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March #2# The Rise and Fall of a Motor Racing Legend

ISBN-10: 1899870547

ISBN-13: 9781899870547

 

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March #2# The Rise and Fall of a Motor Racing Legend

by Mike Lawrence

This is a gripping and at times emotional story of four people - Max Mosley, Alan Rees, Graham Coaker and Robin Herd - who began with little more than a telephone and a dream and created a racing team, designed a series of single-seater racing cars and built a factory in which to make them, all in the space of a few hectic months in 1969. Over the next few years they built and sold over 1500 cars, dominated the American racing scene, but fared less well in Formula One and eventually succumbed to the collapsing economic climate and ultimately factors beyond their control.

By the mid-1980s, March Engineering was a dominant name in auto racing - of the the 33 cars to start the 1984 Indianapolis 500, 29 were built by March. Back in Europe, March was about to win the first of three Formula 3000 championships and return to Formula 1, where Jackie Stewart had recorded March's first Grand Prix victory in 1970.

It is a story without a happy ending, but an inspiring one nevertheless. This biography of the team is a fascinating tale of achievement and downfall, documenting not only two decades of success, but the reasons for March's collapse in 1989. Includes complete technical specificatons and race results for every March car.

Contents:

  • Silly season
  • The longest March begins with a single step
  • Lubricating the deal
  • Mad March days
  • March hares
  • Learning curve
  • Team shoestring
  • March makes the bones
  • Year of the lemon
  • Bavarian honeymoon
  • Formula Two steamroller
  • Ins and outs
  • Return of the Crown Prince
  • Drought of March
  • Big fish, small pond
  • March builds a Williams
  • March discovers America
  • The right package
  • Period of adjustment
  • Wearing the business suit
  • Sports car interlude
  • March versus Lola
  • Back to Formula One
  • Decline and fall
  • Dynasty II
  • La Ronde
  • Endgame
  • Appendix: March production and racing record

Buch, Hardcover, 20 x 27 cm, 272 Seiten 38 farbige und 200 s/w-Abbildungen, englischer Text