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.
Formula 1600 Powered by Ford
Round 7 – Killarney – 9 September 2017
Formula Ford Kent
Round 5 – Zwartkops – 16 September 2017
Cape Town hosted the penultimate round of the 2017 Investchem Formula 1600 championship on Saturday. It was at this event that Julian van der Watt (42 - Race Driver SA) claimed the title of national Investchem Formula 1600 champion for the season. Alongside of Van der...read more
The Investchem Formula 1600 competitors celebrate the beginning of spring with a race day at Killarney Raceway in Cape Town. The event is the penultimate round of the 2017 national championship, with Julian van der Watt (42 – Race Driver SA) hoping to lift the crown...read more
In a surprise outcome at round six of the Investchem Formula 1600 championship on Saturday, Stuart White (8 - Fantastic Racing) claimed victory at Zwartkops Raceway ahead of the championship leader, Julian van der Watt (42 - Race Driver SA). Until this event, Van der...read more
Julian van der Watt (Investchem / Race Driver SA Mygale) made a successful trip to Zwartkops to take part in the fifth round of the 2017 Investchem Formula Ford Kent regional championship on Saturday, 16 September. The newly crowned Formula 1600 champion used the...read more
The largest field of the season makes its way to Zwartkops Raceway for the fifth round of the 2017 Investchem Formula Ford Kent championship on Saturday, 16 September. Championship leader Dean Venter (Desco SA / Manitou Swift) had a tough outing last time out at Dezzi...read more
David Jermy and Jeff Gable claimed a race win apiece in their Jacquet Racing van Diemens when they made their way down to Dezzi Raceway on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast for the fourth round of the 2017 Investchem Formula Ford Kent championship on Saturday, 5 August....read more