The Key

Racing for real

Photo credit: Masters Historic Racing, Wheelsage

Created in England by a group of young enthusiasts led by Max Mosley, Robin Heard and Alan Rees when the beat generation was at its peak, March took everyone by surprise during its fine career in Formula 1, 2 and 3. Beyond its numerous successes on the circuits it was the originality of the cars that transformed it into a phenomenon in its own right. Just look at the 711, made famous by Ronnie Peterson, with that strange front wing that looked like a tray, so much so that it was actually nicknamed “Tea Tray”, or the 762 which today competes in historic races but was once driven in anger by Hans Stuck and Vittorio Brambilla. British, passionate and very fast, Henry Fletcher is one of the young people that The Key 2020 features in a special gallery of young collectors. He represents that category of collectors who don’t mind using their cars and drive them to win. And Henry Fletcher’s passion for historical racing is not limited to single-seater races: he also drives two Chevron sports cars, the 1969 B16 and a 1973 B26. A car famous for simplicity and lightness.

March immediately imposed its own very different and original style with the 711 driven here by the famous and unfortunate Ronnie Peterson
Henry Fletcher with his March at Spa during one of the many classic single-seater races he participates in
Not only single-seaters: classic car speed races have many opportunities for Sports cars, which is where you’ll find Fletcher and his Chevrons. In this case the 1973 B26
At the start of the Masters Historic, the Chevron is also represented by the magnificent B16 whose small 2-litre engine and lightweight aerodynamic design gives it an excellent power to weight ratio and incredible performance
This photo illustrates just how hard Fletcher pushes his cars, often transforming track limits into subjective interpretations