Region News

Back To School Rally

July 24, 2022 

A Mileage based navigational road rally.

Registration opens at 10:00 AM, first car off at 11:01 AM 

$25 per car

This event will be an introduction to mileage-based course rallying.
100 penalty points will be ‘awarded’ for each mile that you go off-course.

For Intermediate and Expert Classes, the Rally is like all Motorsport of North Jersey Events with mileage traps based on the Generals and your skills.

For First Timers and Novices, there will be extra Helpers and hints. The Rallymaster is designing the route for individuals new to this type of event and will provide helpers to keep you on-course and ‘instruct’ you on possible upcoming self-correcting route following tricks that you might see later in the event or on the December 5th ‘Teddy Bear’ Toys for Tots rally. 

This event is open to the general public and requires only a car or light SUV/truck, pen/pencil and clipboard or other writing surface.

Start Location: McDonalds - 72 Reaville Ave. Flemington, NJ
End Location: Tavern 519 - 650 County Route 519, Frenchtown, NJ

Awards: Classes are based on your rally expertise & experience
1st & 2nd Expert, 1st & 2nd Intermediate, 1st, 2nd & 3rd Novice
plus
1st & 2nd Place 'First Timer', Best Family,
Best Husband & Wife/Partner, Best SCCA
Dead Last But Finished

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Historic Racing Group at 25
How it all started 
In the Beginning: 
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Historic Racing Group was founded in 1997 as the Volvo Historic Series (VHS). Fred Hammond, Director of Corporate Communications for Volvo reached out to Tom Lynch in April of 1996. Tom, a club racer and board member of the SCCA's Northern New Jersey Region happened to have a day job putting on special events for car companies. Tom contacted former Formula Vee racer and NNJR SCCA Steward Dave Panas. Legend has it they discussed it “over an Ice Cream or two” and made plans to get it on the road.
David M Panas
 
Read the full story: Here

2022 Tire Rack SCCA New Jersey ProSolo

New Meadowlands Sports Complex 

The calendar indicates it’s springtime, but it sure felt like summer on May 20-22, 2022, at New Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, NJ, during the Tire Rack SCCA New Jersey ProSolo.

Mostly sunny skies, with temperatures in the low 90s both Saturday and Sunday, greeted 190 autocrossers who took part in the sixth of 11 “regular season” ProSolo event, this one hosted by SCCA’s Northern New Jersey Region. The venue featured grippy asphalt and ample paddock space, with plenty of room to create similar, open and flowing ProSolo courses.

Read More
May 20/22 Tire Rack Pro Solo - Results

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Registration is Open for the SJR SCCA Time Trials Spring Track Sprint on May 14th at Bader Field. This is a fabulous event - click on the link for more information.


 

Annual Tech Day - March 12th 2022
 
The date for the annual South Jersey Region Tech Day is next weekend!
 
Saturday March 12, 2022, from 8am to 2pm at Triple-T Cutting Tools located at 135 Edgewood Ave, West Berlin, NJ 08091.
 
In the event of snow, March 19th is the back-up day.
 
Road race annual tech and gear checks will be done. Also on site, the Solo crew and Time Trial crew will be doing annual inspections.
 
And NASCAR legend and crew chief Ray Evernham has a message for our Men in Black and our region as we prepare for the Tech Day!
 
For those who earned 2021 season awards in road racing, autocross, and time trials but were not at the banquet to receive your award, you can pick them up at the Tech Day. See below for the lists of winners, and congratulations all.

Announcing the inaugural season of the 2022 Mohawk Hudson Region Time Trials Championship!

As you have probably heard, SCCA’s Time Trials program has been growing in leaps and bounds over the last few years and has some great participation from your fellow MHR members. 

Join us for the all new 2022 Mohawk Hudson SCCA Time Trial Series.
This Championship is for MoHud Members and will be run according to SCCA Time Trial rules in regards to vehicle classing and safety rules.  The Mohawk-Hudson Region (MoHud) Time Trials points championship will be based on running the events with Connecticut Autocross and Rally Team (CART) /New England Region (NER) SCCA as well as the Time Trials National Tour at Thompson Speedway. Bonus points will also be awarded for attending events listed as bonus events in the published schedule.

