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Formula Guide

Click Here to see a guide on getting started in racing

This is a guide giving a brief description of all the various classes of racing that appear at Buxton Raceway, links are provided for external websites on the Visiting Formulas, and on the domestics you can find links to the Rules and Grades.

DOMESTIC FORMULAS

Description

1600 OPEN RODS

1600 Open Rods are strictly non contact using any car up to 1600cc engine limit, Citroen Saxo / Pug 106 and the Honda Civic are very popular. Cars are easy to build and the racing is excellent.

HOT FORDS

Hot Fords are front wheel drive Fords running as a non contact formula with strict rules enforcing standard parts throughout, the racing is fast and close. Drivers race for different championships during the season and even race away at Skegness on one weekend per season.

STREET BANGERS

In 2017 Bombers became "Street Bangers", retaining basic 'nudge and spin' banger racing with light contact and also a lighter build meaning its easier to prep the cars, the cars generally cars last longer too. Lots of drivers take part which adds to the spectacle and there are regular championship races, a very popular formula here at the Raceway.

JUNIOR MICRA RODS

Some great racing can be seen in Junior Micra Rods and drivers are aged between 10-16, and as the name suggests they all use the Nissan Micra "K11"

Many drivers progress up to other senior formulas with great success when they have finished racing in the Juniors.

UNLIMITED STREET BANGERS

Running along the same lines as Street Bangers the Unlimited Street Bangers [also known as Back to Basics] are the larger cars with bigger engines and front or rear wheel drive, none of the large amount of armouring or welding is required with this class making cars easier to build, action is superb and cars tend to last a few meetings.
SUPER BANGERS

More of a racing class than the bangers, these cars are toughened up with steel plate all round, usually having 3 litre engines they are fast, noisy and very good entertainment - especially in the wet!! Super Bangers are one of the crowd favourites here at Buxton and have seen a good increase in cars over the last few years.
Popular cars in this class are Ford Capri's, Sierra's, Scorpio and Rover SD1.

1300 STOCKCARS

1300 Stockcars run to the same spec as Skegness Raceway's 1300 Stockcars on the East Coast, these are armoured up cars specially built to take a knock or ten! Racing is sustainable and the action is superb.

VISITING FORMULAS:  
BRISCA F1 STOCKCARS

The ultimate in contact racing, these cars have 'unlimited' V8 Chevy engines that the spectator can feel as they thunder past, drivers use the bumpers to nudge other cars off the racing line to gain places, Buxton Raceway is one of the best tarmac tracks in the UK to host this formula and the racing is awesome.

Link: www.brisca.com

BRISCA F2 STOCKCARS

A smaller version of the F1 Stockcars, these use the Ford Pinto engine of 2L capacity and hundreds of drivers take part all over the country, these F2s are very fast on the raceway with a good turnout each time.

Link: www.briscaf2.com

V8 HOTSTOX

The V8 HotStox are full sized stockcars just like the F1s, but the V8s use a Rover V8 for power and limited rules on both tyres and suspension, making the V8s a cheaper option to race, the lower spec tyres and suspension makes for entertaining action whenever they appear, the V8s produce good racing at Buxton and have many different championships through the season.

Link: www.v8hotstox.com

NATIONAL MINISTOX

Aimed at kids from 10 to 16 this formula is considered a training ground for the youngsters wishing to do bigger and better things with many drivers moving to F1 and F2, full contact is allowed and the racing is fast and exciting, these kids have no fear when on the raceway and a rollover is never far away!! also of note is the fact that a lot of girls take part and they are just as action packed as the lads.

Link: www.nationalministoxclub.co.uk  

REBELS

Rebels are a very unique formula, each and every car is built to the same spec and no other modifications are allowed - in fact each car has the same tyres and the same fuel, this means that driver skill has to shine through to win, Rebels use the Reliant 850cc engine and the driver can use the bumpers to gain places, Buxton is a popular track for the Rebels and produce large grids of cars at each appearance.

