Can Heritage Formula Ford work?

Published on Friday December 01 2017

New Heritage FFord class is open to any Pre-1993 cars. Pic: Jakob Ebrey

The unstoppable and glorious Walter Hayes Trophy aside, James Beckett’s recent Formula Ford 1600 initiatives have had a mixed reception and sometimes felt like answers to questions no one was asking.

That is emphatically not the case with Heritage FFord, the ‘homelessness’ of the much loved and still numerous early 1990s cars having vexed FF1600 paddock veterans.

It’s also appropriate that Beckett is the one stepping in here, given he was a major factor in ensuring Kent FFord’s heart kept beating while in Zetec/Duratec/Ecoboost’s short-lived shadow.

Beckett’s FF1600 ideas are invariably evocative. No FFord enthusiast could resent efforts to revive the Champion of Brands or Star of Mallory, or to get contemporary FF1600 to Cadwell Park, Formula 3 support bills or the Silverstone GP track.

But there were too many single-figure grids and cancelled events, and there would’ve been more without the FF1600 fraternity’s deep affection for Beckett convincing teams to squeeze his races into their programmes as gestures of support.

Marques such as Jamun fit into the class. Pic: Jakob Ebrey

Although Beckett will need to fit into MSVR’s dates, creating a calendar that means teams don’t have to choose between Heritage FFord and the BRSCC series must be a priority, as will ensuring formats and entry fees are equally attractive as other FF1600 championships’.

In its golden era FFord’s structure was always more octupus than pyramid – a multiplicity of rival national series, regional championships and categories for different ages of cars. That diversity and flexibility was why it thrived.

That spirit can be part of FF1600’s current renaissance too, and Heritage FFord should fit that jigsaw snugly.

Recent news

Column

Who I have my money on for the BTCC title

By Matt James

Rallying News

Citroen: Meeke was 'not under control'

Citroen World Rally team principal Pierre Budar felt Kris Meeke was out of control and left...

Karting: The secrets to PF International

As part of our special investigation into the world of karting, we got former karting star and...

Racing News

BTCC driver Moffat quits TCR UK

British Touring Car Championship driver Aiden Moffat has exited the TCR UK championship, with...

Racing News

Historic FFord driver saved from fiery crash

Historic Formula Ford driver Nelson Rowe credited two spectators and a competitor for saving...

Rallying News

Citroen: C3 design saved Meeke in crash

Citroen team principal Pierre Budar believes the design of the manufacturer's C3 World Rally...

Rallying News

Triple ERC champion makes WRC2 move

Reigning three-time European Rally champion Kajetan Kajetanowicz will move into the World Rally...

Column

Silverstone's rallycross adventure

By Matt James

Taking on the European karting scene

The international karting paddock has witnessed its fair share of talented British drivers in...

Rallying News

Electric Mitsubishi rally car being developed

Swedish outfit Mpart has started developing an electric Mitsubishi rally car built around R5...

Rallying News

New WRC GB route a missed opportunity - Evans

Last year's Rally GB winner Elfyn Evans feels the revamped route for Wales' 2018 World Rally...

Rallying News

Rally seeding rules relaxed

Two-wheel drive and historic rally cars will be able to run first on the road on rally events...

Rallying News

MN Road Rally legends to attend Speed and Rally Show forum

Legends of the Motoring News Road Rally Championship will attend a forum at this weekend’s...

Rallying News

New push to get privateers back in WRC

World Rally Championship organisers are mounting a new push to get privateers back in the series'...

Rallying News

Toyota rules out team orders to boost Tanak

Toyota team principal Tommi Makinen has ruled out making Ott Tanak a clear number one and imposing...

Exploring karting's family tree

It’s commonly defined by professional racing drivers as the purest form of motorsport. It’s...

Rallying News

Kelly to make surprise Killarney return

Manus Kelly will make a surprise visit to the International Rally of the Lakes in Killarney...

Rallying News

Rally GB to unveil major route revamp

A significantly different route for Rally GB 2018, Britain's World Rally Championship round,...

Rallying News

Rovanpera hospitalised after Argentina crash

Kalle Rovanpera was hospitalised for checks after crashing out of the Rally Argentina WRC2 lead...

Rallying News

Ford sets out conditions for works RX return

Ford wants to see how the future of rallycross develops amid changes in America and plans for...

Racing News

Ingram takes victory in Donington Race 2

Tom Ingram became the first two-time winner in this season's British Touring Car Championship...

Racing News

Cook claims maiden BTCC victory

Josh Cook has broken his victory duck in the British Touring Car Championship, taking his Power...

1 2 3 52

More national news, in-depth race reports and analysis. Subscribe to the Motorsport News paper today.

What’s On

This weekend

No Events

Later

No Events

This weekend

No Events

Later

No Events

X