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Hagerty Employee

Formula First brings a welcome change in Vee-locity

It was definitely a late green flag; the lead cars had pulled to within perhaps a hundred feet of the line when I saw the starter’s shoulder twitch. My fuel-injection-trained right foot flattened the accelerator pedal with all the delicacy of a drunken pig. The flat-four VW engine behind me sputtered, then roared in response. Spotting two low-slung open-wheelers entering Turn One in tandem, I nosed in and made us a tight-knit trio traveling at nearly 100 mph. VW-powered formula cars at Nelson Ledges? It could have been an SCCA Formula Vee race from 1965—but it was actually a practice day in 2019, held by the Formula First Drivers Association.


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