The two countries that embraced Formula Junior were Italy then Great Britain, with a marked difference in the cars racing in each series. Italian Formula Junior was dominated by Stanguellinis, chased by Bandinis and Volpinis, almost all powered by Fiat motors, with the drivers offset to accommodate them. In England, the cars tended to be with the driver centrally mounted. Ford engines were the motors of choice, with some aiming for glory with BMC power. Chassis were from Lola, Elva, Gemini, Scorpion and assorted other small firms.
Before long, though, the front-engined Formula Juniors were superceded as Lotus showed that engines were best fitted at the rear of the car and so Formula Junior moved on a quantum leap. This race is for the early Formula Juniors, with engines up front, as raced from 1958 to 1962.
Photography by Jochen Van Cauwenberge