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Lake Tahoe Continental Race

Lake Tahoe, 1 Oct 1967

ResultsLapsTime/Speed Winnings
1 Gus Hutchison (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam BRM
35 55m 13.62s
83.7 mph
$1200
2 Lou Sell (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21A [4] - Ford twin cam
#15 Lou Sell (see note 1)
35
$700
3 Mike Hiss (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21 - Ford twin cam
#94 Beltway Storage Co Inc [So. Cross Rcg Tean]
(see note 2)
35
$500
4 Steve Griswold (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand Mk 3B - Alfa Romeo
#3 S Whitney Griswold Co
34
$400
5 Karl Knapp (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand Mk 6B - Ford twin cam
34
$300
6 Oliver Grant (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT15 - Ford twin cam
#21 Oliver Grant (see note 3)
33
$250
7 Charlie Adams (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT6 - Ford twin cam
#64 C.W. Adams Rcg (see note 4)
33
$200
8 Jack Millikan (FA) Lotus 22 - Oldsmobile
33
$175
9 Bob Brewer (FB) 1.6-litre Elva 300 - Ford twin cam
#4 Bob Brewer
32
$150
10 Ray Seher (FC) 1.1-litre Lotus 20
#12 Sm & R France
31
$125
11 Wes McNay (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand Mk 3 - Ford twin cam
#71 M&R Rcg.
31
$100
12 Joe Alves (FC) 1.1-litre Lotus 20B
#66 Joe Alves
30
$100
13 Dave Christofferson (FC) 1.1-litre Cooper - Ford
#2 Dave Christofferson
30
$100
14 Walt Mathewson (FA) 2.5-litre Cooper Mk IV 'T51' [F2-14-60] - Ferrari 625LM 4
#22 Walt Mathewson (see note 5)
30
$100
15 Larry Yates (FC) 1-litre Lotus 18
#14 Bill Rose
30
$100
16 Tom Denner (FB) 1.3-litre Lotus - Alfa Romeo
#38 J.R. Denner
30
$50
17 Bruce Redding (FB) 1.6-litre 'Lethal Beetle'
#41 Bruce Redding
30
$50
18 Greg Hodges (FC) 1.1-litre Lotus 27 [27-JM-33] - Ford
#42 Gregory Hodges (Daly City)
29
$50
19 Jim Mulhall (FC) 1.1-litre Lola Mk3 - Ford
#81 Mulhall Rcg
28
$50
20 Don Inferrera (FA) 2.6-litre Stanguellini FJ - Chevrolet II 4
#51 D. Inferrera (see note 6)
24
$50
21 Larry Albedi (FB) 1.6-litre Bourgeault
#1 Larry Albedi
19
$50
22 Marion Whittington (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 27 [27-JM-34] - Ford twin cam
#37 Motorsport Rcg Ltd
19
$50
23 George Pridmore (FC) 1.1-litre Cooper - Ford
#5 Geo. Pridmore
17
$50
24 Robin Jackson (FB) 1.5-litre Lotus 22
#18 Robin Johnson
14
$50
25 Fred Ashplant (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21A - Ford twin cam
#27 Fred Ashplant (see note 7)
27 accident $50
26 John Evans (F?) Lotus 22
27 engine $50
27 Michael Brodie (FB) 1.5-litre Lotus 22/31 - Ford pushrod Martin
#7 GB Service Centre
26 engine $50
28 Steve Harris (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham - Ford twin cam
25 retired - unknown  
29 Hubert Lutz (FC) 1.1-litre Norcon Mk III
#35 Hubert E. Lutz
14 engine  
30 Harry Hester (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand Mk 3B - Ford twin cam
#9 Henry Hester
13 engine  
31 Dan Davis (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam BRM
#52 Lotus West
8 clutch  
32 Ed Marshall (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand Mk 3B - Ford twin cam
#17 LeGrand Rcg Cars
7 blown engine  
33 Dennis Suter (FA) Scarab RE - Climax FPF 4
2 engine  
34 Peter Darr (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 20 - Ford twin cam
#82 Peter Darr
2 engine  
35 David Webster (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21A - Ford twin cam
(see note 8)
0 engine  
DNSC Bill Gubelmann (FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT18 - Cosworth SCC
(see note 9)
Did not start (crashed)
DNSC Bub Ehrlich Grizzly Torque Mk 3 (Ausper T3) [T306] - Ford Fairlane
#72 Grizzly Eng & Mach (see note 10)
Did not start (crashed)
UNKE Nick Reynolds (FC) 1.1-litre Bourgeault '66' - Cosworth SCC
#8 Nick Reynolds
On entry list
UNKE Hugh Johnson (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 27/32 - Ford twin cam
#11 Hugh F. Johnson
On entry list
UNKE Dave Rines (FC) 1.1-litre Cooper
#13 R.D. Rines
On entry list
UNKE John Hood (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT18 - Ford twin cam
#39 Dr John Hood Jr
On entry list
UNKE Frank Bramante (FC) 1.1-litre Lotus 18
#43 Richmond British Autos
On entry list
UNKE Steve Pfeifer (FC) 1.1-litre Lotus 22
#44 Steve Pfeiffer
On entry list
UNKE Stuart Wright (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand Mk 3 - Ford twin cam
#62 Stuart Wright
On entry list
UNKE Peter Gethin (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21A - Ford twin cam
#73 Valvoline Opert Racing Team
(see note 11)
On entry list
UNKE Bob Williams (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand - Alfa Romeo
#74 Robt. Williams (Santa Monica)
On entry list
UNKE C. Deloss "De" Singleton Lotus 24 - Oldsmobile F-85 V8
#77 D.E. Singleton (see note 12)
On entry list
UNKE Frank Monise (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 22 - Ford twin cam
#92 Chris Monoleos
On entry list
UNKE Angus MacDonald (FB) 1.4-litre BMC Mk 2 - Alfa Romeo
#99 Norm Justus
On entry list
("Angus McDonald")

