1977 March 77B Formula Atlantic
Chassis #6. Race with Masters at USGP in 2023
History & Description
As researched by the owner, chassis #6 was initially campaigned by Colin Hine Racing in Canada in 1977. The exact driver(s) are currently unknown. In 1978 the March went to Martin McGreagor of Vancouver, British Columbia. McGreagor raced the March through 1980, when it was purchased by Mark Akestrean.
Akestrean, also of Vancouver, B.C., was sponsored by All Star Freight. The March featured a big red star, the company’s logo, on its nose. Akestrean ran the March for four races.
Russel Thompson took over the reins of chassis #6 starting in 1981. Thompson only raced the car one time, but retained the car through 1989.
Bill Stevens, of Portland, Oregon, purchased the March in 1989. He campaigned the car through 1995, entering 14 races in the process. At one point he raced the car with a Mazda engine.
The March next went to Martin Handshy in Connecticut. Handshy restored the March back to its original configuration with a 1600 Cosworth BDD mated to the car’s Hewland FT200 gearbox. He also dressed the car in Martini racing livery. See the photo below.
Handshy successfully campaigned the March in vintage races during the early 2000’s, obtaining victories and multiple podiums along the way.
In 2005, the March was sold to its current owner. He had the engine rebuilt by Loyning engines and dyno tuned. He had the chassis restored by Santa Fe Garage in Missouri. The March has not been raced since.
In 2021 the engine was run and a leakdown was performed with good results. The hydraulics were also flushed and bled to maintain full operational status.
The March is from the classic period of Formula Atlantic racing; the days of Gilles Villeneuve, Bobby Rahal, Keke Rosberg, Danny Sullivan, and so many more. It is an excellent candidate for the Formula Atlantic features in Europe, Australia, and the U.K. including the HSCC Formula 2 Championship – Gilles Villenueve Trophy for 1976-78 FA cars. Of course it is also a highly desirable car here in the U.S., including the Masters Formula Atlantic Plus Series. In particular, this March 77B qualifies to race at the 2023 U.S. Grand Prix Support Race in Austin, Texas in November. This is your chance to race with the cars and stars Formula One in front of 100,000+ fans. We have been fortunate enough to do it, and it is not to be missed.
How many more opportunities like this are going to come our way before we hang up our helmets, especially at this price point? With similar period Historic Formula One cars now being offered at auction for an estimated value of 6.5 – 9.5 million are we going to look back and wish we had spent 2/3rds of 1% to be in the same race at the U.S.G.P. with this March 77B?
The March can be purchased on its own, or with a spares package. Please contact us for details on the spares.
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