Well, it looks like 2016 is going to be a great year for West Coast Formula Ford racing. And it seems like some clubs are actually trying to work together to fill the grids. Formula Ford The Series is joining VARA for most of their schedule, SVRA is joining VARA for most of their West Coast schedule, Cal Club SCCA (SoCal) and SFR SCCA (NorCal) both have full schedules, SFR SCCA Group 4 has invited FFTS to join them, and CSRG might even be inviting Vintage and Club Fords from other clubs to join them for their fall event. Wow, lots of choices! Or is that too many choices???
However, Spec Tire Rules remain quite fragmented, much to the detriment of getting racers to join other clubs’ events. Not many racers are gonna keep two, no less three, different sets of Spec tires in their trailer. Here is a rundown on the tire rules from each club’s 2016 Rulebook. Since each club uses different Class names for the different generations of FFs, my reference will be VFF – Vintage Formula Ford ’67-’72, CFF – Club Formula Ford ’73-’81, MFF – Modern Formula Ford ’82-on with Kent motor. Links included below:
VARA link – Dunlop CR82 9092 for VFF, and American Racer 133 for CFF and MFF.
FFTS link – Dunlops or American Racers for VFF, CFF, and MFF.
SVRA link – Toyo 888 for VFF, CFF, MFF, and Dunlops/Avons for Monoposto FF.
Monoposto link – Dunlops/Avons for VFF.
CSRG link – Dunlops/Avons for VFF and CFF.
SOVREN link – Dunlops/Avons for VFF and CFF.
SCCA link – American Racers for CFF, Hoosier R60a for FF (including Honda powered).
EFF link – Toyos for VFF, CFF, and MFF.
I assume club references to the Avon A29 will eventually change to the Avon ACB9 as that is the updated tire. And I’ll do my best to update this post as, or if, the clubs change their rules. As a further note, some clubs will let you race with them if you’re not on their spec tire, and some won’t. Some will grid you at the back with no points, some will send you home, and some will have a different remedy on a case-by-case basis (ie. are you making waves or playing nice). So please be sure to have the answer to this question before you head to the track. But most importantly, talk to your fellow racers and Club Directors about how you feel about these rules, in a civil manner of course 😉