All cars are 3-litre FA unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Gus Hutchison (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam BRM 1m 30.53s
2 Fred Ashplant (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21A - Ford twin cam 1m 32.10s
3 Lou Sell (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21A [4] - Ford twin cam 1m 32.72s
4 Mike Hiss (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21 - Ford twin cam 1m 33.46s
5 Karl Knapp (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand Mk 6B - Ford twin cam 1m 33.63s
6 David Webster (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21A - Ford twin cam 1m 33.89s
7 Dan Davis (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam BRM 1m 35.18s
8 Charlie Adams (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT6 - Ford twin cam 1m 35.83s
9 Steve Griswold (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand Mk 3B - Alfa Romeo 1m 35.70s
10 Wes McNay (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand Mk 3 - Ford twin cam 1m 36.14s
11 Peter Darr (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 20 - Ford twin cam 1m 36.53s
12 Michael Brodie (FB) 1.5-litre Lotus 22/31 - Ford pushrod Martin 1m 37.50s
13 Ed Marshall (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand Mk 3B - Ford twin cam 1m 38.72s
14 Jim Mulhall (FC) 1.1-litre Lola Mk3 - Ford 1m 39.00s
15 Jack Millikan (FA) Lotus 22 - Oldsmobile 1m 39.70s
16 Larry Albedi (FB) 1.6-litre Bourgeault 1m 39.73s
17 Robin Jackson (FB) 1.5-litre Lotus 22 1m 40.30s
17 Bill Gubelmann * (FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT18 - Cosworth SCC 1m 39.91s
18 Steve Harris (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham - Ford twin cam 1m 40.58s
19 Harry Hester (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand Mk 3B - Ford twin cam 1m 41.00s
20 Walt Mathewson (FA) 2.5-litre Cooper Mk IV 'T51' [F2-14-60] - Ferrari 625LM 4 1m 42.28s
21 Oliver Grant (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT15 - Ford twin cam 1m 42.87s
22 John Evans (F?) Lotus 22 1m 42.96s
23 Don Inferrera (FA) 2.6-litre Stanguellini FJ - Chevrolet II 4 1m 44.20s
24 Bob Brewer (FB) 1.6-litre Elva 300 - Ford twin cam 1m 44.29s
25 Hubert Lutz (FC) 1.1-litre Norcon Mk III 1m 44.40s
26 Dennis Suter (FA) Scarab RE - Climax FPF 4 1m 45.00s
27 Ray Seher (FC) 1.1-litre Lotus 20 1m 45.00s
28 Joe Alves (FC) 1.1-litre Lotus 20B 1m 45.91s
29 Tom Denner (FB) 1.3-litre Lotus - Alfa Romeo 1m 46.54s
30 Greg Hodges (FC) 1.1-litre Lotus 27 [27-JM-33] - Ford 1m 47.78s
31 Dave Christofferson (FC) 1.1-litre Cooper - Ford 1m 47.86s
32 Larry Yates (FC) 1-litre Lotus 18 1m 48.04s
33 George Pridmore (FC) 1.1-litre Cooper - Ford 1m 49.00s
34 Marion Whittington (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 27 [27-JM-34] - Ford twin cam 1m 49.56s
35 Bruce Redding (FB) 1.6-litre 'Lethal Beetle' 1m 50.68s
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Brabham BT21A [4] (Lou Sell): 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.
  2. Brabham BT21 (Mike Hiss): To Mike Hiss (Laurel, MD) to replace the earlier Brabham that he "demolished" in practice for the Bridgehampton National in July 1967. He raced the BT21A for the last two Pro races, finished third at Lake Tahoe. Retained for 1968, finishing third at Palm Beach in February and then winning at Marlboro in March. Second in Bridgehampton National and won a Regional at Marlboro but less successful in the Pro series. Last seen when crashed at Lime Rock in September 1968 following a suspension failure. Hiss had by that time moved up to Formula A with a Lola T140 and it is not known whether the Brabham was rebuilt.
