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Racing Legends Celebrate Formula Vee at Rolex24

50th Anniversary Volkswagen Motorsports Formula Vee Racing Series
Posted January 31 2013 06:43 PM by eurotuner 
Filed under: Editorials, Volkswagen Tuner

Formula Vee race car


Words and Photos by Ezekiel Wheeler


If you know anything about motorsports history, names like Hans-Joachim Stuck, Michael Andretti, Prince Leopold von Bayern and Mika Arpiainen should ring a few bells. What do they all have in common? A racing series simply known as Formula Vee. This year Volkswagen Motorsports celebrates the series 50th anniversary and in grand fashion as well. Holding parade laps moments before the green flag ushered in the 51st Rolex24 at Daytona.


Staging for the Formula Vee parade lap at the Rolex24

The way Formula Vee cars were transported. More of these need to exist

The series is best known for is open-wheeled cigar bodies, 40hp 1.2L four-cylinder boxer motors (later upgraded to 1.6L 200hp as the series matured). Formula Vee started in 1963 at none other than the Daytona International Speedway in VWs first official motorsports debut.

Mika Arpiainen strapping into his old race car
Prince Leopold Von Bayern suiting up for his parade lap

   

We were on hand to witness the historic gathering at the VW hospitality tent. Rubbing elbows with Stuck, Prince Leopold and Arpiainen got us wondering what would an inexpensive racing series look like today? Who knows, maybe one day Formula Vee could make a return, for now we tip our hats to these racing pioneers and hope for the chance when enthusiasts reclaim the fame we deserve. 

Hans-Jochim Stuck relives his start in racing
Lotus livery never gets old, no matter the platform.



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