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Formula Junior Nardi ?
« on: January 24, 2022, 02:16:35 pm »
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The mysterious lady turns out to be the official photographer of the circuit. When she sees the photo, she immediately recognises herself and contacts my friend. Of course, she remembers that car without a hump! In the list of participants, she finds the driver: Elis Garuti. His son Christian confirms that the car belonged to his father, and that he sold it in Belgium after his father died at the beginning of this year. His father worked as a talented coachbuilder at a renowned body shop that made bodies for various designers. And part of the mystery was revealed!

I then met with a well-known Italian historian, Patrizio Cantu. You would hardly believe it, but he too knew the story of the car. He even had pictures of it and moreover he knows the skilful place manager and technician... ELIS GARUTI!

He bought the car with a Peugeot engine, later converted to a Fiat 1100 engine as first foreseen, but the basis is a NARDI FORMULA JUNIOR.WHY A NARDI?
The story starts in the sixties. Enrico Nardi was a designer who worked with the young bodywork company MOTTO. In November 1959 he was visited in his workshop by one of the biggest VW-Porsche dealers in the US, Hubert Brundage. He noticed a drawing of a tubular chassis for a "hypothetical" Formula Junior.Brundage ordered 2 of these cars with a VW engine and sent them to Italy as VW-KEVER 4. But due to lack of power, only the typical VW front suspension and gearbox were retained. The heavy hood that originally covered the engine was removed. The car won some races in Florida and Nassau, but VW management forbade the dealer to race "specials" built with VW parts.

Brundage sold the car for a symbolic dollar to Bill Duckworth and George Smith of Orlando who had the intention of building new Formula cars with VW engines in fibreglass: the Formula VEE was born! After approval, the car raced successfully for several years in the US and Europe.
The conclusion? The basis of all these FORMULA-V cars is the tubular monoposto created in 1959 in the design studio of Enrico Nardi, probably in collaboration with Carrozzeria Motto. Our Formula Junior is a prototipo later converted by Garuti with a Fiat 1100 engine and VW gearbox.

And our story is complete!

With special thanks to:

Cosmo de Candia
Christian Garuti
Patrizio Cantu
The photographer of the Modena Circuit
Footnote: In Brundage's notes I can find only 1 Nardi Formula V in the USA. This one has been sold later and searched for. Did only 1 Formula leave for the USA? Is ours the 2nd one which was used for testing and later stayed here? It remains a mystery. But that’s what makes the story as beautiful as it is.

Story   by  VICKY   Van Broeck   AWM  team
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