Region News

2018 - Region Party

Region Party for Volunteers and Solo Awards. Thanks for a great 2017.

Packanack Lake Clubhouse

January 28, 2018

More information to follow.

2017 - The Vinny Blancuzzi Award

2017 recipient of the

Northern New Jersey Region

The Vinny Blancuzzi Award


Lou Giallanella

2017 Vinny Blancuzzi Award - Lou Giallanella



2017 - Rally - Teddy Bear Rally


Northern New Jersey Region SCCA - USMC Toys for Tots ‘2017 Teddy Bear Road Rally’
By Peter Schneider


17-TeddyBearRally-3.pngDecember 3, 2017 marked the twenty-seventh annual ‘Toys 17-TeddyBearRally-6.pngfor Tots’ Teddy Bear Road Rally, hosted by Northern New Jersey Region of the SCCA and Motorsport Club of North Jersey. This year’s sponsor and the sponsor for the past five years was Subaru 46 of Budd Lake, New Jersey.

Thirty-three teams competed on this year’s event and only one team ran the rally ‘clean’ and did not fall for any of the three route following traps.

The NNNJR/MCNJ ‘Toys for Tots’ Teddy Bear Rally is the longest running charity rally associated with SCCA and the longest contiguous event hosted by Northern New Jersey Region SCCA. Since 1990 we have collected over 3,400 toys and hope to continue the event for many years to come.

This event is a very simple road rally using the back roads of Morris, Warren and Hunterdon Counties. The event started at SUBARU 46 in Budd Lake and ended about 57 miles later at the Long Valley Brew Pub in the center of Long Valley, NJ.

The rally is open to the general public and requires only a car or light truck with a working odometer and a pen/pencil to compete. The event is not a Time-Speed-Distance (TSD) rally, but a mileage based lightly trapped ‘gimmick’. The entry fee, per car, is a brand new Teddy Bear or new toy, worth at least $30.00 retail which is donated to the USMC Reserve Toys for Tots Program.

Read more: 2017 - Rally - Teddy Bear Rally

2017 - Annual Meeting

1400 Willowbrook Mall
Wayne, NJ 07470
Saturday - November 18, 2017
7pm to 10pm

The November Annual Meeting and Holiday Party will be held at Brio on November 18th from 7pm - 10pm. Plan to join us for this once a year event.

Read more: 2017 - Annual Meeting

Flight 93 Memorial

NNJR members Mike and Barb Feno visited the Flight 93 Memorial.  The visitors center is complete and open. It was not easy to not get very emotional, especially when wearing a Joe and Linda Freedom Races T-shirt. 
Never Forget!

The flight path leads to the visitors center

Joe and Linda were in first class, among the terrorists.

 What the passengers did.

our friends on the wall of photos of the passengers.

View from the visitors center to the crash site, with a boulder now indicating the exact spot.  The marble wall with names is to the right side of the flight path.

Another view of the flight path.

 The marble wall with Joe’s name.

The marble wall with Linda’s name.

Looking back to the visitors center.

Joe DeLuca and Linda Gronlund

September 11, 2001

Our region mourns the loss of two of our most active members in the tragic terrorist actions on September 11th. Linda Gronlund and Joseph DeLuca were traveling to San Francisco on United Airlines flight 93 when it was hijacked and subsequently crashed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, killing all on board.

Linda was our region's Flag Marshal. She had joined the Sports Car Club of America in June of 1980 while living in Sag Harbor, New York. She quickly became active in SCCA activities at the Bridgehampton Road Race Circuit near her hometown and at other tracks all over the northeast. Linda earned a law degree and worked for several automotive companies over the years. She was on a business trip to the west coast for her employer, BMW North America, when she was killed. Linda and Joe planned to travel and sightsee in northern California after Linda's business purpose had been accomplished.

Joe DeLuca joined our club in January, 1980. He was most recently our region's Board Secretary. Previously, and at various times over the years, Joe had been a Trustee, Assistant Regional Executive, Regional Executive, and newsletter editor. Initially a rallyist, Joe later was also an active participant in Solo II and road racing. He enjoyed driving his Morgan and was the current president of the local Morgan club in New Jersey. Joe was the creator of "The Adventures of Raymond the Cat," a monthly cartoon feature in the Northern New Jersey Region's newsletter, "Pole Position." The cartoon is syndicated in many regional publications across the nation. Joe's cartooning was a spotlighted article in the July 2001 issue of SCCA's national publication, "SportsCar." Joe was on vacation from Pfizer Corporation where he was a systems analyst.

Active members in SCCA know what these two wonderful individuals knew: SCCA membership brings a friendship, a camaraderie, which borders on being family. The Northern New Jersey Region has lost two very special members of our family. The entire SCCA organization feels this loss.


