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#1 Lydmanden

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Posted 02 June 2001 - 21:25

Just finished viewing my newly acquired season reviews for 89 - 91.

After what seemed to be a bit of an up and down period - failed to qualify both cars in one race and then a podium finish in the next, (Ivan Capelli in an Adrian Newey car) they seemed to dissappear.

Can anybody fill me in with some info. Wasn`t there some rumours of clandestine drug smuggling within the team?

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#2 mhferrari

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Posted 02 June 2001 - 22:23

I think the Japanese sponsor boss got in trouble with the law. However, back then I just paid attention to the racing.

#3 Bob Amblard

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Posted 17 October 2006 - 13:27

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With the support of the powerful japanese group Leyton-House, March maid a return to F1 in 1987. The first results are very poor (the new March F1 was in fact only one F3000 modified). But the team will make speak about it, thanks to the contribution of young engineer named Adrian Newey, whose very perfect designs gave the opportunity to Ivan Capelli to fight with some of the best in 1988.

After disappointing results in 1989, the team is purchased and renamed by Leyton-House.
In 1990, always thanks to the tandem Newey-Capelli, the performances of 1988 are reached. Again the "special" design of Newey's chassis is able as the best, as the worst. The worst with the GP of Mexico, where on an embossed circuit, March failed to qualified ; best two weeks later on the perfectly smooth coating of the Paul-Ricard circuit where Capelli is intercalated on the podium between Prost and Senna after having let escape the victory in the all last turns because of cuts engine :| : ): .
Unfortunately, it will be the last exploit of March in F1.
In 1991, the Leyton-House stay in the funds of grids and at the end of the year, the Leyton-House group is carried by a politico-financial scandal.
That's the end of the Leyton House March team...
The end of March F1 became the following year.

Futhermore, I read that Leyton House wasn't a living mark untill the end of 1988.
I do not remembered the activity of Leytno House...


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#4 petefenelon

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Posted 17 October 2006 - 14:12

Originally posted by Bob Amblard
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With the support of the powerful japanese group Leyton-House, March maid a return to F1 in 1987. The first results are very poor (the new March F1 was in fact only one F3000 modified). But the team will make speak about it, thanks to the contribution of young engineer named Adrian Newey, whose very perfect designs gave the opportunity to Ivan Capelli to fight with some of the best in 1988.

After disappointing results in 1989, the team is purchased and renamed by Leyton-House.
In 1990, always thanks to the tandem Newey-Capelli, the performances of 1988 are reached. Again the "special" design of Newey's chassis is able as the best, as the worst. The worst with the GP of Mexico, where on an embossed circuit, March failed to qualified ; best two weeks later on the perfectly smooth coating of the Paul-Ricard circuit where Capelli is intercalated on the podium between Prost and Senna after having let escape the victory in the all last turns because of cuts engine :| : ): .
Unfortunately, it will be the last exploit of March in F1.
In 1991, the Leyton-House stay in the funds of grids and at the end of the year, the Leyton-House group is carried by a politico-financial scandal.
That's the end of the Leyton House March team...
The end of March F1 became the following year.

Futhermore, I read that Leyton House wasn't a living mark untill the end of 1988.
I do not remembered the activity of Leytno House...


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March never used a 'modified F3000'; they did have two distinct F1 cars in '87 though, the 87P and the 871. The 87P was pretty much an F3000/F1 hybrid adapted from the 87B F3000 when they were both still on the drawing board, as a stopgap to get them to the first race; the 871 owed a fair bit to the 87P but was a 'proper' F1 design. They had problems with engines too, on at least one occasion having to run with a 3.3l DFL instead of a 3.5 DFZ (although ISTR that Capelli scored a point with that!).

(Dallara made their 1988 F1 debut with a 3087 F3000 car, are you mixing it up with that?)

The first Newey car was the 881 -- the 871 was Gordon Coppock/Tim Holloway/Andy Brown (who was in charge of March's later F2s and early F3000s).

The Newey cars were beautiful and aerodynamically much imitated (particularly the 'step' under the nose) but had several problems - the cockpits were absolutely tiny (on more than one occasion they burned out a clutch because the cockpits were too small for the drivers' feet to go anywhere!) and as you say they only ever really worked on very smooth circuits - the Paul Ricard/Silverstone renaissance with the new undertray that Newey left behind was at least in part down to the fact that they were two of the smoothest F1 circuits around (I wonder if they would've been nearly as quick anyway?)

They were 'the team most likely to upset the balance' in '88-9, but it was all going wrong financially, culturally and politically for them in '90. I think one win would've been enough to establish them (assuming they could find a good sponsor to replace Akagi).

Leyton House was the umbrella name for some of Mr Akagi's businesses - I think it was mostly property and leisure.

#5 theunions

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Posted 21 October 2006 - 06:42

Originally posted by petefenelon
Leyton House was the umbrella name for some of Mr Akagi's businesses - I think it was mostly property and leisure.


Around 1988, for at least a few months, there was a retail store - appeared to be clothing - in Waikiki along Kalakaua Ave. (next to Moana Hotel) which bore the Leyton House name. Needless to say, I did a double take seeing that when I passed by (I wasn't of driving age then, so stopping to investigate was out of the question).

When I met Capelli in Jan. 2004, he mentioned having visited the store on his one prior visit to Oahu during that timeframe, confirming the clothing aspect.

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Posted 21 October 2006 - 09:02

F1 modeling japanese magazine recentely made a tribute to Leyton House with many photos of the cars, inteview of I.Capelli...


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