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 2018 Investchem Formula 1600 championship, which paves its champion’s Road to Indy, heads to the classic East London Grand Prix Circuit for its fourth round on Workers Saturday 16 June with a tight championship tussle developing at the head of this year’s title...read more
Ten days before Saturday’s Zwartkops Investchem Formula 1600 races, Nicholas van Weely was sitting in the emergency room waiting to have his finger sewn back on following a domestic slip, but come Saturday morning, the young man strapped himself into his Magnificent...read more
White hands rivals a Zwartkops chance Stuart White will be foremost on all of his rivals minds when the Investchem South African Formula 1600 championship heads to the Zwartkops Raceway in Pretoria West for its third round races Saturday 12 May, even though the...read more
Andrew Horne (Xena Chemicals / Budd Power van Diemen) will be looking to build on his perfect start to the season when he heads to Zwartkops Raceway for the second round of the 2018 Investchem Formula Ford Kent Championship on Saturday, 7 April. Red Star Raceway...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