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Race dates 2019 (provisional): REGISTRATIONS OPEN

Howard's Day - Mon, 22nd April 2019                      CLICK HERE TO ENTER 

May Day Madness - Mon, 6th May 2019                  CLICK HERE TO ENTER 

Whitsun Race Day - Mon, 27th May 2019                CLICK HERE TO ENTER 

The Big Weekend - Sat 6th July 2019                        CLICK HERE TO ENTER 

Combe Countdown - Mon, 26th August 2019        CLICK HERE TO ENTER 

Grand Finals day - Sat, 14th September 2019       CLICK HERE TO ENTER 

Formula Ford Championship 

Club racing at its best!! Catering for Kent engined Formula Ford 1600s, this superb championship has been a crowd favourite at the circuit since 1969. The Castle Combe Championship is now the oldest in the country and arguably the most successful, blending intense competition with a friendly atmosphere amongst the competitors. Large grids and close racing ensure the success of the Championship for competitors, sponsors and spectators alike!

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Half a century of Castle Combe’s circuit-based Formula Ford 1600 championship will be celebrated at the circuit’s opening race meeting of the 2019 season on Easter Monday (22 April). Formula Ford racing has been an incredibly important part of the Wiltshire track’s story since the late 1960s.

50 years after the opening race in the Castle Combe Formula Ford Championship, the annual season-opening Howard’s Day race meeting on Easter Monday will feature a double-header round to kick off the 2019 championship. The aggregate winner from the two Castle Combe Formula Ford Championship races will win a 50-year commemorative Guards Trophy to mark the championship’s first sponsor. The race programme will also include a round of the very popular Classic Formula Ford Championship for cars from up to 1981.

There will be an invitation and free circuit entry offered to all Formula Fords to take part in a static display and a VIP Lounge for Formula Ford drivers will be based in the Strawford Centre. All former Castle Combe Formula Ford champions will be invited to attend and take part in a lunchtime photo call on the grid. The race meeting will feature a bumper collector’s programme, full of exciting history, images and memories.

For 50 years, wheel-to-wheel dicing and plenty of thrills and spills have been a key element of Castle Combe race meetings as the circuit’s own championship has consistently delivered hugely competitive racing from strong grids. Formula Ford was first created in 1967, and early races were held at Castle Combe in 1967 and 1968 before the circuit championship was inaugurated for the 1969 season.

It is hoped that many of the cars and drivers from those 50 years will feature, both on and off the track. The inaugural champion was Bryan Sharp in his Merlyn Mk11 and since then circuit favourites like Bob Higgins, Gavin Wills, Kevin Mills and Josh Fisher have all been champions. Father and sons to win the title are Roger Orgee senior and junior and Bob and Adam Higgins, while both Higgins senior and Wills have won the championship four times.

In 1969 the Castle Combe Formula Ford Championship was created as the first circuit-based championship in British motor racing, thanks to the foresight of the late Howard Strawford, the man who would go on to save the circuit from closure and develop it into one of Britain’s most popular venues.

“I was the first person in the country to come up with the idea of having a regional championship,’ said Strawford, speaking in 1998. “I applied directly to the RAC for the Formula Ford championship for 1969. By chance someone I knew from South Wales had moved across to this area and was in charge of advertising for Guards cigarettes. So we started off with sponsorship from Guards. I thought we could generate enough interest in the area for it to work.” As usual, Strawford’s vision was proved correct.

Free Entry to Howards Day Easter Monday Race Meeting to anyone bringing a Formula Ford! 

Do you have a Formula Ford, perhaps sitting unused and unloved on its trailer in your garage?

Well, we’re celebrating 50 years of the Castle Combe Formula Ford Championship at the Howard’s Day race meeting on Easter Monday 22nd April. The meeting will feature a double-header FF round to start our 2019 championship season and the aggregate winner of these two races will receive the Guards Trophy, named after the championship’s original 1969 sponsor. The programme also includes a round of the Classic Formula Ford Championship for cars up to 1981 – so the focus of attention is firmly on Formula Ford!

To add a carnival atmosphere to the event, there’s an open invitation to all owners of Formula Fords – the older and dustier the better – to join the jamboree and take part in a static paddock display. So, if you have a Formula Ford, irrespective of age or condition, and would like to participate, please complete and return the display application form along with a photo of the car in its present condition 

If your car complies with the current Championship you are welcome to enter the races and join us on the grid, just email us for an entry form. More details can be found on our website

It’s hoped that many cars and drivers from the last 50 years will feature, both on and off the track. In 1969 the Castle Combe Formula Ford Championship was created as the first regional championship in the UK, thanks to the foresight of the late Howard Strawford, who’d go on to save the circuit from closure and develop it into one of Britain’s best loved motor racing venues, hence the Easter meeting is traditionally called Howards Day.

