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Road Race of Champions (FB class)

Daytona, 29 Nov 1969

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 William Monson Brabham BT21C [2?] - Ford twin cam
#51 (see note 1)
17 31m 09.8s
107.307 mph
2 Don Delamore Brabham BT21B [8]
#72 (see note 2)
17 31m 15s
3 R. C. (Bob) Welch Brabham BT29 [8] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#23 (see note 3)
17 31m 18s
4 Charlie Adams Brabham BT21C [12?] - Ford twin cam
#6 (see note 4)
17
5 Dan Murphy Winkelmann WDB2 [1] - Ford twin cam
#19
17
6 Bill Rutan (FC) 1-litre Tecno 69/FC - Ford Cosworth SCA
#53
17
7 Harvey Woodward Titan - Ford twin cam
#16
17
8 Harvey Snow (FC) 1.1-litre Titan Mk3
#1 (see note 5)
16
9 John Marshall (FC) 1.1-litre Lola T55 [BRJ63] - Cosworth
#71
16
10 Dewey Harless (FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT21B - Cosworth SCC
#35 (see note 6)
16
11 Fred Roehr (FC) 1.1-litre Titan Mk3 [68306] - Ford
#78 (see note 7)
16
12 Dow "Jack" Byers II McLaren M4B [200-10B] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#7 (see note 8)
16
13 Frank Marrs (FC) Lotus
#75
15
14 Bill Bowman Brabham BT29 [10] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#79 (see note 9)
15
15 Joe Duran Winkelmann - Ford twin cam
#21
15
16 Ronald Wheeler (FC) 1.1-litre Lotus 22 - Ford
#39
15
17 Harvey Simon Caldwell - Ford twin cam
#99
15
18 Bob Rodamer (FC) Elva
#28
15
19 John D Witt (FC) Lotus
#87
14
20 Larry Skeels (FC) 1-litre Brabham BT21B - Ford
#44 (see note 10)
13
21 Rod Kennedy (FC) Stanguellini
#41
13
22 Bob Johnson (FC) Cooper
#81
11
R Nick Craw Brabham BT29 [5] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#4 (see note 11)
15
R Warren Flickinger Chevron - Ford twin cam
#5 (see note 12)
15
R Chuck Schroedel (FC) 1-litre Brabham BT21 - Ford Cosworth SCA
#18
14
R Fred Harris (FC) 1-litre Brabham BT21B - Ford Broadspeed
#9 (see note 13)
14
R David Phillips (FC) Alexis
#3
11
R Hugh Kleinpeter Chevron B15b [FB-69-5?] - Ford twin cam
#11 (see note 14)
11
R Gene Forsthofel Lotus
#88
7
R Ken Duclos Brabham BT21A [4] - Ford twin cam
#34 (see note 15)
4
R Howard Jackson Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam
#32 (see note 16)
4
R Robert P Smith (FC) Merlyn
#42
0
R Fred Opert Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
#73
0
R Jim Mederer Crosslé 14F [C14F/69/41] - Ford twin cam
#49
0
DNS unknown (F?) unknown
#17
Did not start
DNS unknown (F?) unknown
#22
Did not start
DNS Dennis F. Lokmer (FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT2 [FJ-1-62] - Ford
#25 (see note 17)
Did not start
(holed piston)
DNS unknown (F?) unknown
#27
Did not start
DNS C. N. "Butch" Harris Jr Winkelmann WDB1 - Ford twin cam
#33
Did not start
DNS Chet Freeman Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#38 [1-CE] Chester Freeman, Columbus, Ohio
(see note 18)
Did not start
DNS unknown (F?) unknown
#47
Did not start
DNS unknown (F?) unknown
#66
Did not start

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Qualifying
1 William Monson (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21C [2?] - Ford twin cam
2 Don Delamore (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21B [8]
3 R. C. (Bob) Welch (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [8] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
4 Ken Duclos (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21A [4] - Ford twin cam
5 Fred Opert (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam Vegantune
6 Hugh Kleinpeter (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B15b [FB-69-5?] - Ford twin cam
7 Nick Craw (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [5] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
8 Charlie Adams (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21C [12?] - Ford twin cam
9 Bill Bowman (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [10] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
10 Bill Rutan (FC) 1-litre Tecno 69/FC - Ford Cosworth SCA
11 Jim Mederer (FB) 1.6-litre Crosslé 14F [C14F/69/41] - Ford twin cam
12 Dan Murphy (FB) 1.6-litre Winkelmann WDB2 [1] - Ford twin cam
13 Harvey Woodward (FB) 1.6-litre Titan - Ford twin cam
14 Harvey Snow (FC) 1.1-litre Titan Mk3
15 John Marshall (FC) 1.1-litre Lola T55 [BRJ63] - Cosworth
16 Chuck Schroedel (FC) 1-litre Brabham BT21 - Ford Cosworth SCA
17 Dow "Jack" Byers II (FB) 1.6-litre McLaren M4B [200-10B] - Ford twin cam Vegantune
