Region News

2018 - May - NeDiv Council News


NeDiv Council News…………………….

Greetings from NeDiv. I’m Chris Mosley, the newly elected Chairman of the NeDiv Council. You may be wondering what is NeDiv? It stands for the Northeast Division of the SCCA. It is made up of the now, twenty two regions that range from Mahoning Valley region (on the Ohio border) to New England region (up to and including Maine) to the Washington DC region (and parts of Northern Virginia).  These are overseen by the NeDiv Council. The NeDiv Council Board for 2018 is Chaired by myself, Chris Mosley, our Treasurer, Kathy Barnes, Secretary Alan Kintz and Council members Jim Bucci and Bill Stewart.

So, what’s happening in the Northeast Division? This coming weekend is race weekend number two of the NeDiv Divisional Race Series at Palmer. I am also Chairman of the Divisional race program. It is an eight event race series aimed at giving the regional racers a meaningful Championship. The series also provides an alternative path to the SCCA Runoffs. There are events at seven of the best tracks the Northeast has to offer. Rules and the schedule for the series can be found on the NeDiv web site.

BREAKING NEWS…..It was just announced this week that the Susquehanna Region will host the 2018 Mini Con. It will be held in February of 2019 in the Hershey Pennsylvania area. Details will be announced as they become available.

If you have any questions or would like to contact a member of the Council, go to the NeDiv web site and you will find our contact information.

Chris Mosley, Council Chairman. Email – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

2018 - April - BoD Report

 


BoD Report, Program Boards April 2018 - By Bob Dowie

Bob DowieYou haven’t heard from me for a while so I thought while we all waited patiently for spring I would talk some about how the Club functions at the national level to manage the programs. Many think the BoD makes the decisions but that isn’t really how it works. We’ll look at how they work and communicate with the membership.

When it comes to running the programs like road racing, solo, rally and rally cross those responsibilities lie with committees that are charged with making the decisions necessary to assure a safe, fair and desirable activity. Each of these committees have at least two liaisons from the BoD that listen in on the committees conference call to better understand what the membership asking for and to get a feel for how the programs are serving the membership. For this discussion I’ll focus on the Club Racing and Solo Events Board as they receive the lions share of member input and I’m most familiar with them. The other boards certainly appreciate input and if you would like to share your thoughts and opinions with the program leadership please send it in.

Each of the program boards have ad hoc committees that are responsible for their particular category, in some cases there are sub committees that take on the responsibility for a particular class. When a letter is submitted on SCCA.com to either the Club Racing or Solo Events board it goes to the appropriate committee first where they will discuss the issue and collect any incoming opinions on the subject and make what they feel is the best recommendation to the program committee. These recommendations could be in the form of a Tech Bulletin; this is a change that’s effective on the first of the month that the Fastrack is dated if no other effective date is included. These changes will generally include a specification change for one vehicle usually weight, air restrictor or tire size change hopefully making the car a better fit in the class.

Read more: 2018 - April - BoD Report

Women On Track Leadership Team


Hello from Philadelphia Region's division of the national Women On Track Program. If you haven’t heard, Women On Track is a grassroots initiative spreading throughout the SCCA, started in 2018. We are trying to attract more women to motor sports at all levels, encourage camaraderie across 

Rachel Leach

 the disciplines of the SCCA within our regions, and do fun things outside of racing cars!

Philly Region Women On Track would like to partner with the Women On Track division in NNJR, or, if there has not been one established, invite women currently involved in NNJR SCCA to join our Region's Women on Track events. We plan to attend motor sports events throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region, and would love to be able to have women from NNJR join us.

I would like to keep you apprised of future events, so please feel free to join us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/phillywot/, or feel free to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and you will be added to our email list.

I have included the link to our first event below; please feel free to share it with anyone interested. I know this first event is a bit far for most NNJR members, but we have plans for numerous events this year, some at NJMP.

https://www.motorsportreg.com/events/women-on-track-meet-greet-bertuccis-montgomeryville-scca-philadelphia-507147

We look forward to seeing NNJR members this season!

Rachel Leach

Women On Track Leadership Team member


 

2018 - Road Rally Announcement

Northern New Jersey Region – SCCA
January 2018 - Road Rally Announcement

During 2018 the Northern New Jersey Region is planning on conducting at least five events, including a rally to reintroduce Time-Speed-Distance (TSD) rallying to the area.

Since we have revitalized our program in 2016, we have limited our events to Question/Answer and mileage based navigational rallies.

Bob Shore is designing a simple straight forward TSD event to be conducted during last half of April or early May. This event will be scored on how well you can stay 'on-time'. We will have at least four timed controls. You just have to follow the route instructions and maintain the average speed listed in the instructions. The speeds will all be at or below the posted speed limits.

We will time you as you pass the controls. We will start off by telling you the location and exact time to pass the 1st two checkpoint. At the next control we will tell you the exact mileage to the control, but not the time to arrive, and fourth checkpoint will be 'hidden' along the route so you can get a real feel of TSDing, by trying to stay 'on time all the time'.

Each checkpoint will be timed to the 1/100th of a minute and there will be a short break between each 'Leg' and at the halfway point of the rally. At the half way point, we can address any questions you might have from running the 1st half of the event, to help you on the second half of the event.

We will keep you posted as the date and details of the event get finalized.

