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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 (see note 1)
21 30m 23.6s
104.64 mph
2 Tom Klausler Brabham BT38 [26?] - Ford twin cam Hart
(see note 2)
21 30m 30.4s
3 Bill O'Connor Brabham BT38 [15?] - Ford twin cam Hart
Traylor Engineering (see note 3)
21
4 Seb Barone March 722 - Ford twin cam
(see note 4)
21
5 James King March 73B [10] - Ford twin cam
Leighton Buzzard (see note 5)
21
6 Mike Hall Brabham BT40 - Ford twin cam Hart
(see note 6)
21
7 Frank Del Vecchio March 73B - Ford twin cam
Environmental Lubricants (see note 7)
20
8 Chuck Dietrich Brabham BT40 [18] - Ford twin cam Hart
Dietrich Motors (see note 8)
20
9 Olney "Bill" Mairs Brabham BT40 [30] - Ford twin cam
Mairs Racing (see note 9)
19
10 William Brown Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
Brown Racing (see note 10)
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 11)
16
13 John Angus Brabham BT29 [1] - Ford twin cam
(see note 12)
15
R Tom Pumpelly Elden PH10 - Ford twin cam
NTW Inc.
19
R Byron Hatten March 722 - Ford twin cam
(see note 13)
18
R Bill Middleton Brabham BT38B - Ford twin cam
Connor Enterprises (see note 14)
12
R Carl McIntyre Lola T240 - Ford twin cam
(see note 15)
7
R Terry Allard Brabham BT35 - Ford twin cam
Terry Allard Racing (see note 16)
4
DNS Bob Lillquist Lola T242 - Ford twin cam
American Neon Corp (see note 17)
Did not start
DNS Jon Milledge Brabham BT40 - Ford twin cam
M&S Racing Developments
Did not start
DNP Norman Johnson Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
(see note 18)
Did not take part in official practice
DNP Larry Walters Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
(see note 19)
Did not take part in official practice

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 Jon Milledge * (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 - Ford twin cam
18 Carl McIntyre (FB) 1.6-litre Lola T240 - Ford twin cam
19 Bob Lillquist * (FB) 1.6-litre Lola T242 - Ford twin cam
20 Porter Brownlee (FB) 1.6-litre Merlyn Mk 21 [394.FB.4] - Ford twin cam no time
21 Norman Johnson * (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam no time
22 Larry Walters * (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam no time
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Brabham BT40 [17] (Ken Duclos): New to Ken Duclos (Boxboro, MA) and raced in Formula B in 1973, winning the Northeast Division title, and the National title by winning the SCCA Runoffs at Road Atlanta in November. Retained for 1974, and again won both the Northeast title and the National title, and towards the end of that season was fitted with a Cosworth BDA for Formula Atlantic. Again retained for 1975, now with the BDA in Formula B, and Duclos won a third successive NEDiv title in the car, but this time retired at the Runoffs. In 1975, the car wore Falconer bodywork. Sold to Peter Gates (Claymont, DE) for 1976, fitted with a 1.1-litre Cosworth BDJ for Formula C, and finished third in the NEDiv FC title. To Jon Sley (Claymont, Delaware) for FC again in 1977, finishing fifth in NEDiv. The car was next seen when advertised by Gates in 1992 as restored with a new tub. After that, it was next mentioned by Michael Rand in February 2018 as having been recently purchased. By April 2015, Rand had sold it to Bob Burnside in Michigan.
  2. 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. Reuteman left the Rondel team after the Hockenheim race at the beginning of october, following a disagreement over engine, and the car was 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 advertised by Roy Witz (Arlington Heights, IL) in mid-1974, then John Kowalski (Berea, OH) for Formula Atlantic in 1975. Subsequent history unknown.
  3. 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.
  4. March 722 (Seb Barone): Sebastiano 'Seb' Barone (Portland, CT) raced a red-and-white #28 March 722 in Formula B in 1972, entered by J.C. Competition Eng.of Southington, CT. He first appeared at the Bogotá races, but was a non-starter. The car was also used by Bobby Brown, fitted with a Cosworth BDA and running as a Formula A in the Lime Rock Grand Prix in September. Barone finished second in NEDiv FB in 1972. He retained the car for SCCA Nationals in 1973, qualifying for the Runoffs. Subsequent history unknown.
  5. 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. Raced briefly in SCCA Nationals in early 1974 before his new Chevroin B27 arrived from England, then leased to Ric Forest and Fred Phillips for the 1974 Players Canadian series. King took over the car again for 1975, rebuilt it on a new tub, fitted a March 742 nose and side radiators, and raced it in the Players Canadian series. It then went to Porter Brownlee (Little Rock, AR) who raced it in Midwest Division Formula B in 1976 and 1977. After blowing the engine, he sold it to Mike Winn who raced it for one season before selling it to Chuck Blair, who had previously maintained it for Brownlee. Blair ran it a couple of times before selling it. Subsequent history unknown.
  6. 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, winning his class at Brainerd in July. Hall had modified his car with a wide nose and a higher and fuller tail, and Elder's car showed the same modifications.
