1982 MARCH 82G GTP PROTOTYPE VIN # 1
Gem Classic Cars
NH, Croydon NH 03773
Driven by Bobby Rahal, Jim Trueman and Bruce Canepa
Pole winning car at the 1982 24 Hours of Daytona and the 1982 12 Hours of Sebring
Second place finish in the 1982 12 Hours of Sebring
Featured in the movie 'Circuit' and driven by Paul Newman at Laguna Seca
Class winner at the 2011 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
2011 Amelia Island Honoree Bobby Rahal drove this car up to the Concours grandstands as the main feature of the opening ceremony
Displayed in 2011 at invitation only Monterey Car Week exclusive venues: The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering, McCall Motorworks Revival, Monterey Historics at Laguna Seca
Restored in 2010 to original race condition by former IMSA Mechanic of the Year Jack Deren
1982 March GTP Prototype
Chassis 82G1 chassis no. 1
Reported top Speed 234 MPH at Le Mans
Powered by correct 358/650 HP small block Chevrolet V-8 engine
5-speed manual transmission
Red Roof Inns #9 livery in Red, White and Gold
March Engineering Limited Bichester, England chassis tag
Aluminum honeycomb monocoque with an integrated tubular steel roll cage
Kevlar and carbon fiber bodywork
BBS Gold wheels
Goodyear Eagle racing tires
Please note that the fuel cell bladder date code has expired and will need to be replaced
This 1982 March 82G GTP Prototype shares an abundance of racing provenance having been the pole winner at both the 1982 24 Hours of Daytona and the 1982 12 Hours of Sebring, driven by Bobby Rahal, Jim Trueman and Bruce Canepa. Prepared and entered by the Bob Garretson team, it earned a second-place finish at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1982 wearing Red Roof Inns livery in the hotly contested IMSA GTP championship series. After three more IMSA races held in the U.S., the car would later participate in international racing at the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans, where it was piloted by Rahal, Trueman and Skeeter McKitterick. Designed by Adrian Newey and Robin Herd—legendary figures within the Formula 1 racing world for their design and development accomplishments with the Williams, McLaren and Red Bull teams—set about creating an aluminum monocoque chassis with an integral tubular-steel roll cage. The engine bay was purposely sized to accept a multitude of engine choices with Chevrolet power and Porsche 935 being of primary choice. This March 82G Prototype—Chassis No. 1—is the first GTP class car constructed by March. The car proved to be fast right out of the gate and successfully incorporated many principles of ground effects utilizing underbody venturis. The car reappeared in 1984 when it ran in a handful of IMSA races under the stewardship of Jimmy Leeward, and it was then retired at the end of the year. Since that time, it has been treated to a comprehensive restoration by famed IMSA-GTP guru Jack Deren that brought the March 82G GTP back to its 1982 “Red Roof Inns” sponsorship livery. In addition to its racing accomplishments, it was the Class Winner at the 2011 Amelia Island Concours (driven up to the concours grandstand by Bobby Rahal) and displayed at the 2011 Quail Motorsports Gathering. This car was also featured in the movie “Circuit” with Paul Newman driving the car at Laguna Seca for the film.
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