The story of a novice season [March 2013]
Classic Formula Ford novice race driver Craig Heppell has written a report on his experience racing for the first time in the 2012 CFF season. Read Craig's story here.
Race Retro 2013
The 2013 Race Retro show provided us with the usual platform to show off our championship to potential new drivers. We had a very successful show and collected quite a few names that are interested in starting out in racing or switching to our competitive friendly series. Recently we have had good feedback from our new drivers on the support offered by the club to those starting out in motorsport. We can easily pair new drivers up with an experienced competitor in order to try and reduce the nerves preparing for a first (and subsequent) race meeting. This takes the form of advice in the paddock from what to take to scruitineering, to what tyre pressures to use, and many other things to help your day run smoothly. If you are interested in taking the plunge, please contact us using the details listed on this website.
Tiff Nedell has recently re-acquired his old Lotus 69 and popped onto the stand for advice on the latest Formula Ford regulations.
Kirkistown 60th Anniversary
A date for your diary! On Saturday 22 June 2013, the 500 Motor Racing Club of Ireland will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first race meeting at Kirkistown. To mark the occasion, a double-header race for historic single seaters will be the highlight of a full programme.
One of few remaining club-owned and managed
circuits, Kirkistown's facilities have developed in recent years to rival the
best in the UK. Being "across the water" has traditionally limited entries
from GB and beyond, but helps Kirkistown retain a unique atmosphere and host
some epic racing.
The meeting includes a double-header for FF1600 to which Classic FF members are (also as usual) warmly invited. Anyone with a pre-72 FF1600 and historic Dunlops could actually enter 4 races.
22 June does not to clash with our 2013 schedule, and Paul McMorran is putting together what should be an attractive package of entry fee and ferry costs. There will also be a visit to the Crosslé factory and other local sites of interest, as well as a bit of a party!
Details are available from the 500 MRCI and via http://www.kirkistown.com/
2013 Championship and Club Registration
Please look on the 'Club' section of the website for your 2013 membership pack and details of the forthcoming Keyline.com CFF1600 Championship, which kicks off in a few weeks time at Donington Park.
We are pleased to welcome several new drivers to the club and to the Championship, and I can assure you all a warm welcome at Donington.
2013 will be celebrated for being our 20th season as Classic Formula Ford – we should all be proud that we remain the longest running national FF1600 Championship in the UK, and that the Championship has existed for as long as it has largely down to the fact that it is visibly promoted by us – the drivers club of the Championship – the Classic Formula Ford Register.
2013 Season Dates
Well the dates are here and the calender looks great with some
interesting extras! We are glad to say that all of our Sponsors have stayed on
board with thanks to:
CFF Dinner Dance & Trophy Presentation : Feb 16th 2013, at the Radisson Blu East Midlands :
Members of the Classic Formula Ford Register are hereby invited to our Dinner Dance and 2012 Championship Trophy Presentation, which will be held on Saturday 16th February 2013 at the Radisson Blu East Midlands Hotel, Herald Way, Pegasus Business Park, Derby, DE74 2TZ.
If you are one of the fortunate recipients of a fine heavyweight trophy (no cheap immitations in our club), your attendance will be expected. We present trophies from 1st to 8th in Class A and 1st to 4th in Class B. If you decide to forego the opportunity to indulge in some fine food, drink, music and company, then so be it, but your trophy will be recycled for a future use somewhere else !
We have opted for a change of venue again this time, but the location remains central for most people, being close to the Donington Park Circuit. The hotel provides the normal facilities expected of a 4 star hotel - see http://www.radissonblu.co.uk/hotel-eastmidlandsairport/gallery for details.
The menu choices are shown attached. The dinner will cost £35 per head, with drinks to be purchased from the bar separately.
Overnight accommodation within the hotel is £85 for a Double Room and £75 for Single inclusive of Full English Breakfast. The hotel has 40 rooms reserved for us, and these will be taken on a first-come-first-served basis.
Please reserve your accomodation direct with the hotel (tel no. 01509 670575), stating that you are guests of Classic Formula Ford. No deposit is required.
Please complete the attached page, which can either be printed off and returned with your cheque, or emailed back to me. The cost of the Dinner is payable in advance. Please make cheques payable to the Classic Formula Ford Register, and send them direct to me please at my home address : 3 Waller Road, Beaconsfield, Bucks, HP9 2HD.
Alternatively, you can pay direct into the club account by BACS transfer. The a/c details are : Classic Formula Ford Register, a/c no 03061398, a/c sort code 30-93-92. If you pay by this method, it would help if you could drop me a line to confirm.
The intention is to run a kart event during the Saturday afternoon at the Sutton Circuit, which is approx half an hour down the M1 - see http://www.suttoncircuit.co.uk/. We have done this before of course, albeit not for a few years, but Steve Pearce is happy to book and arrange a return visit if there is sufficient interest. The cost would be negotiable (he says hopefully...), but the maximum for a 2 hour enduro - with 4 drivers per team (so 30 mins each plus some practice laps) would be £40 per driver.
If you are interested, can you confirm direct with Steve on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01162 777198.
Please also give some thought to the usual nominations for Best Prepared Car in each class, together with the John Nicol Trophy, awarded to a member of the club who has made a significant contribution over the past year.
When replying, please state whether you would like to sit with anyone in particular (or perhaps be seated at the opposite end of the room...), which will aid me in the table plan.
As is now customary, we will run a raffle on the night, in aid of replenishing the ever-depleted club bank account - so, if you have anything worth putting into the raffle, do please let me know. It need not be motorsport related - indeed, for the most part, and to stop all the women from falling asleep and losing interest, we try to keep the items relevant to everyone (but be aware that the pink handbag will be carefull scrutinized by Mr Hackett - in fact, he is already saving his hard earned pennies to make multiple bids...)
The dinner needs to be paid for by mid January, so I would appreciate a quick response on this if possible please
Classic Formula Ford Racer Paul McMorran Buys Irish Race Car Constructor Crossle [Nov 2012]
We were very pleased to hear that Paul McMorran has aquired Crossle.
Paul told CFF: "Classic Formula Ford coincides with the most prolific period
in the Crosslé story, as owners of 16F, 20F, 25F, 30F, 32F, 35F and 40F chassis
from 1969 to 1980 already know."
"Arnie Black will stay on for the
foreseeable future, and there's plenty of work for us both. Arnie will mainly
manage the 9S and other race series, I'll focus on developing and growing the
business. Crosslé will have a stand at Race Retro, where we'll be happy to chat
with any of the Classic FF clan and catch up with your own plans"
Here are some local reports that
give a feel for the event:
The Classic Formula Ford Register would like to wish Paul every success with the company.
Gurston Down Hill Climb [Nov 2012]
Gurston Down have informed us that they are running a new Pre92 Formula Ford class. This may also have a Pre 82 class within it. If you are interested in finding out more please let Peter know on email@example.com