1978 PRS Formula Ford. Famous Works Car.

BRDC Multiple Race Winner

Sold, August, 2021

History

Update: Seller is motivated to sell. Offers encouraged.

Pro Race Services (“PRS”) built this RH01 factory team car, chassis number 3-829, for the 1978 British and Irish Formula Ford series. Works driver, Bernard Devaney won BRDC events at Silverstone, Donnington Park, Oulton Park, and Mallory Park, in 1978, setting four track records along the way. British Racing Drivers Club FF 1600 Championships Between the British and Irish FF series, Devaney reportedly won 27 of the 29 races the car was entered in that year, a phenomenal launch for the new manufacturer and new car.

After the 1978 season, Ciaran Lowe, the Irish Formula Ford Champion, raced the car in Ireland. After racing in Ireland, Lowe brought the PRS to Canada, where he finished third in the Ontario F1600 Challenge in the mid-1980’s, against the likes of such drivers as Paul Tracy.

The PRS currently resides in the U.S., where it is actively campaigned in historic racing.

Description

The PRS comes with 3 log books, and set up information. It has a strong Nigel Mortimer Ford 1600 engine, and period correct Hewland Mk.9 gearbox with inboard rear brakes. The PRS runs on Revolution wheels. It still has its originally located, twin, rear side radiators. The paint on the PRS is fresh, as are the graphics, mirrors, and new Crow belts.

Spares include a PRS nose with bracket, and 4 Compomotive FF wheels.

The car was last run at Lime Rock in the fall of 2020.

This is a piece of highly successful Formula Ford racing history, for the price of a standard car. You can run it with the NorWest FF Crossflow Cup Series, and the East Coast Royale FF Series.

The PRS is also highly competitive, running 59 second laps at Lime Rock. Multiple time Vintage Fall Festival Formula Ford winner, Glen Taylor, also races a PRS. These cars won in the period, and continue that tradition through today.

The PRS, RH01, can be purchased as a package with the other, orange PRS RH02, that is offered for sale here. The package would also include a trailer.

To see more about PRS cars and this particular Devaney PRS works car, including period photos, please check out the following links:

Autosport Magazine – Formula Ford in the 1970’s

Jeremy Shaw article on Formula Fords

Devany at Speed, Alan Cox Photography

Devaney Cockpit – Alan Cox Photography

Devaney Leads the Pack – Alan Cox Photography

Heroes of FF1600

If you have been on the fence about getting a Formula Ford, now is a great time. The grids are big so you always have someone to race with, not matter your speed. The cars are still relatively inexpensive to acquire and maintain. Formula Fords are now included in some of the most prestigious events across the U.S. including the Monterey Reunion, the Lime Rock Fall Festival, the SVRA National Championships at COTA, and many others. Yet, you can still tow it to the track yourself in your SUV and single axle trailer if you like.

We race in these vintage FF series. They are a whole lot of fun, with trophies, prizes, and a very social atmosphere. We highly recommend it!

Chassis Number: 3-829

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