Link: www.rebelsracing.com

STOXKARTS

Small in size.. Low in cost.. BIG on thrills
This is a kart based formula using specially fabricated kart chassis with the look of the traditional stockcar with its bumpers, nerfs and aerofoil, the aim of the game is to remove the driver in front, the formula has tightly controlled tyres and engines, there are lots of competitors and the action is second to none, there is also a junior class - where sharing a car with a senior is allowed.

Link: www.stoxkarts.co.uk

GP MIDGETS

Pure bred open wheeled racing cars that only run on oval tracks, strictly non contact racing with each car having engine of unlimited design to 1400cc max, with engine position either front, mid or rear mounted, races are long - often to 30 laps and due to them being open wheeled, when it goes wrong it can lead to mayhem!!

Link: www.gpmidgets.co.uk

  UK MODIFIEDS

The UK Modifieds are oval track race cars that use modern high powered motorcycle engines which produce up to 200bhp. This an american derived formula and Buxton Raceway's long straights mean these cars are some of the fastest cars competing out there today.

Link: www.ukmodifieds.co.uk 

MODSTOX

Modstox is a low cost single seat open wheeled stockcar formula  powered by a four cylinder Reliant 850cc engine. Superficially the cars look similar to most other stockcar formulas but the details reveals that the formula is designed to ensure racing can be done on a strict budget. Strict rules ensure cars are well matched which results is some very close and exciting racing.
Many ex F2 Stockcars can be re-engineered to run in this class.

Link: www.modstox.com

MICRO F2's

Junior Sized Stockcars that look just like their full sized versions, The main emphasis is very much on fun and enjoyment, with no championships or points charts which puts less pressure on the kids taking part, but a chance for the drivers to race around the same tracks as their idols, and to learn track craft for future formulas.

Link: http://briscaf2.com/micro-f2s/news.ashx 
MASCARS

MASCARs are exact 2/3 scale Winston Cup cars from the USA.
The cars are all largely identical making the racing close with plenty of side by side action and overtaking.
Usually racing the same day are the JASCARS but not pictured, these are cars scaled down even further [half scale], and run to similar rules as Mascars.

Link: www.mascar.co.uk 
HERITAGE STOCKCARS

There are a few different classes within the Heritage Stockcar scene, the smaller cars are what were known as "Juniors" and are what became BriSCA F2, many of the cars in this class use 1200cc Flat Head engines, and Topolino bodies. Of the bigger classes there are the 1950's "Barnstormers" which is where Stockcar racing originated, stripped out old american cars with bigger bumpers attached, the cars progress through different era's, the next ones being the "Golden Years" where there are replicas of cars raced by the late Stuart Smith among others, then there are the "F1 Supercars", which broadly cover the '80s and '90's.

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A Guide to getting started in oval racing

If you are interested in racing here at Buxton Raceway then this page will offer some info that might help you get yourself sorted.

Dont want to bombard you with too much info as it might be overwhelming, we will keep it to the point and try not to drift into the nitty gritty.

Transport
With any class of racing here, you are going to need to be able to get your race car to the track.
If you passed your driving test before 1997 you will be able to tow a trailer, however if it was after that year you will have to pass a Trailer Test to add that category to your driving licence.
Of course if you are going to have a trailer, you will also need a decent tow vehicle, some of the hills to the track are substantial gradients so bear that in mind.
Alternative is a recovery truck/van.

Mates
Having mates that already race is going to be a massive help, hopefully you will have been to watch the racing with them and possibly helped out and this involvement will stand you on good ground for your own racing career.

What to race?
You can read our page of formulas that race at Buxton Raceway HERE, we are not going to discuss national formulas here although much of the same info applies, we are just going to concentrate on our domestic formulas.

You will need to download the rules sheet relating to your chosen formula, HERE

When you are ready to race, apply for a Licence HERE

None Contact
Junior Micra Rods [10-16], Open Rods, Hot Fords, Fast Fords.

Contact
National Bangers, Street Bangers, 1300 Stockcars, Super Bangers.



