South West Division SCCA Formula B 1972

Canadian Reg Scullion somehow qualified as a member of Texas Region in 1972 allowing him to pick up SWDiv FB points while he got some pre-season practice with his ex-Ian Coristine March 71BM. He won two Nationals, finished second in a third, and also won two Regionals, giving him 24 points in the Divisional championship, a score nobody else could exceed through the rest of the season. 1971 champion Steve Louden was back for another season in the ex-Larry Harley Brabham BT29 and equalled Scullion's score. Third place was taken by Bill Roland in his sparingly-employed BT29.

In fourth place in the division was Moses Olmos, who had acquired the Tecno that Harold Krech and Gus Hutchison had previously raced, and fifth was veteran Louis Heuss in an unidentified Lotus.

Final standings

1. Reg ScullionMarch [71BM]Texas24 pts 
2. Steve LoudenBrabham [BT29]Texas24 pts 
3. Bill RolandBrabham [BT29]SW Louisiana15 pts 
4. Moses OlmosTecnoTexas8 pts 
5. Louis HeussLotusTexas3 pts 

NB In 1972, SCCA tables did not show where points were earned out of home divisions.

SWDiv was in marked decline in 1972 with only three SCCA categories, E Production with its MG Midget and Triumph Spitfire class cars, Formula Ford and Formula Vee attracting more than ten points scorers. Texas Region contributed 55 points scorers and San Jacinto Region 30, but the former major regions of Alamo, Lone Star and Red River contributed just three each. Can anyone provide some background on SWDiv fortunes during this period?

Southwest Division sources

Coverage of SWDiv was much slimmer in Competition Press & Autoweek than for other Divisions. To make the historian's life even more difficult, a couple of the Regions that organised National events do not appear to have had their own newsletters for much of this period: Alamo Region in Texas and Central Louisiana Region in Louisiana. The known Regional publications are:

  • Deltagram (Delta Region)
  • Journal (San Jacinto Region)
  • Lone Star Draft (Lone Star Region) - from 1979
  • Roundup (Texas Region)
  • Spinout (Southwest Louisiana Region) - from 1978
  • Border Bulletin (South Texas Border Region)

For much of the 1960s, the most important publication for this area was Southwest Racing News, published from 1963 onwards by Bill Gay from Dallas and running on until at least 1974. We are exceedingly keen to acquire copies of any of these.

We are also keen to get scans of entry lists from all SCCA Nationals and Regionals in this Division.