John Crosslé has been building cars in Holywood, near Belfast, since 1957 and is Ireland’s longest-established racing car manufacturer by some distance. The Crosslé Car Company has built cars for many formulae including F2, F3, F5000 and Sports Cars however it is in the Ford based classes that it has been the most successful.
Their first car was an 1172 Ford Special produced in 1957, the first single seater was the 4F intended for use in Formula Junior or 1172cc racing. The chassis that would bring the Crosslé name to the forefront of motorsport was the Leslie Drysdale designed F Ford 16F, Gerry Birrell took the European championship in his car and over 40 cars were built and sold. Following this success Crosslé would produce large numbers of very competitive, and successful, FF1600 and FF2000 chassis.