What equipment do I need?
For all formulas you need 5 point Race Harness, Fire Retardent overalls [min Proban], Helmet, fire retardent Gloves, and in some cases a Window Net.

It is advisable to fit a specially made racing seat.

It is advisable to wear a Head and Neck Safety system [Hans device or similar]

Safety Equipment contacts
www.nfr-racewear.co.uk  racewear and some race components
cbracegear@hotmail.co.uk 
https://www.facebook.com/kustomracewear/?hc_location=ufi 

Fabrication contacts
www.ceejayfabrications.co.uk  steel work and pump in tank fuel tanks
https://www.facebook.com/ACRaceFabrications/?hc_location=ufi

Signwriting contacts
www.speedys-signs.com
Phil Hutson 07721 926336

If you want to be added to any of the above lists please email us, we cannot post links to personal facebook profiles but we can add phone numbers, email address, website or a facebook PAGE link. email us now



A few notes on formulas

Stripping the car
All formulas - strip out all windows, lights, interior, dashboard, obsolete wiring - if you plan on using the original ignition wiring and engine loom be careful when trimming to ensure you dont disable anything, any combustable items must be removed, the original fuel tank must be removed, as do any tow bar [if fitted]

In a Street Banger you may leave the dashboard in place but try and trim any sharp areas around the drivers knee line to prevent injury.

In none contact formulas you can cut out the inner door panels to create room for roll cage bars to fit into the door space.


Preparation
Open Rods, Hot Fords, Fast Fords

You will need a full roll cage to be fitted, this can be a full welded in type or a bolt in type, where it mounts to the floor it is advisable that the floor is sound with no rust holes, any repairs to the floor etc must be done using steel the same thickness of the car body.

The bulkhead must be sealed to prevent any fire under the bonnet from entering the driver area.

A fuel tank must be fitted inside the car, fuel lines and any electrical cables must be at least 12" apart, a fuel cut off tap must be fitted in reach of the driver. The fuel tank must have a none return vavle fitted to the breather pipe.

An electrical cut off master switch must be fitted on the N/S rear of the car, and must be fitted to the -Neg [earth] side of the battery wiring, switching it off MUST cut the engine, if you have an alternator you might require an FIA type of cut off switch.


Street Bangers and Bangers
You will need a H Frame for roll over protection, a door plate on the drivers door, a roof plate to cover any sunroof hole and to also help strengthen the roof, in national bangers you will need various other plates and fixings.

A fuel tank must be fitted inside the car usually to the H Frame, fuel lines and any electrical cables must be at least 12" apart, a fuel cut off tap must be fitted in reach of the driver. The fuel tank must have a none return vavle fitted to the breather pipe.

An electrical cut off master switch must be fitted on the N/S rear of the car, and must be fitted to the -Neg [earth] side of the battery wiring, switching it off MUST cut the engine, if you have an alternator you might require an FIA type of cut off switch.

If you are new to banger racing, we would recommend you start in Street Bangers where the car are easier to build and prep.


Junior Micra Rods
These just require a H Frame, and door plate, the rules were done this way to enable the cars to be run in Junior Bangers once they had reached the end of a Junior Rod racing life, we do not run Junior Bangers now but you can fit a full roll cage if you are able to.

A fuel tank must be fitted inside the car, fuel lines and any electrical cables must be at least 12" apart, a fuel cut off tap must be fitted in reach of the driver. The fuel tank must have a none return vavle fitted to the breather pipe.

An electrical cut off master switch must be fitted on the N/S rear of the car, and must be fitted to the -Neg [earth] side of the battery wiring, switching it off MUST cut the engine, if you have an alternator you might require an FIA type of cut off switch.


Super Bangers
These are specially armoured up with steel plate all round, the best option is to buy a pre raced car, unless you have advanced skills needed to do this work yourself, its always best to have a close look round an existing car.

1300 Stockcars
Like supers these are a very advanced build, so is recommended you buy pre raced or a new build by somebody who builds them, a huge amount of fabrication is needed so those are the best routes to take for a new driver. 1300 Stockars will need a transponder.

 

 

     

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