The core events of the Championship scoring for 2022 will be :
CART/NER SCCA Time Trial at Thompson  5/21/22
SCCA Time Trial National Tour at Thompson 7/1/22 to 7/2/22
CART/NER SCCA Time Trial at Thompson  9/17/22
** Event registration will be by the host clubs –not MHR ***

MoHud Members must compete in at least half of the events scheduled for the season (rounded up for odd numbers). The season schedule will be published along with any additional event that qualifies for bonus points.

To be included in future communications regarding the championship series, or if you are ready to join us, please sign up at https://mohud.motorsportreg.com/

MoHud will be running points for the following Time Trials classes. Competitors are encouraged to visit TimeTrials.SCCA.Com to class their car or read the rules to build to a class.

  1. Sport – S1, S2, S3, S4, S5, S6
  2. Tuner – T1, T2, T3, T4, T5
  3. Max – M1, M2, M3, M4, M5
  4. Unlimited – U1, U2

Need some help classing your car?
https://timetrials.scca.com/pages/classmycar

Questions about safety ?
https://timetrials.scca.com/pages/national-event-safety-rules


 

Second Hand Roads
Time-Speed-Distance RoadRally
April 24, 2022
 
The 2022 Second Hand Roads Time-Speed-Distance RoadRally was successfully conducted on April 24. Twenty-Seven Teams ran the rally using the Richta App in order to be scored and one team ran the event for fun, for a total of twenty-eight teams. The rally had over 45 scored TSD controls and the route instructions provided mileage and 'Car Zero Time' to each instructions to help the team stay on time and on-course. The rally was novice friendly, as you can see from the scores, the top 4 teams ran in the Novice Class. Several teams were able to score a perfect 'Zero' at controls. The region would like to thank Satish Gopalkrishnan and Savera D'Souza for all the work they did as joint Rallymasters.
 
 
Track Night in America
2022 Schedule!!
 
A new year, a new you, and a new line around your favorite race track? With SCCA’s Track Night in America Driven by Tire Rack, all of that and more is possible for anyone – especially you!
 
North America’s favorite and easiest way to get your street car on track at a pace you feel comfortable with is back again in 2022, with more than 30 tracks and 150 opportunities to get onto the racetrack in a safe, welcoming and fun environment. As always, all you need is a running street-legal car, a valid driver’s license, be over the age of 18, and an approved helmet.
 
Six Events at Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, PA:
April 21, May 17, June 14, July 7, August 10, September 15
 
Six Events at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, NJ:
April 27, May 25, June 22, July 20, August 17, September 21
 
 
 

Lorinda Cherry

NNJR Friend, RE, Racer and Computer Scientist

November 18, 1944 - February 16, 2022

Lorinda Cherry

Copyright Peter Adams Photography.

1988 William G. Giltzow Award–For exemplifying "dedication and service to the NNJR-SCCA"

Lorinda joined the Northern New Jersey chapter of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) in July 1967. She participated in road rallies, then served as marshal and handled some administrative duties, including being RE. She also showed award-winning Doberman Pinschers.

Cherry died in February 2022, at the age of 77.

 Lorinda Cherry on Wikipedia.


 

2021 Vinny Blancuzzi Award

Robert Shore

Robert ShoreThe Board of Trustee's a pleased to announce that the 2021 recipient of the Vinny Blancuzzi Award is Robert Shore. The award is presented to a region member to recognize the time and effort it takes to make the Region work above and beyond the normal effort.

Bob joined SCCA-NNJR in 2015 and has been instrumental in the growth of the Region's RoadRally program and our selection for the SCCA RoadRally Regional Development awards in 2016 and again in 2020. Bob has been a major contributor to the Region's RoadRally program growth to the most active program in the county in 2020 and in 2021.

Bob started rallying back in 1966 as a member of Raritan Valley Sports Car Club. He was Chief of Controls for NNJR's Pine Barren Express (BPX) RoadRally which featured the sand trials of Brendan T. Byrne State Forest and Wharton State Park. PBX was brisk Time-Speed-Distance rally that started in 1999 and ran for ten years.

