SVRA and the Lime Rock Historic Festival announced a new “Formula Historic” series that will comprise the Formula Atlantic and Formula Two eras which raced all over the world 30 and 40 years ago.
“We launched the notion last year at the Lime Rock Historic Festival,” said Murray Smith, Chairman of the Lime Rock Historic Festival, “and within a week or so we had 25 entries who put on two great races at the Festival. Bobby Brown won which was poetic justice since he had been racing these cars in period.”
SVRA Manager Peter McLaughlin noted, ” Since our Watkins Glen Vintage Grand Prix is only one week after the Lime Rock Festival…and just a few hours away, we decided that both events would benefit from friendly cooperation so this is the first fruit of that conversation”
Formula Atlantic was a very successful class for many years launching the career of a number of legendary drivers, Gilles Villeneuve amongst them. Similar in design but with a rather more powerful engine, Formula Two was a particularly competitive class in Europe in the 1970s. Organizers anticipate four races for Formula Historic, three at classic SVRA venues like Watkins Glen and Mid-Ohio and one at the Lime Rock Historic Festival on Labor Day Weekend.
Detailed eligibility rules and specifications for Formula Historic will be available from the Lime Rock Historic’s or SVRA web sites. McLaughlin and Smith anticipate full grids as the cars are fast, handsome, and relatively easy and economical to run. Typically eligible cars would include such cars as Chevron, Lola, March and Ralt.