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 Ford Kent
Round 2 – Red Star Raceway – 3 June 2017
Formula 1600 Powered by Ford
Round 3 – East London Grand Prix Circuit – 20 May 2017
The third stop in the 2017 Investchem Formula 1600 championship tour is the East London Grand Prix Circuit. Here this national single-seater series will compete in the Extreme Festival on Saturday, May 20, contesting two races on the day. With two rounds completed, it...read more
It was a day of close competition for the Investchem Formula 1600 racers when they contested round two of their national championship at Kyalami. A stand-out at this round was Cameron O'Connor (93 – Repro Supplies / Racing Factors) who made a dramatic jump in position...read more
Round two of the national Investchem Formula 1600 championship will take place as part of the Extreme Festival at Kyalami on Saturday, 22 April. With the first two races completed, Julian van der Watt (42 – Race Driver SA) has stepped up as the early leader, having...read more
Dean Venter (Desco SA / Manitou Swift) had an almost perfect start to his attempt to secure the 2017 Investchem Formula Ford championship which got underway at Zwarkops on Saturday, 4 March. Andrew Horne (Xena Chemicals / Budd Power Van Diemen) prevented Venter from...read more
After a break of three-and-a-half months the Investchem Formula Ford Kent drivers return to the track when the opening round of the 2017 championship takes place at Zwartkops Raceway on Saturday, 4 March. At least a dozen cars are expected to line up on the grid with...read more
Dean Venter (Turnfab Engineering / Manitou Swift) did everything he could at Red Star on Saturday, 19 November, taking pole position, both race wins and setting the fastest lap time of the day, but it wasn’t enough to deny Andrew Horne (Xena Chemicals / Budd Power...read more