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.
Saturday’s Investchem South African Formula 1600 finale at Zwartkops Raceway proved a race of two stories as Stuart White cruised to the championship to claim its cash prize and that hallowed ticket to compete in the Road to Indy shootout in Arizona on the one hand,...read more
The Investchem Formula 1600 championship is still there for the taking when the Road to Indy heads to its final encounter at Pretoria’s Zwartkops Raceway Saturday 20 October. Stuart White should by all means have wrapped that prize up at Killarney last time out, were...read more
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
Andrew Horne (Xena Chemicals / Budd Power van Diemen) made things look easy at the final round of the 2018 Investchem Formula Ford Kent Championship at Zwartkops Raceway on Saturday, 3 November. Heading into the event, the former multiple champion had an eight-point...read more
Andrew Horne (Xena Chemicals / Budd Power van Diemen) and David Jermy (Beauty Factory van Diemen) head to Zwartkops Raceway on Saturday, 3 November to decide the outcome of the 2018 Investchem Formula Ford Kent Championship. Although Horne has an eight-point advantage...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