18 unknown * (F?) unknown
19 Fred Harris (FC) 1-litre Brabham BT21B - Ford Broadspeed
20 Warren Flickinger (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron - Ford twin cam
21 Dewey Harless (FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT21B - Cosworth SCC
22 Gene Forsthofel (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus
23 Larry Skeels (FC) 1-litre Brabham BT21B - Ford
24 Fred Roehr (FC) 1.1-litre Titan Mk3 [68306] - Ford
25 Howard Jackson (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21C - Ford twin cam
26 Harvey Simon (FB) 1.6-litre Caldwell - Ford twin cam
27 Frank Marrs (FC) Lotus
28 John D Witt (FC) Lotus
29 unknown * (F?) unknown
30 Bob Rodamer (FC) Elva
31 Ronald Wheeler (FC) 1.1-litre Lotus 22 - Ford
32 Joe Duran (FB) 1.6-litre Winkelmann - Ford twin cam
33 David Phillips (FC) Alexis
34 unknown * (F?) unknown
35 Bob Johnson (FC) Cooper
36 Rod Kennedy (FC) Stanguellini
37 Robert P Smith (FC) Merlyn
38 unknown * (F?) unknown
39 C. N. "Butch" Harris Jr * (FB) 1.6-litre Winkelmann WDB1 - Ford twin cam
40 unknown * (F?) unknown
41 Dennis F. Lokmer * (FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT2 [FJ-1-62] - Ford
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Brabham BT21C [2?] (William Monson): Nick Reynolds had a new Brabham BT21C for 1968 which he used in SCCA Nationals, finishing second in NorPac Division and fifth at the ARRC. He sold the car to Dr William T Monson (Kent, WA) for 1969, and Monson went one better, taking the red BT21C to the SCCA Northern Pacific Division title and placing well in the 'Pro' series when it visited his home town. It was then sold to Gary Gove (Tacoma, WA) who raced it locally in 1970 and 1971. Gary cannot recall who he sold it to but recalls that it was an early car, either BT21C-2 or BT21C-3. As the history of BT21C-3 has been established, BT21C-2 is more likely.
  2. Brabham BT21B [8] (Don Delamore): According to later owner Mark Shillingburg, this car was bought new by Courtesy Chevrolet in California, and was raced for them by Don Delamore (San Jose, CA) in 1969 and 1970. He advertised the car in Dec 1970 wth two Vegantune engines, adding that it had never been damaged. Shillingburg reports that Courtesy Chevrolet then sold the car and it did not race again. With Mark Shillingburg (Evergreen, CO) in 2014.
  3. Brabham BT29 [8] (R. C. (Bob) Welch): R. C. 'Bob' Welch (Alexandria, VA) ordered one of the earliest Brabham BT29s but his car did not arrive late August 1969, giving him time for a short test before the Lime Rock Pro race where he finished seventh. He then set about qualifying for the Run-Offs with just four weeks of the season left and on successive weekends won Nationals at Marlboro, VIR, IRP, and Pocono. Welch retained the car for 1970 when he scored 42 points in NEDiv but was again beaten to the title, this time by Ken Duclos in yet another BT29. The car was sold for 1971 and is believed to be the BT29 in which David Pearl (Atlanta, GA) was killed at Daytona that August. The ex-Welch car is known to have been involved in a major accident and its remains were used by Carl Whitney (Forge Village, MA) in 1972 when he constructed a BT29 out of two wrecked cars. By 2005, this car was with John Stowe.
  4. 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.
  5. Titan Mk3 (Harvey Snow): Harvey Snow (San Jose, CA) raced a white Team CIRT Titan in Formula C in west coast SCCA and Pro events during 1969, qualifying for the Run-Offs. Retained for 1970 and again qualified for the Run-Offs. Subsequent history unknown.
  6. Brabham BT21B (Dewey Harless): Fred Opert, the leading US racing car importer in the late 1960s, raced a Brabham in Formula C in 1968. At the end of the season, he advertised it in CP&A (7 Dec 1968) as a BT21B with fuel-injected SCC engine, six-speed Hewland gearbox and "extra light chassis and body". Opert's car was sometimes reported at races as a Formula B and it's unclear whether this was a mistake or whether Opert was driving other cars he had in stock. Sold to Dewey Harless (Portland, OR) for 1969 and raced with great success in FC. Harless advertised it in July 1970, still with its fuel-injected SCC engine but as a BT21, not a BT21B. He retained it until early 1971 when it was sold to Butch Owsley (Aptos, CA/San Jose, CA) who ran it at Laguna Seca in June 1971. Subsequent history unknown.