  3. Brabham BT15 (Oliver Grant): Oliver Grant (Norfolk, VA/Wheaton, MD) raced a Brabham in Formula B in late 1967 and the first half of 1968. A Revs Institute photograph shows that it had a 1966 bodywork section but short rear uprights, implying that it was a 1966 Brabham BT15. Nothing more known.
  4. Brabham BT6 (Charlie Adams): Charlie Adams (Manhattan Beach, CA) campaigned a Brabham Formula B car from late 1965 through to early 1968 when he replaced it with a new BT21C and it is assumed that he ran the same car throughout that period. A report on the May 1968 CDR Pro race in Finish Line identified it as a Brabham BT6 and Adams described it as a 1963 Brabham when he advertised it in CP&A in April 1968.
  5. Cooper Mk IV 'T51' [F2-14-60] (Walt Mathewson): Delivered to F Armbruster (USA) according to the Cooper Register.
  6. Stanguellini FJ (Don Inferrera): Don Inferrera ran a Stanguellini in Formula A from 1966 to 1968. According to the meticulous research of John de Boer, Don's car was a ex-Formula Junior Stanguellini which he had fitted with a 4-cylinder 2.6-litre Chevy II engine. John has identified 21 events for Don over a two-year period. Although Autoweek say the car ran in FB at Lake Tahoe, John is confident that it would have run with its Chev engine in FA that day. Inferrera sold the car to Harold Lockhart and this is presumably the "Chevrolet V8" car that he then ran in FA. The "V8" is probably a quite understandable journalistic error.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Brabham BT18 (Bill Gubelmann): Bill Gubelmann (Oyster Bay, NY) ran a Brabham BT18 with 1.1-litre Cosworth SCC engine in Formula C in 1967, winning seven Nationals and setting lap records right down the east coast. He advertised the car in Autoweek on 18 November 1967 as a late 1966 BT18 chassis with 140bhp Cosworth SCC engine, and it then went to Fred Opert, presumably traded on Gubelmann's new BT23F. From Opert it was sold to Mike Eyerly (Salem, OR) and raced in the Pacific northwest, winning several Regional SCCA events. He kept the orange BT18 when he moved into the SCCA national Formula B series in 1969 and completely dominated the series, winning six of the first nine races and finishing second in another two. Advertised in October 1969. Subsequent history unknown.
  10. Grizzly Torque Mk 3 (Ausper T3) [T306] (Bub Ehrlich): The Grizzly Torque Formula A car started life in 1962 as a Formula Junior Ausper T3, initially raced by Roy Pike in UK events. It was sold to William Webb (Arizona) and used in west coast FJ events until it was wrecked and rebuilt for the new 3-litre Formula A. Irv Dickson fitted a de-stroked 221 ci Ford Fairlane V8 engine running on Weber carbs and a Colotti transmission but despite driver Bub Ehrlich winning the Northern Division Formula A title in 1966, Irv recalls that the Ford engine was not a success and it would have been better to keep it as a 1100cc car. Later owners are reported as Rich Nelson and Mike Blackle, after which it was acquired by Brad Balles (Dallas, TX). Rumours persist that it is being rebuilt to its Formula A specification.
  11. Brabham BT21A (Peter Gethin): 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.
  12. Lotus 24 (C. Deloss "De" Singleton): De Singleton (of Downey, CA) had a Lotus 24 in Formula A in 1966 and 1967. He advertised it in Autoweek in May 1969 as having a F85 engine (the 215ci Oldsmobile BOP "Rockette" engine) which implies it was the same Lotus 24 into which Rod Carveth dropped a 215ci Oldsmobile in 1964. The identity of the Lotus 24 still isn't resolved.

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.

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.

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