It certainly was the era when design was paramount and both reliability and safety were somewhat a second thought. Lotus’s Colin Chapman has been often quoted that the ideal car would fall apart at the finish line.

I grew up in this era and I always ‘just wanted one’. As these cars are just not available for us mere mortals, I looked at Formula 5000 cars as an alternative. A friend of mine had a F5000 and he told me that “they are completely safe until you switch them on and then they try to kill you”.

The car was fast ‘out of the box’ and was much faster than a F5000 and just one second a lap slower than a F3. Development of the prototype car is almost completed with some high speed work to be completed at our local race circuit on Phillip Island. On completion of this work, the car will be shipped to Los Angles where we have been invited to race with VARA. It is hoped that we will be running a one make series by 2022 and VARA has offered full support for this venture.

I believe that the car is ideally suited to owner / drivers just wanting to do the occasional track day without the normal costs involved. This is exactly what I plan to do with my own car. I also believe that the car is also highly suitable as a drive school car.

The only thing for you to do is to choose your favorite body style, your favorite livery and get racing. As Steve McQueen said, “Racing is life, everything else is waiting. “