Chevron B19 wins opening Masters WSCM race at Barcelona
Chevron B19 wins opening Masters WSCM race at Barcelona congratulations to Max & Nick
50 years of Chevron • Race Retro
2015 marks 50 years since Derek Bennett began production of Chevron Racing Cars and this years Race Retro at Stoneleigh Park near Coventry will be marking the occasion with the Chevron marque headlining the event.
Nick Jarvis’s Chevron B16 will be on display in the Race Retro Entrance Foyer. Other Chevrons on display include Vin Malkie’s B1, Michael Doyle’s B8, the ex John Lepp B25 now owned by Keith Harris, John Burton’s B26, the ex Dieter Quester B27 chassis now owned by Andy Storer, plus a B8 chassis under restoration.
Leda will also be on the Chevron Racing Stand displaying their selection of Shock Absorbers.
Chevron Racing are expecting some special guests at the show and will also be making a very special announcement.
Further official Chevron 50th Anniversary Celebrations in 2015
The Sonoma event in the USA organised by Ed Swart 28-31 May.
Cholmondley 12-14 June Keith Harris our Chevron Works Hillclimb driver will represent the Chevron Marque. Join us for all the fun.
Shelsley Walsh 20-21 June special celebratory Chevron Class. This event must be on your bucket list, it is hard to get an entry at Shelsley and to have this important invitational class is amazing, add value to your car and be there, entries will be very limited.
Chevron 50th Anniversary Reunion luncheon at BRDC Clubhouse Friday 24th July the weekend of Silverstone Classic. Tickets are £40.00 each. There won’t be another one so please join us for this very special and significant event.
For all of the above contact Helen Bashford-Malkie direct on T: 00 44 (0)1565 777395 or
Gethin drives B24 at Goodwood
The Goodwood Festival of Speed saw the name Gethin back in Chevron B24-73-02. Nick Gethin shared driving duties of this famous car with current owner Greg Thornton.
Peter Gethin took B24-73-02 to an historic victory in the 1973 Race of Champions, beating the then current F1 opposition. Nick treated his father’s old car with respect leaving Greg to go for the quicker times. Despite the design being over 40 years old Greg still posted a time that that put him in the Top 20 over the weekend, beating some much more modern cars.
Greg’s final run is at the start of Goodwood’s Highlights Video:
Chevron Racing are proud to be associated with B24-73-02. Following a fire at Greg Thornton’s workshops we undertook the painstaking rebuild of the car to bring it back to it’s former glory.
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.
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!
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.
Tupper Robinson raced Andy Storer’s B38. Andy spent the winter with us at Chevron Racing preparing the car for the 2014 season.
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.
Our thanks to Alan Cox for allowing the use of his images.
Alan Raine 19.5.2014
Chevron B16 1/8th Scale Model now available
Chevron Racing are pleased to announce production of the Chevron B16 in 1/8th scale.
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.
Chevron B24-73-02 – A Phoenix rises from the ashes
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.
Sadly in June 2012 a fire at Thornton’s workshops severely damaged this historic car leaving it a charred and sorry mess!
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.
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.
Once completed the finished chassis was moved to the main workshop where the car could be assembled…
…and the removed parts were cleaned, repaired or replaced as necessary and then stored ready for fitting.
The engine has been rebuilt by Mathwall Engineering…
…although came back with a few parts that were too damaged to use again.
B24-73-02 begins to look like a racing car again. Special covers were made to protect the already painted side pods.
The car, almost complete, was displayed to the public at the 2013 Oulton Park Gold Cup.
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.
The Phoenix has risen!
Alan Raine – May 2014
Chevron Young Ambassador, Jessica Hawkins wins Renault Clio Test
The Chevron Ambassador program, mentored by Brian Redman and Mike Wilds, supports selected up and coming drivers. The Chevron Young Ambassadors are Historic FF1600 drivers James Buckton and Callum Grant plus Jessica Hawkins who has stepped up from Karts this year.
Following her successful years in Karting, where she earned a works Super 1 drive and was chosen for the MSA Academy, 18 year old Jessica Hawkins is to pursue a career in car racing. Following a test in Mk8 Motorsport’s Classic Formula Ford Elden, Jessica has also earned a run in a Renault Clio Cup car at Silverstone.
“Following my recent Historic Formula Ford test arranged by Chevron Racing, I won a test drive in a Michelin Clio Cup car” says Jessica. “Both were fantastic fun to drive, and a great experience for me in my quest to make the transition from karts to cars. Whilst these are two completely different formulas, all track time is essential for my racing development and I can’t wait to enter my first race in whichever formula this may be. Both tests went brilliantly and I am now committed to make this career step as success as my experience in karts.”
Jessica Hawkins Karting Highlights:
2005 Daytona Kart Racing Club Open Cadet Class Champion
2007 Buckmore Park Cadet Class Champion – 2nd Super 1 National Honda Cadet Championship
2008 Honda Cadet British Open Champion
2011 Rotax Junior, 2nd in Kartmasters British Grand Prix
2012 KF3, 3rd in Kartmasters British Grand Prix
Watch out for Jessica and the other Chevron Young Ambassador’s in 2014.
Buckton takes Pre 72 laurels at Formula Ford Festival
Chevron Young Ambassador, James Buckton claimed the Pre 72 honours at this years Formula Ford Festival with his Elden Mk8. James was also 4th overall in Historic Final for Pre 90 FF1600’s.
The Chevron Ambassador program, mentored by Brian Redman and Mike Wilds, supports selected up and coming drivers. The Chevron Young Ambassadors are Historic FF1600 drivers James Buckton and Callum Grant plus Jessica Hawkins who has stepped up from karts this year.
Success on the Maltese Hills
Hubert Camilleri in his Chevron B43 won final round of the Grimaldi Lines 2013 Hillclimb Championship which took place at Pinellu, Malta on Oct 20th edging out Mark Micallef in his more modern Radical.
This event was slightly different to usual Maltese Hillclimbs in that it was held on a recently completed by-pass giving a much smoother road surface than normal.
Multiple champion Hubert Camilleri and his Chevron B43 are well known in Malta. He bought the car from local racer Teddy Aquilina in the 90’s and with the help of Robert Cauchi of McLaren Garage has made extensive modifications over the years including fitting a Cosworth YB engine, later upgraded with electronic fuel injection.