The tier two class I refer to primarily means the South Island Formula Ford Club, whose championship (now referred to as Formula 1600) attracts fields in excess of 30 competitors.

One of the factors behind the success of this racing series has been the decision of the organisers to encourage entries from owners of eligible cars from all vintages.

FF History

The formula was founded in 1963 at Brands Hatch in England when Geoff Clarke and John Webb fitted a 1498cc Ford Kent engine into a Formula Junior. This steel space-framed chassis car ran with radial tyres, its basic body unspoiled by any aerodynamic wings.

This was at a time when Formula Junior had peaked and was on the way out. Little did Clarke and Webb know that they were embarking on a course that would lead to such longstanding success.

Johnston FF #01 chassis

Four years later the fledgling class was officially recognised, with Ford providing Clarke and Webb 54 Cortina GT engines for the princely sum of £54 each, £15 below then retail price at that time. On July 2 that same year the first officially recognised Formula Ford race took place at Brands Hatch with twenty cars taking to the start.


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