1974 March 741

Chassis Num: 741-1
The 1974 March 741 was a logical refinement of designer Robin Herd's idea to marry his dominant straight-forward F2 chassis with the Cosworth DFV for F1. it was a theme which proved very aerodynamically efficient and would be continued through 1976.

This car, chassis 741-1, was driven by young German star Hans-Joachim Stuck in the first seven races of 1974, finishing brilliantly in the World Championship points with a 4th in the Spanish Grand Prix and 5th in the South African Grand Prix. Stuck followed with top ten qualifications in Belgium and Monaco. 741-1 was driven by Sweden's Reine Wisell in the Swedish Grand Prix at Anderstop and by Italian Vittorio Brambilla in the Frend Grand Prix at Dijon-Prenois. Stuck then drove it home in 7th place in his home German Grand Prix at Nurburgring with backing from his F2 sponsor, Jagermeister.

Today: After being withdrawn from works team competition, 741-1 was purchased by Sir Nick Williamson to contest the 1976 RAC British Hill-Climb Championship, the former Champion winning at Bouley Bay. For 1977 Roy lane purchased the car and rebuilt it as a hill-climb special, winning at Le Val des Terres, Prescott and Doune. Retired in 1985, 741-1 sat mothballed until 2005 when purchased by the current owner. Owner/driver Steve Cook of Yountville California took two years to restore 741-1 to the 1974 F1 specifications and livery as last seen at the Nurburgring in 1974.
The late 1950s and early 1960s was a revolutionary time for many Formula racing series, as the benefits of mid-engine placement were utilized and cars made the drastic switch. This simple change of moving the engine from in front of the driver to behind, had a profound effect on performance and drastically changed the way the mechanical components operated.

In the early 1960s, Formula 1 regulations limited engine displacement to just 1.5-liters. By the mid-1960s, the regulations were changed, capping displacement at 3-liters.

For the 1967 season, Colin Chapman approached his friends Mike Costin and Keith Duckworth - the founders of the Cosworth engine company - to produce a suitable engine to comply with F1 specifications. They were interested but lacked the necessary resources to produce the engine. Lotus, who had just won the Indy 500 with Ford, persuaded Ford to help fund the project. Thus, the birth of the Ford and Cosworth relationship.

Cosworth modified a four-cylinder Ford engine into a 16-valve, FVA engine that displaced 1600cc and complied with Formula 2 regulations. This engine would become the basis for the 3-liter V8 DFV engines. The DFV, short for Double Four Valve, had dual overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder. It was cast from aluminum by Cosworth and fitted with a fuel injection system. In this guise, the engine was capable of producing 400 horsepower. By the late 1960s, nearly ever team was using the Cosworth engine and it accounted for every victory in 1968, except one.

Obviously, the sport was rapidly changing and even aerodynamic aids such as wings had become popular and effective. March added their own unique feature to the sport of F1 by being the first to offer customer chassis.

British manufacturer and Formula One constructor, March Engineering began operation in 1969 by its four founders, Max Mosley, Alan Rees, Graham Coaker and Robin Herd. The name 'March' was chosen by using initials from their first or last names. Each of these individuals brought unique qualities and talents to the team. Herd was the designer, Rees was the team's manager, Coaker oversaw production, and Mosley handled the commercial side of the operation.

The purpose of the company was to provide chassis for customers competing in all racing categories. In 1969 the company built a Formula 3 car. A year later they produced an F1 racer, the 701, which they used for team competition and to supply to privateers. In the non-championship Race of Champions, Jackie Stewart gave March its first F1 victory. He won the Spanish Grand Prix a month later. In its first four races, it earned three victories, though the Spanish GP race was the only one that earned points toward the Championship.

The March 701 was off to a great start, but this was short lived as manufacturers continued to develop and fine-tune their F1 cars. As the season wore on, the competition only got stronger. To make things worse, Stewart had switched to a Tyrrell.

March sold 11 F1 cars in 1970, yet found themselves in financial difficulties at the end of the season. In order for March to survive in this very competitive arena, March required an even better chassis. Their hopes lay in the March 711, with the chassis designed by ex-Lotus employee Geoff Ferris and the body by legendary Frank Costin. At the front of the car was an unusual, yet creative, 'tea-tray' front wing. In the capable hands of Swedish driver Ronnie Petterson, the car finished second in the driver's championship and March found themselves third in the constructor's championship.

For 1972, March introduced the 721X (the X representing experimental) which featured a new rear suspension comprised of high-mounted rear springs. March worked aggressively to better the cars weight distribution by employing a number of techniques and repositioning of components. The gearbox was placed between the engine and the rear axle, instead of the conventional position of behind the rear axle. With these changes in place, the 721X made its racing debut at the Spanish Grand Prix in Jarama. Two cars were entered, one driven by Niki Lauda and the other by Ronnie Peterson. This would not be a historic day for the cars, as the weight was too heavy for the front Goodyear tires causing problems in the corners such as under- and over-steer.

