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.
2017 Formula 1600 champion Julian van der Watt has signed with Team Pelfrey for the 2018 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda. The championship, which launched the careers of many top drivers, is the first step on the INDYCAR sanctioned Mazda Road to...read more
The 2017 season for the Investchem Formula 1600 championship finished at Kyalami in Johannesburg on Saturday. Julian van der Watt (42 – Race Driver SA) is the 2017 Investchem Formula 1600 champion and receives R250 000 as well as two motorsport tests for his...read more
Saturday, November 4, will see the Investchem Formula 1600 field take to the Kyalami circuit for the final time this season. Julian van der Watt (42 – Race Driver SA) and Ian Schofield (10 – Investchem) have already claimed their championship titles for the year, but...read more
A huge field of Kent-engined Formula Ford cars will line up on the grid at Kyalami on Saturday, 2 December. In addition to being the final round of the 2017 Investchem Formula Ford Kent championship, the event is also a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Formula...read more
Andrew Horne (Xena Chamicals / Budd Power van Diemen) took two hard-fought race wins at Red Star Raceway on Saturday, 28 October but two second places for Dean Venter have almost assured him of the 2017 Investchem Formula Ford regional championship. Just a single...read more
Round 6 of the 2017 Investchem Formula Ford Kent championship takes place at Red Star Raceway on Saturday, 16 September. While it is the second visit to the Mpumalanga circuit in 2017, the drivers will find it completely different to their first visit earlier this...read more