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Formula Vee Owners Group

Formula Vee has continued to be one of the world’s most popular and affordable racecars, even graduating Formula One and Indy 500 winners.

Website: http://www.formulavee.org
Location: World-wide
Members: 20
Latest Activity: Apr 26, 2013

Formula Vee

History
Formula Vee racing began in 1959 when Hubert L. Brundage commissioned Italian race car designer Enrico Nardi to create the Brundage Formula Junior from Volkswagen components. The concept was to provide an inexpensive, reliable, and competitive racecar for the masses. In 1963, SCCA officially recognized Formula Vee as a racing class. True to its core mission, Formula Vee has continued to be one of the world’s most popular and affordable racecars, even graduating Formula One and Indy 500 winners.

The 100-mph cornering speeds, high G-loads, and neck-and-neck drafting make for interesting and exciting racing. The car’s simple construction - aerodynamic fiberglass or carbon fiber body, Volkswagen beetle engine, transaxle and suspension – level the playing field for drivers. And off the track, Formula Vee requires limited mechanical skills, tools, space, and transportation costs.

Formula Vee is a popular single-seater junior motor racing formula, with relatively low-costs in comparison to Formula Ford or Formula BMW.

The class is based on a 1963 Volkswagen Beetle, utilizing a collection of the stock parts to form a competitive race car around a purpose-built tube frame and racing tires. The VW engine, transmission, front suspension, brakes and wheels are stock or modified stock parts. The chassis is a tube frame design and the body is fiberglass or carbon fiber. The intention of this class is for the average person to build and maintain the car.

Primarily a class in the Sports Car Club of America many other organizations have adopted the Formula Vee as a class. Over the years, the rules have evolved to improve performance, lower cost, or to allow replacement of discontinued parts.

In 2008, a brand new ready-to-race car would cost about US $15,000. The car could be bought as a kit for about US $8,000, minus the Volkswagen parts. It costs approximately US $700 per race to maintain.

A top-running Formula Vee will go 120 mph (190 km/h) and corner at about 1.6 g. It weighs a minimum of 1,025 pounds (465 kg) with driver (SCCA GCR 2008 specs).

Each year, FV is one of the classes at the SCCA Runoffs(TM), which awards a National Championship.

Variants of the Formula Vee rules exist in the Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, South Africa, Germany and New Zealand.

A related category, Formula Super Vee, evolved, using the water-cooled 1.6 litre VW four-cylinder engine in higher-tech and faster cars that initially drew much from Formula Ford practice, but later started to bear more kinship to Formula Three or Formula Atlantic chassis. This was successful in Europe for a while, but much more popular in the USA where it ran until the late 1980s.

External links
Formula Veeformulaveeracing.org(US)
formulavee.org (US)
formulavee.us(US)
http://www.formulavee.ie
Australian Formula Vee Web Site
New Zealand Formula First (nee Formula Vee)
Formula Vee (UK)
750 Motor Club (UK organising club)
Formula 1200 - Canada
Category at ODP
Formula Vee South Africa

br /> Formula Vees race on the world’s great road racing tracks - Watkins Glen, Mid Ohio, VIR, and Road America. Contact your local Formula Vee region for a race schedule.

Types of Formula Vees
Since 1963 and the institution of the national competition rules, Formula Vee has produced many types of Formula Vee chassis and engines. Over the years, body types have come and gone - some now considered part of the vintage racing classes. The Formula Vees most frequently used by today’s drivers are as follows:

Protoform (built by Dave Green)
Caracal (built by Fred Clark)
Womer (built by Ed Womer)
Mysterian
Citation and Lazer (built by Campbell Motorsport)
Chuck Tatum (209-478-2790)
Each of the above racecars come with any of the following engines:
Noble
Autowerks (732-968-5591)
VeeTech (414-764-8969)
SR Racing
Peak Performance
Butler Engines
Ron Chuck
Dietmar (619-561-7774)

Buying a Formula Vee
There are many ways to purchase a Formula Vee. Some drivers purchase their cars from fellow drivers, others through eBay but most gravitate toward the following websites:
Formula Vee Swap Shop
Formula Vee Exchange
Race-cars.com

A complete “ready to race” Formula Vee ranges from $5000 for a good used car to $15,000 for a fully prepared national level racecar. Any track-ready Formula Vee will likely include some spare parts, rain tires, and sometimes a trailer. It might be useful to consult with a driver before making a final decision.

