Formula Project Getting better Ford-Renault The day before the race Race day Tuomelaring May 2002 January 2003 Summer03 Cooper-BMC Summer04 Brands Hatch 04-1 Brads Hatch 04-2 Summer 05 Winter06
The Formula Junior Project


   December 2000   December 2001  January 2003
The day before the parade     The big day    The Ring  

This is how the car looked between 1981 and 2000. It was
restored in '81. The restoration bought it back to what it
was in '67. We do not have much info of the car between
'62 and '67. It might have been red at some time. (Red paint
 was found on the bottom of the fairing.). 

The roll bar is too low and not strong enough for current regulations.

The Formula Junior cars were following so called Midget or Formula 3. Those were light weight racers with single cylinder 500 cc motorcycle engines, usually Norton Manx.
Formula one regulations stated for either 1000 cc or 1100 cc production car engine. The smaller capacity had lower weight limit. They were popular, for example, in Italy and UK. They were produced by many famous brands such as Lotus, Cooper and others. 
The later cars were quite powerful, but having many part still from normal mass productions cars the class was replaced by Formula 3. As a beginner class Volkswagen engined Formula V took Formula Juniors place. Among those driving Formula V early in his career was later Formula 1 world champion Keke Rosberg
This car is either based on Cooper frame or, more probably, home built copy.
It is powered by Ford engine. The gearbox and brakes are from Renault 4 CV or early Dauphine.
So you cannot say much about braking capabilities. This is why we are working on (January 03) alternatives.
Most probably the car had been built for Helsinki "Eläintarhanajot" race held in May until 1963. It is believed to be built by the late Rauno Virtanen, this is why it is called RV Special, now. I do not know if it was called anything before. Now it's RV Special.

News  August 2007.We have found another Finnish made FJ. This was built by Pentti Loivarannta  He did build ELHOO Formula 3 500 cc racers. He used Elhoo name

The car was purchased in 1967 and have not been raced since. It was restored in early 80's and has not been used since.

This is the road where I used
to drive the car. Known as
Tuomelaring. Ok, we did not
so much driving in the winter.

More on the project
Now, there is some improvement

This is how it looked in 2000.