Key Dates

August 7th 1960 - First ever demonstration race at Tamworth stadium, Staffordshire.

October 1960 - First all England junior Ten championship won by Geoff Cutler

June 1961 - Due to the high number of competitors and tracks wishing to hold meetings, the first grading lists were introduced, to ensure the early stars of the formula, had to start from the back in true stock car style.

July 1961 - Board of Control licences for the tracks at Eastbourne and Aldershot withdrawn. Promoter Les Eaton went on to form his own company, Paramount Promotions which latter became Spedeworth International!

September 1963 - Roy Goodman wins the inaugural world championship final at a rain lashed Abbey stadium, Swindon.

1965 - Body swaps permitted for the first time. Andy Webb becomes the first driver to fit the popular Fiat Toplino body shell to the donor Ford E93a chassis

1968 - Hampshire star man Tom Pitcher becomes the first driver to fit a dry sumped Ford 1172 cc engine.

1972 - Jimmy Murray from Northern Ireland wins world Championship

1973 - The F2 regulations are revised to permit 1200 cc engines with no age limit. Space frame chassis are allowed for the first time. Tom Pitcher builds the first F2 supercar, which turns out to be the blue print for the F2’s of today. Chassis built in 2 inch X 2 inch and 1 inch x1 inch box section. Multi link suspension with coil over shockers and a Cosworth MAE downdraught head on a 1000 cc engine.

1974 - Engine size permitted raised to 1300 cc, and the World Final is held at Wembley Stadium London!

1975/76 - Radical offset cars with drivers below the driveline seating positions outlawed

1978/79 - Double World Champion Colin Higman becomes the first producers of “off the peg” BriSCA F2 racecars.

1981 - Gordon McDougall opens a track at Newtongrange near Edinburgh, and F2 stock car racing returns North of the border for the first time since 1962. This move was to one of the most important in the sports history as it spawned other venues, and a multitude of World and National points champions.

1986 - The two-litre Ford pinto engine in unmodified form is allowed to be used in conjunction with the highly tuned 1300 cc machines. September

1988 - Jimmy Wallace becomes the first Scottish driver to win the World Championship crown.

Mid 1990’s - Permitted choke sizes on twin Webbers reduced ensuring the cheaper Pinto engine becomes the unit to use. Several defections from the former Spedeworth superstox fuel the start of a rapid rise in the popularity of the F2 scene.

1997 - Bert Finnikin chases Rob Speak for the National Points Championship all season, narrowly missing out in the penultimate meeting of a long hard season

1999 - The decades most prolific race winner, some say the sports greatest ever driver, Rob Speak retires from F2 racing after winning his eighth World Championship title and his eleventh consecutive National Points Championship

2000 - Daz Kitson becomes the first World Champion of the 21st Century, whilst the enthralling Barry Goldin/Gordon Moodie battles begin, as they strive for National Points Championship glory. Goldin wins the first of his three on the trot.

2003 - Gordon Moodie takes the first of his hat trick of National Points Championships, whilst Goldin releases his grip on the silver roof, by taking the World Championship in a classic Taunton showdown.

September 2004 - Bill Batten records his fourth World Championship win at Barford, twenty-two years after his last one.

2005 - Transponders introduced to ensure the highest quality lap scoring is readily available to both fans and drivers alike. Both European and World Championship titles leave the mainland, with Graham Fegan from Northern Ireland winning the European, and Willie Peeters from the Netherlands taking the World Championship. Gordon Moodie set‘s a new all time high National points score, smashing the previous best set by Rob Speak in 1995.

 

 

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