1961 North Star Mk 1 Formula Junior


This was the first competition car produced by North Star Engineering of Warwick. The Mk 1 was affectionately known as Fred (Ford Rear Engined Device). It has had only five owners from new and has a long and well documented history. The car was driven by Bill Belcher from 1961 to 1964 and was very successful in club and national events, including at Goodwood. Unusually the car ran on wire wheels, as fitted today.

The North Star has been completely rebuilt in recent years, including a Paul Gardner 1100cc Ford engine with a Richardson head, and a PDS rebuilt Hewland Mk 6 gearbox. Most recently the car has benefitted from new driveshafts, rear springs, exhaust system, roll hoop and front hubs. All safety equipment is in date.

The car is supplied complete with two very large history files including period programmes, photographs, race reports and adverts, invoices and current and previous HTP papers. Also an exhibition board incorporating the car’s history and original wood rim steering wheel. There is a useful spares package including spare bodywork and a nose mould, with a full list available on request.

A regular and well-known competitor in Formula Junior events, the North Star has also raced it the Goodwood Revival. Its rarity, history and unique appearance make it an attractive and interesting prospect for future owners and event organisers alike.

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