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#1 Rupertlt1

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Posted 04 August 2021 - 14:26

A difficult subject for research as cars are often referred to simply as "Formula Ford" and no more.

This was a lucrative market for UK manufacturers. Many cars crossed the Atlantic only to be lost from sight.

Nevertheless let us dive in:

 

Winners of the SCCA's seven geographic racing divisions for 1969:

Skip Barber, Lowell, Mass., Caldwell (Northeast)

Roger Chastain, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Lotus 61 (Southeast)

Jim Clarke, Detroit, Michigan, Caldwell (Central)

Edward Miller, Oklahoma City, Okla., Merlyn (Midwest)

Stephen Louden, Dallas, Texas, Merlyn (Southwest)

Gary Johnson, Hayward, Calif., Lotus, (Northern Pacific)

Herb Brownell, Cucamonga, Calif., Caldwell, (Southern Pacific)

The Daily Sentinel (Woodstock, Illinois) Friday 21 Nov 1969, Page 4

 

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#2 Rupertlt1

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Posted 07 August 2021 - 06:51

FORD TO HELP IMSA

John Bishop, president of the International Motor

Sports Association, announced last week that Ford Motor

Co. will contribute $10,000 to IMSA's Formula Ford

championship point fund. IMSA will conduct 20 pro-

fessional Formula Ford races throughout 1970 that will

count in the championship point standings. IMSA also

will conduct professional series in Formula Vee and

small sedan classes.

Philadelphia Daily News (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Thursday 11 Dec 1969, Page 57

 

IMSA's preliminary 1970

schedule already includes

Formula Ford champion-

ship events at Daytona,

Feb. 15; Dallas Internation-

al, March 14; Talladega

April 11 and Charlotte Mo-

tor Speedway May 23.

Points will be credited to

the top six finishers in each

race on a 9-6-4-3-2-1 basis.

News-Journal (Mansfield, Ohio) Sunday 4 Jan 1970, Page 58

 

A 100-mile race was also scheduled at Bristol International Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee, the 'National 200' on the high-banked half-mile oval for 22 March. Single car qualifying.

Here are the point standings prior to the Bristol race:

1970 FORMULA FORD CHAMPIONSHIP POINT STANDINGS TO DATE

1. Jim Clarke, Garden City, Michigan, 10 points (Autodynamics Caldwell D-9)

   Jim Jenkins, Yonkers, New York, 10

   Bill Scott, McLean, Virginia, 10

4. Nils Sanborn, Newtown Square, PA, 9

5. Kevin Glynn, Mascoutah, Illinois, 3

   Gary Magwood, Scarborough, ON, Canada, 3

7. Skip Adrian, Fresno, CA, 2

   Kurt Reinold, Rockford, Illinois, 2

9. Robert Smith, Dallas, TX, 1

 

What cars were they driving?

Entered at Bristol: Lou Timolat, Fred Opert Racing, Titan

What happened at this race?

Show Doesn't

Go On at BIS

BRISTOL Sunday's

Formula Ford race, the

National 200, scheduled at

Bristol International

Speedway, was postponed by

rain.

Larry Carrier, president of

the speedway, called off the

race and set Sunday, April

26, as the makeup date.

 

The race was reformatted to two 100-lap 50-mile races, with a 30-lap qualifying event.

(This negated the need for refuelling.)

Event rained out again.

"New date for the Formula

Ford racing program is

Saturday, August 29." 

 

Summit Point, West Virginia, 30 May — winner Bill Scott

 

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#3 Michael Ferner

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Posted 07 August 2021 - 08:11

Jim Clarke - Caldwell

Jim Jenkins - Lotus

Bill Scott - Caldwell

Nils Sanborn - Merlyn

Kevin Glynn - Lotus 61

Gary Magwood - Hawke

 

As an aside, was that the Jim Jenkins who later hosted many TV racing programmes?



#4 Rupertlt1

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Posted 07 August 2021 - 08:28

Gary Magwood raced a Merlyn at some point:

 

 
Any idea where this picture was taken?
 
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Posted 07 August 2021 - 17:54

Gary is on facebook as Gary P Magwood, maybe he would remember.



#6 Michael Ferner

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Posted 07 August 2021 - 20:57

Magwood raced a Merlyn in 1969, when he took pole position at Talladega/AL Nov 9 (The Anniston Star, Alabama, Nov 10 1969).



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Posted 07 August 2021 - 23:54

I have the program and results from Pepsi Pro FF race at Westwood Vancouver Canada 1974.  Titans and Crossle seem to have been the gun cars at the time.  I ran a Merlyn Mk17, a bit outclassed by then (or was that me?).  Will scan and post if anyone shows an interest!  Winners were, in order, Marty Loft, Thomas Wiechmann, Alan Lader, Bill Pugh, William Henderson M II, Pierre Phillips, Graham Cameron, Don Robertson, Don Crawford, Jack Scher, Pete Darr, Riley Hopkins, Bob Collinson and so it goes....  17 finishers, 15 DNFs 1 Disq.  2 heats  and a final.



#8 Rupertlt1

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Posted 10 August 2021 - 06:32

FORMULA FORD—STANDINGS (after 2 of 4 races)

1. Gary Magwood—Lazenby-Hawke, 18

2. Wayne Kelly—Titan, 10

3. Dave Loring—Caldwell D 9, 7

4. Hugh Cree—Lotus 61 M, 6

5. Derek Tennant—Merlyn, 4

6. Clive Rayman—Hawke DL 2A, 3

7. Ian Motley—Merlyn 17 A, 1

8. Ian Coristine—Merlyn 17 A, 1

Canada Track & Traffic, September 1970, Page 37

 

Presumably an Ontario-based series.

 

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#9 Rupertlt1

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Posted 10 August 2021 - 07:16

LAROSE FIRST

In the Formula Ford cham-

pionship, Victor Larose of

Montreal took first-place

points after finishing third

behind Ontario drivers Luc

DeSadeleer and Clive Ray-

man.

