Historic Formula Ford gets Silverstone Classic slot
Historic Formula Ford 1600 will have the highest profile event in the history of the category with a double-header slot at the Silverstone Classic (26-28 July).
The news is another boost for the Historic Sports Car Club's category for pre '72 FF1600s, which is already riding a wave of popularity with bumper grids of immaculate cars and fierce competition from a tremendous diversity of drivers. Typically, more than a dozen marques are represented on the grid with a 50-year span of drivers' ages.
The cars from the first five seasons of Formula Ford racing will have qualifying on Friday followed by 20-minute races on both Saturday and Sunday at one of the biggest events in European historic racing. A grid of more than 40 cars is expected for the races on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit.
"This is excellent news for Historic Formula Ford, which consistently delivers close and exciting racing," said Grahame White, CEO of the HSCC. "We are very grateful to Nick Wigley and his team at Goose Communications for making this possible."
A swift and very positive response from the competitors points to a strong grid for the pair of non-championship races. Championship chairman Andrew Mansell says the chance to race at the Silverstone Classic is a massive boost for Historic Formula Ford and is urging drivers to take the opportunity to race at the high-profile event. "It is twelve years since Historic FF was last invited to the Silverstone Classic, and it may be another 12 years before we get the privilege of being included again," said Mansell.