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Formula Ford Collection

"Formula Ford: A Legacy of Speed and Skill" In the world of motorsports, it has long been hailed as a breeding ground for future racing champions

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: Formula Ford 1600 Championship: Race winner Ayrton Senna da Silva Van Diemen R81 contemplates his

Formula Ford 1600 Championship: Race winner Ayrton Senna da Silva Van Diemen R81 contemplates his upcoming race
Race winner Ayrton Senna da Silva (BRA) Van Diemen R81 contemplates his upcoming race. Townsend Thoresen Formula Ford 1600 Championship, Oulton Park, England, 27 June 1981

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: CM5 7842 Jonathan Hoad, Van Diemen RF90

CM5 7842 Jonathan Hoad, Van Diemen RF90
Jonathan Hoad, Van Diemen RF90, 1600cc Formula Ford, Walter Hayes Trophy 2014, 2014, Autosport, Formula Ford, heavy rain, historic racing cars, Historic Sports Car Club, HSCC, Jamie Jardine

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: CM1 5502 Andrew Mansell, Merlyn Mk11A, Dick Dixon, Lotus 61

CM1 5502 Andrew Mansell, Merlyn Mk11A, Dick Dixon, Lotus 61
Andrew Mansell, Merlyn Mk11A, Dick Dixon, Lotus 61, 6th April, April 2014, Classic Racing Cars, Donington, Formula Ford, HFF, Historic Formula Ford, historic motorsport, Historic Racing, HSCC

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: Formula Ford 2000: EFDA Formula Ford 2000 Championship, Jyllandsring, Denmark, 22 August 1982

Formula Ford 2000: EFDA Formula Ford 2000 Championship, Jyllandsring, Denmark, 22 August 1982
Race winner Ayrton Senna (BRA) Rushen Green Racing Van Diemen RF82. EFDA Formula Ford 2000 Championship, Jyllandsring, Denmark, 22 August 1982

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: Formula Ford 2000: Dennis Rushen Rushen Green Racing Team owner holds out the pit board to race

Formula Ford 2000: Dennis Rushen Rushen Green Racing Team owner holds out the pit board to race
Dennis Rushen (GBR) Rushen Green Racing Team owner holds out the pit board to race and championship winner Ayrton Senna (BRA)

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: Formula Ford 2000: Ayrton Senna sits in the Rushen Green Racing Van Diemen RF82

Formula Ford 2000: Ayrton Senna sits in the Rushen Green Racing Van Diemen RF82
Ayrton Senna (BRA) sits in the Rushen Green Racing Van Diemen RF82 British Formula Ford 2000 Championship, 1982

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: Formula Ford 2000: Ayrton Senna da Silva Rushen Racing with his winnerÕs garland

Formula Ford 2000: Ayrton Senna da Silva Rushen Racing with his winnerÕs garland
Ayrton Senna da Silva (BRA) Rushen Racing with his winnerÕs garland, won on three of the four visits to Oulton Park. British Formula Ford 2000 Championship, Oulton Park, England, 27 March 1982

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: Formula Ford 1600: Townsend Thoresen Formula Ford 1600 Championship, Brands Hatch, England

Formula Ford 1600: Townsend Thoresen Formula Ford 1600 Championship, Brands Hatch, England, 15 March 1981
Ayrton Senna da Silva (BRA) claimed his first single seater victory. Townsend Thoresen Formula Ford 1600 Championship, Brands Hatch, England, 15 March 1981

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: CM17 0976 David McArthur, Van Diemen LA10

CM17 0976 David McArthur, Van Diemen LA10
David McArthur, Van Diemen LA10, Formula Ford, Walter Hayes Trophy, Silverstone, November 2016, classic cars, classic event, Classic Racing Cars, England, Historic motor racing, historic motorsport

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: British Formula Ford Festival

British Formula Ford Festival
Festival winner Jacky van der Ende (NEL) Van Diemen. British Formula Ford Festival, Brands Hatch, England, 19 October 1997