  7. Titan Mk3 [68306] (Fred Roehr): New to Charles Sawyer-Hoare and raced in British F3 in 1968 up to Brands Hatch in August 1968. Then to Fred Roehr (Portland, OR) and raced in Formula C in the US from 1969 to 1971. According to a June 2010 feature on Curtis Jacobson's BritishRaceCar.com, the car then went to Don Starr who fitted a Kawasaki motorcycle engine, presumably still for Formula C. Several owners later it was acquired by Bob Erickson and Don Snyder who are believed to have converted it to Formula B specification with a Ford twin cam engine. In the mid-1990s it passed to Brad and Dean Baker of Ontario who raced it in historic events. In February 2004 it was acquired by Bill Bovenizer (Ajax, Ontario, Canada) who continued to use it in vintage racing, still with a Lotus-Ford twin cam engine.
  8. McLaren M4B [200-10B] (Dow "Jack" Byers II): 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.
  9. Brabham BT29 [10] (Bill Bowman): Bill Bowman (Palm Beach, FL) moved from sedan racing to FB for 1969 and bought one of the first Brabham BT29s to arrive in the US. The 43-year-old veteran first raced it at Daytona on 2 Aug 1969 and competed in 10 races in SEDiv but suffered significant reliability problems with the Vegantune engine and only finished third in the Division. He raced the blue-and-orange #79 car at the Run-Offs and also appeared at the Sebring Pro race in December. Bowman then injured his lower back and was unable to continue racing the car. He sold it in the summer of 1970 to Jack Dartigalongue (Jacksonville, FL) who raced it in SCCA Regional and National events for several seasons. In 1973, he sold it to Lyle Heck (Reading, PA) who raced it until October 1975 when it went to Denny Anderson who discarded the chassis and used the corners to build a CSR racer, the Firand. Anderson later sold the Firand in 2000 to Frank Stark (Mechanicburg, PA) who sold it to Bruce Domeck (Louisville, KY) in 2002. Domeck acquired a repaired original BT29 frame with the intention of restoring it as a BT29 but sold the package to David Irwin and Eric Stange (Evergreen, CO) instead. Irwin was restoring the car in 2010 when he was able to trace the original frame which Anderson had thrown away. He purchased this frame and then cut it into pieces so it could not be used to build a separate car. Irwin bought out Stange's share in the car in 2011, and in 2013 sold the complete car to Larry Wilson in Florida.
  10. Brabham BT21B (Larry Skeels): Larry Skeels (Madison, WI, later Rockford, IL) raced a Brabham in Formula C from 1969 to 1971 (or later). The car was identified on several occasions as a BT21B and on one late occasion as a 1000cc car, implying it had been 1000cc all along so probably using its original Ford-based Cosworth MAE engine. Nothing more known.
  11. Brabham BT29 [5] (Nick Craw): Nick Craw (Washington,DC) bought one of the first Brabham BT29s from local Brabham dealer Fred Opert, a car identified by Ted Walker of the Brabham Register as chassis BT29-5. Craw raced in SCCA events from August 1969 onwards, finishing second in the SEDiv FB championship by a single point, and in two Pro races. He continued with a BT29 in 1970 in Pro racing as part of Fred Opert Racing and to the best of his and Opert's recollection, used the same car. He bought a Brabham BT35 for 1971 but before this arrived in the US, he raced the BT29 once more, winning a National at Summit Point in April 1971. The car appeared in Fred Opert's stock list on 1 May, and on the reverse of one of this list, as sent by Opert's secretary Jeannie to Brabham historian Denis Lupton in 1971, a handwritten comment gives Craw's car as "BT29-5". It was then sold to Gary Gove (Tacoma, WA) who raced it in SCCA Regional and ICSCC events in 1971 and 1972, It was reportedly crashed in 1972 and its later history is presently unresolved.
