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FF50th @ Road America Pre-Registration

The pre-registration window for the FF50th @ Road America is open!  Before you click on the link below, here is what you need to know:

Event Outline.  The FF50th will headline the 2019 Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival, the VSCDA’s marquee event.  Formula Ford’s 50th anniversary will be a five-day party (September 11-15, 2019) starting with registration, tech, and paddock load-in on Wednesday, morning test and tune (additional fee) and afternoon untimed practice on Thursday, qualifications and a group photo on Friday, and concluding with heat and feature races on Saturday and Sunday. Open to Kent-powered Formula Fords of all ages, there will be two race groups allowing a total entry of 200 cars.

Pre-Registration.  Pre-registration will be open through January 31, 2019.  A $200 refundable deposit towards an expected $550 entry fee will reserve a spot in the FF50th.  Pre-entries will initially be classified into Historic Formula Ford, Club Ford (treads), Formula Ford (treads), Club Ford (slicks), and Formula Ford (slicks).  Final classifications and provisional race group placements will be announced in February.  During pre-registration, classification and/or race group change requests will be accommodated.  Pre-registration deposits are refundable until March 29, 2019.

Regular Registration.  Pre-registrants will be required to complete their entry during regular registration.  During regular registration, there may be movement across race groups as one fills up before the other.  The regular registration window will open at a date to be announced.

Crossover entries (a driver entering one car in both race groups…two drivers sharing one car is not a crossover) will be tentatively accepted.  If there are less than 200 entries on August 12, 2019, crossover entries will be confirmed until both race groups are full.  Entries after August 12, 2019will not bump a confirmed crossover out of a race group.

If both FF50th Formula Ford race groups are over-subscribed, overflow entries will be given the option to race in another ELVF race group.

Here’s a quick checklist to successfully pre-register on the first try:

Driver Eligibility.  The following requirements must be met to race at the FF50th:

– be a VSCDA member (Membership is not required for pre-registration, you can purchased your membership during the registration process)

– be at least 18 years old by October of 2019

– have a Medical on file with VSCDA OR hold a competition racing license

– have wheel-to-wheel competition racing experience within the past 2 years OR

– have completed a competition racing school within the past 2 years

VSCDA membership is not required to pre-register.  Memberships for 2019 can be purchased during regular registration. If you do not meet the licensing or seat time requirements, the VSCDA has a combined driver’s school and race weekend May 2-5, 2019 at GingerMan Raceway in South Haven, Michigan.

Licensing.  Competition licenses issued by the VMC (and its affiliated clubs), SCCA, FIA, and CASC are accepted at VSCDA events.  If you are planning on racing at the FF50th on a competition license issued by another organization, please submit a scan of your license with your entry for approval.Calendar year 2018 licenses will be accepted for pre-registration with the good faith understanding that they will be renewed for 2019.

Car Preparation Sheet.  A Car Preparation Sheet must be on file with the VSCDA.  Here is the link: CAR PREP SHEET

FF50th Driver & Car Questionnaire.  The FF50th registration process includes a questionnaire to collect information that will be used in making race group assignments.

FF50th-Driver-Car-Data-Questionnaire

 Here is the link to the FF50th on-line pre-registration: https://vscda.org/vscdaos/signup/pre-reg-ELVF-2019

Any questions?  Please contact Steve Beeler:  steve@stevebeeler.com

2019 VSCDA Race Season

Gingerman Spring Brake Drivers School & Race Event May 2-5,2019
Blackhawk Vintage Classic XXVI June 14-16, 2019
Vintage Grand Prix AuGrattan XXXII Aug 16-18, 2019
Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival XXXIII Sept 12-15, 2019
Blackhawktoberfest II Oct 12-13, 2019
Annual Banquet Nov ,2019

2018 VSCDA Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival DVD Featuring Spridgets

2018 VSCDA Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival DVD Featuring Spridgets – 69 minutes – Track and In-Car Video, Driver Interviews.  Guest of Honor Peter Egan talks about his early writing career and racing.   Celebrating 60th Anniversary of the Austin Healey Sprite.

Friday: Practice Sessions , Enduro for Groups 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8, and Spridget race car show.

Saturday: Sprint Races, Gather on Green Car Show with Special 60th Anniversary of the Austin Healey Sprite Exhibit.

