Spe­cial events planned to mark 50th birth­day

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With this be­ing such a sig­nif­i­cant year for For­mula Vee it is no sur­prise that the 750 Mo­tor Club has got a few spe­cial events planned for 2017.

The high­light is un­doubt­edly go­ing to be a spe­cial an­niver­sary meet­ing at Cad­well Park on July 29/30. As part of this there will be non-cham­pi­onship Vee races that are set to fea­ture a host of guest rac­ers.

“We are ex­tend­ing in­vi­ta­tions to Euro­pean Vee clubs and as­so­ci­a­tions and are gain­ing ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est from their driv­ers,” says 750MC com­pe­ti­tions man­ager Giles Groom­bridge. “We’re con­tact­ing a few for­mer rac­ers and trying to get a few his­toric cars out.

“We are trying to get some peo­ple over from Ger­many and his­toric Vees and the Ir­ish con­tin­gent and try to make it a pan-euro­pean event.”

Be­sides this, the club has man­aged to se­cure the cham­pi­onship a rare race week­end on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix track in May. Groom­bridge ex­pects a big en­try for that round and, with some re­turn­ing driv­ers added to the mix, a large grid is likely through­out the year.

“I think grids this year will be in the mid 30s,” he says. “I think it’s go­ing to be a very in­ter­est­ing year as well. Paul Smith has been the cham­pion in three of the past four years but he is mov­ing on to RGB and that leaves things very open this season.”

The man him­self agrees and is also look­ing for­ward to the season ahead. “I don’t think there’s go­ing to be one per­son who wins most races, I think it will be a dif­fer­ent win­ner ev­ery week­end,” Smith says. And if he’s right then the 50th year of For­mula Vee could well be one of its most ex­cit­ing yet.

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