Congratulations to Michael Lyons for his impressive win in the 1973 – 1978 Formula 1 race at Grand Prix Historique Monaco. Driving the ex Rupert Keegan Hesketh 308E Lyons dominated the race, winning by a comfortable 33 seconds and also taking fastest lap.

Photo: © Alan Cox - Used with permission
Photo: © Alan Cox – Used with permission

Chevron Racing are proud to be associated with Michael Lyons success. The Hesketh 308E chassis spent the early months of 2014 at our workshops undergoing a full chassis restoration and it’s good to see young Michael making good use of our efforts!

 

Formula 3

10 Chevron’s were entered in the 2 litre 1974 – 1978 Formula 3 race which was won by ex F1 Minardi driver Paulo Barilla in his B34.

Photo: © Alan Cox - Used with permission
Photo: © Alan Cox – Used with permission

Tupper Robinson raced Andy Storer’s B38. Andy spent the winter with us at Chevron Racing preparing the car for the 2014 season.

Photo: © Alan Cox - Used with permission
Photo: © Alan Cox – Used with permission

Unlike modern F3, the 1970’s version features many different manufacturers. Barilla led home Valerio Leone in his March 783, Ollie Hancock’s SDC Lola T670 and Stefano Rosina in his interesting Osella F3A. Eje Elgh was busy with F1 commentator duties at the Spanish Grand Prix so driving duties of his B38 was taken over by Tiff Needell. A good start put Needell in the top three on the first lap and after an eventful race Tiff finished 5th.

Photo: © Alan Cox - Used with permission
Photo: © Alan Cox – Used with permission

 

Our thanks to Alan Cox for allowing the use of his images.

Alan Raine  19.5.2014

 

Chevron Racing are pleased to announce production of the Chevron B16 in 1/8th scale.

© John Shinton/Chevron Racing
© John Shinton/Chevron Racing

These stunning models are built under licence by John Shinton and are approximately 20 inches long.

The body and most large details are cast in Resin, and the metal detail is cast in Pewter with some photo-etching used for smaller details.

The models are primered and sprayed with Cellulose just as a full size car, then cut back and polished.

Each model is made to order so the customer can have the colour scheme of their own choice, or a replica of their own car, right down to instrument panel and any advertising logos and race numbers.

Price on application.

© John Shinton/Chevron Racing
© John Shinton/Chevron Racing
© John Shinton/Chevron Racing

 

© John Shinton/Chevron Racing
© John Shinton/Chevron Racing

 

© John Shinton/Chevron Racing
© John Shinton/Chevron Racing

Chevron B24, Chassis 73-02 is possibly the most famous F5000 ever built. This was the very car that Peter Gethin beat the Formula 1 opposition in the 1973 Race of Champions at Brands Hatch. Now owned by Greg Thornton it’s been a regular on the UK Historic F5000 scene plus the Tasman Series in Australia and New Zealand.

Photo: Alan Raine - © Chevron Racing
Photo: Alan Raine – © Chevron Racing
Photo: Alan Raine - © Chevron Racing
Photo: Alan Raine – © Chevron Racing

 

Sadly in June 2012 a fire at Thornton’s workshops severely damaged this historic car leaving it a charred and sorry mess!

Photo: © Chevron Racing
Photo: © Chevron Racing
Photo: © Chevron Racing
Photo: © Chevron Racing
Photo: © Chevron Racing
Photo: © Chevron Racing
Photo: © Chevron Racing
Photo: © Chevron Racing

 

Chevron Racing were given the task of restoring B24-73-02 back to it’s former glory. Not an easy job considering the damage and it was important to keep the integrity of this important car in place.

The first task was to strip the wreck down to see what could be salvaged. The team wanted to keep as many original parts as possible so that they could be incorporated back into the rebuilt car.

Photo: © Chevron Racing
Photo: © Chevron Racing
Photo: © Chevron Racing
Photo: © Chevron Racing

B24-Removed-Parts-4

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Photo: © Chevron Racing
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Photo: © Chevron Racing
Photo: © Chevron Racing
Photo: © Chevron Racing
Photo: © Chevron Racing
Photo: © Chevron Racing

 

Photo: © Chevron Racing
Photo: © Chevron Racing

 

Once apart, the first task was to rebuild the chassis. The aluminium skin was past repair but much of the steel structure remained intact and was reused after careful checking and preparation.

Photo: © Chevron Racing
Photo: © Chevron Racing
Photo: © Chevron Racing
Photo: © Chevron Racing
Photo: © Chevron Racing
Photo: © Chevron Racing
Photo: © Chevron Racing
Photo: © Chevron Racing
Photo: © Chevron Racing
Photo: © Chevron Racing
Photo: © Chevron Racing
Photo: © Chevron Racing

 

Once completed the finished chassis was moved to the main workshop where the car could be assembled…

Photo: © Chevron Racing
Photo: © Chevron Racing

 

…and the removed parts were cleaned, repaired or replaced as necessary and then stored ready for fitting.

Photo: © Chevron Racing
Photo: © Chevron Racing
Photo: © Chevron Racing
Photo: © Chevron Racing
Photo: © Chevron Racing
Photo: © Chevron Racing

 

The engine has been rebuilt by Mathwall Engineering…

Photo: © Chevron Racing
Photo: © Chevron Racing

 

…although came back with a few parts that were too damaged to use again.

Photo: © Chevron Racing
Photo: © Chevron Racing

 

B24-73-02 begins to look like a racing car again. Special covers were made to protect the already painted side pods.

Photo: Alan Raine - © Chevron Racing
Photo: Alan Raine – © Chevron Racing
Photo: Alan Raine - © Chevron Racing
Photo: Alan Raine – © Chevron Racing
Photo: Alan Raine - © Chevron Racing
Photo: Alan Raine – © Chevron Racing
Photo: Alan Raine - © Chevron Racing
Photo: Alan Raine – © Chevron Racing
Photo: Alan Raine - © Chevron Racing
Photo: Alan Raine – © Chevron Racing
Photo: © Chevron Racing
Photo: © Chevron Racing
Photo: Alan Raine - © Chevron Racing
Photo: Alan Raine – © Chevron Racing

 

The car, almost complete, was displayed to the public at the 2013 Oulton Park Gold Cup.

Photo: © Chevron Racing
Photo: © Chevron Racing
Photo: © Chevron Racing
Photo: © Chevron Racing
Photo: © Chevron Racing
Photo: © Chevron Racing

 

Chevron B24, chassis 73-02, began testing in late 2013 and is now racing again in the capable hands of Greg Thornton.

HSCC Thruxton 2014.

Photo: © Andrew Kitson
Photo: © Andrew Kitson
Photo: © Andrew Kitson
Photo: © Andrew Kitson

 

The Phoenix has risen!

 

Alan Raine – May 2014