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: British Formula Ford 1600 Championship

British Formula Ford 1600 Championship
Third place finisher Ayrton Senna (BRA) Van Diemen R81 Ford battles with his team mate Enrique Mansilla (ARG). British Formula Ford 1600 Championship, Thruxton, 8 March 1981

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: CM5 4398 David Wild, Lola T200, Brian Morris, Lola T202

CM5 4398 David Wild, Lola T200, Brian Morris, Lola T202
David Wild, Lola T200, Brian Morris, Lola T202, Historic Formula Ford, HFF, HSCC Silverstone Finals 2014, Buckinghamshire, classic cars, classic event, Classic Racing Cars, England

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: Slick 50 Formula Ford Championship: Mark Webber, Van Diemen

Slick 50 Formula Ford Championship: Mark Webber, Van Diemen
Mark Webber (AUS), Van Diemen. Slick 50 Formula Ford Championship, Brands Hatch, England, 22 September 1996

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: Formula Ford Festival, Brands Hatch, England, 25 October 1998

Formula Ford Festival, Brands Hatch, England, 25 October 1998
Dan Wheldon (GBR), Duchams Van Diemen RF98. Formula Ford Festival, Brands Hatch, England, 25 October 1998

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: British Formula Ford 2000 Championship

British Formula Ford 2000 Championship
Race winner Andrew Gilbert-Scott (GBR) prepares on the grid. British Formula Ford 2000 Championship, Oulton Park, England, 1 April 1983

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: Formula Ford 1600 Championship

Formula Ford 1600 Championship
Race winner Ayrton Senna da Silva (BRA) Van Diemen R81 contemplates his upcoming race. Townsend Thoresen Formula Ford 1600 Championship, Oulton Park, England, 27 June 1981

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: CM23 8337 Vincent Jay, Ray GR10

CM23 8337 Vincent Jay, Ray GR10
Vincent Jay, Ray GR10, National Formula Ford Championship, Formula Ford, TCR UK Race weekend, Brands Hatch, June 2018, auto racing, cars, circuit racing, classic cars, competition, England, event

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: CM19 2548 Neil Shinner, Merlyn Mk20

CM19 2548 Neil Shinner, Merlyn Mk20
Neil Shinner, Merlyn Mk20, Historic Formula Ford, HFF, HSCC, Silverstone International Trophy, Silverstone Historic Festival Meeting, 20th May 2017, Chris McEvoy, circuit racing, CJM Photography

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: Formula Ford 1600: Ayrton Senna da Silva Van Diemen R81 leads the race en route to taking his

Formula Ford 1600: Ayrton Senna da Silva Van Diemen R81 leads the race en route to taking his first single seater
Ayrton Senna da Silva (BRA) Van Diemen R81 leads the race en route to taking his first single seater victory in only his third race

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: Formula Ford Festival & World Cup: Festival winner Mark Webber, Van Diemen

Formula Ford Festival & World Cup: Festival winner Mark Webber, Van Diemen
Festival winner Mark Webber (AUS), Van Diemen. Formula Ford Festival & World Cup, Brands Hatch, England, 20 October 1996

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: Slick 50 Formula Ford Championship: Mark Webber, Van Diemen

Slick 50 Formula Ford Championship: Mark Webber, Van Diemen
Mark Webber (AUS), Van Diemen. Slick 50 Formula Ford Championship, Snetterton, England, 16 June 1996

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: Townsend Thoresen Formula Ford 1600 Championship, Brands Hatch, England, 15 March 1981

Townsend Thoresen Formula Ford 1600 Championship, Brands Hatch, England, 15 March 1981
Ayrton Senna da Silva (BRA) Van Diemen R81 is congratulated by Alfonso Toledano (MEX) following Sennas first single seater victory in only his third race

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: British Formula Ford Festival

British Formula Ford Festival
Ben Clucas (GBR) held off Richard Goransson (SWE) to take victory in semi-final 2. British Formula Ford Festival, 19-20 October 2002, Brands Hatch, England. DIGITAL IMAGE

