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.

Final standings

1. Ken DuclosBrabham [BT29]New England41 pts 
2. Mike RandMarch [71BM]New England34 pts 
3. Tom OutcaultMarch [722]NNJ28 pts 
4. Bob HebertLotus [69]New England24 pts 
5. Paul KeelerMarch [722]New England23 pts 
6. Frank Del VecchioMarch [71BM]New England14 pts 
7. Richard BonchekBarrCarrNew England7 pts 
8. Chris GleasonLola [T240]Steel Cities6 pts 
9. Bruce JensenChevron [B17B]Finger Lakes6 pts 
10. Vincent DileoLola [T240]New England5 pts 
11. Donald A. AdleyLotus [69]New England4 pts 
12. Charles "Chuck" HansenBrabham [BT29]NNJ3 pts 
13. Ted ThomasMarch [722]Steel Cities3 pts 
14. Ted CoconisLotus [69]New England2 pts 
15. Warren OgdenMarch [712M]New England2 pts 

Northeast Division SCCA Nationals in 1972

20 May 1972Nelson LedgesSteel Cities Region
26 May 1972Lime RockNew York Region
11 Jun 1972Thompson SpeedwayNew England Region
04 Jul 1972Lime RockNorthern New Jersey Region
16 Jul 1972BridgehamptonNew York Region
30 Jul 1972Nelson LedgesMahoning Valley Region
12 Aug 1972Watkins GlenGlen Region
03 Sep 1972Bryar Motorsport ParkNew England Region
24 Sep 1972Pocono (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 1972Lime RockNew York Region
23 Apr 1972BridgehamptonNorthern New Jersey Region
29 Apr 1972Lime RockNew England Region
14 May 1972BridgehamptonNew York Region
21 May 1972Bryar Motorsport ParkNew England Region
18 Jun 1972Thompson SpeedwayMohawk Hudson Region
09 Jul 1972Thompson SpeedwayNew England Region
22 Jul 1972Lime RockNew England Region
05 Aug 1972Lime RockMohawk Hudson Region
13 Aug 1972BridgehamptonNew York Region
26 Aug 1972Lime RockNorthern New Jersey Region
10 Sep 1972Thompson SpeedwayNew York Region
23 Sep 1972Lime RockNorthern New Jersey Region
08 Oct 1972Bryar Motorsport ParkNew England Region
14 Oct 1972Lime RockNew York Region
22 Oct 1972BridgehamptonNorthern 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.