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Post by SempHrush on Sun 2 Nov - 18:24

1 common for all Socialistic countries + each country had its own championship. In 1960 USSR applied FIA international classification and it even was USSR Formula 1 Championship in 1960-1976!
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Post by Wookey on Sun 2 Nov - 23:27

If you have access to information, thanks to share it, even with no pictures are there is no source I know in a language I can read Sad
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Post by SempHrush on Mon 3 Nov - 7:16

Here is my story about first ever F1 race in USSR - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

Later this year I will translate the stories about Rd1 and Rd2 of 1960 USSR Formula 1 Championship also.

And here it is the site of my good fried Aleksey Rogachev - he is specializing on Soviet motor racing history
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Each link has the photos of the racing car used in USSR in 1950-1980s. And each link contains the name of the car, for example - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] = Kharkov L4. But if there are letters ASK in the link - [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] - it means Special (Eigenbau) and than - initials (name and surname) of the car builder.
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Post by GrzegorzChyla on Wed 23 Mar - 20:54

Hello from Poland.
Since late 1970s I am a big fan of racing and I was following closely racing in Poland.

Formula Easter or East? Now I know it should be either East or Eastern, but back in 1970 English was not so commonly known in this part of Europe...
I would say it was Formula Vostok in Russian, but in non-cyrillic countries term Formula Easter was used. Moreover, some genius in Poland said that Easter is not a polish word, so he forced us to use... Formula Ester. Now that does not make sense at all beceuse Ester is a chemical term, not geographical...

Please note there were actually two championships - one for Formula Easter, second for touring cars.
In both cases engine capacity was limited to 1300 ccm. Touring cars were more or less group A but they had to be produced in Eastern Europe. Also in Formula Easter both engine and gearbox were to be from a East European group A car.
Of course Lada engine was most frequently used, mainly because it was easiest to tune. Czech's Skoda had only 1100 version available, Romanians Dacia was also not powerful enough.

As an exception, Polish team was allowed to race one or two Formula Polonia cars - symilar to F/Easter but engine was from Polski Fiat 125p 1500 with much fewer allowed modifications, also overall car weight was higher. It was sometimes used but these cars were just slower than rest of fields.

Normally, there was one event in each of participating countries: Kiev/Chaika or Riga/Bikerniki in USSR, Poznan or Kielce in Poland, Most or street circuit in Havirov ich Czechoslovakia, Schleiz in East Germany, street track in Budapest or later Hungaroring inn Hungary, street track in Albena in Bulgaria and street tracks in Resita or Galati in Romania.

Each country was allowed to enter 4 or 5 cars in each class plus some additional drivers at their home tracks.

Nowadays there are some efforts to bring back these races. See haigo.net - German based series that also has events in Poland (Poznan) or Czechoslovakia (Brno or Most). There are some races in Latvia (Riga / Bikerniki track, google for Dzintara Volga). In Poland there are about 10 cars from period in running condition, but too few to create a racing series. Sometimes they do a demo run when there are a Polish Championship races.

In Czechoslovakia there are lots of cars, not only Formula Easter but also older - F-3 from 1960. It was great to see them when I came to Brno for Brno Grand Prix Revival two years ado.

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Post by Wookey on Thu 24 Mar - 15:35

Thanks, any info, and of course pictures will be welcomed
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Post by Wookey on Tue 26 Sep - 17:10

A long time no update on this fascinating subject
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