The pair from Willowdale,

driving new Titan cars, domi-

nated the race and lapped the

entire field. DeSadeleer

winner of the Bulova

championship race two weeks

ago at Mosport, finally ended

up in front but Rayman was

credited with the fastest lap

and a new FF record for

Sanair at 55.2 seconds.

Larose, driving a Lotus,

was followed by Gilles Ville-

neuve of Montreal, one of

Quebec's top snowmobile

racers making his first start

in a Magnum Formula Ford.

Ken Baird of Ottawa placed

fifth overall and third in the

championship driving a Titan.

The Gazette (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) Monday 7 May 1973, Page 21

 

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#10 Rupertlt1

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Posted 24 August 2021 - 06:43

This is the entry list for the IMSA FF race at Bristol Tennessee, re-scheduled for Sunday 26 April, 1970.

The race that never took place after being rained out a second time:

'200'

ENTRY

LIST

00 Gary Weber, Caldwell D-9

0 Jim Clarke, Caldwell D-9

1 Vic Matthews, Macon

3 Bob Naimowicz, Caldwell D-9 (Naimowics?)

4 Harry Ingle, Beattie

7 Terry L. Baxter, Winkelmann

8 Carson Baird, Winkelmann

10 Horace Davis, Caldwell D-9

11 Jim Needham, Winkelmann 

13 Skipp Walther, Titan

14 Peter Quenet, Caldwell D-9

15 Spurgeon May, Caldwell D-9

16 E. Paul Dickinson, Alexis

19 Harvey Verhines, Caldwell D-9

20 Kenneth Bechman, Bobsy

21 Carles L. Smith, Lotus

24 Bob Gardner, Lotus 61 (#23 in photograph)

27 Gary Magwood (Canada), Hawke

31 Nils Sanborn, Merlyn

34 Bill Johnston, Merlyn

38 Randolph Johnston, Lotus

39 Bill Scott, Caldwell D-9

40 Bill McFarlan, Caldwell D-9

44 Jas Patterson, Climax-Royale

50 Bob Lande, Lotus 61

57 Gene Shelton, Winkelmann

65 Jim Stevens, Merlyn

66 Jim Jenkins, Lotus

70 Nicholas Dunn, Caldwell D-9

71 Frank Del Vecchio, Winkelmann

73 Lou Timolat, Winkelmann (He is Lou Timolat, of Upper Montclair, N.J.  reportedly in Fred Opert Racing Titan.)

77 Mark Le Alderson, Lola

78 David Rines, Titan

79 Kevin Glynn, Lotus 61

81 Jon E. Hall, Climax-Royale

88 Bill Baros, Climax-Royale

89 Mike Hodgson, Winkelmann

91 Mel Trethewey, Caldwell D-9

92 David Shook, Caldwell D-9

110 James Barron, Alexis

Johnson City Press (Johnson City, Tennessee) Sunday 26 Apr 1970, Page 21

 

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#11 Michael Ferner

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Posted 24 August 2021 - 07:06

 

73 Lou Timolai, Winkelmann (is he Lou Timolat, of Upper Montclair, N.J.?)

 

 

Yes, he is. I've seen the newspaper list, and I think you'll find that it, in fact, says "Timolat" there, but you always have to be prepared for typos in newspapers in pre-electronic type setting days (well, and even after!). Those poor guys (really masters of their craft!) had to read and set the (inverted!) letters in no time at all; highly skilled professionals all of them, but (of course) not immune to the occasional slip-up,



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Posted 24 August 2021 - 07:19

BEATTIE

Type no: P6000 FF.

Wheelbase: 7 ft 6 ins.

Track, front and rear: 53 ins and 54 ins.

Weight : 883 lbs.

Rolling chassis with Hewland gearbox:

£1,195.

Optional extras : none.

Manufacturer : Beattie Cars International,

Hanworth Air Park, Feltham, Middx.

Autosport, 27 November 1969, Page 45

 

MACON

Type no: MR7B.

Wheelbase : 7 ft 6 ins.

Track, front and rear: 53½ and 55½ -ins.

Weight: 881 lbs.

Price of rolling chassis with Hewland

gearbox : £1,125.

Optional extras : none.

Manufacturer: Macon Racing Cars, rear

of 96-98 Pinner Rd, Harrow, Middlesex. 

Autosport, 27 November 1969, Page 48

 

Macon was sold in the U.S.A. via Fred Opert Racing.

 

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#13 Rupertlt1

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Posted 24 August 2021 - 07:36

Yes, he is. I've seen the newspaper list, and I think you'll find that it, in fact, says "Timolat" there, but you always have to be prepared for typos in newspapers in pre-electronic type setting days (well, and even after!). Those poor guys (really masters of their craft!) had to read and set the (inverted!) letters in no time at all; highly skilled professionals all of them, but (of course) not immune to the occasional slip-up,

 

Michael, My eyesight is not what it was! Not the least of reasons why I post in large type here. I've amended above.

The involvement of Fred Opert in Formula Ford needs further scrutiny. RGDS RLT


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#14 Michael Ferner

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Posted 24 August 2021 - 07:39

I'm sorry to hear that. I can sympathize, I need to magnify all pages that I find to the max, and I'm only 54! Where will it end... :(



#15 Michael Ferner

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Posted 24 August 2021 - 07:45

Since we're both "on the same (newspaper) page" (so to speak), can you tell me what those tiny "bridges" ahead of the cockpits of the Caldwell D-9s are? I think I've seen them in other period pictures, but a web hunt for pictures of these cars does not produce any evidence.



#16 Rupertlt1

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Posted 24 August 2021 - 07:55

Since we're both "on the same (newspaper) page" (so to speak), can you tell me what those tiny "bridges" ahead of the cockpits of the Caldwell D-9s are? I think I've seen them in other period pictures, but a web hunt for pictures of these cars does not produce any evidence.

