North East Division SCCA Formula B 1972
Ken Duclos regained the NEDIv title that he had last won in 1970, again at the wheel of his three-year-old Brabham. His keenest rivals included Michael Rand in the March 71BM that he had bought new late in 1971 and Tom Outcault and Paul Keeler in brand new March 722s. The success of the 722, distributed by Doug Shierson in Adrian, Michigan, meant that March was rapidly taking the place of Brabham, distributed by Fred Opert in New Jersey, as the leading maker of FB cars with six of the NEDiv points scorers in their cars. The only Brabhams to score points in NEDiv were a pair of three-year-old BT29s so Opert failed to sell a single Brabham or Chevron into the division in 1972. Lola were also making little headway this far east, Lotus were no longer producing customer cars and the BarrCar is believed to be an old Crosslé.
With the closure of Cumberland Airport, Steel City Region's Cumberland National Races moved to Nelson Ledges in Warren, Ohio. Chris Gleason took second place in this race in an unidentified Lola, his only points of the season.
New England Region continued to dominate the Division with six of the top seven drivers. A Regional championship was flourishing about this time but no information about it has yet been found.
|1.||Ken Duclos||Brabham [BT29]||New England||41 pts|
|2.||Mike Rand||March [71BM]||New England||34 pts|
|3.||Tom Outcault||March ||NNJ||28 pts|
|4.||Bob Hebert||Lotus ||New England||24 pts|
|5.||Paul Keeler||March ||New England||23 pts|
|6.||Frank Del Vecchio||March [71BM]||New England||14 pts|
|7.||Richard Bonchek||BarrCarr||New England||7 pts|
|8.||Chris Gleason||Lola [T240]||Steel Cities||6 pts|
|9.||Bruce Jensen||Chevron [B17B]||Finger Lakes||6 pts|
|10.||Vincent Dileo||Lola [T240]||New England||5 pts|
|11.||Donald A. Adley||Lotus ||New England||4 pts|
|12.||Charles "Chuck" Hansen||Brabham [BT29]||NNJ||3 pts|
|13.||Ted Thomas||March ||Steel Cities||3 pts|
|14.||Ted Coconis||Lotus ||New England||2 pts|
|15.||Warren Ogden||March [712M]||New England||2 pts|
Northeast Division SCCA Nationals in 1972
|20 May 1972||Nelson Ledges||Steel Cities Region|
|26 May 1972||Lime Rock||New York Region|
|11 Jun 1972||Thompson Speedway||New England Region|
|04 Jul 1972||Lime Rock||Northern New Jersey Region|
|16 Jul 1972||Bridgehampton||New York Region|
|30 Jul 1972||Nelson Ledges||Mahoning Valley Region|
|12 Aug 1972||Watkins Glen||Glen Region|
|03 Sep 1972||Bryar Motorsport Park||New England Region|
|24 Sep 1972||Pocono (road course)||Tri-Region (NE Penn, Philadelphia & South Jersey)|
North Atlantic Road Racing Championship
The main regional championship in the area was the North Atlantic Road Racing Championship, now in its second year since replacing the old Area 1 Championship.
|15 Apr 1972||Lime Rock||New York Region|
|23 Apr 1972||Bridgehampton||Northern New Jersey Region|
|29 Apr 1972||Lime Rock||New England Region|
|14 May 1972||Bridgehampton||New York Region|
|21 May 1972||Bryar Motorsport Park||New England Region|
|18 Jun 1972||Thompson Speedway||Mohawk Hudson Region|
|09 Jul 1972||Thompson Speedway||New England Region|
|22 Jul 1972||Lime Rock||New England Region|
|05 Aug 1972||Lime Rock||Mohawk Hudson Region|
|13 Aug 1972||Bridgehampton||New York Region|
|26 Aug 1972||Lime Rock||Northern New Jersey Region|
|10 Sep 1972||Thompson Speedway||New York Region|
|23 Sep 1972||Lime Rock||Northern New Jersey Region|
|08 Oct 1972||Bryar Motorsport Park||New England Region|
|14 Oct 1972||Lime Rock||New York Region|
|22 Oct 1972||Bridgehampton||Northern New Jersey 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) - 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.