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Road Race of Champions (FB class)

Road Atlanta, 3 Nov 1973

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Ken Duclos Brabham BT40 [17] - Ford twin cam
Trojan Saber
21 30m 23.6s
104.64 mph
2 Tom Klausler Brabham BT38 [26?] - Ford twin cam Hart
(see note 1)
21 30m 30.4s
3 Bill O'Connor Brabham BT38 [15?] - Ford twin cam Hart
Traylor Engineering (see note 2)
21
4 Seb Barone March 722 - Ford twin cam
21
5 James King March 73B [10] - Ford twin cam
Leighton Buzzard (see note 3)
21
6 Mike Hall Brabham BT40 - Ford twin cam Hart
(see note 4)
21
7 Frank Del Vecchio March 73B - Ford twin cam
Environmental Lubricants (see note 5)
20
8 Chuck Dietrich Brabham BT40 [18] - Ford twin cam Hart
Dietrich Motors
20
9 Olney "Bill" Mairs Brabham BT40 [30] - Ford twin cam
Mairs Racing
19
10 William Brown Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
Brown Racing (see note 6)
19
11 Porter Brownlee Merlyn Mk 21 [394.FB.4] - Ford twin cam
B&B Inc.
19
12 Jim Grob Chevron B20 [71-1] - Ford twin cam
Jim Grob Racing (see note 7)
16
13 John Angus Brabham BT29 [1] - Ford twin cam
(see note 8)
15
R Tom Pumpelly Elden PH10 - Ford twin cam
NTW Inc.
19
R Byron Hatten March 722 - Ford twin cam
18
R Bill Middleton Brabham BT38B - Ford twin cam
Connor Enterprises (see note 9)
12
R Carl McIntyre Lola T240 - Ford twin cam
(see note 10)
7
R Terry Allard Brabham BT35 - Ford twin cam
Terry Allard Racing
4
DNS Bob Lillquist Lola T242 - Ford twin cam
American Neon Corp (see note 11)
Did not start
DNS Jon Milledge Brabham BT40 - Ford twin cam
M&S Racing Developments
Did not start

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Tom Klausler (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT38 [26?] - Ford twin cam Hart 1m 25.84s
2 Bill O'Connor (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT38 [15?] - Ford twin cam Hart 1m 25.97s
3 Ken Duclos (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 [17] - Ford twin cam
4 John Angus (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 [1] - Ford twin cam
5 Seb Barone (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam
6 Tom Pumpelly (FB) 1.6-litre Elden PH10 - Ford twin cam
7 James King (FB) 1.6-litre March 73B [10] - Ford twin cam
8 Frank Del Vecchio (FB) 1.6-litre March 73B - Ford twin cam
9 Jim Grob (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B20 [71-1] - Ford twin cam
10 Bill Middleton (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT38B - Ford twin cam
11 Mike Hall (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 - Ford twin cam Hart
12 Chuck Dietrich (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 [18] - Ford twin cam Hart
13 Terry Allard (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35 - Ford twin cam
14 Byron Hatten (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam
15 Olney "Bill" Mairs (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 [30] - Ford twin cam
16 William Brown (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
17 Carl McIntyre (FB) 1.6-litre Lola T240 - Ford twin cam
18 Porter Brownlee (FB) 1.6-litre Merlyn Mk 21 [394.FB.4] - Ford twin cam no time

Notes on the cars:

