ROB LAD­BROOK DEPUTY EDI­TOR

Motor Sport News - - Review: Autosport Show - Rob Lad­brook

Motorsport is beau­ti­fully di­verse, with some­thing for ev­ery­body to en­joy, but speak to any­body in any pad­dock, and chances are FF1600 rates pretty high on their en­joy­ment list.

To be­gin the cel­e­bra­tion of the cat­e­gory’s 50th an­niver­sary sea­son, the His­toric Sports Car Club held a gath­er­ing of star names at its stand dur­ing the Au­tosport Show.

My high­light though was a chat with Ray Allen, the man who won the first ever Fford race at Brands Hatch back in 1967. “Back then I was just a sol­dier who got the chance to try a rac­ing car, and I never imag­ined how big For­mula Ford would get,” he said.

“I’d done a few F3 races but never had the money, and when Fford came along it was cheap, with ready to race cars for £1000. But it taught you to drive prop­erly, slide a car and con­trol it. I’ve al­ways loved driv­ing side­ways, and prob­a­bly should have been a rally driver, but I loved Fford. It was mo­tor rac­ing for the masses, not just for the sil­ver spoon lot, and that’s why driv­ers and fans loved it.”

Ex­actly.

For­mula Ford favourites united

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