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History

The first Formula Four car to compete in Canada was a Walker imported from England, fitted with a Suzuki 250 cc. engine. The car was first driven by Jim Johnston (now a respected writer with PRN magazine) at Harewood Acres Ontario, in June 1967. The Walker had been imported by Bob Long of London Ontario from Johnny Walker Racing Ltd. Bob went to Europe in Jan 1967 in an attempt to locate an open wheel car that could be raced inexpensively, and there he discovered Formula Four. Initially he ordered two cars, one for Jim, and one for himself with 3 more cars coming to Canada by the end of 1969. Incidentally, Bob first raced his Walker F4 car in July 1967 and since that time has developed a long (pun intended) and successful competition record, winning the Three Quarter Litre Championship and CASC Ontario Region Championship numerous times. Bob's most recent championship win was in 1998, after which he hung up his race shoes in order to try his hand at retirement. (Ed. He failed and in 2007 Bob came back out of retirement building yet another new and successful car that has since won the 2008 and 2009 Formula Four Championship). Due to the limited technical rules related to the class, many different cars and variations of existing cars have appeared over the years with the Walker, Vixen and Xpit (pronounced Speet) being the most popular ones. You don’t have to build your own car to compete in F4, as there are a number of cars usually available for sale, but anyone who does have the time and inclination to build a car has the potential to do well and enjoy racing in F4.

Formula Four cars have competed continuously in the CASC Ontario Region Championship, since that first race in 1967. The current 750 cc engine specifications were introduced in 1970, and at that point in time the Three Quarter Litre Association was formed. In the late 70’s there were as many as 20 active F4 cars racing in Ontario and Quebec with Association “road trips” to Newfoundland (Argentia), Nova Scotia (Halifax), Manitoba (Gimli), Michigan (MIS, Gratton & Waterford Hills), Ohio (Mid Ohio & Nelson Ledges), New York (Watkins Glen), Illinois (Blackhawk Farms) and Wisconsin (Road America).

Formula Four (F4) racing conforms to the CASC General Race Regulations. Rules peculiar to the F4 class are determined by the Three Quarter Litre Association (TQLA). All rules and rule changes are set a year in advance by currently active licensed drivers, who are members of TQLA. Power units are generally normally aspirated high performance motor cycle engines of up to 750 cc capacity, of which a minimum availability of 1000 production units must have been built. In race trim these engines can develop in excess of 120 bhp running on either alcohol or pump gas. Turbo powered engines are allowed but must be restricted to 500 cc. Chassis designs are quite modern and sophisticated, and may utilize inboard suspension systems, wings and ground effects. Minimum weight including driver must exceed 825 lb. (Approx. 375 kg.) at the end of a race session.

Year

Champion

1974

Robert Long

1975

Gord Green

1976

Bill Wilcox

1977

Robert Long

1978

Gord Green

1979

Robert Long

1980

Robert Long

1981

Richard Walker

1982

Richard Walker

1983

Richard Walker

1984

Robert Long

1985

Barry Bircumshaw

1986

Stu Lamont

1987

Robert Long

1988

Robert Long

1989

Robert Long

1990

Jim Morton

1991

Peter Barker

1992

Penni Barker Adams

1993

Penni Barker Adams

1994

Doug Berner

1995

Jim Morton

1996

Robert Long

1997

Robert Long

1998

Robert Long

1999

Mark Flamia

2000

Mark Flamia

2001

Mark Flamia

2002

Penni Barker Adams

2003

Mike Hall

2004

Penni Barker Adams

2005

Craig Hall

2006

Richard Walker

2007

Graham Dewhurst

2008

Robert Long

2009

Robert Long

2010

Robert Long

2011

Jim Morton

2012

Jim Morton

2013

Jim Morton

2014

Jim Morton

2015

Richard Walker

 

 

Track & Traffic December 1967 - Formula Fours for Fun
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Auto Sport September 1976 - Xpit Siegrist
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