Back in 2014, Bob along with NNJR's member Fred Cochran established our existing relationship with the New Jersey Highlands Coalition which is our co-host for both our Spring and Fall "tours/treks' Road Rallies. The Highland events are non-competitive scenic drives of the Highlands of northwestern New Jersey and have featured in the past the Morris Canal and The Sterling Hill Mining Museum which is the "fluorescent mineral capital of the world" and last year visited the rural beguiling bridges of western New Jersey. The last three Highland Tours have been the best attended SCCA rallies in the United States.

Outside of Bob's interest in RoadRalling, Bob volunteers at the Manhattan Graphics Center which is an artist run printmaking workshop in New York City and was on their Board from 2006 till 2016.


 

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2022 RoadRally Schedule

  • March 27 - Sunday - Spring Highland Trek
  • April 24 - Sunday - Second Hand Roads – TSD
  • July 24 - Sunday - Back to School – GTA
  • October 8/9 - Sat/Sun - NJ National RoadRally Weekend
  • October 8 - Saturday - Roads of Home - TSD Tour Rally
  • October 9 - Sunday - New Jersey Monte TSD Course Rally
  • October 23 - Sunday - Fall Highland Trek
  • December 4 - Sunday - 32nd Teddy Bear Rally - GTA

 


 

2021 Walt Huber Scholarship Award

William Petrow

William Petrow

The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that William Petrow has been named the 2021 recipient of the Walter Huber 'Scholarship Fund', which was designed to provide financial support for 1st time entry or volunteers to "year-end" National level events.

William Petrow has been a long time NNJR member on and off since 2001, but has in recent years been a regular competitor in many of our local autocross events, as well as a regular on the ProSolo tour and National Tour events including Solo Nationals Finale in Nebraska since 2017. He has been running in BS, AS, SS and SSR in a BMW M2, Porsche Cayman 718 and Cayman GT4. He has also competed in a number of TSD rallies over the years including the old famed Pine Barrens Express.

Recently William has become our region chairman for the Rallycross / Rallysprint program. New Jersey has never had this program before and he has been hard at work to find a venue for us to run. While he competed in SCCA rallycross in the early and mid 2000's, he has never been to a national level event and decided to go to the Rallycross Nationals in Ohio this year to volunteer and gain more experience for our program here in NNJR. While there, he helped all of the weekend's competitors through tech inspection and he was lucky enough to pair up with a friend to run in the Modified AWD class (MA) in a 1996 Subaru Impreza with a 6 cylinder swap.

Amongst his vast SCCA experience, he has also competed in stage rally all over the US since 2009 running in FWD, RWD and AWD cars in almost every class! While starting in a Subaru bugeye WRX in Production GT, he moved on to an Open class classic Impreza for 2010. In 2011 he was a Ford Performance backed driver in the then new Ford Fiesta. In recent years he has moved to RWD using Nissan platforms rallying a 240SX in Group2 and Group 5, but has just completed building a 370Z as his new rally machine. He has been crew chief for many national class winning teams, worked for teams at WRC Mexico and X Games Rally and Rallycross, competed in US Rallycross at NJMP in 2010 which then became Global RallyCross (GRC), been an event organizer for rallysprints, commentator for multiple American Rally Association events and has been a volunteer at rallies all over the country since 2001, when SCCA still had ProRally. He has also competed in drifting with US Drift ProAm series and the Mt. Washington Hillclimb, Climb to the Clouds. 2014 CTTC saw him finish in the top 10 overall while taking the Rally 2WD class record! Since 2008 he has been building rally and other race cars at his shop in Union City called Broken Motorsports. 2018 he created an online store catering specifically to motorsports called Bleeding Tarmac.

 


 

2022 Solo Schedule

Some of you haven't run with us for some time, we hope to see you in 2022 in some way, come by just to say "HI", many of you are regulars to our Solo program.

The Annual NNJR Solo Awards party has been canceled this time because of COVID, we will give out the 2021 Solo awards at the first event of 2022.

