The Historic Sports Car Club is targeting the 1600-cc Formula 3 cars of the early 1970s for a revival in 2011.
Although the 1600-cc Formula 3 era was relatively short-lived, running for just three seasons, it was a time when many future Grand Prix stars were making their name in the category. Notable British racers of the era included the so-called “Lost Generation” of Roger Williamson, Tony Brise, and Tom Pryce.
With the 1-liter era (1964–1970) and 2-liter era (1974–1980) Formula 3 cars already enjoying successful race series under the wing of the HSCC, the club is now keen to get more of the 1600-cc generation cars from 1971–1973 onto the track.
The club’s aim is to have between 10 and 20 1600-cc F3 cars racing regularly in 2011 and beyond, running alongside the 2-liter cars in the Classic Formula 3 Championship. The 1600-cc cars were part of the Classic F3 race at the Monaco Historic Grand Prix in May 2010 and the club believes that many more cars could be out racing regularly.
“These are very pretty and effective cars from Lotus, Ensign, GRD, and March,” said Reg James, of the HSCC Classic F3 Championship. “We know that there are lots of inactive chassis in the UK. So if anyone has a car, whatever its condition, be it a Monoposto, a hill climb special, immaculate and on the button, a long-term project or a pile of tubes, we would love them to bring it to Brands, put it on show and meet up with the Classic F3 competitors.”
For more information contact the club via e-mail at [email protected], and for complete details about the HSCC, please visit www.hscc.org.uk