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Little Classics News: 1 June 2015

1978 March BMW 782 out Testing for Goodwood

BMW Museum AG’s 1978 March BMW 782

Cars International were out testing at Silverstone on Friday, shaking down the Munich based Museum’s 1978 March BMW 782, which has recently undergone a full restoration, before it makes its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The 1978 March BMW 782 is owned by the BMW museum AG, who commissioned Cars International to restore and race prepare the classic racing car prior to it being returned to Munich. Having impressed the BMW engineers at the test, the car is now due to run at the forthcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed event, where guest driver Marc Surer who was second in the 1978 F2 Championship is likely to pilot the car up the famous hill.

BMW Museum AG’s 1978 March BMW 782

March Engineering was founded in 1969 by Max Mosley, Alan Rees, Graham Coaker and Robin Herd with the intention to build customer cars for F1, F2, F3, Formula Ford and Can-Am whilst running works F1, F2 and F3 teams.

March competed with some success in Formula 1 from 1970 to 1977 and in 1978 teamed up with BMW as an engine supplier to enter the F2 European Championships; they couldn’t have had a more successful season. The BMW Junior Team, with drivers Bruno Giacomelli and Marc Surer dominated throughout finishing first and second respectively.

Following the restoration by Cars International at their Hungerford based workshop, Cars International founder and former racer Paul Osborn took to the circuit in the 2.0 litre, 310hp BMW powered car for the test despite torrential rain. He commented “It is perfect, unlike many cars from this era, it feels a part of you. The engine is brilliant. So is the handling, even in the monsoon like conditions.”


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