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New Cars for 2018

February 2nd, 2018

With the price of genuine 355 Challenge cars going completely GaGa it’s about time that someone thought out of the box. And now they have. Take a standard road 355 and convert it to racing – easy – and an enormous saving over a Challenge car.

The silver car in the photo is being prepared to race as a standard road car, like the old “O” class. Anyone who remembers Fred Moss racing a standard 355 some years ago will remember how effective these can be. Compared to an original Challenge car they have the same weight by our regulations, same power, same tyres, same gearbox etc. It’s a bit of a no-brainer surely? There is also a red car that has been prepared to Challenge specification which is ready to go testing in early February. It also started life as a road car. We wish the new driver the very best of luck and look forward to welcoming him onto the grid.

PFfc Promotional Video

January 24th, 2018

Some of you may have seen our Club’s promotional video for the formula classic series at the NEC or at our RAC prize-giving event. This excellent video is now posted on this site in the video section and is available by clicking here.


‘Open’ Races to be held at Donington in June

January 6th, 2018

Ferrari Club Live! is to be held at Donington on Saturday June 23rd. The day, organised by the FOC will be part track day and part race day with two PFfc races but also two 30 minute races for more modern Tipos. Entries will be open to all race-prepared Ferraris with the exception of the latest 488 challenge cars. The regulations will be available shortly but will be as simple as possible with tyre choice, including the use of slick tyres, free. We have been liaising with the Dutch and German FOCs and we are expecting their participation so it will be an International event. Now is the time to think about dusting down your race car and making sure that that it is in good shape to line up on the grid. Please register your interest with our Club office and you will be sent entry forms and regs as soon as they are available.

2018 PFfc Regs and Races

January 5th, 2018

Happy New Year to all involved with Pirelli Ferrari formula classic

The 2018 Regulations, Entry Forms and Race Program have been sent out to all those who raced last year and to anyone we are aware might be interested in racing this coming season. Subject to contract all the race dates have been agreed with the organisers of the race days and there is a terrific season to look forward to. As ever new cars or drivers are very welcome to join us. If for some reason you have not received your race pack or would like to join us please contact Jeremy Howkins in the Club office who will send a pack out to you, tel 01327 855430,


PFfc Presentation Lunch

November 28th, 2017

It was never going to be easy to top the Italian Embassy as a venue for our formula classic presentation lunch. However our team did an excellent job in securing the RAC Club in Pall Mall London for the 2017 event.

Rob Pulleyn’s immaculate 328 GTB was the perfect car to represent our series. It was on display in the magnificent rotunda of the club for a full week, impressing the great and the good of UK motorsport no doubt.  Honoured guests included Jason Sugden of Pirelli UK and Francesco Balli of Ferrari North Europe. More photos and details here.

Photo: Bev Burns


PFHC Season finale-Curborough

October 10th, 2017

As the sun sets on the 2017 season, the last round took place at the popular sprint circuit near Lichfield, where Dave Snelson (F430) drove all the way from Scotland to compete, and promptly won on scratch using just one of the allocated official runs.

Chris Hitchman gave chase and finished in 2nd place in his 355, and also took 15 points once the PEP factors had been applied.

Mike Spicer (328) put up a valiant battle to wrestle the last points of the season away from Dave and Chris, and was rewarded with his second 20 point haul of the season, and the final place on the podium.

The championship order therefore finished with Dave Snelson as the 2017 Champion, Mike Spicer was a very worthy runner up (carrying last seasons 1% Champions PEP) Phil Whitehead (355) was in 3rd position, and Nick Taylor (F430) was 4th (and had the most 20 point wins with 4, but only competed in six rounds)

We also featured nicely on the Shelsley Walsh/Midland Automobile Club online event report.

Event Report: October Curborough Sprint

Full website report and pictures will be posted as soon as we get them.

Spicer is 2017 Runner up.!

September 3rd, 2017

At the second Prescott Hillclimb of the season, Dave Snelson stormed to yet another win and clinched the championship.
It was a bright and warm day for this 11th round of the PFHC, Phil Whitehead (355) and Mike Spicer (328) gave chase throughout the day but had to settle for 2nd and 3rd place respectively, and Mark Wibberley (360) pipped Richard Preece in his 355 for 4th place.

When the PEP factors were applied, Mike Spicer took the 20 points, Snelson 17 points and Whitehead 15 points.

2nd place in the championship is still up for grabs, with Mike Spicer now moving ahead of Nick Taylor by just one point with 2 rounds to go.


August 14th, 2017

Brands Hatch Festival Italia was a great success with two formula classic races

Brilliant weather all day

Even bigger crowd than last year

24 cars on the Pirelli Formula classic grid, the best of the year.

Loads of people on the grid walk

Some really good racing all through the field.

A great performance by Gary Culver with two wins.

