North East Division SCCA Formula B 1969
Paramus, NJ dealer Fred Opert won the North East Division with 42pts, the highest score in any of the SCCA's seven divisions. He had a new BT29 by August but all but nine of his points had been accrued earlier in the season in an older car. Fellow BT29 pilot Bob Welch was runner up after a late-season dash winning four Nationals on successive weekends and two of Fred's Chevron B15 customers were also well placed. This highly competitive region also saw the new Tecno of Gene Mason and Lotus agent Fred Stevenson's new 59B.
The early season pacesetter, Howard Brown's 1968 Brabham BT21C, was left back in fifth. Also in older Brabhams were Mike Hayman (BT21C) and Ken Duclos and Bill Baldwin (1967 BT21As). Mal Donaldson had his 1968 Crosslé and Bruce Klussman and George Faraghan continued with their 1967 Crosslés.
|1.||Fred Opert||Brabham [BT29]||NY||42 pts *|
|2.||Bob Welch||Brabham [BT29]||DC||36 pts *|
|3.||Ken Duclos||Brabham [BT21A]||NE||31 pts|
|4.||Bruce Klussman2||Crosslé [12F]||DC||26 pts|
|5.||Howard Brown3||Brabham [BT21C]||Phila.||25 pts *|
|6.||Steve Brownstein||Chevron [B15B]||NY||25 pts *|
|7.||Jim Grob||Chevron [B15B]||NNJ||24 pts|
|8.||Bill Baldwin||Brabham [BT21A?]||NNJ||15 pts|
|9.||Mal Donaldson4||Crosslé [14F]||NY||9 pts|
|10.||Gene Mason||Tecno||Phila.||9 pts *|
|11.||Fred Stevenson||Lotus [59B]||NE||9 pts|
|12.||Ronald Stanwicks||Cooper [T67?]||NE||7 pts|
|13.||George Faraghan||Crosslé||Phila.||6 pts|
|14.||Don Burris||Cooper||Phila.||4 pts|
|15.||Mike Hayman||Brabham [BT21C]||DC||4 pts *|
|16.||John Bicht||Cooper||DC||3 pts|
|17.||D [Don] Flores||not given||M-H1||3 pts|
|18.||Victor Franzese||Lola T63||Glen||2 pts|
|19.||J. William Campbell Jr||Cooper||DC||1 pt|
* Indicates total includes points earned out of home divisions.
1M-H is Mohawk-Hudson Region.
2Klussman was spelt Krossman in the official table.
3Howard Brown's name was given as Harold in the official table
4Donaldson's name was given as Hal in the official table.
|13 Apr 1969||Marlboro Motor Speedway||Washington Region|
|18 May 1969||Cumberland Airfield||Steel Cities Region|
|08 Jun 1969||Thompson Raceway||New England Region|
|22 Jun 1969||Bridgehampton||New York Region|
|05 Jul 1969||Lime Rock||Northern New Jersey Region|
|26 Jul 1969||Lime Rock||Mohawk Hudson Region|
|10 Aug 1969||Watkins Glen||Glen Region|
|31 Aug 1969||Bryar Motorsports Park||New England Region|
|14 Sep 1969||Nelson Ledges||Steel Cities Region|
|21 Sep 1969||Marlboro Motor Speedway||Washington Region|
|12 Oct 1969||Pocono (road course)||Northeast Pennsylvania Region|
New York Region split their Bridgehampton National into two halves, the sports racing and formula cars accompanying a Trans-Am race on 22 Jun and the tin-tops scheduled to support a FB race on 3 Aug. In the event, the FB race was moved to Lime Rock so the second half could be wrapped up on the Saturday.
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.