Fifty-year-old cat­e­gory to re­ceive spe­cial billing in an­niver­sary year

Motor Sport News - - Historics - By Paul Lawrence

The 50th an­niver­sary of the For­mula Ford cat­e­gory will be cel­e­brated by the His­toric Sports Car Club in a se­ries of events in 2017, start­ing with a ma­jor dis­play at Au­tosport In­ter­na­tional in Jan­uary.

An eight-car dis­play span­ning the 50-year story of For­mula Ford will in­clude land­mark de­signs for the cat­e­gory as well as sev­eral cars with sig­nif­i­cant his­to­ries. A gath­er­ing of past For­mula Ford driv­ers from across the decades is planned on the Fri­day of the show (Jan­uary 13).

The HSCC’S an­nual Brands Hatch Grand Prix cir­cuit meet­ing on July 1/2 will be a fo­cal point for the cel­e­bra­tions. The first For­mula Ford race ran at the Kent track on July 2, 1967 and the class will be a key fea­ture of the meet­ing week­end.

The club’s His­toric For­mula Ford Cham­pi­onship caters for cars built up to the end of 1971, cov­er­ing the first five years of the for­mula.

“His­toric For­mula Ford has been one of the club’s most suc­cess­ful and well-sup­ported championships,” said Gra­hame White of the HSCC. “We had 50 en­tries at Sil­ver­stone last week­end and there could be even more next year. We’re very pleased to be cel­e­brat­ing the golden an­niver­sary of this re­mark­able cat­e­gory and have more ma­jor an­nounce­ments.”

In ad­di­tion, the HSCC will stage cel­e­bra­tion dis­plays of 50 years of For­mula Ford at the Clas­sic Car show at the NEC next month, the His­toric Motorsports Show at the Lon­don Ex­cel and at Race Retro at Stoneleigh in Fe­bru­ary.

Fford is 50 in 2017, and clas­sic grids will shine

Pho­tos: Paul Lawrence, LAT

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