Renting a Formula Vee
Depending on location, there are prep shops that rent Formula Vees:
Ski Motorsports (Washington, D.C. Region)
Stewurt Performance (New York State)
SR Racing (Central Division)
Noble Racing (Central Division)

Startup Costs
Other than purchasing a Formula Vee and having gone through driver’s school, there are some upfront costs that new drivers need to be aware of.
Trailer (an open trailer costs about $500; is lightweight; V6 could tow it)
Vehicle to tow trailer
Tires ($600 - $700/set from Hoosier or Goodyear)
Simple handtools
Air tank
Gas can (5-gallon)
Jack (available anywhere)
Tire gauge (accurate to 0.5 lb)
Helmet
Driving suit (Nomex)
Socks (Nomex)
Racing shoes
Racing gloves
Arm restraints

Desirable (but not necessary):
Canopy (can be built from metal conduit pipes and a tarp)
Hans device

Additional Reading
Getting Started in Formula Vee, Jim Schings ($12.50)
Formula Vee History, Andrew L. Schupack ($15.00)(Order from Author)
Competition Driving, Alain Prost
Sports Car Competition Driving, Paul Frere
Racing and Performance Tire, Paul Haney
Inside Racing, Paul Haney

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Comment by Glenn Lange on April 26, 2013 at 7:43pm

Guess I'm LOOONG overdue for an update.

I received several photos from a fellow Crusader owner and, after close examination, I realized that mine only had a few modifications over the years... this is actually how these things were built in the 60's!!

I ended up only making some minor seat & pedal adjustments to fit my 6'3" carcass.

She's ready and I'll be going through VSCDA Drivers' School (and hopefully racing) at Gingerman Raceway in South Haven, Michigan next weekend (May 2-5, 2013).

If all goes well, I may have some in-car video to  upload at YouTube.

Wish me luck... actually,... pray for me... LOL

Here's a photo taken just before loading the trailer.

Comment by Glenn Lange on May 7, 2012 at 12:21pm

I'm in search of ANYONE that owns - or HAS owned - a Crusader Formula Vee (mid-60's). I'm hoping to find photographs, of both the chassis without coachwork AND complete race-ready. I have a "race-ready" '65-'66 Crusader but it has been morphed & butchered over its lifetime and I'd like to restore it to its original glory over the coming year. Please contact me here & we can set-up direct communication after that. Thanks, in advance, to anyone & everyone. Glenn

Comment by Glenn Lange on March 6, 2012 at 9:21am

Been a member of this site since last year but JUST found the Vees... duh... sharp as a tennis ball...!!!

Inherited a '65/'66 Crusader when my best friend passed away. Taking her out this spring with VSCDA.

Also been running on/off in current era Vees since '85. Have a Caracal C that will be coming back out in 2013 with SCCA.

Wife thinks I'm nuts for trying to run both... I say SHE'S nuts for puting up with me.

Comment by Scott Smith on May 17, 2010 at 11:31pm
Just wanted to let everyone know that we added some Formula Vee (F1200) pictures on our facebook group at: http://www.facebook.com/NoFenders
Comment by Ricky del Rosario on April 16, 2009 at 6:15am
Udo Horn,
I know exactly who to ask. Send an e-mail to "midels at yahoo.com" and we'll see if we can't find results for that race.

Ricky del
Comment by Udo Horn on April 14, 2009 at 11:38am
Hello All, There was a Super Vee race, 3 hours in length, at Sebring in 1971. It was a support race for the 12 hours of Sebring. I'm trying to identify the winner. While at the race I took movies and subsequent winners circle presentation by PlayBoy bunnies. Would love to pass the movie on. Have Googled and still can't ID. Thanks Udo Horn
Comment by Ricky del Rosario on January 5, 2009 at 11:58am
Hello folks. My mom and dad started racing vees in 1967. I've been racing vintage vees since 1998 and just love it.
Comment by John Gaither on July 2, 2008 at 7:58am
Have owned a driven a bunch of these. Mostly Zink's. Currently own a '68 C4 Zink. Won '08 VIR Gold Cup by a nose - margin was .097 secs. First Vee was in '73 - Autodynamics MK5. My Zink Z12 (driven by a much better driver - George Fizell) won 2 national championships at Road Atlanta. That same car was at the 45th FV Reunion at Roebling Road in April '08. Now owned by Eric Oseth. His brother Steve is the current FV national champ. Three former owners of my car came by to see me at the reunion and share stories about my car. Good stuff.
Comment by Andy & Trish Labout on June 22, 2008 at 1:56pm
Hello,

We have a 64 AutoDynamics.

Andy & Trish Labout
 

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