JAN 30th 2015

On Track Today: 1960 Sauter Formula Junior and 1954 FJS

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The sight of a couple of unusual historic single-seaters in the paddock this morning brought with it hopes of seeing them screaming around a crisp and chilly Goodwood circuit and making all sorts of welcome din.

Alas, it turned out that there was to be no on-track raceyness. Instead, the cars were here at the behest of brake specialist Mintex who needed some footage for a short promo’ film. As such, they were travelling at very low speed behind a camera car …

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A shame, but nevertheless we had the chance to get up close to see what was what. Historic Formula Junior racer Tim Bishop brought both cars down; the red Sauter belonging to him and the yellow and green car belonging to Rudolf Ernst. The 1960 Sauter will be racing at the 73rd Members’ Meeting and runs a screaming 100bhp, 1100cc DKW two-stroke, three-cylinder motor. ‘There were so many different engines in Formula Junior back then’ says Tim. ‘Then the Ford turned out to be the one to have. More and more people started to use them and eventually Formula Ford was born as a result.’ Sadly we weren’t in a position to do a ‘Firing on…’ video with the Sauter. But don’t worry, we’ll put that straight when it’s here for the Members’ Meeting …

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The other car… well, the other car had an external kick-starter and in our book this makes it a seriously cool piece of kit! It was a Belgian-built FJS from 1954, originally, we’re told, fitted with a single-cylinder J.A.P engine, it now runs a twin-cylinder Norton.

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It’s been a while since we were treated to a field of 500cc Formula Junior cars at the revival. Maybe this year? As for the Sauter, Tim will be racing it in just over seven weeks at the 73rd Members’ Meeting.

 

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