Region News

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.

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.


 

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.
 

Walt Huber, we remember...

August 19, 1942 - April 8, 2017

Walter Huber passed away at home on Saturday, April 8, 2017. He shared 74 years of love and faith with his family and community. Walter is at the Our Lady of The Magnificat church Cemetery in Kinnelon, New Jersey. 

Walt Huber

Walter grew up in Fort Lee and settled in Kinnelon over 30 years ago. He worked for Prentice Hall for many years, retiring as VP in his department. Recently, he and Nancy moved to Lincoln Park to downsize. Walt was a longtime member of Our Lady of The Magnificat Church and served with the Knights of Columbus Council #14493. A man of deep faith, he donated much of his time to the church and community. He served as a Eucharistic Minister and he drove much needed clothing and food to families who were less fortunate. He was also a longtime bus driver for children with special needs, a job which he loved. He was a member of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and the MG Car Club. It was at one event that he met his wife Nancy. He was very active in the SCCA and very much enjoyed being a flagger and later becoming a steward. Walter always had a smile on his face and lived a very happy life. He was always available to lend a hand or impart some knowledge upon you, as he had so much of it. He loved a cold Shiner Bock and above everything else, spending time with his family. He was the proudest Opa to his five grandchildren and loved to brag about all of their accomplishments. He was a dear friend and loving husband and will be missed beyond words.

Walter is survived by his loving family, Nancy (nee Griffith) of 29 years; Albert Sica (Carolyn) and Tracy Sica; grandchildren Madalyn, Ryan and Zachary Sica and Cole and Tyler Klein and many more dear relatives and friends.

1989 - The William G. Giltzow Award

Raise a Shiner Bock! Miss you Boss!!!!

Shiner Bock


 

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:

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

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).

NNJR Swag now available at all NNJR Region Social Events!

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

 

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!
 

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.

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.

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

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

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

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!
 

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!

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!

 

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!