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93″ Wide – March Chevrolet 707 #707/2 and #707/3

For 1970 the ambitious March Cars embarked on a programme to build customer racing cars for every major open wheel category from Formula One to Formula Ford and included a 93″ wide two seat closed wheel Group 7 Can Am car for good measure.

March 707, Goodwood Festival Of Speed

Two March 707’s were completed one was run in the 1970 Can Am Challenge by the factory with sponsorship from STP for New Zealander Chris Amon, while the first of the two completed chassis was sold to German Helmut Kelleners who was sponsored by the Deutsche Auto Zeitung periodical in the inaugural Interserie Championship.

March 707, Goodwood Festival Of Speed

Of the two drivers Kelleners had the most success winning Intersiere races at Croft and Hockenheimring, any championship challenge was however halted by a couple of clutch failures and a disqualification from the first Hockenheim race after missing a chicane. Helmut won three non further non championship races in 1970 before he had March #707/1 upgraded to 717 spec for 1971, with new bodywork and the chassis number #717/1 being the most obvious difference.

Williams, March 707, Brands Hatch

The revised car was not so competitive and still having transmission problems winning no races in 1971.Austrian Stefan Skelnar bought the car in 1972 and raced #717/1 without any success until at least 1974 eventually refitting the original 707 type bodywork.

Williams, March 707, Brands Hatch

The works #707/2 built for Chris Amon was not ready for the opening races of the 1970 Can Am Challenge but qualified a respectable third on it’s debut at Donnybrooke, where Chris finished 5th. At Laguna Seca and Riverside Chris qualified 5th and finished 4th. There after there is no evidence of the car taking part in contemporary events.

March 707, Goodwood Festival Of Speed

March built a spare chassis tub #707/3 and it would appear to have been purchased by Canadian Gordon Dewar and raced in 5 events in the 1971 Can Am challenge after 4 retirements due to transmission and fuel pump issues Gordon is listed as retiring from the fifth due to illness.

In the early 1980’s Ted Williams acquired #707/3 and he is seen driving the car at Brands Hatch where he experienced handling problems due to a low ride height in qualifying and then low fuel pressure during the race. Later in the 80’s Ted survived a chassis shortening accident in #707/3/.

The #77 is so far as I have been able to ascertain Chris Amon’s chassis #707/2 which was being run at the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed for Matteo Maria Tullio.

My thanks to Alan Raine, Simon Lewis and Tim Murray at The Nostalgia Forum for help identifying the #71 chassis number, driver and providing race reports.

Thanks for joining me on this “93” Wide” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you’ll join me again tomorrow when I’ll be looking at a Can Am McLaren. Don’t forget to come back now !


Standard of the World – 1978 Cadillac Coupe Deville

Rounding out a couple of days looking at Cadillac Coupe de Villes is this 1978 model which appears with number plates suggesting that it was registered before August 1976. Cadillac was born out of the Henry Ford Company on August 22nd, 1902, when mechanic & entrepreneur Henry M. Leland put forward to the investors in the company that continued manufacture was a more profitable than factory liquidation.

In 1977 the Coupe de Ville was downsized 9.8 inches saving 750 lbs in weight over its immediate ancestor, the new package was powered by a 7 litre 425 cui V8.

Leland named the new company Cadillac after his ancestor Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac the founder of Detroit. General Motors acquired Cadillac in 1909. Cadillac appears to have been responsible for setting the V8 as the standard configuration in the US Motor Industry.

This particular model can be identified as a 1978 version by the small vertical tail light insets a feature that would remain with the de Ville until 1999.

Cadillac was twice awarded the Dewar Trophy by the Royal Automobile Club (RAC) in England for advancement of the automobile industry first in 1909 for developing models with full parts interchangeability in 1908, and again in 1913 for developing the electric starter (thank heavens, that saved an a lot of sweat and probably a few broken arms) and electric lights (hallelujhah, imagine if we were all still driving around by naked flame candle light or propane powered lights ?). These successes led to Cadillac adopting the strap line “Standard of the World”.

Slightly off topic, after an amazing Cup race in Texas, kudos to Dangerous Denny Hamlin, there are still three guys in with a chance to win it all, I am glad Happy Harvick managed to pull a 6th place out of the bag, before the last pit stops it looked like he would be lucky to finish in the top 20. It’s looking like the only way to keep his championship hopes alive will be two straight win’s. I hope Happy over turns the record books and pulls them off, should be a little easier after the #48 pit crew was benched mid race by the Evil Genius Knaus in favour of the #24 crew when they became available.

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