  7. March 73B (Frank Del Vecchio): New to Frank DelVecchio (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 Peter Neumahr, who had raced a 71BM/733 in 1976 and would progress to a new 77B in 1977, but it thought to have raced this 73B briefly in late 1976 or early 1977. Neumahr sold the car to Jack Deaso (New York, NY), who DelVecchio recalls crashing it at Lime Rock first time out. Subsequent history unknown.
  8. Brabham BT40 [18] (Chuck Dietrich): New to Chuck Dietrich (Sandusky, OH) for 1973, and used in SCCA Formula B in 1973. Dietrich bought a third-hand ex-F2 Brabham BT38 for 1974, and whether the BT40 was used at all that season is not known. In 1975, the BT40 reappeared, raced by David Ralston (Elmhurst, IL) in Central Division SCCA Nationals. Its next owner was Ned Clark, who is believed to have raced it from 1976 until 1989. It was next seen in 2006, when bought from the Westerburg Collection in the USA by South Australian Tim Kuchel. By 2011, it had been acquired by Bryan Miller (Kiama, NSW).
  9. Brabham BT40 [30] (Olney "Bill" Mairs): New to Olney "Bill" Mairs (Malibu, CA) and raced at the 1973 SCCA Runoffs, Mairs having qualified by finishing fourth in his March 722 in NEDiv, representing New York Region. Retained for 1974, when Mairs finished fifth in Southern Pacific Division, representing CSCC. He then sold to the car to his two mechanics, Victor Tostado and Mark Munroe, and Munroe raced it in 1975 and 1976. After Munroe was killed in a sprint car accident at Ascot Raceway in September 1979, the Brabham was sold to Richard Christ, and then to John Whitton. It was next seen when owned by Mike Fazzi in 2002 or 2003, and was sold by him to Peter Brennan in Australia in 2004.
  10. 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. Brown scored points in FB in a Brabham again in 1974 and 1975. He returned to the Runoffs in 1974 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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. To Marc Bahner (Santa Ana, CA) for 1974, and rebodied by him with March bodywork. Raced by Bahner in local SCCA events in 1974 and 1975. Bahner retained the car for many years, advertising it in December 1996 as "absolutely new - needing paint and assembly".
  13. March 722 (Byron Hatten): Bob Lazier (Vail, CO) raced a black #6 March 722 in the Pro Formula B series in 1972, winning at Bryar Motorsports Park in May. The car was sold to Byron Hatten (Altadena, CA) for 1973, and he entered it for John Angus (formerly of Hartland, WI, but living in Marina Del Rey, CA at this time) for 1974. According to a later advert, this was the "76B" driven by Hatten at the IMSA Formula Atlantic race at Ontario in 1976, and it was then sold to George Seydel (Pasadena, CA), who raced a Formula B March in SCCA Regionals at Riverside in 1978. The SCCA Logbook for this car records its "Manufacturers Identification No." as 722-16, but this was the chassis number reported in Europe to be Xavier Perrot's F2 car, so this identity remains unconfirmed.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Brabham BT35 (Terry Allard): Terry Allard (Newbury Park, CA) raced a Brabham BT35 in SCCA events in 1972 and 1973, first appearing in the Pro event at Riverside in September 1972. It cannot have been Mike Hansen's BT35/31 or the Pacifico BT35/32 of Frank Fitch, as both were at that same race. Allard retained the car for SCCA Regionals and Nationals in 1973, when the car was blue-white and wore #70, scoring 14 points and qualifying for the Runoffs. Unknown after the end of 1973.
  17. 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. A newspaper article in early 1973 said that it was a factory Lola that had been shipped from England to Bogota for the races there (at the start of 1972), and then returned to the US. This might be a muddled reference to Jim Harrell's Lola T242, but as the article did not even get Lillquist's name right, refering to him throughout as Bob Tullius, anything is possible! Nothing more known.
  18. Brabham BT29 (Norman Johnson): Norman Johnson (Simonton, TX) raced a Brabham BT29 in the two Mexican Formula B races in June 1971. Records of Southwest Division racing of very sketchy and nothing more is known of Johnson's exploits in the car in 1971 or 1972. It is possible he had hired Butch Harris's car, as Harris was then resident in nearby Houston and did not appear at the Mexican races. In 1973, Johnson won the SW Division and appeared at the Runoffs, where his car was again described as a BT29.
  19. Brabham BT29 (Larry Walters): Larry Walters (Tacoma, WA) raced a Brabham in NorPac FB in 1973, finishing third in the Division with 21 pts He returned in 1974, winning the FB class at Portland in June in a BT29 but those were the only points he scored that season. The pre-1973 history of this BT29 is currently unknown but it is believed that the car came into the country through Portland dealer Pierre Phillips - so possibly the car raced in 1970 by Jack J. Quinlin. In 1975, Walters sold the car to John Storr (Victoria, BC) and it was fitted with a BDA engine for the Canadian Formula Atlantic series and the ICSCC series. Storr advertised the car, less engine, in September 1978. It was sold to Bill Mol (Vashon, WA) and fitted with a Mazda engine and Culver sports car body for B Sports Racing in 1980. Subsequent history unknown but possibly the BSR Brabham raced by Gary Heath (Port Orchard, WA; later Bremerton, WA) from 1981 to 1983.

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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