  12. Chevron (Warren Flickinger): Warren A. Flickinger II (Golden, CO) raced a Chevron in Formula B in 1969. The car was usually entered as #5, was described as yellow/coral and had Vegantune and later HRE engines. The identity of the car remains a mystery but it is most likely to have been an ex-F3 B9 as all the B14s and B15s can be identified at this point and the B7 appears to have run in FC during the time, not FB. He raced this car until a Regional race at Texas International Speedway in July 1970 when he "flipped his car a number of times". He then acquired a Winkelmann WDB2. Flickinger, later of Denver, CO, went on to race a Chevron B18 in FB in 1971 and then a F5000 Lola T300 for two seasons. Nothing more is known of his 1969/70 Chevron and it is quite possible that it was destroyed in the accident.
  13. Brabham BT21B (Fred Harris): Frederick D. Harris (New York, NY) raced a Brabham in NEDiv Formula C in 1969. It was later identified in a Fred Opert advert as a BT21B with a Broadspeed engine, presumably its original Ford F3 engine, that had been rebuilt at the Brabham factory the previous winter. That would imply that the car spent 1968 racing in Europe. Nothing more known.
  14. Chevron B15b [FB-69-5?] (Hugh Kleinpeter): 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.
  15. Brabham BT21A [4] (Ken Duclos): Sold new to Lou Sell (Fullerton, CA) and first seen in the Pro Formula B race at War Bonnet in late June where Sell qualified on pole and finished second. Then raced in SCCA Regionals and occasional Nationals in California, and in the pro races at Mont-Tremblant and Lake Tahoe at the end of the season. Sold to Sell's backer Dick Smothers (Woodland Hills, CA) for 1968, although Sell also raced it in one SoPac National early that year. To Fred Opert late 1968 in part-exchange for a new Chevron and from him on to Ken Duclos (Boxboro, MA) for 1969. Duclos believes he returned it to Opert at the end of 1969 when he acquired his new BT29 and it next turns up in 1971 with John Sorbello (Lafayette, MA) who widened the cockpit section into a two-seater and added a Chevron B16 body. However, it is possible that the dates of this are wrong and that Bob Isnor (Newton, MA) raced it as a FB before it went to Sorbello. Later to John Kauffman who thought he had bought a Chevron and then to Joe Maria (White Plains, NY) in the early 1990s. It was restored by David Irwin to BT21A spec and was still with Maria in 2007. To Bob Lima (Meadowbrook, PA) by October 2009 and later repainted in Sell's colours.
  16. Brabham BT21C (Howard Jackson): Howard Jackson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) raced a Brabham BT21C in Formula B in 1969 and 1970. The car had an Alfa Romeo engine in 1969, when Jackson finished third in Central Division, but that had been replaced by a Vegantune FLB/2 by the time Jackson advertised the car in Jan 1971, commenting that it had never finished lower than fourth and never been bent. Up to July 1969, Jackson had raced the "Cyclone-Alfa" until he had flipped it end over end at Blackhawk Farms and "destroyed" it. The BT21C presumably replaced the Cyclone so would have been second-hand, Subsequent history unknown.
  17. Brabham BT2 [FJ-1-62] (Dennis F. Lokmer): Sold to Briggs Cunningham (Bridgeport, CT) and raced by his team of drivers in 1962, but most often by Briggs himself. Sold to team driver Augie Pabst (Milwaukee, WI) for 1963 and raced by him in the last seasons of Formula Junior and in the first season of the SCCA's new Formula C. Then to Tom Gelb (Hartford, WI) for 1966 who was enormously successful in Central Division FC over the next three seasons, winning the Divisional title in 1968 with a maximum 54 points. The car was then sold to Dennis Lokmer (De Pere, WI) who continued its success, qualifying for the Run-Offs in 1969 and 1970. He then sold it to Bill Anspach (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) who won the Florida Region FC title in 1971. It went to Bud Bakels (also Palm Beach Gardens, FL) in 1972 and is then missing until 1985 when it was found, still in Anspach's livery, and bought from Randy Morvant (Vidor, TX) by David Roland (Alexandria,  LA). Sold to Wayne Mitchell (Cardiff, CA) in 2006 and bought from him by Robs Lamplough (Hungerford, Berkshire) and returned to the UK in 2011.
  18. Brabham BT29 (Chet Freeman): Chet Freeman (Columbus, OH) bought one of the earliest Brabham BT29s to arrive in the US and used it in SCCA Central Division FB, accumulating 25 pts and narrowly winning the Division. Freeman then sold the car back to Fred Opert where it was advertised in November (French Blue, Vegantune engine, Cen Div FB champ, less than 4 months old). Subsequent history unknown but note that Freeman bought a second BT29, chassis BT29-42, in June 1970.

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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Individual sources for this event

Sports Car Dec 1969 p12. SC gives a full lap chart for this race and also lists eight non-starters but only gives their entry numbers: 33, 22, 66, 47, 17, 25, 38 and 27.