South West Division SCCA Formula B 1975
Sandy Shepard re-entered Formula B after four seasons away, and his brand new Lola T360 was by far the quickest car in Texas. The previous season's top two, Charlie Derbes' Brabham BT29 and Norman Johnson's Brabham BT40, made a few appearances, and were joined by Warren Pauge, who had relocated from California to Texas and replaced his old Brabham BT21 with a BT38 during the season.
Although the points table in Sports Car showed Shepard winning the title, Sandy tells us that Charlie Derbes scored points in a late-season National and won the title, with Sandy in second.
The whole Division relied in 1975 on only three racing venues, all on abandoned airfields: Texas Region's new home at the abandoned Greater Southwest International Airport, the older and more primitive track shared by Alamo Region and Houston Region called Six Flags Raceway on what was once Aloe Army Airfield, and Southwest Louisiana Region's annual Cajun Grand Prix at the former Chennault Air Force Base. The SCCA would return to Green Valley Raceway in 1976.
Final standings (as originally reported)
|1.||Sandy Shepard||Lola T360||Texas||18 pts|
|2.||Charlie Derbes III||Brabham [BT29]||Delta||12 pts|
|3.||Warren "Bud" Pauge||Brabham [BT21, BT38]||Texas||10 pts|
|4.||Norman Johnson||Brabham BT40||Houston||9 pts|
|5.||Peter W Nye||March [71BM]||Lone Star||9 pts|
|6.||Fred Phillips||Lola T360||SW Louisiana||4 pts|
Southwest Division SCCA Nationals in 1975
|02 Mar 1975||Greater Southwest Raceway||Texas Region|
|23 Mar 1975||Aloe Field||Houston Region|
|25 May 1975||Chennault Field (Lake Charles Airfield)||SW Louisiana & Houston Regions|
|29 Jun 1975||Greater Southwest Raceway||Texas Region|
|31 Aug 1975||Chennault Field (Lake Charles Airfield)||SW Louisiana & Houston Regions|
|14 Sep 1975||Greater Southwest Raceway||Texas Region|
Southwest Division SCCA Regionals in 1975
|19 Jan 1975||Greater Southwest Raceway||Texas Region|
|02 Feb 1975||Aloe Field||Houston Region|
|16 Feb 1975||Aloe Field||Alamo Region|
|04 Mar 1975||Aloe Field||Alamo Region|
|24 May 1975||Chennault Field (Lake Charles Airfield)||SW Louisiana & Houston Regions|
|03 Aug 1975||Greater Southwest Raceway||Texas Region|
|30 Aug 1975||Chennault Field (Lake Charles Airfield)||SW Louisiana & Houston Regions|
|13 Sep 1975||Greater Southwest Raceway||Texas Region|
|16 Nov 1975||Aloe Field||Houston Region|
|07 Dec 1975||Greater Southwest Raceway||Texas Region|
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.