2017 - Rally - Hope Spring Eternal

 Hope Spring Eternal

A charity road rally to benefit American Association of University Women (AAUW)

RallyMasters Lynn and Brian Beckmann

Story by Peter Schneider

Final Scores ~ Questions

On August 26th Northern New Jersey Region (NNJR) of the Sports Car Club of America and the Motorsport Club of New Jersey (MCNJ) hosted a 65 mile Navigational Gimmick (GTA) road rally to raise funds for and awareness of the American Association of University Women. AAUW is a not for profit organization that advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

Read more: 2017 - Rally - Hope Spring Eternal

2017 - NNJR helps Staff the Brooklyn Formula E ePrix

From Bruce Kolker

NNJR F&C Chief

From the Finish Line


Northern New Jersey race workers helped make history July 15 & 16 at the Brooklyn Formula E ePrix. This was the first FIA event ever held in New York City. With a backdrop of the Statue of Liberty, Lower Manhattan and Northern New Jersey , volunteers worked Flagging and Communications along with Pits along side other workers from MoHud, SJR, NYR , NER  as well as nationwide and international race workers. Everyone did their part to ensure that this first time event came off well.

Speaking with race officials, workers and fans everyone had a great time and are looking forward to next year’s race. It was an honor to be part of such a great team and I’d like to thank everyone involved. 


2018 - Region RallyCross Chair Wanted

The NNJR Region Board of Trustees are looking for someone to volunteer to serve as our RallyCross Chairperson. This individual would be responsible to work with the Board of Trustees to develop the Region's RallyCross program. We have obtained reassurances from the National Program that they are willing to assist with providing us with the building tools and knowledge to create our own program. The duties could be shared by two or three people.  Please contact Peter  Schneider at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested.

2018 - Board of Trustee - Nominations

As per the bylaws of the Northern New Jersey Region of the Sports Car Club of America the 2018 Nomination Committee presents to the NNJR Board of Trustees its slate for the 2018 Board of Trustees.  
Members nominated to fill:
RE - Brandon Fetch (returning)
Secretary - Larry (JR) Malone (returning)
Trustee - Ben Phillips
Trustee - Phillip Moore
Thank you for your continued volunteer spirit and passion for the greatest sport in the world!

Darrell Anthony

2018 NNJR Board of Trustee Nomination Committee
Past RE - Darrell Anthony
Current Board Members - Peter Schneider, Chris Mosley
Members at Large - Matt Rooke, Diane O'Connor

2017 - NNJR-SCCA Solo help out our friends at NNJR-PCA

NNJR-SCCA Solo Team helps NNJR-PCA Solo Team

<link to NNJR-PCA Article>


2017 - NNJR's Heidi Ellison is one 'quick chick"


Featured in August 2017 SportsCar our very own



"I turn my head left to load the dimensions of the next two turns and right to scan the pavement ahead. I can see the ghost of where I want my car, which became part of me when I stepped into it in grid. I’m going into autopilot, right, left, right, left. I register the course worker in his red hat and orange vest running away as I throttle out hard, scaring but trusting myself. The rev limiter strokes me. I hit my marks then play with the throttle on the showcase arc, a dance only I can feel – there’s no place in the world like the edge. It’s like I’m in a vacuum; there’s nothing but me and my car, and time stands still.

Throughout my life, I’ve always craved challenges – baseball, tennis, row team, timed Sudoku, Scrabble tournaments – and SCCA provides a unique intersection of sport, puzzle, and competition. While I’ve always had a love of driving, it remained un-channeled until coworkers invited me to an autocross. After run one, the instructor insisted that I must have done this before. “What, drive my car?” I replied, I didn’t understand.

Heidi EllisonI remember learning to drive in my mom’s little stick shift, stalling, bucking, and pleading for her patience. Soon, my dad would take my brother and me out in snowstorms to slide around, exploring car control. When I first joined the SCCA, I drove my E36 325is and M3 exclusively until a local friend forced me to drive his Miata and, soon after, the S2000. It was the same unyielding encouragement that got me into other cars and eventually to the Tire Rack Solo National Championships in 2014. I am all-in now, fueling my methodical quest for improvement in STR.

Back on course, wiggling through the offsets, I focus my attention between the lights and try to eke out every thousandth. I hold my breath with the final slide and the timer flashes red. Euphoric, I ease into grid, seeing the faces of my fellow competitors, thinking about the support from my talented mentors, the bright-eyed newcomers, and the profound friendships I have made. There is no other place where I am more myself, and I know this is where I belong.”

<Read full Article in SportsCar - Article>


2017 - Rally - Caution Rolling Stones

Sports Club of America and The Motorsport Club of North Jersey


June 25 - Rally - Caution Rolling Stones

McDonald's Flemington

72 Reaville Ave

Flemington, NJ 08822

Registration - 10:00am

First Car Off - 11:30am


2017 - Track Night in Ameirca

In association with the Joe Deluca & Linda Gronlund Freedom Majors, Track Night in Ameirca will take place on Friday, May 26.