  1. Brabham BT38 [26?] (Tom Klausler): New for Motul Rondel Racing in May 1972, replacing BT38/11, and raced by Carlos Reutemann. Also raced by Gerry Birrell at Albi, when Reutemann was away racing in the Canadian GP. Raced by Ronnie Peterson in the Brazilian F2 series. Sold by Rondel to Tom Klausler (Palatine, IL) for Formula B in 1973, and won at Trois-Rivières in September. Then to Roy Witz (Arlington Heights, IL) for 1974, then John Kowalski (Berea, OH) for Formula Atlantic in 1975. Subsequent history unknown.
  2. Brabham BT38 [15?] (Bill O'Connor): New for Motul Rondel Racing at Hockenheim in mid-April 1972, and raced all season by Bob Wolleck. Raced once by Carlos Reutemann at Enna. Sold to Bill O'Connor (Highland Park, IL) for Formula B for 1973. To Chuck Dietrich (Sandusky, OH) for 1974, then fitted with a Cosworth BDA for 1975, 1976 and 1977. Subsequent history unknown.
  3. March 73B [10] (James King): New to James King (East St Louis, IL) and used in Central Division SCCA Formula B, one round of the Players Canadian series, and the Watkins Glen Pro race in October. Leased to Ric Forest and Fred Phillips in 1974, but King took over the car again for 1975, rebuilt it on a new tub, and raced it in the Players Canadian series. To Porter Brownlee (Little Rock, AR) 1976, and used in Midwest Division Formula B in 1977. Subsequent history unknown.
  4. Brabham BT40 (Mike Hall): Mike Hall (Twin Lakes, WI) raced a brand new Brabham BT40 at the SCCA Run-Offs, known then as American Road Race of Champions, at Road Atlanta 25 Nov 1972, the first BT40 to race. Hall then raced this car in Formula B and Formula Atlantic in 1973 and 1974. He replaced it with a Lola T360 for 1975 and the Brabham was then raced by John Elder (Rosemount, Minnesota) in SCCA Nationals in 1975. Hall had modified his car with a wide nose and a higher and fuller tail, and Elder's car showed the same modifications.
  5. March 73B (Frank Del Vecchio): New to Frank Del Vecchio (Trumbull, CT) and raced in SCCA Formula B and in rounds of the Players (Canadian) Formula B series in 1973, 1974, 1975 and 1976. When the series move to accept the BDA engine, Frank continued with a fuel-injected Ford twin cam engine. He recalls that he sold the car to Jack Deaso and to Peter Neumar. Neumahr (White Plains, NY) ran it in SCCA Nationals and at the Runoffs in 1977. Subsequent history unknown.
  6. Brabham BT29 (William Brown): Bill Brown (Memphis, TN) qualified for the 1973 Formula B Run-Offs with a Brabham BT29. He scored nine points by winning the Lake Afton SCCA National in mid-August 1973 but was still on that total until near to the end of the season when picked upo two more points. Memphis is on the border of three Divisions, Southeast, Southwest and Midwest, and Brown faced a long haul to any National. He attended the Run-offs where he finished 10th. Previously, Brown had raced a Temple in Formula Super Vee and qualified for the Run-Offs in 1972. He returned in 1974, this time with a Chevrolet Camaro, when he was listed as Dr Bill Brown, so this is probably the Dr. William Russell Brown, a former SCCA racer, who died in 2004. Nothing more is known about the Brabham BT29.
  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. Brabham BT29 [1] (John Angus): John Angus bought the first BT29, ordering the car as early as late summer of 1968 but taking delivery in August 1969. He ran it in Regionals in late 1969 before participating in the Pro series in 1970. He swapped from a Vegantune to a Racing Services engine for 1971 and continued in Nationals. Angus continued with the car in 1972, when Ron Dykes also drove it in the Bogotá races and again in 1973, when the car continued to be competitive at National level. Unknown after the end of the 1973 season.
  9. Brabham BT38B (Bill Middleton): Sold new to Bill Middleton (Newport Beach, CA) and raced in the 1972 SCCA Formula B series. Also raced in SCCA Nationals and at the Run-Offs. Retained for 1973 and run in Nationals, winning at Holtville in March. Retained again for the early 1974 Nationals and then said to have been seized by the sheriff at the Phoenix National for unpaid alimony. Next seen in May 1975 when Pete Halsmer (Huntington Beach, CA) raced "the ex-Middleton Brabham BT-38" in Formula B. Raced by Halsmer for three seasons, during which time it was extensively modified by Halsmer. Halsmer won the Laguna Seca June Sprints in the BT38 in 1977. Subsequent history unknown.
  10. Lola T240 (Carl McIntyre): Carl McIntyre (Boulder, CO) raced a Lola T240 in MWDiv in 1973, finishing third in the division with 15 points. Geography would suggest this was the car raced by Bill Bachman (Boulder, CO/Nederland, CO) the previous year and then quite possibly became the car driven by Bob Young in 1974. Nothing more known.
  11. Lola T242 (Bob Lillquist): Bob Lillquist (St Petersburg, FL) raced a Lola T240 (or T242) in SEDiv Formula B in 1973, finishing third in the division. At the VIR race in April 1973, Lillquist's car was shown as a T242 but at the equivalent race in 1974, it was shown as a T240 and had been converted to Formula Ford. Nothing more known.

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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