  • Classes & Championship Information

    Four classes allow any type of Kent- engined Formula Ford 1600 to run competitively against its peers.

    • No. of Rounds: 10
    • Round to Count: 7
    • No. of Laps: 15 single rounds, 10 laps for Double
    • MSA Licence Type: National 'B'
    • MSA Championship Grade: C
    • MSA Permit Number: CH2019/R073


    Class TypeClass DescriptionLap RecordRecord HolderRecord Vehicle
    Class A - Post 95' Caters for the latest generation cars built after the 1st January 1996. 1:09.866 Michael Moyers  Spectrum 011c
    Class B - 1990-1995 For cars built between 01/01/1990 and 31/12/1995. 1:10.337 Luke Cooper  Swift SC92
    Class C - 1985 -1989 For cars built between 01/01/1985 and 31/12/1989. 1:11.794 David Cobbold  Van Diemen RF89  27-5-19
    Class D - Pre 85 Is for pre-195 classic cars. 1:14.719 Alan Slater  Nike MK4 06-07-19
  • History of the Championship

    The Castle Combe Racing Club Formula Ford 1600 series lays rightful claim to being Britain's oldest regional FF1600 series. First held in 1969, it pre-empted the Champion of Brands series by a year.

    Early FF1600 visitors included the Frank Williams Racing Team, later to become Williams Grand Prix Engineering, with American driver John Bisignano, as well as future multiple British Touring Car champion Andy Rouse who cut his teeth in a Dulon LD4C. How many fans in the crowd on September 11 1976 could have realised they were witnessing a future British world champion in FF1600 race winner Nigel Mansell?

    The 1978 season was another landmark in Castle Combe history, with the closure of the Llandow circuit in South Wales, the FF1600 and Special Saloon Car Championships became one circuit series. Prior to that, both had been known as BRSCC South West series featuring rounds at both circuits. Indeed, in its early years, the FF1600 championship has also taken in races at Thruxton.

    However, in the circuit's 50-year history, few drivers have been as successful as quadruple champions Bob Higgins and Gavin Wills. Both have records that stand close scrutiny, for with a little more luck, either could have added a fifth or perhaps even a sixth title.

  • Previous Champions
    Year Driver Car
    2018 Luke Cooper  Swift SC16
    2017 Josh Fisher  Van Diemen JL14
    2016 Roger Orgee Jnr Van Diemen RF00
    2015 Roger Orgee Jnr Van Diemen RF00
    2014 Adam Higgins Van Diemen JL12
    2013 Adam Higgins Van Diemen JL12
    2012 Ben Norton Spectrum 10b
    2011 Rob Hall Swift SC11
    2010 Marcus Allen Swift SC92F
    2009 Ben Norton Spectrum 011
    2008 Josh Fisher Mygale SJ03
    2007 Ed Moore Van Diemen RF00
    2006 Matt Rivett Ray GR97
    2005 Tim Reynolds Swift SC92F
    2004 Ed Moore Van Diemen RF01
    2003 Chris Axford Swift SC92F
    2002 Simon Ashley Swift SC92F
    2001 John Hutchinson Van Diemen RF90
    2000 John Hutchinson Van Diemen RF90
    1999 Richard Carter Van Diemen RF92
    1998 Richard Carter Van Diemen RF92
    1997 Kevin Mills Swift SC92F
    1996 Kevin Mills Swift SC92F
    1995 Kevin Mills Swift SC92F
    1994 Gavin Wills Swift SC92F
    1993 Gavin Wills Swift SC92F
    1992 Bob Higgins Reynard FF91
    1991 Nigel Jenkins Reynard FF90
    1990 Nigel Jenkins Reynard FF89
    1989 Gavin Wills Van Diemen RF89
    1988 Gavin Wills Van Diemen RF86
    1987 David Llewellyn Van Diemen RF86
    1986 Robert Davies Van Diemen RF84
    1985 Howard Lester Reynard FF83
    1984 Martin Cooper Royale RP33M and Reynard FF83/84
    1983 Bob Higgins Royale RP29A
    1982 Bob Higgins Martlet DM4
    1981 Bob Higgins Martlet DM3/DM4
    1980 Steve Lincoln Royale RP26
    1979 Geoff Davies Crossle 32F
    1978 Mike Wallaker Jomic Mk2
    1977 David Wheeler Royale RP21A
    1976 David Toye Royale RP21
    1975 Terry Richards Merlyn Mk11A
    1974 Roger Orgee Dulon MP15
    1973 Clive Power Dulon MP15
    1972 Buzz Buzaglo Elden Mk10
    1971 Mike Campbell-Cole Merlyn Mk11A
    1970 Peter Lamplough Palliser WDF2
    1969 Bryan Sharp Merlyn Mk11A

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