1980 March 80A Formula Atlantic
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OldRacingCars.com reports the early history for 80A-14 as the Jeff Wood pro car. Wood finished 4th at Sears Point, and 5th at Westwood before being involved in the six car accident in turn one at Brainerd. That effectively ended Wood's time racing the car, as he purchased a Ralt to race for the rest of the season. The Championship was won that year by Jacques Villeneuve in an 80A, followed by Price Cobb, also in an 80A.
Thereafter what is currently known of the March's history is as follows:
1981-84: Sandy Brandt, Palm City, Florida. During Brandt's ownership Brandt reports that he had an accident with the 80A at Roebling Road, in Georgia. He repaired the car with new body work and a new tub directly from March.
1984 1999 Carl Holgate, Fort Lauderdale Florida. Carl purchased the car and ran it a number of times prior to converting the car to a modern, pointy nose style, with 2 front wings. He commissioned Pat Prince to do that work for him.
1999 2018 Tim Gaffney, Detroit Michigan. When Gaffney got the car he restored the March to its original sports car front nose assembly. The pointed nose and wings do, however, come with the car. Gaffney also replaced the original ground effects side pods with March 79B side pods to make the car eligible for vintage racing. The aero side pods also come with the car.
The March has been raced approximately 10 times over its most recent 20-year ownership period. It has two races since a full tear down and restoration, which is detailed below. The 80A has not been in any accidents in its vintage racing career, and shows no cracks or repairs.
The last race for the March was November, 2014, at the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. The March was leading the Formula Atlantic support race for the F1 Grand Prix, when a cracked header caused the car to drop back to second in the waning moments of the race. It is a top notch, front running, flat bottom, Formula Atlantic. We know. We have raced against it.
The March also comes with two unusual documents. The buyer will receive the original test and set up notes from Doug Shierson Racing generated when his driver, Price Cobb, was developing the first 80A in the USA. This 15-page document has notes, service information, and gear charts for 20 tracks around the USA. The other document is the original parts list, and vehicle build directions, from the March factory.
The March can comfortably fit drivers over 62, which is unusual to find in an Atlantic car.
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180 miles on full engine rebuild by Ted Wenz at Savannah Race Engines, 235 hp, 150 lb ft
Show quality paint and decals
The March was fully disassembled and every rivet checked on the car.
1 vintage race weekend since rebuild
Current configuration is Flat Bottom with 79B side pods
The March also has its original March factory aero style mirrors.
The engine in the 80A is almost new. Aside from the head, cam carrier and valve cover, virtually every part is new.
4 bolt head,
Later version solid cam carrier (rare)
New Moldex crank, Cosworth DFV rods, new Carr rod bolts,
Special Jennings .440 lift cam
New Big valves, new valve springs, buckets and keepers
New sleeves in block
March 80A cast alloy pan
Integrated water pump pulley
special March oil pump with integral oil filter, New oil cooler
Electromotive ignition system
long Jennings intake manifolds
Webber 48DCOE SP carbs
Rebuilt by Averill Racing Stuff
New 9-31 ring and pinion
New inner and out cam tracks with chicklets
New dog rings (with spares)
Large cast magnesium adapter has fresh di-chromate coating and no cracks
Rebuilt shift linkage also new shifter knob designed to give more leg room for the driver
All suspension has been disassembled and checked.
Rear uprights have a Shierson developed fix that puts radius rod mount into double sheer, thus reducing the common problem of cracking
Front suspension is painted gloss black
Rear suspension has a polished nickel finish
Rebuilt Koni 8212 double adjustable shocks by True Choice Motorsports
Rear sub assembly casting has been re-machined to remove play
New very rare rear wheel bearings
New rear roll bars
New brake rotors, front and rear
New brake pads (1 race weekend)
Body is in outstanding condition with zero repairs
New main cockpit section was purchased from the UK
Car currently has March 79B side pods so that it conforms to the flat bottom rules for vintage racing
Paint is concourse condition and cost over $4k.
New custom wiring harness done by Ray Grienkie. Grienkie was the wiring guru for Champion Audi when they ran the factory R8 program in the USA
Large Varley red-top battery
New SPA Tach, New SPA steering wheel with built in shift lights
New Tilton brake bias adjustor
New rear wing main plane
New SS coating on headers
New Tilton XLT superlight starter
New nose frame
2 sets of wheels
New Spa steering wheels with integrates shift lights
New fuel cell
Fully rebuilt brake system
Powder coated and safety wired caliper caps
New wind screen
Spare set of wheels
Wheel parts (inner and outer hats, extra center hubs)
2 front uprights (new)
1 rear upright with new di-chromate coating, bearings, and mounting tabs
Rear suspension sub frame
2 rear lower a-arms
2 Electromotive ignition boxes (with 3 spare pick-ups)
Oil lines, Radiator
15 FT gear sets plus what is in the car
1980 side pods,
Spare nose (new with matching white new paint)
Front lower a-arm
1 Pat Prince nose and mold
1 Steel oil pan
1 Tach cable
1 Upper rocker arm
4 Sets of front springs
2 Sets of rear springs
Brake pads, 4 Brake pistons
2 Oil coolers
Ignition boxes with distributor
1 Rear tie rod
1 Front tie rod
1 Set of rear wing uprights
Misc. clutch parts
Original SCCA log book
Original set up notes from Shearson and Price Cobb
Known history. Always run in the South East
The March is in excellent condition. It is fully sorted by one of the quickest Formula Atlantic drivers in the U.S. The car is truly ready to go on a race track today. This is not one of those cars that you buy and find out that all the key parts are worn out. It also comes with prodigious, meaningful, spares. Additionally, the March comes with detailed records of all the work performed on the car a must when buying a top Formula Atlantic car.
Chassis Number: 80A-14