Sunday: Spridget Parade Lap, Spridget Feature Race, Kimberly Cup, Sheldon Cup, Elkhart Lake Cup and Featured Race Groups.

VIEW 5 min. TRAILER on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7nby7PGNBk

VSCDA member price $19.00 (with postage included). Payment by check or PayPal.  Produced by John Seaman – 456 Bluebird Ln. Sheboygan Falls, WI 53085   jcman22@charter.net

1964 Autodynamics MK 1 Formula Vee

Vintage race ready, race prepped, annual tech
Past and present log books
I’ve owned and raced his car regularly since 2000 in VSCDA, strong runner, 5 races on motor
Last raced at Blackhawk Farms in 2017; ran at Grattan 2018
Motor and transmission, (short box), by Bob Shedd, Roxanne SS exhaust
Car located in Grand Rapids, MI.
Additional Photos available

$7,900.00 OBO

Jeff Janus
616-560-5200
jjcpj@aol.com

 

McLaren M8F Can-Am

McLaren M8F Can-Am

The Commander John Cannon car, always a complete chassis, 2″ binder of history back to 1973. Very low hours on this amazing piece of history. Last run in 2017 at the Monterey Historics and the prelim race for the Long Beach Grand Prix. Set to run this May at Sonoma. Restored to original by an expert, a race shop owner who maintains the car and stores it in Sonoma. Very few of these original iterations of the beloved Can-Am series are available these days, let alone one in this condition, it is ready now.  Offered at $675,000 USD.

RaceCarLocators.com  #509-868-2034.

 

I will get a check made out to VSCDA, will look online for your address, for listing the 3 cars $90.00 thanks!

Rick Larner

#509-868-2034

#98 1972 McLaren M8F: Emmett Murphy

Riley Daytona 24HR

Riley Daytona 24HR

This is a no expense spared Group 6 car, the 2010 Daytona 24hr 3rd place finisher with Ryan Hunter-Reay as part of the team. Last run in 2011, one of the ‘Level 5’ entries. Powered by a Dinan BMW with 45 hours left on the motor! It’s sister car is currently running vintage, this is a huge piece of history, very well engineered of course, very fast! Huge lot of spares available!

Offered at $260,000 USD   RaceCarLocators.com  #509-868-2034.

28.01.2011 Daytona Beach, Practice and Qualifying
#95 Level 5 Motorsports BMW Riley: Ryan Hunter-Reay, Raphael Matos, Scott Tucker, Richard Westbrook

Chevron B27

Chevron B27

Offering this beautiful Chevron B27, currently running the 2.0L Cosworth, so entry as F2. Always maintained by a well regarded professional race shop.

My seller has owned this for quite a while, but is exclusively racing his Lola T212, so this must go! A front runner, competitive chassis; B27 #02.

1-1/2hr on the Cosworth, Jay Ivey build, aluminum nickasil block by Jennings, FT200, new R&P. Extensive records, excellent solid chassis, email for more, thanks!

RaceCarLocators.com  #509-868-2034   Offered at $97,500 OBO.

 

FF50th @ Road America: EVENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

FF50th DATE CHANGE!

The dates for the FF50th have changed!  The event has been moved up one week to September 11-15, 2019.  Please adjust your calendars and travel plans accordingly.  More FF50th news will be posted on this page as it happens.

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FF50th @ Road America: News Release #1

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT
October 8, 2017 (Updated May 12, 2018)

Big news! The Vintage Sports Car Drivers Association (VSCDA) will be hosting a 50th anniversary party for Formula Ford at Road America September 11-15, 2019.  Please note that the dates for the FF50th have been moved up one week!

The FF50th will be a five-day event starting with registration and tech on Wednesday, paddock load-in and untimed practice on Thursday, qualifications with a group photo on Friday, and concluding with heat and feature races on Saturday and Sunday.

Open to Kent-powered Formula Fords of all ages, there will be two race groups allowing a total entry of 200 cars. Tire rules (for both slicks and treads) and licensing requirements are being written for maximum inclusivity.

The FF50th will headline the 2019 Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival, the VSCDA’s marquee event. Mike Korneli is the ELVF race chairman. Steve Beeler will be organizing the FF50th related aspects of the weekend.


