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THE PAST: MARCH

In 1969 March Engineering was established. Its intention was to become a successful racing car production business and provide chassis for customers to use. The four founders, Max Mosley, Alan Rees, Graham Coaker and Robin Herd. Each had a specific area of expertise: Molsey looked after the commercial side of the business, Herd did the design, Rees managed the March racing teams and Coaker oversaw production.

Pic of Durex Team Surtees Formula 1 Car
March 721

After building a Formula 3 car in 1969, the company went into F1 in 1970, supplying the 701 chassis (designed by Herd and Peter Wright) to Tyrrell (for Jackie Stewart and Johnny Servoz-Gavin) and to Antique Automobiles (for Ronnie Peterson). In addition the factory ran two cars for Jo Siffert and Chris Amon in STP colors with a third car, entered by Andy Granatelli, appearing in STP colors at a variety of races.

Stewart gave March its first F1 victory in the non-championship Race of Champions in March and won the Spanish GP a month later. With Amon winning the International Trophy a week after that, March seemed to be bound for the World Championship.

For 1971 Geoff Ferris and Frank Costin came up with the remarkable 711, which featured a circular front wing. Peterson was joined by Alex Soler-Roig while a third Alfa Romeo-engined car was run for Nanni Galli and Andrea de Adamich.

Pic of Durex Team Surtees Formula 1 Car
March 761

Frank Williams ran a pair of cars for Henri Pescarolo and a variety of paying drivers and other customers. There were no wins but four second places took Peterson to runner-up position in the World Championship.

The 1972 season was the team's last with STP and was not a great success. Peterson and Niki Lauda drove the factory cars while Frank Williams ran Pescarolo and Carlos Pace and Beuttler appeared in a Clarke-Morduant Racing Team car.

Without STP money the March factory team was struggling, running an unsponsored car for Jean-Pierre Jarier. Beuttler continued in his old car while Lord Hesketh bought a car for James Hunt and David Purley ran his own Lec Refrigeration operation. When Jarier decided to concentrate on F2 Tom Wheatcroft paid for Williamson to drive the factory car. Disaster struck in Holland where Williamson crashed and was killed in a fiery accident. Jarier returned but it was Hunt who showed best in his Harvey Postlethwaite-engineered car.

In 1974, the factory team ran Howden Ganley until his money ran out, then Hans-Joachim Stuck in a Jägermeister-sponsored car and Vittorio Brambilla in a Beta Tools-sponsored car. Both drivers were exuberant and occasionally quick, but proved expensive in terms of accident damage.

As March were fading from F1 the 761, by virtue of being cheap, simple and readily available, became the tool of choice for privateers, notably Frank Williams who after his acrimonious split with Walter Wolf needed a car to get back into racing before his own vehicle was ready.

In 1976, Peterson, unhappy with the uncompetitive Lotus, jumped ship early and returned to March for whom he scored the team's second and last win at Monza. The 761 was fast but fragile, the F2 components starting to show the strain; by this point the F1 effort was being run on a shoestring with a two-car 'works' effort featuring Peterson and Stuck, the cars tending to turn up in different liveries as race-by-race sponsorship deals were signed. Ovoro Team March also entered the 76 season under the March Engines banner for paying drivers Lombardi and Arturo Merzario.
 

MARCH STP T SHIRT
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THE SHIRT FEATURES
1 Original March STP graphics printed back, front and both sleeves
2 Top quality garment
3 Taped back neck. Tubular knit
4 Twin needle stitching
5 Generous fit
6 100% Ringspun Cotton, 180gsm
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THE PRESENT: MARCH
A number of March F1 cars are still raced today in historic formula one events around the world. Indeed Rodrigo Gallego drove his March 761 to victory in the HFO Championship in 2004.

Pic of Durex Team Surtees Formula 1 Car
March 761
The cars still achieve pole positions and fastest laps even though it's been over 30 years since they were first designed.

Pic of Durex Team Surtees Formula 1 Car
March 711
The FIA Historic Formula One Championship ™ is at the pinnacle of historic motorsport. Its fans get a taste of classic old school Formula 1 and thrill to the sights and sounds of the cars driven by legends such as Gilles Villeneuve, Nigel Mansell, Emerson Fittipaldi and Keke Rosberg.

The Championship features the great Grand Prix cars raced between 1966 and 1985 re-creating the spectacle of the legendary 3 litre Formula 1 era on the great Race Circuits of the World.
The Masters Historic Car Series is for 3 litre F1 Cars built between 1968 and 1978. From the pre-ground effects and pre-turbo era of F1 racing, Grand Prix Masters promises fast racing and close competition. Running in four distinct classes, providing a series of double-header races, emotive grids from the likes of Tyrrell, Lotus, Matra, McLaren, Cooper, Surtees and BRM, compete over two separate races per weekend.

Grand Prix Masters relives a fantastic decade of Grand Prix racing, including the actual cars driven by GP stars such as Hunt, Fittipaldi, Stewart, Amon, Rindt, Hill, Reutemann, Beltoise, Cevert and Peterson.

 

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