The March 721X raced in three more Grand Prix events before it was replaced by the March 721G.

1973 was a dismal year for March in Formula 1 competition. The four extant 721Gs were re-bodied and given nose-mounted radiators to comply with racing regulations. Though they were not new chassis, they were given a new name - the 731.

For the 1974 and 1975 season, March offered their 741. The factory team, in 1974, ran Howden Ganley until his funds dried up. Then Hans-Joachim Stuck in a Jagermeister-sponsored car and Vittorio Brambilla in a Beta Tools-sponsored car became the team drivers. Brabilla would continue the following year, with a surprising victory at the 1975 Austrian Grand Prix. The event had been shortened due to ran. Lella Lombardi ran in the second car and would be the only woman to score a Championship point in F1.
By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2009
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1974 Formula One Season
PosTeamConstructorChassisDriversPoints
Yardley Team McLarenMcLarenM23 United Kingdom Stanley Michael Bailey Hailwood
United Kingdom David Wishart Hobbs
Germany Jochen Richard Mass 
73
Scuderia FerrariFerrari Austria Andreas Nikolaus 'Niki' Lauda
Switzerland Gianclaudio Giuseppe 'Clay' Regazzoni 
65
Elf Team TyrrellTyrrell
006
007 
France Patrick André Eugène Joseph Depailler
South Africa Jody David Scheckter 
52
John Player Team LotusLotus Belgium Jacques Bernard 'Jacky' Ickx
Sweden Bengt Ronnie Peterson
Australia Timothy Theodore 'Tim' Schenken 
42
Motor Racing DevelopmentsBrabham
BT44 
Brazil José Carlos Pace
Belgium Theodore 'Teddy' Pilette
Argentina Carlos Alberto Reutemann
United Kingdom Richard Robarts
Liechtenstein Frederick 'Rikky' von Opel 
35
Hesketh RacingHesketh
308 
United Kingdom James Simon Wallis Hunt
South Africa Ian Scheckter 
15
Team Motul BRMBRM New Zealand Christopher Arthur Amon
France Jean-Pierre Maurice Georges Beltoise
France François Migault
France Henri Pescarolo 
10
UOP Shadow Racing TeamShadow
DN3
DN1 
France Jean-Pierre Jacques Jarier
United Kingdom Thomas Maldwyn Pryce
United Kingdom Brian Herman Thomas Redman
United States Peter Jeffrey Revson
Sweden Bertil Roos 
7
March EngineeringMarch
741 
Italy Vittorio Brambilla
New Zealand James Howden Ganley
Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck
Sweden Reine Wisell 
6
10 Frank Williams Racing CarsIso-Marlboro Denmark Tom Belsø
France Jean-Pierre Alain Jabouille
France Jacques-Henri Laffite
Italy Arturo Francesco 'Little Art' Merzario
Netherlands Jonkheer Gijsbert van Lennep 
4
11 Team SurteesSurtees
TS16 
United Kingdom Derek Reginald Bell
France Louis José Lucien Dolhem
France Louis José Lucien Dolhem
France Jean-Pierre Alain Jabouille
Austria Helmuth Koinigg
Germany Jochen Richard Mass
Brazil José Carlos Pace 
3
12 Embassy Racing with Graham HillLola
T370 
United Kingdom Guy Richard Goronwy Edwards
United Kingdom Peter Kenneth Gethin
United Kingdom Norman Graham Hill
Germany Rolf Johann Stommelen 
1
 Team GunstonLotus South Africa Paddy Driver
South Africa Ian Scheckter 
 Blignaut Embassy RacingTyrrell South Africa Eddie Keizan 
 Scribante Lucky Strike RacingMcLaren
M23 
South Africa Dave Charlton 
 John Goldie Racing with HexagonBrabham Brazil José Carlos Pace
United Kingdom John Marshall 'Wattie' Watson 
 Scuderia FinottoBrabham Italy Carlo Giovanni Facetti
Austria Helmuth Koinigg
France Gérard Larrousse 
 The Chequered FlagBrabham United Kingdom Ian Hugh Gordon Ashley 
 Team Canada F1 RacingBrabham Canada Egbert 'Eppie' Wietzes 
 Allied Polymer GroupBrabham Italy Maria Grazia 'Lella' Lombardi 
 Hesketh RacingMarch United Kingdom James Simon Wallis Hunt 
 Dempster Internacional Racing TeamMarch United Kingdom Mike Wilds 
 AAW Racing TeamSurtees
TS16 
Finland Leo Juhani 'Leksa' Kinnunen 
 Dempster Internacional Team SurteesSurtees
TS16 
Austria Dieter Quester 
 Team EnsignEnsign Australia Vernon 'Vern' Schuppan
Liechtenstein Frederick 'Rikky' von Opel
United Kingdom Mike Wilds 
 Trojan-Tauranac RacingTrojan
T103 
Australia Timothy Theodore 'Tim' Schenken 
 Maki EngineeringMaki New Zealand James Howden Ganley 
 Chris Amon RacingAmon
AF101 
New Zealand Christopher Arthur Amon
Australia Larry Clifton Perkins 
 Pinch Plant LtdLyncar New Zealand John Nicholson 
 Token RacingToken
RJ02 
United Kingdom Ian Hugh Gordon Ashley
United Kingdom Thomas Maldwyn Pryce
United Kingdom David Charles Purley 
 Vel's Parnelli Jones RacingParnelli
VPJ4 
United States Mario Gabriele Andretti 
 Penske CarsPenske United States Mark Neary Donohue, Jr. 
 Marlboro Team TexacoMcLaren
M23 
Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi
New Zealand Denis Clive 'Denny' Hulme 

