Region News

2020-09 - 2021 Board of Trustee Elections

Annual Board of Trustee Elections
 
Per the Northern New Jersey By-Laws a Nomination Committee has been formed and is Chaired By Darrell Anthony to review candidates for election to the Board of Trustees.
 
Nomination Committee
  • Chairman - Darrell Anthony
  • Member at Large - Butch O'Connor
  • Member at Large - Bob Dowie
  • Trustee - Mark Labbancz
  • Trustee - Todd Forno
 
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.
 
Positions open for nomination for the 2021 Election are: Regional Executive, Secretary, and two (2) Trustees-at-Large.
 
If you are interested in serving on the Board of Trustees please drop a note to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
The nominating committee shall recommend a full slate of officers and Trustees-at-Large not later than October 1. 
 
Additional details can be found in our Region's By-Laws - Link
 

 

2020-09-13 - Second Hand Roads Rally

TSD RoadRally
 
September 13, 2020
 
Special Social Distance Entry Fee
of only $10.00 per car
(Payable day of the event)
 
 
A sixty-five mile/three hour Novice orientated Time-Speed-Distance rally that utilizes a free smartphone GPS application which will provide instant feedback as you pass 20+ timing locations along the rally route. Mileage to each turn to help you stay on course and frequent time checks to help you stay ‘on-time’. A great introduction to the sport of Time-Speed-Distance rallying, using the backroads of northwest New Jersey. No unpaved roads. Since this is an introduction to TSD rallying, there is a low “Social Distance” entry fee of only $10.00 per car.
 
Starting location: Route 46 Subaru in Hackettstown, NJ.
Registration 9:30AM - First Car Off 11:01AM
 
Online Registration can be found at WWW.MCNJ.ORG
 

 

2020-08-22 - Barnstorming Navigational Rally

Barnstorming Navigational Flyer

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2018-Solo Nationals

Over the past few weeks you might have overheard people talking about or seen an endless number of social media posts about the Tire Rack SCCA Solo Nationals and wondered what it is all about.  To put it simply, and accordingly to Donour Sizemore, it is “THE autocross” in which cone avoiders from near and far converge on Lincoln AirPark in Nebraska to compete at the year-end Championships.  It is truly an impressive event that overshadows any of our local events at MetLife Stadium with its 1375 entries and four days of competition.

It is a little murky when it comes to counting how many NNJR members participated in this year’s event, so let’s just say there were a lot of familiar faces from Lot E.

All competitors were met with challenging conditions no matter which days they competed.  They were either affected by torrential downpours or changing conditions.  For a few unlucky ones, they even had to deal with car problems and an off-site accident that totally hampered their first Nationals experience.  I even witnessed a car self-disassemble while it was being trailered to Nebraska.  It was that wild!

Onto the good news, this was the year of many “firsts” for NNJR.  We had 11 first-time Nationals competitors (out of 23 officially registered under NNJR), 5 first-time trophy winners, and 2 first-time National Champions.

We would like to congratulate the following individuals on their achievements in the 2018 Tire Rack SCCA Solo Nationals:

2018 National Champions

Evan Schickel - D Street Prepared

This was Evan’s fourth trip to compete at Solo Nationals.  From 2015 to 2017, he competed in B Street and Super Street R driving Corvettes and finished in the trophies all three times.  This year, he picked up a ride in a 2002 BMW 330Ci that had just won the class in 2017.  Evan adapted to the car quickly, with only two events in the car, and was able to drop 1.4 seconds on his last run on Day 2 to clinch the title, beating the car’s owner in the process.  

Evan Schickel 2018 Solo Nationals West Winning Run

James Vincent Tatad - Street Touring Xtreme

This was James’s third trip to Lincoln.  His first trip to Nationals in 2016 was a last-minute decision, registering as a walk-up and hopping into an unfamiliar car.  In 2017, he finished at the 9th trophy spot, narrowly missing the win by only 0.9 seconds.  This year on Day 2, James took advantage of the tighter East Course to make up time, beating the second place RX-8 by 0.193 seconds.  Congratulations to the Tatad family, who have been by James’s side at every major event, most notably his father and crew chief Jose.  

James winning run

Trophy Winners

Austin Don (F Street 7th Place)

Austin was on fire in 2018.  Having won both the NJ ProSolo and the Finger Lakes Champ Tour, he was on track to do some damage in his E92 M3 against the pony cars of F Street.  His 7th Place finish is quite the accomplishment for his first Nationals appearance in a deep class.

Talha Sadhik (Street Touring Ultra 3rd Place)

Talha bought a bunch of parts off another Evo X and built his daily driver in a short period of time at the beginning of the season.  He took the class FTD on Day 2 and sling-shotted himself up from 8th Place to the podium.  A very impressive performance indeed.

Gary Tsui (Super Street 4th Place)

Gary piloted his GTR through torrential rains to a 2nd Place position on Day 1 against a field of Porsches and a lone McLaren.  The drier conditions on Day 2 gave the advantage to the Porsches, but his 4th Place finish less than 0.6 seconds behind the leader is quite the accomplishment.

Elias Roman (G Street 3rd Place)

Elias made a last minute class change puts himself in a somewhat familiar car in G Street (the class of hot hatches). He led the class after Day 1 and was able to finish in the last podium spot.

Rich Wayne (E Street 15th Place)

Rich was forced to find a ride in a hurry due to car issue.  Thanks to the generosity of fellow autocrossers, he found a seat in a Miata and finished 15th out of 60 drivers in a car that he has never driven before.

We do not wish to offend other regions by claiming the following trophy winners as NNJR members, but they have been attending our events long enough that NNJR has adopted them (or they have adopted NNJR).  Regardless of their region of record, we want to extend our recognition to the following people for their performances:

G.J. Dixon - SS 2nd

Amy Dilks - FP 2nd

Rich DiMarco - STS 8th

Elisabeth Flannagan - HSL 3rd

Ken Houseal - STS 10th

Joshua Lipman - SSR 7th

Jake Namer - SSM 6th

Randy Petschauer - SSP 6th

Pat Salerno - SS 5th

Eric Simmons - STX 7th

Daniel Stainback - SM 3rd

Tamra Hunt - DSP 2nd

Andrew Krystinik - DSP 5th

Samuel Krauss - STH National Champion

 

Regardless of the results, we hope everyone had a great time and commend you for making the trip to represent NNJR or your region.  If you did not attend this year, we hope to see you in 2019.

 

2018-05-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.


 

2018-04-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: 2018-04-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!! 


 

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