North East Division SCCA Formula B 1967

Local Brabham importer Fred Opert had been busy as Fred Ashplant, Joe Grimaldi and Mike Hiss all started the NEDiv season with new BT21As. Hiss did very well in the early Pro races at Bridgehampton and War Bonnet so was a favourite for the NEDiv title but destroyed his car in a spectacular accident at Bridgehampton in July. After the Steel Cities National in August, Grimaldi led the points table from Ashplant but right behind them was the remarkable Mike Cronin of New England in his old but very quick Lotus 22. Cronin won the next two National outright, at Watkins Glen in mid-August and at Lime Rock three weeks later to establish a firm lead in the series. He underlined his talent with second place behind Ashplant at the St Jovite 'pro' FB race and by dominating his class in the Area 1 championship. Sports car specialist George Wintersteen, a late starter to the the FB season in yet another Brabham BT21A, had already picked up three second places, notably after a great battle with CenDiv leader Chuck Dietrick at Steel Cities, and became Cronin's main challenger when he dominated the Marlboro National in mid-September. Cronin could not add to his total at the final National at Bryar and Wintersteen won the race to overtake him and win the title.

Behind these four, Alan Gottlieb, Sam Brown and Rob Fuller all had older Brabhams and Peter Hutchinson who won at Marlboro in April but then had his Lotus 35 destroyed in a fiery accident at VIR that Hutchinson was lucky to escape. Also appearing in significant numbers were the new Crosslé 12Fs, three of which were delivered to Ned Owen, George Farraghan and Bruce Klussman. Roger Barr bought Klussman's car before the end of the season.

Final standings

1. George Wintersteen Brabham [BT21A] Phila. 42 pts *
2. M. [Mike] Cronin Lotus 22 NE 30 pts
3. Fred Ashplant Brabham BT21A NY 25 pts
4. Joe Grimaldi Brabham [BT21A] NNJ 18 pts *
5. Sam Brown Brabham [BT18] Wash. 12 pts *
6. R. [Bob] Fuller Brabham BT14 [BT16] NE 9 pts
7. Peter Hutchinson Lotus 35 NY 9 pts
8. Alan Gottlieb Brabham ['1966'] St. Cit. 9 pts
9. Ross MacGrotty Lotus 22 NY 9 pts
10. George Alderman Marlin Phila. 8 pts
11. C. Krueger Elfin NY 7 pts
12. N.[Ned] Owen Crossle [12F] Phila. 7 pts
13. William Kneeland Lotus 32 NE 6 pts
14. G. [George] Faraghan Crossle [12F] Phila. 5 pts
15. Michael Hiss Brabham [BT21A] Wash. 5 pts
16. Bruce Klussman Crossle [12F] W. NY 5 pts
17. Ron Alexander Alex Porsche Mah. Val. 4 pts
18. Roger Barr Crossle [12F] NE 4 pts
19. Mike Hayman Lotus 22 NY 4 pts *
20. Joe Richardson Cooper Wash. 4 pts
21. Donald Burris Cooper Phila. 3 pts

* Indicates total includes points earned out of home divisions.

1967 Schedule

08 Apr 1967Marlboro Motor SpeedwayWashington Region
29 Apr 1967Virginia International RacewayNorth Carolina Region
13 May 1967Cumberland AirfieldSteel Cities Region
04 Jul 1967Lime RockNorthern New Jersey Region
15 Jul 1967BridgehamptonNew York Region
05 Aug 1967Nelson LedgesSteel Cities Region
19 Aug 1967Watkins GlenGlen Region
02 Sep 1967Lime RockNew England Region
16 Sep 1967Marlboro Motor SpeedwayWashington Region
07 Oct 1967Bryar Motorsport ParkNew England Region

Northeast Division sources

Most of our knowledge of NEDiv racing comes from the SCCA's Sports Car magazine and from Competition Press & Autoweek. We are very keen to acquire or borrow 1960s, 1970s and 1980s copies of SCCA regional publications from this Division. These include:

  • Pit Talk (New England Region)
  • The Drift (Steel Cities Region)
  • Knock Off (Mohawk-Hudson Region)
  • Regional Review (New York Region)
  • Spark Plug (Glen Region)
  • The Spokesmen (Philadelphia Region)
  • The Straightpipe (Washington DC Region)
  • Top End Magazine (Finger Lakes Region)

North Carolina Region, which moved from NEDiv to SEDiv in 1969, has made its newsletter available online at the NCR website.

Additionally, Racing Magazine was published as a Lime Rock track magazine.

We are also keen to get scans of entry lists from SCCA Nationals in this Division.