Region News

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!! 


 

Happy Holidays!

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


 

2018-12-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!


 

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.


 

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.
 

NNJR Swag now available at SCCA GEAR

Special Announcement: Nominations for Officers for 2017:

The Nominating Committee, exercising its duties as representatives of the NNJR Membership, per Article VI, Section 1, has nominated the following candidates to serve on the Board of Governors for the calendar year 2017:

Assistant Regional Executive - Butch O'Connor
Treasurer - Jason Evangelista
Trustee - Matt Rooke
Trustee - Mark Labbancz

All of the candidates have stated their willingness to serve in the office for which they have been nominated.

Any eligible members, not so nominated, who wish to have their name appear on the ballot for the election at the Annual Meeting shall submit a written notice and supporting petition. A candidate must have been a member of SCCA, Inc. for at least two (2) years. A candidate may run for only one office at any one election. Candidates may be bracketed in slates if they so desire. All candidates shall have equal access to the means and equipment available to the Region for campaigning but no funds or supplies of the Region shall be used for campaigning.

Read more: Special Announcement: Nominations for Officers for 2017:

Northern New Jersey Region Renewed Road Rally Program

by Peter Schneider

In 2016, NNJR has decided to step-up it’s road rally program in association with the Motorsports Club of North Jersey and Raritan Valley Sports Car Club.  As you may know over the past 26 years NNJR has been hosting the longest running charity event with the annual US Marines Corps Toys for Tots Gimmick/GTA rally.  In addition they have hosted a dozen or so Pine Barrens Express events, which was an evening TSD rally in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, great sand roads with mileage to each instructions and closed controls.  A zero hero event, if you understand tire slippage in ‘sugar’ sand and water holes.

This year NNJR is hosting five events all of them Gimmick/GTA road rallies. These events are based on the same principle as the Toys for Tot rally.  25 points for each incorrect answer to a question and 100 points for each mile over or under the official rally route.  The questions are mostly used to determine your knowledge of the General Instruction or to provide additional penalty points for off-course loops.

The July event (Rallymaster Michael & Pepi Brooks), was held of July 24th, started out with a standard Odometer leg, followed by six legs containing five route following traps.  The traps included a ‘Straight as Possible’, ‘Onto’. Hard to see signs and being able understand the difference between a quoted road sign and the actual road itself (Turn Right after “AIRPORT ROAD”).

Using an expanded mailing list (a combination of three local clubs and the SCCA mailing list of three regions) and Facebook ads, there was 28 teams participating in the event. Fifteen Novice teams of which twelve claimed to be first timers to the sport, which provided them with a $10 discount to the $30 entry fee.

Read more: Northern New Jersey Region Renewed Road Rally Program

NNJR SCCA Breaks Record With 2016 Season Opener

Written By Evan (Autox4u.com)

A record-breaking 171 drivers participated in the first NNJR SCCA autocross of the 2016 season, besting the previous record of 162.  Each driver got FIVE! runs, and it was all finished in under six hours.  We’d like to thank everyone for their hard work in making the event run smoothly and quickly.

NNJR-16-03-26 - 3Heat one began with temperatures in the mid 40s, but sunny skies quickly warmed things up.  In C Street, Keith Scala led the class in his 2009 Mazda RX-8 after first runs.  Scala maintained his lead, and put down a 45.750 on his fourth run for the class win.  Steven Berrodin and Tamra Hunt rounded out the podium.

E Street saw an intense battle between Nick Babin in his 2003 Toyota MR-S and Serafin Tinapunan in his 1999 Mazda Miata.  Both struggled to stay clean on first and second runs, but Babin grabbed the lead on his third run and stayed there.  His 48.373 was the fastest in class by nearly half a second.  Tinapunan held onto second place, and Nicholas Rivadeneira took third.

In CAM-T Jeffrey Darbig (1983 Ford Mustang GT) and Christopher Collucci (1988 Pontiac Firebird) went back and forth between positions one and tow.  Darbig’s 47.948 on run three was good for the win, with Collucci only 0.028 behind.

NNJR-16-03-26 - 20In heat two the competition grew fiercer as the temperature continued to rise.  A Street action was intense, with less than one second between the top five drivers.  Yun Ng (2008 Honda S2000 CR), Chris Drabouski (2015 Porsche Cayman), and Cy Lee (2004 Chevrolet Corvette Z06) all traded places at the top of the list throughout the first four runs.  On his fifth run Justin Lau (2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06) cleaned up his act and put down a 45.649 to win the class.

G Street also saw close action, with less than a second between the drivers on the podium.  Jeff Taylor led the class in his 2013 Volkswagen GTI for three runs.  On his fourth run, Joseph Lagdao (2015 Ford Focus ST) moved into the lead by over 0.7 seconds, and held on for the win with a 48.017 as both Taylor and Fred Kratzel (2013 Ford Focus) found time and dropped into the 48s.

NNJR-16-03-26 - 34Heat three competition was dominated by the Pro class, with less than two seconds between the top 15 drivers.  It was a Porsche-filled podium, and the top six drivers were all driving Super Street cars (one on Hoosiers).  Pat Salerno and Brian Conners took the one-two finish in Conners’s 2011 Porsche GT3.  Perry Aidelbaum (2015 Porsche GT4) was only a tenth behind and took the third podium spot.  These three also took top PAX.

