North East Division SCCA Formula B 1970
Fred Opert focused his efforts on his three-car team in the 'pro' series so the NEDiv field was smaller in 1970. Ken Duclos won the title from Bob Welch, both drivers using Brabham BT29s and both shunning the 'Pro' series. Gene Mason was third in a Tecno left over from his collapsed two-car team intended for the Pro series and the only other leading runner was Bob Hebert in a Lotus 59B.
Dexter Farley (Waldorf, MD) also had a new BT29 and Fred Harris (New York, NY) had a drive in Dale Lang's BT29, winning at Lime Rock in July. The other Brabham to score points was the unknown vehicle of Ted Thomas (Bethel Park, PA). Variety was provided by the Crosslé 14F of Mal Donaldson and Richard Pazara's mystery Stanguellini. One completely new name appeared in North Eastern FB in 1970, that of new British constructor March. Charlie Gibson drove a new March 705 but without noticeable success.
|1.||Ken Duclos||Brabham (BT29)||New England||48 pts|
|2.||Bob Welch||Brabham (BT29)||Washington DC||42 pts†|
|3.||Gene Mason||Tecno||Philadelphia||33 pts†|
|4.||Bob Hebert||Lotus (59B)||New England||29 pts|
|5.||Mal Donaldson||Crosslé (14F)||New York||10 pts|
|6.||Richard Pazara||Stanguellini||Steel Cities||10 pts|
|7.||Fred Harris||Brabham (BT29)||New York||9 pts|
|8.||Dexter Farley||Brabham BT29||Washington DC||9 pts|
|9.||Ted Thomas||Brabham [BT21C?]||Steel Cities||7 pts†|
|10.||Vincent Dileo||Lotus 59C||New England||5 pts|
|11.||Jack Cowell||Winkelmann [WDB2]||NNJ||4 pts|
|12.||Charles T. Gibson||March 705||New York||4 pts|
|13.||George Faraghan||Crosslé [12F]||South Jersey||3 pts|
|14.||Philip Geraldi||LeGrand||New York||2 pts|
† Indicates total includes points earned out of home division.
The Area 1 Championship continued in 1970, but would be renamed the North Atlantic Road Racing Championship for 1971.
|12 Apr 1970||Summit Point||Washington Region|
|03 May 1970||Pocono (road course)||Pocono Nationals (Northeast Pennsylvania Region)|
|17 May 1970||Cumberland Airfield||Steel Cities Region|
|30 May 1970||Lime Rock||New York Region|
|14 Jun 1970||Thompson Speedway||New England Region|
|05 Jul 1970||Lime Rock||Northern New Jersey Region|
|02 Aug 1970||Nelson Ledges||Steel Cities Region|
|16 Aug 1970||Watkins Glen||Glen Region|
|06 Sep 1970||Bryar Motorsport Park||New England Region|
|20 Sep 1970||Summit Point||Washington Region|
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.