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Seafair "200"

Seattle, 7 Aug 1971

ResultsLapsTime/Speed Winnings
1 Sam Posey Surtees TS8 [008] - Chevrolet V8
#34 Champ Carr
45 0.59.43.92
101.707
$4600
2 Jim Dittemore Lola T192 [HU22] - Chevrolet V8
#11 Kastner/Brophy-Besteel
45
$2800
3 Bill Brack Lotus 70 [04] - Chevrolet V8
#85
45
$1600
4 Dick Simon Lola T152 2WD [SL150/3?] - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8
#1 [Dick Simon] (see note 1)
45
$1200
5 Gregg Young (F1) 3-litre Surtees TS7 [002] - Cosworth DFV V8
#5 Young-American
45
$1000
6 John Gunn Eagle Mk 5 [503] - Chevrolet V8
#39
45
$900
7 Pete Lovely (F1) 3-litre Lotus 69/49B [69.F2.5] - Cosworth DFV V8
#25 (see note 2)
45
$800
8 Lothar Motschenbacher Eisert 69 - Chevrolet 320 ci V8
#76 [Marvin Webster]
44
$750
9 Ed Felter Lola T190/T192 - Chevrolet V8
#45
43
$700
10 Paul Scott Lotus 33 [R11] - Oldsmobile V8
#17
41
$650
11 Monte Shelton Eagle Mk 5 [505] - Chevrolet V8
#57 Shelton Motors
41
$600
12 Ken Hamilton Eisert 69 - Chevrolet V8
#98
40
$550
13 Glenn Brown McLaren M1B/FA [30-05] - Chevrolet V8
#40
39
$500
14 Robert Fischetti Surtees TS5 [007] - Chevrolet V8
#36
37
$450
15 Norm Ellefson Tipke - Chevrolet V8
#27
37
$400
16 Ed Marshall Marshall - Chevrolet V8
#30
33
$350
17 Crockey Peterson Coyote [Lotus 38/4?] - Ford V8
(see note 3)
33 Not known $300
18 Max Dudley Gerhardt - Chevrolet 320 ci V8
#61 [Max Dudley] (see note 4)
10 Not known $250
19 Jerry Grant Eagle 68 - Offy 159 ci turbo
#78 [Jerry Grant] (see note 5)
8 Not known $200
20 David Hobbs McLaren M10B [400-01] - Chevrolet V8
#10 Hogan Racing
5 Not known $200
21 Ron Grable ASD American Mk 1 - Chevrolet V8
#4 Williams Racing
4 Not known $200
22 Gerard Raney Eagle Mk 5 - Chevrolet V8
3 Not known $200
23 Ludwig Heimrath Eisert 67 - Chevrolet 320 ci V8
#55
3 Not known $200
24 Ronnie Bucknum Eagle Mk 5 - Chevrolet V8
1 Not known $200
25 Merle Brennan McLaren M10A - Chevrolet V8
#44
1 Not known $200
26 Gordon Johncock 5-litre Vollstedt ['B'] - Ford V8
#7 (see note 6)
0 Not known $200