Pocono Raceway is one of the most historic circuits on the Track Night in America schedule having hosted NASCAR and IndyCar races for more than 40 years.

In addition to the oval known as the “Tricky Triangle,” Pocono raceway includes a selection of road courses, the longest of which takes advantage of the ovals’ 3000+ foot straights to create a 2.5-mile 8-turn layout. Located in the mountains of Pennsylvania, the track is a two hour drive from both New York City and Philadelphia, making it a great location for an evening at the track.


Prior to the start of this event SCCA will be hosting the new SCCA Starting Line Track School. The SCCA Starting Line Track School will help you get a leg up on your Track Night experience by adding extra educational elements and professional instructors in a car-control type clinic. Like other Starting Line schools – you will receive an SCCA membership, an entry to that day’s Track Night event, subscriptions to SportsCar and Grassroots Motorsports Magazines and an option for a motorsports-approved helmet.

Link to Event


2017 - Rally - Regional Road Rally Achievement Award

Congratulations to NNJR Rally! 

2017 NNJR Rally Award

 Peter Schneider receives Regional Road Rally Achievement Award (photo by: Chris Mosley)

At the 2017 SCCA Convention the Northern New Jersey Region was presented with the Regional Road Rally Achievement Award.  In 2016 our Region had the greatest growth of any region in the nation.  Year to Year growith in number of events and total participation in our events was 250%. Congratulations to Peter Schneider and the NNJR Rally Team.


2017 - Joe DeLuca and Linda Gronlund Freedom Majors Tour

Raymond the Cat returns to Pocono!
Joe DeLuca and Linda Gronlund Freedom Majors

SCCA - Northern New Jersey Region - Club Racing
Friday, May 26 — Sunday, May 28, 2017
Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, PA

Event Information and Registration


(Paper Entry Form)


The Joe Deluca & Linda Gronlund Freedom Majors will take place on Friday, May 26 to Sunday, May 28

Test day on Friday, racing begins on Saturday and concludes on Sunday with Majors races on both days.

Garages are available for $100 for the weekend on a first come/first served basis. Each garage will hold two small cars!

In addition, there will be an International FV Challenge Series on Sunday. They will have a qualifying session in the morning and a points race in the afternoon for their series Championship.

There will also be a Solo event on Saturday on the East Road Course: - Link

Volunteer Party Friday Night and a Participant's/Driver's Party (open to all) on Saturday night with a live band.

U.S. Majors Tour is the pinnacle of championship racing in North America.

Support the Friends of Flight 93
A common field one day. A field of honor forever.


2016 - Teddy Bear Rally - Recap

Northern New Jersey Region USMC Toys for Tots ‘Teddy Bear Road Rallye’
By Peter Schneider

December 4, 2016 marked the twenty-sixth annual ‘Toys for Tots’ Teddy Bear Road Rallye, hosted by Northern New Jersey Region of the SCCA and Motorsport Club of North Jersey. This year’s sponsor and the sponsor for the past four years was Subaru 46 of Budd Lake, New Jersey.

The NNNJR/MCNJ ‘Toys for Tots’ Teddy Bear Rally is the longest running charity rally associated with SCCA and the longest contiguous event organized by Northern New Jersey Region SCCA. Since 1990 we have collected over 3,100 toys and hope to continue the event for many years to come.

This event is a very simple road rally using the back roads of Morris, Warren and Hunterdon Counties. The event started at SUBARU 46 in Budd Lake on Sunday December 4 and ended about 68 miles later at the Long Valley Brew Pub at the intersection of Route 517 and Route 513/24 in the center of Long Valley, NJ.

Read more: 2016 - Teddy Bear Rally - Recap

2017 - Worker Party / Solo Awards

Sunday, January 29, 2017, 02:00pm - 06:00pm

NNJR Party / NNJR Volunteer Awards / 2016 Solo Awards


Fun, Fun, Fun!

Packanack Lake Clubhouse
Wayne, NJ

No charge, Free!

NNJR Volunteer Awards
NNJR Race - Chief of Specialty Awards
NNJR Rally Awards
NNJR Solo Awards

The Daytona 24 Hour Race with be aired for your viewing pleasure!

Come out and join your fellow NNJR members and
guests to throw off the chill of winter.
Great food and drink provided.
Intriguing conversation.

Thrilling race, rally and solo adventures.

Racing Simulator again this year.
NNJR bragging rights, and awards in several classes!
Come out and test your skill at the NNJR Region Party.


2016 - Holiday Party & Board Meeting

Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 07:00am

Brio Tuscan Grille ~ Willowbrook Mall
1400 Willowbrook Mall
Wayne, NJ 07470




2016 - Teddy Bear Rally

Sunday, December 4, 2016
Registration: 10:30 AM
First Car Off: 12:01 PM
Start: Subaru 46 
364 Route 46 
Budd Lake, NJ

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