The SCCA Membership Cards & Annual Waivers Now Available Digitally. We highly recommend signing up for this. (SCCA Members Only)

We are working on the 2022 Solo schedule to be held at MetLife Stadium. So far this is what we have,

  • Sunday 4/3 – SCCA Lot J
  • Saturday 4/16 – SCCA Lot L
  • Saturday 4/30 – TBD based on NFL draft events (Lot L or J)
  • Sunday 5/1 - SCCA Lot J
  • Saturday 5/14 – SCCA Lot L
  • SCCA Tire Rack Pro Solo 5/20 - 5/22 - Registration Info

Always check AutoX4U for latest event details.

 
SCCA has announced Helmet Certifications Updated for 2022As of December 31, 2022, no ECE-rated helmets will be accepted in any SCCA program. 
 
As Per the NJ State Police, all State of New Jersey Solo events require Snell 2015 or newer ONLY.
 
NNJR is looking for Sponsors for our Solo Program for 2022.
 


2022 Road Racing Program Updates

There are several changes for the upcoming 2022 season that we’d like to update you on.

If you have any questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The document can be viewed here.


 

SCCA Membership Cards & Annual Waivers Now Available Digitally

Electronic Annual WaiversSCCA Members can now keep their membership cards on their phones and sign the annual waiver digitally. Both can be found at my.scca.com, the same location members can go to renew their annual SCCA membership and more online!

Digital membership cards are now accepted at all SCCA events as proof of membership, and contain the same look and information as the plastic cards many of us currently carry everywhere.

SCCA Membership Cards & Annual Waivers Now Available Digitally - Sports Car Club of America


 

From Your Eyes: A Pair of National RoadRallies

A Pair of National RalliesThe following was submitted by Ed Sain and is a first-hand recount of the New Jersey National RoadRally Weekend. The weekend featured two events — The North by Northwest National RoadRally and the New Jersey Monte RoadRally — hosted by South Jersey SCCA and Northern New Jersey SCCA, respectively. In addition to being a National RoadRally, the New Jersey Monte also had a Regional Rally associated with the event. Join us in enjoying his recount of the exciting weekend!

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FRED WARREN JENKINS, JR.

The family of Fred W. Jenkins, Jr. is sad to announce his passing on Saturday, November 6, 2021. He lived a remarkable life of 85 years.

Fred Jenkins

FRED WARREN JENKINS, JR.
Loving Husband, Father, Gramp and Pop
Wonderful North Caldwell Neighbor and Friend

The family of Fred W. Jenkins, Jr. is sad to announce his passing on Saturday, November 6, 2021. He lived a remarkable life of 85 years.

A memorial visitation will be held on Friday, November 12th from 5-8 pm at the Shook ~ Farmer Funeral Home, 45 Roseland Avenue, Roseland, NJ. The Memorial Service will be on Saturday, November 13th at 1:00 pm at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 271 Roseland Avenue, Essex Fells, NJ. Condolences and memories may be shared at shookfarmer.com.

Born in Montclair NJ, after living in Cedar Grove he was raised in Glen Ridge. He attended the Hackley School and Cornwall Academy before graduating from Glen Ridge High School. Fred was an electronic officer in the U.S. Coast Guard serving in Japan, Turkey and Brooklyn. He attended Fairleigh Dickinson College before working for Bogue Electric as an electronic specialist. He loved creating Heath Kit radios. As a teenager he loved spelunking in caves. An avid sports car enthusiast he met the love of his life, Bunny at Suburban Sports Car club sharing their love of cars. He was a worker at many race events at Lime Rock, CT Raceway and more. He loved photography, was a member of the West Essex Camera Club and won several awards.

Fred joined the firm Wilcox-Slidders of Newark and then Fairfield, a family industrial supply business of Bunny's and became president for 57 years. He served on many boards in the industrial business. Fred spent many years involved in the NNJR and SCCA race car events. An active Rotarian in the Newark and Fairfield Rotary Clubs, he was President several times. Fred served on the board of the West Essex Chamber of Commerce, the North Caldwell Historic Commission and was an active parishioner at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Essex Fells.