All cars are 5-litre F5000 unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Sam Posey (F5000) 5-litre Surtees TS8 [008] - Chevrolet V8 1.16.45
2 David Hobbs (F5000) 5-litre McLaren M10B [400-01] - Chevrolet V8 1.16.56
3 Gordon Johncock 5-litre Vollstedt ['B'] - Ford V8 1.17.39
4 Pete Lovely (F1) 3-litre Lotus 69/49B [69.F2.5] - Cosworth DFV V8 1.18.20
5 Ron Grable (F5000) 5-litre ASD American Mk 1 - Chevrolet V8 1.18.25
6 Gregg Young (F1) 3-litre Surtees TS7 [002] - Cosworth DFV V8 1.18.39
7 Jerry Grant Eagle 68 - Offy 159 ci turbo 1.18.89
8 Lothar Motschenbacher Eisert 69 - Chevrolet 320 ci V8 1.19.30
9 Bill Brack (F5000) 5-litre Lotus 70 [04] - Chevrolet V8 1.19.30
10 John Gunn (F5000) 5-litre Eagle Mk 5 [503] - Chevrolet V8 1.19.77
11 Merle Brennan (F5000) 5-litre McLaren M10A - Chevrolet V8 1.19.88
13 Jim Dittemore (F5000) 5-litre Lola T192 [HU22] - Chevrolet V8 1.20.33
15 Dick Simon Lola T152 2WD [SL150/3?] - Ford 159 ci quad cam turbo V8 1.21.44
16 Monte Shelton (F5000) 5-litre Eagle Mk 5 [505] - Chevrolet V8 1.21.85
17 Ken Hamilton (F5000) 5-litre Eisert 69 - Chevrolet V8 1.22.32
19 Crockey Peterson (F5000) 5-litre Coyote [Lotus 38/4?] - Ford V8 1.23.07
20 Ed Felter (F5000) 5-litre Lola T190/T192 - Chevrolet V8 1.23.21
21 Paul Scott (F5000) 5-litre Lotus 33 [R11] - Oldsmobile V8 1.23.45
22 Robert Fischetti (F5000) 5-litre Surtees TS5 [007] - Chevrolet V8 1.24.46
23 Glenn Brown (F5000) 5-litre McLaren M1B/FA [30-05] - Chevrolet V8 1.26.98
24 Norm Ellefson (F5000) 5-litre Tipke - Chevrolet V8 1.28.21
25 Ed Marshall (F5000) 5-litre Marshall - Chevrolet V8 1.28.40
26 Ludwig Heimrath Eisert 67 - Chevrolet 320 ci V8 1.29.62

Notes on the cars:

