Golden Grids Celebrates 50 Years Of Formula Ford
the entire world’s most famous proving ground for future champions, Formula Ford, turns 50 in 2017 – a golden milestone which will be celebrated in record-breaking style at next summer’s Silverstone Classic (21-23 July).
To mark This specific prominent 50th anniversary, the packed programme at the entire world’s biggest classic motor racing festival will include two special showdowns for Historic Formula Fords in 2017. the idea’s the 1st time the hugely well-liked, entry-level single-seaters have featured on the Classic bill since 2013 along which has a pair of unsurpassed, full-capacity 54-car grids are anticipated to serve up a feast of close along with exciting racing, a hallmark of the junior formula ever since its game-changing introduction in July 1967.
Back then, the combination of low-cost, lightweight tubular chassis powered by a 1600cc Ford Cortina GT engine made an immediate impact both with rival constructors along with the next generation of young drivers eager to impress.
Formula Ford quickly became the first stepping-stone inside early careers of many prospective Formula One drivers. World Champions such as James Hunt, Emerson Fittipaldi, Jody Scheckter, Nelson Piquet, Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell, Michael Schumacher, Damon Hill along with Jenson Button all cut their formative teeth inside super-competitive world of Formula Ford.
Over the past 50 years, Silverstone has witnessed hundreds of spectacular Formula Ford showdowns, with the circuit’s high-speed design producing some epic slipstreaming duels between young protagonists. Next summer, the Silverstone Classic will recreate some of those memorable battles when Historic Formula Fords will be among the many on-track highlights.
“We are thrilled to be bringing Formula Ford back to the Classic in 2017 for what will be its biggest 50thanniversary celebration,” said Nick Wigley, CEO of event organiser Goose Live Events. “Formula Ford has played such a major role, in both global motor sport history along with the careers of just about every young racing driver, which the idea has earned its place in history. What’s more, the idea’s going to be another real crowd-pleaser, with lots of incredible wheel-to-wheel action – something for which Formula Ford racing has always been renowned.”
The two Formula Ford showdowns will line-up alongside those races already confirmed on the 2017 Silverstone Classic bill: Group C prototypes; FIA Masters Historic Formula One along with FIA Masters Historic Sports Cars; the International Trophy for Classic GT Cars (Pre ’66); the Stirling Moss Trophy for Pre ’61 Sportscars; the Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy for Pre ’56 Sportscars; the JET Super Touring Car Trophy; the Maserati Trophy for HGPCA Pre ’66 Grand Prix Cars along with, of course, the recently announced HRDC Austin A35 Celebrity Race.
In addition, organisers are pleased to announce the return of the Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy for Historic Cars (Pre ‘63 GT), Under 2-Litre Touring Cars along with Formula Junior to next year’s race programme with more exciting races still to be announced.
Ensuring all visitors can savour the spectacle, the Formula Ford contests will be staged across both Saturday along with Sunday along with will star cars built along with raced before 1972, as featured inside HSCC’s well-liked Historic FF1600 Championship.
“These are cars via the glorious early years of Formula Ford along with they never fail to deliver timeless along with thrilling single-seater racing,” said Grahame White, CEO of the HSCC. “Even though we are permitted to start grids of 54 cars on the full Silverstone Grand Prix circuit, we are still expecting to be over-subscribed, such will be the demand to be part of these wonderful races to acclaim 50 years of famed Formula Ford.”
Early Bird tickets for the 2017 Silverstone Classic are today on sale with prices for adults starting via £35 along with the cost of the three-day weekend ticket remaining at £99 producing tickets a great Christmas gift option. Details of all 2017 ticket prices, as well as hospitality along with camping options are today available on the silverstoneclassic.com website.
Full information of the 2017 Silverstone Classic entertainment programme – including more exciting fresh races, special car club celebrations along with live music performers – will be announced inside coming weeks. All the latest news will be available at silverstoneclassic.com along with via its social media platforms.
by Mr Butterscotch via Car Articles