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Central Division SCCA Formula B 1970

Another huge Formula B field in Central Division was dominated by Brabham BT29s, six of the top eight drivers using the model. Of the 20 cars that scored points, only three weren't Brabhams: Dan Murphy's year-old Winkelmann, Ken Nielson's Merlyn and Larry Wright's Chevron B15.

Some serious drivers led the division. Chicago's Michael Hall won the title comfortably and would move to 2-litre sports car racing for 1971. Evan Noyes continued his education by doing the full 'pro' season in 1970 as well and would move into F5000 in 1971. Murphy chose yet another direction by building his own FB car in 1971 and then move into Indy racing with another car of his own design three years later.

Final standings

1. Michael Hall Brabham BT29 Chicago 51 pts
2. Evan L. Noyes Jr Brabham BT29 Indianapolis 36 pts *
3. Dan Murphy Winkelmann WDB2 Milwaukee 33 pts *
4. Chet Freeman Brabham (BT29) Ohio Valley 31 pts *
5. Robert Nunemacher Brabham BT29 Detroit 22 pts *
6. John Marshall Brabham BT21C NEOhio 21 pts
7. Carl Liebich Brabham BT29 Milwaukee 19 pts *
8. Steve Harris Brabham BT29 Ft. Wayne 18 pts
9. Ken Kloster Brabham BT21B NW Ohio 16 pts*
10. Quin Calhoun Brabham BT21C Chicago 10 pts
11. Ken Nielson Merlyn Detroit 10 pts
12. Larry Wright Chevron B15 Indianapolis 7 pts
13. William Marsh Brabham BT29 Indianapolis 6 pts
14. Tom Jones Brabham (BT16) NEOhio 6 pts *
15. Howard E. Jackson Brabham BT21C Iowa 6 pts
16. John Angus Brabham BT29 Blackhawk Valley 5 pts*
17. John Babchek Brabham BT21B Detroit 4 pts
18. Dale Lang Brabham BT29 Land O'Lakes 3 pts
19. Thomas C. Abbott Brabham BT18 Detroit 2 pts
20. Peter Nye Brabham BT18 NW Ohio 1 pt

* Indicates total includes points earned out of home divisions.

1970 Schedule

17 May 1970Michigan International SpeedwayNortheast Michigan/
Saginaw Regions
31 May 1970BrainerdLand O'Lakes Region
21 Jun 1970Road AmericaChicago Region
28 Jun 1970Milwaukee (Wisconsin State Fair Park)Milwaukee Region
12 Jul 1970Blackhawk FarmsIndiana NW Region
26 Jul 1970Mid-OhioCincinnati Region
09 Aug 1970Grattan RacewayWestern Michigan Region
23 Aug 1970Blackhawk FarmsBlackhawk Valley Region
13 Sep 1970Mid-OhioNEOhio Region
20 Sep 1970Grattan RacewayDetroit Region
04 Oct 1970Indianapolis Raceway ParkIndianapolis Region

Central Division sources

Most of our knowledge of CenDiv racing comes from the SCCA's Sports Car magazine and from Competition Press & Autoweek. We are very keen to acquire, borrow or receive copies of 1960s, 1970s and 1980s SCCA regional publications from this Division. There were many such newsletters in this Division, including:

  • Auto-Graph (Indiana Northwest Region)
  • Blower (Northeast Ohio Region)
  • Class Q and later CinChronizer (Cincinnati Region)
  • Clutch Chatter (Indianapolis Region)
  • Clutch Chatter (Northwestern Ohio Region)
  • Crashbox (Golden Triangle Region)
  • Down Shift (Central Illinois Region)
  • Downshift (Kentucky Region)
  • The Drift (Milwaukee Region)
  • Drifting (Des Moines Valley Region)
  • The Fifth Wheel (Northeastern Michigan Region)
  • The Four Wheel Drift (Fort Wayne Region)
  • Iowa Regional News (Iowa Region)
  • Newsletter (Central Kentucky Region)
  • Newsletter (Central Western Michigan)
  • Ohio Valley Regional News and Observers Stand (Ohio Valley Region)
  • Open Exhaust (Detroit Region)
  • Piston Patter (Chicago Region)
  • Pit Board (South Bend Region)
  • The Pit Stop (Southern Indiana Region)
  • The Racket (Tennessee Valley Region)
  • Recaps (Eastern Tennessee Region)
  • Rev Record (Western Ohio Region)
  • S.I.R. SCCA Newsletter (Southern Indiana Region)
  • Smoke Signals (Blackhawk Valley Region)
  • The Tonneau (Land O'Lakes Region)

Also relevant are some non-SCCA publications, notably that of the Midwestern Council of Sports Car Clubs (MCSCC), based in the Chicago area:

  • Klaxon (Midwestern Council of Sports Car Clubs)

We are also keen to get scans of entry lists from SCCA Nationals in this Division.