Sept. 21-22, 1963 - SCCA Divisional
Advertising poster for the September 21-22, 1963, SCCA Regional road races. From the author's collection.
Gonstead Solves Lotus 23 Ills; Wins Greenwood
Greenwood Roadway, Iowa - Dr. Curt Gonstead, Monroe, Wis. cured his Lotus 23 of its Elkhart Lake problems and won the feature 25 lap race on the Greenwood Roadway Midwest divisional championship card Sept. 22, before 21,000 Iowa road race fans. He averaged 83.92 mph.
Curt broke the lap record set previously in the day by Dick Doane's lightweight Corvette when he recorded an 85.85 mph, 2:05.8 trip around the three-mile circuit.
At the flag drop Doane out charged the field to the first turn and took the lead for the first 10 laps whereupon Gonstead caught the lightweight and took over. Doane staved off Hank Calder's Elva 7 and Bob Shaw's Lotus 23 while having stick shift problems. The lever finally let go and Doane lost two gears and second place, thus finishing fourth overall, and first in C-mod.
Gonstead was never challenged. Enos Wilson, Okmulgee, Okla., played tag with the leaders in his Birdcage-Corvette until he spun and finally ended up in fifth place.
In the semi-windup for division points in A-D production, John Morton, Waukegan, Ill., West Coast trained driver and not yet a national license holder, came out of the blue in his well-prepared Lotus Super 7 to beat George Montgomery's Cobra to the checker. The TR-4s of John Mahler and Jack Goans took third and fourth.
In the E, F-production tussle H. E. Smiley's Austin Healey looked good for awhile but at the end it was the usual E-production story as Porsches driven by Gary Stephenson and Tom Countryman finished 1-2.
Four Formula Vees made the grid to mix it up with the H-mods and when the smoke cleared after 15 laps the old pro, Ed Walsh of St. Louis, breezed home the winner in his SAAB-engined Lotus 23. Dr. Tom Boulter, Iowa City, copped second in Vee.
In an earlier sprint race for Juniors and Vees, Don Bye, Elva-Ford, took a trip into the tulips, a few feet down an embankment at turn 1. In the scramble to get repositioned an MBM junior and two Vees went over the top.
HM-Edw. Walsh, Lotus-SAAB; F.Vee-Tom Boulter, Vee; F.Jr.-John Carter, Volpini; FP-Dave Ostrem, TR-3; GP-Robt. Fry, Sprite; HP-Bill Trowbridge, Sprite; GT-J. O'Dell, BMW 700; EP-Gary Stephenson, Porsche; DP-John Mahler, TR-4; CP-Tom Slaymaker, Daimler 250; BP-John Morton, Lotus 7; AP-Geo. Montgomery, Cobra; CM-R. Doane, Corvette Grand Sport; DM-Dave Biggs, Ferrari 250; FM-C. Gonstead, Lotus 23; GM-Robert Keice, Elva VII
- From the September 28, 1963 Competition Press