 

I was wondering about that — can anybody enlighten us?

 

Similar device on a Super Vee:

 

http://www.simplesev...xp07/Kaplan.jpg

 

See also: http://www.simplesev...story/dsk07.htm

 

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Posted 24 August 2021 - 19:42

IMSA INAUGURAL FORMULA FORD

RACE, POCONO INTERNATIONAL

SPEEDWAY, LONG POND, PENNSYLVANIA

19 October 1969, ¾ mile oval

FINISHERS

1. #0 Jim Clarke, Caldwell D9, 200 laps or 150 miles in 1.47.08 for an average speed of 83.166 m.p.h., $500

2. #66 Jim Jenkins, Winkelmann, 200 laps, $400

3. #71 Kevin Glynn, Climax-Royale, 198 laps, $300

4. #87 Tom Reddy, Winkelmann, 197 laps, $200

5. #73 Gary Magwood, Merlyn Mk11A, 196 laps, $175

6. #24 Bob Gardner, Lotus 61, 196 laps, $150

7. #65 Jim Stevens, Caldwell D9, 194 laps, $125

8. #97 David Piper, Climax-Royale, 193 laps, $100

9. #3 Nils Sanborn, Merlyn Mk11A, 193 laps, $95

10. #74 Fred Opert, Titan Mk4, 187 laps, $90

11. #70 Randy Wykoff, Lotus 51, 187 laps, $85 (sic Wycoff ?)

12. #13 William Smith, Alexis Mk15, 185 laps, $80

13. #9 Skip Barber, Caldwell D9, 185 laps, $75

14. #33 Jack Cowell, Winkelmann, 181 laps, $70

15. #45 Bill McFarlan, Lotus 61, 169 laps, $65

16. #39 Bill Scott, Climax-Royale, 161 laps, $60

17. #99 Lee Wiese, Macon, 157 laps, $55

DNF

18. #14 Peter Quenet, Caldwell D9, 120 laps, broken crankshaft, $50

19. #11 James Needham, Winkelmann, 66 laps, engine, $45

20. #10 Carson Baird, Lotus 51, 30 laps, crash, $40

21. #69 Bruce Cargill, Lotus 61, 28 laps, broken crankshaft, $40

Competition Press & Autoweek, 8 November 1969, Page 15

 

24 entries.

"George Alderman, Wilmington, Del., is in satisfactory condition after running into the wall with his week-old Formula Ford."

SCHENECTADY GAZETTE, Wed 22 Oct 1969, Page 40. (Lotus 61.) 

 

Race #s best efforts.

 

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Posted 24 August 2021 - 19:52

Since we're both "on the same (newspaper) page" (so to speak), can you tell me what those tiny "bridges" ahead of the cockpits of the Caldwell D-9s are? I think I've seen them in other period pictures, but a web hunt for pictures of these cars does not produce any evidence.


They are rear view mirrors. Pretty short lived idea as I recall.

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#19 raceannouncer2003

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Posted 25 August 2021 - 05:26

From 1970 to 1974, Westwood (near Vancouver) hosted pro FF races.  The first, on September 20, 1970, was sponsored by Export A, owned at that time by MacDonald Tobacco.  Here are the results:

 

1970-September-20-Westwood-Formula-Ford-

 

and the race report:

 

1970-September-20-Westwood-Formula-Ford-

 

Vince H.


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#20 Michael Ferner

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Posted 25 August 2021 - 06:59

They are rear view mirrors. Pretty short lived idea as I recall.

 

Doh! Pretty obvious once you start 'thinking' about it :D

 

Thanks! I think I can see why they didn't catch on...



#21 Rupertlt1

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Posted 25 August 2021 - 08:00

They are rear view mirrors. Pretty short lived idea as I recall.

 

Here is #0 Caldwell D-9, driver Jim Clarke, using such a device:

 

https://library.revs...ion=p17257coll1

 

The idea goes back a long way to Indianapolis:

 

https://www.firstsup...oun-cockpit-lr1

 

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Posted 25 August 2021 - 08:17

Can anybody identify car #87 at Talladega in 1969? Does anybody have an entry list?

 

https://library.revs...ion=p17257coll1

 

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#23 Michael Ferner

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Posted 25 August 2021 - 08:58

 

The idea goes back a long way to Indianapolis:

 

https://www.firstsup...oun-cockpit-lr1

 

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... and it didn't work then, either!



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Posted 25 August 2021 - 09:27

It improved the power to weight ratio, weighing less than a mechanician.

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Posted 25 August 2021 - 09:53



It improved the power to weight ratio, weighing less than a mechanician.

 

Yes, right... I thought of that immediately after I hit the reply button. Of course, as a ruse it was quite successful, but as a mirror it was plainly useless.

 

:up:



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Posted 26 August 2021 - 03:26

Preview of 6th annual Lake Afton Grand Prix, west of Wichita, Kansas, S.C.C.A., 15-16 August 1970

"Formula Ford points leader

Kevin Glynn, a Hawke driver

has not yet filed an entry for the

race and the 3 pilots immediate-

ly behind him in the standings

are willing to take over the lead.

They are James King, Climax

Royale; Bob Lazier, Titan, and

Eddie Miller, Merlyn. Lazier

won both Formula Ford races at

Kansas City while King was win-

ner in Colorado and Miller is the

defending MiDiv Formula Ford

champion."

The Salina Journal (Salina, Kansas) Friday 14 Aug 1970, Page 6

 

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#27 RonPohl

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Posted 26 August 2021 - 04:26

Here is #0 Caldwell D-9, driver Jim Clarke, using such a device:

 

https://library.revs...ion=p17257coll1

 

The idea goes back a long way to Indianapolis:

 

https://www.firstsup...oun-cockpit-lr1

 

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Yes, a wink mirror I think it was called.  They were quite the rage briefly.  Never used one, although I had the ex-Herb Brownell D-9 in 71-72.


