Valour emblem. (source: Valour Formula Ford)
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Auto Research was the name that the Valour cars were manufactured under in Lake Road, Hamilton, New Zealand. Auto Research also ran the New Zealand Driving School.
Valour was designed by Trevor Larsen. It is believed that the first cars were designed and built in Huntly. The company was moved to Lake Road, Hamilton in the early 1970's when they started building the Formula Fords.
There were 14 kitsets Formula Vees and 2 factory built Vees that were used in the Auto Research Driving School that operated out of Bay Park, Tauranga.
Ten Formula Fords were built plus a further two in production at the time the company was closed down. Two of the Fords went to Australia. One returned to New Zealand. Only one Formula Junior was built.
The first car was a Formula Junior powered by a 1100cc Cosworth Ford engine rear mounted through a Hewland Mk 4 or 5 gearbox was built out of the Huntly workshops. The car weight estimate was about 880 lbs with a height of 26 1/2 inches to the top of the screen. The overall length was 11 feet 10 inches. The chassis was Multi-tubular space-frame of 1 inch, 3/4 inch and 1/2 inch, 18 and 16 gauge high tensile seamless tubing. The front suspension was independent double wishbones of un equal lengths with coil over Armstrong shocks. The rear was full independent with wide based lower wishbone, twin radius rods and inside upper link in conjunction with adjustable Armstrong shocks. The brakes were 9 1/4 inch with twin master cylinder, adjustable balance bar and pedals.
(source: Valour Formula Ford)
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