Predeceased by his parents Fred W. Jenkins Sr and Gertrude Bradley Jenkins, his son-in-law Walter Valentine.

In addition to his wife Bunny of 60 years, Fred is survived by daughter, Paige Valentine, son, Fred (Tad) W. Jenkins III and wife Tania. Brother H Bradley Jenkins, Sr and wife Lavinia, Grandchildren Garrett Valentine, (wife, Dana), Frank and Phoebe Jenkins. Proudly survived by great grand-daughter Lucy Valentine and great-grandson Fred Warren Valentine. Nieces and Nephews, Brad Jr., Denise, Sandy, Cameron, Jake, Jenna, Jason and Matthew.

Loved by his cats Pumpkin, Gordon and Shadow.

In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to the Rotary Foundation, The Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter or a charity of your choosing.

NNJR - RallyX Program 

The region is looking to expand our event schedule to include RallyX - and need your help!
We are looking for a site to host our program. Please contact
BIll Petrow or Marko Gidej at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The nominating committee submits the following names for the November election:

Assistant RE: Mark Labbancz

Treasurer: Jason Evangelista

Trustee: Perry Aidelbaum

Trustee: Linda Santangelo-Mosley

Thank you
Chris Mosley

NNJR Nomination Committee Chairman

 
2022 NNJR Board of Trustee Nomination Process
 
Each fall the Region conducts nomination/elections for position on the Board of Trustee per our By-Laws. The following positions are open for a two year team starting January 1, 2022:
 
Assistant Regional Executive
Treasurer
Two Trustee Positions
 
If you are interested in serving the Region in any of these positions or would like assist the region in any of the special interest areas, please drop Chris Mosley an email at:
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Memories of Linda ... Joe and Linda Remembered

By Bryan Deane

Man it is hard to believe that tragic day was 20 years ago.  Linda and I as most know were a couple before she and Joe started dating. Linda was a dynamo simply put a force of nature.

One thing I will always remember is how fiercely she would approach her duties as a flag marshal, flag chief or friend. Case in point, we were at Lime Rock for a Regional that I was the Flag Chief for and she was working a station.  The event was a late July race and I remember on the morning of the race as we were (actually Linda) were driving up from Greenwood Lake talking about station assignments and personnel because I was still playing with who I was assigning where.  I had said that I was putting her in Race Control with me for the day and was looking at who I was going to assign to the rest of the stations.  At which point she said she absolutely wanted to be on a station and there was no arguing the point.  So, I relented and assigned her to a station.

As is typical for late July the day was extremely hot and at lunch I was asking her if she was doing ok and if she wanted to come off station to be in Race Control, which resulted in a very terse “Bite Me!” from her. Well, I made a mental note to keep track of her on the down low by asking her station partners when they were on Comms and at one point one of the guys thought maybe it was time to get her some relief.  Well, Linda heard this and grabbed the head set then proceed to tell me I had better send the “army” if I was pulling her off station. Of course, I had already dispatched track rescue and told her she was coming in and that it was the end of the discussion.  Linda came in grudgingly, of course, and was taken to medical for a checkup.

At the end of the session, I went to check on her and was greeted with another “Bite ME! I was fine” when she saw me. Well, she eventually made her way up to Race Control and proceeded to sit in the back of the room to continue cooling off. At one point as the GT1, GT2 and AS cars were rolling down pit lane to go out for their session I turned around to find Linda stretched out on the floor sleeping! At which point I motioned to Walt Huber to take a look and his comment was “good call” getting her off station but you’re going to catch hell on the way home you realize that right? Yeah, I know.

As we were leaving at the end of the day I asked if she was ok and without argument, or asking, she handed me the car keys and said you drive. Not 5 minutes later as we’re driving through Sharon I look over and she’s sound asleep….again. Ninety minutes later, back in Greenwood Lake and I finally had to wake her to let her know we were home. So, much for catching hell….

I miss both tremendously, as a side note Joe was trying to help track down my dad’s old 52 Morgan Flat Rad that I wanted to see if could be acquired.

 


 

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