In 1967 I attended a Jim Russell Racing School class at Snetterton race track in Norfolk England. I had been a Formula One and general road racing fan since I was about 12 years old. I don’t recall the model of car I drove but for 8 British Pounds (about $20!), a week’s wages, I got to drive up and down a short straight between some cones in one gear! In 1970, now living in Toronto, I wrenched on a Winkleman/Palliser for one of the Bulova Formula Ford Championship competitors and my reward was the use of his car for my Novice race at Harewood Acres (Niagara […]
By Keith Robinson I love motor racing and I’m in my fifth decade of racing. 2012 was my first complete season after returning to Formula Ford, what a blast! Working on the car whether it be maintenance, rebuilding the clutch, experimenting with suspension settings, changing gear ratios it’s all interesting and fun! Formula Fords are designed and built by racers; they are pure race cars and no they don’t have doors. You don’t have to be a professional mechanic to work on them, there are books you can read and there are many people in the Formula Ford racing community to help you. Yes, the other Formula Ford drivers […]
By Alan McColl This has been a great season of racing. We have had the best weather I’ve seen in years with not one rain race this season. It has also been a great season because of the new found interest in Formula Ford with a number of drivers like Steve Hocaluk Van Diemen RF81, Doug Floer Van Diemen RF81, Craig Archer Swift DB1 who made it out on the track for some great racing. What makes racing a Formula Ford so much fun is that all the cars are so evenly matched when it comes to horsepower. You can have some really intense battles with another car […]
The real reason that Alan McColl’s Van Diemen is so well prepared and always very competitive has finally been revealed. It is all due to his secret weapon – his Crew Chief (and grandson) Jack. Jack is not only ‘the Jack Man’ for this year but is also well along with planning the upgrades for the 2013 season. Other Mission Formula Ford racers – you have been warned!
by Stanton Guy Not all of the folks involved in Formula Ford racing are veterans; the younger generation is always welcomed. Someone who takes this recruitment very seriously is Alan McColl, well known local racer and the first winner of the Pete Lovely Memorial Award at this year’s BC Historic Motor Races. There is no ‘free ride’ with Alan however! Seen above, working hard on grandpa’s TIGA Formula Ford is Alan’s grandson Jack, who has signed on as an apprentice race mechanic. (We understand he works for room and board.) The future of Formula Ford Racing will be assured if every racer gets their ‘own Jack’ started in racing as […]
We would like to welcome Doug Floer from Tsawwassen to our Formula Ford group. He has just purchased Ira Holland’s 1981 Van Diemen RF81. Doug has had some prior motorcycle racing experience and the last 2 years he has been racing karts out at the Greg Moore (Kart) Raceway in Chilliwack. We wish him well with his new car and many years of fun racing in Formula Ford. We look forward to seeing him out at our first race in April.
by Keith Robinson In 2001 I purchased my first Formula Ford, a 1980 Van Diemen RF 80. I had raced sedans for many years so a formula car (a dream for many years) was going to be just like driving a big go kart and I was going to show a few people just how fast I could drive – RIGHT!! I had the car in my garage for a few days; ran the engine, checked all the gears worked, ran a string around the wheels to set the alignment and checked EVERY nut and bolt on the car. After this Penske like preparation I was ready to set lap […]