What is Formula Junior
Formula Junior originated in Italy in the mid 1950's.
FIA adopted Formula Junior as an International formula in October
1958. Initially the Italian cars, and in particular the Stanguellini-Fiats
dominated but by the end of 1959 there were other manufacturers
from around the world.
Formula Junior spawned many of the specialist industries
in racing car development, such as Cosworth and Hewland. The first
Brabham and Lola single seaters were designed and built to compete
in Formula Junior.
Junior was, at the time, the only doorway to Formula One for aspiring
drivers. Some included Jim Clark, John Surtees, Jack Brabham, Frank
Gardiner, Pedro and Ricardo Rodriguez, Lorenzo Bandini, Teddy Pillette
and New Zealands own Denis Hulme.
While a number of Formula Juniors came to New Zealand
shores in period and some five or six cars were constructed in New
Zealand almost all were re-engined with 1340 and 1500c engines to
comply with the NZ National formula regulations of the time and
in period there was possible only one FJ race in NZ.
Formula Junior, even with its short international
life span made a massive impact on the motor racing world and revolutionised
car design and Formula One drastically? During the six years of
its existence, racing car design evolved from the traditional front
engines and wire wheels with ladder style chassis, thru space frame
chassis to the more sophisticated monocoque chassis, with rear engine
and magnesium wheels of the current design.
What ever the design, all provided a level of satisfaction,
competitiveness, variation in car design and fun that is hard to
a number of years Formula junior cars competed in NZ Historic events
as part of the general Historic field. The few Formula Junior competing
at this time typically still ran to the National Formula regulations
but slowly one or two of the earlier front engined cars began appearing
on the racing scene with their original capacity BMC or Fiat engines.
The numbers slowly grew with further imports and restorations and
the increased numbers along with good competitive racing saw the
cars running with the bigger motors begin to convert back
to comply to their original formula specifications.
The casual grouping centred around the Formula Junior
sub sequentially formed into the NZFJR but still remains an informal
group of competitors who have a passion for these cars.
The Register through its informality has no formal
organisation, no chairman, secretary or member ship fee. Those with
a FJ car automatically become part of the Register. The Register
also recognise those cars adhering to international F3 prior to
1958 and from 1963 to 1968
NZFJR Statement of Purpose
- Promote Formula Junior cars within the Historic car racing
- Identify, record, encourage restoration and maintain a register
of Formula Junior Historic racing cars in New Zealand
- Provide for regular communications amongst the members
Liaise with and represent NZFJR interests to Historic Race
organisers, Clubs and other International Formula Junior Associations.
Nigel Russell: firstname.lastname@example.org
Roger Herrick: email@example.com