North East Division SCCA Formula B 1968
The influence of local dealer Fred Opert was being seen in the North East Division where 21 drivers scored points and 11 of them were driving Brabhams which were now flooding into the country via Opert's operation in New Jersey. Despite his customer base, Opert was trumped by two works-assisted teams finished first and second: Lotus agent Fred Stevenson won the title in a Lotus - a 20 according to Sports Car but actually the same 41C he had driven in the Pro series - and Roger Barr was second in his Crosslé, almost certainly a 12F.
Bill Gubelmann was a regular in the Pro series and had acquired a Formula B version of the successful BT23 Formula 2 car. Of the other Brabham drivers, Mike Hiss and Fred Ashplant were seen in the pro series in their BT21As, as were Carson Baird and Oliver Grant in older BT18s. Nick Craw, Bob Welch, Mike Hayman and Peter Goetz all had new BT21Cs but the Brabham of Bruce Kearsley is not yet known.
Peter Rehl converted his Cooper T88 from Formula C specification to FB during the season but it continued to be referred to as a Cooper-BRM. Two more Crosslés appeared further down the listing, driven by Bruce Klussman and George Farraghan. Both are believed to have been 12Fs.
|1.||Fred Stevenson||Lotus '20' [41C]||N.E.||45 pts|
|2.||Roger Barr||Crosslé 12F||DC||36 pts *|
|3.||Bill Gubelmann||Brabham [BT23F]||N.Y.||27 pts *|
|4.||Peter Rehl||Cooper-BRM [T88]||N.E.||24 pts *|
|5.||Mike Hiss||Brabham [BT21A]||D.C.||21 pts *|
|6.||Carson Baird||Brabham [BT18?]||D.C.||15 pts|
|7.||Bob Welch||Brabham [BT21C]||D.C.||15 pts|
|8.||Fred Ashplant||Brabham [BT21A]||NNJ||10 pts|
|9.||Mike Hayman||Brabham [BT21C]||D.C.||9 pts|
|10.||John Sirmons||Lotus 22||N.E.||8 pts|
|11.||Howard Brown||Russell Alexis||Phila||7 pts|
|12.||Steve Brownstein||Brabham [BT16]||N.Y.||5 pts|
|13.||Nick Craw||Brabham [BT21C]||D.C.||4 pts *|
|14.||Bruce Kearsley||Brabham||N.E.||4 pts|
|15.||Oliver Grant||Brabham [BT18]||O.D.||3 pts|
|16.||Bruce Klussman||Crosslé||St Cit||3 pts|
|17.||Donald Burris||Cooper||Phila||2 pts|
|18.||George Farraghan||Crosslé||Phila||2 pts|
|19.||Don Campbell||Merlyn||D.C.||1 pt|
|20.||Victor Franzese||Lola T63||Glen||1 pt|
|21.||Peter Goetz||Brabham [BT21C]||Bl. Mt||1 pt|
* Indicates total includes points earned out of home divisions.
|07 Apr 1968||Marlboro Motor Speedway||Washington Region|
|21 Apr 1968||Virginia International Raceway||North Carolina Region|
|12 May 1968||Cumberland Airfield||Steel Cities Region|
|19 May 1968||Bridgehampton||New York Region|
|09 Jun 1968||Thompson Raceway||New England Region|
|06 Jul 1968||Lime Rock||Northern New Jersey Region|
|20 Jul 1968||Lime Rock||Mohawk Hudson Region|
|28 Jul 1968||Nelson Ledges||Steel Cities Region|
|11 Aug 1968||Watkins Glen||Glen Region|
|01 Sep 1968||Bryar Motorsports Park||New England Region|
|22 Sep 1968||Marlboro Motor Speedway||Washington Region|
This points table above appears in Sports Car magazine which lists the Nationals included as Marlboro, VIR, Cumberland, Bridgehampton (both halves), Thompson, Lime Rock (NNJ), Lime Rock (Mohawk-Hudson), SCIR, Watkins Glen, Bryar and Marlboro. The first Marlboro was The Governors Cup; Cumberland would have been the Annual Cumberland Sports Car Races; Watkins Glen had SCCA Nationals supporting a Trans-Am race; and the second Marlboro was The Marlboro National Championships.
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.