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Posted 26 August 2021 - 04:41

INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SPORTS

ASSN., ALABAMA INTERNATIONAL

MOTOR SPEEDWAY, TALLADEGA

ALA., 9 NOVEMBER 1969

FORMULA FORD TOP 12 FINISHERS

1. #31 Nils Sanborn, Media, Pa., Merlyn, 25 laps or 100 miles for an average speed of 101.1 mph, $1,000

2. #66 Jim Jenkins, Blauvelt, New York, Winkelmann

3. #39 Bill Scott, McLean, Virginia, Climax Royale

4. #73 Gary Magwood, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, Merlyn

5. #6 Skip Adrian, Fresno, California, Winkelmann

6. #0 Jim Clarke, Dearborn, Michigan, Caldwell D9

7. #8 Robert Smith, Dallas, Texas, Merlyn

8. #33 Jack Cowell, New York, Winkelmann

9. #24 Bob Gardner, Wilmington, Delaware, Lotus 61

10. #74 Fred Opert, Paramus, New Jersey, Titan

11. #37 Dave Yoder, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Lotus 61

12. #77 Jim Grob, Pompano Beach, Florida, Winkelmann

Competition Press & Autoweek, 29 November 1969, Page 30

 

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Posted 26 August 2021 - 04:55

Yes, a wink mirror I think it was called.  They were quite the rage briefly.  Never used one, although I had the ex-Herb Brownell D-9 in 71-72.

 

Tell us more about racing the Caldwell? What happened to it?

 

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Posted 26 August 2021 - 15:24

TALLADEGA, ALABAMA, AIMS tri-oval, 11-12 April 1970

Formula Ford Twin 50's preceding the Alabama 500

Race One (Saturday 2:00 p.m., 19 laps, 50.54 miles over 2.66-mile track)

1. Carson Baird, Laurel, Md., Winkelmann, 97.924 mph

2. Frank Marrs, Plantation, Fla., Titan

3. Dave Yoder, Miami, Lola

4. James Jenkins, Yonkers, NY, Winkelmann

5. Nick Dunn, Key West

6. Nils Sanborn, Newton Sq. PA

7. Bill Baros, Coral Gables

8. Budd Ladd, Grosse Point, Mich

9. Michael Richards, Chatta.

10. Bill McFarlan, Toledo

11. Bob Stewart, Baton Rouge

12. Vic Matthews, Mechanicsville, Va

13. Tom Fraser, Atlanta

14. Kevin Glynn, St. Louis

15. Gary Weber, Vandalia, Ohio

16. Bob Naimowics, Taylor, Mich

17. George Hair, Doraville, Ga

18. Mark Ward, Marietta, Ga

19. Jim Barron, Troy, Mich

20. J. Scott Schilling, Miami

21. Don Burris, Wilmington, Del

Accident on 9th lap involving:

Terry Baxter, Greenbelt, MD; Scott Schilling, Miami Springs, FLA; Bob Rodamar, Merritt Island, FLA; Nick Dunn, Key West, FLA; Ray Brimble, London, England; Bob Brown, Toledo, Ohio.  

Jim Clarke, Garden City, Mich, DNS

Race Two (Sunday 1:00 p.m.)

1. Jim Jenkins, [#66] Winkelmann, 105.109 mph 

2. Carson Baird, [#8] Winkelmann

3. Jim Clarke

 

What cars were they driving?

 

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Posted 26 August 2021 - 16:01

Yes, a wink mirror I think it was called. They were quite the rage briefly. Never used one, although I had the ex-Herb Brownell D-9 in 71-72.


Wink is correct. I used one on the track and on the road and felt it was useful-if nothing else the large width compared to a normal mirror was better on the road in city traffic rather than on the track. But that was a long time ago and really I never thought about it again till this thread popped up, so maybe not all that much better.

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Posted 26 August 2021 - 16:15

Tell us more about racing the Caldwell? What happened to it?

 

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Herb and I have been scouring the internet looking for D-9 chassis # 20.   She is still MIA.  Phil Palm and I bought the car through Charlie Hayes in 1971. We had Chuck Willis (CRW) do the engine.  A good car, especially in Phil’s hands.   We sold it in 1972 through Automotive Development to an unknown party to move up to a brabham formula b.  Never saw the car again, either in period or during the booming vintage era.  In some ways, the Caldwell looked like a Merlyn Mk-11 knock off with some added engineering (not a bad thing.). There is a Caldwell FB page for anyone interested.   



#33 Rupertlt1

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Posted 26 August 2021 - 18:11

Herb and I have been scouring the internet looking for D-9 chassis # 20.   She is still MIA.  Phil Palm and I bought the car through Charlie Hayes in 1971. We had Chuck Willis (CRW) do the engine.  A good car, especially in Phil’s hands.   We sold it in 1972 through Automotive Development to an unknown party to move up to a brabham formula b.  Never saw the car again, either in period or during the booming vintage era.  In some ways, the Caldwell looked like a Merlyn Mk-11 knock off with some added engineering (not a bad thing.). There is a Caldwell FB page for anyone interested.   

 

Black Otter climb

turns six records

Grant Cameron, driving a Caldwell Formula Ford

won the A Modified class in :59.654 to set the first of six

new course records in Sunday's 22nd annual Black Otter

Hill Climb.

Cameron cut 1.897 seconds off the previous mark set

last year.

The Billings Gazette (Billings, Montana) Monday 21 Jul 1980, Page 14

 

Stan Swenson, the fourth driver with a

pace-setting practice run, was the latest

possessor of something akin to the Hope diamond

of cars. His Caldwell Formula Ford was the car

driven to the course record last year by Grant

Cameron.

Swenson, who bought the car from

Cameron, said that it has passed through several

owners in the past few years, none of whom

were still competing in the hill climb.

