The Formula Junior Project
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
This car is either based on Cooper frame or, more probably, home
It is powered by Ford engine. The gearbox and brakes are from Renault 4 CV or
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
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.