My Formula 5000
Eppie Wietzes
Photo 1973 & profile 1976
Residence Thornhill, Ontario
Born April 28, 1938
Canadian Eppie Wietzes has never placed below sixth in the final
standings in the past six years of SCCA’s professional F/5000 series, but
despite his strong efforts, has yet to get higher than fourth in the
standings. In 1975. Eppie placed fifth in his Formula Racing Lola T400M.
Third-place finishes at Road America and Long Beach his best outings of
the season. Other points earning efforts in 1975 were a fourth at
Pocono. And a pair of fifths at Mosport and Watkins Glen. His other
finishes were a 12th at Riverside and 13th at Road Atlanta where engine
problems caused him to drop from the top 10 plus DNF’s at Mid-Ohio and
Laguna Seca. In 1974, Wietzes placed fourth in the final standings.
Starting six events, he recorded a second, two thirds and a fourth for his
four finishes. The year previous, he drove a Lola T330 in all nine events
with his seven finishes between third and ninth for a sixth-place in the
standings. In 1972, he drove a McLaren M18 to his first, long-awaited
L&M Championship victory at Minnesota’s Brainerd circuit. This, coupled
with four other high finishes, put him in fifth place at year’s end. In 1971
and 1970, the vice president of Wietzes Motors Ltd. raced a McLaren to
fourth place in the season-end championship standings. Born in Holland,
Wietzes moved to Canada when he was 11 and began racing a Morris
Minor in 1958. Since then, he has competed in a Sunbeam Alpine,
Shelby Cobra, Mustang and a Ford GT40. Wietzes had his first ride in an
open-wheeled car when he was offered a team Formula 1 Lotus for the
1967 Canadian Grand Prix. Competing in only a few events in 1968, he
joined the Formula Racing team in 1969, winning the Canadian Road
Racing Championship that year and in 1970.

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Eppie Wietzes
Road America
Lola T300
Lola T330
Long Beach
Laguna Seca
Formula Racing Team
Eppie Wietzes
Lola booth at the London racecar show 1969
The above photo is from the "1969 London Racing Car Show"  
History has it that the Clayton Family purchased the Lola T-142 at
the show booth from the London car show for Eppie Wietz's.