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.
The Festival of Motoring presented by WesBank returns to the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit from the 31st August to the 2nd September 2018. The Festival of Motoring, organized by Messe Frankfurt, is the only motoring show in Southern Africa supported by the motor...read more
It’s all to play for in Investchem F1600 The South African National Investchem Formula 1600 Championship kicks off at Kyalami’s Festival of Motoring Saturday 24 March with a field of most exciting South African young guns chasing a brilliant new championship prize of...read more
South Africa’s 2018 Investchem Formula 1600 champion will win a chance to compete in the 2018 Mazda Road to Indy shootout in Phoenix, Arizona USA in December. The award confirmed this week by both Investchem SA F1600 boss Ian Schofield and the Mazda Road to Indy...read more
Andrew Horne (Xena Chemicals / Budd Power van Diemen) got his attempt to regain the Investchem Formula Ford Kent Championship off to the ideal start when he won both races at the opening round of the 2018 series at Red Star Raceway on Saturday, 10 March. On both...read more
Dean Venter (TEU Southern Africa Swift) will be joined by about a dozen rivals when he gets the defence of his Investchem Formula Ford Regional Championship underway at Red Star Raceway on Saturday, 10 March 2018. Venter, who secured the 2017 title at the final round...read more
Rick Morris (Investchem Reynard) and Graham Hepburn (Suburban Body Shop van Diemen) shared the race wins at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit on Saturday, 2 December, but the 2017 Investchem Formula Ford Kent regional championship went to Dean Venter in his Desco SA /...read more