FF50th @ Road America: News Release #2
CROSSOVER AND OVERFLOW ENTRIES
December 11, 2017

The objective is to get as many drivers into the FF50th as possible. To that end, crossover entries (that is, a driver entering one car in both Formula Ford race groups…two drivers sharing one car is not a crossover) will be tentatively accepted up to the entry deadline. If there are less than 200 entries at the deadline, crossover second entries will be confirmed in entry date order until both race groups are full. After the entry deadline, late entries will not bump a crossover out of a race group.

If both Formula Ford race groups are oversubscribed, overflow entries will be given the option to run in another VSCDA race group. A process will be set up to move overflow entries into the Formula Ford race groups as cars drop out due to misfortunes of one form or another.


FF50th @ Road America: News Release #3
SAFETY PREPARATION, LOGBOOK, AND ANNUAL TECH REQUIREMENTS
January 8, 2018

The VSCDA Technical Requirements for Race Cars defines safety preparation, logbook, and annual tech requirements for the FF50th. The document outlines straightforward guidelines for basic vehicle and driver safety: on-board fire extinguishers, master switches, fuel cells, roll hoops, driver restraints, helmets, protective garments, throttle springs, rain lights, catch tanks, the usual stuff. Here is the link:

https://www.vscda.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/TECHNICAL-REQUIREMENTS-FOR-RACE-CARS-1.pdf

Logbooks and annual techs are required at VSCDA events. If your car does not have a logbook, you can obtain one from the VSCDA tech inspection team. Annual techs from other racing organizations (VMC member clubs, SCCA, CASC, etc) will be honored. A pre-race survey will be sent out before the event to assess the logbook and annual tech work load.

A possible surprise is the requirement for a Car Preparation Sheet. Before an entry will be accepted for a VSCDA events, a car must have an up-to-date CPS on file with the VSCDA office. Here is the link to the one-page form:

https://www.vscda.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/2017genericcarprepform.pdf


FF50th @ Road America: News Release #4
DRIVER LICENSING
February 6, 2018

The following requirements must be met to race at a VSCDA event including the FF50th:

  • be a VSCDA member
  • be at least 18 years old by October of the current year
  • have a Medical on file with VSCDA OR hold a competition racing license
  • have a Car Preparation Sheet on file with VSCDA
  • have wheel-to-wheel competition racing experience within the past 2 years OR
  • have completed a competition racing school within the past 2 years

VSCDA annual membership is $120 with an “early bird” special price of $100 if purchased by mid February. A one-event membership for the Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival (the FF50th’s host event) is $75. If you are thinking about the value of an annual membership, VSCDA holds races at three other fine venues: GingerMan, Blackhawk, and Grattan.

Competition licenses issued by the VMC, VMC member clubs, SCCA, FIA, and CASC are routinely accepted at VSCDA events.


FF50th @ Road America: News Release #5
EARLY ENTRY DATA COLLECTION
February 25, 2018

The FF40th entry process was simple. There were three race groups: one vintage, one restricted regional, and one national. Drivers entered one or more race groups and it was all good. The restricted regional was slightly over-subscribed but (fortunately!) not until after the entry deadline.

Because the FF50th will only have two race groups, we are expecting enough entries to fill both with 100 cars each. The FF50th entry policy will be to accept the first 200 entries and then group them in the best possible way. I see a process that fills Group A and Group B simultaneously by speed potential and also by drivers who want to race against each other.

Here is a preview of the criteria that will be used to assign cars and drivers to race groups:

Number of years racing?
Number of races in the last three years?
Current license?
Number of races at Road America?
Best Formula Ford lap time @ Road America?

Chassis (Make / Model / Year)?
Damper Locations (Front & Rear)?
Damper External Cannisters (Front & Rear)?
Tires (Brand / Compound)?
Chassis Modifications?
Body Modifications?

Home Club?
Home Club Classification (FF / CFF / VFF / Other)?

Cross-over Entry?
Multi Driver Entry?
Drivers, clubs, or series you want to race with?
Group preference (A or B)?

This data will be collected during the early entry process which will go live this October. Two series have already reached out about racing together at the FF50th: the Royale Formula Ford Challenge Series and Formula Ford “The Series”. If there are drivers that you want to race with at the FF50th, it is not too early to get organized and put a list together.

