Central Division SCCA Formula B 1974

Chuck Dietrich had won the 1973 CenDiv title in a new BT40, but with MRD pulling out of customer car production, he bought the best Brabham available, Bill O'Connor's ex-F2 ex-Rondel Brabham BT38. This enabled him to defeat 1972 champion Mike Hall, who had retained his BT40. Bruce Cambern was third in another ex-F2 car, a March 712M from Frank Williams' team.

Further down the table are quite a few mystery cars: Malcolm MacLeod's Chevron B18, Chuck Shannon's Chevron, Joe Hill's Lola T242, Thomas Cooney's March 722. Tom Gloviak's single point, in a "Chevron" according to the points keeper, was the result of sixth place in class at MAR in September his brother's Brabham BT35.

Final standings

1. Chuck DietrichRondel Brabham [BT38]NEOhio54 pts 
2. Mike HallBrabham BT40Chicago49 pts 
3. Bruce CambernMarch 712 [712M]Detroit37 pts 
4. Dan CarmichaelBrabham BT40Ohio Valley29 pts 
5. Malcolm MacLeodChevron B18Western Ohio19 pts 
6. Ed KasprowiczLola T240Detroit19 pts 
7. John GloviakBrabham BT35Chicago12 pts 
8. Thomas SokolyFalconer March [722]Milwaukee10 pts 
9. Bobby RahalRondel Motul [M1]Chicago9 pts 
10. William KautzMarch 722Chicago6 pts 
11. George HerscherLola [T240]SW Virginia6 pts 
12. Tom ManganCrossle [28F]Golden Triangle6 pts 
13. Bill HallandalLotus [41C]NE Michigan3 pts 
14. Chuck ShannonChevronWestern Ohio3 pts 
15. E. Jay EricksonMarch [73B]Blackhawk Valley3 pts 
16. Joe HillLola [T242]Ohio Valley2 pts 
17. Dan MurphyCicada Mk 1Milwaukee1 pt   
18. Tom Cooney"Lotus" [March 722]Indianapolis1 pt   
19. Thomas Gloviak"Chevron" [Brabham BT35]Chicago1 pt   

Central Division SCCA Nationals in 1974

12 May 1974Grattan RacewayNortheast Michigan & Saginaw Regions
02 Jun 1974Blackhawk FarmsMilwaukee Region
16 Jun 1974Road AmericaChicago Region
30 Jun 1974Indianapolis Raceway ParkIndiana NW Region
14 Jul 1974BrainerdLand O'Lakes Region
21 Jul 1974Grattan RacewayDetroit Region
04 Aug 1974Grattan RacewayWestern Michigan Region
18 Aug 1974Blackhawk FarmsBlackhawk Valley Region
01 Sep 1974Mid-OhioCincinnati Region
08 Sep 1974Nelson LedgesNEOhio Region
22 Sep 1974Indianapolis Raceway ParkIndianapolis Region

Central Division sources

Most of our knowledge of CenDiv racing comes from the SCCA's Sports Car magazine and from Competition Press & Autoweek. We are very keen to acquire, borrow or receive copies of 1960s, 1970s and 1980s SCCA regional publications from this Division. There were many such newsletters in this Division, including:

  • Auto-Graph (Indiana Northwest Region)
  • Backfire (Western Michigan Region)
  • Blower (Northeast Ohio Region)
  • Class Q and later CinChronizer (Cincinnati Region)
  • Clutch Chatter (Indianapolis Region)
  • Clutch Chatter (Northwestern Ohio Region)
  • Crashbox (Golden Triangle Region)
  • Down Shift (Central Illinois Region)
  • Downshift (Kentucky Region)
  • The Drift (Milwaukee Region)
  • Drifting (Des Moines Valley Region)
  • The Fifth Wheel (Northeastern Michigan Region)
  • The Four Wheel Drift (Fort Wayne Region)
  • Iowa Regional News (Iowa Region)
  • Newsletter (Central Kentucky Region)
  • Ohio Valley Regional News and Observers Stand (Ohio Valley Region)
  • Open Exhaust (Detroit Region)
  • Piston Patter (Chicago Region)
  • Pit Board (South Bend Region)
  • The Pit Stop (Southern Indiana Region)
  • The Racket (Tennessee Valley Region)
  • Recaps (Eastern Tennessee Region)
  • Rev Record (Western Ohio Region)
  • S.I.R. SCCA Newsletter (Southern Indiana Region)
  • Smoke Signals (Blackhawk Valley Region)
  • The Tonneau (Land O'Lakes Region)

Also relevant are some non-SCCA publications, notably that of the Midwestern Council of Sports Car Clubs (MCSCC), based in the Chicago area:

  • Klaxon (Midwestern Council of Sports Car Clubs)

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