North East Division SCCA Formula B 1971
Formula B continued to grow in the north east, with 20 cars scoring points in the 1971 season. The Glen Nationals in August attracted 25 entries, including 14 Formula Bs. While 1970 had been an even fight between a number of regions, with five clubs represented in the top six places, 1971 was dominated by New England Region, especially by Lotus importer Fred Stevenson and his customer Bob Hebert. Stevenson had the latest 1971-spec Lotus 69 FB car while Hebert's, although described as a 69, may have been his 1970 59B updated.
Michael Rand had bought Matt Spitzley's Brabham BT29 and finished third ahead of John Sirmons who had bought one of the latest - and rather disappointing - Lola T240s. Also in brand new cars were Nick Craw (Brabham BT35) and Chuck Sarich (Lola T240). New FB constructor March continued to make progress in Northeast with Steve Mandy, Seb Barone, Joe Grimaldi and John Girdler all running 1970 or 1971 Marchs. Chevron was represented by Tom Outcault and Craig Fisher, both in one-year-old Chevron B17Bs.
|1.||WP Fred Stevenson||Lotus ||New England||54 pts|
|2.||Bob Hebert||Lotus ['69B']||New England||41 pts|
|3.||Mike Rand||Brabham [BT29]||New England||35 pts|
|4.||John F. Sirmons||Lola [T240]||New England||16 pts|
|5.||Wayne Ricciardi||Brabham [BT29]||NNJ||16 pts|
|6.||Nick Craw||Brabham [BT35]||Washington DC||15 pts|
|7.||Tom Outcault||Chevron [B17B]||NNJ||13 pts|
|8.||Chuck Sarich||Lola [T240]||Washington DC||12 pts†|
|9.||John Girdler||March [71BM]||New York||10 pts|
|10.||Craig Fisher||Chevron [B17B]||NNJ||4 pts|
|11.||Steve Mandy||"March" [Chevron B15b]||New England||4 pts|
|12.||Seb Barone||March ||New England||4 pts|
|13.||Dave Ober||Brabham [BT29]||New England||4 pts|
|14.||Ken Duclos||Brabham [BT29]||New England||3 pts|
|15.||Tom Reddy||Brabham [BT29]||New England||3 pts|
|16.||Roger Barr||Crosslé||New England||2 pts|
|17.||Philip Geraldi||Brabham [BT29]||New York||2 pts|
|18.||Joe Grimaldi||March [71BM]||NNJ||2 pts|
|19.||Ted Thomas||Brabham [BT21C?]||Steel Cities||2 pts†|
|20.||Ted Coconis||Lotus ||New England||1 pt|
† Indicates total includes points earned out of home division.
Northeast Division SCCA Nationals in 1971
|18 Apr 1971||Summit Point||Washington DC Region|
|02 May 1971||Bridgehampton||New York Region|
|16 May 1971||Cumberland Airfield||Steel Cities Region|
|29 May 1971||Lime Rock||New York Region|
|13 Jun 1971||Thompson Speedway||New England Region|
|05 Jul 1971||Lime Rock||Northern New Jersey Region|
|18 Jul 1971||Pocono (road course)||Tri-Region (NE Penn, Philadelphia & South Jersey)|
|01 Aug 1971||Nelson Ledges||Steel Cities Region|
|14 Aug 1971||Watkins Glen||Glen Region|
|05 Sep 1971||Bryar Motorsport Park||New England Region|
|26 Sep 1971||Nelson Ledges||Mahoning Valley Region|
|09 Oct 1971||Summit Point||Washington DC Region|
The North Atlantic Road Racing Championship started in 1971, replacing the previous Area 1 Championship.
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.