincon to John Bryant (Adelaide, Australia) at the Monterey Historics in August 2007 and imported into Australia. Crashed at Philip Island March 2008, but rebuilt and raced in the 2011/12 Tasman Revival series. More information about Lola T140 SL140/8
  2. LeGrand Mk 7 [002] (Rex Ramsey): A new car replacing the original works Mk 7 sold to Don Richardson, and shaken down by Bruce Eglinton at Whitman stadium June 1968 where he crashed and was badly burnt. The car was rebuilt and loaned to Jerry Entin, fitted with his Chevrolet engine and ZF gearbox, and taken to Road America for the Badger "200" on 27 July 1968, but the timing gear broke before the race, and Entin did not start. Entin won a National at Riverside in August and two Regionals later in the year. Dick Guldstrand took over the car for the Laguna Seca 'Pro' race in October and it was then driven by Rex Ramsey at the ARRC, and at the Monaco International Trophy in New Zealand at the end of December. Ramsey continued to drive the car in 1969, winning three SCCA Nationals but was well off the pace in Pro races. It was then shared by Chuck Elliott and Bruce Eglinton in SCCA Regionals and Nationals respectively in 1970 and 1971. Then sold to Mal Patterson (San Jose, CA), who entered it for the Pro race at Laguna Seca 7 May 1972, but does not appear to have raced it very often. It was then sold to Ken Owen (Union City, CA) and used in local SCCA racing in 1975 and 1976. Then sold to Skip Pack (Hollister, CA) and Dennis McLaughlin , who autocrossed the car in the late 1970s and early 1980s before they sold it to Butch Gilbert in October 2009. Sold to John F Boxhorn (Mukwonago, Wisconsin) in October 2010, and restored during 2011 and 2012. Sold to David Zavetsky in 2019. See full history: LeGrand Mk 7 002.
  3. WRE Shadow (Nick Dioguardi): New to Nick Dioguardi (Glendale, CA) for SCCA Formula A in 1968. Retained for a few races in 1969. Retained again for a few races in 1970. Then unknown until advertised by Charlie Harris (California) in in Finish Line December 1976, at which time it was fitted with roll cage, "nerf bars" and mufflers for oval track racing. 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.

1968 US information has been taken from SCCA results sheets with additional information from Autoweek race reports and from some entry lists. Thanks to David McKinney and Wolfgang Klopfer for providing these. Identifying the classes and model of some entries has proved very difficult so all new information would be welcomed.

1969-1971 US information has been collated by Chris Townsend using Autoweek reports. All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome.

1972-1976 US information was originally collated by Wolfgang Klopfer, converted to database format by Dawn Harrison and checked by Jim Thurman and Don Capps. Wolfgang's main sources are Autoweek and individual SCCA results bulletins but Autosport, Autocourse and Road Racing Annual have also been consulted.

US SCCA Runoffs, Nationals and Regionals results were collated by Wolfgang Klopfer from Autoweek reports. These reports were usually very brief so the information on the majority of races is limited just to the identity of the FA class winner.

Some race programs have also been used for entry lists and other information. My thanks to Richard Coe for the generous contributions from his collection.

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