Over 100 Formula Vee cars in Sweden
Jag har kommit över några Formel Vee-tidningar från sextio- och sjuttiotalet där jag har hittat några intressanta artiklar/notiser att sprida vidare. Först ut är från tabloiden “formel V europa expreβ” januari-nummer 1967 där det stod följande att läsa. Jag hoppas att det är OK att jag inte översätter den engelska texten till svenska.
In autumn 1965, there were in Sweden exactly three Formula Vee
demonstration cars - a magnificent total - and in order to
introduce this class during the course of an International Race
Meeting against Holland on September 12 the Swedes had to borrow
cars from their opponents.
världsmästaren Ove Fundin i en ultralåg och speciellt snygg
At present there are more than a hundred Formula Vee cars on
Swedish race courses. Hardly any other country in Europe has built
as many Formula Vee vehicles in the course of a year - and interest
in this class is still growing steadily.
Just as in other European countries, the press was at first
skeptical. But today, a year later, everyone is aware that Formula
Vee has moved up to become a racing class with a genuine future in
Sweden. Scania Vabis (VW General Importers for Sweden) racing
manager Leif Hansen won the first national Championship on ice
against some ten competitors, as he said "just to get things
going". Now he is gradually realizing that Formula Vee is getting
too much for him - and of course he does not drive any more.
In the meantime, the formula Vee boom in Sweden has led to
several inventive and energetic gentlemen in the north Swedish town
of Skellefteå joining forces to produce construction kits on an
almost industrial production basis. They call them Racingplast
(RPB) and this firm has already delivered approximately 40 kits -
they are provisionally still operating from a barn.
The development was explosive. VW importers Scania Vabis gained
the public's interest at series of Formula Vee Junior Meetings and
since the celebrated race with "borrowed" cars the Swedes have put
further 12 races, 2 national Championships, divers demonstrations
and a whole row of international starts behind them. Sven-Olov
Gunnarsson raced in Austria and Germany collecting one first, one
second and the firth place in the famous Formula Vee Europe
In summer 1966, a precarious situation developed whereby the
fields for the heats in the National championship where to large.
For example 48 vehicles came to the line.
De båda toppförarna i hård
fight i Karlskoga. Curt Johansson (Beach) och Sven Olov
This National Championship was the great success of the
season. It was run off in seven heats spread over the entire
country which was very much to the public's taste. It started with
Ove Fundin, four times world speedway champion, scratching a
qualifying heat for the World Championship finals simply because he
preferred to make his Formula Vee debut on the Knutstorp Ring. He
came in seventh but from then on things got better and better and
in the last heat on the Dalslandring he managed to take third
Curt Johansson and Sven-Olov Gunnarson fought out a trhilling
duel in the championship. The situation before the final race was
as follows: a victory lof Gunnarsson and a third place for
Johansson would have meant a tie for the championship. Gunnarson
won - but Johansson was second which meant that Curt won the title,
but by the skin of his teeth.
Prisutdelning i Karlskoga. Curt
Johansson, Leif Hansen och Ove Fundin
A small note in this connection: all drivers in Sweden who want
to race in single seaters have to undergo a very thorough
theoretical course and pass an examination at the end of it. Even
world champion Ove Fundin had to go back to school. Just for safety
sake! The licence is issued when this examination is passed is also
valid for Formula 3 and in addition to this, every driver must
carry an identity disc giving his blood group.
The summer season was rounded off with an interesting experiment
on the Gelleras Track in Karlskoga. So as to make a competitive
performance analysis Form Vee cars where started with formula 4.
Result: all Formula Vee cars were faster than the best Formula 4
So Formula Vee racing seems to be set fair in Sweden and Scania
Vabis has promised to donate a car to the national track champion
in 1967. And this vehicle will of course be the farther of formula
Vee: a VW 1300.