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]||New York||42 pts†|
|2.||Bob Welch||Brabham [BT29]||Washington DC||36 pts†|
|3.||Ken Duclos||Brabham [BT21A]||New England||31 pts|
|4.||Bruce Klussmann||Crosslé [12F]||Washington DC||26 pts|
|5.||Howard Brown||Brabham [BT21C]||Philadelphia||25 pts†|
|6.||Steve Brownstein||Chevron [B15B]||New York||25 pts†|
|7.||Jim Grob||Chevron [B15B]||NNJ||24 pts|
|8.||Bill Baldwin||Brabham [BT21A?]||NNJ||15 pts|
|9.||Mal Donaldson||Crosslé [14F]||New York||9 pts|
|10.||Gene Mason||Tecno||Philadelphia||9 pts†|
|11.||WP Fred Stevenson||Lotus [59B]||New England||9 pts|
|12.||Ronald Stanwicks||Cooper [T67?]||New England||7 pts|
|13.||George Faraghan||Crosslé [12F]||Philadelphia||6 pts|
|14.||Don Burris||Cooper||Philadelphia||4 pts|
|15.||Mike Hayman||Brabham [BT21C]||Washington DC||4 pts†|
|16.||John Bicht||Cooper||Washington DC||3 pts|
|17.||Don Flores||not given||Mohawk Hudson||3 pts|
|18.||Victor Franzese||Lola T63||Glen||2 pts|
|19.||Bill Campbell||Cooper||Washington DC||1 pt|
† Indicates total includes points earned out of home division.
|13 Apr 1969||Marlboro Motor Speedway||Washington Region|
|18 May 1969||Cumberland Airfield||Steel Cities Region|
|08 Jun 1969||Thompson Speedway||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 Motorsport 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 June and the tin-tops scheduled to support a FB race on 3 August. 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) - full archive available at pittalk.org
- The Drift (Steel Cities Region)
- Knock Off (Mohawk Hudson Region) - full archive available at mohud-scca.org
- Regional Review (New York Region)
- Spark Plug (Glen Region)
- The Bulletin (North Carolina Region - full archive available at ncrscca.com.
- The Spokesmen (Philadelphia Region)
- The Straightpipe (Washington DC Region)
- Top End Magazine (Finger Lakes Region)
Three regionals have scanned all copies of their newsletters and made them available online: New England Region's 'Pit Talk', Mohawk Hudson Region's 'Knock Off', and North Carolina Region's 'The Bulletin'.
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.