As temperatures plateaued in the mid 50s the drivers of heat four enjoyed the day’s peak grip.  Street Touring action was some of the day’s best.  In STS it was battle of the co-drivers, with Mike Kobialka and Michael Roleira piloting their Mayhem Miata.  Roleira led after first runs and held onto that NNJR-16-03-26 - 31lead for the entire heat, winning with a 45.697.  Kobialka made him work for it, though, finishing only 0.059 seconds behind.  Maciek Samsel (1997 Mazda Miata) took third.

In STX it was Ken Houseal (2013 Subaru BRZ) with a 45.945 over Jose Tatad (2013 Subaru BRZ) by 0.279.

STR was exciting as usual, with the only a second between podium finishers.  Tim Kong (2008 Honda S2000 CR) took the win with a 43.895 on his fourth run.  Josh Lipman (2008 Honda S2000 CR) was only 0.148 behind, and Hezron Laluces (2005 Honda S2000) took third.

Michael Mitchell (1998 BMW M3) was the fastest Novice, with a 47.664.

The day’s fastest run was a 42.191 by Evan Schickel (2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport).

Represent Your Region!

NNJR Swag now available at all NNJR Region Social Events!

NNJR T-Shirt: $10
NNJR Hat: $15
NNJR Computer Bag: $25
(limited quantities)

Merry Christmas

Save The Date!

 

The NNJR Region Party 

FREE and open to all NNJR members!

Kick off to the 2016 racing season!

Sunday April 17th from 3-6pm

Wyndham Hamilton Conference Center in Florham Park, NJ.

It's that time again for the NNJR SCCA Region Party.This year we are doing something new - the 2016 Region Party will be kicking off the 2016 racing season instead of wrapping up the old one.The Region Party will be held at the Wyndham Hamilton Park Conference Center at 175 Park Avenue, Florham Park, NJ 07932 on Sunday April 17th from 3-6pm.The menu will include an Antipasto Bar, A Pasta Station and a variety of Hot and Cold Hors D'oeuvres with a cash bar.We will be handing out awards, selling our new NNJR T-shirts and hats and enjoying each others company.Looking forward to seeing everyone on the 17th!
 

NNJR SCCA Annual November Election Dinner

Please join us for the NNJR SCCA Annual November Election Dinner on Thursday November 19th. The dinner will be held at
 
Brio Tuscan Grille
1400 Willowbrook Mall (near Sears)
Wayne, NJ 07470
 
7pm to 10pm.
 
The menu includes a three course dinner and cash bar in a private room at a cost of $35 per person.
 
RSVP to Linda Santangelo-Mosley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by text to Linda at 973.615.1398.

JOIN US November 19th!

Dont Forget to RSVP to Linda Santangelo-Mosley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or by text to Linda at 973.615.1398.

Tour of the Highlands ROAD RALLY

2nd Fall Tour of the Highlands Road Rally

Start: Rutherfurd Hall, Allamuchy and End: Ringwood Manor, Ringwood

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Registration and “Rally 101” at 10:30 a.m. Rally begins at 11 a.m.

Registration: Early Bird $50 and $75 after September 1 per car for driver and navigator

Information & Registration

 

EVENT FLYER

Teddy Bear Charity Road Rallye

Starting at: Subaru 46
364 Route 46
Budd Lake, NJ

Phone: 908-938-8750
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Web Site: www.mcnj.org

For the past 24 years the wonderful folks at Subaru have sponsored the NNJR-SCCA & Motorsport Club of North Jersey’s annual charity road rallye. This event is open to the general public and requires only a car or light truck with a working odometer and a pen to compete. The fee, per car, is a brand new Teddy Bear worth at least $30.00 retail which will be donated to the USMC Reserve Toys For Tots Program. Registration opens at 10:30 AM, first car off at Noon. Awards for 1st and 2nd in each of 3 classes (Expert, Intermediate, & Novice), Best First Time, Best Subaru, Best Saturn, Best SCCA, Best PCA, Best RVSCC, Best Family, Best Husband & Wife and Dead Last But Finished.

Registration: 10:30 AM

First Car Off: 12:01 PM

Please call for additional information or sign-up at www.mcnj.org

 

EVENT FLYER

The Annual Northern New Jersey Region Party!

It's 1967, the most dangerous year for Formula 1 drivers. Join us for all the excitement of one of the best racing movies ever made.. Grand Prix! Come out in your 60's attire and win a prize for the best outfit!

We will also be showing continuous coverage of the Daytona 24 Hour Race.

Good food and drink will be provided. Intriguing conversation, thrilling race, rally and solo adventures. 

Race, Rally and Solo awards!

Free and Fun!

When:

Saturday
January 24, 2015
From 6pm to 10pm

Where:

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

Congratulations Chris Mosley!

This past Saturday, November 15, 2014 at the Northeast Division Mini Con Awards Dinner, Chris Mosley - the RE of the Northern New Jersey Region of the SCCA and the Chairperson of the Northeast Division Race Series - received the Brian Holtz Memorial Award.

This is the Division's highest award. It is presented for Exceptional Leadership and Significant Contributions to the Northeast Division of the Sports Car Club of America. Congratulations Chris! and thank you for all your hard work!