  1. Lola T152 2WD [SL150/3?] (Dick Simon): New to Roger Penske, in December 1968 according to Lola records, although it has been claimed that Penske's car was a rebuild of a car that raced some time in 1968. The car would be driven by Mark Donohue, who was also driving Penske's Lola T70 in sports car racing, and both Lolas used Chevrolet engines. The T150 did not run at the Indy 500, where Donohue used a brand new T152 instead, and was a non-starter at IRP in July. Donohue was seventh and fourth in two races at Brainerd in September, but retired at Seattle and Riverside. The car was fitted with a turbo Ford for testing at the start of 1970, but used a Chevrolet engine when raced at Sears Point and IRP. Sold to Dick Simon for 1971, and raced with a turbo Ford engine as the #10 TraveLodge Sleeper entry. Also used at Milwaukee in August 1972, when Simon focused on his new 1972 Peat-Lola, and possibly at other short track events. The car reappeared in 1976 when Greg Hodges (Indianapolis, IN) attempted to qualify it for several short-track Indycar races, without success. The car then had a Chevrolet engine, and still had the bulbous sidetanks seen when Simon had raced it in 1971. Subsequent history unknown, but some time around 1982 the car was in the collection of Dieter Holterbosch (Cove Neck, NY), a well-known collector of cars who died in July 2016 age 95. It was for sale from the collection at the time for $12,000.
  2. Lotus 69/49B [69.F2.5] (Pete Lovely): New to Jochen Rindt Racing Ltd, managed by Bernie Ecclestone, for John Mikes and Graham Hill to race in F2 in 1970. According to Richard Spelberg's research, this car was Hill's previous Lotus 59B chassis 59-F2-20 converted to Lotus 69 specification for 1970. Also driven by Eugenio Baturone at Montjuich Park. Retained by Ecclestone for Hill to race in the first few F2 races of 1971, then sold to Pete Lovely and fitted with the rear end of his Lotus 49B for suitable races at his home track in Seattle, and for the 1971 US GP. After Lovely died in 2011, the car was sold by his daughter to Peter Gleeson (Seattle, WA), a BMW collector originally from England.
  3. Coyote [Lotus 38/4?] (Crockey Peterson): Built 1965 (fifth chassis built) from spares with symmetrical suspension and using some parts from the original 38/2. Used by Jim Clark at St Ursanne and Ollon-Villars 1965. For Jim Clark at the 1966 Indy 500 (#19 qualified 2nd, finished second). Sold to AJ Foyt and wrecked in practice at Milwaukee a week later when the suspension on the straight and the car hit the wall and burst into flames. Returned to the UK and rebuilt; returned to Foyt August 1966 but no further results known in 1966. Likely to have been the #84 Lotus 38 used by Foyt in the opening races of 1967, then by Gary Congdon at the Indy 500 when he was bumped. With the other Foyt 38s wrecked, this last survivor would be the car Foyt raced at Langhorne in July. Several years later, a ‘Coyote’ was raced in F5000 by Crockey Peterson, but photographs show that it was a Lotus 38, and it has been identified as 38/4. Later sold to Chuck Haines (St Louis, MO) and then to collector James L. Jaeger (Cincinnati, OH). Run at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 1997, 1998 and 2000. On display in the Speedway Museum March 2009. Ran again at Goodwood 2011.
  4. Gerhardt (Max Dudley): Max Dudley (Auburn, WA) raced a Chevrolet-powered Gerhardt in Indy racing from 1969 to 1971, and then reappeared briefly in 1974. The car replaced a 1965 Halibrand Shrike that Dudley had raced in 1968 and early 1969, and which he sold to Bob Cavanaugh. Cavanagh's recollection is that the Gerhardt was new. (Curiously, Dudley was reported by Autoweek to be running the Halibrand Shrike at the Seattle USAC Road Racing Championship race in Sep 1971.) The only other time he appeared was at Trenton in early 1974 with a Gerhardt-Chev again. The Gerhardt was then unknown until seen fully restored at the 2009 Seattle Historic Races when it was said to be a 1968 Gerhardt. Also at the Classic Car Races at Sears Point in June 2011. Believed to be the car owned by William Watkins. At the Victory Lane Historic Champ/Indy Car Showcase in June 2012.
  5. Eagle 68 (Jerry Grant): Jerry Grant drove for Tom Friedkin (Houston, TX) at Indy from 1967 to 1969, getting new Eagles in 1967 and 1968. Having driven for Marvin Webster for much of 1969, Grant returned to the 1968 ex-Friedkin Eagle for 1970, when he qualified it at Indy in Nelson Iron Works colours. He was back at Indy with the car in 1971, when it was the #78 Farrell's Ice Cream car that Sam Posey qualified but was later bumped. It was used by Jerry Grant a few times later in 1971, including at the USAC Road Racing event at Seattle. It then joined Marv Webster's stable and was still with him in 1973, awaiting a rebuild. Subsequent history unknown, but according to Chris Wilke, scion of the Leader Cards family, this was chassis 403 and has now been restored as Bobby Unser's Indy 500 winner and is the car on display in the Unser Racing Museum (Albuquerque, NM).
  6. Vollstedt ['B'] (Gordon Johncock): New for 1967 and run by Vollstedt Enterprises as the #21 Bryant Heating & Cooling Spl in 1967 and 1968 with a 255 ci Ford quad cam engine. Driven by Jim Clark as the #21 Sperex entry at Riverside in November 1967. Acquired a turbo engine in late 1968 and continued to run as the #21 Bryant Heating & Cooling Spl in 1969 and then as Vollstedt Enterprises' #21 car in 1970 and 1971. Raced by Gordon Johncock as the #7 on some occasions in 1971. Last seen at Phoenix in November 1971 when it was raced by Wally Dallenbach. Reported to have been sold to Art Sugai (Ontario, OR) and crashed by Kenny Hamilton in practice at Phoenix in November 1972 but confirmation of that has not yet been found. The crashed car went to local car builders Tom Fox and Ron Yurich in 1976 with the intention of making a Super Modified but it remained with them, still unrepaired, until 2007 when purchased from Yurich's son John by Michael McKinney (Kennewick WA) together with friends Ron Hjaltalin and Marc Prentice. The car was restored over the next few years and was run at Indianapolis in May 2011.

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.