Formula one

March-Ford 761/2 Jägermeister

Orange House, 1/20 scale

by John Horst © 2005 Modeler Site

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In 1969 March Engineering was established with the intention to become a racing car production business providing chassis for customers competing in all racing categories. Each of the four founders chipped in £2,500 to form a company that was to become, with the exception of Formula One, more successful in more classes than any other manufacturer ever.


The four founders, Max Mosley, Alan Rees, Graham Coaker and Robin Herd, each had a specific area of expertise. While Max Mosley looked after the commercial side of the business, Robin Herd did the design, Alan Rees managed the March racing teams and Graham Coaker oversaw the production in their Bicester factory.

March changed and grew over time and had divisions known as March Engineering, March Racing, March Wind Tunnels, March Engineering Projects, Comtec, March Grand Prix, March F1. The well known March logo was designed by Graham's wife Carol Coaker and served for the next 20 years.

After building a Formula 3 car in 1969, the company turned to F1 in 1970 with the 701 chassis. That same year, Jackie Stewart gave March its first F1 victory in the non-championship Race of Champions in March and won the Spanish GP the following month.

In 1976 the type March 761 (76 is the year, 1 is for formula one) was running in the formula one championship with a lot of drivers like Vittorio Brambilla, Ronnie Peterson, Hans-Joachim Stuck, Arturo Merzario and Lella Lombardi. Now the German Grand Prix 1976 was my second GP I have seen live, so my decision was very easy which version I will built, Hans-Joachim Stuck was my favorite driver and I like the Jägermeister-liqueur. The weather at this weekend was dry and wet, so the car had a lot of different aerodynamic parts, so I have decided to built a “dry” version.


The Kit

The Orange House kit is a 1/20 scale, and comprises resin, metal, PE, and rubber parts. Before starting to paint the chassis or building the engine, you should to test the right position of the chassis and oiltank. Then you’ll have to drill all the holes, for the watercooler, oiltank, pushrod and cam cover (see photo). To build the engine you must clean all the metal parts, very carefully, this will make the construction easier. The rest of the parts can be assembled as per the instructions.

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