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.
Formula 1600 Powered by Ford
6 April 2019
Formula Ford Kent
27 April 2019
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...read more
The 2019 Investchem Formula 1600 championship kicks off in new territory as a full field of single seaters head to Dezzi Raceway on the KwaZulu Natal South Coast for its opening round Saturday 2 March. All eyes will be on champion Stuart White, who returns to defend...read more
Saturday’s Investchem South African Formula 1600 finale at Zwartkops Raceway proved a race of two stories as Stuart White cruised to the championship to claim its cash prize and that hallowed ticket to compete in the Road to Indy shootout in Arizona on the one hand,...read more
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...read more
Andrew Horne (Xena Chemicals / Budd Power van Diemen) and David Jermy (Beauty Factory van Diemen) head to Zwartkops Raceway on Saturday, 3 November to decide the outcome of the 2018 Investchem Formula Ford Kent Championship. Although Horne has an eight-point advantage...read more
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...read more