The 750 Formula
The 750 Formula is a championship over 14 races for Sports-Racing Cars built to a simple and stable rulebook.
Cars can be built by competitors to their own design or bought second-hand.
Since the introduction of the 1108cc Fiat FIRE engine from the Punto or Seicento, the formula grids have grown steadily year by year, with new cars being made, and older car being upgraded to race again. New rules mean that tranverse-engined cars can now be run using specified 5 speed Fiat gearboxes and independent rear suspension.
New from 2011 is the College Series where students teams can can compete for their own class championship with cars entered by their College.
The rules permit both front and rear-engined cars. There are 5 former champions on the grid this year - 3 in front-engined cars and 2 in rear-engined cars. So anything goes - fast. Average lap speed for Mallory Park is 95 MPH
Racing is close and competitive all the way down the grid, so beginners, and people with slower cars, are still going to have plenty of fun. At the front the standard is very high, and winning a 750 Formula race takes some doing. I know - I have been trying for years.
The great thing about the 750 Formula is the way the other competitors help out when you have a problem and, as well as help and advice at the track, there is a lively Formula Website. www.750formula.co.uk
The typical 750 driver is aged between 17 and 67 and is male or female. Very few are rich and only our ladies drivers are good looking.
Costs are pretty low. Tyres stay competitive for 2 seasons and useable for longer if need be. The Fiat engine is used in pretty standard form, but with a control camshaft from 2008. I don't think that we have had a Fiat engine fail.
The championship is very well organised by the 750 Motor Club, who justifiably claim to be the leaders in low cost motorsport and we race at: Snetterton, Silverstone, Brands Hatch, Mallory Park, Lydden, Pembrey, Oulton Park, Donnington, Cadwell Park, and occasionally Thruxton.
Cadwell Park in a 750 Formula car is a great ride - don't miss it.