Full report to come soon with lots of excellent photos

Brands Hatch Sprint -News!

August 11th, 2017

David Snelson was on the top step again after the Brands Hatch Sprint. The whole event was a festival of all things Italian, even the Mediterranean sun came out too. Dave and his F430 certainly got the hang of the 1 1/2 laps of the Indy circuit and finished 4 seconds ahead of Brian Jackson (California T) with Juan Moreno (360 Modena) only a quarter of a second adrift for 3rd position.

Mike Spicer won the battle of the classic cars in his 328, but at first glance it appears that the 20 points go to Dave Snelson, with Mike just 0.5 of a second behind (after the PEP factors were applied)

Full report and pictures as soon as we get them.

The Class of 2008

July 10th, 2017

PFfc Donington Park, April 2008 will be remembered by some as being exceptionally cold. It will also be remembered by others as on the grid of an impressive 28 cars there were 6 newcomers to the Race Series. Geoff Neal, Ben Cartwright, Chris Butler, Chris Goddard, William Moorwood and Richard Fenny. Geoff would carry on with several races over the next few years, Ben would be regular competitor before taking up other sports but continues to support his brother and father who continue to race. Chris Butler has been regular racer but took a break from the Series a few years ago. Chris Goddard and William have raced every year since, as has Richard Fenny who has the distinction of putting in the most appearances, Race two at Zandvoort was his 100th PFfc race. He is rightly proud of his achievement and has placed a suitable record on his 308GT4

Dutch Delights at Blowy Zandvoort

June 28th, 2017

Our formula classic racers found a warm welcome at Zandvoort last week-end. Amongst the sand dunes and in high winds our lads put on a decent show in three races, plus a grid walk. Nigel Jenkin’s 355 was basically top banana winning races one and two, but when he lost a wheel on the last lap race three went to Peter Fisk in the popular 550 Maranello.

Chris Butler continued his excellent form and certainly enjoyed his podium outing in race three. Gary Culver was reliable, but didn’t quite have the pace to match Fisk and Jenkins. There were good dices, particularly towards the back of the field with Swift, Fenny, Moorwood and Ugo all having fun.

Lots of photos plus full reports and results as soon as we can.


Prescott Report Now Posted

June 22nd, 2017

After missing the first three hillclimb rounds, Richard Prior (355 – centre) made a comeback at Prescott to take the scratch win and maximum points ahead of 2nd place man Phil Whitehead (355 – right) and Mike Spicer (328 – left). It was all very close and competitive between the top three, putting championship leader Dave Snelson (F430) under pressure when he made errors on both of his official runs and unexpectedly came away without a trophy.

Despite the forecast cloud and occasional early drizzle showers, the day passed off well at the annual Italian themed ‘La Vita Rossa’ event at Prescott Hill, home to the Bugatti Owners’ Club, finishing the official runs in warm sunshine.

Many thanks to Dave Snelson for his report, now posted here.

Shelsley Walsh report posted

June 19th, 2017

Nick Taylor (430) was back with a bang at Shelsley Walsh taking the outright win and 20 points at the weekend with very changeable weather. Dave Snelson kept his head this time and was rewarded with 2nd place in his 430, just a tenth in front of Richard Prior in his 355. The morning run had the best conditions, then the rain came, and went, and came again just in time for the later 2nd official run, so it was done and dusted really before lunch. Phil Whitehead (355) was unluckily in 4th place by just 0.04 of a second behind Prior, but he did bag 15 points after the PEP factors were applied.

Full Report by Mike Spicer is now available with pictures and results.

Oulton Park Races

June 12th, 2017

Saturday saw two races for the Pirelli Ferrari formula classic series. Qualifying took place on a wet track, race one was on a dry track and race two on a very wet track. Gary Culver topped qualifying and won both races in his Group 4 328GTB. Chris Butler in his Group 3 328GTB impressed with two podium finishes and the RnR driver of the day award. There was some good close racing, particularly towards the back of the field. The event was very well run by the VSCC and we will publish a full report as soon as we can. In the meantime the results are availabe here.

Oulton Park News

June 6th, 2017

Our formula classic racers are out at Oulton Park this Saturday 10th June. Steve Burns advises that qualifying is scheduled for 08:58 with Race 1 at 13:12 and Race 2 at 16:19. This is a VSCC meeting so lots of interesting things to see and do. The Ferrari entry is looking good at 22 cars. Notable is the return of Tim Walker. Tim instructs at Oulton these days so must be Group 3 favourite. However he will have to be on top form to resist a flying Chris Butler, and Evers of course.

At the sharp end we have the fascinating contest of Lee Moulden, Wayne Marrs and Nigel Jenkins (355/Chs) plus of course you can never rule out Gary Culver if his 328 is back on top form. After his Knockhill success maybe Peter Fisk in the glorious 550 is also a potential overall winner. Tris Simpson, Tim Mogridge and Richard Cook (355/Chs) will also be there or thereabouts.

