THE FORMULA JUNIOR DIAMOND JUBILEE WORLD TOUR IS COMING TO PITTSBURGH
During the summer of 2017, the Formula Junior Historic Diamond Jubilee World Tour comes to the US and Canada racing at multiple tracks. There will be upwards of 20+ cars from Europe, Australia and New Zealand participating with many FJHNA members from the U.S. and Canada. It should be a great summer of camaraderie and spirited competition – and fun – of Formula Junior fellowship.
The 2017 North American Peter Revson Trophy tour will be in two parts plus some optional events. Part 1; Indy; 8th – 11th June, Mosport; 15th – 18th June, Mid-Ohio; 23rd – 26th June. (Optional events; PVGP Historics at PIRC 7-9 July, PVGP Schenley Park,15-16 July)
There will be a special paddock area for Formula Jr participants and they will compete in four sessions at Schenley Park. If there are enough entries for the Pitt Race Historics there will be a dedicated race group – if not they will be combined with Sports Racers in Group 1. Links on the left side of this page include amenities and events for racers.
Registration link is in the right column of this page. If you have any questions in regard to the PVGP racing please email John Bechtol.
Formula Junior Historic Racing Association
No International Formula has been more truly worldwide than Formula Junior. 2016 marked the start of a 3-year Formula Junior World Tour, to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Formula Junior.
The tour began in South Africa in January and includes sectors in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and North America, even including forays to Scandinavia and the Baltic States, before a grand celebration of 2 grids at the 2018 Silverstone Classic.
In Europe, FJHRA has passed its 21st anniversary, in Australia, AFJA has a 10 year pedigree, which was under the vibrant helm of President, Roger Ealand, until cancer cruely took him from us, and Kim Shearn is now ably acting in that role. Both the NZ Formula Junior Register, looked after by Nigel Russell, and FJHNA powered by Nick Grewal, covering the whole of North America from Canada to Mexico, are in their fourth season, and growing.
From 1958 to 1963 Formula Junior replaced the motorcycle engined 500 cc F3 cars as the stepping-stone to Formula 1. It was the brainchild of Italian Count ‘Johnny’ Lurani and provided for 1.0 or 1.1 litre production engines, and gearboxes in mini Grand Prix chassis. In its short 6 years, the design span covered the major progression of racing car evolution from ladder frame front-engined cars, through space frame cars with proprietary suspension like the Alexis HF1 [still raced today by FJHRA Co-ordinator Duncan Rabagliati], rear engined spaceframe’s such as the Coopers, to the full monocoque of the Lotus 27. Jim Clark, John Surtees, Jochen Rindt, Mike Spence, Mike Hailwood, Graf Wolfgang Von Trips, Gerhard Mitter, Lorenzo Bandini, Peter Revson, Giancarlo Baghetti and Howden Ganley, were amongst the G.P. Stars who formulated their careers in FJ. Races were run from Estonia to Australia, Macao to Cuba, with hundreds of cars competing regularly across the USA and East and Western Europe.
In 1975, Formula Junior was the first past formula to be revived as an historic series. The Formula Junior Historic Racing Association (“FJHRA”) was established in 1993. In 1995, the FIA Lurani Trophy for FJ cars became the first FIA Championship to be run by its own organisation. In 1997 the Formula Juniors first raced at Monaco and it was one of the closest races of the day and FJ have been competitors there since that time with a fantastic array of beautiful cars, recreating the era of the 1959-1963 era of Grand Prix Monaco Junior, and we feature again during the Diamond Jubilee years, starting with the front engined Juniors in 2016.