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!
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.
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 http://www.ccracingclub.co.uk/championships/formula-ford-1600/
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.
Four classes allow any type of Kent- engined Formula Ford 1600 to run competitively against its peers.
|Class Type||Class Description||Lap Record||Record Holder||Record 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.||1:12.849||David Cobbold||Van Diemen RF89 22-4-19|
|Class D - Pre 85||Is for pre-195 classic cars.||1:16.006||Alan Slater||Nike MK4 15-9-18|
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.
|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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