It was pleasing to see p85 of April’s Motor Sport dedicated to advice for readers thinking of participating. This page is headed ‘Get Involved in Historic Racing’. Unfortunately, vehicles eligible for Historic Racing tend to be expensive. The prefix ‘Historic’ represents a doubling or tripling of the cost of a FF1600 or Sports 2000. Laws of supply and demand raise their value.
However, you had the answer on p76-79. Follow in the footsteps of Häkkinen, Barrichello, Coulthard et al into Formula Opel Lotus.
These 2-litre cars are seriously fast and tough, being designed for a one-make series, and are still competitive in the Monoposto Mono2000 championship. A good car is available for about 35 per cent of the cost of a Historic FF1600.
In 2003, when we raced at the Top Hat meeting at Donington Park, the Mono2000 cars would have fitted easily into the Force Classic GP car grid on lap times. I am not quite sure how to designate the ‘Opel Cadets’. But if they can appear in the pages of Motor Sport their era has achieved recognition.
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