The Billings Gazette (Billings, Montana) Monday 20 July 1981, Page 13

 

Montana driver wins hillclimb

Stan Swenson, driving a Caldwell For-

mula Ford, nabbed "King of the Hill"

honors in Sunday's Tower Road Auto

Hillclimb.

The Billings, Mont., driver posted a

:46.938 clocking up the winding road

course for the fast time of the day.

Swenson, president of the Sports Car

Club of Montana, South Division, claim-

ed the victory with an average speed of

over 77 miles an hour.

Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota) Monday 23 Aug 1982, Page 15

 

I'll see what else I can find. Does anybody know how many chassis were built? 

 

RGDS RLT


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#34 RonPohl

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Posted 26 August 2021 - 22:50

It’s been reported on the Caldwell FB page that total production of Caldwell D-9s was either 103 or 105.


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#35 10kDA

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Posted 27 August 2021 - 11:31

Since we're both "on the same (newspaper) page" (so to speak), can you tell me what those tiny "bridges" ahead of the cockpits of the Caldwell D-9s are? I think I've seen them in other period pictures, but a web hunt for pictures of these cars does not produce any evidence.

 

They are rear view mirrors. Pretty short lived idea as I recall.

 

Jim Clarke started this trend after losing an eye in a racing accident. I believe SCCA and/or IMSA then required him to use this type mirror to minimize any blind spots to the rear. I don't know if the other drivers using these had vision problems.  



#36 Rupertlt1

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Posted 27 August 2021 - 13:13

Sebring, 28 Dec 1969, 66 miles

Position, Driver, Laps

1.— Bill Scott, McLean, Va., Climax Royale, 30

2.— Skip Barber, Carlisle, Mass., Caldwell, 30

3.— Jim Jenkins, Yonkers, N.Y., Winkelmann, 30

4.— Kurt Reinold, Rockford, Illinois, Merlyn, 30 

5.— Jim Clarke, Dearborn, Michigan, Caldwell, 30

6.— Steve Louden, Dallas, Texas, Merlyn, 30

7.— Jack Cowell, Winkelmann, 30

8.— Nils Sanborn, Merlyn, 30

9.— Gerry Birrell, Crossle, 30

10.— Huub Vermeulen, Lotus, 29

11.— J. A. Kauffman, Merlyn, 29

12.— Robert Smith, Merlyn, 29

13.— Ray Brimble, Caldwell, 29

14.— Bob Stewart, Merlyn, 29 

15.— Bob Smith, Titan, 29

16.— David C. Yoder, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Titan, 28

17.— Peter Quenet, Caldwell, 28

18.— Bill McFarlan, Lotus, 28

19.— Skipp Walther, Titan, 28

20.— Gary Magwood, Hawke, 27

Canada Track & Traffic, February 1970, Page 38

*Tim Schenken, Titan, Fred Opert Racing, was disqualified from 1st place (illegal flywheel and clutch)

One report has Clarke finishing in front of Reinold.

 

RGDS RLT


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#37 Michael Ferner

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Posted 27 August 2021 - 13:56

Jim Clarke started this trend after losing an eye in a racing accident. I believe SCCA and/or IMSA then required him to use this type mirror to minimize any blind spots to the rear. I don't know if the other drivers using these had vision problems.  

 

Ahh, yes, that makes sense. Thanks. :)



#38 Rupertlt1

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Posted 27 August 2021 - 19:23

Marlboro Speedway, Maryland, Washington region S.C.C.A., 21 September 1969

1.— Jack Cowell, Winkelmann

2.— Tom Reddy, Winkelmann

3.— Jim Jenkins, Winkelmann

Lap record—Cowell 1:30.2

 

All three entries were associated with Competition Research Inc., of Blauvelt, New York.

"Owned by two active racing

drivers, Jack Cowell, 25, presi-

dent, and James Jenkins, 24,

vice-president, Competition

Research has been in business

at Blauvelt for about six

months."

"Two others complete the

firm. They're Peter Burger of

Monsey and Theodore Wenz

from Yonkers. Both formerly

worked at Kinematics Auto

Repair in Monsey."

The Journal News (White Plains, New York) Friday 5 Dec 1969, Page 22

Tom Reddy was from Bronxville, NY.

 

Was this the last event at Marlboro? 

 

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Edited by Rupertlt1, 28 August 2021 - 05:43.


#39 raceannouncer2003

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Posted 28 August 2021 - 06:01

July 18, 1971...Westwood, Export A Pro Formula Ford:

 

1970-July-18-Westwood-Export-A-Formula-F

 

...and the race report, courtesy the late Mike Gee:

 

The Vancouver Province, Monday, July 19, 1971

Al Lader was more surprised than anyone else when he won the Formula Ford section of Sunday’s $3,000 Export A 100 before 2,400 fans at Westwood circuit.
The Gresham, Ore., driver, runner up in the 1970 North American Formula B series, had settled into second place behind Pierre Phillips as the race entered its final eight laps.
But Phillips, the Portland veteran driving a Titan, suddenly slowed at the hairpin and waved Lader by.
“I’d never have caught Pierre, if he hadn’t run into trouble,” said Lader, who was driving a Titan borrowed from a friend.
“Phillips was running too strongly, and I was having trouble just hanging onto second.”
Phillips, who won Westwood’s first pro Formula Ford race last fall, had a three-second lead when his car’s oil pressure disappeared and forced him out.
A field of 29 cars started the 28-lap, 50-mile race, but the hot weather took its toll, with several dropping out.
Arnie Loyning of Tacoma eventually finished second to another Titan, with Ric Forest third in a March and Dan Odenborg of Seattle fourth in a Lola.
Marty Loft of Tacoma was battling with Forest, who tied Phillips for the pole in qualifying, entering the final lap. The two cars collided at the hairpin on the final circuit and damaged Loft’s car so badly he had to quit.
Mike Eyerly of Portland, 1969-70 Continental Formula B champion, also borrowed a car to enter the event, but pulled off in the late stages with oil problems. His Lotus 51 was running seventh at the time.
The day’s most serious incident occurred on the 11th lap of the Formula Ford event when the Winkleman of Seattle’s Riley Hopkins went out of the control at the Carousel and rocketed into the trees. The car flew well into the bush, but Hopkins escaped injury.

