South West Division SCCA Formula B 1968
With Gus Hutchison and his team having moved on, Southwest Div was left with a couple of Lotus 41Cs but a complete change of drivers. The new names were led by Richard Negley, Sandy Shepard and Larry Harley, all of whom would move on to Pro FB and then into Formula A.
The only new Formula B car that appeared in SWDiv in 1968 was Bill Wolfe's Lotus 41, which he raced at Green Valley Raceway, Stardust International in late-February, and Clear Springs at the start of March, before selling it to Sandy Shepard and heading off to dental school.
|1.||Richard Negley||Lotus 41||Alamo||42 pts|
|2.||Sandy Shepard||Lotus 41||Texas||25 pts†|
|3.||Larry Harley||Lotus 51||Texas||17 pts|
|4.||Jim Hall||Halfbreed||Texas||14 pts|
|5.||Robert P Smith||Lotus 51||Texas||9 pts|
|6.||Richard McDaniel||BMC||Texas||6 pts|
|7.||Scott Keith||Lotus 51||Texas||6 pts|
† Indicates total includes points earned out of home division.
|11 Feb 1968||Green Valley Raceway||Texas Region|
|17 Mar 1968||Clear Springs||Alamo Region|
|12 May 1968||Austin Raceway Park||Lone Star Region|
|02 Jun 1968||Chennault Field (Lake Charles Airfield)||Southwest Louisiana Region|
|16 Jun 1968||Green Valley Raceway||Texas Region|
|07 Jul 1968||Galveston Airport (Scholes Field)||San Jacinto Region|
|04 Aug 1968||Austin Aqua Festival||Lone Star Region|
|15 Sep 1968||Odessa Raceway Park||West Texas Region|
|29 Sep 1968||Clear Springs||Alamo Region|
Racing expanded in SWDiv as Texas Region held a second National at their home track at Green Valley Raceway, West Texas Region held a National at Odessa Raceway Park, Southwest Louisiana Region had a race at Lake Charles Airfield and Lone Star Region organised an event at a new permanent facility at Austin Raceway Park. Alamo and San Jacinto Regions had the same events as 1967 but both Central Louisiana Region's and Red River Region's events were lost.
Southwest Division sources
Coverage of SWDiv was much slimmer in Competition Press & Autoweek than for other Divisions. To make the historian's life even more difficult, a couple of the Regions that organised National events do not appear to have had their own newsletters for much of this period: Alamo Region in Texas and Central Louisiana Region in Louisiana. The known Regional publications are:
- Deltagram (Delta Region)
- Journal (San Jacinto Region)
- Lone Star Draft (Lone Star Region) - from 1979
- Roundup (Texas Region)
- Spinout (Southwest Louisiana Region) - from 1978
- Border Bulletin (South Texas Border Region)
For much of the 1960s, the most important publication for this area was Southwest Racing News, published from 1963 onwards by Bill Gay from Dallas and running on until at least 1974. We are exceedingly keen to acquire copies of any of these.
We are also keen to get scans of entry lists from all SCCA Nationals and Regionals in this Division.