Formula Fords Challenge Knox Mt.

Ian Paine in his Lola 340. Photo courtesy of Jim Moody

Report and photos by Jim Moody.

Formula Fords made their presence know quite well at this year’s 55th Annual Knox Mt. Hillclimb, Kelowna, B.C. recently held on the past Victoria Day weekend.

Five drivers put their racing skills to the test with some excellent times recorded during the two day event.

Yarko Petriw from Port Moody, B.C. and Michael Marich from Vancouver, B.C., with their 1984 Swift DB1 FF, first ran at the 2011 Knox Hillclimb and returned this year to again contest the hill. Last year’s experience was built on with Yarko improving his time by over 1.6 seconds and finishing with 1:51.639 to earn first in class and second overall.

Michael Marich lowered his time from last year by 3.343 seconds and posted a time of 1:51.808 taking second in class and third overall.

John Haftner claimed ‘King of the Hill’ with his 1973 Tui Supervee and a best time of 1:41.694. John is the record holder for Knox Mt. at a time of 1:37.065 set in 2007.

Keith Robinson from Abbotsford, B.C. brought his Van Diemen RF80 FF to Knox and turned a 2:10.073 for his best time of the 8 runs on the hill. Keith placed third in the Formula Ford class.

After an absence of 17 years from Knox Mt., Ian and Phyllis Paine from Kelowna, B.C. returned to competition with their newly restored 1973 Lola FF. Entered in the Vintage class, Ian turned a quick 2:01.492 up the 2.2 mile track while Phyllis placed a 2:15.062 on the score sheet.

All in all it was great racing for the competitors involved and everyone is now looking forward to next year’s hillclimb.

Yarko Petriw 1984 Swift DB-1. Photo courtesy of Jim Moody.


Keith Robinson in his 1980 Van Diemen RF80. Photo courtesy of Jim Moody.

Petriw Yarko 1984 Swift DB-1. Photo courtesy of Jim Moodie

Phyllis Paine 1973 Lola 340. Photo courtesy of Jim Moodie.