Welcome to FORDS
Welcome to FORDS Care, the Fund for Oval Racing Drivers and Staff, offering financial help to racers, staff and media people while they can’t work due to a racing injury.

Short oval race tracks are home to the budget end of motor racing, and it’s non-professional. Around 30 formulae run at circuits around the country, from children’s Karts to solid Stock Cars and Reliant Robins to Hot Rods, without forgetting the Banger road cars bashing round for one final blaze of glory en route to the scrap yard.

Safety is a priority, nevertheless accidents occasionally happen. When they do, and someone can’t go to work or earn their living, we’re here to help. Take a look at who we are, what we do, the people we’re helping and how we raise the funds to continue our work. If you have any questions or ideas, if you’d like to help, we’d love to hear from you.

Latest News

Smeatharpe Fun-draiser Report 01 September 2015

Race results 31/8/2015
The FORDS Mechanics race at Smeatharpe this Bank Holiday Monday has done spectacularly well! In slippery conditions Kelly Bradford in Ryan Sparkes’ 246 from pole, and Sam Rees in race sponsor dad Simon’s 912 from 4th broke away from the pack quickly and battled it out for the lead. Last year’s champion Gary Kennard went easy on Shane Kennard’s new 455 car with some engine trouble, still managing to make up two places despite being taken by brother-in-law Tim Lewis in Duncan Kennard’s well-used 331 car. Billy White wrapped up some unfinished business in the 999 of John Glover, having lost out on the Final two years ago broken down at the pit gate. Sam Hooper swapped marshall flags for pedals and the wheel of Jay Matthews’ 372 car, finishing in 6th place. Joe son of Saloons Phil Powell finished third behind Sam Rees as Kelly Bradford took the chequered in style.

Kelly received a second trophy, a small token of our appreciation for another tremendous success, raising an all-time record sum for an individual in all Mechanics’ races in 3 years, £435 all done in just four days! A total of £930 was raised to date and final figures will be confirmed in a week’s time, with possibly more to come as Kelly’s and Sam Hooper’s MyDonate pages remain open for a week. Together with generous sponsorship from Simon Rees’ Buyrite Tyres of Newton Abbott (see Friends section for details) the total already tops the £1000 mark gross – before GiftAid is added and day licences deducted.

Our thanks to these intrepid racers, to the drivers who kindly lent their cars, to our race sponsor, and to Autospeed for hosting the race and also offering as a thankyou a place in the Devon Championship race to anyone lending a car to support FORDS. Also Mike Quartley for help making sure every driver who wanted to play got a car to play in. And a grudging thankyou to the weather which sort of held off, just enough to keep them on their toes!