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1981 March 811: Formula Vice

In this week’s Made to Drive installment we are in Florida with Petrolicious’ friend and vintage motorsport enthusiast, John Campion. Joining his collection recently, this 1981 March 811 Formula 1 car represents a different era of top-level racing, wherein one could buy an engine and build a chassis to compete without spending hundreds of millions of manufacturer dollars. Though this sinister black sword of a racing car wasn’t on the same pace as that year’s world championship contenders, the Guinness-sponsored machine driven by Irishman Derek Daly was still ferociously quick in an absolute sense, and it’s a treat to see it in action on a race track so many decades later on.

Go Behind The Scenes On Our 1981 March 811 Film Shoot

Motorsport in the 1980s saw the rise of ground effects and a blockier, more angular approach to aerodynamics as a whole on race cars. Slab-sided touring cars, prototypes, and Formula 1 machines were the norm, and everything looked like it was designed with heaps of rulers and math. At the start of the decade, the dominance of turbocharging was just over the horizon, but the pioneering forced-induction motors and leftover V12s on the starting grid of every Grand Prix weekend were drowned in a chorus of naturally-aspirated Cosworth DFV V8s.

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