More details on this topic to follow as the early entry process is finalized.


FF50th @ Road America: News Release #6
ENGINE RULES
March 19, 2018

The FF50th will be open to Kent and Cortina powered Formula Fords of all ages.

For Formula Ford engine specifications, the VSCDA Technical Requirements for Race Cars follows Monoposto Racing rules which in turn reference the SCCA 2015 GCR. The 2015 SCCA GCR provides stable specifications for Kent and Cortina engines that Monoposto expects to continue referencing going forward.

Rules stability ahead of a big event is a good thing. So that everyone can prepare with confidence, the FF50th will also reference the 2015 SCCA GCR for Kent and Cortina engine rules.


FF50th @ Road America: News Release #7
CHASSIS ELIGIBILITY
April 2, 2018

The FF50th will be open to Kent (and Cortina) powered Formula Fords of all ages.

The VSCDA Technical Requirements for Race Cars follows Monoposto Racing rules which list eligible Historic (pre 1973) and Club (1973 – 1982) commercially constructed cars. To define chassis eligibility for the rest of the Formula Ford universe, the 2015 SCCA GCR will be referenced.

Just what exactly is a Formula Ford? Everyone knows the basics: a single seat, tubular frame, flat bottom, open wheel racing car. The 2015 SCCA GCR, which is also being referenced for Kent and Cortina engine specifications, will provide the rest of the details.

FF50th @ Road America:  News Release #8

REGISTRATION PROCESS & APPROXIMATE TIME LINE

July 31, 2019

 

Registration for the FF50th @ Road America will open this fall.  The on-line registration process will include a questionnaire for race group placement:  chassis, tires, shocks, driver experience, etc.  The questionnaire will also provide an opportunity to indicate that you belong to a series (The Crossflow Cup, Royale Formula Ford Challenge, etc).

 

Initially, entries will be placed into one of these five classifications.  Based on entry composition, preliminary classifications may be further defined and sub-divided in order to fit 200 cars into two race groups.

  • Vintage Formula Ford on treaded tires
  • Club Formula Ford on treaded tires
  • Formula Ford on treaded tires
  • Club Formula Ford on slicks
  • Formula Ford on slicks

 

Early Registration.  The early registration window will be open from October 2018 through January 2019.  Early entries will be subject to a refundable deposit.  Final classifications and provisional race group placements will be announced in January.  During early registration, classification and/or race group change requests will be accommodated and entries can be withdrawn with a full deposit refund.

 

Regular Registration.  The regular registration window will be open from February 2019 through April 2019.  A non-refundable deposit will be required at time of entry.  During the regular registration window, there may be movement across race groups as one fills up before the other.

 

At the end of regular registration, cross-over entries (one driver in one car in both race groups) will be confirmed subject to the 100 car maximum per race group.  Confirmed cross-over entries will not be bumped by late entries.

 

Late Registration.  Late registration will open in May 2019.  Late entries will be subject to the non-refundable deposit as well as a late entry fee.

 

If both FF50th race groups are over-subscribed, overflow entries will be given the option to race in another ELVF race group.  For all entrants, the balance of the entry fee will be due at event registration.

1960 Lotus 18 Formula Junior

1960 Lotus 18 Formula Junior Chassis # FJ 716

I have owned this car for 15 years and it was most recently raced at Road America September 2017
Engine completely rebuilt by PHP and has approximately 10 hours on it.
Proper 1100 cc Cosworth Ford 105E engine,dry sump with billet crank, forged rods, and aluminum pistons (dyno at 120 hp)
Hewland Mk 9 4-speed gearbox. I have a Renault gearbox that will go with the car.
All the wheel cylinders have just been gone through with new seals.
Have just replaced the fuel cell and had the radiator re-cored.
It is truly ready to race except it needs new belts.
$48,000
Call Marv Primack @ 847-323-3937 or e-mail docprimack@sbcglobal.net

1967 Zink C4 Formula Vee

1967 Zink C4 Formula Vee
-Engine rebuilt in 2017- 2 races on it. New pistons, bearings, rings, etc.. Journals turned. More could be new, I don’t have all that was done. Complete engine overhaul. All engine work by Bob Shedd
-Race prepped carb
-Freshened gearbox – 2017 by Bob Shedd
-Tires have 3-4 races on them.

