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#1 Andrew Kitson

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Posted 03 November 2006 - 11:41

Is anyone going to Silverstone this weekend?

Avid Formula Ford 1600 fan and BRDC assistant secretary James Beckett has done a marvellous job single handedly developing this event into the 'new' Formula Ford' festival. The traditional Brands festival is a shadow of it's former self, however James has managed to attract no less than 152 entries for the Silverstone event, held on the national circuit. Johnny Herbert will be taking part in his first FF drive since his famous festival win at Brands in 1985 aswell as former FF aces Michael Vergers and Bernard Dolan, up against the club FF brigade and young career hopefuls such as UK FF champion Nathan Freke.

This really is getting back to the good old festival atmosphere we all miss, no less than 6 heats fighting for places in the semi finals. There are supporting races including classic FF2000, classic clubmans, sports/saloons, superkarts and DFV powered F1 cars for the Keith Duckworth trophy.

More info on these sites:
http://www.brdc.co.u...Y/flag/2/id/477

http://www.ff1600.co.uk/

See you there?

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#2 ian senior

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Posted 03 November 2006 - 11:55

Sounds great, only wish I could be there even though Silverstone is not one of favourite places. Interesting and varied entry list, including some bloke called Critcher in a Nike. I'm sure I've heard of him somewhere ....

#3 Andrew Kitson

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Posted 03 November 2006 - 12:00

Also good to see David Leslie entered in his restored Royale RP24 in which he finished 2nd in the 1977 Festival.

#4 David McKinney

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Posted 03 November 2006 - 13:16

Other interesting names - Geoff Farmer, Neil Cunningham
..and Jeremy Bouckley - he was racing before Formula Junior was invented, let alone Formual Ford :up:

And which Dave Morgan is that?

#5 Andrew Kitson

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Posted 03 November 2006 - 13:25

Not the famous Mallory F2 victor / James Hunt's boxing partner.
This Dave Morgan has campaigned his RP21 for many a year.

#6 Mallory Dan

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Posted 03 November 2006 - 14:14

All we need is Tony Steeles lovely orange Merlyn 11A, Andrew for old time sake!

(Though I did hear Mr Steeles is no longer with us unfortunately).

#7 Andrew Kitson

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Posted 03 November 2006 - 14:19

There is one 11A entered, by Mike Bromley.

#8 Cirrus

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Posted 03 November 2006 - 14:34

I'll be there on Sunday looking after the FF2000 Delta of racing brain surgeon, Peter Richards.

#9 Barry Boor

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Posted 03 November 2006 - 17:06

Gary rung me from Silverstone this morning. Apparently Johnny Herbert is down to compete in his race, too!

Gary hopes to give Johnny a hard time.....

#10 Andrew Kitson

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Posted 03 November 2006 - 17:12

Johnny has had to pull out and his place taken by F3 driver Oliver Jarvis.
Our Gary must have had a few probs in qualfying this afternoon.
http://www.ff1600.co...dex.php?id=1527

#11 Gary C

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Posted 03 November 2006 - 17:50

erm...........................you mean like not being fast enough??? LOL. I managed to keep out of Michael Vergers way too, which was good. I think I MAY be competing in the oldest car in the field! Seriously, a good day out (on a Friday!!), brilliant weather & some good racing. Yes, unfortunately, Johnny has scrubbed due to 'business commitments'. :confused: Shame.

Notes : Geoff Farmer gave his Tyrrell 017 (I think, the ex-Brundle/Belloff car) a 2 lap blast just before lunch. It'll be interesting to see what F1's turn up this late in the year.
Mike Bromley has scrathced his race entry in his Merlyn too. He said he broke both doughnuts at the HSCC Finals the other week.
I'll be trying to keep out of everyone's way tomorrow too!

#12 Gary C

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Posted 04 November 2006 - 18:18

hope you won't a little self indulgence, here's a piccy of my thing at Silverstone today :

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#13 Gary C

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Posted 04 November 2006 - 20:58

here's a little bit of video from today too :



#14 Sťamas M.

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Posted 04 November 2006 - 21:37

Lovely looking car Gary, hope you had fun today and good luck for tomorrow. :clap:

#15 Gary C

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Posted 04 November 2006 - 21:47

Séamas, I see there were quite a few of your countrymen at Silverstone today, a nice trip to end the year on?

PS.I'm not actually competing tomorrow, can't afford it!! In fact, I don't think, with the speed I was showing today, that I would have qualified for a Final anyway!! LOL.

#16 Sťamas M.

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Posted 05 November 2006 - 16:37

Gary,

FF1600 is still the number one single seater class in Ireland. No matter what else gets tried it doesn't seem to "take".

The WHT seems to be taking over from the Festival as the "must do" race of the year, more power to James Beckett! :clap:

Ironically, I've worked mid-week in Brackley for the past 6 or 7 years, but apart from one freebie trip to the GP I haven't been to any racing at Silverstone during that period.

Must get to the WHT next year though! :cool:

#17 Gary C

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Posted 06 November 2006 - 19:03

apparently there was a fatal accident in the Superkart race at the WHT Meeting yesterday afternoon. :down:

#18 Andrew Kitson

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Posted 06 November 2006 - 19:25

Yes very sad. BBC news link to this tragedy.
http://news.bbc.co.u...ire/6119938.stm