The Julian effect

Championship leader Scott Temple may well be in a most comfortable position in the South African national Investchem Formula 1600 title chase heading to Zwartkops’ fifth round 27 July races with almost double the points over his nearest rival, but Pretoria’s eyes will...

Nash back on top at Red Star

On Friday, 21 June Jonathan Nash didn’t have a motor in his Turnfab Engineering Swift and it looked like he was going to miss the third round of the 2019 Investchem Formula Ford Kent championship at Red Star Raceway. Things looked better later in the day thanks to the...

Investchem Formula Ford Kent drivers head east

The Formula Ford Kent brigade head east for the third round of their 2019 championship which takes place at Red Star Raceway, near Delmas in Mpumalanga, on Saturday, 22 June. It looks like Jonathan Nash (Turnfab Engineering Swift) will miss the event – the motor that...

Temple trots on

The Investchem Formula 1600 racing gang delivered spirited and entertaining racing at Aldo Scribante’s Volkswagen Race Day in Port Elizabeth, but nobody was going to stop championship leader Scott Temple from romping to a maximum points haul on Saturday. Temple (Road...
Robert Wolk demonstrates the 2017 Formula 1600 powered by Ford car at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit

Robert Wolk demonstrates the 2017 Formula 1600 powered by Ford car at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit
Image by Paul Bedford – Action Images

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 changed not just their appearance, but also their handling characteristics. 2019 is the third season that the new cars are being used and looks to be the most competitive yet.

Forthcoming Events

Formula 1600 Powered by Ford

Round 2
6 April 2019
Zwartkops Raceway

Formula Ford Kent

Round 1
27 April 2019
Phakisa Freeway

Killarney tears & triumph

Killarney tears & triumph

Saturday’s Killarney races were possibly decisive in the outcome of the 2019 Investchem Formula 1600 title, when championship leader Scott Temple stormed to double pole positions and race wins to extend his championship advantage to beyond the points scored by two...

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Stemming Temple’s tide

Stemming Temple’s tide

The Investchem South African Formula 1600 championship is headed for Cape Town’s Killarney International Raceway for rounds 5 and 6 on Saturday 11 May with championship leader Scott Temple in a strong championship lead. His closest rival Nicholas van Weely and most...

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Scott scores a lucky Zwartkops double

Scott scores a lucky Zwartkops double

Scott Temple emerged dominant from Zwartkops’ second round Investchem Formula 1600 races with pole position and a couple of race wins to consolidate his championship lead, but it was a somewhat fortunate win after the Cape Town youngster forfeited his first race win...

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