South East SCCA Formula B 1967
Formula B was spread pretty thinly in the south east, with at least 200 miles and as much as 600 miles separating the four competitors from each other. John Hood travelled the widest, taking in Pro events at Lake Tahoe in California and Mont-Tremblant in Canada, and also won the SEDiv title comfortably. In his home division, he was completely dominant, winning at Fernandina Beach, Savannah, Courtland, Osceola Field and Palm Beach. His Brabham has not yet been identified but as the picture above shows, it looked very much like a Brabham BT18.
Behind Hood were two US-built prototype FB cars. Bob McQueen had acquired a LeGrand Mk3B from California, reputedly the first car built, and Bob Mercer drove the prototype Formula B Beach, a T-11 chassis number 101. At the very end of the season Hugh Kleinpeter appeared in FB in another Beach T-11 and was leading the Palm Beach F/SCCA race comfortably when his engine blew.
|1.||John Hood||Brabham [BT18?]||C. Florida||49 pts|
|2.||Bob McQueen||LeGrand [MK3B]||Atlanta||27 pts|
|3.||Bob Mercer||Beach [T-11]||Charleston||12 pts|
|4.||Bob Wallace||Beach||Alabama||2 pts|
|18 Mar 1967||Palm Beach International Raceway||Florida Region|
|15 Apr 1967||Fernandina Beach||Central Florida Region|
|06 May 1967||Savannah International Raceway||Savannah Region|
|28 May 1967||Courtland||Tennessee Valley Region|
|01 Jul 1967||Courtland||Alabama Region|
|12 Aug 1967||Montgomery||Central Alabama Region|
|02 Sep 1967||Osceola Field||Central Florida Region|
|16 Sep 1967||Selma||Alabama Region|
|14 Oct 1967||Palm Beach International Raceway||Florida Region|
Southeast Division sources
What we know of Southeast Division racing in this period comes from Competition Press & Autoweek's reports on SCCA Nationals and the SCCA's own Sports Car magazine. We are keen to learn more and are therefore very keen to acquire or borrow 1960s, 1970s and 1980s copies of SCCA regional publications from this Division. The known ones are:
- The Checker (Central Florida Region)
- CARolina Newsletter (Central Carolina Region)
- The Racket (Tennessee Valley Region)
- Regional Notes (Florida Region)
- Rich Mixture (Southern West Virginia Region)
- Sowega Newsletter (Sowega Region - became Chavaga Region in 1968)
- Sports Racing News (Alabama Region)
- Steering Wheel (Atlanta Region)
North Carolina Region, which moved from NEDiv to SEDiv in the late 1960s, has made its newsletter available online at the NCR website.
We are also keen to get scans of entry lists from SCCA Nationals in this Division.