1974 Season Review
RaceCircuitDateWinning DriverConstructor
 Argentine Grand Prix  Oscar GálvezJan 1974  Denis Clive 'Denny' HulmeMcLaren 
 Brazilian Grand Prix  InterlagosJan 1974  Emerson FittipaldiMcLaren 
 South African Grand Prix  KyalamiMar 1974  Carlos Alberto ReutemannBrabham 
 Spanish Grand Prix  JaramaApr 1974  Andreas Nikolaus 'Niki' LaudaFerrari 
 Belgian Grand Prix  Nivelles-BaulersMay 1974  Emerson FittipaldiMcLaren 
 Monaco Grand Prix  MonacoMay 1974  Bengt Ronnie PetersonLotus 
 Swedish Grand Prix  ScandinavianJun 1974  Jody David ScheckterTyrrell 
 Dutch Grand Prix  ZandvoortJun 1974  Andreas Nikolaus 'Niki' LaudaFerrari 
 French Grand Prix  Dijon-PrenoisJul 1974  Bengt Ronnie PetersonLotus 
 British Grand Prix  Brands HatchJul 1974  Jody David ScheckterTyrrell 
 German Grand Prix  NürburgringAug 1974  Gianclaudio Giuseppe 'Clay' RegazzoniFerrari 
 Austrian Grand Prix  OsterreichringAug 1974  Carlos Alberto ReutemannBrabham 
 Italian Grand Prix  MonzaSep 1974  Bengt Ronnie PetersonLotus 
 Canadian Grand Prix Canadian Grand Prix MosportSep 1974  Emerson FittipaldiMcLaren 
 United States Grand Prix  Watkins GlenOct 1974  Carlos Alberto ReutemannBrabham 

Formula One World Drivers' Champions
1950 G. Farina
1951 J. Fangio
1952 A. Ascari
1953 A. Ascari
1954 J. Fangio
1955 J. Fangio
1956 J. Fangio
1957 J. Fangio
1958 M. Hawthorn
1959 S. Brabham
1960 S. Brabham
1961 P. Hill, Jr
1962 N. Hill
1963 J. Clark, Jr.
1964 J. Surtees
1965 J. Clark, Jr.
1966 S. Brabham
1967 D. Hulme
1968 N. Hill
1969 S. Stewart
1970 K. Rindt
1971 S. Stewart
1972 E. Fittipaldi
1973 S. Stewart
1974 E. Fittipaldi
1975 A. Lauda
1976 J. Hunt
1977 A. Lauda
1978 M. Andretti
1979 J. Scheckter
1980 A. Jones
1981 N. Piquet
1982 K. Rosberg
1983 N. Piquet
1984 A. Lauda
1985 A. Prost
1986 A. Prost
1987 N. Piquet
1988 A. Senna
1989 A. Prost
1990 A. Senna
1991 A. Senna
1992 N. Mansell
1993 A. Prost
1994 M. Schumacher
1995 M. Schumacher
1996 D. Hill
1997 J. Villeneuve
1998 M. Hakkinen
1999 M. Hakkinen
2000 M. Schumacher
2001 M. Schumacher
2002 M. Schumacher
2003 M. Schumacher
2004 M. Schumacher
2005 F. Alonso
2006 F. Alonso
2007 K. Raikkonen
2008 L. Hamilton
2009 J. Button
2010 S. Vettel
2011 S. Vettel
2012 S. Vettel
2013 S. Vettel
2014 L. Hamilton
2015 L. Hamilton
2016 N. Rosberg
2017 L. Hamilton

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