Formula Vee racing began in 1959 when Hubert L. Brundage commissioned Italian race car designer Enrico Nardi to create the Brundage Formula Junior from Volkswagen components. The concept was to provide an inexpensive, reliable, and competitive racecar for the masses. In 1963, SCCA officially recognized Formula Vee as a racing class. True to its core mission, Formula Vee has continued to be one of the world’s most popular and affordable racecars, even graduating Formula One and Indy 500 winners.
The 100-mph cornering speeds, high G-loads, and close wheel-to-wheel racing and drafting make for interesting and exciting racing. The car’s simple construction – aerodynamic fiberglass or carbon fiber body, Volkswagen beetle engine, transaxle and suspension – level the playing field for drivers. And off the track Formula Vee requires limited mechanical skills, tools, space, and transportation costs.
SCCA’s Formula Vee Ad Hoc Committee has sanctioned a new promotional film for Formula Vee (FV) in the United States with the primary aim to attract newcomers to the sport and the class. The Committee is working with three filmmakers, Brian Petillo, Patrick Burke, and Kyle Morgan, located in California, to produce a professional-grade promotional film.
The film will educate the viewer about Formula Vee, showing how easy it is to be involved in this exciting amateur hobby. The focus will be on:
- Featuring a typical FV driver.
- Emphasizing that the mechanics of racecar maintenance and preparation are within the means of the average person.
- Pointing out the class’ affordability.
- The visual and on-track experience of driving a formula vee racecar.
The first filming is planned for the May 1-3, 2015 SCCA’s Majors Race at Buttonwillow Raceway Park. If the scenario is not conducive to quality interviews and narration, subsequent interviews and narration will be done at racers’ garages, and possibly at the Quixote Racing shop. The current locations chosen are a function of budgetary constraints – proximity of film crew relative to the project – but could be modified with increased resources.
Contributions to this project have funded:
• Professional HD cameras and audio equipment
• Rigs for the cameras to capture exciting views of racing
• Cinema-quality lighting setups
• Equipment rental
• Travel (minimum 3 days filming at Buttonwillow Raceway Park)
• Filming / Editing
In 2016, the film, titled Kim Madrid, was submitted to several film festivals and three of which have selected the film to be screened: the Capital City Film Festival (Michigan), the Boston International Film Festival, and the All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival, all taking place in April 2016. In June, the film is to be screened at the Dances with Films Festival (Los Angeles).
The FV Ad-Hoc Committee, not knowing the level of funding that would be donated by the FV community and sponsors, has asked that the film crew plan for $2K minimum, but to also plan for the eventuality that the budget may become more substantial and the project having more depth.
Minimum Effort Estimate
Buttonwillow Raceway Park location and associated filming: 3 to 3 ½ days, crew of 3
Editing and subsequent interviews: 3 to 3 ½ days, crew of 3
Equipment and travel: $1000
Labor: Minimum – 18-21 man-days
Project Contact: John Petillo (jpetillo[at]att.net)
Please note: Major sponsors will be recognized in the credits.
- Quixote Racing (anyone donating more than $50 can take 10% off their next order)
- Autowerks Race Engines
- Duke Waldrop
- Dennis Andrade
- James Vaseff
- Michael Varacins
- Gary Kittell
- Dan Grace
- John Petillo
- Charles McCormick
- Ernie Stalder
- Dean Curtis