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.

Final standings

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.

1969 Schedule

13 Apr 1969Marlboro Motor SpeedwayWashington Region
18 May 1969Cumberland AirfieldSteel Cities Region
08 Jun 1969Thompson RacewayNew England Region
22 Jun 1969BridgehamptonNew York Region
05 Jul 1969Lime RockNorthern New Jersey Region
26 Jul 1969Lime RockMohawk Hudson Region
10 Aug 1969Watkins GlenGlen Region
31 Aug 1969Bryar Motorsports ParkNew England Region
14 Sep 1969Nelson LedgesSteel Cities Region
21 Sep 1969Marlboro Motor SpeedwayWashington Region
12 Oct 1969Pocono (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.