 

You can find the results of the October 3, 1971 Canadian Run offs, held in the pouring rain at Westwood, including Formula Ford, at Dominic St. Jean's site here:

 

http://www.autocours...le=results.html

 

As for the May 30, 1971 Pepsi Pro Formula Ford race at Westwood, all I have is:

 

1. Dan Odenborg, Lola T202

2. Alan Lader, Lotus

3. Ric Forest, March 719

 

Rupert, can you access the May 31, 1971 Vancouver Province newspaper ?

 

 

Vince H.


Edited by raceannouncer2003, 28 August 2021 - 06:27.


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#40 Rupertlt1

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Posted 28 August 2021 - 07:43

Vince, Yes, I'll post here in due course. RGDS RLT



#41 layabout

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Posted 28 August 2021 - 20:57

I was wondering about that — can anybody enlighten us?

 

Similar device on a Super Vee:

 

http://www.simplesev...xp07/Kaplan.jpg

 

See also: http://www.simplesev...story/dsk07.htm

 

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That "device" is a rear view mirror, called a "Winkspeed" mirror back in the day. I think you could get two different types---one with a single, plain mirror for formula cars & the other with staggered mirrors that would provide a wider view & span the width of a production car. In fact you can still buy the latter at sites like Pegasus Racing: https://www.pegasusa....asp?RecID=1546



#42 layabout

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Posted 28 August 2021 - 21:02

FORD TO HELP IMSA

John Bishop, president of the International Motor

Sports Association, announced last week that Ford Motor

Co. will contribute $10,000 to IMSA's Formula Ford

championship point fund. IMSA will conduct 20 pro-

fessional Formula Ford races throughout 1970 that will

count in the championship point standings. IMSA also

will conduct professional series in Formula Vee and

small sedan classes.

Philadelphia Daily News (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Thursday 11 Dec 1969, Page 57

 

IMSA's preliminary 1970

schedule already includes

Formula Ford champion-

ship events at Daytona,

Feb. 15; Dallas Internation-

al, March 14; Talladega

April 11 and Charlotte Mo-

tor Speedway May 23.

Points will be credited to

the top six finishers in each

race on a 9-6-4-3-2-1 basis.

News-Journal (Mansfield, Ohio) Sunday 4 Jan 1970, Page 58

 

A 100-mile race was also scheduled at Bristol International Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee, the 'National 200' on the high-banked half-mile oval for 22 March. Single car qualifying.

Here are the point standings prior to the Bristol race:

1970 FORMULA FORD CHAMPIONSHIP POINT STANDINGS TO DATE

1. Jim Clarke, Garden City, Michigan, 10 points (Autodynamics Caldwell D-9)

   Jim Jenkins, Yonkers, New York, 10

   Bill Scott, McLean, Virginia, 10

4. Nils Sanborn, Newtown Square, PA, 9

5. Kevin Glynn, Mascoutah, Illinois, 3

   Gary Magwood, Scarborough, ON, Canada, 3

7. Skip Adrian, Fresno, CA, 2

   Kurt Reinold, Rockford, Illinois, 2

9. Robert Smith, Dallas, TX, 1

 

What cars were they driving?

Entered at Bristol: Lou Timolat, Fred Opert Racing, Titan

What happened at this race?

Show Doesn't

Go On at BIS

BRISTOL Sunday's

Formula Ford race, the

National 200, scheduled at

Bristol International

Speedway, was postponed by

rain.

Larry Carrier, president of

the speedway, called off the

race and set Sunday, April

26, as the makeup date.

 

The race was reformatted to two 100-lap 50-mile races, with a 30-lap qualifying event.

(This negated the need for refuelling.)

Event rained out again.

"New date for the Formula

Ford racing program is

Saturday, August 29." 

 

Summit Point, West Virginia, 30 May — winner Bill Scott

 

RGDS RLT 

Skip Adrian was in a Winkelmann WDF1



#43 raceannouncer2003

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Posted 29 August 2021 - 06:06

Re-post 39...I just found this...entry list for the May 30, 1971 Pepsi Pro FF race at Westwood:

 

1971-May-30-Pepsi-Pro-Formula-Ford-entry

 

Vince H.


Edited by raceannouncer2003, 29 August 2021 - 06:06.


#44 Rupertlt1

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Posted 29 August 2021 - 08:48

Re-post 39...I just found this...entry list for the May 30, 1971 Pepsi Pro FF race at Westwood:

 

1971-May-30-Pepsi-Pro-Formula-Ford-entry

 

Vince H.

 

PEPSI PRO INVITATIONAL, Westwood, B.C., Sunday 30 May 1971

First Heat

1. Dan Odenborg, Seattle, Lola T202

2. Tom Wiechmann, Kent, Wash, Titan

3. Ric Forest, Edmonton, March 719

4. Dave Morris, Edmonton, Hawke

5. Alan Lader, Gresham, Lotus

6. Mike Campbell, Portland, Forsgrini

7. Richard Cooney, Los Angeles, Titan

8. Fred McNeil, Richmond, Merlyn

9. James Kalie, Bellevue, Titan

10. Gerald Parker, Tacoma, Titan

11. Pierre Phillips, Portland, Titan

12. Bill Hill, Olympia, Marque

13. James Harvey, Los Angeles, Lotus

14. Larry Walstrand, Maple Valley, Wash., Titan

15. Stu Goodridge, Victoria, Titan

16. Louis Germain, Ste. Foy, Quebec, Lotus

17. Boyd Pearce, Sacramento, Titan

18. Tom Johnston, W. Vancouver, Castrol March

19. Paul Reynolds, Victoria, Titan

20. Pat Davidson, Victoria, Titan

21. Louise Roberge, Cap Rouge, Quebec, Lotus

22. Don Gasaway, Spokane, Titan

23. George Benson, Nanaimo, B.C., Titan

24. Marty Loft, Tacoma, Titan

25. Steve Cross, Portland, Lotus

26. Don Crawford, Portland, Titan

 