End of Season Event

June 6th, 2017

The formula classic end of season event has now been announced. This will be a prize giving and lunch at the prestigeous RAC headquarters in Pall Mall, London. We have been granted the special privilege of displaying one of our race cars in the foyer. The date chosen is Saturday 18th November. This is an invitation only event and the Club office will circulate further information in due course.

Fame at Last!

June 6th, 2017

Keep an eye out for the Knockhill Ferrari Festival on television. The channel is SKY ch469 Front Runner TV, Freeview ch91, FreeSat 250 & Talk Talk 9. This is available to 19 million homes across the UK and N.Ireland and is the UK’s only free sports channel. The first broadcast last night had a few issues but these are now we are told fixed. Check your planner to be sure but there are lots of re-runs planned. The next one I found was 7th June at 13:00 hrs.

Let’s hope for lots of good racing action.

Knockhill PFfc Race Weekend

May 16th, 2017

For some Knockhill was a long way to travel but for everyone it was well worth the trip with a testing wet day on Saturday and two races in perfect conditions on Sunday. Lee Moulden had two race wins in his 355 and Peter Fisk had his first ever race win in his 550. Group wins also for Chris Butler (328 GTB), Chris Compton Goddard (308GTB) and William Moorwood (308GT4). The Knockhill organisation was very helpful and the track was a joy to race on. Full report, photos and results are now posted.

Harewood Reports now Posted

May 7th, 2017

On the first day of the Harewood double-header it was Nick Taylor (centre – 430 Coupe) who won from the similar tipo of Dave Snelson (left) and the 355 of Phil Whitehead (right). On the Sunday rematch it was Snelson who took the win from Whitehead and Taylor, but with the PEP factors applied it was Taylor who took the maximum championship points on Saturday and Whitehead on the Sunday. The reports, results and lots of pics have now been posted. (Selfie by Dave Snelson)

Snelson Takes the Overseas Hillclimb Win!

May 2nd, 2017

The first Hillclimb round was blessed with sunshine, as David Snelson took his F430 to Jersey to start his season with a win at the daunting Bouley Bay Hill. David led all through practice and the official runs to pip 2nd place man Juan Moreno by over half a second, but it was Juan’s first time there at this technical hill, and he did rather well to learn it in just a weekend. Seasoned visitor John Swift was third in the 355 GTB and claimed the fastest 0-64ft start with 2.52 seconds. Full report from Mark Wibberley can be read here.
Not long until the next round, a double header at Harewood on 6th & 7th May.

Records fall at Castle Combe

April 17th, 2017

On a race day that saw several lap records tumble it was Wayne Marrs (355 Grp 5) who just about held off a fired up Gary Culver (328 Grp 4) to win both formula classic races at Castle Combe today.  Also a class winner in both races was a very fast Chris Butler (328 Grp 3). Paul Ugo took Grp 2 in race 1 (308 GT4) and Peter Moseley was the class 2 winner in race 2.

The drizzle just about held off and a large crowd enjoyed two exciting races – plus of course the popular grid walk. Reports, pics & results now posted. 

Indespension Lines Up on Ferrari Classic Grid

March 25th, 2017

The Ferrari Owners’ Club of Great Britain is delighted to welcome leading UK Trailer manufacturer Indespension as a new partner. This new three-year agreement sees Indespension join the Pirelli Ferrari Formula Classic Series as a Racing Partner from the 2017 season, with their distinctive branding set to appear on all competing cars.

Indespension will be focusing on promoting their car trailer range, particularly their new clamshell covered trailer, specifically designed with a shallow loading angle for low bodied race and performance cars and with clear door opening access from the car once on board.

Gary Culver, Director at the Ferrari Owners’ Club GB said “We are delighted to welcome Indespension as a Racing Partner. As a long time racer myself, I know the importance of a good trailer to get your car safely and securely to the tracks. The travel distances can be quite considerable, as we race at circuits across the UK and Europe, and so your trailer is a vital part of equipment.”

Tony Graham joint Managing Director of Indespension added ‘We are very excited to be partnering with the Pirelli Ferrari Formula Classic Series and particularly introducing our car trailer range to competitors and club members. We are a National Trailer Company with 23 branches across the UK, so the fact that the series visits key parts of the country is also important and we look forward to some great racing in the coming seasons.’

The partnership will also see Indespension introduced to the wider Ferrari Owners’ Club membership with member offers on trailer purchase, hire and servicing.

Safety Fast

February 17th, 2017

News from Comp. Director Gary Culver is that Ferrari North Europe will be providing a 488 as a Safety Car for our first meeting of the year at Castle Combe, and at selected events thereafter.

Quite how the pack will keep up is not mentioned! The photo shows the car being prepared in the FNE workshops.