Hot Rods have developed over 40 years, the sport has many different variations of formulas to suit the drivers needs. They vary from the expensive
fully race tuned National Hot Rod that race across the country to standard cars aimed to get to people in the sport. They are also many that fill the
gap between them. Whatever the budget, location and style of car perferred there is a class for everyone. Some formula's share the same name
yet race to a different specification, all the differences are explained in the following guide.
2 Litre Hot Rods (Swaffham)
Swaffham 2 Litre Hot Rods were started in 2011.
A non contact budget formula running up to 8" wide slicks, using any small hatchback or saloon car with a total length limited of 160".
Non/semi and full spaceframe cars using modified 8v or standard 16v engines upto 2000cc. All steel or fibreglass panelled cars, front or
rear wheel drive, with a large range of build specs, from a basic build to a near outlaw spec and everything in between. All specs are
limited on the type of carbs allowed to keep the formula fairer. There will be FWD/RWD/8V/16V on track with Single, Twin and Motorbike
carbs along with Non, Semi and Full Spaceframe cars. Making this a popular budget class of Hot Rod racing.
Buxton: One step up from RookiRods is the Hot Fords, these are front wheel drive Fords.
Racing at Buxton for driver that have some race experience.
Incarace: A budget style formula using only Ford's.
The formula is designed primarily for those drivers who wish to compete in Oval Racing without the
substantial financial investment or high level of commitment of other formulas.
Any front wheel drive FORD Fiesta, Escort or Orion. The only engines allowed are up to 1600cc OHV or CVH
in any of these three vehicles. In addition you may use the Ford Ka, however, you must use the standard type
manufacturers engine to that model. Estate cars and vans are not allowed, nor are turbo's or superchargers.
All panels must remain as standard Ford. Any standard Ford spring (or non-competition after-market eg Monroe) from Fiesta, Escort or Orion, they
may be cut or heated to lower. Nearly all the car should remain standard, to keep costs down and make the class competitive.
Incarace may reject a prospective driver if they are too experienced.
(Junior) Mini Rods
Any steel bodied two wheel drive up to and including 1000cc mini saloon in standard form as listed in classes guide may be used and must be
complete with all doors, wings, boot, and bonnet. A non contact formula with modified suspension. Additional ironwork must be added to the car
to give the appearance of a Ministock. 12-16 year olds.
From the age of 10 years old, youngsters can experience the thrill of racing in a MiniRod car at
Mendip Hills. The cars are standard 1000cc Mini saloons, stripped out but mechanically standard
in all respects. A rollcage is fitted, along with a good safe racing seat and full safety harness to ensure that the young drivers come to no
harm. Drivers have to retuire at their sixteenth birthday and transfer to adult formulae.
A class for young drivers aged 10 to 16 year old. The cars are virtually standard machines up to 1000cc capacity. The most popular model is the Nissan
Micra, although the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Nova models are also widely used.
Second junior class at Grimley for 12-16 year olds. Only models that can be used are: Peugeot 106, Vauxhall Nova, Citroen AX, Citroen Saxo,
Nissan Micra and Fiat Cinquecento; engines range from 1000 - 1100cc. Side skirts and arches must be fitted.
This formula is for 10-16 year old children, the cars are relatively compact, running up to 1300cc standard engines, fully caged, and run as
non-contact, with only slight camber adjustment allowed.
Non-contact racing for children aged 10-16 yrs, providing the opportunity for parents with limited knowledge of mechanics to
go racing with their children. Up to 1000cc engines, using road legal tyres (No Yokohamas).
Kids between 11yrs & 16yrs take part using standard 1000cc Novas and Corsas in non-contact racing.
Once Spedeworth took over at Fleet, Aldershot the only formula to be kept on was the Junior Rods, the class is still mainly run there.
A non-contact formula for children aged 11 up until their 16th birthday. Cars are upto 1000cc in standard form. Tyres must be road legal
(No Yokohamas are permitted). A Full roll-cage is required.
The South East Grass Track Organisation used to have many tracks to race at, Angmering left SEGTO and racing has ceased at
Layhams Farm (Croydon).
Racing for the juniors aged 10 to 16. Cars limited to 1000cc limit.
Up to 1000cc FWD and 1100 RWD, OHC and OHV.
Up to 1300cc FWD or RWD, single OHC and OHV. Minimum modifications
Up to 1600cc FWD or RWD, single OHC and OHV. Some modifications
1450 Hot Rods:
Front engine FWD, Rear Engine RWD, modified saloon/pick up. Multi valve, multi point injection permitted.
Any modified saloon of any drive configuration up to 3528cc. Up to 1700cc Turbo. Fuel injection is permitted
All these classes run at Horndean and
Standlake do not run Production B or Modified Saloons but do also race