‘72STAGPOWER’S Formula 2 Racing Cars

Markus Hotz, one of Switzerland’s best racing drivers from the nineteen-sixties to the nineteen-eighties, drove speedy laps in a Formula 2 Jägermeister March on the Arena circuit in Oschersleben. The car ran perfectly. This car was owned by Markus Hotz, but he sold the vehicle to ‘72STAGPOWER a short time ago. Markus Hotz was accompanied by his sons David and Benjamin.

This March racing car is one of only two examples of the type built by the March company for Formula 2 in 1977. This March BMW, which was once snow-white, is important for ‘72STAGPOWER because Jochen Mass won the Eifel race on the Nürburgring with this monoposto (single-seater) (in Jägermeister colours) in 1977. Markus Hotz’s comment on this subject: “I was happy to give you the car. It’s a part of Jägermeister’s history. It belongs to you. And I am also allowed to continue to drive it from time to time.”

Markus Hotz was an extremely versatile racing driver. He drove in Formula V, in Formula Super V and even in Formula 2. Not only in circuit races but also hill-climbs, where he was regarded as the “Mountain King”. For example, he was three times overall winner on the Schauinsland track in Freiburg (in 1976, 1980 and 1982).

Hotz was also on the starting grid in the famous Procar series of M1 cars, and in 1978 he was one of BMW’s works drivers in the countries teams in the Manufacturers’ World Championship (in the 320’s BMW Group 5). Markus Hotz (together with Claude Haldi) was also overall fourth in the 1000-kilometre race on the Nürburgring in 1976 with a Porsche-Turbo 934/35.

For many years Holtz also constructed his own racing cars (nearly 50) in his Horag AG company, as far as the Can-Am Spyder. His drivers included aces like Johnny Cecotto, Marc Surer and Mike Thackwell.

Then, after the successful test drive in the March, Markus Hotz also climbed into another of ‘72STAGPOWER’s Formula 2s, a Brabham-Ford BT 38. This car was also important in the history of Jägermeister racing. The two-time world champion Graham Hill was the first star to whom the Jägermeister racing team committed itself in 1972. For Formula 2. In the Brabham-Ford BT 38.

72stagpower Oschersleben 2017 Schimpf und Hotz

Long-time companions in racing: Markus Hotz and Eckhard Schimpf

72stagpower Oschersleben 2017 David Hotz und Vater

David Hotz helps his father sit in the Brabham

72stagpower Oschersleben 2017 Benjamin Hotz

Benjamin Hotz “checks” the BMW engine

Markus Hotz und Michael Groth

Markus Hotz and ’72STAGPOWER chief engineer Michael Groth

72stagpower Oschersleben 2017 March BMW

March-BMW 772 from 1977

72stagpower Oschersleben 2017 Barbham Ford BT38

Brabham-Ford  BT 38 from 1972

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Author: Eckhard Schimpf
Photos: kreativburschen/D.Salinger