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War Bonnet Continental Race

War Bonnet, 25 Jun 1967

ResultsLapsTime/Speed Winnings
1 Gus Hutchison (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam BRM
50 1h 21m 48s
93.07 mph
$1200
2 Lou Sell (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21A [4] - Ford twin cam
(see note 1)
50
$700
3 Mike Hiss (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT10? - Ford twin cam
(see note 2)
50
$500
4 Harold Krech (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam BRM
50
$400
5 Karl Knapp (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand Mk 3B - Ford twin cam
47
$300
6 Harry Hester (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand Mk 3B - Ford twin cam
45
$250
7 Ned Owen (FB) 1.6-litre Crosslé 12F [C12F/67/34] - Ford twin cam
45
$200
8 Stuart Wright (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand Mk 3B - Ford twin cam
44
$175
9 Joe Starkey (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam BRM
44
$150
10 Dave Rines (F?) Cooper - BMC
43
$125
11 Fred Opert (F?) Brabham BT21 - Ford
(see note 3)
42
$100
12 Hugh Johnson (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 27/32 - Ford twin cam
34
$100
13 Bruce Klussmann (FB) 1.6-litre Crosslé 12F [C12F/67/32] - Ford twin cam
33
$100
14 Roy Grange (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand Mk 3B - Ford twin cam
29
$100
15 Spurgeon May (F?) Lotus 18 - Volvo
29
$100
16 Frank Monise (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand Mk 3B - Ford twin cam
29
$50
17 Wayne T Mitchell (FC) 1.1-litre Lotus 22 - Ford
25
$50
18 Chuck Trowbridge Lotus 24 [941] - Ford V8
32 retired $50
19 Gordon Gresham (F?) Lotus 20 - Ford
24 retired $50
20 Bruce Redding (F?) 'Lethal Beetle' - Volkswagen
24 retired $50
21 Jim Mulhall (FC) 1.1-litre Lola Mk3 - Ford
24 retired $50
22 Stan Engleman (F?) BMC Junior
18 retired $50
23 Richard Anderson (F?) Gemini - Ford
16 retired $50
24 Jerry Werden (F?) Lotus 22 - Ford
15 retired $50
25 Syd Demovsky (FB) 1.6-litre Ausca Mk 7B - Ford twin cam
14 retired $50
26 Tom King (FC) 1.1-litre Coopernaught - Ford
10 retired  
27 Marion Whittington (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 27 [27-JM-34] - Ford twin cam
7 retired  
28 Ron Holmes (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand Mk 3B - Ford twin cam
4 retired  
29 Larry Huff (F?) Elva - Ford
1 retired  
DNS Joe Grimaldi (FC) 1.1-litre Brabham BT21 - Ford
Did not start
DNS Jack Keith (FA) Brabham - Climax FPF 4
Did not start
DNS Jack Eiteljorg (FA) 2.7-litre Brabham BT11 [F1-6-64] - Climax FPF 4
Did not start
DNS Clint Cavin Cooper T53 [F2-12-60?] - Chevrolet II Ansen 4
Did not start
DNS Keith Saunders (F?) Lotus 22 - Ford
Did not start
DNS Eugene Willbanks (F?) Lotus 20 - Ford
Did not start
DNS Ed Marshall (FB) 1.6-litre Alexis Mk 6 [HF 602] - Ford twin cam
Did not start

All cars are 3-litre FA unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Lou Sell (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT21A [4] - Ford twin cam 1m 36.6s
2 Gus Hutchison (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam BRM 1m 39.0s
3 Joe Starkey (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam BRM 1m 40.8s
4 Mike Hiss (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT10? - Ford twin cam 1m 41.4s
5 Harold Krech (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam BRM 1mn 43.2s
6 Stuart Wright (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand Mk 3B - Ford twin cam 1m 43.2s
7 Ned Owen (FB) 1.6-litre Crosslé 12F [C12F/67/34] - Ford twin cam 1m 43.8s
8 Roy Grange (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand Mk 3B - Ford twin cam 1m 45.6s
9 Frank Monise (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand Mk 3B - Ford twin cam 1m 46.0s
10 Wayne T Mitchell (FC) 1.1-litre Lotus 22 - Ford 1m 46.0s
11 Bruce Redding (F?) 'Lethal Beetle' - Volkswagen 1m 46.5s
12 Harry Hester (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand Mk 3B - Ford twin cam 1m 46.8s
13 Gordon Gresham (F?) Lotus 20 - Ford 1m 48.0s
14 Marion Whittington (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 27 [27-JM-34] - Ford twin cam 1m 48.0s
15 Jim Mulhall (FC) 1.1-litre Lola Mk3 - Ford 1m 48.6s
16 Bruce Klussmann (FB) 1.6-litre Crosslé 12F [C12F/67/32] - Ford twin cam 1m 49.2s
17 Karl Knapp (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand Mk 3B - Ford twin cam 1m 49.0s
18 Dave Rines (F?) Cooper - BMC 1m 49.0s
19 Richard Anderson (F?) Gemini - Ford 1m 50.4s
20 Spurgeon May (F?) Lotus 18 - Volvo 1m 50.4s
21 Ron Holmes (FB) 1.6-litre LeGrand Mk 3B - Ford twin cam 1m 52.2s
22 Jerry Werden (F?) Lotus 22 - Ford 1m 56.4s
23 Chuck Trowbridge (FA) 3-litre Lotus 24 [941] - Ford V8 1m 56.4s
24 Hugh Johnson (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 27/32 - Ford twin cam 1m 58.0s
25 Syd Demovsky (FB) 1.6-litre Ausca Mk 7B - Ford twin cam 1m 58.0s
26 Fred Opert (F?) Brabham BT21 - Ford 1m 59.4s
27 Stan Engleman (F?) BMC Junior 2m 01.8s
28 Larry Huff (F?) Elva - Ford 2m 06.0s
29 Tom King (FC) 1.1-litre Coopernaught - Ford 2m 19.0s

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 BT10? (Mike Hiss): Mike Hiss (Laurel, MD) moved into a Formula B at the start of 1967 with an unidentified Brabham. Photographs show that it was a BT9 or BT10 and as most BT9s moved into FC, not FB, this is more likely to have been a BT10. He first appeared at the SCCA National at VIR in April and then took impressive third-place finishes at the first two rounds of the new Continental Championship in May and June. He then "demolished" the car in a spectacular series of flips during practice for the National at Bridgehampton in July. When he returned, he drove a BT21A and it is assumed that the crashed car was too heavily damaged to be repairable.
  3. Brabham BT21 (Fred Opert): 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.

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.