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Formula Ford present iconic trophies

The winner of the final race for each NAPA Formula Ford round is also presented with one of the many iconic trophies that represent a piece of New Zealand’s motorsport history.

From the opening round at Hampton Downs last weekend the winner Blake Dowdall will be awarded the Morrie Smith Memorial Trophy. Morrie Smith being the late father of Ken Smith.

For the Taupo round, where the trophies are on display in the NAPA Formula Ford pit area, the final race winner will receive the Ron Frost Memorial Trophy. First won by Ken Smith in 2001 (and later in 2014), other recipients include Shane van Gisbergen (2005) and Liam Lawson (2017).

Frost had a 40-year career in the administration of the sport, starting out as a car dealer and businessman in Levin. A force behind the Levin Motor Race Circuit, his career saw him connect New Zealand’s drivers with the world governing body, the FIA.

Formula Ford racing is often seen as a stepping stone for drivers who aspire to progress to higher levels of motorsport, such as Formula 3 or Formula 1. The wheel-to-wheel racing brings excitement to spectators and next-level skill for the driver.

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