The Classic Formula Ford Championship for pre-’82 cars will switch organising clubs from its current BARC home to the Historic Sports Car Club, beginning with the 2020 season.
This will expands the HSCC’s FF1600 portfolio to cover the whole of the category’s history, with the Historic championship and the Walter Hayes Trophy already on its books.
The president of the Classic Formula Ford Association (CFA), Stuart Kestenbaum, who competes in both Classic and Historic FF1600, told FF1600website that the move had been on the cards for some time and that the CFA’s 30-plus members were overwhelmingly in favour of it.
Kestenbaum believes that Classic FF1600 and the HSCC is a “better fit” in terms of the tracks and meetings it offers, and that the move could lead to increased participation from Class B (pre-’74) cars, which form the main part of the HSCC’s existing Historic FF1600 series, eliminating fixture clashes.
He also thinks that the two championships working more closely together will encourage higher standards of car preparation in Classic.
“We think it is a fantastic move. The HSCC paddock is a great place for Classic Formula Ford to be and there is good sense in having the older Formula Fords racing at the same events.”
Andy Dee-Crowne, the new HSCC CEO, has also shown enthusiasm about the move.
“This move will further strengthen our portfolio and the Classics will sit very nicely alongside our Historic FFord championship. We are genuinely excited to have the championship coming on-board. This move is one of the key elements of our plans for 2020 and beyond.”
Kestenbaum was keen to stress that the club’s relationship with BARC remains good. Classic FF1600 was its last remaining single-seater championship and had been on the BARC bill since 2004. The 2019 season will not be affected.