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.

Final standings

1. Fred Stevenson Lotus [69] NE 54 pts
2. Bob Hebert Lotus ['69B'] NE 41 pts
3. Michael Rand Brabham [BT29] NE 35 pts
4. John Sirmons Lola [T240] NE 16 pts
5. Wayne Ricciardi Brabham [BT29] No NJ 16 pts
6. Nick Craw Brabham [BT35] Wash 15 pts
7. Tom Outcault Chevron [B17B] No NJ 13 pts
8. Chuck Sarich Lola [T240] Wash 12 pts *
9. John Girdler March [71BM] NY 10 pts
10. [Craig] Fisher Chevron [B17B] No NJ 4 pts
11. Steve Mandy "March" [Chevron B15b] NE 4 pts
12. Seb Barone March [705] NE 4 pts
13. Dave Ober Brabham [BT29] NE 4 pts
14. Ken Duclos Brabham [BT29] NE 3 pts
15. Tom Reddy Brabham [BT29] NE 3 pts
16. Roger Barr Crosslé NE 2 pts
17. Phil Geraldi Brabham [BT29] NY 2 pts
18. Joe Grimaldi March [71BM] No NJ 2 pts
19. Ted Thomas Brabham SC1 2 pts *
20. Ted Coconis Lotus NE 1 pt

* Indicates total includes points earned out of home divisions.

1SC is Steel Cities Region.
2SJ is South Jersey Region.

Regional championships

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)
  • 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.