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.
|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.
|08 Apr 1967||Marlboro Motor Speedway||Washington Region|
|29 Apr 1967||Virginia International Raceway||North Carolina Region|
|13 May 1967||Cumberland Airfield||Steel Cities Region|
|04 Jul 1967||Lime Rock||Northern New Jersey Region|
|15 Jul 1967||Bridgehampton||New York Region|
|05 Aug 1967||Nelson Ledges||Steel Cities Region|
|19 Aug 1967||Watkins Glen||Glen Region|
|02 Sep 1967||Lime Rock||New England Region|
|16 Sep 1967||Marlboro Motor Speedway||Washington Region|
|07 Oct 1967||Bryar Motorsport Park||New 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.