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.
Road to Indy war visits Zwartkops The Investchem South African Formula 1600 championship’s epic Road to Indy dice heads to Zwartkops Raceway outside Pretoria Saturday 18 August with Nicholas van Weely and Stuart White fighting it out for the championship cash prize...read more
Title contenders share PE F1600 wins Saturday’s fifth round Investchem South African Formula 1600 championship delivered action aplenty, albeit somewhat of a stalemate in title terms as championship protagonists Nicholas van Weely and Stuart White took a race apiece...read more
The Investchem South African Formula 1600 Championship heads to Port Elizabeth balanced on a knife’s edge as it takes its fifth step on the Road to Indy at the newly resurfaced Aldo Scribante raceway in Port Elizabeth Saturday 14 July. Johannesburg racer Nicholas van...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
After a break of almost 3 months, the 2018 Investchem Formula Ford Kent championship gets back on track when more than a dozen drivers make their way to the KwaZulu-Natal south coast for the fourth round of the series which takes place at Dezzi South Coast Raceway on...read more
Andrew Horne (Xena Chemicals / Budd Power van Diemen) won the opening race and followed it up with a runners-up spot in the second to take overall victory in the third round of the 2018 Investchem Formula Ford Kent championship held at Phakisa Freeway on Saturday, 19...read more