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 Investchem Formula 1600 national championship debuted their modernised single-seaters at Killarney on Saturday, March 25, at the opening round of their 2017 championship. It did not take long for the top three to set the tone for the weekend – and at a rather...read more
The eagerly anticipated debut of the new Investchem Formula 1600 cars takes place at Killarney Raceway in Cape Town when the 2017 championship gets underway on Saturday, 25 March. The cars, while similar to those that have introduced hundreds of drivers to...read more
Dewald Brummer (4 – MAD Racing / Ango Trucks / Fuchs Oils) used the qualifying session at Zwartkops Raceway to clinch the Investchem Formula Ford championship title. Just a single point – that for the fastest qualifying time – was all he needed on the final race...read more
Andrew Horne (Xena Chemicals / Budd Power Royale RP31) needs just a single point at the final round of the Investchem Formula Ford Kent championship, which takes place at Red Star Raceway outside Delmas on Saturday, 19 November, to wrap up the 2016 title. The only...read more
Ian Schofield (Investchem Mygale) had his best race weekend of the season at the seventh round of the 2016 Investchem Formula Ford Kent Championship at Zwartkops on Saturday, 8 October. The former champion claimed two had fought wins while Dean Venter’s (Turnfab...read more
The penultimate round of the 2016 Investchem Formula Ford Kent championship takes place at Zwartkops Raceway on Saturday, 8 October. When the series was last at Zwartkops, back at the beginning of April, Dean Venter (Turnfab Engineering / Manitou Group Swift) had a...read more