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Keeping it in the family: the future of Formula Ford, Part I

Formula Ford in all of its forms has flourished since 1967 and some of the original cars are still competitive now, but how will historic racing look in the future?

Vintage Formula Ford will be looking at how the category will stay around throughout the season.

Motorsport tends to run in families and there is no shortage of teenagers who have grown up in the paddock, waiting for their chance to get behind the wheel of cars they’ve seen parents and other family members race.

Ian “Parky” Parkington debuted a Crossle at last year’s Oulton Park Gold Cup, finishing second in the second Classic Formula Ford race of the weekend.

Formula Ford regular Parkington was quick in the car himself, but he’s really developing it and another Crossle for his daughters to race in a few years’ time.

The car itself has some history.

“It’s Tiff Needell’s ex Crossle 25F. It was owned by Richard Peacock, Anglesey Circuit, and restored by Dave Hart about five or six years ago.

“It didn’t come as a buy, it came as a project, if you would, then we ended up doing a deal to own it. It came with another Crossle for restoration, so there’s a couple of them at home.”

Parkington competed in Northern Formula Ford for about ten years and only races occasionally now, but the family legacy continues.

“I have a 14-year-old daughter, almost 15, who races go-karts. Grace has raced go-karts for a few years. And Scarlett, the youngest one, she’s 11, races cadet karts,” he explained at Oulton.

“I can’t wait for Grace to move up into Formula Fords. We’ve a few (cars) at home, so we can all come racing together.”

He is not overly worried for her safety, as some fathers might be.

“I think they’re relatively safe. If you abide by some rules and don’t be too stupid.”

He is not worried either about her being quicker than him.

“I fully expect her to beat me, and I hope that she does.”

(Image copyright Rachel Bourne)