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: British Formula Ford Festival

British Formula Ford Festival
Luke Hines (GBR) Panasonic Batteries Racing. British Formula Ford Festival, 19-20 October 2002, Brands Hatch, England. DIGITAL IMAGE

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: British Formula Ford Festival

British Formula Ford Festival
Westley Barber (GBR). British Formula Ford Festival, 19-20 October 2002, Brands Hatch, England. DIGITAL IMAGE

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: British Formula Ford 2000 Championship

British Formula Ford 2000 Championship
A promotional shot for Ayrton Senna (BRA)in the Rushen Green Racing Van Diemen RF82. British Formula Ford 2000 Championship, Donington Park, England, 4 April 1982.

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: British Formula Ford 2000 Championship

British Formula Ford 2000 Championship
A promotional shot for Ayrton Senna (BRA) with the Rushen Green Racing Van Diemen RF82. British Formula Ford 2000 Championship, Donington Park, England, 4 April 1982.

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: British Formula Ford Festival

British Formula Ford Festival
The podium finishers (L to R): Peter Rogers (GBR); Philippe Favre (SUI); Roland Ratzenberger (AUT) Van Diemen, race winner. British Formula Ford Festival, Brands Hatch, England, 24-26 October 1986.

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: British Formula Ford Championship

British Formula Ford Championship
(L to R): Craig Murray (GBR), Nicolas Kiesa (DEN) and Marcus Ambrose (AUS). Slick 50 Formula Ford Championship, Donington, England, 20 June 1999.

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: Townsend Thoresen Formula Ford 1600 Championship, Brands Hatch, England, 15 March 1981

Townsend Thoresen Formula Ford 1600 Championship, Brands Hatch, England, 15 March 1981
Ayrton Senna da Silva (BRA) Van Diemen R81 is congratulated by Alfonso Toledano (MEX) following Sennas first single seater victory in only his third race

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: British Formula Ford 2000 Championship, Oulton Park, England, 27 March 1982

British Formula Ford 2000 Championship, Oulton Park, England, 27 March 1982
Race winner Ayrton Senna (BRA) Rushen Green Racing Van Diemen RF82. British Formula Ford 2000 Championship, Oulton Park, England, 27 March 1982

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: British Formula Ford 2000

British Formula Ford 2000
Calvin Fish (GBR), Van Diemen. British Formula Ford 2000. Silverstone, England, 28 March 1982

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: Formula Ford Festival

Formula Ford Festival
Semi Final 1 - Shirley van der Lof (NED) Geva Racing Formula Ford Festival, Brands Hatch, England. 23 September 2006. DIGITAL IMAGE

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: Formula Ford 1600 Championship

Formula Ford 1600 Championship
Race winner Ayrton Senna da Silva (BRA) Van Diemen R81 lines up on the grid at the start of the race. Townsend Thoresen Formula Ford 1600 Championship, Oulton Park, England, 27 June 1981

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: British Formula Ford Championship

British Formula Ford Championship
Jenson Button (GBR) Haywood Racing. Slick 50 British Formula Ford Championship, England, 6 May 1998

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: British Formula Ford Festival

British Formula Ford Festival
Festival winner Anthony Davidson (GBR) Mygale holds off James Courtney (AUS) and Robert Dahlgren (SWE), both in the works Van Diemens

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: British Formula Ford Festival

British Formula Ford Festival
Festival winner Vincezo Sospiri (ITA) Van Diemen British Formula Ford Festival, Brands Hatch, England, 30 October 1988

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: RAC Formula Ford 1600 Championship, Silverstone, England, 21 June 1981

RAC Formula Ford 1600 Championship, Silverstone, England, 21 June 1981
Second place finisher Ayrton Senna da Silva (BRA) Van Diemen R81 negotiates the Woodcote Chicane. RAC Formula Ford 1600 Championship, Silverstone, England, 21 June 1981

