van der Watt back to winning ways

2017 Investchem Formula 1600 champion Julian van der Watt totally vindicated the series’ policy of giving its champions the chance to race overseas, when he returned home, hopped back into a Formula 1600 and proceeded to dominate Saturday’s fifth round championship...

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...
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

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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Four-driver F1600 spat heads for Zwartkops

Four-driver F1600 spat heads for Zwartkops

The closest Investchem South African Formula 1600 Championship yet moves into its second round as the series heads for another weekend of great racing at another tight circuit at Zwartkops Saturday. The title race could not be closer after an incredible first round at...

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F1600 stuns Dezzi

F1600 stuns Dezzi

Young & old star in two brilliant races It was a stunning blend of good old experience and youthful exuberance as the 2019 Investchem Formula 1600 kicked off with a couple of spectacular races at Dezzi Raceway near Port Shepstone on the KZN South Coast on...

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Horne claims his fourth title at Zwartkops

Horne claims his fourth title at Zwartkops

Andrew Horne (Xena Chemicals / Budd Power van Diemen) made things look easy at the final round of the 2018 Investchem Formula Ford Kent Championship at Zwartkops Raceway on Saturday, 3 November. Heading into the event, the former multiple champion had an eight-point...

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Nash wins at Zwartkops

Nash wins at Zwartkops

Second place behind David Jermy (Beauty Factory van Diemen) in the opening race, followed up by his first win in a Formula Ford Kent car gave Jonathan Nash (Turnfab Engineering Swift) overall victory at the fifth round of the 2018 Investchem Formula Ford Kent...

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