NEWS: Bid to Win a Piece of Motorsports History this Saturday, July 18
Bid to Win a Piece of Motorsports History this Saturday and Support the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America
- Historic March 82C Buick IndyCar to be auctioned this Saturday, July 18 at Mecum Indy 2020, to Benefit the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America
- 1982 CART Road America 200 winner with Hector Rebaque
- Development chassis for Indianapolis 500 record-setting Buick V6 Turbo
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 13, 2020) — This Saturday, July 18, an important piece of motorsports history will cross the block at the Mecum Indy 2020 Auction with all proceeds to benefit the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA).
"This is a chance for one very lucky racing enthusiast to own an important piece of IndyCar and Indianapolis 500 history," said MSHFA President George Levy. "The winning bidder will not only acquire a significant race car but will also support the vital work of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in preserving the legacy of our sport."
March 82C No. 1 — the first March 82C built — was purchased by Forsythe Racing for former Formula 1 driver Hector Rebaque, who scored a sensational win over MSHFA inductees Al Unser (MSHFA Class of 1991), Bobby Rahal (MSHFA Class of 2004) and Rick Mears (MSHFA Class of 1998) at that year's CART Road America 200 IndyCar race. It was the Mexican driver's first and only IndyCar victory and his greatest international win.
The March goes on the block as auction item "S94" on the final day of Mecum Indy 2020 as one of Saturday's "Star" offerings. Learn more about the March and Mecum Indy 2020 at https://www.mecum.com/auctions/indianapolis-2020/lots/featured/.
The Robin Herd-designed chassis was purchased at the end of the season by McLaren Engines, Inc. in Livonia, Michigan to serve as a test bed for the development of the 209 cubic inch "stock block" Buick V6 Turbo engine that would debut at the Indianapolis 500 in 1984.
A Buick V6 Turbo powered car won the pole at the 1985 Indianapolis 500, earning the prestigious Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Louis Schwitzer Award for Buick's Ron Kociba and Joe Negri.
In the later '80s, March 82C No. 1 was adorned with its current Jim Crawford/Mac Tools/King Motorsports livery to serve as a show car for Buick's later Indianapolis 500 efforts. It was donated to the MSHFA in the early '90s and has been on static display since.
This historic March-Buick IndyCar, Lot S94, will cross the auction block Saturday, July 18 at Dana Mecum's 33rd Original Spring Classic Indy Auction at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. You can bid in person or online at https://bidnow.mecum.com/auth/login.
All proceeds from the sale will benefit the MSHFA, located on the grounds of Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, which preserves the history of the sport and honors motor racing's "Heroes of Horsepower."
The MSHFA's Class of 2020 inductees includes NASCAR's first premier series champion Red Byron (Historic), 7-time AMA Grand National champion Chris Carr (Motorcycles), motorsports publisher, promoter and competitor Floyd Clymer (At Large), IndyCar winner and chief steward Wally Dallenbach (Open Wheel), one of NASCAR's most successful owners Rick Hendrick (Stock Cars), 1979 Can-Am champion and endurance racer Jacky Ickx (Sports Cars), 1963 Daytona 500 and NASCAR Grand American champion DeWayne "Tiny" Lund (Historic), 8-time NHRA champion "Ohio George" Montgomery (Drag Racing), and 10-time off-road champion Ivan "Ironman" Stewart (Off Road).
About the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America: The MSHFA is the only hall of fame that honors all of American motorsports: cars, motorcycles, airplanes, off road and powerboats. Its mission is to celebrate and instill the American values of leadership, creativity, originality, teamwork and spirit of competition found in motorsports. It was founded by Larry G. Ciancio and Ronald A. Watson and conducted its first induction in 1989. Watson spent the next 30 years tirelessly building it into the nation's premier motorsports hall of fame until his sudden passing in 2019. The original museum in Novi, Mich., relocated to Daytona Beach, Fla., in 2016 and greets more than 100,000 visitors a year. The MSHFA is operated by the nonprofit Motorsports Museum and Hall of Fame of America Foundation, Inc.