A Slipstreaming Spectacular Pre-1972 Formula Fords To Debut At Silverstone Historic Festival With the recent decision to run Pre-1972 Formula Ford cars on the Historic Grand Prix Circuit, spectators can look forward to an epic slipstreaming ...
A Slipstreaming Spectacular
Pre-1972 Formula Fords To Debut At Silverstone Historic Festival
With the recent decision to run Pre-1972 Formula Ford cars on the Historic Grand Prix Circuit, spectators can look forward to an epic slipstreaming spectacular at this year's Silverstone Historic Festival. More than 40 cars will take to the grid for the Walter Hayes Trophy race when this legendarily close and competitive class makes its Festival debut over the Bank Holiday weekend of 25/26/27 August.
The Trophy, in honour of the late Walter Hayes, (Ford's Director of Public Affairs in the 1960s), will be awarded by his widow Elizabeth Hayes. Renowned as the prime mover behind Ford's legendary Cosworth DFV engine programme - creating the most successful Formula One racing engine of all time - Walter also backed Formula Ford from its inception in 1967.
The massed single-seaters will do battle over 8 laps of the 3.144-mile Historic Grand Prix Circuit on the afternoon of Saturday, August 25, the cavalry charge beginning from a packed grid including products from Lotus, Merlyn, Palliser, Titan and so many more.
Originally intended as a low cost training series for the pupils of the Motor Racing Stables racing drivers' school at Brands Hatch, Formula Ford was launched in July 1967, when just 14 cars took their places on the Kent circuit's grid. The formula was an instant success.
By 1972, three future World Champions - Emerson Fittipaldi, Jody Scheckter and James Hunt - had cut their teeth in Formula Ford. In the years that followed thousands of drivers started their careers in this, probably the best-known and most significant racing Formula short of Formula One.