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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.

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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.

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NNJR SCCA Breaks Record With 2016 Season Opener

Written By Evan (

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



Teddy Bear Charity Road Rallye

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

Phone: 908-938-8750
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Web Site:

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



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!


January 24, 2015
From 6pm to 10pm


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!

NNJR Membership and Annual Election Meeting

Join Us!

Tuesday Night November 11 @ 7:00pm

New BYO Location!

Stefano's Restaurant
569 Route 23 South at Jackson Avenue,
Wayne, NJ  

This is our Annual Meeting to elect the Slate of 2015 Officers to the Region's Board of Trustees.

We are at a new BYO location with awesome food and plenty of parking:  Stephano's in Wayne, from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. Come for dinner and bring your own drinks, or just come to share a story with the gang - $25 for all you can eat.

Please RSVP to Linda at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 973-615-1398.

NNJR T-shirts will be on sale for $10 - free to NNJR workers who haven't received one yet!

NNJR Trustee at Large Position Open

To all NNJR members, the nominating committee for this year's elections is setting the slate for the November meeting. There is an open trustee at large position on the board to serve beginning 1/1/15. If you would like to get involved and help run your club, please contact us!

NNJR Member Party this Friday 8/15


6PM at the Mosley Motor Home at NJMP

(look for the NNJR banner on our motor home)


  • Come party with your NNJR friends

  • Beer, wine and snacks will be available

  • Free NNJR T-shirts will be given out to NNJR workers 

  • NNJR members (or anyone) can purchase a T-shirt for $10 - please have cash available

  • Hear the exciting new plans for our November Holiday Party, January Region Party and 2015 schedule

  • Bring chairs if available for extra seating

    See You There!

June Membership Meeting


 Join Us!
Friday night June 13th  @ 7:00pm

Tiff's Casual Grill & Bar
231 Speedwell Avenue, Morris Plains, NJ  

Come one, come all, as we say thank you to Darrell Anthony and Terry Roberts for their many years of dedication and service to NNJR!

This month's members meeting will take place at Tiff's in Morristown, NJ from 7:00 - 10:00pm. Come for dinner and drinks, or just come to share a story with the gang - $25 for all you can eat and drink.

Please RSVP to Linda at
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 973-615-1398.

See you all there!

March Membership Meeting!

Wednesday March 26, 2014 ~ 7:00 - 10:00

Tiff's Casual Grill & Bar
231 Speedwell Avenue
Morris Plains, New Jersey


Click here for LeChump Regional Classes Rules and Specifications


The purpose of these LeChump rules is to create an opportunity for cars built for ChumpCar World Series (ChumpCar) or the 24 Hours of LeMons (LeMons) to compete safely in SCCA regional races. They are intended to provide low-pressure classes without the necessity of extensive modifications to existing cars. Multiple classes are provided to foster competition, however, there is no guarantee that any specific make, model or car will be competitive.

All drivers must fully conform to SCCA driver licensing requirements. Prior LeChump racing experience may be considered for SCCA licensing but automatic license exchange is not guaranteed or contemplated. Each situation is considered on its individual merits. All driver safety gear must comply with the GCR requirements.

Competition Report

There are several Important Changes in 2014

Executive Steward - Earl Hurlbut will step down as Executive Steward and will be replaced by Kathy Barnes. Thanks Earl for all the help making Pocono a success in 2013. All the best to Kathy.

Types of Races - In 2014 there will no longer be National Races. Races will either be Majors or
Regional’s. There will be 3 Majors Races in the Northeast; they will be a NJMS, Watkins Glen
and Summit Point. All of the other races will be Regional’s.

Qualifying for the Runoffs - The SCCA National Runoffs will be held October 6-12 at Mazda
Speedway, Laguna Seca, Salinas, California. Drivers can qualify for the Runoffs in two separate ways:

1. The Majors- drivers can enter the Major events and accumulate points, remember we are
in the Eastern Conference and in addition to the 3 NeDiv Majors there are also Major races
in the South East Division, beginning with Sebring in 2014.

2. The Divisional Racing Championship- 8 Regional races will be part of a Divisional Racing
Championship. They will be held at the tracks that hosted National Races in 2014. The

Competition Licenses - As of January 1, 2014, SCCA will no longer Issue National or Regional
Competition licenses. The new license will be called a Full Competition License. The renewal
criteria for this license will be completion of 2 races in the previous year. Your current National
or Regional license will be accepted as a Full Competition License until it is renewed.

Driver’s Schools - The main change is that it will only be necessary to attend one Driver School
to be able to race. The requirement will be 3 hours on track time that is a change from 6 hours.
The primary question will be “Is the student ready to race?”

Wise words from Dave Panas

By the time you read this, the first biggie of the year, the Rolex 24 at Daytona will be in the books.  This was of course, the first race run by the combined Grand-Am and ALMS series.  I thought that you might be interested in how these groups came to be, because it does go back quite a way in time - even if it doesn’t have a lot to do with NNJR.

Read more: Wise words from Dave Panas