For anyone that is interested Vera Shanov and Clint Goss are sell copies of the "Road Rally Handbook" on Ebay for $19.95 plus $5.00 shipping. Clint Goss is the author and was very active in rallying in the northeast when he wrote this book back in 1993. The book was endorsed by John Buffum, Kerry Voll and Gene Henderson. This is not a book of rally tables, but a true 'how to' book on TSD rallying. I have owned this book for several years, and this is the first time I have seen it up for sale by the author at this price. I just got four of them for the SCCA Convention and they arrived in 'new' condition still in shrink wrap from the publisher. They are on sale 'new' on Amazon for $113.75. So buy direct from Clint & Vera for less on Ebay (link). - Peter Schneider

2017 Nor’Wester TSD RoadRally video is available on YouTube (link). A three day 600 mile gravel rally conduced in western Washington State and NNJR-SCCA was there!! 


 

2017 - A quick note from Bob Brookfield

I continue to enjoy your communications. It is one way, other than my wife and I being among the volunteers at NJMP, to Robert Brookfieldkeep in touch with my birth state. With all that in mind I would like to submit the following for your use.

Here in the 21st century we have Solo and RallyCross programs. But sixty years ago it was different. Back in 1958 I became a member of the Jersey Sport Car Club. I later helped form the Middlesex County Sport Car Club. Back then we had Time Trials and Gymkhanas. We ran events on shopping center parking lots, Old Bridge Stadium (now gone), Hightstown Speedway (last I was able to check that appeared to be a banked dirt track. The Jersey club also put on events in 1959 and 1960 at the Morris County Fair.

Things (venues) began to change after the Two Guys From Harrison chain got the laws changed and shopping centers would now be open on Sundays. Prior to the change I and my kid brother did a Gymkhana at the Paramus Mall and had a ball. I and a friend also did a Gymkhana in the Ft Dix Motor Pool staged by the Flying Burros club that was enthusiasts from Dix and McGuire AFB. I do not know of any group putting on such events. Sad, because they were a lot of fun.

Back to Trials. They were so called because of the English influence where trials were held in some of the oddest places. I recall seeing a picture of a car competing in England in what looked like a big drainage ditch! We conducted our trials at the stock car tracks and in farm fields. One of our guys flipped his Turner at a trial in a field down in Holmdel. After that he could be seen filing away on a piece of metal to make a new windshield bracket. But the main venue for Trials was the Old Bridge and Hightstown tracks. Old Bridge started out as a half mile oval that was slightly banked in the turns. Interestingly enough, drag races were held there on Friday evenings. Eventually a 1/8 mile oval was added on the front straight and we incorporated that into our Trial course layout. One of the last events I did there was a 3 mile trial before I went off to DC in the Army. Hightstown was an almost flat quarter mile paved oval. This meant that a run may have been 2 or 3 laps.

Read more: 2017 - A quick note from Bob Brookfield

2017 - NNJR Solo Driver of the Year

Congratulations to Evan Schickel for being named the NNJR Solo Driver of the Year
 
2017 Solo Driver of the Year -Evan Schickel
 
Evan was driving a Corvette C6 Z06 which is owned by Mark Labbancz. He had a tough battle with James Tatad in his STX BRZ and also Jake Namer in his SSM Rx7. Evan also won DOY in 2015 in his own C5 Corvette in BS. Evan is sure to win his first Solo National Championship Jacket soon!

 

Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah or whichever December greeting is appropriate to you!


 

2018 - NNJR Region Party!

We will be presenting the awards to our exceptional specialty volunteers for the fine effort they put in during 2017 in addition to our Solo trophies for the winners of their respective classes.

We will have 2 sims!!!! We will also have another driving sim rig from Crimson Simulation and instead of a stand-alone setup there will be two for some head-to-head action for those who are up for it.

Please, come on by at 2PM to watch the finish of the 24 Hours of Daytona, food will be ready by 3PM and our presentation occurring a bit later. Free food, drinks, and conversation to be had by all comers!

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 simulators will be available to challenge your fellow competitor to see who is faster.

Free!!! --- Fun Events for Adults and Children

Region Party for Volunteers and Solo Awards.

Thanks for a great 2017.

Date: Sunday January 28, 2018

Time: 2-6pm

Location: Packanack Lake Clubhouse
52 Lake Drive West
Packanack Lake
Wayne, NJ 07470

Hot and Cold Buffet
Desserts
Soda, Water, Beer and Wine
(If anyone needs a GF meal, please contact Linda Santangelo-Mosley)

Free!!! --- Fun Events for Adults and Children

  • 2017 Solo Awards
  • 2017 Volunteer Appreciation
  • 2017 William G Giltzow Award will be presented
  • Racing Simulator
  • and more.....

Good friends, good food, good time!


 

2017 - The Vinny Blancuzzi Award

2017 recipient of the

Northern New Jersey Region

The Vinny Blancuzzi Award

is

Lou Giallanella

2017 Vinny Blancuzzi Award - Lou Giallanella

Link


 

2017 - Rally - Teddy Bear Rally

 

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

Results

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

 
 
BRIO TUSCAN GRILLE
 
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!

Thanks,
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

Heidi EllisonHEIDI ELLISON

NORTHERN NEW JERSEY REGION
MEMBER SINCE 2013

"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

presents

June 25 - Rally - Caution Rolling Stones

McDonald's Flemington

72 Reaville Ave

Flemington, NJ 08822

Registration - 10:00am

First Car Off - 11:30am


 

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