The 1300 Stock Car Formula was introduced by Spedeworth / Incarace in the early 1990’s and has been thrilling oval race fans ever since.
Initially intended as a cost effective and easy to construct Stock Car for the man in the street, all these years later these cars still provide a level of affordability for the average working man to get on track and enjoy Oval Motorsport.
This Full – Contact class can be seen across the UK from Scotland to Northern Ireland and across the South of England. With 20 – 30 cars often on track at the same time, 1300 Stock Car Racing requires the utmost in car preparation and Driver determination offering Race Fans fantastic close racing action with car on car contact! The formula is not Banger Racing of any sort though so a high degree of skill is required by the driver to remove opposition from his path – but himself also in the process!
The 1300 Stock Car in the modern era is a 1300cc or 1400cc Hatchback or Coupe mass produced car with an internal and external steel framework to protect the car and Driver, but also provide the armoury to wrestle the opposition with and running on a semi road / competition treaded tyre. The speeds these cars can achieve in such a confined space has to be seen to be believed.
There are a growing number of 1300 Stock Car Fabricators and Builders to choose from through the UK although there is still much scope for the Fabricator/Driver to build his own bespoke car. The rules for the formula are strictly controlled by the Spedeworth / Incarace governing body, with rules on car options and design, power-plants, drive train and tyres being controlled to maximise safety, control costs and maintain fairness.
As with any Class of Motorsport, your budget to a degree may control your success on track but this is a full contact Formula where the novice has every right to retaliate to a faster Star Driver coming through the field! There are very often second hand cars available for sale ranging from £1500 - £4000 depending on age and spec and specific Companies can provide a made to order service on a car ‘on the button’ or supply you all the parts to self – assemble your own car as per the formula’s rulebook which can be accessed through the Spedeworth / Incarace Promoters’ website.
Race it. It is a full - contact sport and your car will be hit – but you can strike back too! Officials will monitor the circuit closely and take action against those committing misdemeanours outside the Rules!
There are no entry fees for the race meetings and the licence fee for the yearly season is £70. With a large number of venues offering meetings for 1300 Stock Car Racing, drivers can choose to race as little or as often as they wish and may choose to broaden their racing experience by participating in events further afield across the UK mainland, from Scotland to Northern Ireland and the South of England, although Championship Events may be by Qualification and Invitation only.
Running costs are subject to damage but are in the region of +/- £100 per meeting.
The drivers are some of the most fearless and talented on the ovals, circulating centimetres apart at full race speed with pushing and shoving front and back and thousands of a second in which to make a decision, go by or push on through! There is never a dull race in 1300 Stock Cars and you just never know the outcome of races!