Second Heat

1. Alan Lader, Gresham, Lotus

2. Ric Forest, Edmonton, March 719

3. Dan Odenborg, Seattle, Lola T202

4. Dave Morris, Edmonton, Hawke

5. Mike Campbell, Portland, Forsgrini

6. Pierre Phillips, Portland, Titan

7. Richard Cooney, Los Angeles, Titan

8. Fred McNeil, Richmond, Merlyn

9. Louis Germain, Ste. Foy, Quebec, Lotus

10. Tom Johnston, W. Vancouver, Castrol March

11. Stu Goodridge, Victoria, Titan

12. Pat Davidson, Victoria, Titan

13. James Kalie, Bellevue, Titan

14. James Harvey, Los Angeles, Lotus

15. Louise Roberge, Cap Rouge, Quebec, Lotus

16. Don Gasaway, Spokane, Titan

17. George Benson, Nanaimo, Titan

18. Marty Loft, Tacoma, Titan

19. Steve Cross, Portland, Lotus

20. Bill Hill, Olympia, Marque

 

Formula Ford

Overall Finish

1. Dan Odenborg, Seattle, Lola T202   

2. Alan Lader, Gresham, Oregon, Lotus

3. Ric Forest, Edmonton, March 719

4. Dave Morris, Edmonton, Hawke DL2B

5. Richard Cooney, Los Angeles, Titan Mk6

6. Pierre Phillips, Portland, Titan Lucas  

7. Fred McNeil, Richmond, Merlyn

8. Mike Campbell, Portland, Forsgrini

9. Louis Germain, Ste. Foy, Quebec, Lotus 61M

10. James Kalie, Bellevue, Titan

11. Tom Johnston, W. Vancouver, Castrol March 719

12. Stu Goodridge, Victoria, Titan

13. Pat Davidson, Victoria, Titan

14. James Harvey, Los Angeles, Lotus 61

15. Louise Roberge, Cap Rouge, Quebec, Lotus 69

16. Don Gasaway, Spokane, Titan

17. George Benson, Nanaimo B.C., Titan Mk4

18. Marty Loft, Tacoma, Titan

19. Steve Cross, Portland, Lotus 61

20. Bill Hill, Olympia, Marque

The Vancouver Sun (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) Monday 31 May 1971, Page 23

 

DNF: #5 Stan Call, Gardena, California, Titan; #23 Larry Walstrand, Maple Valley, Washington, Titan.

 

Any comments on the Forsgrini and Marque cars?

 

RGDS RLT 


Edited by Rupertlt1, 29 August 2021 - 09:12.


#45 Rupertlt1

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Posted 29 August 2021 - 09:10

Seattle International Raceway, S.C.C.A., 25 July 1971

Race 4 (Formula Ford)

1. Bob Williams, Santa Monica, California, Titan

2. Mike Eyerly, Salem, Oregon, Forsgrini

3. Arnie Loyning, Des Moines, Titan

4. Tom Gloy, Concord, Calif, Winkelmann

5. Ray Caruthers, Castle AFB, California, Winkelmann

....

12. Bill Cammarano, Tacoma, Winkelmann

DNF — Bill Hill, Olympia, Marque SR

The News Tribune (Tacoma, Washington) Monday 26 Jul 1971, Page 14

 

RGDS RLT 



#46 10kDA

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Posted 29 August 2021 - 14:13


 

Any comments on the Forsgrini and Marque cars?

 

RGDS RLT 

Lyle Forsgren is a friend of a friend. I'll try to find out if he may want to comment on this forum.



#47 Rupertlt1

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Posted 30 August 2021 - 05:27

GATEWAY GRAND PRIX SCCA

NATIONAL RACES ST. LOUIS

REGION, MID-AMERICA RACEWAY

WENTZVILLE, MO., 20 SEPT 1970

FORMULA SCCA FORD

1. Larry Harley, Brabham

2. Bob Nunemacher, Brabham

3. Eddie Miller, Merlyn

Competition Press & Autoweek, 10 October 1970

 

RGDSD RLT 



#48 Rupertlt1

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IMSA PIEDMONT 100 FORMULA FORD RACE,

CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY,

CHARLOTTE, N.C., SATURDAY 23 MAY 1970

1½ mile oval

FINISHERS:

1. #66 Jim Jenkins, Winkelmann, 30 laps or 45 miles in 21:60.0 for an average speed of 125.97mph, $650

2. #70 Nick Dunn, Winkelmann, 30 laps, $425

3. Nils Sanborn, Merlyn, 30 laps, $315

4. #00 Gary Weber, Caldwell, 30 laps, $250

5. Bill McFarlan, Lotus, 30 laps, $200

6. Terry Baxter, Winkelmann, 29 laps, $180

7. Peter Quenet, Caldwell, 29 laps, $170

8. Carl Hungness, Lola, 29 laps, $160

9. Don Burris, Titan, 28 laps, $150

10. Jim Needham, Winkelmann, 28 laps, $140

11. Mike Hodgeson, Caldwell, 28 laps, $130

12. Rajah Rodgers, Fort Myers, Florida, Alexis, 28 laps, $120

DNF:

13. James Beattie, Beattie, 4 laps, engine failure, $110

14. Skipp Walther, Titan, 0 laps, unknown, $100

 

Reports of a crash in the 30-lap qualifying event are confused.

#15 Spurgeon May, Jackson, Mississippi, Caldwell, was involved in a seven-car accident on the 14th or 15th lap

"One of the cars moved to the

right, touching another and setting

off a chain reaction. Vic Matthews'

Macon went into a series of

end-over-end flips. John Kinney's

Scholar flipped and Bob Gardner's

Lotus was forced into the wall.

