Ford Single Seater
Chassis numbernon noted
Number of seats2
From the Arthur Carter Collection
The Holley Enterprises, Brian Turner
1978-79 Formula 4 Racing Single-Seater
Chassis no. non noted
Engine no. 711M015AA
Here we offer a very nicely-preserved, rare and interesting single-seat club-racing car which would offer a new owner the promise of very low-cost enjoyable hill-climbing, sprinting or circuit racing ideal as an introduction to the Historic single-seater racing world.
We understand the car started life as a space-frame designed Hawk that was converted in period to an alloy tub by Arthur Carter and Brian Turner.
Formula 4 was initially created in 1966 as an exceptionally modest racing category for uncomplicated single-seater cars powered by off-the-shelf 250cc motor-cycle engines. After its initial season, the Formula was changed for 1967 to accept small, lightweight single-seater racing chassis powered by either motor-cycle engines of up to 675cc or motor car engines of up to 875cc.
The hyper-active British 750 Motor Club took over the series in 1970, and for 1971 introduced a new Formula 4 Class 'B' for cars with Group 1 or Group 2 engines up 1000cc with twin carburetors. For 1977 a 1300cc Ford option was introduced, restricted in tune to ensure fair competition with the existing 1000cc Imp engine and ex-F3 MAE engine options.
This particular Formula 4 racing car is powered by a Ford 1300 Crossflow engine with a single side draft weber carburetor modified in period by a respected engine tuner and mated to a hewland gearbox. It has been in its original ownership since completed in 1977-78, when it was campaigned very successfully upon Arthur Carter's behalf by club-racing driver Brian Turner. It achieved numerous first, second and third-place finishes at such British circuits as Silverstone, Cadwell Park and Snetterton.
The car's long-term owner and present vendor is a prominent British motor racing enthusiast and car collector of many decades' standing, and this attractive little single-seater has been well preserved amongst his wider collection. Not run for many years, it is offered here as seen and we recommend specialist inspection, evaluation and preparation before a new owner makes any attempt to run it. Upon superficial inspection it presents, however, particularly well. The car is also offered with numerous trophies for wins and podium finishes.