DOWN THE PUB

WITH 1600CC F3 MARCH 733

Motor Sport News - - Historics - Owner: Andy Lan­gridge

It has a fa­mous his­tory “It is the March 733 that Ian Tay­lor used in For­mula 3 in 1973 with spon­sor­ship from the Baty Group and he won the For­ward Trust Championship against some tremen­dous op­po­si­tion.”

He bought it last year “I’d known about this car for a few years and I’d been stalk­ing it. I was aware that Peter Dunn in Monaco owned it. He was go­ing to sell it at the Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic auc­tion last July, so I phoned him up and we did a deal. I got it last Septem­ber and fell in love with it.”

The en­gine is orig­i­nal “We found some old pho­to­graphs and found some el­e­ments that proved its prove­nance. It went to Dan Eagling at Life­time Rac­ing and the en­gine went to Craig Beck. The en­gine num­ber matches to the car orig­i­nally and has some of the devel­op­ment work done by Hol­bay in pe­riod.”

It was crashed in 1973 “In 1973 Ian Tay­lor wrecked it at Snet­ter­ton be­fore the start of the sea­son so they re­placed the tub with an F2 ver­sion, which is ap­par­ently what March did for the works driv­ers, Tay­lor and Tony Brise. It is an iden­ti­cal mono­coque, with stronger bulk­heads.”

It is go­ing back to pe­riod

“For the 1600cc F3 class we want to show the cars in orig­i­nal liv­ery as per the orig­i­nal driv­ers. I con­tacted Chris An­drews, who orig­i­nally bought the car for Ian Tay­lor, and we’re putting the car back in the Baty Group colours ex­actly as it was in 1973. We’re go­ing to un­veil the liv­ery on the HSCC stand at Race Retro. That will be the first time it has gone back to its orig­i­nal liv­ery since 1973. It has been through all sorts of colours since then.”

It had a se­ries of own­ers “It has raced in For­mula 4, Mono­posto and Clas­sic F3 over the years and has prob­a­bly raced for 20 of its 40 sea­sons. Pre­vi­ous own­ers in­clude Keith Bald­win, who used to be Gra­ham Hill’s me­chanic and owned it twice, David Pearce, John Brown, Mike Adams, Chris Fawkes, Ian Briggs, Fer­gus Tait and Mike Cres­dee. I’ve con­tacted just about all the own­ers who are still alive. From Keith Bald­win it went to Peter Dunn, who re­ally wanted it to race at Monaco in 2010, where he won the 1600 class. It is still very orig­i­nal.”

March has sto­ried his­tory

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