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: British Formula Ford Festival

British Formula Ford Festival
The podium (L to R): Philippe Favre (SUI); Roland Ratzenberger (AUT) Van Diemen, race winner; Peter Rogers (GBR); Brian Jones (GBR) the Brands Hatch commentator

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: British Formula Ford 2000 Championship, Donington Park, England, 4 April 1982

British Formula Ford 2000 Championship, Donington Park, England, 4 April 1982
A promotional shot for Ayrton Senna (BRA)in the Rushen Green Racing Van Diemen RF82. British Formula Ford 2000 Championship, Donington Park, England, 4 April 1982

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: British Formula Ford

British Formula Ford
Roger Orgee (GBR) Marque Cars British Formula Ford, Rd9, Brands Hatch, England. 22 September 2007

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: British Formula Ford 2000 Championship, 28 March, Silverstone, England, 1982

British Formula Ford 2000 Championship, 28 March, Silverstone, England, 1982
Race winner Ayrton Senna (BRA) Rushen Green Racing Van Diemen RF82. British Formula Ford 2000 Championship, 28 March, Silverstone, England, 1982

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: Formula Ford Festival

Formula Ford Festival
Nick Tandy (GBR) JTR leads at the start Formula Ford Festival, Final, Brands Hatch, England. 21 October 2007

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: RAC Formula Ford 1600 Championship, Silverstone, England, 21 June 1981

RAC Formula Ford 1600 Championship, Silverstone, England, 21 June 1981
Ayrton Senna da Silva (BRA) with his wife Liliane. RAC Formula Ford 1600 Championship, Silverstone, England, 21 June 1981

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: British Formula Ford Championship

British Formula Ford Championship
British Formula Ford, Rd3 & Rd4, Donington Park, England, 20th May 2006. DIGITAL IMAGE

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain

Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain
Josef Newgarden (USA), JTR, won race 2. Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain, Donington Park, England, 18-19 July 2009

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain

Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain
Josef Newgarden (USA) JTR Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain, Rd2, Rockingham, England, 30-31 May 2009

Background imageFormula Ford Collection: British Formula Ford Championship

British Formula Ford Championship
Kieran Vernon (GBR) won the scholarship class in race 2. British Formula Ford Championship, Rd7, Brands Hatch, England, 5-6 September 2009



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"Formula Ford: A Legacy of Speed and Skill" In the world of motorsports, it has long been hailed as a breeding ground for future racing champions. With its affordable yet high-performance cars, this single-seater racing series has captured the hearts of both drivers and fans alike. One iconic moment in Formula Ford history was captured by CM5 7842 Jonathan Hoad, showcasing the intense competition between Van Diemen RF90 racers like himself. The adrenaline-fueled battles on the track were not limited to one brand though; CM1 5502 Andrew Mansell's Merlyn Mk11A and Dick Dixon's Lotus 61 added their own flavor to the mix. The allure extended beyond national championships as well. In a captivating image from the EFDA Formula Ford 2000 Championship in Jyllandsring, Denmark on August 22, 1982, race winner Ayrton Senna da Silva is seen deep in thought before his upcoming race. Little did anyone know that this young Brazilian driver would go on to become an icon in the sport. Dennis Rushen, owner of Rushen Green Racing Team, played a pivotal role in Senna's journey through Formula Ford. As shown in another snapshot from Formula Ford 2000 action, Rushen holds out the pit board to none other than Ayrton Senna himself – a testament to their successful partnership. Sitting inside his Van Diemen RF82 at Oulton Park Circuit or proudly donning his winner's garland after triumphing three out of four visits there – these images capture Senna's dominance during his time with Rushen Racing. But it wasn't just about individual victories; teamwork also shone brightly within this competitive series. Townsend Thoresen Formula Ford 1600 Championship at Brands Hatch showcased drivers pushing themselves and their Merlyn Mk20s to new limits while CM17 0976 David McArthur and his Van Diemen LA10 demonstrated the dedication required to succeed.