Spurgeon May's Caldwell D9

climbed onto the back of

Jim Clarke's similar car, Clarke's

Caldwell catching on fire. But

within seconds, Clarke crawled free

from the wreckage with only minor

burns.

Matthews and Kinney were

hospitalised, however—Matthews

with head and ankle injuries and

Kinney with leg injuries and burns

on his right side.

Although not injured in the

accident, Frank Marrs' Titan was

also involved, putting the car out of

further racing for the day."

Also mentioned Jim Needham, Ridgefield, Conn ("Needham was not involved in the wreck" — 10th in final); Terry Baxter, Greenbelt, Maryland (6th in final). Another report has Vic Matthews, Mechanicsville, Virginia, in a Winkelmann.

#1 Vic Matthews. Frank Marrs, Plantation, Florida.

 

Is this the car of John Kinney, Bridgeport, Connecticut?

 

https://library.revs...ion=p17257coll1

 

RGDS RLT


Edited by Rupertlt1, 19 October 2021 - 07:04.


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Posted 30 August 2021 - 16:13

IMSA PIEDMONT 100 FORMULA FORD

RACE, CHARLOTTE MOTOR

SPEEDWAY, CHARLOTTE, N.C., 23 MAY 1970

1½ mile oval

FINISHERS:

1. #66 Jim Jenkins, Winkelmann, 30 laps or 45 miles in 21:60.0 for an average speed of 125.97mph, $650

2. #70 Nick Dunn, Winkelmann, 30 laps, $425

3. Nils Sanborn, Merlyn, 30 laps, $315

4. #00 Gary Weber, Caldwell, 30 laps, $250

5. Bill McFarlan, Lotus, 30 laps, $200

6. Terry Baxter, Winkelmann, 29 laps, $180

7. Peter Quenet, Caldwell, 29 laps, $170

8. Carl Hungness, Lola, 29 laps, $160

9. Don Burris, Titan, 28 laps, $150

10. Jim Needham, Winkelmann, 28 laps, $140

11. Mike Hodgeson, Caldwell, 28 laps, $130

12. Ragah Rogers, Alexis, 28 laps, $120

DNF:

13. James Beattie, Beattie, 4 laps, engine failure, $110

14. Skip Walther, Titan, 0 laps, unknown, $100

 

Reports of a crash in the 30-lap qualifying event are confused.

#15 Spurgeon May, Jackson, Mississippi, Caldwell, was involved in a seven-car accident on the 14th or 15th lap

"One of the cars moved to the

right, touching another and setting

off a chain reaction. Vic Matthews'

Macon went into a series of

end-over-end flips. John Kinney's

Scholar flipped and Bob Gardner's

Lotus was forced into the wall.

Spurgeon May's Caldwell D9

climbed onto the back of

Jim Clarke's similar car, Clarke's

Caldwell catching on fire. But

within seconds, Clarke crawled free

from the wreckage with only minor

burns.

Matthews and Kinney were

hospitalised, however—Matthews

with head and ankle injuries and

Kinney with leg injuries and burns

on his right side.

Although not injured in the

accident, Frank Marrs' Titan was

also involved, putting the car out of

further racing for the day."

Also mentioned Jim Needham, Ridgefield, Conn ("Needham was not involved in the wreck" — 10th in final); Terry Baxter, Greenbelt, Maryland (6th in final). Another report has Vic Matthews, Mechanicsville, Virginia, in a Winkelmann.

#1 Vic Matthews.

 

Is this the car of John Kinney?

 

https://library.revs...ion=p17257coll1

 

RGDS RLT

A Caldwell D-9 catching fire is a scary thing.  Fiberglass fuel tank with no fuel cell.  We’re we really that dumb ?  Yup…..



#50 Rupertlt1

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SCCA U.S. FORMULA FORD CHAMPIONSHIPS,

MID-AMERICA RACEWAY, WENTZVILLE, MO.,

24 SEPTEMER 1972

FINISHERS:

1. Jack Baldwin, Titan MkVI, 15 laps or 42 miles in 30.05.0 for an average speed of 85.56mph, $1500

2. Bruce MacInnes, Winkelmann, 15 laps

3. Ron Dykes, Merlyn Mk20, 15 laps

4. Tom Pumpelly, Elden Mk8A, 15 laps

5. Gordon Smiley, Titan Mk6A, 15 laps

6. Bill Harris, Lola T202, 15 laps

7. Tom Klauser, Titan Mk6A, 15 laps

8. Fred Penderich, Titan Mk6, 15 laps

9. Bernie Sunier, Merlyn Mk17A, 15 laps

10. Jim Thompson, Lola T202, 15 laps

11. Dan Torpy, Lola T202, 15 laps

12. Bill Alsup, Caldwell B9?, 15 laps

13. James King, March 729, 15 laps

14. Bob Miosek, Lola T204, 15 laps

DNF:

15. Fred Stevenson, Crosslé, 13 laps, mechanical

16 Jim Harrell, Titan Mk6A, 13 laps, blown engine

17. Robert Henninger, Merlyn 11A, 12 laps, rearend

18. Chuck Pittenger, Lotus 61, 11 laps, flat tire

19. John Beck, Crosslé 20F, 11 laps, rocks in carburettor/overheating

20. John Hancock, Winkelmann WDF3, 10 laps, battery cable

21. Steve Lathrop, Titan Mk6, 10 laps, spun

22. Dale Wilhite, Crosslé 20F, 8 laps, off course

23. Eddie Miller, Hawke DL23, 8 laps, coil wire

Competition Press & Autoweek, 14 October 1972, Page 9

 

DFRE — Doug Fraser Racing Engines —  https://dougfraser.c...re-history.html

 

RGDS RLT


Edited by Rupertlt1, 08 September 2021 - 07:11.