Formula Junior, the brainchild of Count ‘Johnny’ Lurani and training ground for many Grand Prix stars of the early 1960s, celebrates its 40th Anniversary this year with a bumper calendar of events, including a British series for the first time since 1992.
The 1000cc and 1100cc production-engined single-seater class was embraced by a host of European engine manufacturers, including BMC, Ford and Fiat. Even DKW entered with three-cylinder two-stroke units.
Spanning the years 1958-1963, Formula Junior straddled the switch from front to rear-engined designs. The later Brabham and Lotus chassis are seen as classics, the monocoque Lotus 27 being a scaled-down version of the 25.
The FIA Championship, for the Lurani Trophy, opens with a special gathering at Monza on May 17, and there is an invitation event at Goodwood in September promising to recreate history at the Sussex track. MP