Formula Ford has its origins in the late 1960s, the first standalone race taking place at Brands Hatch on 2 July 1967. The class was an immediate success and rapidly spread throughout the world. For many years Formula Fords were powered by the Ford Kent Crossflow engine but most national championship series throughout the world eventually switched to the more modern Duratec engines.
In many countries, the Kent engined cars were not abandoned but continued to race in regional series. This is the case in South Africa where they compete in the Northern Regions Regional Championship.
The newer Duratec powered cars are now used in the Formula 1600 National Championship. The addition of front and rear wings, and revised side pods to the cars has changed not just their appearance, but also their handling characteristics and will make for an interesting 2017 season.
In addition to the new cars, 2017 sees the advent of serious prize money for the top three in the Investchem Formula 1600 powered by Ford Championship. The winner will receive R250 000.00 plus a tests in a Formula Renault car and one of the Afrix A1GP cars. The runner up will receive R125 000.00 while the third placed driver will take home R62 500.00.
A betting man would have lost on Saturday, where the odds were on, that Bloemfontein teenager Stuart White would fly home from Cape Town with the Investchem Formula 1600 championship and its Road to Indy prize firmly in his back pocket. It was however not to be. White...read more
Stuart chasing Road to Indy prize at Killarney Bloemfontein teenager Stuart White has one hand on the big prize as the Investchem Formula 1600 championship on the Road to Indy returns to Killarney in Cape Town for the penultimate round of the championship 22...read more
The past weekend’s Investchem Formula 1600 races at Kyalami’s Festival of Motoring were all about one man. Bloemfontein youngster Stuart White utterly dominated, delivering a crushing qualifying performance before driving into the distance to win both races at ease...read more
Second place behind David Jermy (Beauty Factory van Diemen) in the opening race, followed up by his first win in a Formula Ford Kent car gave Jonathan Nash (Turnfab Engineering Swift) overall victory at the fifth round of the 2018 Investchem Formula Ford Kent...read more
After a trip down to the coast in August, the Investchem Formula Ford Kent drivers return inland for the fifth round of the 2018 championship which takes place at Zwartkops Raceway on Saturday, 29 September. Andrew Horne (Xena Chemicals / Budd Power van Diemen), who...read more
Andrew Horne (Xena Chemicals / Budd Power van Diemen) had a perfect weekend at Dezzi Raceway at the fourth round of the 2018 Investchem Formula Ford Kent championship on Saturday, 11 August. The former champion claimed pole position, took both race wins and to cap it...read more