-Straight frame – no evidence of accident. Car has been ran 3 seasons within team.
-Quick release steering wheel
-VSCDA log book, Tech passed 2017

-Painted fall of 2016

-Last raced Gratten, MI ‘17

 

$10,000 OBO Sold as-is. Ready to Race!

 

Car is part of 14-15 car team (hard to keep track!). About 7 Vee’s and 8 Ford’s. I am selling this one and about 3 more Vee’s for friends on the team. I am a mechanic and driver. The team is transitioning from Vee’s to Ford’s.  This is leaves this car rebuilt and ready to race, now up for sale! No known issues with the car. Nicely sorted and ready for racing. One side panel now has no decals due to panel being repainted, otherwise pics depict as is.  Can handle a 6”0” driver with the seat, 6’4” without seat. I have drove it with no seat (I am 6’4”), but made myself very comfortable with yoga mats precisely placed. Car is located in Plymouth, WI.

 

Call, text or email Adam to see the car! 715 505 5006, or stanton82@gmail.com

1968 Zink C4 Formula Vee

1968 Zink C4 Formula Vee

-Brand New Car 2017, not rebuilt or restored! New! Raced 1 season.

-Fuel cell, gauges, engine, transaxle, wiring, clutch, battery, hardware, I-Beam, masters, brakes-ALL, plumbing, shocks were known good, the only thing rebuilt are cores that need to be race prepped.

-5 races in 2017. Used loaner engine for 4 races. Transaxle for 2.
-Engine rebuilt, never raced – 0 races on it now. Heads were known to be race ready, valve guides were worn, engine pulled 1st race of 2017. Engine was gone through again. Race prepped and now installed.

-All engine work by Bob Shedd
-Race prepped carb
-Freshened gearbox – 2017 by Bob Shedd, 0 races on it!
-Needs tires. Could run in the dry, but have little tread.

-Straight, new frame with custom hoop to fit tall driver. 6’4” 250 lbs.

-Car has been sorted through 1 season
-Quick release steering wheel
-VSCDA log book, Tech passed 2017

-Painted spring of 2017

-Last raced Blacktoctoberfest, IL ’17.

 

$13,500 OBO Sold as-is. Ready to Race!

 

Car is part of 14-15 car team (hard to keep track!). About 7 Vee’s and 8 Ford’s. I am selling this one and about 3 more Vee’s for myself and friends of the team. This car is my personal car. I am a mechanic and driver. The team is transitioning from Vee’s to Ford’s.  This is leaves this car built and ready to race, now up for sale! Known issues with the car. Nicely Sorted. One side panel now had no # decal due to panel being repainted, otherwise pics depict as is.  Left rear brake has a grooved pattern developed in the brake pad and drum. Battery was not charging prior to engine swap. Did not test after. Have good generator to swap and a new regulator installed. Can handle a 6”4” driver with the seat, taller I am sure without seat. Entire car was built to fit larger driver. Car is located in Plymouth, WI.

 

Call, text or email Adam to see the car! 715 505 5006, or stanton82@gmail.com

 

Formula Ford 50th Anniversary Party

The Vintage Sports Car Drivers Association (VSCDA) will be hosting a 50th anniversary party for Formula Ford at Road America September 11-15, 2019.  The FF50th will headline the 2019 Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival, the VSCDA’s marquee event.

 

The FF50th will be a five-day event starting with registration and tech on Wednesday, paddock load-in and untimed practice on Thursday, qualifications with a group photo on Friday, and concluding with heat and feature races on Saturday and Sunday.  Off-track events will provide multiple opportunities to network, bench race, and consume food and beverage.

 

Open to Kent-powered Formula Fords of all ages, there will be two race groups allowing a total entry of 200 cars.  Tire rules (for both slicks and treads) and licensing requirements are being written for maximum inclusivity.

 

Mike Korneli continues as the ELVF race chairman.  Steve Beeler is organizing the FF50th related aspects of the weekend.

 

For more information, please contact Steve at steve_beeler@ymail.com or (734)560-6031.
More information can be found at:  https://stevebeeler.com/ff50th/