The Challenge Cup Series in partnership with Formula Race Promotions will be hosting the Formula Vee 60th Anniversary Celebration in 2023.
The emergence of Formula Vee (called F1200 in Canada) dates back to the late 1950’s when gearheads started to recognize the VW platform as a viable and affordable race car. Hubert Brundage, an avid sportsman and businessman, Josef Hoppen, a German mechanic, and later George Smith and William Duckworth, modified or built a race car on the Volkswagen platform. These included the Formula Junior, its off-spring built by Enrico Nardi (the “Nardi”) and the Formcar.
Over the course of a decade, the design continued to be finetuned by the likes of Ray Caldwell, Gene Beach, and Formcar’s team of Smith and Duckworth. By 1962, Vees were present at SCCA’s southeastern venues and beating out some established classes. Because Smith was on the Board of Governors at SCCA, by 1963, Formula Vee became an official racing class, and in 1964 a national class.
From June 8th to 11th 2023, the Formula Vee 60th Celebration will take place at Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum, Pennsylvania (around 60 km outside of Pittsburgh). Race groups include the Brundage Cup (on slicks), Challenge Cup, Vintage Formula Vee and Formula First.