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Reynard Formula Ford 1600 (1984)

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Owned since 1985

Back in the mid 80’s at Sears Point International Raceway. Now called Infineon Raceway, Pro Formula Ford fields on the west coast, were stacked with talent like Jimmy Vasser and Jovy Marcelo. A typical field was 40 cars strong and chaotic. From the inside, it felt like a piranha feeding. A bunch of young men who raced like we would be sitting on an F1 grid within 5 years. It was pretty sporty! For my part, I went to the Jim Russell British School of Motor Racing at Laguna Seca, finished fastest in my class and jumped straight into Pro FF. No race craft and no sense. Big Big Fun!

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  • I am in love with this car!

      1 year ago
    • The Reynard was state of the art at the time and would still be an awesome club racer. The RF84 is very balanced, intuitive and well mannered. I’m 6’1” and while it was a bit cramped it wasn’t a huge problem. I had to slide shin pads on under my suit...

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        1 year ago
    • There were only two Reynard importers in ‘85. One was on the east coast and the other in a sleepy little town in Northern California, which is where I lived. They were called BRITS (British racing team services) They were just two 30 ish brits...

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        1 year ago
  • A couple here that I know of. Not too many

      1 year ago
  • Any ex or current open wheel racers out there?

      1 year ago
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